Bhavin Patel, D.D.S.

Dr. Bhavin Patel is a Prosthodontist (Specialty #5984) - a specialist in aesthetic, reconstructive and implant dentistry.  
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Dentist - Galloway
529 S. New York Rd.
Galloway, NJ 08205
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By Seaview Dental Arts
January 21, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth decay  
3ReasonsWhyTreatingCavitiesIsBecomingMoreEffective

If you've ever had a run-in with cavities, you know the drill (no pun intended): After getting a local anesthetic for pain, the dentist removes any decayed dental tissue, as well as some healthy tissue, and then fills the cavity to restore the tooth. It's an effective treatment protocol we've been using for well over a century.

It does, however, have its drawbacks. For one, although necessary, removing healthy dental tissue can weaken the overall tooth structure. The dental drill used during the procedure is also unpleasant to many people: Although it doesn't cause any pain thanks to the anesthetic, the sounds and pressure sensations associated with it can be unsettling.

But advances in dental tools, technology and techniques are addressing these drawbacks in traditional tooth decay treatment. In other words, treating a tooth with cavities today is taking on a lighter touch. Here are 3 reasons why.

Earlier detection. The key to effective treatment is to find tooth decay in its earliest stages. By doing so, we can minimize the damage and reduce the extent of treatment needed. To do this, we're beginning to use advanced diagnostic tools including digital x-rays, intraoral cameras and laser fluorescence to spot decay, often before it's visible to the naked eye.

Re-mineralizing enamel. One of the advantages of early detection is to catch tooth enamel just as it's undergoing loss of its mineral content (demineralization) due to contact with acid. At this stage, a tooth is on the verge of developing a cavity. But we can use minimally invasive measures like topically applied fluoride and CPP-ACP (a milk-based product) that stimulates enamel re-mineralization to prevent cavity formation.

Less invasive treatment. If we do encounter cavities, we no longer need to turn automatically to the dental drill. Air abrasion, the use of fine substance particles under high pressure, can precisely remove decayed material with less loss of healthy tissue than a dental drill. We're also using newer filling materials like composite resins that don't require enlarging cavities as much to accommodate them.

These and other techniques—including laser technology—are providing superior treatment of tooth decay with less invasiveness. They can also make for a more pleasant experience when next you're in the dentist's chair.

If you would like more information on effectively treating dental disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Minimally Invasive Dentistry.”

By Seaview Dental Arts
January 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Fillings  

Dental fillings help your teeth in several ways by preserving, strengthening, and restoring them after they have been weakened by decay. Fillings stop decay from spreading and make teeth strong again so normal biting and chewing functions can resume without pain or sensitivity. Dr. Bhavin Patel and Dr. Kevin Carey, the skilled dentists at Seaview Dental Arts in Galloway, NJ, can strengthen and restore your teeth with dental fillings.

Signs You Need a Filling

Teeth affected by decay should be treated promptly to stop the decay from spreading throughout the entire tooth. Decay can result when bacteria and sugars in the mouth mix together and produce acid. Acid erodes tooth enamel, leaving teeth vulnerable to infection and decay. Left untreated, decay could become so severe that the only option is to extract the affected tooth.

Fortunately, there is a way to preserve teeth that have developed cavities. Dental fillings make it possible to strengthen and restore teeth so extraction can be avoided and normal functioning can resume. To treat decay, the dentist first drills into the affected tooth and removes all signs of decay, then thoroughly cleans the tooth’s interior. Afterward, the remaining empty cavity inside the tooth can be filled in and sealed with a dental filling.

There are several signs that you might need a filling. See one of the friendly dentists at our office in Galloway if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • A persistent toothache
  • Visible holes in a tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold items
  • Sensitivity to sweets
  • Pain when biting into food
  • Changes in the color of the tooth

Types of Fillings

Many types of dental fillings are available today to suit personal preferences and budget considerations. While metal fillings are strong, some patients dislike how noticeable they are. Tooth-colored fillings provide a discreet alternative as they readily blend in with the natural tooth. These types of fillings are sometimes also referred to as white fillings and can be made from porcelain, glass ionomer, or a composite blend of plastic and glass. Composite tooth-colored fillings are a popular choice because they can last almost as long as silver amalgam fillings, but require significantly less drilling and fewer undercuts to be secured in place.

Dental fillings are an excellent way to preserve, strengthen, and restore teeth affected by decay. Plus, with the many tooth-colored options available today, no one will even realize you have fillings. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel or Dr. Carey, our experienced dentists, call Seaview Dental Arts in Galloway, NJ at (609) 652-9020.

By Seaview Dental Arts
January 11, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  
FlexibleRPDs-aSoundTemporaryWayToReplaceMissingTeeth

The timing around losing a tooth may not always sync with your financial ability. It's not unusual for people to postpone getting a dental implant—by far the best option for replacing a missing tooth—because of its expense.

So, if you have to postpone dental implants until you can afford them, what do you do in the meantime to keep your smile intact? One affordable option is a temporary restoration known as a flexible removable partial denture (RPD).

Composed of a kind of nylon developed in the 1950s, flexible RPDs are made by first heating the nylon and injecting its softened form into a custom mold. This creates a gum-colored denture base to which prosthetic (false) teeth are affixed at the exact locations for missing teeth.

