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

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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Dr. Cunningham was INCREDIBLE. I was so nervous and anxious due to a terrible experience at a previous dental office for the same kind of procedure. He and the staff made me feel extremely comfortable and at ease. I literally felt nothing, and was completely at ease. I will not go to another practice unless forced to. AMAZING. THANK YOU!

- Nathan S

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This was my 1st root canal & I was so worried & nervous about having this procedure done. Jay was SO nice to me & comforting over the phone about it...she made me feel less worried & relieved after I talked to her. I had thought when I went in for the “evaluation” that they would do the root canal then too...didn’t realize it was just for the evaluation & I would have to schedule another time for the procedure. Dr. Cunningham was very welcoming, polite, kind, & explained the procedure to me. He also assured me he would take good care of me & that he did!! Christy & Dr. Cunningham worked very well together during the procedure. Every time he asked her for something he needed... he thanked her for it! It’s not very often when that happens! That says & tells me a lot about him! I knew I was in good hands...no pun intended! I didn’t feel anything & didn’t have any pain afterwards...very minimal soreness the next day. I was very impressed! I came home & put on my Facebook page about the whole procedure & said that I highly recommend Dr. Cunningham...if you’re in need of an endodontist...he’s the one! A BIG “thank you” to Dr. Cunningham, Christy, Jay, & Bernie for making/helping me have a great experience w/having my 1st root canal done! You guys are AWESOME!!!

- Martha M

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Awesome doctor and staff.

- Kathy C

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Professional, friendly, excellent care.

- Susan S

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When people hear "root canal" they tend to think of a painful procedure at the dentist. My experience at Dr. Cunningham's office was absolutely wonderful. Dr. Cunningham was very efficient while also making sure I was relaxed and feeling no pain. He explained what he was going to do before he started and answered any questions I had. His staff was very friendly and made sure I was taken care of. I would definitely recommend Dr. Cunningham and his staff to anyone needing specialized dental care. It's refreshing to see and office well run and employees happy to be there.

- Jean K

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This is the best experience I’ve ever had at a dentist.

- Kathryn M

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Very professional but friendly staff

- Michelle S

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Excellent service, thank you!

- John T

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Great very good excellent!!

- Sue S

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Excellent staff and very skilled Edodontist!

- Jennie M

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Jamie was very calming and she and Dr. Cunningham described the process in as much detail as I wanted. The procedure went much faster than I was expecting. I appreciated that they were cautious and decided to treat the tooth with stronger antibiotics before finishing the procedure in two weeks. So far I feel like they made the whole process as painless as a root canal can be.

- Anna D

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I am a dental phobic and this was my best experience!! I didn't feel a thing and the staff from my first phone call to my procedure and check out was amazing - professional and caring. Thank you so much.

- Nancy L

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This was the best dental experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and informative. I had been in pain for a week, was a new patient and going out of town for 2 weeks, they fit me in within 24 hours. Dr. Cunningham is very patient and gentle, I felt the slight sting of the shot to numb the area but NO pain during the procedure. I was sore for 2 days but not in pain. I would recommend Dr. Cunningham and his staff to everyone! I wanted to hug everyone in the office when I left!

- KIM T

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Root canals are not fun. That being said, Dr. Kevin and his staff made my root canal as fun as they possibly could. Dr. Kevin made sure my filling matched my dress and that attention to detail is really all I can ask for.

- Kelisen B

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Despite having to get a root canal it was a very pleasant experience.

- Julie B

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First time root canal. Everyone made it an easy process. Hope I never need another one, but if I do, I know where I’m going.

- Shawn K

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Dr Cumningham has done a couple of root canals for me. He and his staff are all great to work with. I would highly recommend him.

- Judy S

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I highly recommend his office, Dr. Cunningham was so easy to understand and communicate with, I so appreciated it.

- Carla T

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As a health care provider myself I always pay attention to the care I am getting in another doctors office. The staff and Dr. Cunningham certainly met my high expectations. Actually they exceeded them. Dental pain is no fun and they bent over backwards to get me comfortable in a very short period of time.

- Mark H

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Friendly, professional, caring, courteous

- Carol D

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