Meet The Doctor


Endodontist Arthur L. Cole, DDS

Dr. Arthur L. Cole is a Board Certified Endodontist serving the Clarksville community with over 27 years of experience in the specialty of Endodontics.  He earned his B.A. degree from New Mexico State University and his D.D.S. degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, graduating with Honors.  He completed specialty training in Endodontics at the U.S. Army Dental Activity, Fort Gordon Georgia.

Growing up, education wasn’t a priority in Dr. Cole’s large family. His father had a third-grade education and only two of his six brothers graduated from high school.  Dr. Cole didn’t make it past eight grade and joined the Army at age 17.  After serving in Germany during the Berlin Crisis of the early 1960’s, Dr. Cole applied for officer Candidate School, but was denied due to low scores on a military IQ test.  Rather than give up, he took GED courses, attempted the IQ test again, and improved his score by more than enough to get into Officer Candidate School.  He served in Vietnam as an Armor officer and three years in the U.S. Army Special Forces.

Following his service as a line officer, he was drawn to health care. After completing his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, he served as a general Dental Officer in Nuremberg, Germany before beginning his residency and specialty training in Endodontics.  After multiple assignments, he spent the last five of his 30 years of active duty service at Fort Campbell and subsequently opened his Endodontic specialty practice in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Dr. Cole has been a member of the American Association Endodontists since 1984 and completed a three-year term as a representative of his region on the American Association of Endodontists Board of Directors.  He is a member of the American Dental Association, the International College of Dentistry, the European Association of Military Endodontists,  the Tennessee Dental Association, the Southern Endodontic Study Club, has been Secretary/Treasurer of the Tennessee Association of Endodontists since 1994, the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Society, and the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.  In addition, he is the American Association of Endodontists District III Director representing Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Dr. Cole has been married to his wife Pat for 48 years.  He maintains a busy private practice and resides on a large farm raising Black Angus cattle for organic beef.  The Coles have two married children, Nancy Cole Stimson and Matthew Cole.  They are also the proud grandparents of Audrey Stimson and Tristen Cole.

Clarksville Endodontics


Thank you for your interest in Clarksville Endodontics.  We are a group of two endodontists, dentists specializing in saving teeth though root canal therapy.  Our goal is for patients to leave our office, knowing that they received painless, pleasant and professional treatment.  We have been providing endodontic care to the Middle Tennessee community since 1988.  We do everything possible to exceed your expectations in every way.  We provide amenities necessary to create a comfortable and soothing environment: including pillows,  head phones and caring doctors and staff.  We pride ourselves on our friendly efficient staff and gentle and compassionate doctors.

Our office offers the most advanced technology and computer generated (digital) x rays.  We adhere to stringent sterilization practices and techniques in our office and you can rest assured that all instruments are heat autoclaved to maximize sterility and insure your safety.  All of our dental assistants are Registered Dental Assistants (RDA) with the TN Board of Dentistry and are CPR certified.  They have received a certificate in nitrous oxide monitoring and are required to complete annual continuing education hours.

Our doctors are specially trained to provide local anesthesia assuring your comfort during your root canal.  We want you to leave our office and be able to tell your friends that having a root canal was not what you expected…in fact it was a pleasant experience.  You can count on us to recognize individual needs and try our best to take the time to listen and answer your question.  We know that we are not just providing our patients with a root canal…but we are also building trusting relationships.  We hope that our office leaves you feeling like family, pampered and important.  Our most valued relationship is with our patients! 

We hope that the information provided here answers many of your questions about endodontic treatment.  If you would like additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 931-552-8066.

Root Canal Treatment

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures with well over 14 million performed every year.  This simple treatment can save you natural teeth and prevent the need for tooth extraction, dental implants or bridges.   For further information contact us at 931-552-8066.

Root Canal Surgery 

Endodontic (root canal) surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest pain in the tooth.  Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure.  The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection.  If you are a candidate for a surgical procedure, your doctor will discuss this with you.