Root Canal Treatment

Bluegrass Endodontics, PLLC – Hendersonville & Mt. Juliet TN

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. This 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. We use 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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Animated diagram of a tooth receiving a root canalWhat happens after root canal 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 it cost?

The cost associated with this procedure 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.

Bluegrass Endodontics, PLLC

5 out of 5 stars based on 130 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

Patient Review By Justin W

All staff very professional. Doctor explained procedure very well before and after. Assistant and doctor very respectful and caring throughout. I have no reluctance about recommending to others.

- Justin W

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Patient Review By Bobbie K

The staff was very caring and attentive as was Dr. Horwat. There was no pain and the discomfort was minimized by the attention that I received.

- Bobbie K

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Patient Review By Kayse S

Wonderful experience. Dr. VanDusen explained everything he was doing before and during my root canal as well as what follow up things I needed to do. He made sure I was comfortable and didn't experience any pain during the procedure. But I will forever be grateful for the office staff. I was in so much pain and wanted in sooner than the appointment my dentist made for me. I called and asked if anything were to come available I would appreciate it and I received a call the same afternoon asking if I could be there first thing the next morning! No dental procedure is ever fun but this experience was as simple and painless as a root canal could be.

- Kayse S

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Patient Review By Nikki S

The Dr., nurse, and all the people that work in the office are very nice.

- Nikki S

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Patient Review By Angela G

This is absolutely the best endodontist office I have ever been to. Everyone was so nice and made you feel very welcome. Dr. Sandlin did my root canal with such ease and told me everything that would happen next which I really appreciated. His assistant Michelle was great! She is very sweet and just on top of everything going on. I would definitely recommend this office.

- Angela G

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Patient Review By Monica P

Dr. Sandlin was very professional and went over his suggestions about work that needed to be done. The root canal went well and I have had no pain. I would definitely recommend him.

- Monica P

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Patient Review By Jillian B

I am terrified of any type of dental work, I had my first visit for a root canal which I was highly nervous about. Dr. Horwart did an amazing job, and the pain of the procedure was very minimal due to what I was expecting. He has great bedside manners and made me feel comfortable throughout!

- Jillian B

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Patient Review By Betty S

Everyone was great! I was in a lot of pain and you got me in quickly. I was given an explanation of what was going on with my tooth and what my options were for treatment. I was called with the cost even though you were seeing me the same day. I would recommend you to my family and friends. You have a wonderful staff. Thank you so much!

- Betty S

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Patient Review By April P

Great staff and the dentist was really nice and kind. My 15 yr old was very comfortable

- April P

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Patient Review By Roy W

Great and pleasent place. Most comfortable root canal I ever had in my life!

- Roy W

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Patient Review By Judy J

Dr. Horwat was wonderful he was very kind and considerate and very professional. His assistant Pam was the best!

- Judy J

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Patient Review By Phillip M

Friendly staff, professional assistant, Dr. Sandlin was very professional and explained the procedure in detail.

- Phillip M

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Patient Review By Jimmy C

Great experience all around. It has been a pleasure to have two procedures done with Dr. VanDusen. I would highly recommend him and his staff in the Hendersonville location.

- Jimmy C

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Patient Review By Gina N

Dr Horwat was terrific. He made a root canal very tolerable, and mine was apparently more involved than most. I certainly recommend him. In fact, everyone in the office was especially nice. I was in a lot of pain and they got me in quickly and were so friendly. I really do recommend them.

- Gina N

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Patient Review By Tina S

Pam was the best, she was very kind & helpful, before, during & after the procedure. Dr VanDusen was very kind also and wanted to make sure that I was comfortable during the entire procedure.

- Tina S

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Patient Review By Robin H

Exceptional service from the front office staff they were amazing. Dr. Horwat did a great job and talked me thru everything they were doing and was great. He was concerned about my pain and the treatment that I was getting. He had special tools to help assist with the complicated procedure and did a fantastic job. They also worked on me until after 6 p.m. and he stayed late to ensure it was completed correctly. I would recommend them to anyone needing specialty dental care.

- Robin H

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Patient Review By DAVID M

Great care.

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Patient Review By MICHAEL R

Staff was very personable and professional. I enjoyed the conversation despite my mouth being full of instrumentation, and the procedure was pain free.

- MICHAEL R

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Patient Review By Kayla C

I could not have wished for a better experience than the one I received from Dr. Horwat and his staff. Dr. Horwat is patient, understanding and empathetic. He knew the answers to all of my questions and was honest with me the entire way, while still keeping me calm and comfortable. It is always clear that he does his homework on his patient and always makes his decisions based on what is best for you. I can not recommend Dr. Horwat enough!!!

- Kayla C

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Patient Review By Lauren B

Everyone was very kind & friendly! Jasly & Kira were fantastic during the check-in & check-out process & helped with assuring me I was in good hands. Rebecca & VanDusen were excellent at easing my mind, calming my nerves & getting me through my first root canal. My experience could not have been more pleasant or positive! Thank you to the Mt. Juliet staff & Dr. VanDusen, you all were superb!!

- Lauren B

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