There isn’t one if you’re looking for a simple yes or no answer to the title question. While it’s true that a dentist can perform a porcelain veneer procedure on a patient with gum disease, most dentists and other health professionals prefer that you treat the gum disease first.
So, yes, you can technically get porcelain veneers if you have gum disease, but dental professionals who practice top-tier oral health do not recommend it. If you’re interested in dental veneers in Sugar Land, TX, but you worry that you may have gum disease, we invite you to book an appointment with Bella Smiles Cosmetic and Family Dentistry for a personalized answer to this question. You may discover during your consultation that the degree of your gum disease does not preclude you from porcelain veneers treatment in Sugar Land, TX.
The short answer is “no.” The longer answer is that if there is untreated decay or infection on teeth and gums at the time of the veneer procedure, the decay and infection can cause gum infection. Dental professionals always recommend that all underlying oral health concerns be corrected before a patient receives dental veneers. Dental veneers cover a large portion of a patient’s tooth, which means that the advancement of decay and infection will advance unnoticed if it was present before the procedure. Instead of taking a risk with your gum health, make sure that you choose cosmetic dentistry in Sugar Land, TX, focusing on long-term oral health instead of a quick fix.
Some side effects from dental veneers can cause gum disturbances, such as swelling and inflammation, but these are typically temporary and not related to gum disease. You may notice swelling and irritation when the dentist does not clean the bonding material used in the procedure from below a patient’s gumline. Another reason might be that the dentist has not paid close attention to the margins of the patient’s teeth and placed the veneers in a less than ideal location – such as too low beneath the gumline. Dr. India D. Gibson, our dentist near you, is committed to top-tier, quality-focused dentistry to ensure he places your veneers with precision and accuracy.
When you receive your dental veneers, they are placed directly over an existing tooth without disturbing your gum tissue. “Do gums grow back after gum disease so I can get dental veneers?” Although gums do not grow back after gum disease, gum grafts are possible. The grafting procedure creates adequate space for a removable dental veneer procedure on patients with receding gums. You can remove gingival veneers each night for cleaning – a critical step to guard against continued gum recession.
Most dentists won’t perform any type of dental veneer procedure on patients with existing gum concerns – whether it’s periodontal disease or gum recession. That said, it’s not uncommon for some patients with healthy gums to experience minor swelling or tooth sensitivity after the procedure. Our dentist will provide you with complete aftercare instructions post-procedure, but this minor swelling and tooth sensitivity does not typically last longer than two weeks.
While veneers don’t ruin a patient’s teeth, they remove some of the tooth’s enamel. The abrasion helps the dental veneer bond more successfully to the tooth receiving the veneer. Without it, the veneer would fall off rather quickly. So, while veneers do not “ruin” your teeth, the procedure is irreversible once performed.
Call us or make an appointment online to learn more about porcelain veneers, gum veneers, and gum disease treatment near you. We’re looking forward to meeting you soon to answer all of your questions in person.