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Can you Get Veneers with Periodontal Disease?

Damaged or decaying teeth can have an adverse impact on your health and confidence. But thanks to modern dentistry, there is no need to endure pain or self-esteem due to dental issues. 

Dental veneers are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in modern dentistry. They can help conceal embarrassing dental problems like chipped teeth, stains, or misshapen teeth. They can bring you a perfect smile. 

Veneers are a good option if you have cracked or discoloured teeth. But veneers require a healthy gum foundation to be effective: which raises the question, can you get veneers with periodontal diseases? 

Can you get veneers with gum disease?

Periodontal disease is a serious infection. It damages the gum tissue, and if left untreated, it can also damage the bones. Additionally, it can also cause tooth loosening and tooth loss. 

Swollen gums, tooth decay, bad breath, bright red gums, and pus between your teeth and gums are some early signs of gum disease. In the final stage of gum disease, your teeth can fall out because of receding gums and deteriorating tissues.  

Gum diseases shall be treated first to restore your beautiful smile and to regain optimum gum health. If gum disease is left untreated, the bacterial infection can spread into your mouth. 

Healthy gums provide a stable foundation for veneers to be effective. Therefore, you cannot get veneers if you suffer from periodontal diseases. But you can get veneers once your gums have been treated and healed. 

Depending on your situation, your dentist may suggest non-surgical or surgical treatments such as bone grafting, pocket reduction etc. 

Pros and cons of veneers

The PROS!

  • Natural-looking teeth:

The porcelain fixture looks like enamel, reflecting natural light in the same way as natural teeth. 

  • Whiten your smile:

Veneers are usually stain-resistant, so do not worry about discolouration. 

  • Fix minor cosmetic problems: 

Veneers attach to your natural tooth enamel and can mask any existing orthodontic problems. Further, they also protect your natural enamel while covered. 

  • Longevity and durability: 

With reasonable precautions, veneers can last between 10 to 20 years. 

  • Instant results:

The process is minimally invasive and provides instant results. 

The CONS! 

  • High cost: 

The price depends on various factors such as the dentist, location, quantity of teeth being restored etc. However, a single veneer can typically cost between $1,000 and $2,000. 

  • Irreversible procedure: 

Some enamel is removed while fitting in veneers, which permanently restructures your teeth, making the procedure irreversible. 

  • Increased sensitivity: 

Some enamel removal to make room for veneers make your teeth more sensitive to cold and hot foods and drinks. 

However, this is temporary, and you can use some dental products to strengthen the enamel of your teeth. 

  • Susceptible to damage: 

The prospect of damage occurring is very rare if you take proper care of your teeth. But there are chances of breaking, chipping, detachment etc. 

Although they can be replaced, the replacement procedure becomes costly. 

 

Veneers for receding gums before and after

Laser gum lift and veneers: before-after  

Laser gum lift and veneers: before-after

 

How long can you keep your teeth with periodontal disease?

Gingivitis may not be noticeable initially but can manifest gum inflammation and other uncomfortable symptoms. Stress makes them susceptible to periodontal diseases due to their ability to suppress the immune system. 

Untreated periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. Moreover, the damage-cause bacteria may enter the blood through gums and affect other body parts. 

Therefore, you must get treated as soon as possible without further delay. 

Is periodontal disease contagious? 

Yes, periodontal disease is contagious. If you have this disease, others may contract it, or you can get it from others with gum diseases. 

Technically, while the disease is not contagious, the bacteria that cause it are. Therefore, avoid the following things if you have gum disease. 

The gum disease can spread through: 

  • Kissing 
  • Eating from the same utensils 
  • Sipping the same straw
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