Are Porcelain Veneers Painful?

Porcelain veneers are a popular choice for those who are seeking to correct cosmetic dental issues. These thin coverings are placed over the front of the tooth, and are used to fix a wide range of dental issues, including cracked or chipped teeth, discolored teeth, gaps between teeth, and crooked or misshapen teeth.

As with any dental procedure, patients frequently want to know if getting porcelain veneers will be painful. That is the question we will address in this brief article.

woman's beautiful smile from porcelain veneers

How They Fit

A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is custom-made to fit on the front of the tooth. A small amount of enamel must be removed from the front and sides of the tooth to make room for the veneers, so they look natural.

The process is somewhat like getting a crown, except it is far less invasive. First, the dentist makes an impression of the prepared teeth, and then the impression is sent to a lab that makes the custom-sized veneers. The patient may be fit with temporary veneers until customized veneers are ready to be permanently put in place.

How They Feel

Every phase of the veneer procedure should be comfortable and pain-free. The removal of enamel can create sensitivity, so when the tooth is prepared, the area will be numbed, just like when having a cavity filled. In addition, nitrous oxide is an option for patients who request it. After the numbness wears off, any discomfort should be manageable with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofin.

When the temporary veneers are removed, the altered enamel is briefly exposed to air, so again the area is numbed to prevent any discomfort.

After the permanent veneers have been cemented into place, there can be brief period of sensitivity, as with any other invasive dental procedure. But any residual pain should be easily manageable with over-the-counter ibuprofin.

If you are feeling self-conscious about your teeth, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Dr. Martin, Dr. Arora, and the rest of the team here at Artistic Dentistry are looking forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!

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