Do you know if it is still possible to get cavities once you have had Lumineers placed over your teeth? What happens to your ongoing dental health? When I visit my normal dentist will he be able to identify a possible cavity as usual? Or is this more difficult for the dentist when you have Lumineers? And if a cavity must be filled will it damage the veneer? Will brushing and flossing be different or as important when I have Lumineers? Any answers you have would be greatly appreciated.
– Tyler from Alabama
Lumineers are just a particular brand of porcelain veneers. And to answer your initial question, yes, it is possible to still have a cavity on the teeth that have been covered. The area of the tooth underneath the veneer will be fine. Although, other areas of the tooth like the edges would be vulnerable to a cavity or decay for that matter. If you did end up with a cavity on one of the teeth that has a veneer, it wouldn’t be that different than filling a typical front tooth. The material used would be white composite which would need to be bonded in place. There are special techniques used to bond the white composite directly to the porcelain which an excellent cosmetic dentist should have no problem with. Therefore, it may be good to continue seeing a cosmetic dentist that does regular, preventative care as well. They would be able to detect and treat your cavity while giving you a beautiful results.
If you are still considering porcelain veneers and haven’t got them yet, you may want to carefully consider it beforehand. This is because if you are not one to keep up with regular dental care, veneers may not be the best for you. If you are going to invest a lot of money into a brand new smile, it will be important to keep it looking it’s best. And if you tend to have a lot of cavities on those particular teeth it may hinder the overall lifetime and effectiveness of the veneers. If the veneers become damaged and wore down, they may need to be replaced with dental crowns. The best thing you can do if you decide to go through with any kind of cosmetic procedure would be to brush and floss everyday, maintain your regular dental checkups, and limit snacking for the best results.
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