Will Cavities Still Form If You Have Porcelain Veneers?

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Dr. Michaela Tozzi uses veneers to improve how her patients’ smiles look. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded directly to the front of a patient’s teeth. Dr. Tozzi uses veneers to make minor improvements to a smile. They are custom-made for each Las Vegas, NV area patient, and will match their natural teeth. Porcelain veneers can change the length, size, shape, and color of the teeth. During an initial consultation at Michaela Tozzi, DMD, she can examine your teeth and gums to determine if you’re a candidate for porcelain veneers. During this visit, she will answer your questions about the process, including if you can get cavities after getting veneers.

What are cavities?

Cavities are caused by tooth decay. Plaque coats the teeth and will harden, both above and under the gumline, forming tartar. Tartar makes plaque difficult to remove. When plaque is left on the teeth for a while, it removes minerals in your outer enamel. This will lead to erosion, causing tiny holes or openings – the first sign of a cavity. Once your enamel wears away, bacteria and acids can reach the next layer of the tooth, the dentin. When the dentin is damaged, it can affect the nerve of a tooth, possibly leading to tooth sensitivity.

Can you get a cavity with veneers?

Cavities are damaged parts of a tooth that develop into holes. While a veneer itself cannot get tooth decay, you can get a cavity in a tooth that is covered by this veer. It’s important to have regular dental examinations at Michaela Tozzi, DMD to find problems early before they become serious.

Also, poorly-installed veneers do not fit securely over natural teeth, which leaves them vulnerable to decay. This is especially true since some of the enamel is removed when you get them. Certain medications may cause a dry mouth, which increases your chances of getting a cavity. Most people who get cavities with veneers may not have been good candidates for them. This includes those with active gum disease or with weakened teeth who are most likely to experience a cavity after getting veneers.

How long do veneers last?

The best way for you to avoid a cavity in a tooth covered by a veneer is through good oral hygiene habits. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily helps remove plaque that can lead to tooth decay when not removed. Regular dental exams and routine dental cleanings also ensure that your oral health stays at its best with veneers. Treating your teeth the same with or without veneers is the best way for them to last; veneers sometimes last up to 10 – 15 years.

Learn how to care for teeth with veneers to avoid a cavity

After getting veneers near Las Vegas, NV, it’s important to take proper care of them. Ultimately, cavities can happen to anyone, but they don’t have to. Dr. Michaela Tozzi recommends her patients visit her dental office often for dental exams and cleanings that help protect the teeth beneath veneers. To schedule an appointment at Michaela Tozzi, DMD, call her dental office today.

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