My Doctor Said He Will Do the Root Canal Without Taking Veneers Off. How Is It Possible?

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Access to pulp for root canal therapy can be very conservative

To get to the pulp on front teeth for root canal therapy the access is from behind the tooth.  If the veneer is only covering the front of the tooth, then the veneer is not in play and will not be affected.

Seattle Dentist
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A root canal can be done without removing the veneer

When root canal therapy is needed, a small opening is made in the back of the tooth, and this often can be done without touching the porcelain veneer.  What your doctor is telling you is correct. 

Conservative Root Canal Treatment to Save Veneers

Access to the root on the front teeth can be done from the tongue side, so there should be no damage to the veneers.  After the root canal is completed, a bonded filling to fill in this hole is all that is usually needed.


Ronald Konig DDS
Houston Dentist
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Can I Have a Root Canal Without Damaging My Veneer?

You can have a root canal on a tooth with a porcelain veneer without damaging the veneer.  A veneer should cover only the outside surface of your tooth.  The access for a root canal is done from the tongue side of the tooth and is very conservative.  This allows for the root canal procedure to be completed without touching the veneer.  The small access hole made for the root canal is then filled with a composite material upon completion of the root canal.  Hope this helps.  

Scott Young, DDS
Houston Dentist
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Veneer needs a Root Canal

No Problem!  On a typical veneer case if a tooth needs a root canal, a small access hole is made on the tongue side of the tooth.  The root canal is then completed and a small filling is placed to seal this hole.  The veneer remains intact and looking great.  Good Luck!

Madeleinne Zapantis, DMD
Long Island Dentist

Root canal with veneers on

To do a root canal on front teeth, the access is made through the back of the teeth.  So, the veneer in front of the tooth will be untouched.  Once the root canal treatment is completed, the hole in the back surface of the tooth can be patched up with white composite filling. 

However, it should be noted that a crown is the recommended treatment after root canal treatment since the tooth will become weak and brittle following a root canal.  To avoid fracture of the tooth, a full-coverage crown is preferred to a veneer.  Best, Dr. Elizabeth Jahanian

Elizabeth Jahanian, DDS
Los Angeles Dentist

Veneers can have Root Canals without being removed

If your veneer only covers the front of your tooth, you can have a root canal from the inside without any problems.  If the veneer is larger, usually you can still go through it from the inside and seal it closed when treatment is done with out removing or replacing the veneer.

Wendy S. Spektor, DDS
Bellevue Dentist
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Root canal without taking veneers off

When you have a root canal done on a front tooth we access the nerve through the back of the tooth so there would be no need to remove the veneer.  A small hole is made and the root canal would be completed with no damage to the veneer.  


Leonard Tau, DMD
Philadelphia Dentist
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Root Canal Without Removing Veneer

Yes, the root canal can be done successfully without removing the veneer.  Most of the time the veneer does not cover the back side of the tooth where the opening is made to treat the nerve.  Even if it does extend that far, the opening can be made through the porcelain usually with no negative effects to the lifespan of your veneer.  If you try to remove a bonded porcelain restoration such as a veneer, there is a very high probability you will fracture the restoration.

Donald L. Wilcox, DDS
Glendale Dentist
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