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This article was published on February 22nd, 2022
Teeth are a major part of our appearance. They’re the focal point of our face and an important part of how we present ourselves to the world. We all want to be able to show off a perfect smile, but not everyone has naturally straight teeth. This article will help you understand what dental veneers are, the risks and examples of negligence.
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or plastic that cover the front surface of a tooth. They can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that have been damaged by decay, erosion, or staining. Veneers provide a durable solution for people who need to have their teeth restored but don’t want to go through the long process and expense of crowns, bridges, and dentures. However, dental veneers can also cause problems in several ways, some of which could entitle you to compensation.
Your dentist may have failed to address your gum line asymmetry. This happens when the height and shape of the individual’s gum line are not scanned correctly. The height and contour of a person’s gum line have a significant impact on the overall appearance of their smile. The gum line is frequently asymmetrical or at an incorrect height for each tooth. Before veneers are fitted most patients will need either laser gum recontouring or crown lengthening surgery.
This is an essential part of the process when you’re getting dental veneers, this is where your dentist will place a model of the veneer onto your tooth so that they can check that you are going to be happy with the end result. This also allows them to check if the veneers are going to cause any complications. If your dentist has failed to do a wax-up, you may be unhappy with the outcome of your veneers, and you could end up with problems with your speech if they are too large.
Porcelain veneers tend to be more expensive than composite because they mimic the look of natural teeth. Your dentist should use high-quality materials so that they last longer. For example, if they have used a low-quality haemostatic agent you may notice staining.
If your dentist has removed too much of your enamel when shaping your teeth for veneers, it can cause permanent damage to them and in extreme cases, it can cause the teeth to die.
If your dentist has failed to fit your veneers closely to your teeth it can cause several issues. This includes pain, sensitivity, and even nerve damage, as well as potential food accumulation issues, discolouration of the veneer edges, and gum damage.
If you have had problems with your dental veneers and you believe your dentist to be at fault, get in touch today. Our nationally renowned personal injury team includes highly experienced dental negligence solicitors specialising in dentist negligence and dental compensation claims.
We have successfully represented clients with dental negligence claims resulting from poor dentistry caused by misdiagnosis, inadequate treatment and careless dental work.
To speak to a member of our specialist team, call 0800 093 2030 or fill out our simple enquiry form.