Lifespan and Replacement of Porcelain Veneers

By Steven Kail on November 20, 2013

Lifespan and Replacement of Porcelain VeneersAt Premier Dental Center, Drs. Steven Kail, Joseph Leonard, and Chris Arnold have created dozens of dazzling smiles for Jackson patients through porcelain veneers - but what is the lifespan of this technique?

The Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers

The term “porcelain” in porcelain veneers may remind you of fragile and easily breakable porcelain dolls - but the technology behind porcelain dental veneers has advanced significantly over the years. Today’s porcelain veneers can be as strong, or in some cases even stronger, than a patient’s natural teeth.

But just as natural teeth can become damaged or worn, the same can happen with porcelain veneers. Regular brushing and flossing is just as important with porcelain veneers as with natural teeth to prevent cavities and stains; further, habits like bruxism (tooth grinding) or chewing on items like fingernails or pen caps can lead to chips or worn edges. Corrosive beverages like alcohol and soda can also dissolve the bond between a veneer and the natural tooth over time, leading the veneer to pop off.

Some experts tend to predict a 10 to 15 year lifespan for porcelain veneers. Others assert that, with proper care and attention, porcelain veneers can last for 20 years or even longer.

Replacement of Porcelain Veneers

Because of the modifications made to underlying teeth as part of the porcelain veneer placement process, veneers that have become worn down or damaged will have to be replaced. Porcelain veneers may also be replaced for a variety of reasons - you may have been fitted with veneers that are uncomfortably large for your mouth, or unsightly discolorations may have appeared over time.

Porcelain veneer replacement is quite similar to the veneers’ initial placement. After removing the veneers from your natural teeth, removing as much bonding material as possible, your cosmetic dentist will simply take an impression and create a new porcelain veneer to fit your tooth. Your dentist will then bond the new veneer to your existing tooth just like the veneer before it.

Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Porcelain Veneer Replacement?

In most cases, dental insurance agencies tend to refuse coverage of the initial placement of porcelain veneers under the reasoning that it is a purely cosmetic procedure. Because of this, a patient may put off replacing chipped or broken porcelain veneers due to apprehension over the cost.

But in actuality, while porcelain veneers may initially be considered entirely cosmetic, the replacement of worn down porcelain veneers may be regarded as a necessary treatment to restore a patient’s dental functionality - after all, once porcelain veneers have been placed and bonded, it is impossible to revert back to one’s natural teeth. If you are in need of porcelain veneer replacement, do not hesitate to contact your dental insurance policy and discuss your situation.

Even if dental veneer replacement is not covered under your insurance, do not let that stand between you and a restored smile - at Premier Dental Center we accept a variety of payment options, including discounts for senior citizens, and are happy to work with you to create a payment plan to fit your budget.

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentistry Specialist Today

If you have been living with porcelain veneers that are chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged, the time to act is now. Contact Premier Dental Center to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists and discuss your options for dental veneer replacement today.

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