Five foods to avoid when you have dental crowns and other restorations

istock 1035136344 1 2 Dental crowns and other restorations, such as porcelain veneers, inlays, onlays, and even dental bridges, provide patients with the replacement or repair of a natural tooth. Crowns are made to act as another layer of protection against damage to the natural tooth. However, patients who do not properly care for these restorations may find themselves in situations where they need to have them replaced because they become broken or damaged due to foods they’ve eaten. When you’ve made an investment in your smile with Dr. Joseph Cavallo, it is vital that you take care of these restorations to help them last. This includes avoiding certain foods that may damage them. Below are a list of some foods to avoid as they can cause significant damage to these repairs: 

  • Raw fruits and vegetables. Certain fruits and vegetables can be tough on dental restorations, including apples or carrots. Be sure to cut these foods into slices or smaller pieces for protection.

  • Sticky foods. Candies such as caramel and taffy are a no-go for patients with dental restorations. They can dislodge a dental crown or even pull one off of a tooth.

  • Hard snacks. Thick, crusty breads and hard pretzels can chip a tooth or crack dental restorations when biting down. It’s a good idea to stick to softer foods to prevent this from happening.

  • Popcorn. Popcorn is known for causing two common problems. In additional to breaking a tooth or restoration when chewing on a hard kernel, shells can also become stuck underneath dental crowns and bridges and cause pain or infection.

  • Ice cubes. As refreshing and satisfying as an ice cube can be on a hot summer day, it’s a horrible idea to chew them as they risk cracking, chipping, and fracturing natural teeth and dental restorations. 

Do you have questions about tooth restoration? 

If you are in need of dental restorations, or have them and want more information on the best ways to care for them, book an appointment with Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team in Woodbridge, Virginia. His facility, located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Road, offers services to new and established patients who call the office at (703) 490-5888. 

Tips for dealing with dry mouth

istock 949507928 1 Approximately one in five seniors deal with dry mouth, though many more patients are complaining of poor salivary flow due to “mask mouth” from the pandemic. Regardless of how it emerges, dry mouth needs to be taken care of as it can have a negative effect on overall oral health. Saliva is necessary as it moisturizes the mouth and also protects it from becoming dry enough to lead to cavities, gum disease, and oral infections.

What is the cause of dry mouth?

There are many reasons why a patient might be dealing with a condition such as dry mouth. These include: 

  • Wearing masks for COVID-19 protection for work and social activities
  • Taking a medication that has a known side effect of dry mouth
  • Undergoing radiation or chemotherapy for cancer
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Dehydration

What are signs of dry mouth?

Symptoms of dry mouth may include: 

  • Thick saliva
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Swollen, red gum tissues
  • Poor denture fit and function
  • Difficulty eating or swallowing
  • Cracked tongue surface or lips

What are some tips for dealing with dry mouth?

Patients who have been diagnosed with dry mouth by Dr. Joseph Cavallo will want to speak to him about ways to deal with this condition and protect their smile from damage. Below are some recommendations: 

  • Brush the teeth with a soft toothbrush twice a day
  • Utilize a toothpaste with fluoride when brushing
  • Floss or use interdental cleaners at least once a day
  • Avoid mouthwash that has alcohol in it
  • Use dry mouth products available over-the-counter or by prescription
  • Keep the mouth moist during the day by sipping water
  • Increase salvia flow with saliva substitute or sugar-free lozenges

Are you concerned about dry mouth?

 Dry mouth can significantly impact your oral health and wellness, so it is important that you not only get it diagnosed, but then work with your dentist to keep the saliva flow increased. Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team in Woodbridge, VA are here to help! Call (703) 490-5888 to request a consultation visit at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and get started learning more about maintaining your smile’s beauty and health.

How does a dental hygienist deep clean your teeth?

istock 1034931478 Dental professionals have access to specialized tools and techniques that allow them to successfully and thoroughly clean the teeth and gums during a patient’s routine evaluations. This is why it is important that patients see their dentist regularly, even if they brush and floss each day without fail. Sometimes, patients may need to have a deep cleaning performed, especially if it has been a while since they’ve visited the dentist or if they have certain conditions that have developed such as gum disease. Traditional deep cleanings and periodontal cleanings are two different types of treatments available with Dr. Joseph Cavallo of Woodbridge, VA.

Periodontal cleanings vs. regular deep cleanings

  • Regular deep cleanings – regular deep cleanings are performed every six months during a routine dental examination. The dental hygienist uses tools to remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth and gums. During the cleaning, the hygienist can look for any unusual signs of problems such as periodontal disease or tooth decay and bring them to the attention of Dr. Joseph Cavallo during his physical evaluation. These cleanings may be done in conjunction with x-rays to monitor overall oral health and wellness.
  • Periodontal cleaning – patients who have been diagnosed with conditions such as periodontal disease will need a much deeper cleaning than those who have not. These cleanings, sometimes referred to as “scaling and root planing,” help in cleaning the teeth more thoroughly, such as the roots of the teeth. This is a more invasive cleaning, but needs to be done to return the smile to its original health and wellness quickly and easily. These cleanings are often done in conjunction with antibiotic therapy to control the infection and help heal the smile and restore its health.

