What is an endodontist?

Endodontists are specialist dentists whose area of expertise is the pulp or ‘core’ of the tooth.

They have a degree in dentistry and have spent a minimum of two years in general dental practice. Following this, they complete a three-year university-based degree that involves clinical practice and research.

What is endodontics?

Endodontics seeks to diagnose, prevent and treat diseases of the dental pulp and surrounding tissues. This pulp is the ‘core’ of the tooth, and contains blood vessels, cells and nerve fibres.

Inflamed, infected or diseased pulp that remains untreated can lead to the loss of the natural tooth and the need for a prosthetic.

How does endodontics help?

Endodontic treatment can help to save a tooth and prevent the need for prosthetic replacement.

Pain relief, the return to a comfortable mouth and to normal eating practices are some of endodontic treatment’s benefits.

How painful is the treatment?

Advances in treatment methods mean an endodontic procedure is as comfortable as having a filling placed.

Before treatment begins, your tooth will be isolated, and you’ll be given a local anaesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable at all stages of any procedure.

Although there can be occasional discomfort following endodontic treatment, in most cases over-the-counter medication relieves such pain.

What are the fees?

Endodontic treatment is generally less expensive than extracting a natural tooth and replacing it with an artificial tooth. An estimate of the fees will be discussed with you at your initial consultation.

The cost depends on the number of visits and duration of each visit, the materials used, whether surgery is needed and any atypical circumstances that may arise.

Payment for treatment is requested on the day and a HICAPS health fund terminal can process your claim immediately.

Please note: the cost of a permanent restoration, such as a crown, is separate to your endodontic treatment and should be discussed with your dentist.