Root canal therapy is a treatment that is used to save an infected tooth instead of completely removing it. Sometimes the inside of your tooth, known as the dental pulp, can become damaged or die. This can lead to an infection, causing you to experience severe tooth pain, eventually spreading to your other teeth.
In order to avoid removing your infected tooth entirely, root canal therapy is performed. This involves creating a hole in your tooth, removing the dental pulp, filling it and then placing a crown over it. A root canal is a straightforward, pain-free treatment that alleviates any pain caused by the infected tooth. An effective and highly successful treatment, root canal therapy restores your natural tooth and avoids the need for extraction or artificial replacement. Book your appointment today, and smile with confidence.
One of the most important things you can do for your teeth is to get regular dental checkups and cleanings. But even with good dental hygiene, you may still need a root canal. Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp, or nerve, of your tooth becomes damaged or infected. While it may sound daunting, a root canal is actually a fairly common procedure that can relieve pain and save your tooth. During the procedure, the damaged pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. In most cases, patients report feeling little to no discomfort during or after the procedure. And with proper care, your restored tooth can last a lifetime. We are available for all families in the bayside area of Melbourne including Highett, Bentleigh, Bentleigh East, Beaumaris, Hampton, Hampton East, Sandringham, Cheltenham, Moorabbin, Mentone, and Black Rock. So, if you are experiencing pain or sensitivity in a tooth, don’t delay in getting it checked out by a dentist. Root canal treatment may be exactly what you need.
Our team here at Studio Smiles is proud to offer root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment. This procedure is necessary when the pulp, or soft tissue, inside the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, and it helps to nourish the tooth. However, if it becomes damaged or infected, it can cause severe pain and lead to tooth loss. Root canal therapy involves removing the pulp from the tooth, cleaning the inside of the tooth, and then filling and sealing the tooth. The procedure is usually performed over the course of two visits. First, we numb the area around the tooth and made a small opening in order to access the pulp. Next, we removed the pulp using special instruments and cleaned the inside of the tooth. Finally, we sealed the tooth with a filling or a crown in order to protect it from further damage. Root canal therapy is a safe and effective way to save a damaged tooth. If you are experiencing severe pain or sensitivity, please call us today to schedule an appointment.
During a root canal, the damaged or infected pulp is removed from the tooth. To protect the tooth from further damage, a dental crown is placed over it. In the past, this process would require two visits to the dentist. First, the root canal would be performed and a temporary crown would be placed. Then, a few weeks later, the patient would return to have the permanent crown placed. Thanks to advances in technology, we are now able to place the permanent crown on the same day as the root canal procedure.
Root canal treatment is typically recommended for patients who have developed an infection in the pulp of their tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue that contains blood vessels, nerves, and other cells. When the pulp becomes damaged or inflamed, it can often lead to pain and swelling. In some cases, root canal treatment may also be recommended for patients who have developed a large cavity that has reached the pulp.
In order to determine if you are a candidate for root canal treatment, your dentist will first need to take X-rays of your mouth and evaluate the extent of the damage. If you are deemed a suitable candidate, the next step will be to clean out the infected pulp and seal the tooth. Root canal treatment is typically successful in relieving pain and restoring function to the affected tooth.
However, it is important to note that root canal treatment does not prevent future decay or infection. As such, it is important to practice good oral hygiene habits and visit your dentist regularly for checkups.
Here at Studio Smiles, we understand that a toothache can be a real emergency. That’s why we offer emergency root canal therapy to our patients. Root canal therapy is a treatment that can save an infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the infected tissue from the inside of the tooth and then filling and sealing the tooth.
In most cases, root canal therapy can be performed in just one appointment. We understand that dealing with a toothache can be stressful, so we make every effort to provide prompt and effective treatment. If you are experiencing a toothache, we encourage you to contact us right away for emergency root canal therapy.
A root canal is a treatment used to save a tooth that has been damaged by decay or infection. The procedure involves removing the damaged tissue from the tooth, cleaning and sealing the tooth to prevent further damage.
