Oral Health

Question
Posted by: AB | 2007/06/15

Q.

Veneers

My front teeth grew with indentations and calcium deposites, my dentist covered them with what I hav been told as a 'filling substance', but now that is wearing off and chipping so they need to be redone. A new dentist filled the chips with a clear substance which I was not comforatblewith (I could see where the clear met the old substance). That has since chipped off (lasted a few months) He suggested veneers. Is there any other alternatives. I am concerned with mm of my teeth being drilled away and replaced with veneers which may fall off. They are also costly and will use up my entire years medical savings.

Expert's Reply

A.

Oral health expert

The filling substance you refer to is the only other viable option and they do tend to discolour over time. Also if there is not enough tooth substance to support it it does tend to fall off or chip away. Veneers are a very good option as they last longer than fillings. Also they are more conservative than crowns, which cover the entire surface of the tooth instead of just the front. The tooth structure that is removed is minimal and not generally damaging to the tooth

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