Bridge Smiles Dental Group P.A.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Importance of Flossing

At Bridges Smile Group P.A., we advise our patients to floss daily for good oral hygiene. Flossing helps you clean the areas of your teeth that a toothbrush can't’ reach. Brushing daily will help to fight gum disease and prevent cavities.


A lot of patients don’t floss because they think it is too time-consuming. While brushing is important, flossing does the dirty work and gets rid of 40% of debris in your mouth. When food gets stuck in between your teeth, it allows plaque to build up if you don't floss.


Remember to use floss that is 15-18 inches long and curb the floss around each tooth while rubbing it up and down to scrape away any plaque. It is normal for your gums to bleed because they are inflamed from poor dental hygiene. There will be less bleeding the more you consistently floss. 


We want all of our patients to floss daily to prevent cavities and have a greater chance of healthier teeth and gums.


If you have any questions or concerns about flossing, please give us a call. To learn more about all of 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.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Inlays/Onlays

Inlays/onlays are partial crowns that restore appearance and functionality to your teeth. At Bridge Smiles Dental Group P.A., Drs. Meghadri and Grewal want you to be proud of your smile. Your smile will be with you for the rest of your life, you might as well enjoy it! If you are interested in inlays/onlays, visit our office in Somerville, NJ. or Neshanic Station, NJ.


 


Inlays/onlays use your natural teeth as a base to be placed onto. Doing so will strengthen the teeth, prevent any more damage, and restore its natural appearance. The difference between receiving an inlay vs. an onlay depends on the tooth. For more severe damage, an onlay is needed. Inlays are just placed and bonded directly onto your teeth. Onlays extend onto the back of the tooth, essentially replacing one or more of the tooths cusps.


 


During the procedure, the decayed or damaged areas of the tooth will be removed. An impression will then be made from the tooth. This impression is what will be used to create your personalized restorative device. We then send the mold to a dental laboratory to create. This will take about 2-3 weeks to be completed. In the meantime, you will receive sealant on the tooth. At your final appointment, your permanent inlay/onlay will be bonded to your tooth with cement.


 


Bridge Smiles Dental Group P.A. is located in two offices, Neshanic Station, NJ. and Somerville, NJ. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Meghadri and Grewal, visit our website or call. To reach the Neshanic Station office, call 908-782-4418. For the Somerville, NJ. office, call 908-725-0400.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Electric vs Traditional Toothbrushes

There are a lot of options to choose from when deciding what toothbrush to clean your teeth with. At Bridges Smile Dental, we encourage our patients to change toothbrushes every 3-4 months or after their bristles are worn down. If your bristles begin to get splayed and distorted, it means you are no longer effectively brushing your teeth.


We advise wanting our patients to ask our doctors what kind of toothbrush works best for their teeth, electric or a traditional toothbrush. If your teeth are in good shape and you brush your teeth and gums thoroughly for a full two minutes, a traditional toothbrush works perfectly fine. We recommend electric toothbrushes for our patients who need to clean better and are at risk of gum disease and cavities. Electric toothbrushes have bristles that rotate and help you to clean more areas on your teeth effectively by removing plaque


The most important thing to us is that you are brushing and flossing consistently. We advise our patients to visit us twice a year for cleaning to make sure your teeth are healthy.


If you have any questions or concerns about what toothbrush works best for you, please give us a call. To learn more about all of 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.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Root Canal Therapy

Endodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on the roots or nerves of the teeth. The most common of these procedures is the infamous root canal. Root canals are a necessary procedure for when a tooth becomes infected. The infection is often located in the roots or nerves of the teeth, and this procedure is the only way to clear out the infection. Drs. Meghadri and Grewal offer root canals to our patients here at Bridge Smiles Dental Group P.A.


 


An infected tooth is a very serious problem. If left untreated, a tooth can become an abscess, leading to bone loss in the jaw. At the beginning of the procedure, a local anesthetic will be applied to the tooth. Drs. Meghadri or Grewal will then drill down into the tooth to open up the root canal. This allows them to remove the infected tissue. The area will also be cleaned thoroughly as well. After everything is done, a sealant will be applied. A dental crown is often placed on top of the tooth. This not only restores the appearance but helps the tooth heal.


 


With the use of modern technology, root canals aren't the imposing procedure that they used to be. Pain medication and local anesthetics make the procedure almost painless. Any soreness felt afterward is completely normal.


