Correcting old cosmetic dental work
Cosmetic dental work, when it’s done right, can last a long time. Unfortunately, it’s not always done right the first time. You know the scenario. When you glance in the mirror, your teeth just don’t look as good as in the past. Or they may be sensitive or painful in some areas. If so, it is time to speak to your dentist about assessing old cosmetic dental work that you had done — and whether it needs to be redone. Most importantly, dentists can identify issues before they become a real problem.
Being a leader in aesthetic dentistry, the team at The Dental Room routinely undertake corrective cosmetic dental work for work that has reached its use-by date. We also occasionally find ourselves fixing work that was not done properly from the start.
What is cosmetic dental work?
Such cosmetic work refers to a diverse range of dental procedures to improve the look of your teeth and may include resin veneers, porcelain veneers and crowns — each of which have a different expected longevity.
You can count on resin veneers, for example, lasting about five years, while porcelain veneers and crowns will last roughly 12 to 15 years. In some cases, I’ve seen them last even longer.
Correcting old work
People’s mouths are such a dynamic environment. They are constantly in use and so many things can change internally. That’s why veneers or any type of cosmetic dental work is put under a lot of stress and these treatments may not last forever.
The great thing is that such cosmetic dental treatments are more fixable than most other cosmetic procedures, such as Botox, facelifts or nose jobs. With dental treatments, you can remove the old work and simply replace them — as long as they were done correctly in the first place.
For example, we often find ourselves redoing work that was done overseas as part of some dental tourism package. The patient thought they were getting a great deal, but fixing a dodgy job requires significantly more work than normal, and a far more considered approach by the dental team.
Simply ask your dental professional for appropriate treatments, and check on costs and treatment plans before you start any work.
No substitute for experience
Given the importance of our teeth — practically and aesthetically — it is important to get treatments and advice from a dentist who is appropriately qualified to do such work. Having aesthetic dentistry done by a general dentist is a lot like going to your GP for a facelift — they’re just not qualified to do that work.
Ways you can choose wisely include doing a bit of homework. Look at photos, ask around for personal recommendations—and talk to your dentist about what they’ve done and what they’re qualified to do.
Forging a long-term relationship with a highly qualified, trusted professional means you can get such dental treatments done correctly in the first place, minimising the need for fixing up work down the track.
And regular visits are important. Don’t forget that.
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