Removing Veneers


One of the more difficult things that we often encounter as restorative dentists is removing ceramic veneer restorations. The goal is to remove the veneer and only the veneer, so that we can preserve the natural tooth structure. The problem is removing the last remnants of the restoration. When you get right down to removing the last of the veneer restoration, it’s often a struggle to discern the difference between enamel, ceramic and resin cement. It is typically a very slow process that requires magnification (preferably a microscope) and usually must be done without water. Even then, additional tooth structure is often sacrificed.