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.

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 also spoke with several staff members - though I do not know all their names. Dr Cunningham explained the procedure thoroughly and completed the root canal as painlessly as possible. I also want to comment the professionalism of his dental assistant and Christie at the front desk for her friendliness and assistance.

- William C

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Explains everything and staff and Doc are very caring. Highly recommend this Doc and staff.

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Root canals are definitely not on my list of things I like to do. But everyone at your office made me feel at ease and comfortable. Thanks for all your help.

- Carrie A

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Root Canal was smooth and painless!

- Michael R

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Dr. Cunningham was very open and thoughal in what he had to say about my teeth. He made me relaxed. He also answered all questions I asked.

- Shelia M

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Dr Cunningham and his staff are top notch. I would recommend them to anyone.

- Greg H

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Excellent service, staff is great and Dr. Cunningham does a great job.

- Michael B

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This is one of the best visits i have ever had at any healthcare professional. The entire experience was outstanding. Good for you all to figure it all out and provide stellar care and service.

- patrick J

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Dr Cunningham is skilled and very good at walking you through the process.

- Mark M

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Everything went smoothly.

- Anna J

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Very pleased with my visit. Staff and Dr. Very nice. Explained things as they went along.

- Richard O

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Your staff was amazing from start to finish. I had a tooth that I had already had two procedures and 6 dentist visits on before being referred to this office. The staff was amazing and scheduled me for the full treatment in one visit. The staff was very helpful and got me in right away. Thank you so much!

- Jessica F

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I was impressed with all of the staff. Everyone made me feel at ease and made sure I was pain free.

- Ellen J

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I was really happy with my experience getting a root canal with Dr. Cunningham. This was my first root canal and Jamie explained what they would be doing beforehand and answered all of my questions. Paula and Bernie at the front desk were very friendly and welcoming. Dr. Cunningham was very reassuring and took the time to answer any questions I had, I really appreciated not feeling rushed or ignored. I was not looking forward to a root canal but this was as good of an experience as I could have asked for!

- Hannah W

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Office was very friendly and professional!

- Kristi C

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The procedure was quick and very painless compared to other root canals I had done.

- Juaquin O

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The root canal was was a better experience than nearly all mere fillings that I have ever had. I was pleasantly surprised.

- David B

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Dr Cunningham and his staff are fabulous!

- Susan E

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I have already referred another fraternity brother to Dr. Kevin.

- Monte G

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