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Root Canals

At One Family Dental in Greenwood, IN, we are proud to offer root canals performed by our experienced dentist, Dr. Prasad Sanku. Root canals are a necessary dental procedure for those suffering from an infected or damaged tooth. The process removes any infection and saves the tooth from extraction.

A root canal is a dental procedure used to remove a tooth’s infected or damaged nerve. This procedure can help save the tooth from extraction. During the process, our dentist, Dr. Prasad Sanku, will use specialized instruments to clean out the infected or damaged nerve of the tooth. Once the nerve is removed, Dr. Sanku will fill the space with a special material. This material helps seal the tooth’s root and protect it from infection.

When is a Root Canal Necessary?

Root canals are typically necessary when a tooth has been infected or damaged. The infection or damage can be caused by several things, such as a deep cavity, trauma, or grinding your teeth. If the infection or damage is left untreated, it could lead to the need for an extraction.

What Can I Expect During the Procedure?

Root canals are typically performed in a single visit and are usually very comfortable. During the procedure, Dr. Sanku will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you are as comfortable as possible. After the anesthetic has taken effect, Dr. Sanku will begin drilling into the tooth to access the nerve. 


Once the nerve is accessible, he will use specialized instruments to clean out the infected or damaged nerve. After he removes the nerve, Dr. Sanku will fill the space with a unique material called gutta-percha.


The entire process typically takes about one to two hours. Root canals are generally safe and effective. The procedure is almost always successful in relieving pain and restoring the tooth’s function. With proper care, the treated tooth can last a lifetime.

What Happens After the Procedure?

After the root canal, you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort. However, this should only last a few days and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Sometimes, you may need a crown placed on the tooth after the root canal. The crown is to help protect the tooth from further damage or infection.


Is a Root Canal Painful?

Despite its reputation, a root canal is not painful. In fact, the procedure is designed to alleviate pain, not cause it. The degree of discomfort experienced during a root canal depends on the individual and is usually managed with a local anesthetic. Most patients describe the procedure as having a slight pressure or discomfort, similar to having a dental filling. The procedure typically takes one to two visits, and the pain should subside soon after completion. And once the procedure is complete, you will never again feel pain in that tooth.


Root Canals in Greenwood, IN

At One Family Dental in Greenwood, IN, we are proud to offer root canals performed by our experienced endodontist, Dr. Prasad Sanku. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment if you need a root canal. 


Any root canal procedure at One Family is guided by an unwavering commitment to safety and comfort, ensuring our patients are satisfied with their experience throughout the process. The combination of Dr. Sanku’s expertise, state-of-the-art technology, and advanced root canal protocols ensures that our patients receive only the highest quality care. So stop putting it off – come to One Family Dental in Greenwood for your root canal needs and enjoy that sense of accomplishment and relief when it’s all said and done!


We look forward to helping you save your tooth and restore your smile!