If you have a toothache, there’s a reasonable chance you may require a root canal. A toothache commonly feels like a dull throbbing ache which may at times become sharp (acute). Commonly a toothache may wake you at night (although not always). Usually, dental pain which lingers more than a few seconds indicates a toothache. It may also be triggered by hot or cold stimuli, as well as sweet. When the issue has become chronic it may boil over and cause an abscess which is a sign of spreading infection. However, the best way to find out if you need a root canal is to get it checked out by a dentist at Studio Smiles.
There are many myths surrounding root canal treatments, and one of the longstanding myths is that they are extremely uncomfortable/painful. Now the truth is that once upon a time (decades ago) the way root canal treatments were performed in certain countries did make for a rather unpleasant experience. However, modern day root canal treatments are relatively pain-free. Often patients at Studio Smiles are surprised by how comfortable and quick their root canal treatments are. Once the anaesthetic kicks in and we have the noise cancelling headphones on with your favourite movie overhead, many patients forget they are even at the dentist. It’s not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during their root canal treatment (which we take as a compliment).
All our root canals are performed under the operating microscope – a tool rarely found in general dental practice. Root canal treatments are highly intricate as the nerve tissue being removed is often fractions of a millimeter. Moreover, there can often be additional nerves due to anatomic variations. By using our operating microscope, we can perform the treatment at 10x magnification and higher. Seeing better means we can find and remove all of the nerve tissue with higher accuracy – studies have shown operating microscopes to improve treatment success by up to 20%. Having an operating microscope means that root canals at Studio Smiles can be completed to the level of a specialist clinic.
Your dentist may recommend a crown after a root canal, and certainly at Studio Smiles this is standard practice. Once a root canal is complete the infection inside the tooth has been dealt with, however oftentimes the tooth is now quite weak, and the next concern becomes tooth fracture. Of course, it would be a shame to have spent the time and energy saving a tooth from infection only to lose it to fracture. This is where a dental crown, generally a porcelain (ceramic) crown comes in. The crown will act as a helmet for the tooth, holding it together and protecting it from further damage and breakage. Generally, it is best to have the tooth protected with a crown immediately following the root canal treatment, however in certain situations it may be recommended to delay the crown to allow the tooth to heal first.
There are a number of reasons why you might need a root canal. If your tooth is badly decayed or infected, the pulp inside the tooth could become damaged. This can lead to pain, inflammation, and eventually the death of the tooth. Without treatment, the tooth will eventually need to be removed. A root canal can help to save the tooth and prevent further damage. Root canals are also sometimes necessary after trauma to the tooth. If the tooth receives a blow that results in a crack or fracture, bacteria can enter the pulp and cause an infection. In this case, a root canal can help to clean out the infection and save the tooth.
If you think you may need a root canal, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible. Early treatment will increase your chances of saving the tooth and avoiding further complications.
The main alternative to root canal therapy is extraction. This is when the infected tooth is removed, taking the infection with it. You may then elect to have the missing tooth replaced with a bridge, implant, or denture. However, where a tooth can be saved with a root canal treatment, this is generally the preferred option as there is nothing better than maintaining a natural tooth. Although the upfront cost may be higher than having the tooth removed (extracted), in the long term it is generally the more cost-effective option as replacing a missing tooth later down the track is generally more expensive. Moreover, even with the tooth replaced it may be less effective for chewing and biting compared to your natural tooth. Where possible we recommend root canal therapy as a safe and effective solution to save your natural tooth.
When a tooth becomes damaged or infected, it may require a root canal to save it from being extracted. This dental procedure involves removing the damaged tissue from inside the tooth and then sealing it to prevent further infection.
Root canals can usually be completed in one or two visits to the dentist, although more severe cases may require additional appointments. The length of the procedure will also depend on the number of roots that need to be treated. After a root canal, it is important to care for the tooth with proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups to ensure that the infection does not return.
