X-rays are an important tool in the fight to maintain good oral health. Veneers can be detected in dental x-rays. In general, the tooth structure underneath the veneer can be seen in an x-ray. It is important that those with veneers continue to get x-rays to monitor the underlying teeth for problems.
Through dental x-rays, it is possible to detect tooth decay under veneers. However, if decay is found under a veneer, the veneer will normally need to be removed to restore the tooth and then replaced. Sometimes a new veneer can be placed, but often, a crown will need to be placed on the tooth instead.
Because of the need to replace a veneer on a tooth that has developed decay, it is good practice to do whatever you can to take care of your veneered teeth so that problems do not develop. Here are some tips to minimize tooth decay and other problems.
• Brush your teeth twice a day.
• Floss daily to clean the areas between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach.
• Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse to help strengthen your teeth.
• Visit your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and oral exam.
To learn more about caring for veneers, contact our dental veneer dentist in Los Angeles.