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Q: What should I do if my porcelain veneer pops off?
A: If your porcelain veneer comes off, carefully remove the veneer from your mouth without damaging it further. If you have found only one piece then the veneer may not have broken but instead may have just become dislodged from your tooth, fully intact. If the veneer is whole, our cosmetic dentists, your dentist may be able to re-bond it to your tooth so place it in a protective container. Even if the veneer is broken it’s not a bad idea to save the parts and show them to our cosmetic dentists. They could possibly be of interest. Then, give us a call to schedule a repair.
Q: Can a veneer coming off cause more serious problems? Will I be in pain?
A: Ask our cosmetic dentists for specific instructions but, in general, if a porcelain veneer where only a minimal amount of tooth structure has been removed to make the veneer has simply broken or come off there is little potential for a serious tooth problem developing. Remember, in many cases teeth in the process of being veneered are left uncovered for the entire one to two weeks during which their veneers are being fabricated. Since all or part of the veneer is missing you can expect that your tooth’s shape might be rough or irritating to your lip or tongue. The tooth itself could be expected to have a heightened sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages because the veneer is no longer there to cover and protect the tooth’s front surface.
Q: What do I do if a temporary crown comes off?
A: If your temporary dental crown does happen to come off give our office a call so we can provide you with specific instructions and also make arrangements for you to come in and have it re-cemented. In regards to that time period before you can get in to see our cosmetic dentists, we will usually suggest that you simply place the temporary crown right back on your tooth. Doing so will protect the tooth from irritating stimuli such as hot or cold foods and liquids. Wearing the temporary crown will also hold the tooth in place and keep it from shifting position (an important factor in how well or how easily your permanent dental crown can be fitted). If the bite on your temporary crown seems incorrect when it is placed back on your tooth then it might be advisable to leave the temporary crown off.
If your temporary dental crown doesn’t seem to stay in place very well many dentists will suggest that you fill it with toothpaste, Vaseline, or denture adhesive before you place it over your tooth (this technique should only be used for a few days). You will need to be careful with your temporary crown in this state. So you don’t end up swallowing or biting on it unexpectedly, your temporary crown should be removed when you sleep and eat. Anytime your crown is not in your mouth you should keep it wet. Put it in a glass of water or close it up in a baggie.