Posted on 2/20/2020 by Robert Henshaw, DMD
|Signs of gum disease include swollen and irritated gums, red gums, or bleeding gums. Gum disease is a serious issue and should not be left unchecked.
In the early stages of gum disease, irreversible damage can occur, and in the later stages, serious medical problems related to the jawbone and teeth can also occur.
While veneers can give you a pretty and white smile, they can't protect you from the dangers of gum disease. Veneers are generally installed for cosmetic purposes and offer no protection to the gums. In some cases, veneers can cause more complications when dealing with gum disease.
Complications with Veneers and Gum Disease
Once gum disease develops, it can be hard to control without the proper care. If you're a person with veneers, this makes gum disease especially complicated. Since gum disease indicates tooth decay, it may be necessary to remove your veneers in order to treat it. Veneers sit on top of the teeth and do not protect your teeth from decay on any of their surfaces. Because of this, infection can reach beneath veneers, and they will need to be removed for the tooth to be properly cleaned.
If the bacteria on your teeth isn't properly cleaned, it's possible that gum disease can be reoccurring. This is why it is important to remove veneers to treat gum disease. Once veneers are removed it may be impossible to replace them. You will definitely need to have them reinstalled at some point if you want them back which will be costly. However, if the tooth decay is bad enough, it may be entirely impossible to reinstall your veneers as they need a flat, clean surface to be attached to.
If you're worried about gum disease, give us a call. We can offer you some tips on how to prevent it. We can also set up an appointment if you're worried about your gum health. At your appointment, we will thoroughly clean your teeth and stop bacteria from decaying your teeth.
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