Can you get a root canal with veneers?



February 18, 2021

You may be able to have root canal done with veneers, however, dental veneers should be placed well after a root canal treatment as you may develop a slightly darker tooth because of your procedure.

This way, your dentist may be able to adjust the shade of your veneer to match the colour of your tooth.

Because veneers are a thin layer of material which are placed on the front of your teeth, your darkened tooth may show through your veneer. Therefore, your original veneer may lose its aesthetic appearance.

Depending on the severity of your case, a dental crown may be the preferred treatment choice to protect the tooth from fracture following a root canal.

Meaning, you may not need a veneer at all as a crown is shaped like a cap and it covers the whole tooth.

This restores the strength and structure of the affected tooth whilst matching the colour of the natural teeth.

Our team have outlined the differences between crowns and veneers and identified when you may require a root canal treatment.

What is the difference between crowns and veneers?

Crowns and veneers may be used to restore similar issues such as:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Heavily filled teeth

Furthermore, veneers and crowns are made to ascertain the size, shape, and colour of your natural teeth. Veneers are a thin layer of material placed on the front surface of your teeth and brighten up your smile.

In addition, crowns are shaped like a cap that covers your whole tooth. They help to restore the strength and structure of a damaged tooth.

However, the time to create each restoration may vary. Both treatments can be made from either porcelain (ceramic) or composite materials, but veneers may take 1 – 2 weeks to complete.

On the other hand, custom-made crowns can be made within one day using CEREC technology which includes:

  • Impressions
  • Tooth preparation
  • Creation

Furthermore, crowns are also used for restorations such as dental implants and dental bridges.

When do you need a root canal?

You may require root canal therapy when the nerve of your tooth (the pulp) becomes either diseased or infected.

tooth undergoing a root canal treatment


If left untreated, the infection or disease may spread, and you may experience swelling and pain within your affected tooth. Eventually, this may lead to tooth loss.

You may require a root canal treatment when you develop issues such as:

  • A discoloured tooth
  • An abscess
  • Swelling within your gum tissue
  • A tooth ache

If you develop any sort of pain, discomfort or notice anything out of the ordinary within your mouth you should visit with your dentist or a health professional.

Your dentist will perform a range of tests and may take x-rays of your tooth to determine the severity of your case and if you may require a root canal to be performed.

Root canal treatment at Coastal Dental Care

If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort within you tooth, visit one of our friendly practices today. Our experienced dentists within Northern New South Wales, Redland Bay and the Gold Coast will be able to assess your oral health. Furthermore, they will be able advise you if you require a root canal treatment.

To book an appointment, contact one of our staff today or you can book an appointment online 24/7.