The fee for a root canal treatment can range between $880 and $1,980. The treatment for front teeth is generally more straightforward and hence the treatment cost is lower, whereas back molar (chewing) teeth tend to have more complex anatomy and hence the cost is higher. It is common for patients to choose to save their tooth with a root canal treatment over a cheaper extraction because of the availability of payment plans. Interest-free payment plans allow patients at Studio Smiles to get the treatment that they want when they need it most, without the stress of having to pay for the treatment up front. Smile now, pay later. For more information about our payment plans please click here.
If your tooth is causing you severe pain, call Studio Smiles directly to book an appointment. We have a policy that ensures we do everything we can to fit you in that same day so you can be pain-free. Get treated with comfort and care. Book an appointment today.
Here at Studio Smiles, we take pride in our emphasis on pain-free dentistry. We understand that going to the dentist can be daunting and that there are certain procedures you may find uncomfortable, so we use the latest techniques and technology to make you feel as comfortable as we possibly can. We also offer oral and IV sedation to take the edge off where needed, which means you can wake up to the smile of your dreams without remembering a thing! Book an appointment today.
It is important to care for your teeth after a root canal to prevent further damage. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how to care for your teeth, but generally you should avoid chewing hard foods, brush and floss regularly, and see your dentist for regular checkups.
We strive to establish rapport and trust to help you feel completely confident on your smile transformation journey.
Dr. Daniel Maryanovsky
Founder and Principal Dentist
Graduating from La Trobe University (Victoria) with a Masters in Dentistry, Dr. Daniel went on to complete advanced training in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. Determined to foster a sense of community, Dr. Daniel is now a faculty member at La Trobe University and co-founded ‘General Dental Residency’, the largest provider of education for early career dentists in Australia.
Dr. Daniel’s greatest passion is the interplay between the artistry, science, and engineering of a smile. Seeing these elements come together daily, whether it be through a simple filling or a complex transformation, is what motivated Dr. Daniel to found Studio Smiles. As a people person himself, Dr. Daniel believes in a relationship driven approach to dental care and likes to take the time to get to know his patients. It is this personal approach and attention to detail which builds trust and gives Dr. Daniel’s patients the confidence to have their smile taken care of.
Outside of Studio Smiles, you’ll find Daniel ballroom dancing, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen or having a hit of tennis on the court.
Dr. Daniel is a leading member of the following organisations:
Dr Poli Gunaridis
Dr Poli is one of the most experienced dental surgeons in Melbourne, working exclusively in the field of dental implants.
Since graduating from the University of Queensland, Dr Poli Gunaridis has pursued advanced training in dental implant and reconstructive surgery. After many years in the field, Dr Poli has become a leading expert in surgical extractions, dental implants, bone grafting, and all-on-4.
With an abundance of knowledge to share, Dr Poli has given both local and international lectures to other aspiring dentists on the topics of implants and graft procedures. This is something he is truly passionate about.
When he’s not practicing, Poli loves making his way around all the newest restaurants in Melbourne to see what they have to offer.
Dr Barry Creighton
With a Bachelor in Dental Surgery and a specialisation in Conscious Sedation & Pain Control from The University of Sydney, Dr Barry Creighton has over 20 years experience in the field.
Dr Barry provides dental sedation services to our patients at Studio Smiles, which means patients can have their ‘sleep’ dentistry done in-house.
Barry’s truly passionate about creating a comfortable space for those who tend to feel anxious when visiting the dentist. In 2014 he was awarded the Dentistry Achievement Award by the Australian Dental Association for recognition of his efforts in the dental world.
In his spare time, you’ll find Barry completing volunteer work as a Paramedic and participating as an active member of the Australian Society of Dental Anaesthesiology.
Dr. Sabrina Escuza
Dr. Sabrina Escuza takes great pride in providing a calm environment where patients feel safe to express their needs, and comfortable to ask questions. Empowering you to take control of your oral health journey is her number one priority. She will thoroughly explain your conditions, how they came to be, and what treatment options are available to meet your health or aesthetic goals. Each patient is unique, and she will strategically tie all the aspects of dentistry into an individual journey that will work best for you. It doesn’t matter if it’s a check up, or a complete change that you’re seeking – she will look after you.
