Thursday, March 28, 2019

Root Canals

Endodontics is the dental specialty concerning the roots or nerves of the teeth. When a tooth gets infected, the roots are often the culprit. A root canal is the most common endodontic procedure. Root canals allow Dr. Dipika Shah, D.D.S., of Holmdel, NJ., to remove infected tissue. A root canal saves the tooth, clearing it of infection.


During your root canal procedure, the area will first be numbed with a local anesthetic. Dr. Shah will drill a hole into the tooth. This will expose the root canal. From here, the infected tissue can be spotted and removed. The area will also be thoroughly cleaned. Once finished, a sealant will close off the area. Often times a crown is placed.


It is normal to experience soreness in your jaw and tooth after the procedure. This will dissipate as the tooth heals. Over-the-counter pain medication is often enough to handle any pain. In certain cases, Dr. Shah will prescribe pain relievers. With modern technology and medicine, root canal procedures are performed with little to no pain or negative side effects.


Follow the post-operative instructions given to you by Dr. Shah and our staff. Make sure to avoid vigorous activity while healing. Once the tooth has healed, you should be able to eat and drink without experiencing any pain or discomfort.


If you need a root canal or are concerned that you might need one, contact Dr. Dipika Shah, D.D.S. today. We are located in Holmdel, NJ. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 732-264-8180.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Laser Dentistry

Modern dentistry utilizes lasers to provide our patients with safe, quick, and bloodless procedures. Lasers clot the blood as it cuts, killing germs as it goes. Dr. Dipika Shah, D.D.S., of Holmdel, NJ., uses laser dentistry at her practice.


Laser dentistry is used to treat hypersensitivity, tooth decay, gum disease, and teeth whitening. There are two types of laser treatments, depending on the area of the mouth. Hard tissue treatments are used on the teeth, while soft tissue is for the gums.


There are three common hard tissue procedures. For cavities, the lasers can locate signs of tooth decay. The lasers also destroy bacteria within the cavity. They are also used for tooth preparations and fillings. Lasers work for teeth sensitivity, sealing tubules on the tooth’s roots.


There are also three common soft tissue procedures. If you have a “gummy smile,” where the gums cover a large number of your teeth, the lasers can reshape your gum tissue. It also can reshape your gums and bone in preparation for restorations, essentially acting as a crown lengthening. Laser frenectomies are also performed. The frenulum is the fold of skin located under the tongue, attaching it to the mouth floor. If you have a thick or tight frenulum, you might experience problems speaking. Lastly, lasers can remove soft tissue surrounding ill-fitting dentures.


There are many benefits to laser dentistry: it reduces the need for sutures and stitches, it makes anesthesia unnecessary, and it lowers the chance of infection while increasing the speed of healing.


Dr. Dipika Shah, D.D.S. is located in Holmdel, NJ. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 732-264-8180.