Leaky Veneers

Help me. I’m getting a black color on my porcelain veneers near the gums and they are also turning yellow. They’re only seven years old. What should I do?

Tiffany- Alabama


Porcelain Veneers should not be turning yellow after only seven years, unless a dentist made the mistake of cleaning them with a power polishing spray. Is it possible they are composite veneers? They can turn yellow in as little as a year later.

The black color comes because the veneers are leaking, which is caused by a bonding failure near the gumline. Bonding veneers properly is a fairly demanding process and not all dentists are truly qualified to do it. During the bonding process, fluid seeps up from the gumline. The dentist needs to carefully pack what is called a retraction cord between the gum and the tooth. This is a tricky process Dentists who are careless will get contamination of that bond and over time you will see that blackening of the veneer near the gumline.

Unfortunately, the only solution is to have your veneers replaced.

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