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    Veneer Questions Ask The Dentist Richard Winter Question:
    20 Year Old Veneers: My porcelain veneers are roughly 20 years old.

    Now that their appearance is darker and my gums have receded a bit, I would like to replace them. A total of 6 across the top.

    When I query dentists about arranging for this, they attempt to dissuade me: 'there may not be sufficient enamel to support a second bonding and the veneers will be quite susceptible to failure.'

    Is there any technology on the immediate horizon that will allow for a bonding success rate that is comparable to my first set of veneers? ...Visitor from NM

    Answer:
    Great question. First of all, the dentists are grateful that you have had such longevity with your veneers.

    When you have recession and root structure is showing, the cementum material on the root is much harder to bond to than the enamel on which you currently have your veneers.

    It is possible that you may require crowns at this stage due to the inability to predictably bond to root structure over the long term.

    You can have a dentist show you the pros and cons of veneers and make your decision. If there is sufficient enamel on which to bond, veneers could still be a great option. Your dentist can point you the way for greatest long term success and predictabililty.

    Wisconsin Reconstructive Implant Dentistry
    Wisconsin Prosthodontics
    Richard Winter, DDS MAGD
    Winter Dental Associates
    Hampton Dental Associates
    5323 W. Hampton Avenue
    Milwaukee Wisconsin WI 53218
    (414) 464-9021

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