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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.

All about porcelain veneers

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses many different solutions for the smile. When patients are interested in disguising imperfections near the front of the smile, they may want to ask Dr. Joseph Cavallo of Woodbridge, VA about porcelain veneers.

How veneers can improve the smile

Porcelain veneers are restorations used for patients who are interested in covering up imperfections on the anterior, or front, teeth. These imperfections may include:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Chipped/cracked/broken teeth
  • Unusually short teeth
  • Permanently stained teeth

When these imperfections are present, patients can utilize these thin shells of ceramic to cover their appearance and address the overall look of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are custom-made for patients so they match the shape, color, and size of the rest of the teeth in the smile that are left uncovered. This ensures a natural appearance and beauty.

What can I expect from porcelain veneers?

Veneers discretely cover the teeth in the front of the smile that are imperfect, and can do so in a permanent way. In fact, many patients who take care of their veneers after placement will enjoy them for sometimes a decade or longer. These restorations are strong, durable, and long-lasting when patients take care of their oral health and wellness between routine dental visits. During these visits, our team can evaluate the health of the tooth underneath and monitor for problems such as periodontal disease or tooth decay. The porcelain veneer does not protect against poor oral health problems, so continued evaluation is needed every six months. If problems arise, they can be addressed early enough to ensure successful intervention and to reduce the need to remove the porcelain veneer from the tooth.

Am I a candidate for porcelain veneers?

Patients who take good care of their smile and are interested in a long-term cosmetic solution to imperfect teeth may be considered a viable candidate for this and other cosmetic and restorative options available with Dr. Joseph Cavallo.

Are you interested in porcelain veneers?

Enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry solutions available with Dr. Joseph Cavallo. Our team is located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive in Woodbridge, VA, and can be reached by phone at (703) 490-5888. We accept new patients into our practice who are ready for comprehensive dental care solutions for their smiles!

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What Are Dental Crowns?

If you have never had a dental crown, you’re probably a bit unsure of what they actually are. In fact, if you have had a crown, you may still have some of the same questions. Dental crowns are one of the most common restorative dental procedures, designed to look and feel like a natural tooth to maintain long-term dental health.

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What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are a sort of cap that goes over a damaged tooth, replacing it with a strong chewing surface. Depending on the patient, Dr. Cavallo offers metal, porcelain, composite, or combined material crowns. Porcelain and composite in particular are designed to be almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

How Do They Work?

The old tooth will be prepared by stabilizing the damage then shaping the tooth to fit the crown. The crown will be custom made to fit your mouth and maintain good alignment. Your custom-fit crown will then be cemented permanently into place for years of use.

What Do They Treat?

One of the most common reasons for dental crowns is tooth decay. Patients may also receive a crown after cracking a tooth or due to excessive wear. The goal of a dental crown is always to restore a healthy natural bite, so they can be used in any instance where the bite has been permanently altered. In some instances, crowns may also be used to replace a tooth that has been permanently discolored, due to injury or some other cause.

Schedule a Consultation

Do you have a dental concern that might be treated by a crown? Contact the office of Dr. Joseph P. Cavallo in Woodbridge, VA. To schedule a consultation and discuss your treatment options, contact us on our website or at (703) 493-1203.

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How To Improve Your Gum Health

When it comes to taking care of your smile, it is important to not forget about your gums. Just because you take good care of your teeth and you have a bright smile, that does not mean that you have healthy gums. Gum disease can develop at any age, so it is essential to take the proper steps to improve your gum health and reduce your risk of gum disease. In this post, we will discuss some of the best ways to achieve healthier gums.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an oral health condition that begins when plaque develops in the areas above and below the gum line. This sticky substance is full of bacteria that can cause an infection to spread in the gum tissue and the bone structure surrounding the teeth.

The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis can lead to a host of symptoms, including:

  • swollen gums
  • bleeding gums
  • tender or inflamed gums
  • red, puffy gums

However, if gingivitis is not addressed, it can lead to a more advanced stage of gum disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis can affect the health of the bones that are supporting the teeth. Also, it can cause damage to the gums and connective tissues in the mouth, which can lead to shifting teeth, tooth loss, and difficulty chewing.

Gum disease is preventable with proper care and daily maintenance. Try to follow these key tips to maintain healthy gums.

1. Floss Your Teeth

Try to floss at least once a day. Flossing helps remove plaque and debris from between the teeth. While brushing can be a great way to keep the teeth clean, floss can reach the places in the mouth that your toothbrush can not reach.

2. Receive Routine Dental Cleanings

A professional dental cleaning can help remove tartar. Tartar develops when plaque is not properly removed, and it can only be removed by a dental professional. Dental cleanings are typically performed in conjunction with your routine dental exam, which is designed to identify any signs of complex dental problems, including gingivitis and late-stage gum disease.

3. Quit Smoking

Smoking can be a contributing factor to gum disease. Tobacco use can affect your body’s ability to fight off infection and heal. So patients who smoke have a harder time fighting off gum disease and healing from it. Try finding ways to quit smoking. If you are having a difficult time, be sure to speak with a medical professional.

Schedule A Gum Disease Screening in Woodbridge, VA

Have you visited the dentist recently? You may want to schedule a gum disease screening with Woodbridge, VA dentist Dr. Joseph P. Cavallo. To schedule your appointment, call [new_patient_phone_span], or request an appointment online.

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A Good Diet for Strong Teeth

Everyone knows how important hygiene is to healthy teeth. What you may not know is that what you eat is just as important – maybe even more so. As with the rest of our body, what we eat affects our teeth. But what foods are really good for teeth and which ones aren’t? We are here to help you find your way to a healthier smile that lasts a lifetime.

