Porcelain veneers can cover any damage done to your teeth. But just because they can, doesn’t mean they should. If you’ve been battling gum disease, you may have to wait until you’ve got it under control before getting your veneers. Your dentist will assess your current oral health and can make a determination about whether porcelain veneers are a viable option for you at your current stage. Take a look at some of the things your dentist will check to determine if you should get veneers if you have gum disease.
Good to Go
The best cases for veneers are those in which the teeth and gums are healthy. They can be used to permanently cover up staining, chips, alignment issues and gaps between teeth.
Even people with gingivitis, about have of U.S. adults over 30, can be great candidates for veneers. They’ll need to take care to maintain their teeth and gum daily so that their gingivitis doesn’t progress to periodontitis – severe gum disease that does irreversible damage to teeth and gums.
Once your dentist has treated your gum disease and reigned it in, and you’ve committed to keeping your teeth and gums maintained, you and your dentist may determine that veneers are now right for you. Veneers can even help cover up some of the damage left behind by gum disease, with the ability to cover up tooth roots exposed by gum recession, for example.
When to Wait
Veneers are perfect for covering up minor imperfections on teeth, making them a mainstay in cosmetic dentistry. They can cover up discolored areas, chips, breaks and more. However, they shouldn’t be used to cover up tooth decay.
You might not notice cavities in your teeth. But if they’re there, your dentist will want to treat them first before proceeding with veneers. Covering up tooth decay can allow serious damage to your teeth to continue, hidden from sight by veneers until even the veneers no longer hide the decay.
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