Could I have a cavity on a porcelain veneer tooth and not know it? I relocated in February of this year, and my dentist says my left incisor has a cavity, and the tooth needs a root canal. I have no symptoms in the tooth. Could I need a root canal, and can I keep the porcelain veneer on the tooth? Thank you. Jerome
Thank you for contacting Dentistry by Brooksher in Baton Rouge regarding the cavity in your porcelain veneer tooth.
Can You Have a Cavity in a Porcelain Veneer Tooth?
A porcelain veneer only covers the front of a tooth, so it is possible to develop a cavity in a tooth. If you have no history of tooth decay, trauma can cause a cavity inside the tooth.
Can You Have Tooth Decay Without Any Symptoms?
You can experience tooth decay without any symptoms. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, early tooth decay may not display any symptoms.
Advanced tooth decay can cause the following symptoms:
- Sensitivity to sweets
- Sensitivity to cold
You may experience the following symptoms with An infected or abscessed tooth:
- An abscess
- Pus pocket
- Facial swelling
Do You Need a Root Canal for a Cavity?
Whether you need a root canal depends on the condition of the tooth and its pulp (living tissue inside). We recommend getting a second opinion from another dentist or a root canal specialist (endodontist).
- Ask for a copy of the x-ray to take to your second opinion dentist.
- Avoid mentioning the diagnosis during the second opinion.
Will You Lose Your Porcelain Veneer If You Have a Cavity?
You will not lose your porcelain veneer if you have enough healthy tooth structure left after getting a filling or root canal treatment. Speak with a cosmetic dentist about the tooth to help you anticipate what you can expect with the veneer tooth.
Baton Rouge dentist Dr. Steven Brooksher sponsors this post.