Bhavin Patel, D.D.S.

Dr. Bhavin Patel is a Prosthodontist (Specialty #5984) - a specialist in aesthetic, reconstructive and implant dentistry.  

Dentist - Galloway
529 S. New York Rd.
Galloway, NJ 08205
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Posts for: March, 2016

By Seaview Dental Arts
March 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

If you live in Galloway, NJ, and you have been told you need a root canal, don’t worry. You probably questions and concerns about root root canalcanals – that’s only natural. But the important thing to remember is root canals are nothing to fear. On the contrary, root canal therapy is a safe, reliable, long-lasting, and virtually painless treatment option for your dental health.

If you are seeking a qualified dentist in Galloway, NJ, you should consider contacting Dr. Bhavin C. Patel at Seaview Dental Arts. Dr. Bhavin C. Patel, DDS can help ease your fears and answer your questions about root canals.

The first question many patients ask their dentist is, “What is a root canal, anyway?”

When you smile, what you see in the mirror is the enamel layer of your teeth. But what you probably won’t be able to see is whether any of those teeth have problems – because many of those problems manifest inside the tooth. That’s where your Galloway dentist comes into the picture.

Inside each tooth, under the enamel and another hard layer called the dentin is a soft tissue called the pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues. The pulp is what actually helps grow the root of your tooth during its development.

When the pulp in one of your teeth becomes inflamed or infected, your dentist can numb the tooth, remove that bad pulp, disinfect the inside of the tooth, and replace the pulp with a substance similar to what is used for dental fillings. Your Galloway dentist can then re-cover that tooth with a prosthetic device designed to look and act like one of your real teeth. That prosthetic device is called a crown. And your dentist can do this so that you feel no pain.

So you can see; root canals are nothing to fear.

A fully developed tooth can survive without its pulp because that tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it. While your Galloway, NJ dentist will explain the entire process in detail for you, generally, a root canal is a safe, painless, effective procedure that can be done in one or two visits. The result will be a repaired tooth that is strong, natural looking, and long-lasting.

If you are seeking a qualified dentist in Galloway, NJ, consider contacting Dr. Bhavin C. Patel at Seaview Dental Arts. For more information call (609)652-9020 or visit the website at


Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

By Seaview Dental Arts
March 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

We often associate orthodontics with moving several teeth on the upper or lower arches (or both) with braces or clear aligners. But not all patients require a major endeavor — sometimes only one or a few teeth need to be moved, and not very far.

A slight gap between the two upper front teeth is one type of situation that only requires minor tooth movement: just a few teeth need to be moved and usually just a millimeter or two. The appliances needed to achieve this are also relatively simple in design: removable retainers or small scale fixed braces with small springs or elastics that place pressure against the teeth. The process may also only take a few months rather than two years as with major tooth movement.

Preparing for the procedure, though, must be undertaken with great care. We need to first determine if moving the teeth even slightly could affect the bite with the opposite teeth. We must also ensure the roots of the teeth intended for movement are in good position for allowing the space to be closed.

We must then consider the other supporting structures for the teeth. It’s important for gums and bone to be healthy — if not, treating any found disease may be necessary first before beginning orthodontics. And, if the gap between the two upper teeth was created by an abnormally large frenum, the small strip of tissue connecting the lip to the upper gum, it may be necessary to remove it before tooth movement can begin to ensure the closed gap stays closed.

Like any other orthodontic treatment, minor tooth movement first requires a thorough examination with x-ray imaging to determine the exact tooth position, bite issues and the surrounding gum and bone health. We can then be reasonably certain if this straightforward procedure is right for you, and could help you obtain a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on different orthodontic treatment choices, 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 “Minor Tooth Movement.”

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Galloway, NJ 08205
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