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Root Canal

Dental pain, swelling, and temperature sensitivity are all symptoms of a tooth infection that needs a dentist's immediate attention.

The doctors at Gulch Dental Studio perform virtually painless root canals using cutting-edge technology and modern, gentle techniques.

Discover how root canal therapy at our Nashville, TN, practice can alleviate pain and restore the health of your smile...

Experiencing Pain?

A root canal is considered a dental emergency—don't wait to seek treatment. If you are experiencing pain that radiates or is deep in your tooth, have signs of infection, or have temperature sensitivity, contact us or call our office. We'll make an appointment for you to be seen by a dentist as soon as possible.

What Is a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy is a procedure designed to restore infected teeth. Root canals are needed when bacteria spread from the outer surfaces of the tooth to the inner pulp, which is comprised of blood vessels and nerves. The dentist will extract the pulp and seal the tooth in order to save your teeth from extraction and prevent further decay.

Here's how infected teeth can affect your overall health...

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Is a Root Canal Painful?

Worried because you need a root canal? Don't be! Our Nashville dentists combine ultra-modern techniques and a gentle approach to perform root canals with minimal discomfort and excellent results. We also numb the treatment area before we begin, so you shouldn't feel any pain during the procedure.

If you are still nervous, we can also provide sedation to help you relax. The purpose of a root canal is to remove the infected pulp that causes pain. Therefore, most patients who undergo root canal treatment find that the benefits of a root canal far outweigh any stress or anxiety felt during treatment.

Why choose Gulch Dental Studio for your root canal treatment?

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Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is a relatively straightforward and painless procedure. When treated by gentle, compassionate dentists such as ours, you will be relaxed throughout your entire procedure and experience a significant amount of relief from dental pain. 

Our team is comprised of young and innovative providers focused on offering advanced dentistry and individualized patient care. Before we begin, we will explain your entire procedure and ensure you are comfortable and satisfied every step of the way. Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Nashville, TN, our practice is a one-stop shop for all your restorative and cosmetic dentistry needs. Don't suffer from pain another day! You can easily schedule an appointment with us online.

Our Nashville Office: (615) 953-3068

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Our beautiful office is located in The Gulch and is easily accessible if you live or work Downtown.

What Sets Gulch Dental Studio Apart

Comprehensive Care

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We provide a wide range of services that keep our patients smiling. In addition to root canals, we offer restorative procedures such as tooth-colored fillings and dental crowns, restoring the form and function of damaged teeth. We can take your smile from standard to stunning with cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening, veneers, or a complete smile makeover. We even offer Invisalign® and BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. It's all under one roof.

Individual Attention


Cookie-cutter care doesn't exist at our Nashville, TN, office. The dentists at our practice take the time to get to know each and every patient. Your dentist will discuss your dental needs, concerns, and goals to ensure your treatments are the best fit possible for your smile and lifestyle. We take the time to educate our patients about their dentistry options so that you will not only feel informed when making decisions but truly cared for.

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See What Patients Have to Say... "I had absolutely no pain as they efficiently fixed me up..."


Isabela Zhiltsov


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Everyone was extremely pleasant from the front desk up to the doctors! The location was squeaky clean and up to standard! The design aesthetic of the office was very chic which I really appreciate. I highly recommend and I never do reviews so that’s saying a ton.

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john steenland


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The team at Gulch Dental operate seamlessly.  They are ninjas.  I had absolutely no pain as they efficiently fixed me up.  I just came out of a follow up visit. Dr. Harris puts his patients’ experience  as a professional priority.  The fine tuning of the crown firms up my opinion.
You will have an excellent experience at Gulch Dental Studio.

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What Should I Expect During a Root Canal?

The Root Canal Procedure

Most root canals procedures only require two visits to our Nashville, TN, office. When you first visit the dentist for a consultation, we will examine your smile, determine your needs, and design a custom treatment plan. A root canal generally follows this timeline:

With local anesthetic and sedation, you can remain comfortable throughout the entire process.
With local anesthetic and sedation, you can remain comfortable throughout the entire process.


