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: April, 2018

By Seaview Dental Arts
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Veneers can help you achieve the smile you desire by transforming teeth with minor cosmetic imperfections. Veneers are thin porcelain veneerscovers affixed to the front of teeth to conceal or correct such problems as chips, cracks, stains, discolorations, uneven surfaces, small gaps between teeth, and misshaped teeth. Veneers can be easily installed by your dentist. At Seaview Dental Arts, Dr. Bhavin Patel and Dr. Daniel Ciechanowksi are your dentists for veneers in Galloway, NJ.

Installation of Veneers

Veneers are made of porcelain and look and function like natural teeth. The porcelain closely resembles tooth enamel and can be color-matched to your existing teeth for a completely natural look. The size and shape of the veneers are also custom made to perfectly fit your teeth. Once installed, you will have a beautiful new smile and no one will know you have veneers. Installation is permanent so the veneers will not come loose or fall off, even when eating.

Prior to installation of veneers, the teeth are prepped by shaving off a thin layer of enamel. Removing a small amount of enamel gives the veneers a place to rest against the teeth so they sit flush with the surrounding teeth and readily blend in. If no enamel is removed, the veneers would stick slightly out past the surrounding teeth. In Galloway, veneers are installed at Seaview Dental Arts.

Benefits of Veneers

Porcelain veneers offer several benefits. They can conceal multiple types of cosmetic imperfections, installation is permanent, and they look and function like natural teeth. Plus, you will likely experience a confidence boost when you see your beautiful new smile. Some of the many benefits of veneers include the following:

  • Cover chips and cracks
  • Conceal stains and discolorations
  • Close small gaps between teeth
  • Correct uneven spacing
  • Reshape misshaped teeth
  • Smooth uneven surfaces
  • Look and function like natural teeth

Veneers can help you eliminate minor flaws and achieve a beautiful new smile. Whether you want to cover up stains and discolorations, fix chips and cracks, or close gaps, veneers can help. For veneers in Galloway, NJ, schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel and Dr. Ciechanowksiby calling Seaview Dental Arts at (609) 652-9020.


Although dental visits are routine for most people, it’s a different experience for a few. About one in ten adults have high anxiety or fear of going to the dentist and may avoid it altogether—even when they have an acute situation.

If you’re one of those with dental visit anxiety there’s good news—we may be able to help you relax and have a more positive experience. Here are 3 things you need to know about reducing your anxiety at the dental office.

It starts with the dentist. While every patient deserves a compassionate, understanding dentist, it’s especially so if you suffer from dental visit anxiety. Having someone who will listen to your concerns in a non-judgmental way is the first step toward feeling more comfortable in the dentist’s chair. It also takes a sensitive practitioner to work with you on the best strategy for relaxation.

Relaxation often begins before your visit. There are various degrees of sedation (which isn’t the same as anesthesia—those methods block pain) depending on your level of anxiety. If you experience mild to moderate nervousness, an oral sedative an hour or so before your appointment could take the edge off and help you relax. Oral sedatives are also mild enough for use with other forms of sedation like nitrous oxide gas, and with local anesthesia.

High anxiety may require deeper sedation. If your level of anxiety is greater, however, we may recommend IV sedation to induce a much more relaxed state. The sedation drugs are delivered directly into your blood stream through a small needle inserted into a vein. Although you’re not unconscious as with general anesthesia, we can place you into a “semi-awake” state of reduced anxiety. The drugs used may also have an amnesiac effect so you won’t remember details about the procedure. This can help reinforce positive feelings about your visit and help reduce future anxiety.

If you’re anxious about dental visits, make an appointment with us to discuss your concerns. We’re sure we can work out a strategy to reduce your anxiety so you can receive the dental care you need.

If you would like more information on sedation therapy, 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 “IV Sedation in Dentistry.”


If you're ready to put the "pizzazz" back into your smile, your dentist may be able to help. It's possible your dull, dingy smile could be transformed with teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening or bleaching is a technique that applies a solution with a bleaching agent (usually up to 35% hydrogen peroxide in an office setting) to the teeth to whiten them. Although there are Do-It-Yourself home whitening kits you can use, there are a few good reasons why you should first consider a whitening procedure in a dental office setting.

To begin with, you should first have your teeth examined by a dentist to determine why they're discolored. Certain foods and beverages we consume or tobacco habits are the usual culprits causing stains on the enamel, the outermost tooth layer. These are the kinds of stains targeted by most whitening solutions.

But the interior of a tooth can also become discolored for reasons like trauma, past dental work or tetracycline use at an early age. If your staining is internal (intrinsic) rather than external (extrinsic) reducing that discoloration will require an invasive procedure only a dentist can perform—a home kit won't be able to do the job.

Another reason for having your teeth whitened by your dentist (even extrinsic staining) involves your time and the degree of brightness you'd like. Because dentists use stronger bleaching solutions (home kits usually use a weaker solution of 10% carbamide peroxide) it takes fewer sessions than home kits to achieve results—and they may last longer. In addition, dentists have more control over the level of brightness to match your expectations of a more subdued, natural look or a dazzling "Hollywood" smile.

A dentist can also help you navigate special circumstances like matching and managing natural teeth whiteness with dental restorations (which don't bleach) or special whitening situations like a single discolored tooth.

Even if you eventually decide to go the home kit route, consulting with a dentist first can still prove helpful. You'll get expert advice on products, tips on how to apply them and how to prolong the whitening effect. Whichever way you go, home kit or dentist, you can gain a brighter, more confident smile with teeth whitening.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!

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

(609) 652-9020