Four things every patient with dentures needs to know

istock 1198265959 While dentures are the ideal solution for many patients with missing teeth, it is not the only option available. Some patients may also find that dentures are not the best for their unique situation. Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his associates in Woodbridge, VA are committed to helping patients determine what tooth replacement restoration is the most advantageous for their needs. Below is a list of four things every patient considering dentures should ask:

  • How often should I clean my dentures? Both partial and full dentures are removable to allow for simple cleaning and care. Our team encourages patients to learn the correct way to clean their dentures and how often, which should be approximately twice a day as a good rule of thumb.
  • What products should I avoid using with my dentures? Patients should ask their dentist about the best products to buy for caring for their dentures including cleansers and adhesives, as some may damage the denture instead of protect it. Patients should also avoid using any bleaching products on their dentures as these can weaken them and cause them to be more susceptible to damage.
  • Should I wear my dentures when I sleep? In most cases, dentists will advise against wearing dentures during the night. Instead, patients can use this time to soak and clean their dentures in denture cleaning solutions. This also helps keep them moist and readily available when patients wake up in the morning.
  • Will my dentures look natural? Many patients considering dentures may be worried about fake-looking restorations that detract from their smile’s appearance. With Dr. Joseph Cavallo, patients can rest easy that their smile will look natural and beautiful with careful attention given to the creation of the dentures. We work hard to ensure the dentures match the patient’s existing smile for seamless integration and a more aesthetic appearance.

Call Dr. Joseph Cavallo today!

Woodbridge, VA area patients considering full or partial dentures should speak to a professional about their needs before determining if they should move forward with these treatments. The practice of Dr. Joseph Cavallo is located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and can be reached by phone at (703) 490-5888.

How dental implants can restore an entire arch of teeth

istock 1167775436 When patients research dental implants, they may find that they are commonly used to replace a single tooth within the smile. However, this is not where their purpose ends! In fact, dental implants are extremely versatile and can provide patients with full arch restoration. Woodbridge, VA area patients who are interested in finding out more about this method of repair are encouraged to schedule a consultation visit with Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team.

What are dental implants?

Knowing how dental implants function is the first step in finding out more about full smile restoration. Dental implants are titanium posts. They are implanted during oral surgery into the bone of the jaw where a tooth has been lost. Osseointegration stimulates bone growth around the implant which provides reliable stability. Once the implant is firmly held in place, patients can restore the implant over the abutment in a variety of different ways. While most patients are replacing a single tooth with a dental crown over the top, another option includes implant-retained dentures.

How do implant-retained dentures work?

Implant-retained dentures are unique dentures that are fabricated to be placed over the dental implant which provides stability. A series of dental implants, commonly three to four, are placed around the dental arch and made to fit the new restorations. The full denture snaps into place using the dental implants as anchors, allowing patients the opportunity to enjoy all their favorite foods without having to worry about their denture coming loose!

Who is a candidate for implant-retained dentures?

Dr. Joseph Cavallo finds that implant-retained dentures are not appropriate for all patients. These dentures work best for patients who have sufficient jaw bone available for the placement of the implants, and those with an otherwise healthy smile free from periodontal disease and tooth decay. A thorough evaluation will help patients decide if this solution is best for their needs.

Consult with Dr. Joseph Cavallo today!

Whether you are in need of implant-retained dentures, or just want to weigh your options for smile replacement, contact Dr. Joseph Cavallo’s practice to discuss solutions. The office is located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive in Woodbridge, VA and can be reached by phone to request a consultation appointment by calling (703) 490-5888.

What should I do about bleeding gums?

Taking care of the smile is critical to maintaining good oral health. However, when patients are not brushing and flossing as expected, they are putting their smile at risk of developing a wide range of problems. One of those is bleeding gums. Bleeding gums may be an indication of an infection called periodontal disease. It requires immediate evaluation and diagnosis to effective treat.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a condition that can cause irreversible damage to the teeth, gum tissues, and bone. It is often referred to as gum disease, as the first symptoms often begin in the soft tissues of the mouth. Bleeding gums is just one of the early signs. Other symptoms include:

  • Red, swollen gum tissues
  • Sore gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pockets between gums and teeth
  • Loose teeth

When these symptoms appear, patients should request an appointment with Dr. Joseph Cavallo of Woodbridge, VA for a comprehensive examination. If the condition is present, action can be taken to bring the smile back to health and address the problems that are related to the condition as soon as possible.

