Bridge Smiles Dental Group P.A.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Intraoral Camera

The doctors of Bridge Smiles Dental Group take pride in offering the best technology available to our patients.  The intraoral camera is an exciting new tool that allows the mouth to be seen from previously impossible angles. This technology has proven very helpful in capturing images needed for procedure approval from insurance companies, but it will also change the typical dental office visit.


The tiny camera’s view is projected onto a monitor, making the same angle of the mouth visible to both doctor and patient at once. These views can help patients who don’t know a premolar from an incisor describe any problem area more accurately.  Providing more details can also help a patient better understand and follow their dentists’ plan of care for their mouth.


The intraoral camera helps both you and your dentist see and understand what is happening to your oral health.  To learn more about the technology we use at our 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.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Understanding Acid Reflux

At Bridge Smiles Dental Group, we want our patients to understand how they can prevent toothaches and oral pathologies before they become a problem. Maintaining oral hygiene is essential throughout life, but as people age, acid reflux has the potential to become as much of a concern as plaque.


The stomach is protected from the corrosive property of stomach acid by a thick layer of mucus, but the esophagus and mouth have no such protection. When acid escapes from the stomach and up the esophagus, the painful sensation it causes is commonly called heartburn. While tooth enamel is more resistant to acid than soft tissue, it, too, can be broken down by repeated exposure. People with gastroesophageal reflux disease commonly suffer erosion on the enamel on the inward facing surfaces of their top teeth and experience pain, discoloration, and loss of function as a result.


Damage to enamel can be repaired through means such as white fillings, bonding, and partial or whole crowns. Artificial replacements are more resistant to acid than natural teeth. However, because acid reflux is painful and contributes to esophageal cancer, patients should try to reduce it by avoiding acidic foods and those that are high in fat, avoiding eating before bed, and by maintaining good posture.


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 BridgeSmilesDental.com.


 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Oral Thrush

If you’ve never heard of oral thrush before, our doctors at Bridge Smiles Dental Group P.A. would like to take a minute to explain it. Oral thrush is a mild infection that rarely causes complications, however it can be problematic for those with weakened immune systems. Anyone can develop thrush, but this condition is more frequent in babies, toddlers, and the elderly. Thrush is easy to treat, but it’s also preventable.


Small amounts of the candida fungus are in our mouths, digestive tracts, and skin. They are supposed to be there, but oral thrush occurs when a yeast infection develops on the inside of the mouth and causes the fungus to grow out of control. Thrush can be caused by a number of things, such as uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, dry mouth, or an HIV infection. If you experience pain when you swallow, a feeling of something caught in your throat, or a fever, you should schedule an appointment with us immediately so we can diagnose you and develop a treatment plan. You can reduce your risk of this condition by practicing proper oral hygiene, adding probiotics to your diet, and visiting us for oral checkups twice a year.


If you have questions or concerns about thrush, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our 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, May 31, 2017

Braces – Pain Management

Though there are many benefits of traditional braces, sometimes you have to play through the pain. The main disadvantage to this orthodontic method tends to be the metal mouth appearance, but a close second is the tightening of the wires that our doctors perform during your routine visit. There are two types of pain that traditional braces may cause, and our doctors at Bridge Smiles Dental Group P.A. would like to tell you how you can manage both.


The pain of braces may be attributed to internal or external factors. Sometimes the pressure that braces put on the teeth can leave them sore. Additionally, the physical rubbing of the brackets and wires can cause pain in the soft tissue (gums). If a wire is sticking out and you don’t have time to stop in for us to fix it, orthodontic wax is available for purchase at your local drugstore. Other methods of pain control include taking ibuprofen, brushing your teeth in a soft manner, and eating soft foods.


If you have questions or concerns about orthodontic treatment, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our 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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Periodontal Splinting

Patients with periodontal disease will be glad to know that we have a number of treatments available for them at Bridge Smiles Dental Group. Sometimes, teeth have become too loose to be saved through bonding, but the patient does not wish to undergo extractions or cannot do so safely. These are the kinds of cases in which we consider periodontal splinting.


Also called binding, a splint is a permanent structure in the mouth which is used to distribute the force of a bite across the whole arch of teeth. This takes pressure off of the weakest ones. Splinting is one of the oldest periodontal treatments, going back to the medieval Italy, if not ancient Egypt, but modern developments make splints unobtrusive and comfortable.


The splint is a highly porous strip of fabric which is covered in resin. The backs of the incisors are then sketched with acid so that they’ll have more surface area with which to grip the splint. This is the same process that is used when brackets are placed on teeth during orthodontic treatment, and while it makes teeth sensitive for a little while, it is safe, and the gums are protected with gel. Because the porous strip has absorbed most of the resin, it only takes a bit of dental cement to keep it in place. This minimizes the size of the new ridge on the back of the patient’s teeth. Splints don’t prevent or undo the gum damage which resulted in weak teeth, but they do provide an alternate means of keeping teeth secure.


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 BridgeSmilesDental.com.


 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Digital Imaging in Dentistry

Bridge Smiles Dental Group brings you the latest in dental care through our digital office. Our imaging software not only allows us to design treatments and devices for our patients with improved accuracy, it also provides a safer, more comfortable experience at the clinic. Crucial to our office is our digital x-ray machine, the Panorex.


Digital x-rays eliminate the need for the patient to hold film in their mouth while images are taken. Though the patient will have to bite on a jaw aligner while the panels of the Panorex rotate around their head, this process should only take about twenty seconds. During this time, the patient’s chin will rest on an adjustable ledge, making the Panorex easily adaptable to wheelchair users.


The image taken from a Panorex shows a panoramic view of the patient’s mouth, making it an improvement over traditional x-rays which only showed a portion. The images are also fully integrated into our software for planning orthodontics and extractions. Patients will still need to remove metal and jewelry but are exposed to much less radiation. The exception to this would be if the Panorex is being used in its 3D cone-beam mode. This higher-radiation mode allows us to take detailed, 3D images of soft tissues and nerves, providing us with a complete view of the patient’s jaw structure while diagnosing and treating oral pathologies and planning implant placement.


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 BridgeSmilesDental.com.


 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Non-Dairy Ways to Build Calcium Intake

Calcium is vital for bone health and it’s especially essential for keeping your teeth strong. Calcium is usually found in milk, cheese, and other dairy products, but if you live a vegan lifestyle or are lactose intolerant you will need to find other sources of calcium. Our doctors at Bridge Smile Dental Group P.A. encourage our patients to eat a well-balanced diet to keep their smile strong, so allow us to tell you which non-dairy calcium rich foods are best for your teeth.

Cutting back on dairy or eliminating dairy products from your diet completely can mean skimping out on your daily dose of calcium. If you eat a plant-based diet, however, your body can get over 500mg of calcium without even realizing it. One cup of kale has about 100mg of calcium, while sweet potatoes have about 65mg of calcium per cup. Other calcium-fortified foods include orange juice, (but not too much because of the acidity) whey powder, almonds, and soy milk.

If you wish to discuss nutrition that benefits your teeth, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our office, visit www.bridgesmilesdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Bridge Smile Dental Group P.A. in Somerville, NJ, call 908-725-0400.