When it comes to dental procedures, there are typically two that ring alarm bells; orthodontic braces and root canals.


And while there are a few others that are far from popular, if you are told by a member of our team that you need a root canal, you may be a bit puzzled if you are then told that we need to refer you onto an endodontist.

Differing from a general dental professional, an endodontist specialises in performing treatments such as root canals and can be of great benefit if you have roots which are slanted or misshapen, surprisingly common in our experience! So if we need to refer you on, don’t worry as we just have your best interests in mind.

At Deakin Dental, we are proud of our level of patient care and our dentist Canberra will make sure that you feel as comfortable as possible while we work on your teeth. We will also aim to answer any questions you may have in a jargon-free manner, to help you choose which treatment option is the right one for you. We want you to always be happy with any decisions made.

But why else might our dentist Canberra refer you onto to an endodontist? Read on to find out.

Failed canal

Exceedingly uncommon but still regular enough to potentially warrant specialist care, there are instances where a root canal performed by a regular dental practitioner will fail.

While our dentist Canberra will always provide the highest level of care to all of our root canal patients, endodontic procedures can fail due to small amounts of infected material being left in the pulp. Or, in the odd occurrence that the crown or filling falls out, bacteria can once again get access to the canal and the infection can reoccur.

And so, a steady hand is required to ensure that each part of the root is filled and that the entire area is cleared of debris.

Repeat abscess

Abscesses can repeat and if they do, you may need to be seen by a specialist.

Endodontists can more accurately assess what is causing the abscess to reform and can treat it more successfully than our general dental team can, as it is their area of expertise.

Tooth position

If the root canal needs to be performed on an upper wisdom tooth that is slanted, this may prove too complex for our team to oversee successfully.

Once again, the specialist expertise and equipment of an endodontist can see a root canal to this area goes off without a hitch, meaning a better long-term result for you.

Root shape

During an X-ray, our team may discover that the infected tooth has an odd root shape, making a root canal more complicated for our team to perform.

Like the tooth position problem from before, an endodontist can more precisely account for this occurrence, providing you with a tooth that is restored and no longer gets infected.

If our team at Deakin Dental refers you to an endodontist, rest assured that it is to provide you with the best outcome.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.