Dental Costs - Root CanalRoot canal treatment, re-treatment and surgery can be provided by either a general dentist or a registered specialist endodontist (commonly known as a root canal specialist).
- A general dentist has education and training of 4 to 5 years.
- A specialist endodontist has education and training of 4 to 5 years of general dentistry PLUS a further 3 to 4 years of specialisation.
- When tossing up between an extraction plus implant versus saving the tooth with root canal therapy, costs to include in the equation are:
* Note that a filling will often not suffice and the tooth may require further treatment by way of a core filling ($200-$450) and a full coverage crown ($1400-$2200).
Various aspects of the treatments mentioned above will vary from practitioner to practitioner depending on a series of factors discussed on our dental costs main site
In Australia, only dentists who have completed the additional three years minimum full-time study can become a Dental Board–registered specialist endodontist. Typically they will have needed first to graduate with honours in dentistry and have completed fellowship examinations through the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
During the additional three years of study graduates undertake original research and build their practical skills in the management of difficult and complex root canal treatments. They are then eligible to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia as a specialist endodontist.
When you are seen by an endodontist you can be assured that they are experienced in managing difficult treatments, re-treatment of previously unsuccessful root canals and endodontic surgery.
It is common for an endodontist to be able to save a tooth that may have been otherwise deemed too difficult to treat or to have a poor prognosis.
Never assume that a practitioner is a specialist endodontist. Check on the Dental Board of Australia AHPRA website.