Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What is TMD?

The temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw bone (mandible) to the temporal bones in your skull, in front of each ear.  A general term for any problem or issue with this joint is temporomandibular disorder, or TMD.  Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS can help patients prevent and recover from negative effects of TMD.


Patients that grind or clench their teeth often end up with a sore jaw.  Other patients experience injuries with facial trauma that cause jaw pain, or result in the patient feeling their jaw gets stuck or ‘locks’ in either an open or closed position.  A custom TMJ splint helps many patients find relief from TMD symptoms.  For any pain, your dentist may recommend an over-the-counter painkiller or warm and cold compresses.  To prevent further discomfort, you may be assigned stretches for your jaw. 


Whatever your symptoms, you don’t have to suffer with discomfort in your jaw.  To learn more about TMD and the services we provide at the practice, visit www.dentistnj.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Causes of Gap Teeth

If you’ve got a gap between your upper front teeth and want to get rid of it, Holmdel’s Dr. Dipika Shah has you covered. But what kind of treatment is best will depend on a few factors, some of which are related to other issues.


If the teeth are otherwise in alignment, veneers may be all that's needed to close a gap. These shells are cemented onto the fronts of the teeth, covering gaps as well as cracks, chips, and stains. But if the teeth are twisted or there are gaps between the other teeth, as well, orthodontic treatment may be preferable. Cosmetic orthodontic corrections can be done with Invisalign while more advanced work requires traditional braces. Patients will have to wear retainers afterward regardless of which kind of orthodontic treatment they get or the gap may reopen.


Sometimes, especially when accompanied by an overbite, a gap develops in response to pressure on the teeth. Tongue thrusting and thumb sucking can both push the front teeth apart and have to be resolved to prevent the gap from returning. (This may require help from another specialist, such as an ear, nose, and throat doctor.) If the labial frenum, the strip of tissue connecting the inside of the upper lip to the jaw is enlarged, it has to be surgically reduced for the teeth to be able to move together and stay together. We have laser to take care of that attachment so no pain and no bleeding. 


Dr. Dipika Shah, Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, operates at 723 N Beers St, Suite 2F, Holmdel, New Jersey, 07733-1512. To schedule an appointment, call 732-264-8180 or visit Dentist NJ and fill out a contact form.


 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

White Spot Lesions

When tooth decay is developing, there are warning signs. At Dr. Dipika Shah’s Holmdel dental practice, we don’t want our patients to miss a warning that they need to pay more attention to their brushing, which is why we’re spreading the word about white spot lesions.


The development of white spots on tooth enamel is the first visible sign of erosion. (For this reason, they are also called “incipient” lesions.) The spots have a chalky appearance, similar to that caused by the early stage of acid reflux-related erosion. They are most commonly seen in the spots where plaque accumulates, such as near the gum line or surrounding an orthodontic bracket. White spots can form in just a month, and if the bracket they’re surrounding is removed, the patient will be left with white hollow rectangles on their teeth.


Better brushing is the key to preventing tooth decay. We encourage patients who are at elevated risk for tooth decay due to factors such as diabetes and dry mouth to talk to us about infection control. If a lesion has already developed but its progress has been arrested, the patient may benefit from remineralization therapy. Avoiding the risk of white spots is also a major reason why people choose Invisalign over fixed braces.  


Dr. Dipika Shah, Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, operates at 723 N Beers St, Suite 2F, Holmdel, New Jersey, 07733-1512. To schedule an appointment, call 732-264-8180 or visit Dentist NJ and fill out a contact form.


 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Thank You for Your Positive Reviews

Here at the dental practice of Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, we love to hear from our patients because it teaches us how to improve as a team. At this time, we would like to thank Trupti for not only being an excellent patient but for leaving us a review. Additionally, we encourage the rest of our patients to write testimonials and thank each and every one of you for your feedback!   


-"As most of us I was scared to go to a dentist so I put off my cavity until it started hurting me in my 8th month of pregnancy so bad then I called Dr. Shah's office as a new patient and the office was so cooperative and Dr. Shah still saw me the same day as I was in pain. That experience showed me she really cares about her patients and has compassion. Dr. Shah is very calm and is passionate about her work. The office staff is also very friendly and pleasant." -Trupti


If you would like to leave a testimonial or are interested in learning more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.dentistnj.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dipika Shah DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

TMJD and Sleep Apnea

As a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, Holmdel’s Dr. Dipika Shah can treat more than just teeth. Two most common oral problems for patients are snoring/sleep apnea and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD). We want our patients to understand more about it. 


When a patient has obstructive sleep apnea, their airways are blocked during sleep. it can be treated with a simle dental appliance to let you  breath better and feel lot more energetic. Teeth grinding (bruxism), which wears down tooth enamel, making the teeth sensitive. It also puts additional pressure on the jaw. The temporomandibular joint which connects the lower jaw to the head is a complex structure that has to allow the jaw a full range of motion while withstanding the force  every time a patient bites down. Strain to it can result in pain throughout the neck , head ears and shoulders and  ringing in the ears, dizziness, vertigo, clicking and popping sound from the jaw joint.


Dr. Dipika Shah, Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, operates at 723 N Beers St, Suite 2F, Holmdel, New Jersey, 07733-1512. To schedule an appointment, call 732-264-8180 or visit Dentist NJ and fill out a contact form.


 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Orthodontics and Root Canals

At Dr. Dipika Shah’s Holmdel dental practice, patients have the advantage of a dentist who is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry and skilled in a wide variety of treatments. Dr. Shah is competent to provide general dentistry including orthodontics, root canals, implants, extraction, treat kids, cosmetic dentistry tetc under one roof  by same comforting and caring team. 


When a tooth is badly infected, dentists face a choice: should it be extracted and replaced or treated with a root canal? Nothing is as good as your own tooth.Dr. shah will give her 100% to save your teeth if possible. It may need simpole filling or may need root cana, post core and crown or gum treatment.  It makes sense for patients to go to a single doctor who can provide all their treatment.


Dr. Dipika Shah, Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, operates at 723 N Beers St, Suite 2F, Holmdel, New Jersey, 07733-1512. To schedule an appointment, call 732-264-8180 or visit Dentist NJ and fill out a contact form.


 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Filling a Cavity

A cavity is something that Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS hopes her patients never encounter. Though they are common, a cavity is a hole in the tooth that develops from dental decay. Tooth decay occurs because oral care habits  are lacking or nonexistent and poor choice of diet. Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS is happy to give patients a refresher in oral care if they need one, otherwise, down the road, you may need to discuss filling options.


At her dental practice, Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS utilizes tooth-colored fillings. This is because tooth-colored fillings resemble the appearance of a natural tooth and blend-in well with the rest of the teeth. Composite resins such as these conserve the tooth and provide more support than metal fillings. They are also a safer alternative to maintaining a healthy smile.


If you have questions or concerns regarding tooth decay or cosmetic dentistry, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.dentistnj.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180.