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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I was very impressed with the Dr. Cunningham and his staff. I made an appointment for a root canal that my dentist told me I needed, and much to my delight and surprise, Dr. Cunningham told me I didn't need a root canal after checking my x-ray and doing an exam. Instead, Dr. Cunningham discussed ways to alleviate the discomfort I was experiencing. He took the time to explain everything in a caring and professional manner. If I ever need additional work, I won't hesitate scheduling with Dr. Cunningham!

- Phyllis M

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Dr Cunningham and his staff were amazing! I would definitely recommend them to everyone who needs A Root Canal.

- Kevin F

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Dr. Cunningham has been great during my visits. The staff is friendly.

- Kristi M

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Everyone was very friendly and Dr. did great, feel so much better day-1!

- Ken C

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I hadn't been to a dentist in years, and it caught up with me. I had to have three root canals done (in two appointments) and although I was very anxious about it, the procedures went well and Dr. Cunningham and his assistant were very gentle and made sure that I was okay during the procedures. The front desk staff makes you feel like family! I would highly recommend their office.

- Carolyn R

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I would definitely go back to this office if I need an endodontist again.

- Laura G

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painless procedure

- Marilyn K

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Dr Cunningham and his staff made a root canal painless in several ways. No pain, smooth reception and checkout. Shout out to Jamie, Dr C’s dental assistant, made for a comfortable experience.

- Stephen R

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Treated me with respect and patience.

- Cynthia S

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Never a fun thing to have to do but the entire staff was great. Dr Cunningham has extremely informative and friendly.

- Brenda S

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Dr. Cunningham was phenomenal. As someone who struggles with severe dental anxiety, Dr. Cunningham was understanding, answered all of my questions, showed care and compassion throughout every interaction, and did an outright great job with my root canal. My teeth finally feel better again and my nerves are gone. I highly recommend Dr. Cunningham as I have found he and his staff to be the standard of excellence in dental care! Thank you thank you thank you!!

- Elsey B

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Great staff. Was pleased with doctor and staff

- Sharon M

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Easy and painless procedure! I almost fell asleep because I was so relaxed! Great experience from setting the appointment, procedure and checking out

- Melisa M

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Staff was courteous and the doctor was very professional.

- Bill H

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Best dental experience I have ever had. Great staff and the procedure was fast and efficient. No pain. Highly recommend!

- Jason T

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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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