Do Porcelain Veneers Require Surgery?

Model showing a porcelain veneer attached to an undersized tooth.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are ultra-thin shells that are placed over the teeth and cemented in place using a special dental adhesive. Porcelain veneers can be placed on one or two front teeth to restore them and help them blend in with the surrounding teeth. They can also be placed on all of the patient’s front teeth to provide them with a complete smile makeover. A small amount of tooth enamel is removed from the front of each tooth that is receiving a veneer to prevent them from looking bulky or unnatural.

What’s the Dental Veneer Procedure?

Once the teeth have been adequately prepped, impressions are taken. These measurements are then used in the veneer design process to create custom, natural-looking veneers. Temporary veneers are placed over the teeth to protect them and provide the patient with an enhanced smile for a few weeks while the permanent ones are being designed and created. The final step in the process involves removing the temporary veneers, placing the permanent ones, and making final adjustments to ensure that they look and feel great.

Do Veneers Require Surgery?

Tooth enamel is the hard outer layer of the tooth that protects the rest of the tooth against harmful bacteria that cause cavities. It is a thin layer, and our team only has to remove some of it before a veneer can be placed. Oral surgery is any dental treatment that involves accessing the inside of the teeth or gums. Therefore, veneer preparations are not considered oral surgery. Porcelain veneers are regarded as a permanent treatment. However, they are not as invasive as surgical procedures.

Smile Makeovers in Eden Prairie

Prairie Dental Group offers a wide range of services that can be used to restore the appearance of our patients’ smiles. In cases where patients are missing a few front teeth or where the teeth are too damaged for veneers, we may recommend utilizing dental implants. This procedure does require oral surgery because the implants are inserted into the jawbone. Other services like dental crowns and dental bridges can also be used to restore the appearance of the patient’s smile. Neither of these treatments are surgical procedures. You can learn more about veneers by visiting our veneers page. To learn more about the many ways you can makeover your smile, please get in touch with our team!

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