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Falling or breaking the dental laminate – what should we do?

In this article, we will examine common problems such as cracking, breaking, crushing, or falling of dental laminate and provide solutions for each of them. If the dental laminate is separated, it is necessary to follow the following steps:

  • Carefully remove the laminate pieces from your teeth.
  • Place the removed covers in a safe place (such as a medicine box). Be careful that if the dental veneer is still intact, the dentist can probably reuse it and install it for you.
  • Call your dentist or visit his office and discuss the problem with him.
  • Avoid chewing hard food to prevent damage.
  • Try to limit the consumption of very hot and very cold food and drinks so that the tooth does not become sensitive.

What happens when the laminate is removed from the tooth?

In most cases, the loss of the dental laminate causes the teeth to need restoration. The following are among the emergencies that may occur after the laminate is separated:

  1. Laminate breakage: The laminate may fall and cause problems such as cracking, breaking, crushing, etc. In this situation, the tooth laminate should be repaired if possible.
  2. Complete detachment of the veneer: in this case, the veneer is completely detached from the tooth, but no damage has happened to it.

Check the teeth to find out the extent of damage to the coating

This step should be done very carefully. In cases where the tooth laminate cover is broken and parts of it are still attached to the tooth, these remaining parts may be sharp and cause damage. So, while examining different parts of the teeth, be careful of your fingers, tongue, lips, and cheeks.

What should we pay attention to during the review?

At this time, there are two possible options that we will consider:

  1. Your dental crown has been completely removed from your teeth and no damage has been noticed.
  2. The coating is broken or cracked and needs to be repaired.

The veneer is completely removed from the tooth

Among the two options that we examined as damage to the dental veneer, this case will cause fewer problems for you. In this case, when examining the condition of the dental laminate, you will notice that:

  • You will notice a different sensation on the front surface of your teeth. In this case, you may not feel sharp, but your teeth have lost their delicacy.
  • Note that the dentist may have shaved a part of your teeth to install the laminate on your teeth. This causes you to feel rough on your teeth. But your teeth will still be straight.
  • At this time, if you look at your teeth, you will notice that they no longer have their former shine. Also, their size has become smaller than before and they have lost their color.
  • In most cases, when the dental laminate is removed, the material used to bond it is removed from the tooth. In this way, what you see is the original color of your teeth.

A part of the dental laminate remains on the tooth

This event is known as the most severe problem in this field. Because in these cases, care must be taken so that the sharpness of the teeth does not cause injury. In this situation, you will notice that parts of your tooth enamel are missing. The broken part can be small or large. In any case, it is necessary to repair your dental laminate.

Check the dental laminate carefully

Even after you have emptied the contents of your mouth, it is necessary to collect the pieces that have been detached from your dental enamel. For this purpose, you can slowly wash your mouth and pour the contents into a container and then examine it carefully. In this way, the probability of collecting the broken parts of the dental laminate increases.

Hope you find these parts

After you have assembled the pieces of dental laminate veneers, look at them:

  1. If you find a large piece of veneer on your tooth, likely, your tooth’s laminate isn’t broken and just detached from the surface of your tooth. In this situation, the dentist can probably re-install it on your teeth.
  2. But if the laminate of your tooth was broken and split into small pieces, the situation is likely to be complicated. Because in most cases this coating cannot be repaired and it is necessary to replace it with a new coating.

Examining the usability of dental laminate

To check whether your dental laminate is still usable or not, you can use the following tips:

  • When you look at the raised part of the dental laminate, you should notice how similar it is to your natural tooth. The edges of the cover in this area are generally rounded and when you touch it, you will notice that it is smooth.
  • Checking the inside of the cover may seem more difficult. This part usually has a symmetrical shape and when you touch it, you can notice its sharpness.
  • It is also necessary to examine your teeth. Because there may be still parts of the coating left on your teeth. In this case, be careful so that the sharp parts do not harm your body.
  • As mentioned above, probably the material by which the veneer was attached to the tooth will be removed from the tooth along with the veneer and the original surface of the tooth will be exposed.

Take care of the dental laminate carefully

If you notice that your dental laminate is healthy and not seriously damaged, take it with you when you visit the dentist. In this case, it is possible to repair the coating at a small cost and save on treatment costs. So when you collect the cover, wrap it in soft tissue and place it in a sturdy container.

In case the tooth laminate is broken, you should collect its components and take it with you when visiting the dental clinic. Probably, these parts will help the dentist to examine the problem more precisely.

Report the problem to your dentist

One of the actions you should take when the laminate falls and breaks are to call or visit a dentist. For this purpose, it is better to collect the pieces of laminate and inform the dentist about the details of the problem.

What should we expect in this situation?

Emergency cosmetic dental procedures

In most cases, the problems that arise from dental laminate coating are related to the beauty of the teeth and do not cause any damage to the teeth themselves. Of course, this does not mean that the problem is not very important and it is not necessary to do something special about it. Rather, interventions related to the beauty of the teeth should be performed at the first opportunity and the laminate of the damaged tooth should be repaired. There are usually no home remedies for these types of problems. Of course, putting white wax on the tooth can improve its appearance to some extent. But we do not approve or recommend any of these methods for attaching dental laminate at home, and our recommendation is to visit a dentist.

Your teeth will heal over time

When the tooth laminate coating is removed, the sensitivity of the teeth will increase and they will be more sensitive to cold and heat. Of course, this is one of the problems that will probably get better by itself.