What will a dentist do once periodontal disease has been diagnosed?

After a proper diagnosis, patients will want to work with their dentist to determine the best course of action for treatment. The earlier stages of periodontal disease often require a deep cleaning by our dental hygienists. Later stages often require more aggressive treatment, including a procedure called scaling and root planing. This is a thorough cleaning that removes plaque, tartar, and calculus from the surfaces of the teeth and applies antibiotics to address the actual infection.

Can periodontal disease be cured?

Periodontal disease is an avoidable condition. However, if it develops, it cannot be cured—only controlled. Because of this, our dental team strongly urges patients to take good care of their teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and dental examinations.

If you are dealing with bleeding gums, it is time to make a dental appointment today!

Call Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team in Woodbridge, IA to discuss your oral health and address concerns as they arise. His office is conveniently located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive in Woodbridge, VA and can be reached by calling (703) 490-5888.

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

We use our toothbrushes several times a day, but when was the last time you changed your toothbrush out for a new one? Most men and women throw out food that has expired and restock certain medications after a certain period of time. However, many patients forget about the tooth we use to maintain our oral health, and how often they should be replaced.

When should I change out my toothbrush?

The American Dental Association, or ADA, recommends patients change their toothbrush every three months. This is because a toothbrush experiences normal wear and tear, just like anything else we use every day. When the toothbrush is worn or frayed, it is no longer effectively removing plaque, tartar, sugars, and acids from the surfaces of the teeth and gums. Most patients will notice dramatic changes in their toothbrushes around the three month mark, which is a great indication that the toothbrush should be replaced with a new one.

Additionally, patients should also consider the need to change out a toothbrush due to the spread of germs. Bacteria can hide within the bristles of the toothbrush. When you have had a recent cold, flu, or other condition and you do not replace your toothbrush, you are putting yourself at risk of reinfection. In other situations, the physical appearance of the toothbrush will be an indication to change it. A toothbrush that has frayed and broken bristles will need replacement sooner rather than later.

What will happen if I do not replace my toothbrush often?

It’s no surprise that bacteria, mold, and fungus can build up on a toothbrush over time, especially since they are stored in a moist room such as a bathroom. Patients put themselves at risk of developing cavities and disease when their toothbrush is no longer effective, and may also reinfect themselves with an illness or with mold that can make you sick.

Do you want to educate yourself further on dental health?

Contact Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team today to discuss the advantages of caring for your smile! The practice is conveniently located at 12505-A Lake Ridge Drive in Woodbridge, Virginia and can be reached to request an appointment at (703) 490-5888.

Understanding dry mouth

While it’s common for individuals to deal with dry mouth every now and then, particularly when they are under a lot of stress or nervous, it is not normal to experience dry mouth all the time. In addition to being uncomfortable and bothersome, it can also lead to other dental health problems. Dry mouth, known medically as xerostomia, can be extremely problematic if it occurs as a chronic condition without treatment. It is essential that patients understand that dry mouth can have many different causes, and is not a natural part of aging. Dry mouth can occur when saliva glands do not function properly, and may develop when patients are dealing with:

  • Increased levels of stress
  • Prescription medications
  • Cancer treatments including chemotherapy and radiation
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Regular cigarette smoking

When there is not enough saliva in the mouth, patients will often experience:

  • Cracked, dry lips
  • Dry, sticky feeling in the mouth
  • Difficulty in speaking, tasting, swallowing, or even chewing
  • A dry throat
  • Infections in the mouth (periodontal disease)
  • Mouth sores

Saliva is so important, because it helps in keeping the mouth wet and comfortable. It makes it possible to chew and swallow. But it also plays a role in a healthy mouth. Saliva protects the teeth from cavities and also prevents infection, including periodontal disease, from forming by controlling the levels of bacteria in the mouth.

Treatment for dry mouth

If patients have chronic dry mouth, it is important that they work with a professional to find a solution. Medications that list dry mouth as a side effect might be changed or reduced in dosage. Patients might be dealing with dehydration, so sipping water or other appropriate drinks throughout the day can help. Patients should avoid sodas, tea, and coffee which can work against them. Additionally, some patients find that chewing on sugarless gum helps stimulate the flow of saliva and keeps the mouth moisturized. Speaking with a professional is one way to learn more about treatment options that might assist you.

Are you dealing with dry mouth on a daily basis?

