Are you interested in porcelain veneers to get that perfect smile? Many people elect to have veneers to correct a wide range of oral defects. While the benefits of porcelain veneers have been demonstrated for years, those with periodontal (gum) disease should proceed with caution.
If you want porcelain veneers and have gum disease, you should get the disease treated first. Only after the disease is under control should any elective restorations be performed. There are a number of reasons for this.
First, veneers can make it more difficult to clean your teeth. There is normally a tiny ledge along the edges of veneers where the veneer meets the tooth. If an edge of a veneer sits at or below the gumline, this area can attract bacteria, leading to gum disease.
Gum disease that persists and worsens after veneer placement can cause gums to recede. Receding gums can create spaces between the teeth and expose tooth roots. This will allow edges of the veneers to show, making veneers visible compared to the natural tooth.
In addition, if left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to loss of teeth. Any financial investment in veneers will go down the tubes if these teeth are eventually lost to gum disease.
Periodontal disease does not mean that you cannot get veneers. Just get the disease treated first. Furthermore, once your veneers are placed, be sure to brush and floss diligently to protect your investment.
For more information about veneer placement in patients with a history of gum disease, contact our office to schedule a consultation.