June 22, 2017

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Cavities behind Veneers

If you have porcelain veneers, you may be concerned about cavities forming behind them. This location is a very unlikely spot for cavities to form when the veneer is placed by an experienced, qualified cosmetic dentist and you do your part to practice good oral hygiene.

The porcelain itself cannot decay, but any exposed natural tooth is still vulnerable to cavities. To prevent cavities, with or without porcelain veneers, you should:

  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning

Porcelain veneers are attached to the front surface of your tooth with a dental bonding material. This material is quite durable, and Dr. Huefner has 27 years of experienced in placing veneers correctly. The only way for cavities to form directly behind your veneers would be if you had poor oral hygiene or the bonding material were cracked, broken or otherwise damaged, allowing bacteria to enter behind the veneer.

The more likely location of a cavity would be at the back surface of your tooth where there is no veneer covering the enamel. Cavities can also form at the edge of the veneer, where it meets the edge of your tooth. By keeping these areas clean with regular oral hygiene, you can prevent cavities from forming around your veneers or elsewhere on your teeth.

If you are concerned about cavities behind porcelain veneers, please contact Dr. Norman Huefner, General and Cosmetic Dentistry, in Orange County, California.

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