Veneers for Chipped and Decayed Teeth?

My teeth are decayed and chipped. As bad as my teeth are, I will probaly have to get 90% of them pulled. Are these veneers the way to go, and if not what are my other options? Since I'm under 30 years old, I would prefer something more permanent.

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In answer to your question, porcelain veneers would be a great option for you in achieving a more symmetrical, even, and brighter smile. The amount of veneers you need depends on how widely you smile and what your goals are. In most cases 8 or 10 veneers will achieve a beautiful complete result.The procedure takes multiple office visits. It starts with a planning phase where take impressions and photographs and we get a mockup from the lab where we can create a trial smile. You can actually see in our mouth what your smile with veneers would look like. Then after your teeth are prepared you wear temporaries for a few weeks and come in for your final restorations to be cemented permanently. The best candidates for veneers are those with already generally healthy teeth--this may include those with already existing restorations that need to be replaced.  Good luck!

Veneers for chipped /decayed teeth?

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Veneers are like fake fingernails for the teeth.  They work best to cosmetically enhance generally healthy teeth.  It sounds like you may have more rampant decay if teeth are fracturing.  In that case in order to both cosmetically enhance them and make them stronger, full crowns would be recomended.

Daniel Melnick, DDS
Laurel Dentist

Dental Veneers for Chipped Teeth

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Dental Veneers can be a great option to restore chipped or decayed teeth. Composite veneers might be a suitable short-term option or you could consider porcelain veneers as a better long-term option. However before veneers could be placed, the underlying teeth should be as healthy as possible. I would certainly advise against pulling your teeth out wherever possible, this option should be reserved as a last resort.


James Malouf, BDS
Brisbane Dentist

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Veneers for chipped/decayed teeth

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Because you're so young, I highly recommend doing whatever it takes to save your remaining teeth. Teeth should only be pulled as an absolute last resort. If you have some small chips and small decay, you can fill in the decay with filling and place a veneer on top of the tooth still. However if there is severe deep decay, into the nerve, you may require a root canal and crown to save the tooth. You will need a proper evaluation with x-rays to determine the condition of each tooth and see which may need only fillings, or others that may require crowns or veneers.

Anjali Rajpal, DMD
Beverly Hills Dentist

Veneers can help with the cosmetic part

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Absolutely – They can rebuild and beautify any tooth. Dont rely on cosmetics to fix everything though, theyre no point to veneers if theres no teeth to fix, maintain a healthy mouth, believe me you do not want to get implants if you can help it dont let your teeth get that bad. But in extreme cases veneers are placed on implants as well.

Benjamin S. Fiss, DDS
Chicago Dentist

You need to get way more information before anyone can answer your question!

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It sounds to me that you probably have not been to a dentist in years or even had your teeth professionally cleaned. First things first. Get in to see a dentist and have your teeth evaluated with a full set of digital x-rays. I say digital because they can be easily emailed to any professional you may need to see or consult with. Once this is done you can start your fact finding mission and understand what modalities you can consider.

Sometimes things aren't as bad as they seem

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While you say they may need to be pulled, you may find that they CAN be saved. As a rule of thumb, if they CAN, then it is a good idea to do so. Veneers are great to fix chipped, worn and decayed teeth. If there is a lot of decay, a crown may be more appropriate, but the result is very similar.

If the teeth are pulled, there are no teeth to put veneers on, so you may be looking at dentures as the only alternative. Your treating Dr would be able to help

Extraction vs. restoration

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Venners are new surfacing for the front sides of your existing teeth. If you "pull" your teeth then the only way to put teeth back is with dentures or implants. It is always best to keep your natural teeth and restore them if that is possible. Consult a dentist to see if that is a feasible alternative.

Daniel W. Schiavone, DDS
Rochester Dentist

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