Thursday, July 21, 2016

Help with TMD Pain

Pain and stiffness from TMD can cause major frustration. It can be difficult to understand, especially when first diagnosed. Dipika Shah, DDS of Holmdel, NJ can treat TMD to get you back to feeling like yourself.

Some of the things you can do at home when you are in pain. Eat soft diet, do not open your mouth to the point where it hurts, limit your jaw movement, Move your jaw side to side gently,do this until you begin to feel your jaw and facial muscles release and relax. Aplly warm moist heat in the front of your ears every 15-20 minutes on and off, walk staright with head aligned with your spine. 

If any of these suggestions begin to make your symptoms worse, do not continue with them. To set up your appointment with  Dipika Shah, DDS in our Holmdel, NJ dental practice, call our office at (732) 264-8180 or visit our website,

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Dental Implant Procedure Expectations

If you are receiving dental implants in the near future, Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS wants you to understand and relax. She wants you to be informed on what to expect. Pain is a common concern among individuals who are considering dental implants and our staff want you to know that while some discomfort is expected, it should not be your primary concern.

As with any major dental procedure, or surgery in general, some discomfort is to be expected during the recovery process since it is a surgery that typically involves  inserting a titanium post in your jaw bone that acts like a root of your tooth to support the crown. The procedure itself is not painful since the surgical area will be numb.  If you’re anxious about the discomfort during the procedure, we have electrical handpiece that does not make noise or vibrate to avoid noise, we have nice massagng chairs and please ask about our sedation options.

If you have further questions regarding your oral hygiene routine, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?

While it is always ideal to keep all your natural teeth, there are sometimes situations where it is better to extract a tooth. Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS performs experienced extractions here in her Holmdel, NJ dental practice. Keep reading to learn the reasons why an extraction may be necessary.

Detrimental Decay

Small amounts of decay are able to be fixed by restorations like fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns. When there is too much decay to save a tooth, it has likely caused an infection and the root has likely started to deteriorate. This is when an extraction is necessary. Not only can the tooth not be saved, but an infection can cause other oral and overall health risks.


Sparse Space

Another situation where extraction can be necessary is when there simply is not enough space for a tooth. This can cause a multitude of problems including damage to other teeth and gums, pain, infection, and poor oral hygiene. This is a common problem when wisdom teeth grow in. They often become impacted and need to be surgically removed.


While keeping your natural teeth is always the first option to explore, occasionally an extraction is unavoidable. To learn more about extractions, be sure to visit our website, To set up an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, call our Holmdel, NJ office at (732) 264-8180 or visit our website.