We will take X-rays of your smile to determine the extent of your infection and plan your treatment. Your dentist will then administer a local anesthetic to numb the area before beginning the dental procedure.

Access Point

The dentist will drill a tiny hole in your tooth to expose the inner chamber.

Remove Pulp

The dentist removes infected pulp from the inside of the tooth. Our doctors have extensive experience performing root canals and use rotary tools for faster, more precise pulp extraction.

Sealing the Tooth

After thoroughly cleansing the area, your doctor will seal the hole and make sure that bacteria cannot re-enter the tooth. The next step is to replace the dental pulp with a rubber material called gutta-percha.


Usually, our doctors will recommend covering the remaining tooth structure with a custom dental crown. After completing your antibiotic routine, you will return to the office to have your crown placed. We use advanced materials to ensure the most long-lasting, natural-looking results.

A Closer Look at Root Canal Therapy

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Root canal therapy involves removing decayed and infected tissue, filling the tooth, and placing a dental crown. 

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Rachel Ricker


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I had a wonderful first time experience with Dr. Harris and his staff. They are efficient, kind, and knowledgeable. They made visiting the dentist so painless and easy. I would highly recommend if you are in the Nashville area. It is in a great location, easy parking options, amazing staff and a gorgeous office. 10/10 experience.

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Janie Gallagher


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I absolutely love Gulch Dental Studio!! They always do a thorough job, and when I have concerns or accidents, they can always get me in that day - usually within the hour. I truthfully love visiting the dentist now. Thanks for all you do... the full staff is kind, welcoming and helpful. Can’t wait to go back soon- seriously!!

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How do I care for my teeth after root canal treatment?

Recovery and Aftercare

Root canal therapy generally has a high success rate and can save teeth that are severely compromised. The dentists at our Nashville, TN, practice will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your teeth following the dental procedure. We will provide tips on how to...

Manage Side Effects

You can expect mild pain, sensitivity, and swelling after your root canal. We typically recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers to mitigate any discomfort you feel in the following day or two.

Take Antibiotics

It is important that you carefully follow the dentist's instructions for taking antibiotics if they are prescribed. Continue taking your antibiotics even if your symptoms have subsided to completely beat the bacterial build-up.

Protect Restorations

Fillings and dental crowns can be cared for just like natural teeth. Simply practice good dental hygiene by brushing and flossing daily and attend your biannual check-ups. You can prevent dislodging your crown by abstaining from excessively hard and chewy foods.

Put a Stop to the Pain Request an Appointment Today

Root canal infections don't go away on their own. Even if the pain subsides, it only means the nerves inside your tooth have died. Infection can still spread from the pulp to the tooth roots, your gums, and into your bloodstream, putting you at risk for serious complications.

A root canal now may save you from needing an extraction later. Follow-up extraction procedures such as placing a dental implant will add to your time in the dentist's chair, not to mention add to your costs. If fear of pain is holding you back, rest assured that modern root canals performed at our Nashville practice are virtually painless. Sedation dentistry options are available for apprehensive patients.

Let us take care of your aching tooth. Contact us or call:

Our Nashville Office: (615) 953-3068

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Jillian Lentz


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I am extremely sensitive when it comes to any matter regarding my teeth or the word "dentist." I despise going to the dentist BUT Dr. Harris and Jenna were so pleasant, professional, and kind to my anxiety! They made me feel at ease and handled the cleaning and initial exam so carefully. I would 100% recommend GDS and will be doing so to all my friends who just moved here.

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Anneleise Wood


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The team at Gulch Dental Studio wonderful. They take great care of their patients and ensure that all their needs are met. They do all they can to make sure you're comfortable and that you understand any procedures you might need to have. You couldn't find a better dental team to serve your needs.

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Gulch Dental Studio is a state-of-the-art practice utilizing the latest technology and techniques to enhance your smile. We offer a range of services, including:

Book an appointment by requesting a consultation online or by calling our Nashville office at (615) 953-3068 today.

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