Going to the dentist isn't any fun, but it is one of those things that just has to be done. For years, I fought the process and didn't go for my regular cleanings and in the end, it sure didn't pay to do so. I ended up spending ten times as much time in the chair and a boat-load of money in dental repairs. If you don't like going to the dentist, you can make it easier on yourself. This blog will show you a few tips that can help you improve the experience and get through the treatment without as much discomfort.
From serious tooth discoloration to teeth that are worn, chipped or misaligned, according to WebMD, there are several reasons why people opt for veneers. Your veneers will provide you with a beautiful white smile for several years, if you care for them properly. However, there will be times when you suffer an unexpected accident or the veneer's bonding material fails, and your beautiful tooth falls out. If your veneer falls out, don't worry and instead, here is what to do next:
What to Do After Your Veneer Falls Out
If you notice your veneer simply isn't in your mouth anymore, your first step should be to find the missing tooth. Once you locate the tooth, take a look at its condition because if the veneer is in good shape, your dentist may be able to reattach it, which can save you money on the potential replacement cost. Unfortunately, if the veneer is severely damaged or broken, your dentist will recommend having a replacement crafted.
It's critical to protect your intact veneer from any further damage. Begin by wrapping it with several pieces of paper towel or inside a clean hand towel. Place the tooth in a secure place, such as a small plastic tote. If you are suffering any discomfort at the site of the missing veneer, don't hesitate to contact an emergency dentist right away.
However, if your mouth isn't sore, you can care for your exposed tooth until you can see your regular dentist. Don't wait too long to make an appointment because your exposed tooth could become damaged or decay, which can make reattaching the veneer trickier.
Care for Your Exposed Tooth
While you're waiting for your veneer to be reattached, it is vital to properly care for your exposed tooth. Once again, your tooth is vulnerable to damage, so caring for it properly is critical. Avoid chewing with the exposed tooth because not only could this lead to damage, it can also cause discomfort.
One simple and effective way to protect your exposed tooth is to cover it with a small piece of dental wax. This wax is available at your local pharmacy and in addition to protecting your exposed tooth, the wax will also protect the inside of your mouth from being cut by the jagged tooth.
To apply the wax, begin by washing your hands and gently patting your exposed tooth with a piece of paper towel or a clean hand towel. The drier your exposed tooth, the more effectively the wax will adhere to it. Next, grab a small piece of the wax and roll it into a ball. Press the dental wax ball into the exposed tooth and let it dry for a few minutes.
The wax can be replaced several times a day, and it's a great way to protect your exposed tooth until you can get to the dentist.
Visit the Dentist
Once again, it is critical to visit the dentist as quickly as possible after the veneer falls out. Once you get to the office, your dentist will examine the veneer to determine if it can be reattached. If there is a minor chip, the dentist can buff the affected area until it appears more even.
The dentist will also examine the exposed tooth and the remainder of your veneers to discover why the single veneer fell out in the first place. For example, the problem could be improper care of the veneers, or the original bonding agent could simply have failed.
Next, your dentist will prepare your mouth, the veneer will be reattached and you will be provided a list of aftercare instructions.
Your veneers will provide you with a beautiful, bright smile for several years to come. If your veneer unexpectedly falls out, or if you have additional questions about your veneers, don't hesitate to contact resources like Samuel D Knight, DDS.