Is the Dental Veneers Procedure Painful?
Is the Dental Veneers Procedure Painful?
Hi, it’s Dr Michael Ghobrial here from Sure Dental at Wavell Heights in Brisbane.
Yesterday I did a Digital Smile Design try-in for one of our patients, Angela from Hamilton. She’s looking at getting eight porcelain veneers placed on her teeth. We tried them in and she loved the look and she said, “Michael, I’m keen to go ahead. But I just want to know if the dental veneers procedure is painful?” I thought it was a great question. And so, I thought I’d record this video to answer the question, just in case you are also looking at upgrading your smile with dental veneers.
Now, in order to answer that, it really depends on how your dentist does the porcelain veneers. In our practice here, we are very passionate about doing a pre-digital mock-up of the smile that we want. We like to be slightly additive to fill out the smile nicely, but also to minimise the amount of tooth structure that requires to be removed to have the porcelain veneers placed.
And so, in the question of, “Is it painful?” Well, in our practice, actually 80% of the time that we do porcelain veneers in our preparation appointment and our cementation appointment, we don’t even use anaesthetic. It is so minimally invasive, and we’re particularly gentle around the gums that our patients actually opt to go without anaesthetic. And invariably, after checking in at the end of the procedure, which we also check-in, in the middle, and every couple of minutes, a patient said, “Michael, it totally was not worth being numb for that. It really was not as invasive as I thought it would be.” I prepared some veneers the other day for a patient, and he sort of joked at the end of the session and said, “What have you been doing this whole time? I can’t feel anything.” And then, “It doesn’t look like you removed much tooth structure.” And that’s something that we really pride ourselves on.
So, if the dentist does very minimally invasive veneers, then the answer is an overwhelming, “No, it is not a painful procedure.” But even if there are old restorations, and anaesthetic is required, dental veneers should really be a delicate procedure that shouldn’t be uncomfortable. After the appointment, there’s often a little bit of getting used to with the temporary veneers if there are temporary veneers placed, and caring for the gums in that period. But it is quite a comfortable procedure. It is a procedure that we take our time in. So, it is a long procedure because we want to do it perfectly. And we want to be really precise in the way we prepare things so that we get a beautiful result. But it is not painful.
So I hope I’ve given you some insights about the porcelain veneers procedure and if it is painful. The key here is finding the right dentist and knowing their approach. If dental veneers are something you’ve been considering, but the fear of pain associated with the treatment is something that’s been holding you back, we would love to look after you. Simply reach out via social media, or visit our website suredental.com.au and fill in the enquiry form, or give us a call 07 3256 9111, and our friendly team will help you organise your consultation. I hope you found this video useful, and I’ll see you at the next one.
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