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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Cavities Behind Porcelain Veneers

Some of our patients have been concerned about getting cavities behind their porcelain veneers. Cavities are caused by the acid excretions of bacteria in the mouth, and by food particles left to break down on the teeth. Anything acid wears down the tooth enamel and that is why daily brushing and flossing is central in maintaining your beautiful smile.

When we place a porcelain veneer onto the front of a tooth, we use a strong adhesive that keeps it in place permanently. There are no spaces between the teeth and the veneers. However, the backs of those teeth are exposed to bacteria and decaying food particles. When you brush, be sure to brush the back sides of your teeth so that no cavity can form there and penetrate into the tooth's interior from behind the veneers.

Porcelain does not decay, so you can be sure that your porcelain veneers will be durable as well as beautiful.

The best way to maintain the strength and appearance of all your teeth is daily dental hygiene to remove bacteria, their excretions, and food particles. Bacteria cannot be eliminated, but their numbers can be kept down. Plaque is the name for bacteria and their excretions, and if you leave it on your teeth for long enough it will harden into tartar, also called calculus. Brushing and flossing cannot remove tartar, but our dental hygienist can.

If you are in the Chicago or Glenview, Illinois area and are interested in porcelain veneers, please call or email our porcelain veneer dentists at the Colonial Dental Group today, for an initial consultation.

posted by Erica at 7:44 AM

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