Regardless of if you have had a bad fall or maybe you just bit into a piece of something that was a little too hard, experiencing a cracked veneer happens. This is an emergency on many levels for many, not only from the prospect of the health of your tooth, but aesthetically as well.
How to Respond First things first, start by looking at the cracked veneer itself. The damaged jewel will most likely influence what you should do next. Determine if it is a full-blown break or do you think it is just a hairline crack. Once this is determined, consider how long it has been since you had your veneers installed. If it has been more than 10 years, well, it may just be time to have it replaced regardless. If it has been way less than 10, especially perhaps maybe less than a year, it could indicate that there was a fabrication fracture already present.
Take special note of what you were doing exactly when you discovered the crack. Were you just eating a normal meal or were you using your mouth to open the latest package you just received? Perhaps you are grinding your teeth or clenching them at night, and you were not previously aware. For most, this is most generally the issue. However, at times, cracks do occur from chewing on ice or very hard candy.
Make sure to save all the pieces if you can of the veneer for your trip to our office. Once you get to our office, we will be able to determine if it was a material issue that caused the crack, or an accident or perhaps just some of your own bad habits that caught up with you. Regardless of the cause, take care to follow all the steps and call us immediately as they will be able to provide you with all the options that you may need for the care and repair of the veneer.
If you are experiencing problems with your veneers or are interested in finding out more about the installation of veneers, please call the office and we will schedule an appointment for you. We love being able to help inform you about how to better take care of your mouth.