Plastics filling, crown or veneer ??? 
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 Plastics filling, crown or veneer ???

hello,

I'm 21. Three years ago I fell on my front tooth and the backside
and the half of the frontside split of. The nerv is still inside the
rest of the tooth. The dentist put some plastics on the tooth which
lasted three years before it fell of three weeks ago.
Now a dentist recommended me a veneer. My question is know :

Are there any experinces with veneers ?
How long can it probably last ?
Is it rational to take a veneer if the backside is split of ?
Isn't it better to put on some plastics again ?
Are there any other posibilities ?

Thanks in advance

Bettina




Tue, 07 Oct 1997 03:00:00 GMT
 Plastics filling, crown or veneer ???

Quote:
> Now a dentist recommended me a veneer. My question is know :

> Are there any experinces with veneers ?
> How long can it probably last ?
> Is it rational to take a veneer if the backside is split of ?
> Isn't it better to put on some plastics again ?
> Are there any other posibilities ?

   Hi Bettina,

      Well, if there is still alot of sound tooth structure present, a
veneer can be a very good, esthetic alternative to a full crown.  If
there is an adequate amount of tooth preparation and the veneer is
properly made, it can last quite long if taken care of.  One shouldn't be
crunching down on crab legs or stuff like that, but one should use
caution because porcelain can fracture.  It's hard to say how long things
last, but generally, I'd say it should last anywhere from 5+ years or
so.  There are just too many variables involved that one can't predict
these things.

      I'm not sure how much of the tooth is missing, but since you say
that the backside of it is split off, it kind of worries me whether it is
strong enough to maintain a veneer.  If there is that much missing, you
might wish to consider elective root c{*filter*}treatment (get the nerve out)
and having a post cast to a ceramometal crown instead.  The post will be
cemented into the tooth which creates very good retention of the crown.  
Another more conservative option could be restoring the tooth with pins
and a composite core (or some like TiCore) and placing a full coverage
crown.  If the core is sound enough, it can keep a crown on quite well.  
The post method is most secure especially if there isn't much tooth
structure remaining though.

     If cost is a big factor, you could always get another pin retained
composite (tooth coloured) filling, and hope for the best in terms of
retention and longevity.  It just won't be as strong.

     Cost for a crown runs about $600.  The root c{*filter*}for a single c{*filter*}
is about $300 or 400.

      If you have any further questions, please feel free to send an email
copy of your message to me since I'm only on the net on weekends, and
since I can only see back two days worth of messages.

HDZ.



Wed, 08 Oct 1997 03:00:00 GMT
 
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