• What Is Endodontics?

    Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that involves the treatment of the root canal and surrounding tissues of the tooth.

    When you look at your teeth, unless they’re badly damaged, all you should be able to see is the crown.

    The tooth consists of three main parts:

    • The outer layer: called the enamel, this is the strongest part of the tooth. Enamel can be destroyed by bacteria, wear or trauma.
    • The body: known as dentine, this is the calcified tissue that is exposed when the enamel is corroded. It is considerably softer and more susceptible to decay than the enamel.
    • The root canal system: this is the main concern of endodontics. It houses the soft tissues, blood vessels and nerves, which is called the pulp.

    When the inside of the tooth is exposed by decay/fracture/restorations, bacteria can attack the pulp, causing pain and other serious health-related issues such as infection.

    If your teeth are in the advanced stages of dental decay, have suffered fractures, or been otherwise damaged, it is important that they are seen to immediately and by a professionally qualified dental surgeon or specialist endodontist.


  • How much does root treatment cost?

    This is a list of approximate prices but please be aware that these are subject to deviation.

    • Molar – $2600-$2800
    • Premolar – $2000-$2100
    • Anterior – $1800-$1900
    • Consultation – $200-$260 (inclusive of x-rays)
    • Surgery – $1,600-$2,000

    For a full quote, please organise a consultation with our specialists. We accept payment on the day of service by Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard, Direct Bank Deposit or cheque. We are also pleased to offer health fund claiming through HICAPS at our Brisbane and Southport rooms.

  • What will happen if I just leave it?

    If a tooth with damaged pulp is left untreated, it can cause severe pain, abscesses and lead to the eventual loss of the tooth. In more severe cases, this may also include destruction of the supporting bone and surrounding tissues. In some extreme cases this can even lead to blood poisoning.

  • What happens after treatment?

    Once your root canal treatment has been completed, you will be returned to your dentist who will place a final restoration or crown on the tooth. Final restoration of the tooth may, on occasion, be completed by the root canal specialist.

    In some cases discoloured teeth can also be bleached prior to final restoration.

    Some patients may experience mild to moderate discomfort following routine endodontic treatment or endodontic microsurgery. Your specialist will advise whether pain relieving medication is appropriate subsequent to your treatment.

    More information can be found in Pre-and Post-Op Care.


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