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A 31-year-old member asked:

i was about to get veneers but my dentist said if they break then i would need a root canal to fix it. if this is true, why is that?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
If what breaks..: ... The veneer or the tooth? If your tooth fractures in a certain way, then yes, you would need root canal therapy to repair. Your dentist may have changed his/her thoughts on your treatment after the teeth were cleaned and prepared. Not enough info given in your post. Your dentist will have the best answer to your question.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Discuss with dentist: The reason you would need a root canal is if a cavity invades the pulp or nerve of the tooth. If a tooth breaks off horizontally at the gum line, then you would also need a root canal and post to build up the tooth for a crown to replace the missing tooth structure. I would ask the dentist for further clarification about what he meant.
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 45 years experience
Find another Dr: Veneers may crack and break without Any risk for a root canal Poor advice.

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