I’ve happily had several porcelain veneers on my upper front teeth for over a decade. However, the worst thing happened – I broke one of the veneers on my front teeth in half, and it fell off. My dentist has temporarily glued it back on, and made me an appointment for a temporary tooth next week. My tooth doesn’t feel secure, and I’m worried it will fall off again. I wanted to get in for an emergency appointment, but he handles painful emergencies, not cosmetic ones. Would another dentist treat this as an emergency? And would the best replacement be a veneer or a crown?
Clint, from Charleston, West Virginia
Cosmetic emergencies are still dental emergencies. Your dentist not treating it as one highlights the divide between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Since your tooth is still functional, it’s not an emergency to your general dentist. However, since your temporary tooth is not aesthetic, it’s causing you stress. A cosmetic dentist would treat your smile concerns seriously.
For the best solution to your problem, you should seek out a cosmetic dentist. An expert cosmetic dentist would be able to match the color of your remaining veneers to the new one perfectly. Just be aware that cosmetic dentistry is not a specialty recognized by the ADA; however, you should be able to find a dentist that has received additional training in cosmetic dental concerns.
Getting a new veneer should be sufficient for you, you won’t need a crown. You also won’t need to go back to your old dentist who made the veneers, either. The cosmetic dentist will remove the glue and bonding material leftover from the broken veneer, and this will help your new porcelain veneer bond to your tooth surface.
This blog post is brought to you by award-winning Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist, Dr. Joseph Rota, of Rota Advanced Dental Care.