Are Porcelain Veneers Painful to Get Attached?
- Asked 6 years ago
there was a news show that featured terrible results from people who got porcelaine veneer that were attached by filing the teeth way way down. is it true that veneers hurt when attached?
Porcelain veneers - No pain... just a beautiful smile!
The placement of veneers should not be painful.
During the procedure, typically the patient is anesthetized and in some cases our patients request nitrous oxide. While the teeth are being prepared for veneers there should be no pain or discomfort at all.
Shortly after the procedure our patients are given a non-steroid anti-inflammatory (NSAID) such as Advil. This is all patients should need to prevent the breakthrough of any pain associated with the preparation of veneers.
The next part of the procedure involves the cementation of the veneers. Again the patient is anesthetized. The patient is anesthetized here because the temporaries are removed and the teeth may be sensitive due to the uncovering of the teeth after the removal of the temporaries.
After the veneers have been cemented, teeth are often sensitive due to the procedure. Again Advil or another NSAID is used to prevent the breakthrough of pain.
Veneers are a wonderful procedure if done properly. Plenty of water is needed to keep teeth cool. Teeth need to be properly disinfected to ensure longevity and health of the restorations.
Veneers will enable you to Smile Smile Smile...
PAIN DURING THE VENEER PROCESS
I think if we stop thinking from a "dentist's point of view" for a moment ....which is hard and step back and look at it from a patient's perspective, the picture painted may be very different. Dentists say they never create pain and veneer placement is totally painless. We say that, after we inject anesthesia into the patient, which is not always pleasant. If you are not reducing the tooth at all and using prepless veneers, then I would say no pain, but if there is tooth reduction and much of the tooth is reduced, the patient will experience pain after the procedure. That is why we tell them to take Motrin or Advil. So yes, there is pain involved and many patients go through the procedure with oral sedation and fair much better than ones that do not! Patient do not see dental work like going to have their hair colored and styled. They look forward to this and I think we need to be honest with ourselves as well as our patients...pain often does occur!
Porcelain veneers should not be painful during or after placement
Since you are numb during the procedure, both on preparation and delivery days, you should not feel any pain during your visits. After each visit, you may have a little tenderness, depending on how much work is done at each visit. Every person has a different pain tolerance so some patients feel absolutely nothing after a visit and others could be a little sore. It should never be so severe as to interfere with your every day life. Even with extensive work, my patients usually feel great after a visit-it never ceases to amaze me!
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There are no absolutes, but pain is the exception and not the rule
If the process hurt or was painful, then perhaps something was amis. We are talking surgery, so there CAN be some minor discomfort, but most of the time patients remark about how uneventful the process was.
The key, as shared earlier, is experience. An experienced cosmetic dentist will have the training to make the process as comfortable as possible.
Veneers should not be painfull.
Most veneers are placed above the gum line and on the outer layer of tooth (enamel). Doing the procedure this way results in very little discomfort. If you are truly phobic about the procedure you can look into no-prep veneers or Lumineers. There are some limitations to the treatment, but these can often be done with no shots, no anesthetic and no drilling. Case selection is critical so be sure to speak to your dentist to find out if you are a good candidate.
Some dentists perform the procedure by grinding away a lot of healthy tooth structure. These was done many years ago when the ceramics were not as strong. The thinking was that if the porcelain is thicker then it will be stronger. Today the porcelain veneers can be made very strong and very thin, so grinding the teeth away is not typically required.
Pain associated with veneers
During a veneer procedure there should be no pain. The use of a good topical anesthetic followed by good injection techniques should make the anesthesia portion of the procedure pain free. The process of preparing the teeth as well as the process for seating the veneers should then also be very comfortable. Post operative sensitivity can be controlled very effectively with over the counter medication like Advil or Motrin. If the procedure was painful there may have been some other factors at work.
Pain during the veneers insertion appointment
The vast majority of the time, no pain is experienced during the placement of veneers. Afterward, only mild discomfort should be experienced. A few people do react to any treatment in an usual way.
Veneers are no pain, all gain
Anesthetic is used, once numb they are applied painlessly. Its a smooth process for the patient only gaining the better end of things, a great brand new smile.
Dental veneer pain
After over 25 years of experience doing Cosmetic Dentistry I can say with certainty, there will be no pain while the Veneers are prepared or placed! There can be however some minor sensitivity during the temporary phase and even after the final restorations are placed. If you experience some sensitivity, rest assured it will go away! Any dentist that says they have never seen some minor sensitivity associated with veneer preparation and placement has not done enough veneers.
Porcelain Veneers: A conservative, comfortable approach
I have seen some of this media coverage you are talking about. I have been successfully performing smile makeovers using porcelain veneers for a decade and have yet to have a patient who felt the process was painful (during or after treatment). If you're going to have porcelain veneers placed, make sure you choose an experienced cosmetic dentist.
Check credentials; make sure they have taken (and continue to take) top continuing education courses for porcelain veneers and aesthetic dentistry. When you walk through an experienced cosmetic dentist's office, you will know you're in the right place. There will be countless examples of the dentist's own work (and he or she should be proud to show off his or her masterpieces). The office should have up-to-date technology, and the team should be well-versed on several different kinds of cosmetic options. If these things (credentials, continuing education, up-to-date office with lots of examples of the dentists OWN work), I recommend you choose another dentist. Get more than one opinion/estimate (set up consultations with two or three cosmetic dentists).
Follow these guidelines and you will likely place yourself in good hands with a dentist who will give you terrific and comfortable results without aggressive 'filing' of your teeth.
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