It may be time to talk to your dental health provider and discuss ways to treat your condition. Call Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team in Woodbridge, VA at (703) 490-5888 to request an appointment. The office, conveniently located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive, is available for new and current patients.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Replacing missing teeth is easy with the help of the right dentist. When patients have experienced tooth loss or extraction, they need to work with a dental provider such as Dr. Joseph Cavallo of Woodbridge, VA to decide the solution most appropriate for their unique situation. Oftentimes, our team may recommend the use of dental implants to replace one or more teeth.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” in tooth replacement. These restorations are titanium posts that Dr. Joseph Cavallo places into the jawbone to provide the proper foundation for a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a full denture.

What are the advantages of using dental implants?

Dental implants have several benefits for our patients to consider. Dental implants:

  • Provide unsurpassed strength and stability
  • Are biocompatible with the body
  • Maintain natural bone structure and reduce bone resorption
  • Are solid and stable to restore as desired by the patient
  • Last a lifetime with proper care
  • Stabilize full dentures, allowing denture-wearers to worry less about their dentures

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants are known for maintaining natural bone of the jaw through osseointegration after placement. However, patients still need to have enough bone to successfully place the implant before restoration. X-rays are taken of the patient to ensure the dental implant procedure will be successful for them. Patients who have experienced dental resorption may want to consider the advantages of undergoing bone grafting first to prepare the smile for the placement of a dental implant in the future.

How many teeth can a dental implant replace?

This depends greatly on the restoration patients are considering. For example, a single tooth can be replaced with a dental implant covered by a crown. Multiple teeth may be replaced by using the implant to support one or both ends of a dental bridge, or using a full denture to replace the entire arch of teeth.

Discover the advantages of using dental implants to enhance your smile!

Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team are here to assist patients in learning more about dental implants and other restorative solutions available in his facility. Call (703) 490-5888 today and speak to our front office team to schedule your appointment. We are conveniently located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and assist patients in and around the area of Woodbridge, Virginia.

When do you need deep dental cleanings?

Dentists often agree that deep dental cleanings performed at the dental office is one of the best ways to not only treat patients who have chronic gum disease issues, but to act as a preventive to ensure the smile is protected against damage from both disease and decay. However, this cleaning, referred to as scaling and root planing, is often recommended for patients who have been diagnosed with conditions such as gingivitis or periodontal disease. This particular treatment allows the dentist to remove the plaque and bacteria from below the gumline to prevent bone loss, treat disease, and protect the smile overall.

What are the signs that I may require a deep dental cleaning?

Traditional cleanings help in removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the visible surfaces of the teeth and gums, but scaling and root planing is much more thorough. Because of this, it is often recommended to patients who have:

  • Pockets between the gums and teeth that are deeper than 4 millimeters
  • X-rays show proof of bone loss
  • Patients have inflammation of the gums that have continued for long periods of time

In situations such as this, Dr. Joseph Cavallo of Woodbridge, VA may recommend patients consider the added benefits of a more thorough, deeper dental cleaning for their smile.

How often should my teeth be cleaned?

All patients who visit their dentist every six months for a cleaning and evaluation will benefit from having their teeth cleaned by our dental hygienists. Once this is done, the patients can have a thorough examination done by Dr. Joseph Cavallo, which gives him the chance to look for signs of symptoms of decay or disease. Deep dental cleanings, such as scaling and root planing, may be done instead during recall visits, especially if the patient has been dealing with disease for an extended period of time.

Ready to learn more about dental cleanings?

Contact Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team in Woodbridge, VA to discuss the need for cleanings and other preventive care solutions for the smile. His practice is located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and is accepting new patients. Call (703) 490-5888 today to request an appointment and get started taking charge of your oral health with cleanings and routine examinations!

Enjoy your dental visit with the integration of sedation dentistry

It is not uncommon for Dr. Joseph Cavallo of Woodbridge, VA to work with patients who have a fear of the dentist’s chair. Adults and children alike my experience dental anxiety. However, by integration sedation into a patient’s treatment, most individuals can reduce and even eliminate their anxieties to undergo the necessary treatments.

