Kevin P. Cunningham, DDS LLC

Root Canal Awareness Week!

It is officially Root Canal Awareness Week! In celebration of this week, here are some endodontic facts:

  • Every day, more than 41,000 root canals are performed
  • More than 15 million root canals are performed every year
  • On average, endodontists perform 25 root canal treatments each week; general dentists perform fewer than 2 per week on average
  • In 2016, 213 students graduated from endodontic specialty programs
  • Only 45% of people have heard of a root canal specialist

For more endodontic facts, click here! Thanks for celebrating with us!

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Are Cavities Genetic?

Deep cavities can lead to the need for root canal treatment. Do your genes play a role in cavity formation? While genetic dentistry is still in its infancy, we now know that 60% of cavities are genetic! Genes are responsible for producing tooth enamel, and strong enamel helps protect teeth and allow them to absorb important nutrients such as calcium and fluoride. Your immune system, saliva, eating habits, and other factors also contribute to the development (or resistance) of cavities. For more information on this subject, check out this article from Delta Dental!

 

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Myths About Root Canals – Part Three: Is it Better to Just Pull a Tooth?

Today we are going to address the third and final myth of our blog series:

Myth 3: It’s better to pull a tooth than have root canal treatment.

Dr. Cunningham understands the importance of saving natural teeth, as nothing artificial can truly replace a natural tooth. Endodontic treatment has a very high success rate, and many teeth that have been treated with a root canal last a lifetime! Replacing a tooth after an extraction with an implant or a bridge may result in extra procedures to neighboring teeth and tissues, and requires more time in treatment. When possible, saving your natural teeth is always the best option!

 

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Myths About Root Canals – Part Two: Does Root Canal Treatment Cause Illness?

For part two of our Root Canal Myths series, we are going to address this myth:

Myth 2: Root canal treatment causes illness.

With all the information available on the internet, it is easy to find misleading information about root canals. You may have heard that root canals can contribute to future illnesses or diseases; however this is simply not true. There is no valid, scientific evidence that links root canal treatment to diseases in the body. This is a false claim that was based on poor research that was done nearly a century ago. Modern medicine now understands the causes of many diseases, and none are linked to root canal treatments.

 

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Myths About Root Canals – Part One: Are Root Canals Painful?

Welcome to our website! Since the thought of a root canal might make you fearful if you are not familiar with the procedure, we are kicking our blog off with the first of three posts that will address common myths about root canals:

Myth 1: Root canal treatment is painful.

Myth 2: Root canal treatment causes illness.

Myth 3: It’s better to pull a tooth than have root canal treatment.

Today we are addressing the first myth concerning pain with root canal treatment. Have you heard that root canals are painful, and are something to fear? Decades ago this may have been true, but with the modern technology and anesthetics that Dr. Cunningham uses in our office having a root canal done is no worse than having a simple cavity filled!

Pain from a severe toothache is often caused by damaged tissues inside the tooth. This is easily remedied when Dr. Cunningham removes the damaged tissue through root canal treatment. As an endodontist, Dr. Cunningham is an expert in pain management. We love that Dr. Cunningham performs pain-free root canals!

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