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Endodontic or Root Canal Treatment

Why is it that even the mention of Root Canal Treatment causes most people to break into a cold sweat or mutter something about how they don't work? It was probably a bad experience or a story related by a friend or some wisecrack from a comedian.

Well guess what... the majority of root canals are conducted without the patient feeling any discomfort. We make sure your tooth is properly anaesthetised before we start the procedure with various tests. We think this is a very important step, as once you know that your tooth is numb, you can relax knowing things will not hurt. In fact, at Absolutely Dental, we often have people falling asleep during Root Canal Treatment - they are so relaxed!

A new approach

Dr Dinesh Singham also utilises a Dental Operating Microscope while performing Root Canal Treatment and has undergone many hours of extra training in this area. In fact, most endodontists (Root Canal Specialists) use an operating microscope for their treatment. This allows him to find all the canals within your tooth with more ease as well as preserving as much tooth as possible.

Finding as many root canals as possible as well as preserving as much tooth as possible gives your root canal filling the best chance of success. Failure to locate canals or drilling away too much tooth trying to find the canals are the main reasons why endodontics can fail.


Often a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment will require a crown to protect it from breakage and leakage of food and bacteria into the tooth. In many cases when you hear of a root canal treatment not working or breaking, it's actually the result of the tooth not being protected rather than the failure of the root canal treatment itself.

If you live in the Townsville region and would like to find out more about the procedure or discuss the cost of a root canal treatment, please book in a consult with us at Absolutely Dental in Townsville. Feel free to contact our clinic on 07 4723 8100 to speak directly to our friendly staff. If you haven't seen a dentist in years or are new to our practice, we recommend booking a Dental Health Visit (Check Up and Clean) first and then we can discuss further options for root canal treatment.