The Easy Guide On Veneers Side Effects: Pain, Sensitivity, Risks and More

The Easy Guide On Veneers Side Effects: Pain, Sensitivity, Risks and More

Chapter 4

Welcome to the fourth part of our learning guide on veneers. We have learned about veneers, the veneers procedure, and the types of veneers. Now you may be curious about the possible veneers side effects, right? Well, you’re in the right place.

When discussing veneers side effects it’s important to understand every procedure has some side effects and veneers are not the exception. Yes, they give you bright, healthy-looking teeth. They’re just a few and are easily avoided and cured. But it’s important for the patient interested in veneers to know them before getting the procedure. 

Some of the veneers side effects may involve pain, sensitivity, irregular color or shape, and gum problems. Also, it’s impossible to talk about side effects without discussing the possibility of pain during and after the procedure.

At the end of this article, you will know everything you need to know about the risks of veneers and how to handle them. More importantly, you will learn to recognize them and know when to ask for your Dr’s opinion.

What are the most common veneers side effects?

Veneers are not an invasive dental treatment. But, as with any procedure, veneers procedure has side effects exist and the patients need to know about them. Some of the side effects are very easily avoidable by an experienced doctor. Usually, created by inexperienced hands or are simply temporary.

In any case, we believe an informed patient is always a happy patient. This is why it’s important for us to go in-depth into the side effects of veneers.

The main veneers side effects are:

  • Problems with colormatching
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Gum tissue inflammation
  • Tooth trauma and pulp decay
  • Positioning problems
  • Possible tooth decay
  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia

But let’s go more into details. 

Veneers side effects, veneers problems.

Problems with colormatching

In some cases, there’s the possibility of the veneers not matching perfectly and completely to the teeth adjacent to them. You may have dark teeth compared to the veneers. Maybe the adjacent teeth are discolored. In other cases, dental facets are stained or discolored around the edges. This discoloration is caused by excess moisture during the sealing of the veneers. It’s usually caused by an inexperienced hand. Such irregularities in colour are very rare and easily avoidable by an expert doctor.

Also, be sure to clearly talk with your dentist before the first visit and express your desires about shade and color to avoid any disappointment in the future.

Sensitivity to heat and cold

The removal of the enamel in this type of cosmetic dentistry procedure may cause some tooth sensitivity. The enamel is the strongest material in our body and protects the teeth from external agents and possible sensitivity. 

This means when you get veneers you can feel some tooth sensitivity when you have extremely hot and extremely cold food and beverages. This is a more common side effect for cosmetic teeth veneers. It is also easily solvable. Just avoid very hot or cold food or drinks and you won’t have any sensitivity to your teeth. Also, toothpaste for sensitive teeth may help. You can ask your doctor for the best option for you.

Gum tissue inflammation 

Some patients complain about certain post-procedural complications like inflammation or bleeding of the gums. While minor inflammation of the gums is possible, as you adjust to your new teeth and bite, more extreme versions of these are not normal post-procedural side effects and you should get them checked out.

When you have any dentistry procedure, especially the ones adding foreign objects into your mouth, you will go through an adjusting period. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new objects and the new asset. This may take some time and cause discomfort and gum irritation. 

Veneers are no exception. Sometimes the gum tissues will require some time to adjust to the new veneers. This gum tissues problem may require a few days to calm down and go away. The dentist may advise some over-the-counter medication to calm the pain. If you notice it doesn’t go away after one week you should get in touch with your dentist for a follow-up visit.

Tooth trauma and pulp decay

As we explained in the previous guide about veneers procedure, to create space for the veneers the dentist files the natural teeth. This means eliminating a small layer of dental enamel. This dental procedure may cause the teeth to get weaker and create tooth trauma. But what does this mean? It means your teeth can be more sensitive and the pulp inside them may die. 

Pulp Decay comes with symptoms like change in color and pain, bad smell or taste, and sometimes a pimple on your gum. This inflammatory process cuts off blood supply and starves the nerve, killing the pulp and the teeth in the end.

This may happen if you let an unexpert doctor apply your veneers and file your enamel. An expert and qualified doctor will know how to file the right layer of enamel during dental treatment without any risk of tooth trauma.

Placement issues

Another problem that may occur is having issues with the exact placement during the application of veneers. This may cause pain or gum irritation and is one of the veneers side effects. When you alight the veneers’ margins with the chewing edges you can end up chipping the veneers. But if you remove too little you can cause a thick-looking veneer. Veneers are a work of precision and if you want to avoid veneers side effects you should always pick a very experienced and precise dentist. 

Possible tooth decay

It is possible for the teeth to have issues with decay or chipping along the outer portion of the veneers. Other problems can include rough-edged veneers and overhanging veneers. Gum irritation is also possible. Aligning veneer margins with the chewing edges has the potential to chip the veneers. However, removing too little of the surface can cause the veneers to look too thick.

