Do Veneers Extend the Life of Your Teeth?
- Posted on: Jul 1 2012
Porcelain veneers are intended as a cosmetic dentistry procedure. They are not intended to protect or preserve your teeth. Because of this, they are not likely to extend the life of your teeth.
However, porcelain veneers are also not likely to shorten the life of your teeth, either. Although the placing of veneers does involve removing some of your natural tooth enamel, it is replaced with material that is superior to dental enamel in terms of stain resistance. The new porcelain is also comparable to your dental enamel in many other ways, but overall nothing is as durable as your natural tooth enamel when properly cared for.
Dental crowns, on the other hand, can be used to extend the life of your teeth that are threatened by decay and infection. A root canal procedure can remove infected tooth material and a dental crown can be placed on top of the treated tooth to protect it. This can take a tooth that needed to be removed immediately and give it decades more life.
Porcelain veneers are able to do many things, but in general they are not able to extend the life of your teeth.
To learn more about porcelain veneers and whether they are right for you, please contact Lindsey Marshall, DMD today for a consultation at our Ardmore, Pennsylvania location.
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