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.
Hendersonville Office Phone Number 615-824-7546 Mt. Juliet
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Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM for both locations.
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. 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
Patient Review By Roy W
Great and pleasent place. Most comfortable root canal I ever had in my life!
- Roy W
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
Patient Review By Phillip M
Friendly staff, professional assistant, Dr. Sandlin was very professional and explained the procedure in detail.
- Phillip M
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
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
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
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
Patient Review By DAVID M
- DAVID M
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
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
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
Patient Review By Debbie B
It was as pleasant as a root canal could be.
- Debbie B
Patient Review By Jessie B
Exceptional care by staff and Dr. Sandin was the best. Highly recommend.
- Jessie B
Patient Review By Trina D
They made you feel very comfortable. Didn’t feel any pain during procedure.
- Trina D
Patient Review By Denise H
Everyone was terrific. I was very nervous about a root canal, they were so nice and understanding, I forgot about being so nervous. Dr. Sandlin and his nurse were “the best”.
- Denise H
Patient Review By Joy P
This is the best office! Not only is the office classy... but the staff and the provider are even more!! I had a root canal and was nervous. They were so nice and patient. I didn’t feel the needle to numb me and didn’t feel the work!! It was great! Their chairs are very comfy too!! Love this office!! Thanks guys
- Joy P
Patient Review By Marie M
I was extremely nervous about having a root canal, but Dr. Horwat immediately put me at ease. He showed me the Xrays and explained, in detail, where the problem was and what the procedure would be. He promised it would be painless and it was! Even today (the day after), there is barely any soreness. No Advil for the first time in weeks! I can’t recommend him highly enough and would never use anyone else!
- Marie M
Patient Review By Geoffrey S
Very professional and efficient. Friendly and courteous too! Thank you!
- Geoffrey S
Patient Review By Larry H
Great experience. Dr VanDusen and staff were very patient and communicated very well. Front desk staff were all great as well. Would definitely recommend to anyone needing treatment
- Larry H
Patient Review By SHERI F
I can't put into words how heartfelt and thankful I am to this entire office! I had been having lower back tooth pain after a crown for a month. My dentist told me I need a root canal and I was referred to Dr. Van Dusen. I'm not a tearful or scared person, but I was gripped with fear the entire drive to the office and by the time I arrived I was shaking and in tears. Carolee and Tina were so caring and understanding and explained it was not a painful procedure and how well I would be taken care of. Rebecca was a fabulous assistant, helped calm me and even gave me a warm fleece blanket - And as simple as that seems, it really felt great. Dr. Van Dusen came in, introduced himself, reviewed my xrays/ct scan and asked about my personal history with this tooth and the pain. But when he said the words root canal, my anxiety and tears began to flow again. I was so scared. But, he said he'd take excellent care of me and that I would be numbed up well and shouldn't feel a thing. Graciously I accepted nitrous oxide. He explained everything he would be doing, showed me some of the equipment (love that rubber band ha ha) and he and Rebecca talked with me throughout the painless procedure. I can't believe I'm going to say but, this was less painful and easier than a regular routine filling. I was almost embarrassed when it was all over about how upset I had been initially. Upon leaving, Sandy was so sweet asking how I was feeling , gave me my post procedure instructions, and we went over my insurance and balances. I left feeling pretty good. I wanted to wait to write a review until this morning, (the next day) to see just how well I felt, but I'm fine. This is the first day I haven't taken Advil in about 2 weeks. I just can't believe it. While I hope I NEVER have the need for a root canal again, if I do, I'm calling Dr. Van Dusen and his staff immediately and will refer all my friends, family and coworkers, as well. I just can't say enough, how please I am. Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!
- SHERI F