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I Have Veneers — Can I Still Get Cavities?

February 2, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkics @ 11:04 pm
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Veneers are an excellent way to hide aesthetic imperfections in teeth and achieve a glowing, attractive smile. Plus, they are made out of durable porcelain, so you can expect them to stand the test of time. Still, you may wonder if you can get cavities after you receive veneers. Unfortunately, yes, you can. This blog post explains how those cavities can develop and what you can do to protect your oral health.

Veneers and Cavities

The teeth that have veneers can still get cavities for a couple of reasons:

  • A veneer only covers the front of the tooth. Your veneers can protect the outward-facing surfaces of your teeth from bacterial accumulation. However, the back and sides of your teeth are still exposed. Plaque and bacteria can collect there and lead to cavities.
  • Veneers may start to lift. Rarely, the agent that is used to bind veneers to teeth can start to weaken. Plaque and bacteria may sneak beneath the veneer and cause damage.

Preventing Cavities with Veneers

You can greatly reduce your risk of cavities by taking some simple steps:

  • Maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Be sure to use low-abrasive toothpaste so it does not scratch your veneers! It should also contain fluoride so it can strengthen your tooth enamel.
  • Eat a reasonable diet. Try to eat sugary and starchy foods only in moderation. Such foods interact with bacteria in your mouth and lead to plaque formation. Try to focus your diet on nutrient-rich foods that support oral and overall health. For example, you should be sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D.
  • Do not neglect dental checkups. You should visit your general dentist for a checkup and cleaning twice a year.
  • Minimize your alcohol intake. Some alcoholic beverages contain a lot of sugar. Plus, alcohol has the potential to weaken the bonding agent that is keeping your veneers on your teeth.

What to Do About Cavities

Despite your best efforts to prevent decay, you might end up with a cavity. Your dentist may need to remove your veneer in order to place a filling or provide another appropriate treatment. Afterward, it might be possible for your dentist to secure the veneer back onto your tooth or provide you with a new one.

Veneers will not completely protect your teeth from cavities. Do all you can to prevent decay so you can maintain a healthy, beautiful, and confident smile!

Meet the Practice

Westgate Dental Care is home to a team of seven talented dentists, all of whom are eager to provide top-quality care to families in our community. If you are interested in getting veneers or have concerns about tooth decay, we would be happy to serve you. To learn more about us or to request a consultation, contact our Arlington Heights office at 847-577-7171.