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endodontics
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Dr. K was personable, professional and answered ALL my questions about the procedure. He was a great help in making my decision. Appointments were accurate with no wait time. Every step of the process from making appointments, to directions and aftercare exceeded expectations. AND, the work he did on my tooth went smoothly with a successful outcome

Gail Knoxville, TN

Everyone at this office is absolutely amazing!

Latisha Maryville, TN

This place was great. You will not dread your root canal anymore. Dr. Gaudry knows what he’s doing and the staff couldn’t be any nicer! I had no problems at all

LouAnne B Knoxville, TN

Dreaded the procedure, like most people - but it was a breeze. A professional staff was the first thing I noticed. No pain whatsoever; Dr. K explained everything he was doing throughout the process, which was very helpful in alleviating stress. Add to that the fact that Dr. K called me personally to see how I was doing at 8:30 pm that evening - not a staff member but the Dr. himself. Never seen that before, ever - this was a great experience

Scott C. Lenoir City, TN

Dr. Gaudry was excellent. He explained in detail (I like that) what he was doing and what to expect. Very happy with this experience.

Ken H. Vonore, TN

They are SO nice there. Dr. K answered every one of my questions, even the silly ones. He has a wonderful, calming manner, and a good sense of humor.

KC J. Knoxville, TN

Dr. Gaudry was awesome. He explained everything that was going to happen during the procedure.

Kathy S. Maryville, TN

Excellent patient care. Dr K explained each step of the procedure as he was working. His Tech Torie was very good too. Dr K called me at night after the procedure just to check on me. Highly recommended for any and all of your Endo work!!

Mark M. Maryville, TN

Office was able to get me in quickly, Dr. Gaudry fully explained entire process and options, very professional and thorough thru procedure, pain management was exceptional for entire procedure. Add on the fact that this physician served our country proudly, a team that can't be beat! Entire office staff/ancillary staff were exceptional!

J Kropp in Maryville, TN

Dr. Kalchthaler and staff - Overall a GREAT experience!

B. Miller Alcoa, TN

I have never experienced the professionalism, caring, and friendly atmosphere from any organization albiet medical or otherwise.  Thank you,

Richard N.

The experience in your office was fantastic.  Everyone was helpful and pleasant.  I can say that I do not like having a root canal, but the experience there makes it much better.  I appreciate the professionalism of each and every person in the office.  Dr. Gaudry is wonderful and very courteous and professional.  His calm and quiet demeanor puts you at ease.  The flowers are a nice touch too!

Cathy H.

Dr. Kalchthaler Excellent dental surgeon. Explained everything before and as it happened and fully discussed the options available to me. I could not have asked for anything more from a dental surgeon.

Dr. Jim C. Gatlinburg, TN

A little word of thanks....for a whole lot of nice!

Thank you for the great experience I had in your office. The words "Root Canal" were dreaded by me but after my visit in your office I have different feelings.

Thank you to a wonderful office and staff.

Becky C.

 
What is an Endodontist and what do they do?

Endodontists are dentists who specialize in maintaining teeth through endodontic therapy -- procedures, involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp.  All dentists are trained in diagnosis and endodontic therapy, however, some teeth can be especially difficult to diagnose and treat.  That’s why you may have been referred to an endodontic specialist.

In addition to dental school, endodontists receive two or more years of advanced education in this kind of treatment. They study root canal techniques and procedures in greater depth to allow diagnosis and treatment of more difficult cases. Endodontists also have their offices set up with specialized equipment and instruments specific to performing endodontic therapy.  For these reasons, many dentists choose to refer their patients to endodontists.

What happens during endodontic treatment? or What is a Root Canal?

A local anesthetic will be given.  A sheet barrier will be placed around the tooth to isolate it, hence keeping your mouth free of all tooth dust and debris.  Also this will protect your tongue from our instruments.  Depending upon what we find inside your tooth, treatment will take one or more visits of 1 - 3 hours each.  In the course of treatment the pulp is removed from the roots and is replaced with a plastic filling material.  If you were to think of each root as being like a pencil, the root canal will result in the led being replaced with plastic and with minimal removal of the wood.  To get the most complete pulp tissue removal with the least weakening of the tooth, we will utilize a clinical operating microscope.

There are, of course, no guarantees.  Root canal therapy has a very high degree of success, up to 90%.   We will discuss with you the chances of success before any endodontic procedure to help you make an informed decision. 

Upon completion of the root canal a healing filling is placed.  After the healing period your general dentist will evaluate the tooth and the previous fillings or crown and place the ideal final restoration.  With rare exception, the ideal restoration is a crown.  In cases where the tooth already has an existing crown that was not destroyed during the root canal, a filling rather than a new crown may be possible.  We take every effort to preserve existing crowns, but sometimes crown destruction is unavoidable.

Retreatment

Occasionally a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment fails to heal or pain continues despite therapy. Although rare, sometimes a tooth initially responds to root canal therapy but becomes painful or diseased months or years later. When either of these situations occur, the tooth often can be maintained with a second endodontic treatment.

Will I need to return to your office for additional visits?

Once endodontic therapy is completed your tooth should be examined periodically to check for proper healing, usually every 6 - 12 months.  This allows us to make sure the tooth has healed or is healing properly.  In some cases this can be done by your general dentist and in other cases we may need to see you.

 
 
312 High St
Maryville, TN 37804

Phone:
(865) 982-8000
Fax:
(865) 982-8512