DENTAL VENEERS: How much do veneers cost in Nigeria? What’s the Cost of a porcelain veneer in Nigeria?
What is a veneer?
A dental veneer a wafer thin, tooth-colored layer of material placed over the front teeth to improve the appearance by restoring the size, shape, length and color of the teeth. If you want to improve your smile, dental veneer are a perfect option. They look like natural teeth and they boost your confidence.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural-colour ‘composite’ material is used instead of porcelain.
When would I need a veneer?
Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten your front teeth. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look whole again.
The porcelain veneer covers the whole of the front of the tooth, with a thicker section replacing the broken part.
Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
What are the advantages of veneers?
Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy. Because they are very thin and are held in place by a special, strong adhesive, very little preparation of the tooth is needed. Some types of veneers don’t need any preparation at all.
How are teeth prepared for a veneer?
Some of the shiny, outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed, to make sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently in place later. The amount of enamel removed is tiny and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted, so that the tooth stays the same size.
A local anaesthetic (injection) may be used to make sure that there is no discomfort, but often this is not needed. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dental team will take an ‘impression’ (mould).
This will be given to the dental technician, along with any other information needed to make the veneer. The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that the veneer will look entirely natural.
One cannot really quote the price in Nigeria since it depends on the hospital, the pecularity of your teeth or tooth, the dentist, materials used and your area – say Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Benin, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Ibadan, Warri and so own. However, be informed that it cost good money to fix veneers.. It is quite expensive. For example, the cost of a porcelain veneer in Nigeria is about #200,000 Naira or more per arch. Generally, if you are in LAGOS or ABUJA or PORT HARCOURT, it will cost you around #250,000 – #350,000 per arch to fix a veneer. That means, the upper front 6 teeth would cost that #200,000 naira. Per tooth could be as a high as #50,000 Naira.
Be aware that no health insurance scheme covers veneers – you have to pay out-of-pocket. That is NHIS does not offer coverage for veneer fixation. In summary, the cost of fixing teeth or dental veneer in Nigeria is between #200,000 – #400,000 Naira.
PS: DONT PATRONIZE QUACKS…. VENEERS FIXATION PROCEDURE CAN ONLY BE PERFORMED BY A DENTAL SURGEON (Endodontist and an Implantologist)
CONTRIBUTIONS: DR UDOMOH
This post was last modified on April 7, 2023 3:40 am