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 Missoula General Dentistry - Veneer

Porcelain veneers are a very thin, eggshell thickness of porcelain that is laminated to the existing tooth. Veneers are used to cover the front portion and edge of a tooth, most commonly used on front teeth. Veneers are the restoration of choice to restore front teeth that have worn edges, and or previous fractures of the edge. Tooth colored composite resin restorations can be used in the case of slight wear of the edge of a tooth, however, in situations of more advanced wear and when the front portion of the tooth may be affected, or if an existing tooth colored composite restorations is failing, porcelain veneers offer the most esthetic and long lasting result.

. The advantage of porcelain veneers is the ability to do very conservative and minimal tooth reduction and yet be able to re-enamel the entire facial or smiling surface of the tooth to improve esthetics and add to the overall strength of the tooth.

Limitations for use of veneers include the need for a more ideal occlusion or bite relationship and also sufficient remaining enamel to provide adequate bond strength. As long as sufficient enamel is available, the long-term predictability of the veneer is can be comparable to a conventional crown.