Bridge Smiles Dental Group P.A.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars and the last teeth that will ever come in. Not everybody has their wisdom teeth removed as they fit naturally in some cases, but most of the time molars need to be removed in the patient’s late teens or early 20’s.


Molars that are coming in at the wrong angle and pressing against your teeth call for immediate removal. Often times the molars will simply not being able to fit in your mouth because there is not enough room. Wisdom teeth can become painful as they get trapped in your jaw or gums due to them being so far in the back of your mouth.


The surgery for removing wisdom teeth is relatively quick, taking no more than 45 minutes. Most patients sleep during the process from IV sedation or laughing gas and don’t remember a thing. Recovery time varies from a couple days to sometimes a week depending on the patient.


For more information on wisdom teeth visit our website at www.bridgesmilesdental.com.  To schedule an appointment with Samuel Meghadri of Bridge Smiles Dental at 15 North Bridge, St Somerville, NJ,   give us a call at 908-725-0400.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer screenings are an examination performed by a dentist or doctor to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. The purpose of an oral cancer screening is to identify mouth cancer early, when there is a greater chance for effective treatment.


There are a variety of factors that increase the chance of oral cancer. Patients who use tobacco of any kind, drink alcohol regularly, or have had a previous oral cancer diagnosis  are recommended to receive an oral cancer screening at Bridge Smiles Dental. 


Screenings are a harmless test that dentists use to determine if there may be cause for concern and if additional tests need to be done. The screening will consist of the dentist examining the patient’s mouth and feeling for any lumps and abnormalities in your mouth. Another test is patients rinsing their mouth with blue dye before an exam where abnormal cells turn blue and could lead to further examination. Testing for oral cancer is painless and doesn’t take long so give us a call at Bridge Smiles Dental to receive an exam.


For more information visit our website at www.bridgesmilesdental.com.To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 908-725-0400. Samuel Meghadri, Bridge Smiles Dental, 15 North Bridge, St Somerville, NJ.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Cirrhosis and Gum Disease

Dentistry isn’t just a way of maintaining your teeth; it’s a key component of overall health. We at Bridge Smiles Dental hope our patients understand that there are a lot of things going on in their body that can affect their oral health, including diabetes. But now scientists have found evidence that better gum health can improve symptoms of a surprising disease: cirrhosis


Inflammation throughout the body can result from cirrhosis. The disease develops when the liver becomes scarred and is unable to filter toxic chemicals from the blood. Build up of toxins and inflammation in the brain can cause cognitive fog. People with gum disease have high rates of cirrhosis. Scientists thought that could be because both diseases can result from smoking and alcohol use, but new evidence has emerged that gum disease is also unusually common in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Researchers soon became interested in whether one affects the other.


In a study recently conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University, people with cirrhosis and gum disease were divided into groups that received periodontal therapy at different times. The study found that after being treated, people were significantly likelier to experience a reduction in cirrhosis symptoms, including cognitive fog, and that they had higher counts of a gut microbe that combats inflammation. There’s still a lot about the link between oral bacteria and cirrhosis that we don’t understand, but we hope our patients will appreciate the importance of dental care and how much of a difference it can make to someone’s quality of life.


Drs. Meghadri and Grewal run Bridge Smiles Dental Group at 820 US Hwy 202 North Neshanic Station, NJ, and 15 North Bridge St. Somerville, NJ. To schedule an appointment, visit Bridge Smiles Dental.


 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Adult Orthodontics

Bridge Smiles Dental Group provides orthodontic care for adolescents and adults.  It is often recommended to start treatment on an adolescent patient once all the permanent teeth have come in, but adults can still get great results from orthodontic care.  There are several options for adults beginning orthodontic treatment, and the best one for you will depend on what needs to be corrected.


To correct bite issues and straighten teeth, the traditional braces method includes brackets on the teeth and connecting wires that are tightened over the course of treatment. Clear braces use the same method but the materials are tooth-colored to avoid a metallic look.  Accelerated orthodontics are applied to correct cosmetic issues in about six months. Severe misalignments and bite issues can’t be corrected in such a short time, but if your concerns are purely cosmetic, it’s a great option for a short treatment time that can completely transform your smile. Invisalign treatment is popular because of its almost invisible appearance.  A treatment plan consists of a series of clear aligners that straighten teeth over time.  Come see us and find out what will be best to correct your smile!


