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I had veneers done around 4 years ago and have found there is a smell coming from under them. is this common?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
No: A smell would indicate either poor oral hygiene, food and plaque accumulation, caries (decay) or a periodontal problem. See you dentist to determine the cause of the problem and what needs to be done to correct this issue.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Smelly veneers: Either there is an opening around the veneer allowing plaque, food and saliva to leak under the veneer, or more likely the gum tissue around the veneer is infected. See your dentist as soon as possible.
Dr. April Ziegele
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
No: Are you having them routinely cleaned by a professional? Start there. If the smell persists, it is likely that the seal has been broken and you may need that veneer redone.

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