Differing from a permanent RPD made with rigid acrylic plastic, a nylon-based RPD is flexible and lightweight, making them comfortable to wear. They're kept in place with small nylon extensions that fit into the natural concave spaces of teeth. And, with a bit of custom crafting, they can look quite realistic.

RPDs are helpful in another way, especially if you're waiting for an implant down the road: They help preserve the missing tooth space. Without a prosthetic tooth occupying that space, neighboring teeth can drift in. You might then need orthodontic treatment to move errant teeth to where they should be before obtaining a permanent restoration.

Flexible RPDs may not be as durable as acrylic RPDs, and can be difficult to repair or reline if needed to adjust the fit. Though they may not stain as readily as acrylic dentures, you'll still need to clean them regularly to help them keep looking their best. This also aids in protecting the rest of your mouth from dental disease by removing any buildup of harmful bacterial plaque on the RPD.

But even with these limitations, patients choose RPDs for the simple fact that they're affordable and temporary. And the latter is their greatest benefit—providing you a “bridge” between losing a tooth and replacing it with a durable dental implant.

If you would like more information on tooth replacement options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Flexible Partial Dentures.”

KeepYourNewStraightenedSmileStraightWithanOrthodonticRetainer

You can't correct a poor bite with braces or clear aligners overnight: Even the most cut-and-dried case can still require a few years to move teeth where they should be. It's a welcome relief, then, when you're finally done with braces or aligner trays.

That doesn't mean, however, that you're finished with orthodontic treatment. You now move into the next phase—protecting your new smile that took so much to gain. At least for a couple of more years you'll need to regularly wear an orthodontic retainer.

The name of this custom-made device explains its purpose: to keep or “retain” your teeth in their new, modified positions. This is necessary because the same mechanism that allows us to move teeth in the first place can work in reverse.

That mechanism centers around a tough but elastic tissue called the periodontal ligament. Although it primarily holds teeth in place, the ligament also allows for tiny, gradual tooth movement in response to mouth changes. Braces or aligner trays take advantage of this ability by exerting pressure on the teeth in the direction of intended movement. The periodontal ligament and nature do the rest.

But once we relieve the pressure when we remove the braces or aligners, a kind of “muscle memory” in the ligament can come into play, causing the teeth to move back to where they originally were. If we don't inhibit this reaction, all the time and effort put into orthodontic treatment can be lost.

Retainers, either the removable type or one fixed in place behind the teeth, gently “push” or “pull” against the teeth (depending on which type) just enough to halt any reversing movement. Initially, a patient will need to wear their retainer around the clock. After a while, wear time can be reduced to just a few hours a day, usually during sleep-time.

Most younger patients will only need to wear a retainer for a few years. Adults who undergo teeth-straightening later in life, however, may need to wear a retainer indefinitely. Even so, a few hours of wear every day is a small price to pay to protect your beautiful straightened smile.

If you would like more information on orthodontic retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”

By Seaview Dental Arts
December 23, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

A persistent toothache, a change in the way your tooth looks, or frequent sensitivity could mean you may need a root canal. Root canals performed by your Galloway, NJ, dentists, Dr. Bhavin Patel, and Dr. Kevin Carey save infected or inflamed teeth by removing the pulp and replacing it with a durable filling.

Do you have any of these root canal symptoms?

It's not always easy to tell if your tooth symptoms are caused by an infection or inflammation in your tooth pulp. Fortunately, after an examination at the Galloway dental office, you'll receive a diagnosis and treatment plan for your symptoms. If you need a root canal, you may experience:

  • Pain in your Tooth: Pain can be severe if you have an inflammation or infection, but even mild pain may be a sign of trouble. Let your dentist know if you frequently have tooth pain, even if it seems to come and go. If your pain is caused by pulp inflammation or infection, you may notice that the pain worsens when you chew or press on the tooth.
  • Sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity may be another sign that you need a root canal. Sensitivity can occur when eating or drinking hot, cold, or sugary beverages and can last as long as 30 minutes after you finish your meal or drink.
  • Darker Color: The changes occurring deep inside your pulp may cause your tooth to darken. Without a root canal, you may be in danger of losing your tooth. Luckily, the treatment will preserve your tooth and end your pain.
  • Red Gums: Your gums may also be affected if you have an inflammation or infection. A sore, red gum around a tooth is always a cause for concern.
  • A Dental Abscess: It's usually hard to ignore dental abscesses. They can cause severe, throbbing pain, and plenty of other unpleasant symptoms, including swollen lymph nodes, fever, facial swelling, pimples on your gum, or pus around your tooth. The bacterial infection responsible for the abscess can make you feel sick and lethargic. If you have abscess symptoms, you'll need to schedule an emergency dental appointment to save your tooth and treat your abscess. Without prompt treatment, the infection can spread to your heart, brain, or other organs.

Don't let root canal symptoms put your tooth in jeopardy! Call your dentist in Galloway, NJ, Drs. Bhavin Patel and Kevin Carey, at (609) 652-9020 to schedule your appointment.





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529 S. New York Rd.,
Galloway, NJ 08205
(609) 652-9020

(609) 652-9020