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Dr. Stephen Shpeen

Endodontics
MARLTON, NJ
39 years experience

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Endodontics

Languages spoken

English

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47 Answers
4 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Cavity: There should not be significant discomfort after fillings. There can be slight sensitivity afterwards that will resolve itself.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Cavity: The only safe way to see if you have cavities is to see a dentist for an evaluation and x-rays.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Heat sensitivity: A tooth needing root canal can be heat sensitive. Usually this woud indicate an infected tooth unless you are also senstive to cold. At any rate it wo... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Alcohol: Having a root canal is not a problem with drinking alcohol. If you are taking medication , that could have an effect but not the root canal itself.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Vision ,root canal: Needing a root canal would only affect your vision is if your level of pain was extreme. Otherwise root canal and your vision are not related.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Unlikely: It would be very unlikely that a kidney stone flare would effect your teeth. The only thing that might occur-is if you are clenching your teeth during... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Postoperative pain: You should be able to work as long as your tooth is not severly inflamed or badly infected. The great majority of patients are able to return to wok t... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Postoperative: Your cheek woud fell puffy bfore the anesthetic would wear off. However if your cheek is puffy following this you might have an infected tooth and you... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Cavity and pain: If your tooth is still bothering after a cavity was filled you should return to you dentist to have it checked. Then you ask him about the discolorati... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Doxycycline: Doxcycline is not the best antibiotic for an abcessed tooth- either amoxicillen or penicillen would be mor effective.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
naproxen: Yes you can take 2 Naproxen 375mg tablets tice a day as long as does not upset your stomach. However getting to a denist is essential to treat your pa... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Sulfamethoxazole: The use of that antibiotic is ok. It will only be effective if your tooth is infected. If your tooth is not infected you do not need an antibiotic li... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Root canal swelling: Your cheek would only swell if you have an infected/abcessed tooth. If your root canal is finnished you should return to the dentist who treated you.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Pin in root canal: If your root canal was started and you are still in pain 3 weeks later their is a problem. You need to be seen by your Dentist because that is not nor... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Root canals: Please do not worry! root canals abolutely do not cause cancer or any other ailment. To the contrary a root canal saves your tooth from extraction so ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Gum swelling: If you have swelling in your gums around a tooth that has had root canal, it come be a root canal that is still infected. It could also be a periodont... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
NAPROXEN: It is safe to to take Naproxen for dental pain as long as you can tolerate the medication.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Head pain: The symptoms you are describing could be related to a sinus infection which could reffer pain to the area's you describe. So you might see your genera... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Shingles: You need to be tested to see if you have this condition which would manifest itself very like what you are describing.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Need for Evaluation: Swelling around a tooth that has had a root canal could have several causes. The root canal is still infected, the swelling is from a periodontal (gum... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Sore Throat: Your sore throat and gereal malaise has nothing to to with your root canal treatment. However if you start an antibiotic regimen you should finnish it... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Cold sensitivity: You should absolutely not have any temperature senitivity following a root canal. You still could have sensitvity in the surrounding teeth.However no... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Abcessed Tooth: It wuold be very , very rare, for an abcessed tooth to cause your demise. I would suggest either a root canal to treat the infection and save your too... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Not Nomal: Puss-filled swelling on your gums is not normal! There is an infection and even if you are taking antibiotics, I would encourage you to return to the ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Ignore: It may help and give temporary relief to place ice on the affected area and refrain from heat.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Possibly: Depending on the tooth a crown may or may not be indicated. If the tooth is an anterior or premolar tooth and the tooth is relatively intact a composi... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
No Issues: There should not be any contraindications to having Dental treatment while undergoing treatment for thrush. If you are comfortable with having work do... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Toothache: If you have a toothache in your upper jaw you can get reffered pain on that side to your cheek. I woud encourage you to see a dentist to treat your to... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Work and treatment: There should be no problem with you returning to work as long as you are not in severe postoperative pain, which is rare.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Abcessed Tooth: If an abcessed tooth starts to drain in your mouth that is a good thing. Once drainge occurrs , the discomfort should lessen. You can rinse your mouth... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Root canal ;numbness: It is not normal for your lip to be numb following root canal treatment. You should return to the dentist to be evaluated. There could be several re... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Temp filling: Yes if your temporary filling fell out you risk contaminating your tooth. So either return to the dentist to get it replaced or go the drug store and ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Bad odor: If you smelled a bad odor coming from your tooth during treatment it is probably infected, and that is why it had a bad smell.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Pain Relief: Lidocaine jelly is a topical anesthetic. Tooth pain is usually a deeper inflamatory response. So my advise would be to see a dentist or visit a dental... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Pain: No neither procedure is painful as long as your doctor uses adequate anesthesia. You should feel no discomfort from either procedure!
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Amoxicillin: I am not sure what Half a root canal is? If you have an infected tooth that required antibiotic coverage, the entire root canal needs to be cleaned ou... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
pregnancy and teeth: Pregnancy will not cause tooth pain. However upper teeth are very close to your sinuses. If there is ear pain as well, this all might be related to a ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Doubtful: The common root canal fillings are not metallic. Even if it was it would be to small to effect an MRI. You could have silver fillings in your mouth, a... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Abscess: Treating an infection (abscess) by yourself would not be a wise idea. You should use a skilled professional to treat your problem. Doing it yourself w... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Post root canal: You really need to have a permanent restoration as soon as possible after your root canal is completed. Prior to that you would have a temporary filli... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Pulpotomy: No a pulpotomy should not hurt. When you are adequately anesthetized should should be comfortable just like a regular filling.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Canal Calcification: Typiclly you would not see canal calcification in someone your age unless the tooth was traumatized at some time in your past. If the tooth is asympto... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Anticoagulants: You are taking a medication which should not prevent a dentist from taking care of your toothache. Surgery would be a problem or tooth extraction . Be... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Clindamycin safety: Clindamycin is i assume being taken for pre-medication prior to dental treatment. If you have tolerated this drug before, it is fine and safe to take ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Abscess: A dental abscess can be painful. However it can also be painless. The symptoms vary from person to person and tooth to tooth. There are no absolutes.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
See your dentist: A tooth that has had root canal treatment will not feel temperature such as hot or cold. If you are still unable to bite on the tooth, that is also pr... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Tooth Pain: Since you are early in your pregnancy the only pain medication you should take is tylenol (acetaminophen). If that doesn, t help you would need to co... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Shpeen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Shpeen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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I called today and, they put me on a stronger antibiotic, thank you!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!
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This made me feel good. Thanks!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical or Grad School
Graduated 1983MD

Awards

Top Endodontist, First Place, New Jersey - Summer
2013
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