You are enjoying a delicious lunch with some friends when you suddenly feel something loose in your mouth. Oh no, it’s your veneer! Any unexpected dental mishap can cause some panic, but fortunately, it is completely solvable. While veneers are extremely durable and can last up to 20 years, it is possible for them to fall out. Your dentist is here to guide you on your next steps so you can return to your picture-perfect smile!
Step #1: Keep Your Veneer Safe
Place your veneer in a clean container to keep it safe. If it remained in one large piece, your dentist may be able to reattach it. Even if it is broken, collect as many pieces as possible and place them in the container. It will help you and your dentist to determine why your veneer fell out and how to replace it.
Step #2: Contact Your Dentist
After your veneer is in safe keeping, call your dentist as soon as possible. They will provide you with instructions on how to protect the exposed underlying tooth and set up an appointment. Even if your veneer comes off during non-business hours, you can leave a message and use their website to request an appointment.
Step #3: Be Cautious
Since only a thin layer of enamel was removed from your tooth to prepare it for the veneer, it is not in immediate or serious danger. But it is wise to treat it cautiously since the tooth is now exposed. Whether your appointment will be in a few hours or the next day, be careful when you eat or drink due to increased sensitivity to hot or cold beverages or foods. Your tooth may also be a bit rough due to the removed enamel.