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 answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzisanswered
Dentistry 42 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.
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Dr. Joel Doyonanswered
Dentistry - Cosmetic 38 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.
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Dr. Ron E. Bellanswered
Cosmetic Dentistry 47 years experience
Find another Dr: Veneers may crack and break without Any risk for a root canal Poor advice.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
My dentist said i need to have root canal done. Why would this be needed?
3 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Gordonanswered
45 years experience
Several reasons: A root canal treatment is the removal of an infected nerve from within the tooth, sterilizing the inside surface, then sealing with a material called gutta percha. And depending on the amount of tooth structure remaining, you may then need a crown. So you either have deep decay or fracture of the tooth into the nerve space, or you have pain or an abscess (swelling evident on x-ray or visually).
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Last updated Oct 31, 2015
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