Endodontist: Getting to the root of the problem

Looking for professional root canal treatment by a Specialist Endodontist?

Please contact Swish Dental on (07) 3485 0895 (Everton Park Practice) or (07) 3485 0875 (Mitchelton Practice).

There is simply no substitute for a healthy, natural tooth. When your tooth has been severely damaged by injury or disease, tooth extraction should be the last resort. Root canal therapy presents an excellent option to save your tooth and preserve as much of your healthy tooth structure as possible.

Besides helping to treat a bad infection – not to mention the pain and trauma that come with it – Root Canal Therapy also minimises the extent of damage to the decayed tooth. Without the need for any prosthetics, a Root Canal Treatment can salvage your tooth and restore it back to its original condition.

Our Root Canal Expert can help

To achieve a successful root canal treatment, you can rely on the extensive training and expertise of a Specialist Endodontist. An Endodontist is a qualified expert in handling dental issues related to the blood vessels and nerve structure inside your mouth. The specialist has more intimate knowledge in navigating within the complex network of soft tissue found within the tiny confines of a dental pulp.

Swish Dental’s Specialist Endodontist, Associate Professor Dr Ralph Reid, has over 30 years of experience treating scores of patients and achieving excellent treatment outcomes. As a highly regarded Dental Academic and Specialist in the field of Endodontics, A Prof Dr Reid possesses not just enviable credentials but also a long-standing track record on which you can depend for consistent, excellent dental work.

Why extract a tooth when you can save it with Root Canal Treatment?

If you’re looking for a Specialist Endodontist to treat and preserve your natural tooth, please contact Swish Dental on (07) 3485 0895 (Everton Park Practice) or (07) 3485 0875 (Mitchelton Practice).

What is root canal (endodontic) treatment, and what does it involve?

The tooth has two portions, namely crown and root. The root is the part that extends below the gum line, where the nerves are located. Sitting in the centre of the tooth is the dental pulp, consisting of connective tissues and cells, responsible for supplying nutrients to the tooth.

When the root and pulp of a tooth becomes infected or damaged, it can cause severe pain and requires immediate attention. A root canal treatment involves the removal of the infected root and pulp of a tooth from the pulp chamber and canals, disinfecting and cleaning the canals, before sealing it with the root canal filling.

Although most root canal therapies require up to three visits to the dentist, Dr Ralph is able to perform, using minimally invasive procedures, all root canal treatments in just one appointment. Unlike most general dentists, Dr Ralph can also handle complex endodontic procedures, including the re-treatment of root canals that have not healed completely.

Why do I need root canal (endodontic) treatment?

A badly infected tooth that is causing pain should be addressed immediately. Any delay in treatment can lead to abscess developing at the root of the tooth that in turn, will disrupt the bone tissue and cause its breakdown. Left untreated, the infection will likely spread to neighbouring teeth leading to common symptoms such as fever, swollen face and neck.

Apart from root canal treatment, the other option when dealing with a severely infected tooth is to remove the tooth and replace it with an artificial tooth. However, that should be the last resort, given that once extracted, the adult natural tooth will be permanently and irreversibly lost.

Are you experiencing any signs or symptoms that may indicate an infected tooth?
Please contact Swish Dental on (07) 3485 0895 (Everton Park Practice) or (07) 3485 0875 (Mitchelton Practice).


Dr Rakph Reid Endodontist at Swish Dental

Associate Professor Dr Ralph Reid is our specialist Endodontist who performs all root canal treatment procedures.

To become an Endodontist a dentist must study an additional three years of training at University. On top of this training Dr Ralph has over 30 years experience making him one of the best in his field.

To learn more about Dr Ralph click here.


Why see an Endodontist?

Once your tooth needs a root canal treatment it is essentially the last dental treatment that is possible before the tooth needs to be removed. Root canal treatments do not last forever and so to ensure that you have had the best job done it is best to see an Endodontist to have a specialist root canal treatment as their skill and expertise will be unmatched.

How will you benefit?

Most dentists do root canal treatments in several visits. Dr Ralph performs all root canal treatments in a single visit with minimal discomfort. The instruments used are used once only unlike most dentists who reuse 'files' due to their expensive nature. Knowing that you have had specialist root canal treatment means you can rest assured that you will have had the best job done.

Specialist root treatment costs

When you see a specialist the general costs range from $1900 for Anterior teeth, $2300 for Premolar teeth and $2800 for Molar teeth. Dr Ralph provides very competitive pricing for our patients ensuring that they save around 10-15% off the industry average.

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How much does a root canal cost?

Root canal treatment costs vary by who you see and where you see them. Prices can range from $600 up towards $3500 depending on the individual tooth case. We can give you a free quote if you have had an x-ray taken.

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Signs/Symptoms that require treatment

Swelling, prolonged pain, throbbing pain, constant aches, pain to hot or cold for minutes to hours are all signs that a root canal treatment may be needed.

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Are root canals always successful?

No they are not and that is why dentists often refer patients to specialists to ensure the best job is done.

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Root canal retreatment

f a root canal treatment has failed it can be redone and most specialists do this procedure to ensure the best outcome.

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Root canal during pregnancy

If you have a dental infection you should not let it progress. It is safe and recommend to complete root canal treatment as soon as it is indicated to prevent any further harm to your body.

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Alternatives to root canal treatment

The alternative to root canal treatment is having the tooth removed and replaced with a denture, dental bridge, or dental implant if they are suitable. These alternatives should always be discussed but always remember that no replacement tooth will feel exactly like a natural tooth.


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