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Do Teeth Rot With Porcelain Veneers? The Truth About Fake Teeth

by | Aug 18, 2022

Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. They are thin, tooth-colored shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers can be used to correct a wide variety of aesthetic concerns, including chips, cracks, gaps, and stains. One of the most common questions we get from our patients about porcelain veneers is: Do teeth rot with porcelain veneers?

The quick and simple answer is: No. Under normal circumstances, teeth should not rot under veneers. As long as your veneers are properly applied and maintained, your natural teeth are well protected.

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for inexperienced dentists to apply veneers improperly.

If veneers are not bonded tightly to your natural teeth, bacteria and food particles can become trapped between the two surfaces. Over time, this can lead to decay and toothaches. In addition, if your veneers are too thick, they can actually put unnecessary pressure on your teeth which can lead to cracking or breaking. That’s why it’s important to choose a qualified and experienced dentist for your porcelain veneer procedure.

How to Tell if Teeth Are Rotting Under Veneers

If you think that your teeth under veneers might be rotting, it’s important to call your dentist right away. There are a few signs that you should look out for, including: loose teeth, sensitive teeth, sore gums, and infections.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, your dentist will need to take a look.

In some cases, the veneer will need to be removed in order to treat the decay.

If the tooth is salvageable, the veneer can be replaced. If the tooth is too far gone, your dentist will advise you on alternative treatment options. Either way, it’s important to get in touch with a cosmetic dentist as soon as possible so that they can assess the situation and recommend the best course of action.

Can You Put Porcelain Veneers On Bad Teeth?

When it comes to repairing or improving the appearance of teeth, veneers and crowns are two popular options. Veneers are a thin coating of material placed over the surface of the tooth, while crowns encircle the tooth. Both offer benefits, but it’s important to understand the limitations of each before making a decision.

Veneers are primarily a cosmetic restoration and cannot be placed over teeth that are rotten or decaying. If you’re looking to improve the look of a damaged or weak tooth, a crown would be a better option.

Crowns not only offer the aesthetic you desire, but they also provide structural reinforcement for the tooth. We use all-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns that match the natural color of teeth much better than other crowns and they look remarkably natural. 

In cases where the tooth can’t be saved, your dentist may recommend a complete extraction with a dental implant to replace the missing tooth. Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone to serve as a stable foundation for replacement teeth. If you’re considering veneers or crowns, be sure to consult with your dentist to discuss which option is best for you.



Triangle Dentistry, located in Raleigh, NC, provides a state-of-the-art facility that offers exceptional general dental and specialty services guided by empathy of a patient’s needs and desires. Services range from dental crowns to veneers and whitening procedures. For further information, questions, or to schedule an appointment, contact the office at (919) 847-6000