Thursday, March 13, 2014

Facial Pain

Dr. Dipika Shah treats patients in her dental office for many different types of ailments, including facial pain. Facial pain can be caused from issues with the nerves, jaw, teeth, ear, or head. Many cases of facial pain seem like the pain is experienced in the Jaw, gums or teeth, but it can be a  sinus infection, an infected or impacted tooth, Myofacial Dysfunction, a result of periodontal disease, fractured tooth, Cancerous lesion, trigeminal neuralgia or even Bell's palsy!

Complete history, proper clinical evaluation along with some radiographs can help  etermine the cause and possible treatment for this type of pain. Some of the more common causes of facial pain that are treated by our dentist Dr. Shah include:

  • Tooth infection
  • Sinus infection
  • Toothache
  • Arthritis
  • TMJ disorder
  • Neuralgia
  • Injury
  • Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding
  • Periodontal gum disease

We provide treatments for facial pain depending on the cause. For TMJ or jaw-related pain, which is often caused by teeth grinding, we recommend that a custom splint be made and worn. Treating infections ranges from root canal procedures and antibiotics to extracting the tooth.

If you are experiencing facial pain, do not hesitate to call us at 732-264-8180 to schedule an appointment.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Computed Cone Beam 3D X-ray

New and modern dental technology is used frequently here in our dental practice, which benefits our patients. One piece of technology we are proud to use is computed cone beam 3D X-ray.

Imaging is necessary for all patients, as it helps us diagnose problems early, determine the best course of treatment, and plan future essential procedures for our patients. While we also utilize digital x-rays, the 3D computed cone beam x-rays take the process one step further.

Dental 3 D x-ray provides a more extensive imaging process for patient’s diagnosis and treatment planning with least amount of radiation . With a single image, we get a complete three-dimensional image sent to a nearby computer. Here, we can look at the image to find quality and quantity of bone, location of major nerve and blood vessels to plan length, width and exact location for implant with much accuracy, number and length of canals in the teeth to treat Root canal infection with much accuracy, any infection or cancerous/abnormal lesion etc.  It benefits the patients with a more effective imaging, immediate access to the digital x-ray images, more acurate diagnosis and treatment plan with  less radiation than traditional bitewing x-rays.

Call Dr. Dipika Shah at 732-264-8180 to schedule an appointment and benefit from the computed cone beam 3D X-ray machine.