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Melbourne Endodontists

Endodontic treatment includes the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the dental pulp, nerves and tissues that surround the root of a tooth.

Root canal treatment

Endodontic treatment includes the diagnosis, treatment

and prevention of diseases of the dental pulp, nerves

and tissues that surround the root of a tooth.



Root canal treatment or re-treatment, otherwise known as root canal surgery, involves removing infected pulp tissue from the canals around the tooth and sealing these canals to prevent further damage to, or exposure of, the tooth nerve. This treatment can be provided by either a general dentist or a registered specialist endodontist (commonly known as a root canal specialist).

A general dentist has education and training of 4 to 5 years. A specialist endodontist has education and training of 4 to 5 years of general dentistry PLUS a further 3 to 4 years of specialisation.

Root Canal vs Tooth Extraction & Implant

Root Canal vs Tooth Extraction & Implant

In Australia, only dentists who have completed the additional three years’ minimum full-time study can become a registered specialist endodontist. Typically they will have first graduated with honours in dentistry and have completed fellowship examinations through the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. During the additional three years of study, graduates undertake original research and build their practical skills in the management of difficult and complex root canal treatments. They are then eligible to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia as a specialist endodontist. (Never assume that a practitioner is a specialist endodontist; always check on the website of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).)

When you are seen by a specialist endodontist you can be assured that they are experienced in managing difficult root canal treatments, re-treatment of previously unsuccessful root canals and endodontic surgery.

An experienced, highly trained endodontist can often save a tooth that may have been otherwise deemed too difficult to treat or to have a poor prognosis. These specialists often collaborate with prosthodontists in cases where a tooth can be restored through the use of crowns, veneers, bridges, implants or dentures, and with oral maxillofacial surgeons and periodontists in cases where the tooth cannot be saved.

Our team of endodontists is made up of three Board-registered specialists: Dr Gregory Tilley, Dr Chankhrit Sathorn and Dr Artika Soma.

You don’t need a referral to see any of our specialists.

Please call us on (03) 9650 2726 to discuss your needs and make an appointment. We look forward to being of service to you.


Dr Gregory Tilley

Dr Gregory Tilley BDSc (Melb), LDS (Vic), FRACDS, is a registered specialist endodontist, trained in Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. Gregory trained in Melbourne, gaining his Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Melbourne, followed by his Licentiate of Dental Surgery (Victoria), in 1972. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in both endodontics and restorative dentistry.

Dr Tilley practised as a general dentist until 1979, after which he began practising as a specialist endodontist in Tasmania and Victoria. He has more than 35 years’ clinical experience in the field, most recently in the overall management of complex cases.

He is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he is involved in the specialist training program. He has lectured widely overseas and consults on an international committee for the development of endodontic instruments and materials.

Dr Chankhrit Sathorn

Dr Chankhrit Sathorn DDS, Grad.Dip.Dent, DClinDent, PhD, MRACDS (Endo) is a registered specialist endodontist, senior lecturer in Endodontics, director of Undergraduate Endodontics and director of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Dentistry program at Melbourne Dental School.

Dr Sathorn holds a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry, is a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry and is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in the field of endodontics. His PhD findings have been published as a series of articles in major international endodontic journals. As a result, he was awarded the Ernest Joske Research Award for work that makes an important contribution to dental science research. Dr Sathorn is a reviewer for several international journals, including the Journal of Endodontics, International Endodontic Journal, Australian Endodontic Journal, Journal of Dentistry, and European Journal of Dentistry.

Dr Artika Soma Endodontist

Dr Artika Soma BDS (Otago), DClinDent (Otago) is registered as a specialist endodontist with the Dental Boards of Australia and New Zealand and is a member of the Australian Dental Association, the New Zealand Dental Association and the Australian Endodontic Society. As recipient of the prestigious Equity & Merit scholarship, she graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand, in 2004 and gained a Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent), specialising in endodontics, from the same university five years later.

Dr Soma worked in the endodontic department at the Sydney Dental Hospital for two years, during which time she also taught in the Faculty of Dentistry and decided to specialise in endodontics. Dr Soma has been working at the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital and in a private specialist endodontic practice since 2010.

Dr Aovana Timmerman Endodontist

Dr Aovana Timmerman BDSc (Melb), FRACDS, DClinDent (Endo) (Melb) is a registered specialist endodontist, and a member of Australian Dental Association, Australian Society of Endodontology, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and Australian and New Zealand Academy of Endodontists. In 2013, she was awarded the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Endodontics (ANZAE) JM Booth award to attend the IADT Trauma Congress in Istanbul.

As part of her specialist training, Aovana worked in emergency services at the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne and provided endodontic treatment for patients of Plenty Valley Community Clinic and Melbourne Dental Clinic up to 2016. Besides working in private specialist practice, Aovana demonstrates in Endodontics for dental students at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University and participates in the Membership (GDP) program, both as a mentor and examiner for RACDS. She has published papers in Journal of Endodontics and Australian Dental Journal and is a reviewer for the international journal Dental Traumatology.

Root Canal Therapy vs Tooth Replacement

Root Canal Therapy vs Tooth Replacement