My Grinding Cracked My Porcelain Veneer

I have had a grinding problem for many years. I’ve been to a TMJ specialist and they have given me a night guard. This has helped immensely. A couple months ago I decided to get porcelain veneers done. Well, I fell asleep without wearing my guard and I woke up to a piece of the veneer in my mouth. It must have cracked off while I was sleeping. Do you know if I can get it replaced for free?

– Sandra in California

Sandra,

Unfortunately, you are at the mercy of the dentist. Since you knew about your grinding problem and were treating it with a night guard, the dentist has no legal obligation to replace it free of charge. That said, it’s not out of the question. Since it has only been a couple of months, the dentist may empathize with you.

Basically, it is the total discretion of the dentist. Maybe they would only require you to pay the laboratory fee with a strict warning about wearing your night guard while sleeping. It could also depend on the instructions that were given when the porcelain veneers were placed. If they told you that you always need to wear the guard while you sleep, then there is really nothing that the dentist could have done to prevent it. Although, if they said nothing to you about wearing the guard, than you may have a stronger case.

It is also worth mentioning that the porcelain veneer may be able to be repaired. It just depends on how it cracked. If it was a clean split, than dental bonding may be used to place it back on the tooth. How the final product will look all depends on the skill level of the cosmetic dentist. It is possible to get this veneer looking perfect again with the right dentist.

As you can see there are several scenarios that could play out. Best of luck to you.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix cosmetic dentist Aesthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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