Allergic reaction to anesthetic 

Being allergic to the Anesthetic is extremely unlikely but not impossible. During an allergic reaction, you may experience shortness of breath, swollen tongue, rashes, hives, itchy skin, coughing. This is why it’s extremely important to talk to your doctor about any health issues or allergies you have before even starting the examination of your mouth. A doctor knows how to react and handle an allergy situation but it’s always better to avoid these kinds of situations. 

Veneers side effects: do veneers hurt?

When we talk about veneers side effects and veneers risks we have to answer the question “do veneers hurt?”. This is one of the biggest fears when it comes to dental treatments in general and veneers are surely no exception. There are 3 possible moments you may have pain when getting veneers and it’s during the first appointment, during the second appointment, and after the procedure. Usually, all the causes of pain can be solved easily making veneers a pain-free procedure, except maybe a few moments of discomfort. 

Is There Pain In The First Visit? 

The first real step in the procedure, enamel removal, tends to be the main cause for concern when it comes to experiencing pain while getting veneers. As this step involves grinding the top layer of enamel with a tool called dental bur, dentists will use local anesthesia injected into the gums in the upper and lower jaw to prevent patients from feeling any pain. This injection usually causes a very mild sting in terms of pain. The patient may take over-the-counter pain medication like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen if they feel any pain or discomfort.

Some patients who have sensitive teeth, even when their mouth is numb, might feel discomfort due to the feel of dental bur on their teeth, but this will not be painful. If patients feel anxious about this as well, dentists may use nitrous oxide to calm them.

Is There Pain In The Second Visit? 

After your permanent crowns are ready, you will go to your dentist for them to be placed instead of the temporary veneers. In this step, your dentist will use a drill to get the temporary veneers out and place the new veneers with a bonding agent like an adhesive to create a secure bond. This could also cause anxiety in patients over the question of feeling pain or discomfort.  Some dentists use local anesthetics in this step as well to make sure patients do not feel discomfort due to sensitive teeth.

After this step, make sure to do a follow-up visit so your dentist can check on your veneers and the state of your dental health. 

Is There Pain After The Procedure?

There usually is some soreness after the procedure as you become accustomed to having veneers. The soreness also depends on how many veneers you have got. If you got only one or a couple of veneers on the teeth, the soreness often will be minimal to none.

If you have veneers on, for example, for all your upper teeth, then you might experience more soreness. However, this should not last more than for a couple of days and would gradually fade as you get accustomed to your new teeth and bite.

Pain While Wearing Temporary Veneers

You will receive temporary veneers on top of your teeth to protect your real teeth in the meantime. This is a type of veneers you will wear just for a short time.

During this period, it is important to remember that your teeth might be more sensitive to foreign objects as the enamel removed from your teeth will mean there is less of a barrier between the nerve endings on your teeth and outside factors. Therefore it is important to be careful when you consume chewy foods, hot beverages or cold foods.  

Of course, the level of pain or discomfort will depend on individual experience and level of sensitivity, it is normal to experience some sort of discomfort at this step while you wait for your custom veneers to be placed.

Do Veneers Cause Sensitive Teeth?

The general misconception is that porcelain or composite veneers might be causes for sensitive teeth in every single patient. This is usually due to the tooth preparation phase in the veneer process. In some patients, veneers act as a protection for damaged teeth or chipped teeth. 

Below, you will find the possible reasons people might get sensitive teeth from dental veneers, ways to avoid this situation, and how veneers might help you get over your tooth sensitivity. 

Veneers Side Effects and Possible Causes of Sensitivity

The first step to getting veneers, no matter the type of veneer, is tooth enamel removal. This reduction is not very significant as it only aims to remove the very top layer of enamel, without getting down to the layer of dentin. This is the level where nerve endings that would cause any pain or major sensitivity lie. At this stage of the dental veneer procedure, most dentists will use a local anesthetic to numb the area to prevent any pain or discomfort.  

In the future, you may get this sensitivity caused by the removal of the enamel. It doesn’t happen to everyone and it’s easily manageable by avoiding hot and cold food and drinks and extremely hard and crunchy foods.

Ways to Avoid Sensitive Teeth After Preparation for Veneers

After the removal of enamel from the tooth surface, expectedly there will be increased but temporary tooth sensitivity in the area. To keep this to a minimum, your dentist will likely use agents to prevent sensitivity. At this stage, you will receive temporary veneers to wear in order to be comfortable until your custom veneers are prepared at a dental lab. During this period, it is important to be careful of certain things like temperature sensitivity; watch out for cold foods and hot beverages.  

When you get your permanent veneers bonded to your teeth, you will go through an adjustment period. After this period, there shouldn’t be any sensitivity on your teeth. If there is, keep avoiding hot and cold food and get in touch with your doctor. They will know how to help you!

Now, time for the next chapter about veneers cost.

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