Kevin P. Cunningham, DDS LLC

Tooth Loss and Malnutrition

In a recent study published in the Journal of Aging Research and Clinical Practice, it was found that older adults are at risk for impaired oral health and malnutrition. Patients who had 10 to 19 teeth were reported to be more likely at risk for malnutrition. Maintaining as many teeth as possible is essential for maintaining health, as the mouth is how nutrients (in the form of food and fluid) are acquired. If the integrity of the mouth and teeth are impaired, the ability to consume and absorb important nutrients is decreased. This can lead to an increase in malnutrition and disease, and is one reason why Dr. Cunningham recommends saving your natural teeth!

For more information, check out this article!

Major League Baseball 2018: The Season of Root Canals

Major League Baseball players have hit it out of the park this summer with root canals!

Amed Rosario, who plays for the Mets, underwent a root canal last week. Click here for more information!


Texas Rangers’ Root Canal

No one is immune from a possible tooth infection. It can happen to anyone, including professional athletes! Recently, Texas Ranger Adrian Beltre had to miss a game due to an infected tooth. Thankfully, Beltre underwent a root canal, and was able to get back in the lineup quickly! 

Dr. Cunningham Featured in 435 Magazine!

Our very our Dr. Kevin Cunningham was featured in the July 2018 issue of 435 Magazine! Scroll down below the pictures to read the article!

Choosing a root canal specialist should depend on clinical experience, cutting-edge technology and patient satisfaction. Throughout the past 16 years, Dr. Kevin Cunningham has performed more than 20,000 successful and pain-free root canal procedures in Kansas City. Dr. Cunningham’s practice philosophy is to provide his patients with the highest quality root canal treatments in a friendly, comfortable environment.

“I incorporate the most advanced technology into my practice and surround myself with compassionate, hardworking employees. We care for our patients as we would members of our own family. Our online reviews are a testament to the way patients feel after being seen in our office. I strongly encourage patients to read our reviews so they will have a better understanding of how they will be treated when they come to our office for root canal treatment.”

Dr. Cunningham’s commitment to excellence starts with using the most innovative technology in his practice. He utilizes Zeiss operating microscopes, digital radiography, and most importantly, 3-D imaging (CBCT). 3-D imaging provides a quicker and more accurate diagnosis and drastically improves treatment strategies.

“I have been using 3-D technology over the past six years. I can honestly say that I would be doing my patients a disservice if I didn’t utilize 3-D treatment planning in most of their cases. CBCT provides too much additional information that cannot be seen in 2-D dental X-rays. 3-D technology has changed my treatment planning philosophy, improved treatment success and is the future of endodontics. I feel that 3-D imaging will soon be the standard of care for root canal dentistry.”

To learn more about Dr. Cunningham’s endodontic practice please visit his website at Dr. Cunningham is a contracted provider with almost every dental insurance company.

Best Advice – When to See an Endodontist: If you are experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, suspect a cracked tooth or suffered dental trauma, or your dentist recommended root canal treatment, you should see an endodontist who specializes in diagnosing and treating tooth pain. You do not need a referral from your dentist to see Dr. Cunningham. Contact Dr. Cunningham’s office today!

Cracked Teeth

What is a cracked tooth, and how can Dr. Cunningham help? Watch the video below for information on cracked teeth, including symptoms and information on how we can help!

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!



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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