Schedule your time with Dr. Joseph Cavallo today

Woodbridge, VA area patients who are in need of a deep cleaning of the teeth are welcome to book their first appointment and examination with our team of professionals. Call (703) 490-5888 to request a visit at our facility, located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive. We are open to new and established patients and families in the community and surrounding areas who are interested in the best care in the area.

What is implant dentistry?

istock 1089292068 Dr. Joseph Cavallo has a high standard of care when it comes to helping patients replace missing teeth. One of the most popular treatment options for missing teeth is the placement of dental implants. This is done under implant dentistry at the facility located in Woodbridge, VA.

The goal of tooth replacement is to restore the smile’s function and aesthetics from before the tooth loss occurred. Dental implants are a highly desirable option because of the way in which they work. The implant is a surgical fixture that the dentist implants into the bone of the jaw. It fuses to the bone over several months, becoming a permanent replacement in the mouth. The portion of the dental implant above the gumline, called the abutment, is then restored using different types of restorations available, depending on how many teeth are being replaced. Common restorations include:

  • Dental crowns
  • Full dentures
  • Dental bridges

This allows patients to replace one, several, or all the teeth in the dental arch depending on their unique needs. Because these titanium posts are fused with the natural bone, they are a solid foundation for any restoration. The material of dental implants also means that the body will not reject them as they may other common metals.

What are the benefits of implant dentistry?

The primary benefit of implants is that they are strong and stable because of how they are placed in the bone. They also maintain natural bone, eliminating bone resorption while ensuring patients don’t experience the appearance of a sunken-in jaw that commonly occurs to denture-wearers over time. Dental implants look and function much more like natural teeth when compared with alternative options such as bridges and dentures, and they require no extra maintenance or attention outside of brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly.

Are you interested in dental implants?

The popularity of dental implants is for good reason, thanks to their function and versatility. Dr.  Joseph Cavallo and his team in Woodbridge, VA are available to help patients find out if they are viable candidates for implants or other tooth replacement options available. Discuss implant dentistry with us by calling (703) 490-5888 and visiting at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive.

Importance of honesty to determine your smile makeover needs

istock 1129156404 1 While brushing and flossing is the best way to maintain one’s oral hygiene, some patients require more assistance outside of just preventative care. This may mean requiring restorative services to repair broken, diseased, or decayed teeth. In some instances, patients may have several areas of the smile they want to restore, which might make them a viable candidate for a treatment known as the smile makeover. Dr. Joseph Cavallo of Woodbridge, Virginia is a cosmetic dentist who can both restore and rejuvenate the smile with dental services. Patients who have imperfections and problems within their smile should be honest with their dentist so they can restore their smile effectively.

Even with diligent home hygiene habits, tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other dental problems may still arise. When you open up to Dr. Joseph Cavallo about your desires and goals for your smile, you will be able to learn about the many solutions available to achieve a healthier, more functional and beautiful smile!

Restorative services available in Woodbridge, VA

There are many ways in which Dr. Joseph Cavallo can help restore a patient’s smile during a smile makeover. This includes:

  • Dental fillings – areas of decay are often treated with fillings. At our practice, we use composite resin fillings which are natural-looking and safer than alternatives such as silver amalgam or metal.
  • Dental crowns – teeth that have serious breakage or damage may require the placement of a dental crown over the top. This restoration is made with porcelain and covers the entire exposed part of the tooth for protection and strength.
  • Tooth replacement options – Dr. Joseph Cavallo can replace missing or extracted teeth with a range of services including dentures, bridges, and dental implants.
  • Porcelain veneers – chipped, cracked, or permanently stained teeth near the front of the mouth can be easily disguised using porcelain veneers, thin ceramic facings that are bonded onto teeth for a dramatic improvement.

Restoring your smile with a Woodbridge, VA area dentist

If you have questions about repairing your smile or obtaining a complete smile makeover, we strongly encourage you to call (703) 490-5888 to connect with Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team. His facility is located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Road and accepts new patients considering cosmetic restoration of the smile using today’s advanced cosmetic dentistry solutions.

Why it’s important to brush your tongue when you brush your teeth

istock 1152179371 1 Brushing the teeth and gums each day will ensure a healthy smile, but are you aware that the tongue should also receive special care? The tongue in the mouth has a rough surface that can be the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive and grow. This bacteria can spread and contribute to the potential for periodontal disease and tooth decay. Also, this bacteria on the tongue can cause patients to experience halitosis, or chronic bad breath. At the practice of Dr. Joseph Cavallo, patients will learn the importance of brushing the tongue with the teeth and gums!

Why should I brush my tongue?

