Apicoectomy Hendersonville

Bluegrass Endodontics, PLLC – Hendersonville & Mt. Juliet TN

Why would I need Endodontic Surgery?

Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and your endodontist will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection.

What is an Apicoectomy?

The video on the right illustrates this simple procedure. An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. The damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A root-end filling is placed to prevent reinfection of the root and the gum is sutured. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring full function.

Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. To alleviate any discomfort, an appropriate pain medication will be recommended. If you have pain that does not respond to medication, please call our office.

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Bluegrass Endodontics, PLLC

5 out of 5 stars based on 171 Apicoectomy reviews

Patient Review By Richard L

I recall root canal therapy to include pain, blood and brutality. To my amazement Dr.VanDusen, D.D.S. explained every aspect of what he was about to do. He really relaxed my racing mind. His assistant, Stephanie was an angel in helping in the relaxing area. A root canal is no small thing. I have to say in summary, I could never go any place else after the way I was treated there. I got through it famously with the way it was presented. Couldn’t believe how easy it was. Very little pain afterward and today, 3 weeks later it’s fantastic. Thanks to all the the folks there who made it fantastic. I’m still in shock.. G God Bless…

- Richard L

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Patient Review By Sarah B

Had the best experience today. A little nervous coming in, but everyone made me feel comfortable. Dr. Tomlinson is wonderful, gave me plenty of information and checked to make sure I was good often. So glad to recommend your office!

- Sarah B

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Patient Review By James R

Dr. Horwat was very informative and performed the procedure painlessly, I would highly recommend him!

- James R

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Patient Review By Janet R

Typically having a root canal is not something I'd write about since I have not had the best experiences in the past . Today changed all that. I saw Dr. Horwat who is very kind, compassionate, gentle, and witty. He is extremely skilled and knowledgeable and I appreciated that he explained every last detail to me. He numbed me up pretty well and I felt no pain during the procedure. You can tell he really cares for his patients and does everything he can to make sure you are comfortable and informed. I highly recommend Dr. Horwat and his staff. Everyone there was so friendly. I'd give them 10 stars if I could.

- Janet R

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Patient Review By Melissa F

I am so impressed with this entire office! I had to have 2 emergency root canals, and not only did they fit me into the schedule this week, they made it literally painless. Dr. VanDusen and Stephanie did an incredible job. I dread seeing the dentist/endodontist and this was the most relaxed visit I have ever had! Thank you for making this a great experience. I highly recommend Bluegrass Endodontics!

- Melissa F

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Patient Review By Mark W

I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Austen VanDusen and Bluegrass Endodontics. Dr. VanDusen, in addition to his credentials, experience and expertise, has perhaps the most genuine, reassuring and enjoyable patient relation skills of any healthcare provider I've ever visited. In fact, each person I encountered at Bluegrass Endodontics, from Tina who scheduled my appointment to Stephanie who expertly assisted Dr. VanDusen, was caring and friendly as they provided outstanding customer service with a smile. I'm basically a big chicken when it comes to dental procedures. But from now on, when I need to see an endodontist, I will gladly call Tina to schedule an appoint with Dr. VanDusen and I highly recommend that you consider doing the same.

- Mark W

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Patient Review By Joel O

I just had a root canal plus post and buildup plus crown lengthening with Dr. Tomlinson, and it was all very easy. The extent to which I had to open my mouth was less than it was in a previous root canal elsewhere, so it was much more comfortable. The number was done with only about one and a half noticeable pinches, and there was no pain during the procedure. She answered all my questions very thoroughly, and was very solicitous of my comfort during the procedure. I highly recommend her.

- Joel O

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Patient Review By Balinda W

Everyone was friendly and helpful . I would highly recommend them to everyone.

- Balinda W

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Patient Review By Evelyn B

I had a difficult situation that required extra time on their part! It was a totally positive experience! EVERYone was happy, kind, engaging, professional, efficient and very considerate! They answered questions, gave explanations, and often asked about my comfort and endurance levels. I love that office! They are phenomenal!

- Evelyn B

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Patient Review By Eric H

My procedure was a little out of the ordinary, I knew something was happening with my tooth, but there was a lack of pain or sensitivity. Dr VanDusen was very thorough testing my tooth along with the surrounding teeth. X-rays didn't really indicate a problem. After isolating the correct tooth, it was determined I did need the root canal procedure. The entire procedure was extremely well done. Becca was assisting with the procedure, both Dr VanDusen & Becca were constantly checking to make sure I was comfortable. I would give you guy's a ten star rating if I could have!! Thanks again! Wish I would have known Dr VanDusen went to Creighton University, I used to live in Omaha and as a child, had several procedures done at the Creighton Dental College. ( small world )

- Eric H

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Patient Review By Ginny C

It is hard to find the words to express how appreciative I am of Dr. Horwat. His expertise, skill, and kindness are beyond my expectations. Likewise, his staff is friendly and professional. Thank you all for taking care of me.

- Ginny C

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Patient Review By Tom S

Dr. Tomlinson and the staff were ver welcoming and made sure to be attentive and addressed all my concerns and questions. She was professional and experienced, and made sure any discomfort and pain were kept to a minimum throughout the process. I could not be more satisfied with the whole process, even now several hours later after the anesthesia has warn off no pain at all. I highly recommend this practice and Dr. Tomlinson in particular.

- Tom S

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Patient Review By Jennifer A

I can’t thank Dr Tomlinson, her assistant, and your staff enough for getting me in and being patient with my anxiety! Truly amazing bedside manner and customer service! Thank you all so much!!!!

- Jennifer A

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Patient Review By Carress S

Dr. Horwat is awesome- no pain during my procedure! His staff is amazing and I would highly recommend them to anyone.

- Carress S

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Patient Review By Joni R

Dr Tomlinson and her staff are excellent. They showed constant concern about my well-being. I am very impressed and will tell other people about how great my experience was.

- Joni R

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Patient Review By Chris F

I was nervous about the pain during/after a root canal. I had zero discomfort throughout the entire process of a root canal and internal bleaching. Dr. Horwat was very confident and thorough during my procedures and follow-up. Thank you to all the staff for making this as easy as I could have possibly imagined.

- Chris F

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Patient Review By Michael S

My first root canal therapy ever was made comfortable by Dr. Austin and his staff. Dr. Austin and staff was very informative about the procedure. It was a pleasure to have this friendly interaction with Dr Austin and all of the staff.

- Michael S

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Patient Review By Amelia W

Dr VanDusen is the best Endodontics I’ve ever been to. He made me feel comfortable. So kind and sweet. The entire office was amazing. I was so nervous but shortly went away soon after meeting him. I didn’t feel anything. Also, did not even have to take any pain meds or even a Tylenol. If you want the best he’s the one!! Faye Woods

- Amelia W

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Patient Review By Angie G

Very understanding and kind. Dr. Horwart is awesome. Medical staff was very professional and strive to give excellent care to their patients. Scheduling was quick and easy. I had no wait time on appt day. Front desk was helpful and friendly. Billing information was was easy to understand.

- Angie G

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Patient Review By Robert H

Everything thing was great and the staff was very friendly and helpful.

- Robert H

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