Just over a month ago, I had veneers put on my teeth. One of the veneers on my front tooth is causing me some issues. It was left with some dentin exposed and I have had a lot of sensitivity. Although the sensitivity is getting better, the dentist wants to replace this veneer and fit it properly. I’m worried the color won’t match and I’m also concerned there will be risks to my underlying tooth when the veneer is removed.
What do you think? Will the tooth underneath be okay when the veneer is removed? Will the dentist be able to match the color?
– Brenda from Oklahoma
I recommend you work with a cosmetic dentist with a good track record. A great cosmetic dentist will have no trouble matching your existing porcelain veneers; they are artists and color is just one of many details they master. Excellent cosmetic dental laboratories will keep their color formulas for the cosmetic dentists so the work can match previous projects. These labs realize things may need to be done later and matching is the key in doing great work.
There’s no need to worry about damaging your tooth. This is a non-issue because you actually pose more risk to the tooth by leaving this source of irritation then by redoing the veneer. When teeth have exposed dentin, this causes tooth sensitivity because the dentin has tubules that go straight into the pulp. Open tubules are at risk for attracting bacteria so it’s important to redo the veneers.