Root Canal Treatment

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Root canal therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. Dr. Cunningham uses local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia, if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

For more information about Root Canal Treatment or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cunningham, call our office in Lenexa, KS at Endodontics Office In Lenexa Phone Number 913-599-0888.
An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
A visual of tooth inflammation showing tooth decay and a inflamed pulp
Inflammation
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
An illustration of root canal filling of a tooth
Filling Placed
An example of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
Healed Tooth

Endodontic Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic therapy, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canals are discussed.

Endodontic Presentation

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What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

How much will a root canal cost?

The cost associated with root canals can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

 

 

Kevin P. Cunningham, DDS, LLC

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I was very nervous and the doctor and Jamie were very patient and calm. They absolutely helped me get through what was a scary experience for me. Thank you for your kindness and patience!

- Megan J

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Procedure was done painlessly and very efficiently. Very impressed with my whole experiance.

- Jessica D

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The Staff & Doctor was so very nice & professional. I like how everything was explained before services, during and after for the entire process/procedure. I would highly recommend Dr.Cunningham and his team.

- Kelly C

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Did a good job. Kept me I formed of all he was doing.

- Vicki W

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Dr. Cunningham answered each and every one of my many questions, willingly and knowledgeably. Very patient and friendly, as was all of the staff. Bernie, in the front office was exceptionally friendly and helpful.

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Extremely positive experience

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Great doctor. Great staff. Great people!

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What a great group- everyone is very customer service oriented, but in a very sincere way. A big Thank You to each and every one of you.

- Lisa D

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This is the second root canal I have had and both were done by Cunningham. When I found out I needed the second root canal I did not even hesitate on going to Cunningham - a doctor with a great staff and a sense of humor - always a benefit when one is having a root canal.

- RICHARD D

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Competent, efficient, put me at ease, respected my knowing what works and doesn’t (e.g., bite guard & type of numbing). Thanks!!

- Laura G

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Very pleased. Thank you

- Larry P

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Dr. Cunningham was very detailed about explaining the root canal procedure before, during, and after. He did an excellent job! I would highly recommend Dr. Cunningham. Christy did an excellent job assisting Dr. Cunningham. Staff very nice. Thank you!

- Lynne E

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The entire experience went smoothly and I felt very comfortable. Dr. Cunningham did an outstanding job on my root canal. He and his staff were all about taking care of the patient.

- Eligio H

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I truly appreciate everyone's concerns and helpfulness with my root canal issues. You are treating me as if I were the "only" patient rather one of many.

- Lynda H

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I LOVE this practice and the people who make it work! They are very professional and just simply good! Every procedure is explained carefully and clearly so you are not surpised by anything. Patient care is number one. They are genuine. I was well taken care of by all the staff. Dr. Cunningham is awesome! Thank you for making my experience a good one! God bless you all!

- Ana M

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My first root canal ever, couldn’t have gone better!

- Darin P

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My first visit to Dr. Cunningham; was very happy with the overall service, and the doctor and Christy assisted in explaining everything in great detail and keeping me calm throughout. Thank you!

- David J

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Excellent staff and doctor. Extremely concerned over patient comfort. Would definitely recommend this office to others.

- Bradley A

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Very impressed with the staff in this office. Everyone was friendly & did a great job of preparing me for the process, as well as, my portion of the bill. Dr. Cunningam was very clear in explaining & took the time to make sure I understood the process. The root canal was a breeze & I will use this office for any future issues that need to be addressed.

- Kim J

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For more information about Root Canal or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cunningham, call our office in Lenexa, KS at Endodontics Office In Lenexa Phone Number 913-599-0888.