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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What 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: Hendersonville Office Phone Number 615-824-7546. 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. You may want to read information provided on our Insurance and Financial information pages.
Patient Reviews: Root Canal Treatment
Bluegrass Endodontics, PLLC
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
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
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
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
Patient Review By Balinda W
Everyone was friendly and helpful . I would highly recommend them to everyone.
- Balinda W
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Patient Review By Robert H
Everything thing was great and the staff was very friendly and helpful.
- Robert H
Patient Review By Christina M
Amazing staff This is a great place to get a root canal done fast ! Dr.Horwat and his dental assistant were so professional and on point !
- Christina M
Patient Review By Alberta R
Staff was very helpful and pleasant. The office and restroom was spotless. The procedure was almost painless except the shots and as bad as I hate shots. His technique was amazing and his communication was clear and easy to understand. It was wonderful to see all of the positive vibes and beautiful smiles. Highly recommended! Thank y’all. Happy Thanksgiving
- Alberta R
Patient Review By Tammy L
Dental work has always been a nightmare for me but Dr. Horwat and staff made it as comfortable and pain free as possible. Although I’ll never be one to “run” have dental work done I would definitely recommend Dr. Horwat and staff.
- Tammy L