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Can Porcelain Veneers Cause Bleeding Gums?

I just had porcelain veneers placed about six months ago. I noticed a month or so afterward that my gums would occasionally bleed when I brushed my teeth. I invested in a water pick to make sure I was getting everything I could, but it didn’t help. I had my six-month check up this week and the hygienist said it looks like I’m developing the start of gum disease. Because this started shortly after I got my porcelain veneers, could they be the cause?

Miriam

Dear Miriam,

A dental tool holding up a porcelain veneer

It sounds like you’re doing everything right and taking good care of your smile. While I do suspect the porcelain veneers are involved in what’s going on with your teeth and gums, they are definitely not the reason.

Porcelain veneers do not cause bleeding gums. Poorly placed porcelain veneers can, though. If you went to an inexperienced cosmetic dentist, they may not even realize they’re the cause. This is just business as usual for them.

Do a Porcelain Veneer Check

I want you to find an expert cosmetic dentist in your area. Look on the mynewsmile.com website. A dentist can request to be placed on their list, but they can’t pay to be listed. Instead, they have to pass some stringent requirements. Dr. Hall, who runs the site, verifies their training, their technical skill in cosmetic procedures, as well as their artistry in creating beautiful smiles. If they don’t meet his stringent requirements, they won’t get listed. It’s that simple.

Have one of their recommended dentists check your porcelain veneers. Let them know what is going on but not who did your smile makeover. That’s just a precaution in case they’re friends with your dentist. You don’t want them to feel torn between honesty and protecting their friend’s reputation.

There are two possible causes for what I suspect is happening to you.

  • Excess cement or bonding material

If your dentist didn’t get all the bonding material away from your gums, it could be causing irritation to your gums and that would lead to bleeding.

  • Bulky Margins

In the dental industry, bulky margins simply mean the porcelain veneers aren’t sitting flush against your teeth as they should. Instead, you’ll have a ledge and uneven edges. Things can become trapped on the ledge, which breeds bacteria. That, in turn, will lead to gum disease and decay. This will need to be repaired or you’ll end up needing fillings on the edges of your veneers.

Your dentist should fix either of these issues free of charge. You may need the testimony of the other cosmetic dentist to “convince” him though.

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Should porcelain veneers fall off?

I have always been embarassed by my smile. Recently my dentist has been studying about porcelain veneers. She offered to do some for me for half price of what they normally are. I was excited about the possibility of getting a pretty smile for the first time in my life.  I spent all of my savings to have this done. I will admit that my smile is prettier. I was just wondering if porcelain veneers should fall off so much? Mine has had at least one veneer fall off a week, for the last three weeks.

Harry P. – South Carolina

Harry,

I’m glad you are excited about your smile. I’m also glad you were pleased with your results. I’m trying to give your dentist the benefit of the doubt, because there is really NO reason for your porcelain veneers to fall off.

I know your dentist is just learning and it is great you knew that ahead of time. You are lucky that your dentist did a decent job on the veneers themselves. Some people end up with a smile worse than what they had and end up quite depressed.

I’m hoping your dentist has just been using a temporary paste and that is why they keep falling off. If she’s using the actual bonding, then she really needs to go back and learn the bonding procedure.

If you’re comfortable asking her what type of bonding she’s doing, then it is in both your benefits.

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