Endodontics

What is an Endodontist?

An endodontist is a specialist dentist who, in addition to a dental degree, has completed a further three years advanced training in diagnosing and treating dental pain, endodontic diseases and dental trauma.

Dr Mohan is a registered endodontist and performs hundreds of root canal treatment procedures every year. He and his team are equipped with the latest technology including 3D Cone-beam CT imaging and an operating microscope to provide you with the highest level of care in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

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Meet your Endodontist

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Dr Harry Mohan

BDSc, DCD (Endo) Melb

Dr Mohan completed his Bachelor of Dental Science at the University of Melbourne in 2008, before joining the Royal Australian Air Force as a Dental Officer and later working in private dental practice in Sydney and the Central Coast.

Dr Mohan then returned to the University of Melbourne where he completed his Doctor of Clinical Dentistry specialising in Endodontics in 2015. He holds special interests in managing dental trauma and treating patients who experience dental fear and anxiety.

Dr Mohan is the author of peer-reviewed articles in both international and Australian scientific journals and he is an active member of several professional bodies including:

  • Australian Dental Association
  • Australian Society of Endodontology
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Endodontists
  • ADA NSW South Coast Division

Outside the surgery, Harry enjoys bushwalking, cooking and club cricket. His lifelong dreams include watching St Kilda win an AFL premiership and scoring a century in cricket… both of which seem increasingly unlikely.

Meet your Endodontist

Dr Aaron Gascoigne

DDS Melb, BPharm, DCD (Endo) QLD

Dr Aaron Gascoigne graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery from The University of Melbourne in 2015. Following several years working as a dentist in the rural NSW town of Coonabarabran, Aaron returned to study and completed his Doctor of Clinical Dentistry specialising in Endodontics at the University of Queensland. He enjoys all areas of endodontics and holds a special interest in endodontic microsurgery.

Prior to studying dentistry, Dr Aaron obtained a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Queensland in 2011.

Dr Aaron regularly attends Australian and international endodontic conferences and is an active member of several professional bodies including:

  • Australian Dental Association
  • Australian Society of Endodontology

Outside of endodontics, Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife and son, as well as running, cooking and fishing.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is endodontics?

Endodontics is the field of dentistry that covers diseases of the root canal system and traumatic injuries to the teeth. All teeth have a dental pulp which is made up of blood vessels, nerves and other tissues housed inside your tooth in the root canal system. If the dental pulp becomes injured or infected, it may need to be removed so you can continue to use your tooth without pain or disease. Occasionally an old root canal treatment performed previously can become re-infected and require re-treatment by a specialist Endodontist.

What does root canal treatment involve?

Using a microscope and fine instruments, Dr Mohan makes a small hole in your tooth to access the root canal system. The root canals are then cleaned and disinfected before they are filled to avoid future bacterial infection. Typically, treatment is performed over 2 appointments of 60-90 minutes duration, depending upon the complexity of the case.

All treatment is performed under local anaesthesia to ensure your comfort. Additionally, all treatment is performed with a dental dam (a rubber sheet that fits over your tooth) which keeps the tooth clean and prevents any dental materials entering your mouth. Dr Mohan will need to take x-ray films before, during and after all treatments.

Does root canal treatment hurt?

Your comfort is our priority and we take the utmost care to ensure you feel at ease and fully informed throughout your experience with us. Dr Mohan will fully numb your tooth before treating it so the procedure itself is very comfortable.

After the treatment, in some cases you may experience mild post-operative discomfort as part of your body’s healing response to disease. This can be well-managed with pain-killers such as paracetamol (Panadol) or ibuprofen (Nurofen).

Will endodontic treatment save my tooth?

Modern root canal treatment is considered safe and successful in managing the vast majority of endodontic disease. In some cases however, your tooth may have been severely compromised by decay, cracks or gum disease, making it unsuitable for treatment.

Dr Mohan always conducts a comprehensive assessment of your tooth and explains the prognosis for your tooth before you decide whether to commence treatment.

After treatment is complete, it is vital that you visit your dentist to restore the tooth with a protective filling or crown to protect it from developing decay or cracks and to improve the longevity of your tooth. It is best to speak with your dentist beforehand to understand this process.

I am nervous about having dental treatment, can you help me?

Dr Mohan holds a special interest in helping fearful or anxious patients with a relaxed and comfortable approach and he regularly utilises relaxation techniques and sedation methods. If you feel apprehensive about treatment, please let us know when booking your appointment and we will gladly discuss all available options to assist you.

How much will endodontic treatment cost and do you offer payment plans?

Our practice employs a fixed-fee system for endodontic treatment so you know exactly how much your treatment will cost before you commence. Fees are based on the case complexity and differ between tooth types (anterior tooth, premolar or molar). When booking your first appointment, our staff will ask you which tooth is being treated and will provide you a quote over the phone.

For flexibility we gladly offer interest-free payment-plan options over 6 or 12 months which requires only a 20% initial deposit.

*Payment plans are provided through DENTICARE. To be eligible for this payment plan you need to be:

  1. An Australian citizen.
  2. Eighteen (18) years or older (Parents are eligible to sign payment plans for children).
  3. Currently not bankrupt or subject to Bankruptcy/Debt Agreements.

Click here for more information on Denticare finance options or speak to our staff.