Root Canal

Mark S Roisman, DMD -  - Dentist

Mark S Roisman, DMD

Dentist located in Westport, CT

The words “root canal” may have once elicited fear but they no longer need to. Thanks to modern dental techniques, root canals are not only relatively painless, but they can also eliminate your need for a far more invasive tooth extraction. Located in Westport, Connecticut, board-certified dentist Mark Roisman has extensive experience in remedying diseased teeth with expert root canal procedures. Contact the office for an appointment.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure performed to extract decay from the center or pulp of your tooth. Unlike other tissue, the pulp is unable to heal itself. Once the decay is removed, Dr. Roisman carefully cleans the area,  fills and seals the space, and then finally caps it with a porcelain crown for protection. Initially, you’ll receive a temporary crown while your permanent crown is custom crafted. If not removed via a root canal, a diseased pulp can cause the entire tooth to become decayed and require extraction. Once a root canal is complete, and your tooth is capped with a crown, it will look and function like a normal tooth.  More than 15 million root canals are performed every year.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

A diseased tooth pulp doesn’t always cause symptoms or discomfort. However, when it does these may include one or more of the following:

  • An abscess on your gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods or beverages
  • Severe toothache
  • Swelling and tenderness around the tooth

Is a root canal procedure painful?

In the hands of an experienced dentist such as Dr. Roisman, a root canal is no more uncomfortable than a than filling a routine cavity. In fact, many times a root canal relieves pain caused by a toothache or oral abscess. In most cases, Dr. Roisman first numbs the area surrounding the tooth to be treated with a local anesthetic. After the procedure, the tooth and surrounding area may be sensitive. However, this discomfort should subside as your tooth heals.

How long will a crown last?

With good dental hygiene, which includes regular brushing and flossing, and twice yearly dental cleanings and examinations at Dr. Roisman’s office, your crown can last a lifetime.