Remember this:

In most cases, a part of the front surface of the tooth is shaved to install the laminate on the teeth. But in cases where the dental laminate is used with a very low thickness, there is probably no need to shave the teeth. So, when the special underlayment is not done for the laminated tooth, you don’t need to worry about the laminate falling off. Because there will be no special problem for you and you can take the necessary measures for repair by visiting your dentist. In this situation, temporary veneers are usually not used and until your dental laminate is rebuilt and ready to be installed, the teeth will remain without veneers.

The difference in repair and restoration of dental laminate

The points discussed so far are related to teeth whose dental laminates have been damaged by chewing hard food or any other indirect factor. But if the tooth laminate is fractured due to a direct impact, a different and probably more complicated process must go through.

When the dental laminate is damaged, you will probably experience these things

Since you have lost your dental veneers, you are likely to experience problems such as:

  • Your teeth become sensitive and react to very hot and very cold food and drinks
  • Your teeth become sensitive to air. You will feel this especially when you breathe cold air into your mouth
  • You may feel a sharpness or roughness in your mouth caused by the remaining pieces of laminate on the teeth.
  • After falling or breaking the dental laminate, it is necessary to consider the following precautions:
  • If something small irritates your teeth, it is necessary to avoid it. For example, do not expose your teeth to very cold or very hot materials.
  • Avoid any activity that puts a lot of pressure on your teeth. For example, biting or chewing hard food.
  • Manage the problems you face. In the following, we will provide solutions for them.

First aid for teeth that have lost their laminate coating

Apply white wax on the teeth:

  • If the roughness, sharpness, or sensitivity of your teeth bothers you, you can temporarily solve this problem by applying a thin layer of white wax to your teeth.
  • You can get white wax from most pharmacies because people who use orthodontics need this material to cover their brackets.
  • You just need to rub a small piece evenly on your teeth. If you place them between your teeth, they will be well-fixed in place.
  • The wax will probably come off your teeth easily. So it is better to take it out of the mouth before sleeping and eating.

Use a mouth guard:

  • In cases where you feel a lot of sharpness and unevenness that cannot be controlled easily, it is better to use an orthodontic, sports, etc. mouth guard before going to sleep.
  • If you do not have access to any of this equipment, you can get a mouthguard from the pharmacy. To prepare this equipment, it is necessary to heat them. So if you have sensitive teeth, this option is probably not suitable for you.

Ask your dentist for advice:

  • If you feel a lot of sharpness in your teeth, it probably cannot be controlled easily with home remedies. In this situation, the best option is to contact a dentist and ask him for advice.
  • Naturally, the dentist cannot give you an appointment right away in most cases. But it can guide you on how to control your oral condition until you go for treatment.

Visiting the dental office in person:


  • During an in-person visit, the dentist plans the treatment and restoration of the dental veneer.
  • In general, the falling and breaking of the dental laminate cover are considered to be among the problems related to the beauty of the teeth that will not cause an acute situation. But there may be concerns about oral and dental health in special and emergencies. So you should pay attention to it so that there are no side effects.
  • When you call your dentist’s office, be sure to describe the problem in detail to your doctor. Bringing up the smallest points about the condition of the dental laminate can be effective. In this case, the doctor will plan the treatment in the best way.
  • If the condition changes before visiting the office, discuss it with your dentist so that he can decide according to your condition.

What kind of treatment is done for a broken or separated laminate?

Since a wide range of treatments can be used to restore and repair a broken and damaged laminate, the type of treatment will depend on the amount and type of damage. In the following, we will discuss how to repair damaged laminates.

Learn from the created problem and take care of the laminate cover more effectively

To prevent further damage to the dental laminate coating, it is necessary to avoid some activities that may damage the laminate. For example, nail-biting, teeth clenching, etc. In this situation, it is better to discuss your condition and problems with the dentist. In this way, the dentist can choose the best treatment solution and use it to repair the veneer.

The underlying causes of separation and breakage of the dental laminate coating

The type of problem you have encountered and the discomfort you have experienced afterward can guide the dentist to diagnosing the root of the problem.

A) Cover separation

The dental laminate cover consists of several layers, which include the laminate, the tooth, and the material used for bonding. When the dental laminate separates from its surface, this separation may occur at the cement-laminate junction or the cement-tooth junction.

Things that usually happen

  • In general, this separation usually comes from the junction of cement and teeth.
  • The most probable cause in this context is related to the surface of the tooth to which the veneer is attached.

Explanation: The dental laminate cover will be stuck on the surface of the tooth using an adhesive material. In most cases, the looseness of this bond causes the laminate to separate and fall. If a large percentage of the tooth is used for attachment, there is a possibility that the bond will loosen.


As explained above, the dentist in Canada tries to repair and restore the laminate cover and install it on the tooth. But if the surface of the tooth weakens the bond with the laminate, this defect will always be permanent and will not be solved. So the dentist may decide to use bonding for a longer period.

B) Laminate fracture

Due to the thin and delicate nature of dental laminates, it is unbelievable to most people that these materials do not break easily. But if the laminate breaks, the repairs that are done will increase their durability and minimize the possibility of damage.

Dental laminate cracking

When the dental laminate cracks, this damage can indicate excessive pressure on the tooth structure. For example, when the laminate is attached to the tooth, the force applied to the tooth is concentrated on the veneer and causes it to crack.


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