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    Question:
    Veneers cause root canals, pain and loss of straight teeth? I had porcelain veneers on four teeth at the front about a year ago.

    Since then, my teeth never felt right. I asked the dentist about this and he told me they will be sensitive.

    Then I had an infection and had to have root canal done on one of the veneers. Then the same thing happened again on the other veneer which caused alot of swelling and was extremely painful.

    Now I have to have root canal done again and my veneer has moved. My teeth are no longer straight.

    Is this a common occurance when having veneers? Did the veneers cause my infections?

    I have never had anything wrong with my teeth before, just had gaps that I didn't like, please help. ...Visitor from Chesterfield United Kingdom UK

    Answer:
    Teeth No Longer Straight after Porcelain Veneers
    This problem depends on how many teeth the patient has in their mouth. If they did not have bite stability before getting the veneers, they will not have it after getting porcelain veneers. Porcelain Veneers for the most part do not correct bites unless the dentist is making a special effort to correct the bite with porcelain veneers. Most dentists are correcting gaps between teeth, color or shape and not necessarily bites with porcelain veneers. How many teeth does the patient have? If the patient has some missing teeth, there will be shifting of the teeth unless the missing teeth are replaced at the same time the veneers were placed.

    Pain After Porcelain Veneers
    There should not be pain or sensitivity after porcelain veneers. Most patients are far less sensitive. However, it all depends on the condition of the teeth before the veneers were placed. Perhaps the patient already had large decayed areas or fillings with decay under them. If there was extensive decay from the beginning, porcelain veneers may not be related to the pain as much as the condition of the teeth from the beginning.

    Root Canals after Porcelain Veneers
    Sometimes the teeth are already infected with bacteria before the veneers were started. In that case, the patient was going to require root canals or extractions anyway. It is possible that the dentist caused the problem by over grinding the teeth or poor bonding technique, but in most cases the condition of the tooth before treatment can be very helpful in solving the problem. Bonding techniques are very very technique sensitive. The skill of the dentist is critical in bonding porcelain to the patient's tooth without causing trauma to the tooth.

    Solution: - Get a complete set of x-rays, have the dentist evaluate your bite, evaluate the condition of the teeth before treatment and get definitive care.

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