Florida, USA is where home is for Dr. Sabrina. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Florida (Go Gators!), and her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Melbourne, where she graduated with honours and an achievement award from the prestigious Delta Sigma Delta dental fraternity. Eight years of uni has made her addicted to education – she is fluent in Spanish, has studied philosophy and French, and now spends her free time learning about the most modern dental treatment modalities through continued professional development courses.
Dr. Sabrina finds great joy in the intersections of dentistry – healthcare and artistry, function/aesthetics and mental health, communication and comfort. She is meticulous with the design of a smile, considering everything from the physics of your bite to the color of the porcelain. One of her favorite areas is where surgery meets prosthetics – sometimes losing a very broken down tooth means creating a healthy space for a beautiful replacement that will get you eating without pain and smiling without shame.
Apart from dentistry, Sabrina (not so) secretly thinks she is a master chef, and can be found trying to feed her friends the excessive amount of food she cooks. She loves music, a good picnic in the sun, and her dog, Nile.
Dental Nurse & Social Media Coordinator
Currently completing her studies in Dentistry at La Trobe University, Natalie has always been passionate about pursuing a career in the dental world.
To her, it’s a profession where the pinnacle of satisfaction comes from helping patients restore function, relieve pain, and help create beautiful and healthy smiles.
Her passion for student voice and advocacy has allowed her to work in publications, promotions, and executive roles for the Australian Dental Students Association (ADSA), La Trobe Rural Health Association (LARHC), and Bendigo Oral Health & Dentistry Society (BOHDS).
When she’s not studying or undertaking placement, Natalie loves to express her creative side through the art of makeup, fashion and digital content creation. You might even find her cooking up a 5-course meal or checking out the newest cafe in town.
Joelynn (Jo) is currently completing her dentistry studies at La Trobe University. Her love for the art and science behind dentistry, as well as the ability to help others, is what has drawn her to this industry.
Her role here at Studio Smiles involves assisting with a range of general and cosmetic dental procedures and her caring nature allows her to provide a quality visit for every patient.
When she’s not studying or at the clinic, you’ll find Joelynn having a hit on the golf course, baking her favourite sweet treats, and spending time with her family and friends.
As a dental nurse her focus is on ensuring patients have the best experience possible during their time in the treatment room with us.
Isabel completed her studies in Paramedicine at Monash University. Wanting to get out of her comfort zone and try something new within the healthcare industry, Isabel found her way into the world of dentistry. She believes that smiles are an important part of who we are and wants to be a part of the journey for those wishing to achieve the smile of their dreams.
When she’s not taking care of her patients, Isabel enjoys spending her free time surfing, and at the beach. A traveller at heart and a self-confessed foodie, you’ll find Isabel trying out different restaurants across Melbourne.
Patient Coordinator, Reception
Katie is the face of the practice, helping meet and take care of patients from the moment they first get in touch.
With an extensive history in the dental industry, Katie has the skills and experience to help patients get the dentistry they need in a way that fits in with their lifestyle and budget. As patient coordinator she has a wealth of knowledge on topics such as general dental treatment, fillings, root canals, Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and dental implants.
In her spare time Katie is passionate about healthy living and loves finding new places to walk her dogs.
Dr. Jeffrey Tho
Dr Jeffrey Tho is a very experienced dentist and has a passion for helping his patients achieve optimal oral health. Dr Jeff thoroughly enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, including crown and bridge, endodontics, extractions and dental sleep medicine.
He graduated from the University of Melbourne with Honours in 2013. Since then he has owned a dental practice in Ballarat until 2019. Since then has worked in Melbourne over the last four years priding himself on providing comprehensive dental care, personalised to each unique patient.
Dr Jeff has also worked as a pre-clinical demonstrator at the University of Melbourne since 2016 and has supervised dental student research in the area of orthodontics.
Outside of dentistry, Jeff was a former number 1 badminton player in Oceania and has represented Australia at two Commonwealth Games as an athlete and once as the Australian National Coach.