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, 2017

By Seaview Dental Arts
March 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Your dentist offers many different procedures to help restore functionality to your teeth, improve the appearance of your smile, and repair cosmetic dentistrybroken or damaged teeth. Understanding some of the most common procedures can help you determine which are best and most beneficial for you. Learn more about these procedures with Seaview Dental Arts in Galloway, NJ.

Crowns and Bridgework
Made from tooth-colored porcelain, crowns and bridges restore your smile’s functionality while making it look great as well. A crown fits over a compromised tooth to protect it from further damage and help it stand up to everyday use. A bridge fills in a gap in your smile using three prosthetic teeth in a row. The two teeth on either end are actually dental crowns, which affix to the natural teeth surrounding your gap to hold the bridge permanently in place.

Dental Bonding
Dental bonding uses tooth-colored composite resin materials to change the shape, width, or length of a tooth. First, your dentist uses etching material to roughen up the surface of the tooth. Your dentist will then mold the resin directly onto the tooth and into the correct shape. A special UV light hardens and sets the resin permanently.

Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a fast and easy way to dramatically change the appearance of your smile. A single professional teeth whitening session can lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades in a single sitting. The strength of the whitening system used, however, can be lowered to achieve a more subtle result. Patients will require touch-up appointments once or twice a year to maintain their teeth’s appearance.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Galloway, NJ 
Anyone who wishes to improve the appearance of their smile can benefit from cosmetic dentistry. However, their teeth should be in good health with no signs of tooth decay or gum disease. If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, consult with your dentist to determine if you make a good candidate for a procedure.

For more information on these procedures or cosmetic dentistry in general, please contact Dr. Bhavin Patel, Dr. Daniel Ciechanowski, and Dr. Walter Finken at Seaview Dental Arts in Galloway, NJ. Call (609) 652-9020 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Seaview Dental Arts
March 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Seaview Dental Arts
March 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tmj disorders  

If you have chronic jaw joint pain you may have heard of using Botox to relieve discomfort from temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Before you seek out this remedy, though, be sure you know the facts beforehand.

TMD is actually a group of conditions affecting the joints, muscles and overall structures of the jaw. People with TMD often experience sharp pain and reduced range of motion of the jaw joints. Although we don't know the exact causes, we believe stress (accompanied often by teeth grinding habits) is a major factor for many patients.

Treatments run the spectrum from conservative to aggressive. Conservative treatments include cold and heat packs, therapeutic exercises, and muscle pain or relaxant medication. On the more aggressive side, patients undergo surgery to reorient the lower jaw. Most people gain a significant amount of relief from conservative therapies; the results aren't as positive with surgery.

Botox falls on the aggressive side of treatments. Approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration for cosmetic uses, the drug contains botulinum toxin type A, a bacterial toxin that can cause muscle paralysis. It's often injected into facial structures to paralyze small muscles and temporarily “smooth out” wrinkle lines. Only recently has it been proposed to help relieve jaw pain.

The jury, however, is still out on its effectiveness with jaw pain. The double-blind testing performed thus far hasn't produced any relevant clinical results that the injections actually work with TMD.

And there are other complications. Some people injected with Botox encounter pain, bruising or swelling at the injection site, and some have severe headaches afterward. Botox is also a temporary solution, not a permanent cure — you'll need another injection a few months later to maintain the effect. You might even develop antibodies that diminish the drug's effect and require higher subsequent doses to compensate.

This and other concerns should give you pause before seeking out this remedy. The best strategy is to try the traditional treatments first, which are also the least invasive. If there's no significant relief, then talk to us and your physician about other options.

If you would like more information on treatment options for TMD, 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 “Botox Treatment for TMJ Pain.”

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

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