Dr Rekha Bipin
Founder & Specialist Endodontist
Rekha Dental Center
Years of experience – 15+
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Master of Dental Surgery (Endodontics & Restorative dentistry)
Diploma in Laser Dentistry (University of Genova, Italy)
Diploma in Microscopic Dental Treatments
Languages Spoken / Linguistics Expertise
English, Malayalam, Tamil
Dr. Rekha Bipin is a Specialist Endodontist and Restorative Dentist with more than 15+ years. Her portfolio of Microscopic treatment options includes
Dr Rekha Bipin is the founder of Rekha Dental Center, a one-stop dental solution, and is a Specialist Endodontist dedicated to providing top-notch dental care.
In 2005, she completed her Bachelors in Dentistry from The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University and pursued her Masters in Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics from the Kerala University of Health Sciences. She has a Diploma in Microscopic Endodontics and Diploma in Laser Dentistry from the University of Genova, Italy.
She started her career as a Dental Surgeon in Kailas Dental Aesthetic and Implant Centre, Trivandrum in 2006, and as a Specialist Endodontist at Chitra Multi Speciality Dental Centre, Trivandrum. She also served as a senior lecturer in the department of Conservative dentistry and Endodontics at PMS college, Trivandrum. She has got more than 15 years of experience in the field.
Dr. Rekha’s impressive portfolio of Endodontics includes Microscopic Root canal Treatments, Dental Pain Management, Laser Treatments, Surgical and Complex Endodontics treatments and Endodontics regenerative procedures. Over the years, her expertise has preserved several precious smiles.
She also holds Lifetime Membership at the prestigious Federation of Operative Dentistry of India, Indian Dental Association. Dr. Rekha is also a proud member of All Kerala Medical Graduates (AKMG Northern Emirates). She has presented her research findings at various national and international conferences and has continuously engaged in learning new trends in dentistry by attending dental education programmes.
Root canal treatment (endodontics) is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the center of a tooth. The nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed and the inside is cleaned and sealed so no further damage can occur. It helps to save a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted.
- A cracked or chipped tooth, can expose the nerves and lead to infection which can spread to the root.
- Gum Inﬂation is a sign of problems beneath the surface.
- Mild tenderness to unbearable pain, especially due to sensitivity.
- Greenish, yellowish or discoloured pus discharge.
- Bad odor in your mouth from infected tissue, cracked or chipped tooth.
- Recurring pimples on your gums.
During the treatment, your dentist or root canal specialist will typically do the following:
- The tooth is carefully examined with an X-ray.
- A local anesthesia is administered to numb the tooth and surrounding gums.
- Place a protective sheet (dental dam) to isolate the tooth and protect it from saliva during the treatment.
- An access hole is drilled to give access to the root canal.
- Removal of dead pulp and diseased tissues.
- Once, the canals are cleaned, they are filled with a biocompatible substance(gutta-percha).
- It is imperative to seal the area to make sure it doesn’t get aﬀected again, later removed when the crown is being fixed.
- The lost tooth structure is replaced with a crown.
To treat a root canal infection, a root canal treatment may be recommended to give your tooth a chance.
During the treatment, your dentist or root canal specialist will typically do the following:
- Look for infected or dead (necrotic) tissue around the area of the root canal and take an X-ray.
- Numb the area around the affected tooth using local anaesthesia.
- Place a protective barrier around the tooth to protect your gums and mouth.
- Use a dental drill to get through the filling and enamel to the pulp and root canal area.
- Clean out the area where the tissue is infected or dead, and remove old root filler material or medicine that may have been in the root.
- Dry out the area, then fill up the newly cleaned space with a safe, latex-based polymer filler (gutta-percha).
- Use filling material, such as amalgam or composite, to protect the tooth and allow it to heal from the infection.
- If necessary, carve away some of the outer enamel and place a permanent crown over the tooth to protect it from future infections.
There are several things you can do to help prevent a root canal infection, which involves taking care of your teeth after the procedure:
- Brush at least twice a day
- Floss your teeth every day without fail
- Use a gentle, antiseptic mouthwash for the first few days after a root canal. Use it as often as you’d like afterwards, too.
- Get your tooth pain checked immediately
- Schedule a routine dental check-up
- Avoid acidic drinks like soda and citrus juices
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inﬂamed or infected.
The inﬂammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth or a crack or chip in the tooth.
If pulp inﬂammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
- Root canals are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inﬂammation or infection.
- Dentists use local anesthesia to numb the tooth and gums before the treatment.
- Advanced modern technology makes the root canal treatment more comfortable.
- For a few days after the treatment, you may experience tooth sensitivity.
- Any discomfort can be relieved by the prescribed medications.
Preserving your natural teeth is the best option, as nothing artificial can replace the natural look and function of your tooth. Therefore, it is important to always consider a root canal treatment over tooth extraction.
Replacing a tooth with a bridge or implant is time consuming and could result in procedures involving surrounding teeth and supporting tissues.
Root canals save teeth from decay, but they can also weaken them.
When the root canal treatment is performed, dentists drill through the tooth and remove infected and decayed enamel.
Therefore, teeth with large cavities are weak even when the cavities are filled.
A successful root canal can cause mild pain for a few days. This is temporary, and should go away on its own as long as you practice good oral hygiene. You should see your dentist for a follow-up if the pain lasts longer than three days.
Standard root canal treatments usually require two visits or more to be completed. In the case of two appointments, you can expect the first session to include creating an opening in the crown to provide access to the root canal and later cleaning and disinfecting the canal to get rid of the infected tissue, followed by filling of the canals.
A root canal is a procedure used to repair a tooth without having to extract it.
There are other procedures that may be done as an alternative to a root canal. These include pulp capping, pulpotomy, and extractions. Whether or not these procedures are appropriate, depends on your specific condition.
If you do not undergo treatment or get the tooth removed, then the consequences can be severe. If left untreated, the bacterial infection can spread to the jaw, brain, heart, blood and rest of the body.
Sometimes, the toothache will stop because the infection destroys the pulp of your tooth, or the antibiotic helps the body overcome the bacteria.
However, this doesn’t mean that the infection is gone.
The source of the infection i.e. the infected nerve hasn’t been treated so infection will continue to spread if left untreated even though you stopped having symptoms.
Endodontists are the experts in diagnosing, managing and treating root canal infections and that’s because:
- Endodontists complete an additional two or more years of specialized training in diagnosing tooth pain and performing procedures relating to the interior of a tooth.
- Endodontists are able to perform routine, as well as difficult and very complex root canal procedures, including endodontic surgery and treatment of traumatic dental injuries.
- Endodontists focus exclusively on treatments of the dental pulp. They complete an average of 25 root canal treatments a week, while general dentists typically do two.
- Endodontists use specialized techniques to ensure patients are thoroughly comfortable during their treatments, as they are experts in numbing medications.
- Endodontists have materials and equipment designed to make your treatment more comfortable and successful such as dental operating microscopes, dental dams and 3D imaging.
FAQs on Micro - Endodontics
- Root canals are very small and are often missed by a human naked eye.
- Human eye has certain limitations and only with the help of a surgical microscope can a clinician overcome these limitations.
The Microscope provides 400 times more visual accuracy than the naked eye and 100 times the visual information than traditional dental loupes. Magnification improves accuracy of tooth preparations and margins preventing damage to adjacent teeth and connective tissue during all kinds of dental operations and surgery.