To learn more about all the orthodontic treatments we offer, visit www.bridgesmilesdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Bridge Smiles Dental Group P.A. in Somerville, NJ, call 908-725-0400.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Have You Had A Cleaning This Year?

At Bridge Smiles Dental Group we encourage all our patients to maintain a great oral health routine at home, but it is still important to come into the office for regular professional cleanings.  During the holidays we want everyone looking forward to the New Year and maintaining great oral hygiene.  However much you brush and floss, some harmful bacteria grow in your mouth that cause gum disease and can only be removed by a dental professional.  Come see us for a cleaning to make a great impression during the holidays, and start the year off with your best smile!


It’s important to see a professional regularly to locate and monitor areas in the mouth that may need special attention, and a dentist can tell you if you may be missing a spot or skipping an important step in your regular oral care routine.  During a teeth cleaning, a hygienist thoroughly clean the area above and below the gum line with scaling tools to rid them of plaque and tartar. After the surfaces of the teeth are cleaned, the hygienist flosses between every one of your teeth and may apply fluoride if recommended by the dentist.


To learn more about teeth cleanings and all the services we provide at the practice, visit www.bridgesmilesdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Bridge Smiles Dental Group P.A. in Somerville, NJ, call 908-725-0400.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Acid Reflux Tips for the Holidays

Is your anticipation of Thanksgiving mixed with dread of heartburn? We hope not, but you should know that if you suffer from acid reflux frequently, your teeth may be in danger, too. At Bridge Smiles Dental Group, we don’t want that for our patients, so we’re teaching people to better understand what acid reflux does to the teeth and how they can prevent it.


The sensation of heartburn is caused by stomach acid escaping into the esophagus. This can happen if the sphincter that connects to the stomach opens when a person swallows and is unable to shut. Repeated acid exposure puts people at heightened risk for esophageal cancer and it can get into their lungs, but the acid more commonly ends up in their mouths. There, it erodes the enamel on the inward-facing sides of the teeth, making them more sensitive. It also causes bad breath and its interference with the mouth’s pH level puts people at greater risk for an oral infection.


People can reduce their chance of getting acid reflux by eating in an upright posture and avoiding large meals less than three hours before bed. They would also do well to avoid caffeine, alcohol, garlic, tomatoes, and citrus juice. Saliva flow can be increased by sucking on sugar-free candy, lots of water consumption, and throat moisturizers.


Drs. Meghadri and Grewal run Bridge Smiles Dental Group at 820 US Hwy 202 North Neshanic Station, NJ, and 15 North Bridge St. Somerville, NJ. To schedule an appointment, visit Bridge Smiles Dental.


 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Smoking with Sleep Apnea

Smoking cigarettes exacerbates any respiratory condition, and is proven to cause snoring and lead to obstructive sleep apnea.  Patients struggling with sleep apnea should see the doctors at Bridge Smiles Dental Group for evaluation. We can help patients find relief from sleep apnea, but quitting smoking is up to you!  Smoking causes upper airway inflammation, meaning the swelling causes the airway to narrow and disrupts the nasal passage and throat.  This causes snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.  Cigarettes are highly addictive, and some smokers seek treatment for sleep apnea but continue to smoke. Smoking with sleep apnea not only puts more stress on the heart every day, but negates any treatment a sleep apnea patient is undergoing.


Habitual smokers may feel relaxed by one last cigarette for the day, but it actually creates more complications for restful sleep. Smokers can experience nicotine withdrawal overnight, causing more waking up and restlessness.  Quitting smoking cold turkey is very difficult, but even lessening the amount of cigarettes or avoiding smoking at nighttime can help you achieve more restful sleep.  Most smokers cannot quit on their own or on their first attempt, so don’t get discouraged!


If you have questions or concerns regarding sleep disorders, please give us a call. To learn more about sleep apnea and the treatments we offer, visit www.bridgesmilesdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Bridge Smiles Dental Group P.A. in Somerville, NJ, call 908-725-0400.