Endodontics is a Highly Specialised Field

We choose to provide you with optimal care from a registered specialist endodontist when it comes to all your complex endodontic needs.

Endodontists, often referred to as root canal specialists, are registered specialists who focus on treatment of the tooth pulp (nerve) and the tissues surrounding the root of a tooth. ‘Endo’ is Greek for inside and ‘odons’ means tooth. Endodontists perform a variety of procedures, including root canal therapy, endodontic retreatment, treating cracked teeth, and treating dental trauma. Endodontic treatment may be necessary to save a tooth where the tooth pulp has become diseased or injured. At Smile Solutions our three resident endodontists work closely with our general dentists to make available the best possible dental treatment.


Dr Chankhrit SathornDr Chankhrit Sathorn completed his specialty training in Melbourne, receiving the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry and becoming Doctor of Clinical Dentistry. He was also admitted to membership of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in the special field of endodontics.

Soon after, he was offered a PhD scholarship from the University of Melbourne. His PhD findings were published as a series of articles in major international endodontic journals. Based on the cumulative publication of his research studies, Chankhrit was awarded the Ernest Joske Research Award for work that makes an important contribution to dental science research.

Dr Sathorn 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, Australia. He 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 EndodontistDr Artika Soma 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.

Aovana Timmerman Endodontist Endodontic Care

Dr Aovana Timmerman graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Melbourne in 2001. She went on to work in both private and community dental clinics and as a demonstrator in the Dental Teaching Clinic at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne. After completing her fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) in 2010, she continued with her specialist training in endodontics, obtaining a Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry in Endodontics, also from the University of Melbourne. 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. Aovana is a member of Australian Dental Association, Australian Society of Endodontology, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and Australian and New Zealand Academy of Endodontists.