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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 four Board-registered specialists: Dr Gregory Tilley, Dr Chankhrit Sathorn, Dr Artika Soma and Dr Aovana Timmerman.

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, MRACDS (Endo) 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 Endodontist

Dr Chankhrit Sathorn DDS, Grad.Dip.Dent, DClinDent, PhD, MRACDS (Endo) is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Endodontic Research at La Trobe University. Formerly he was a convenor of the Predoctoral Endodontics and Graduate Certificate in Clinical Dentistry Programmes at Melbourne Dental School, having completed his endodontic specialist training and a PhD at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Sathorn’s area of research focuses on evidence-based endodontics, systematic reviews and the effectiveness and efficiency of various interventions. The cumulative publication of his research studies has earned him the Ernest Joske Research Award for work that constitutes an important contribution to dental science research.

Dr Sathorn has been invited to speak at several national and international endodontic congresses, such as ASE, ADA, IFEA, and ESE. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Endodontics, International Endodontic Journal, New Zealand Dental Journal, Journal of Dentistry, and European Journal of Dentistry. He has authored and co-authored more than 20 papers. Dr Sathorn is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) in the Special Field of Endodontics.

Dr Artika Soma Endodontist

Dr Artika Soma BDS (Otago), DClinDent (Otago) is a registered specialist endodontist with the Dental Boards of Australia and New Zealand. Dr Soma was born and raised in the Fiji Islands. As recipient of the prestigious Equity & Merit scholarship, she moved to New Zealand to study for a Bachelor degree in Dental Surgery. She graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand, in 2004. Dr Soma worked in the endodontic department at the Sydney Dental Hospital from 2005 to 2006, during which time she was also involved with teaching in the Faculty of Dentistry and decided to specialise in endodontics.

In 2009 Dr Soma graduated with a Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent), specialising in endodontics, from the University of Otago, New Zealand. While in New Zealand, she was involved with undergraduate teaching and worked part-time in a private general dental practice limited to endodontics. Dr Soma moved to Melbourne in early 2010 and has been working at the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital and in a private specialist endodontic practice since March 2010. Dr Soma is a member of the Australian Dental Association, the New Zealand Dental Association and the Australian Endodontic Society.

Dr Aovana Timmerman Endodontist

Dr Aovana Timmerman BDSc (Melb), FRACDS, DClinDent (Endo) (Melb) is a registered specialist endodontist and is a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS). She is actively involved with endodontic education and is currently a lecturer in Endodontics for the Doctor of Dental Surgery Endodontic program at The University of Melbourne, clinical demonstrator for La Trobe University and participates in the Membership (GDP) program as a mentor and examiner for RACDS. 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 has 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. She has conducted research and published papers in Journal of Endodontics and Australian Dental Journal and is a reviewer for Dental Traumatology.  Aovana has an interest in languages and is fluent in Mandarin (Chinese).

Root Canal Therapy vs Tooth Replacement

Root Canal Therapy vs Tooth Replacement