Porcelain Veneers Falling Off

Dr. Hall:

I have had porcelain veneers for 22 months now. I have had all of them fall off and one broke in half since I have had them. The dentist kept gluing them on till I decided to have a new full set made. The pain has been excruciating and now that my new veneers have been on (8 days) I had one fall off yesterday. I have terrible pain when the air hits my teeth and also when I bite down to eat. Do you recommend that I keep going back to dentist to keep up repairs or seek legal help.

—Tracy in New Jersey

Before you seek legal help, you need to know why the porcelain veneers are coming off and get another dentist who will back up your story. An essential ingredient of any legal case against a dentist is an expert witness who can see what the problem is and provide proper documentation. So that’s what I’d do first. We have a number of expert cosmetic dentists listed on our site in New Jersey—find one of them and find out what the problem is and get this fixed.

You may even not need a lawyer. If an expert cosmetic dentist calls the dentist who did this, I’ve seen cases where the dentist, just to not have any trouble, pays for the work to be done right. In fact, I believe that’s what usually happens. But if you get resistance, then contact a lawyer. And from the sounds of what you’re telling me, you have a pretty good case.

You also need to get this pain fixed really soon.

These porcelain veneers should not be coming off. I’m sure you’ve learned that by now if you’ve researched this on the Internet. This is a case of either the lab or the dentist or both not knowing what they’re doing.

You’re learning the hard way the difference between a dentist who claims to be a cosmetic dentist and one who really is. Go to a real cosmetic dentist, and get taken care of properly. Get everything documented well in case the first dentist gives any resistance.

Dr. Hall
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