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Not All Teeth Are Healthy Enough for Dental Veneers

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Salem Dental Arts
Not All Teeth Are Healthy Enough for Dental VeneersIf you are interested in perfecting your smile with veneers but have had dental problems in the past, you are probably wondering if your teeth are healthy enough for veneers. Veneers are an excellent way to treat a wide variety of aesthetic dental issues, but not everyone is a good candidate. If you have any of the following problems, your teeth might not be healthy enough for veneers.

Severely Cracked Teeth

Veneers can conceal minor, surface-level chips and cracks in teeth, but they are not a safe option for severely cracked or fractured teeth. If you have a fracture that has damaged the structure of your tooth or a crack that extends below your gums, you will probably need a root canal followed by a crown to protect your damaged tooth. Veneers only cover the front of your teeth, so they cannot help strengthen a tooth that is severely damaged.

Gum Disease

People with gingivitis, or early gum disease, might still be able to get veneers if the gingivitis is completely treated and reversed. But if you have more advanced gum disease, you are not a good candidate for veneers. Gum disease causes your gums to recede from your teeth, which means that your teeth can loosen and fall out. If gum recession occurs and you have veneers, you would be able to see the edges of the veneers. Plus, your veneers could loosen and separate from your teeth.

Tooth Decay

Since veneers are bonded to the front of your natural teeth, you need to have healthy teeth and strong enamel in order to get them. Tooth decay wears down your enamel, which could make it difficult or impossible for veneers to adhere to your teeth. Additionally, untreated decay can continue to progress once you have veneers placed, and the areas not covered by veneers (back surfaces of teeth, spaces between teeth, and your gums) are still vulnerable to decay and infection.


Finally, people who suffer from bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching, should probably not get veneers. This repetitive force can damage both your natural teeth and your veneers and cause a variety of issues for your bite. Porcelain veneers are exceptionally durable, but they are still vulnerable to damage, just like your natural teeth.

If you experience any of these dental problems, you might not be a good candidate for veneers. However, we are still happy to discuss other options for restoring your smile. Schedule an appointment today.

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