Farragut area dentist explains why porcelain veneers cannot protect the tooth from developing cavities
Porcelain veneers are becoming an increasingly popular method of restoring a smile. They are very versatile and can be used to cover concerns such as permanent discoloration, misalignment, and chipped or cracked teeth. Dr. Foncea of Sequoyah Dental Arts in the Farragut area offers variety of cosmetic treatments to address aesthetic concerns. However, many patients are unaware that veneers cannot protect their teeth from the development of tooth decay or periodontal disease.
Tooth decay forms due to bacteria laden plaque and tartar, which eat away at the tooth enamel. This causes cavities, which need to be filled to keep the problem from developing further and requiring the tooth to be extracted. Patients who take good care of their teeth with regular brushing and flossing can enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile—free from cavities.
Since porcelain veneers only cover the front of the natural tooth, a large part of the enamel is still susceptible to tooth decay. Patients who have porcelain veneers placed are educated on how to take care of their veneers as well as the teeth they are covering. This is important to reduce the possibility of periodontal disease and tooth decay, which can have a devastating effect on the structure and function of the tooth. If left untreated, patients may need to remove their natural tooth and discuss restorations such as dentures, bridges, and dental implants.
Dr. Foncea of Sequoyah Dental Arts has committed his practice to providing a variety of methods to address imperfections within the smile, and porcelain veneers are just one of many techniques used in his state-of-the-art dental facility. Patients interested in rejuvenating their smile are welcome to contact Sequoyah Dental Arts to schedule a consultation visit with Dr. Foncea and his dedicated team to learn about this and many other restorative treatments available. From veneers to crowns, teeth whitening to composite bonding, many methods can assist in providing a restored appearance.