Brushing the tongue is an effective way to remove sugars, acids, and food debris that may stick to the tongue due to its rough surface. It should be brushed with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Patients  should start on the back of the tongue and work their way forward, ensuring they get the sides of the tongue as well.

How often should I brush my tongue?

Another question patients ask about brushing the tongue is how often it should be done. Our team recommends brushing the tongue every time you brush and floss your teeth. It should become part of one’s oral health routine between dental visits. Patients who brush their tongue and still deal with problems such as halitosis may want to ask their dentist about the use of specialized mouthwashes or the use of tongue scrapers. These are tools that may help reduce bad breath while keeping the smile healthy.

What if I still deal with halitosis?

Patients with chronic bad breath may have another underlying condition that requires further evaluation. If you struggle with halitosis even after brushing your tongue and improving your oral hygiene routine, talk to your dentist about alternative solutions.

Call Dr. Joseph Cavallo today!

Woodbridge, VA area patients who are interested in learning more about ways of caring for the smile are welcome to call the practice of Dr. Joseph Cavallo to request a consultation appointment. The practice is located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and can be reached by calling (703) 490-5888. Our facility is always accepting new patients into the facility for comprehensive dental care.

What to expect when undergoing sedation dentistry

istock 1158808108 1 Dr. Joseph Cavallo is a dentist in the area of Woodbridge, VA who understands the importance of comfort when undergoing dental procedures. In addition to providing necessary anesthetics, he also offers sedation for patients undergoing long or extensive procedures. Sedation is a method of relaxing a patient and controlling anxiety levels, while ensures patients are relaxed throughout their treatment. At our practice, we proudly offer IV sedation administered and monitored by our board-certified anesthesiologist for safety and effectiveness.

What can I expect from IV sedation?

When patients are having dental procedures performed and are going to be going under with IV sedation, our board-certified anesthesiologist arrives at the practice to prepare the patient for their procedure. Patients are advised as to what they can expect with IV sedation. Patients will fall into a deep sleep during their treatment, allowing Dr. Joseph Cavallo to perform several treatments at once or successfully perform oral surgery.

  • Before – before the procedure is performed, patients are educated on how IV sedation works. They may have to follow certain instructions prior to their procedure, such as stopping certain medications or habits (smoking or alcohol drinking) before they can have their treatment done. Patients will also want to stop eating or drinking past a certain time the night before to ensure they have an empty stomach for their sedation.
  • During – during sedation, patients often fall asleep during their dental appointment, allowing Dr. Joseph Cavallo to get to work providing the necessary treatments discussed.
  • After – when the IV sedation is stopped, patients will awaken in our recovery room. Patients will then be given after-care instructions and will be sent home with the individual they arranged for transportation to and from their visit. A follow-up appointment may be made before patients leave the office.

Are you interested in learning more about IV sedation?

If you have an upcoming surgical procedure, or want to relax while your dentist completes several dental services at once, we strongly encourage you to learn more about the advantages of IV sedation with Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team. He is conveniently located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and can be reached for an appointment by calling (703) 490-5888. Our professionals are dedicated to ensuring patients have access to the best possible care in our state-of-the-art dental facility serving patients in the area of Woodbridge, VA and the surrounding communities.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

istock 1224234487 Dental implants have been around for quite some time, and they are gaining in popularity each year. Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team in Woodbridge, VA are excited to provide these restorations for patients considering tooth replacement options. Dental implants are one of the most desirable solutions and rightfully so—they have many advantages when compared to alternative tooth replacement options such as dentures and dental bridges.

What is a dental implant?

 Dr. Joseph Cavallo describes the dental implant as an artificial tooth root. Just like the root of a tooth is held in the mouth by the bone of the jaw, the dental implant functions in exactly the same way. This small metal post, made of biocompatible titanium, is placed during oral surgery into the space left behind from the lost tooth. The bone of the jaw grows around the implant to give it the proper foundation through a process known as osseointegration. Once the dental implant is held in place with bone, it can then be restored with a dental restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture. This is what gives dental implants their versatility.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

  • Maintain natural bone to avoid bone resorption
  • Stimulate bone growth to hold them firmly in place
  • Are often lifetime restorations that do not need to be replaced
  • Last many years, often a lifetime, with proper care
  • Provide a natural-looking solution for tooth loss
  • Cost more than alternatives, but provide better value over the years
  • Are strong and durable
  • Are not removable, staying in place long-term

Am I a candidate?

The best candidate for dental implants is a patient free from periodontal disease and cavities with sufficient bone in place to ensure a successful implantation. Many patients will undergo x-rays to decide if the dental implant is right for them.

Ready to discuss the benefits of dental implants with your provider?

Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team of professionals in Woodbridge, VA are here to help you address a wide range of dental concerns, including tooth loss. If you want to speak to him about dental implants, call (703) 490-5888 to request an appointment. His practice is conveniently located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and is available for new and current patients of the community. 

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.

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