Understanding sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a method of dentistry during which the patient is properly sedated for optimum comfort. The sedation method chosen by a patient may vary from individual to individual based on the severity of their anxieties and the procedures being performed. Below are the types of sedation available with Dr. Joseph Cavallo:

  • Nitrous oxide – nitrous oxide is an odorless gas that is administered into the body through the nose. A nose mask is worn by the patient while the proper amounts of nitrous oxide are provided. Nitrous oxide is also known as “laughing gas” and is perfect for patients with mild anxieties undergoing fast and routine procedures.
  • Oral conscious sedation – another option is that of oral conscious sedation. This sedative is a prescribed medication that is taken orally by the patient approximately one hour prior to their appointment. Transportation needs to be arranged as patients cannot drive while under oral conscious sedation. Patients are relaxed throughout their procedure and then rest off the medication when they return home. Most patients have little to no recollection of their dental visit, while their dental work can be completed.
  • IV sedation – patients with severe anxieties or those who are undergoing extensive procedures may want to ask about IV sedation. Sedatives are administered through a needle into the bloodstream. This method of sedation is extremely strong, and many patients will fall asleep for their treatment. We encourage this for procedures such as the placement of dental implants, or for patients undergoing several treatments at once.

Schedule a visit with Dr. Joseph Cavallo today!

Patients in the Woodbridge, VA area who are ready to work with a dentist who provides sedation dentistry are welcome to book an appointment at our practice by calling (703) 490-5888. Our facility is located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and accepts new patients.

Professional teeth whitening is a phone call away!

A bright, beautiful smile is often associated with oral health and wellness. While the smile is an individual’s first impression to others, it may be imperfect or stained. Thanks to continued advances in cosmetic dentistry, patients can visit their dentist for professional-grade whitening services.

What sets professional products apart from over-the-counter alternatives?

You may have seen a wide range of whitening products at the local drugstore. These over-the-counter products may include treatments such as whitening pens, strips, or trays. While these may be effective for patients seeking minimal whitening, they may not be the best choice for those who want a dramatic improvement. Instead, patients who want to brighten their smile up to eight shades whiter within a few weeks are encouraged to ask our team about our professional whitening options.

Dr. Joseph Cavallo believes that the best method of brightening the smile is with professional-grade whitening trays and bleaching gel. Our practice takes impressions of the patient’s smile to create a mold for the fabrication of trays for both the top and bottom dental arches. These trays fit snug over the patient’s teeth to ensure proper coverage when the whitening gel is administered into these trays. Patients use the whitening gel and trays every day for several weeks to gradually brighten the natural tooth enamel.

How can I maintain my results?

Professional-grade whitening can provide amazing results—but how do you keep them? Dr. Joseph Cavallo encourages patients to:

· Avoid food and drink that can stain the teeth, or swish water after consuming to reduce staining
· Maintain routine dental visits at the practice for cleanings and evaluations
· Use their whitening trays every few months as a touch-up treatment
· Take good care of the smile with brushing and flossing after every meal

Schedule an appointment today to discuss professional teeth whitening

Dr. Joseph Cavallo of Woodbridge, VA is here to help men and women with a wide selection of cosmetic services. If you have been considering brightening the smile with teeth whitening solutions, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with our team to discuss treatment. The office is located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and can be reached at (703) 490-5888.

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What Are Dental Implants?

For patients looking to replace missing teeth, dental implants are likely the least familiar restorative option. Many of us probably have a parent or grandparent who used a dental bridge or dentures, but dental implants are a bit more uncommon. Because they look and feel like natural teeth, Dr. Joseph recommends dental implants whenever possible.

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The Parts of a Dental Implant

Dental implants consist of three parts. The first is a titanium post that is secured permanently into the jaw. It replicates the role of the tooth root. The second is an abutment, a sort of collar which sits just below the gum line and helps secure the false tooth to the post. The final part is a custom porcelain crown designed to blend seamlessly with your other teeth.

Single Tooth Implants vs. All On Four

Some patients may think that the number of teeth they are missing makes them ineligible for dental implants. In fact, implants can be used to replace any number of teeth. Single tooth dental implants are just what they sound like: an implant supporting a single crown. Even one missing tooth can lead to bone loss, so replacement is important. All-on-four implants use a few implants to support a full row of teeth.

What to Expect

First, the post will be placed then the gums given approximately 3-6 months to heal. A temporary crown may be placed to aid function during healing. Once your gums have healed, Dr. Cavallo will place the abutment and final crown, bridge, or denture. Dr. Cavallo can provide every part of your treatment under one roof, making our office a convenient choice for your dental implant needs.

Schedule an Appointment

Questions? Dr. Cavallow offers free patient education seminars to answer questions about dental implants. Contact us to ask about the next seminar date. You can also schedule a consultation to discuss your own eligibility. To schedule, contact our Woodbridge, VA office on our website or at (703) 490-5888.

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