 


Bridge Smiles Dental Group P.A. is located in two offices, located in Neshanic Station and Somerville, NJ. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Meghadri or Grewal, visit our website or call. For the Neshanic Station office, call 908-782-4418. To contact the Somerville office, call 908-725-0400.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Occlusal Adjustment

If you often find yourself waking up with a sore jaw, or feel like your bite is lopsided, you may need an occlusal adjustment. An occlusal adjustment can fix the misalignment of your bite. At Bridge Smiles Dental Group P.A., Drs. Meghadri and Grewal offer these services to our patients. If left untreated, a misalignment can lead to chronic pain and conditions like temporomandibular disorder.


 


A misaligned bite is often caused by loose, missing, crowded, or shifted teeth. When this occurs, the entire balance of the mouth is thrown off. An uneven distribution of pressure causes the pain or soreness in the jaw. An occlusal adjustment can fix your bite, allowing your teeth to meet evenly again. The best candidates for adjustment are patients with these loose or shifting teeth. Patients who grind their teeth or have teeth sensitivity also qualify.


 


At your appointment, Drs. Meghadri or Grewal will use imaging technology to take hundreds of pictures of your mouth. They will record how your teeth fit together when you bite down and open. These images create data that shows us where the adjustments are needed. The procedure itself causes minimum pain and discomfort. A dental drill is used with a fine filing stone. Removal mouthpieces are also used to protect the teeth and relax your jaw muscles afterward.


 


To schedule your appointment with Drs. Meghadri and Grewal, contact Bridge Smiles Dental Group P.A. We are located in two convenient locations, Neshanic Station and Somerville, NJ. You can visit our website to create an appointment or call. To reach the Neshanic Station office, call 908-782-4418. For the Somerville office, call 908-725-0400.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Smoking and Pulpitis

Smokers are at higher risk for oral infections. We at Bridge Smiles Dental Group hope most people by now understand the connection between smoking and gingivitis and oral cancer. But recently, scientists discovered another harmful impact smoking has: increasing the severity and recurrence of dental pulp infections.


Inflammation is part of the immune system’s response to a disease or injury. When a tooth is infected, the inner pulp becomes inflamed (a condition we call “pulpitis”). This has the benefits of filling the area with white blood cells, restricting the flow of infected blood to the rest of the body, and of making cellular walls more permeable to immune system resources. Among those resources are antimicrobial peptides, which are molecules that attach to pathogenic bacteria and neutralize them.


In a recent study, scientists found that smokers lack antimicrobial peptides in their dental pulp. Because of this, their pulpitis was more resistant to treatment. Root canal therapy is the ordinary way of combatting a pulp infection; it allows us to remove the infected material and replace it with a sealant. But without antimicrobial peptides, small amounts of bacteria in overlooked material can linger. We’ll still do our best to care for patients with toothaches, but it is likelier smokers will need to have a tooth replaced. Some good news is that the study found antimicrobial peptides can sometimes return after the patient quits smoking.


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.


 

Friday, February 22, 2019

Bite Checks

This National Children’s Dental Health Month, we of Bridge Smiles Dental Group want to remind the families we care for why bite checks are so important. Children’s biannual dental examinations are an opportunity to do deep cleanings and provide sealants as a defense against decay. But they’re also an opportunity for us to monitor the progression of our patients’ permanent teeth and determine whether they’re chewing comfortably or grinding their teeth.


Bruxism, nighttime teeth grinding or jaw clenching, is a common reaction to stress. It could also be caused by obstructive sleep apnea, which forces the body to reposition the jaw to open the upper throat’s airways. It can cause pain that radiates to the rest of the head, neck, and shoulders and cause difficulty opening the mouth (a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder). It also may weaken the gingival ligaments holding teeth in place or cause the teeth to erode or crack.


During the examination, our hygienists will look for signs of bruxism on a patient’s enamel. They may also do a tactile test of the temporomandibular joints, which connect the lower jaw to the head, ask the patient to demonstrate closing their teeth together, and ask about the patient’s comfort when chewing or after waking up. A night guard can protect a patient from bruxism, but we may refer pediatric patients for orthodontic assessments if we think a bite disorder is due to tooth misalignment or has pushed teeth out of place.


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.