It’s been about a month since I had porcelain veneers placed on my top teeth. I’m really happy with how they look, but it hasn’t exactly been a smooth process to say the least. I started having pretty severe sensitivity on my one front teeth and my dentist determined that there is some exposed dentin. While it’s gotten better, he still wants to remove that veneer and properly fit a new one so that I don’t have any more problems. But I have concerns about this. Could removing the veneer break the tooth it’s bonded to or any of my surrounding teeth? Also, will my dentist be able to match the color of my other veneers? — Mary Ann
If you’re seeing a reputable cosmetic dentist, there should be no problem matching the color of your other porcelain veneers perfectly because his lab will have the color formula in their records. Also, there is no reason to worry about damaging the tooth when removing it. In fact, you’ll be in more trouble if you leave this exposed dentin as it is. Open tubules go directly into the pulp and bacteria can easily make its way in and eventually lead to decay. Talk to your dentist and get this fixed as soon as you can so you can truly begin to love your smile.
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