I have porcelain veneers that are about four months old. I usually sleep with a night guard because I have a grinding problem. One afternoon, I feel asleep watching a program. I didn’t have the mouth guard in and my veneer cracked in two. Is it possible to ask my dentist to replace this, or will I have to pay for a new veneer?
Sandy L. – Houston, TX
Whether or not your dentist will replace it free of charge really depends on your dentist. Because you knew that you needed to wear a nightguard, your dentist is under no obligation to replace it. However, many dentists would be willing to do replace it asking you only to pay the lab fees, simply because you haven’t had your porcelain veneers very long.
If your veneer cracked cleanly into two pieces, it is possible that it could be repaired, without needing to replace it. A skilled cosmetic dentist could bond it back in place and it would be almost undetectable that anything amiss had happened to it.
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