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
December 20, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: canker sore  
EasingthePainandDiscomfortofCankerSores

If you occasionally experience small sores in the softer tissues of your mouth, you may have aphthous ulcers or better known as canker sores. While rarely a health concern, they can be painful and annoying particularly when you’re eating and drinking.

These breaks in the skin or mucosa (the lining membranes of the mouth) usually occur in the thinner tissues found in the cheeks, lips, under the tongue or in the back of the throat. They tend to be most painful (especially while eating acidic foods like citrus or tomato sauce) between the first few hours of appearing and for a couple of days afterward, and will often occur during periods of anxiety, stress or after a minor injury. The sores will normally heal and fade within a couple of weeks.

Although occasional outbreaks of canker sores are quite common with most people, 20-25% of people (more often women) have a recurring form of painful outbreak known as recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS). Another variation called herpetiform aphthae, similar in appearance to herpes simplex virus sores, is characterized by smaller clusters of ulcers. While the specific causes for canker sores are still unclear, there’s some correlation between them and abnormalities with a person’s immune system, as well as with other systemic conditions like gastrointestinal disorders or vitamin deficiencies.

The basic treatment for canker sores is to first soothe the pain and promote quicker healing. Many over-the-counter medications are available for mild cases that numb the area temporarily and provide a protective covering while the sore heals. For more severe cases, there are also prescription medications (like steroids) that can be applied topically or through injection.

While canker sores are not contagious and usually benign, there are some situations that call for a dental examination: sores that haven’t healed within 2 weeks; increasing occurrences and severity of the sores; and never being completely free of a sore in the mouth. These may indicate some other condition, or be an occurrence of cancer or a pre-cancerous condition.

If you have any concerns, be sure to schedule a visit. We’ll be glad to evaluate any occurrence of the sores and recommend the best course of treatment to ease the pain and annoyance.

If you would like more information on canker sores or other types of mouth ulcers, 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 “Mouth Sores.”


By Seaview Dental Arts
December 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

You don’t need metal braces in order to get the perfectly straight smile you desire.invisalign

Having a crooked smile doesn’t just affect your appearance but it also can cause some other issues for your smile. If teeth are overlapping one another or crowded this can increase your chances of developing decay or gum disease. If you are a teen or adult who wants to fix their smile, our Galloway, NJ, dentists - Dr. Bhavin Patel, Dr. Daniel Ciechanowski and Dr. Walter Finken, Jr. - are here to tell you that it’s not too late and that you don’t have to get metal braces in order to get your dream smile.

Do you think you have what it takes to get this nearly invisible orthodontic treatment? Here are some of the issues that Invisalign can correct:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding

If you are an older teen or adult who is looking to fix one of these common dental misalignments then this could very well be the best option for you.

How does Invisalign work?

Instead of bonding bulky metal brackets and wires to the front of your teeth for the whole world to see, our Galloway general dentists will fit you with a series of custom-made nearly invisible aligners made from flexible, thin aligners. These aligners resemble whitening trays and are designed to apply just the proper amount of pressure and force needed to shift teeth into the proper position.

Each patient gets their own unique, tailored Invisalign treatment based on the treatment plan we map out with you in the very beginning. With molds taken of your teeth combined with our computer software, we can determine which teeth will need to move and just how much they will need to move around. From there, aligners are made that will shift these specific teeth around to get your straighter smile.

The number of aligners you will wear will depend on the severity of your symptoms and each aligner is worn for about two weeks at a time before being replaced with the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.

If you are ready to finally get an even, straight smile then it’s time you called Seaview Dental Arts in Galloway, NJ, today to schedule your no-risk consultation. Let’s find out if Invisalign is right for you.


CompositeResinCouldTransformYourToothsAppearanceinJustoneVisit

You’ve suddenly noticed one of your teeth looks and feels uneven, and it may even appear chipped. To make matters worse it’s right in front in the “smile zone” — when you smile, everyone else will notice it too. You want to have it repaired.

So, what will it be — a porcelain veneer or crown? Maybe neither: after examining it, your dentist may recommend another option you might even be able to undergo that very day — and walk out with a restored tooth.

This technique uses dental materials called composite resins.  These are blends of materials that can mimic the color and texture of tooth structure while also possessing the necessary strength to endure forces generated by biting and chewing. A good part of that strength comes from the way we’re able to bond the material to both the tooth’s outer enamel and underlying dentin, which together make up the main body of tooth structure. In skilled, artistic hands composite resins can be used effectively in a number of situations to restore a tooth to normal appearance.

While veneers or crowns also produce excellent results in this regard, they require a fair amount of tooth alteration to accommodate them. Your dentist will also need an outside dental laboratory to fabricate them, a procedure that could take several weeks. In contrast, a composite resin restoration usually requires much less tooth preparation and can be performed in the dental office in just one visit.

Composite resins won’t work in every situation — the better approach could in fact be a veneer or crown. But for slight chips or other minor defects, composite resin could transform your tooth’s appearance dramatically.

To see if composite resin is a viable restoration option for your tooth, visit your dentist for a complete dental examination. It’s quite possible you’ll leave with a more attractive tooth and a more confident smile.

If you would like more information on restorations using composite resins, 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 “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”




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Galloway, NJ 08205
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