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.

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Healthy Tooth
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Tooth Anatomy
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Inflammation
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Cleaned Canals
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Filling Placed
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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

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.

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Dr. Cunningham was very painless in giving the deading shots and quite gentle in doing the root canal. I am extremely impressed and would highly recommend him. He is most friendly and is a painless doctor. His staff was quite friendly as well. Not only is he a good doctor but also "handsome".

- Peggy B

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Dr. Cunningham and his staff were wonderful! Very professional and personable.

- Sandra B

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I am thankful for my referral to Dr Cunningham. He took extra steps to alleviate any pain or nervous feelings. He was caring and made rhe procedure less frightening. He and his staff should be highly commended for their treatment of patients.

- Tiffany D

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Will definitely pick this practice when I have a future Endodontics need and will recommend it to friends and neighbors.

- Larry T

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As much as I hate getting root canals, Dr. Cunningham makes the entire process quick and as painless as possible!

- Carly B

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I was dreading this appointment, it was my first root canal and I've had nothing but problems with a particular tooth. Every recent visit to the dentist regarding that tooth has been somewhere between very unpleasant and outright agonizing. Dr. Cunningham were able to get everything numb very quickly so that I had zero pain during the procedure. It was one of the best dental related visits I've had in recent history, which is be surprising since it was also the most invasive procedure I've ever had.

- Josh N

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Amazing experience!!! Loved everyones attitude and real ess.

- Danny B

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Top notch care from beginning to end. All staff and doctor were very kind, thorough and took the time to check on me after the procedure to ensure I was doing good. I will definitely recommend to anyone needing endodontic care and would use again if needed.

- Diana B

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Dr Cunningham was very reassuring and amazing! Explained what he was doing the whole time and made it seem like it was nothing. I felt no pain or anything!! Definitely recommend him

- Kristina H

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Great Dr and staff! Very friendly, outgoing and extremely thoughtful!

- Mark W

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I would definitely recommend, I had a previous bas experience. He was so warm welcoming and most importantly knowledgeable. He made the procedure extremely pleasant. I am no longer afraid to continue treating the my other dental issues.

- Tamea B

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I had my first root canal yesterday. It was a positive experience from the first phone call for an evaluation to checking out after the root canal thanks to Dr. Cunningham and his staff. Before the procedure, the office staff dealt with my insurance company to get an estimate of my portion of the cost. During the procedure, the dental assistant and Dr. Cunningham explained the steps in the root canal and clearly answered all my questions. They worked quickly, efficiently and with my comfort in mind..

- Janice H

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A pain free professional experience

- Randy W

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This is a very friendly but professional office. The staff is kind and compassionate and they explain everything in detail. I can't say I would recommend a root canal, but if you have to have one, Dr. Cunningham is the doctor to go to!

- Brenda J

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Friendly staff and doctor, highly profesionál

- LENKA B

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Dr. Cunningham did a great job. The procedure was painless and quick. His staff is very good with patients.

- Louis S

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Awesome experience!!! Very kind and informative!!! Thank you

- Clinton M

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Dr. Cunningham makes even a root canal bearable. Staff is helpful and pleasant.

- Sharon M

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I can’t recommend having a root canal but if you need one, I can strongly recommend having it done by Dr. Cunningham. He alleviated my concerns and anxieties and the procedure itself was very efficient and as painless as I suspect a root canal can be.

- Suzanne G

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Absolutely satisfied; it was the easiest root canal procedure I have ever had.

- Gloria R

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