Rotting Under Dental Veneers

Veneers 101: Can Teeth Rot Under Your Veneers?

February 16, 2024

Taking care of your teeth is paramount for reducing health issues, avoiding tooth loss, detecting oral diseases, and keeping a healthy smile. Veneers require the same attention to keep your teeth underneath healthy, but there is a common question: can your teeth rot under your veneers? And if they can, how do you prevent or treat it?

In this article, we’ll review information about veneers, answer common questions about your teeth underneath them, and the required ongoing care. 

What Are Veneers?

Dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental services offered for those who want to improve their smile’s appearance. They are thin shells bonded to the tooth’s front part to cover up imperfections, improve bite, and close gaps.

Can Teeth Rot Under Your Veneers?

A simple answer is no; your teeth should not rot beneath dental veneers under normal circumstances. Your natural teeth will be well protected if your dentist has experience placing them correctly. In some cases, it is possible for decay to form under or around veneers due to improper oral hygiene or a diet with high sugar. Because veneers only cover the front portion of teeth, the rest of the exposed area can still collect plaque that causes decay and cavities. Improper application by a dentist can also create an issue, so finding an experienced and trusted cosmetic dentist is important.

Can Veneers Be Placed On Bad Teeth?

Ideally, veneers should never be placed on decayed or damaged teeth; by doing so, more damage is caused to the tooth, making the veneers prone to failing. If you want to improve your smile, decayed teeth must be taken care of before considering veneers. Other options, like dental crowns, can be excellent for those with damaged or weakened teeth, as they encase the whole tooth and provide stability to the tooth.

Signs Of Rotting Under Dental Veneers

Dental veneers can trap food particles and plaque, causing bacteria to thrive and cause tooth decay over time. This is a rare occurrence with veneers. Still, it is important to know the signs of teeth rotting underneath dental veneers:

  • Loose fitting or completely detached veneer
  • Teeth feeling loose
  • Feeling discomfort or sensitivity in your teeth
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Experiencing pain when chewing or biting down
  • Seeing any signs of infection, like pus around your gums or teeth.

If you have noticed any of these signs, it is important to reach out to your dentist immediately. If your tooth is rotten, your veneers will likely be removed to address the decay and replace the shells. Replacement is only sometimes possible if teeth are entirely rotten; your dentist will have other methods to treat your tooth instead.

How Do You Treat A Rotting Tooth Under Veneers?

Rotten teeth do not have the possibility of being completely cured. Still, there are treatment options to limit any further decay. During a consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth, review any concerns you have, and take x-rays to take a more complete look at your teeth condition.

After an examination, your dentist can give you the proper actions to take depending on the severity of the cavity. This can include fillings or root canal treatment. In more serious cases, tooth extractions, bridges, or implants might be necessary to fill any gaps. When caught ahead of time, there is the possibility of managing decay with at-home remedies, like fluoride toothpaste and good oral hygiene habits.

Caring For Veneers

Usually, with proper care, veneers can last for several years. Depending on the material, how you take care of them, and a few other circumstances, porcelain veneers can last ten years or longer. They are made from durable, long-lasting materials but require the same maintenance as your natural teeth.

Here are a few essential tips to care for your veneers and keep them looking their best:

  • Proper Oral Hygiene: Twice a day, dentists always highly recommend brushing, even if you do not have veneers. Daily flossing can also help prevent plaque build-up and food particles from accumulating under the edges of veneers between your natural teeth. It is also important to avoid damaging your veneers by using toothpaste with abrasive ingredients or teeth-whitening ingredients. Your dentist will be able to recommend the right products that will keep your veneers safe and long-lasting.
  • Mouth Rinsing: Using an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing prevents debris and bacteria from accumulating on your teeth. You should rinse with mouthwash every time you brush your teeth.
  • Limiting Sugary and Acidic Foods and Drinks: Enamel can erode over time by drinking or eating soda, coffee, and citrus fruits. This can lead to tooth decay over time, so make sure to clean your teeth after having any acidic or sugary food/drinks.
  • Regular Dental Checkups: It is important to make an appointment with your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning. A regular cleaning will help remove built-up tartar that causes stains and discolorations. During these visits, your dentist also will be able to check for any damages due to wear and tear.
  • Stop Smoking: Smoking causes many different adverse effects on your health overall, but your mouth is more prone to gum disease and tooth decay when smoking. Healthy gums and teeth are important to support your veneers properly.

Cosmetic Dentistry By Dr. Muzny

Dental veneers are a great option for those who want a brighter, uniform smile. They can offer protection as long as you maintain proper oral health and diet. Brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and regular checkups with your dentist are the best ways to prepare for and keep your veneer.
If you are looking for a compassionate and experienced dentist for your cosmetic dentistry, visit us at the offices of Dr. Carrie Muzny, DDS. We help patients in Texas from The Woodlands, Benders Landing, Woodforest, Spring, North Houston, and the Conroe/Montgomery area. We want to help you create a dental routine for a healthier, happier smile. Contact us today!

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