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What Not to Eat

  • Candy and Soda

    • Sugary foods and drinks, such as candy and soda, are the classic bad boys of dental health. The bacteria that cause tooth decay feed on sugar. Candy and soda are particularly pernicious sources of sugar, so unfortunately shouldn’t make it on to any good-diet list.
  • Fruit

    • Unfortunately, most fruit is full of sugar and can also lead to cavities. When it comes right down to it, fruit isn’t generally much better for your teeth than a lollipop.
  • Coffee, Tea, and Wine

    • These foods aren’t really bad for you. In fact, antioxidant-rich tea is often really good for your mouth. Unfortunately, these popular beverages are also leading causes of tooth discoloration. Their dark color and tannins mean that they can easily stain your teeth.

What to Eat

  • Crunchy Foods

    • Chewing on crunchy foods has two benefits. One, it stimulates saliva production, a sign of a healthy mouth. Two, the texture can actually help scrape the teeth clean. Apples are one surprising member of this list; even though they are high in sugar, their texture and water content give them a place on the good side.
  • Vegetables

    • Rather than fruit, give mineral-rich vegetables a try. A proper balance of nutrients and minerals is important for every element of your health. Your mouth is no different. Calcium is important for strong teeth and enamel, vitamin A also strengthens enamel, and B vitamins, particularly folic acid, fight gum inflammation and tooth decay.
  • Water

    • It may seem simple, but drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your mouth. Not only does it boost saliva production, it washes out your mouth to stop sugars sitting on your teeth from causing decay.

Schedule an Appointment

Do you have more questions about how diet can affect your teeth? Our personalized approach and desire to set you at ease means that we will always be happy to answer any questions you might have about how to care for your teeth. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph P. Cavallo in Woodbridge, VA, contact us online or at (703) 493-1203.

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Is TMJ Causing Your Orofacial Pain?

tmj and orofacial pain woodbridge va Do you suffer from pain in the jaw, face, neck, or upper back? Have repeated attempts at treatment failed to put an end to your chronic headaches? Your orofacial pain may be caused by TMJ.

What is TMJ?

TMJ, short for tempromandibular joint disorder, refers to any one of a body of problems affecting the tempromandibular joints – the joints connecting the upper and lower jaw. Most TMJ disorders stem from poor tooth or jaw alignment causing tension in the muscles of the head and neck. Because the symptoms of TMJ can be common to a lot of other problems, and because TMJ disorders are complex, this condition can be quite difficult to diagnose. Luckily, Dr. Joseph Cavallo has advanced postgraduate training in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ.

Causes of TMJ

Almost anything that negatively affects the alignment of your jaw can cause TMJ.

  • Head or neck trauma
  • Slipped discs
  • Arthritis
  • Malocclusion (poor jaw alignment)
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress
  • Poor dental work in the past

Symptoms of TMJ

  • Face, head, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Increased tension in the jaw
  • Limited jaw mobility
  • Jaw popping and clicking
  • Tooth clenching or grinding
  • Chronic headaches or migraines



The first step of treatment is proper diagnosis. Because each case of TMJ is different, correctly identifying your problem areas is very important. Dr. Cavallo will first collect a detailed description of our symptoms and perform an exam of your jaw muscles. Advanced technology will be used to analyze the popping and clicking of your jaw, test your range of motion, and analyze pressure points in your bite.


To alleviate many of the common symptoms of TMJ, a custom mouthguard can help hold the jaw in proper alignment and cushion the teeth against clenching or grinding. In some cases, the improved alignment of a mouthguard could completely eliminate your TMJ symptoms. Other patients may require bite correction, or occlusal equilibration. The vast majority of TMJ disorders are caused by a poor bite, and correcting the bite could cure your TMJ entirely.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have been living with chronic head or neck pain, there may be a cure. TMJ treatment could be the answer to your problems and improving you quality of life. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Joseph P. Cavallo in Woodbridge, VA, contact our office online or at (703) 493-1203 today.

Patients Review Our Woodbridge, VA Dental Practice

At the dental office of Dr. Joseph P. Cavallo, we are committed to providing high-end dentistry to patients with complex dental problems. We offer a full range of cosmetic and restorative treatments to improve the health and function of your smile. We take pride in offering personalized solutions for your dentistry needs.

If you are looking for a highly trained dentist in Woodbridge, visit our office for the dental care you need.

Patient Reviews

We love knowing that our patients have had a positive experience at our dental practice. Read some of our most recent patient reviews to learn more about Dr. Cavallo and our dental care team.

I highly recommend Dr. Cavallo. He and his staff are top notch. He takes time to explain things and is very thorough. His staff is very friendly, always helpful and their customer service is outstanding. Dr. Cavallo and his staff have provided excellent care to my father and have helped him deal with some major dental issues. His teeth look amazing. I can’t thank them enough for taking such good care of my family. -M.B.

I first visited Dr. Joe in the early 90’s. He is the best! I have moved around. Never forgot his care and attention. I have a full set of teeth! 64 in October. He did not just fix them. He trained me to care for them. Love ya Dr. Joe! -G.P.

Exxxxxxcellent Dentist. Dr. Cavallo is knowledgeable, nice, friendly and very professional. He really gave the best care possible to me, my husband and children’s. He is an amazing doctor. I highly recommend parents to bring their children’s to see him. Best dentist and our visit was wonderful. Thank you, Dr. Cavallo.
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I am a 69 year old male that for the first time, found reason to review any person or business. Dr. Cavallo and his staff are the most personable and professional group I’ve had the good fortune of encountering. From the first phone call to them until the final great result, I found the entire experience very pleasant. Dr. Cavallo is to be considered a true gem to his craft. -W.P.

If you have visited our office recently, please feel free to leave us a review and tell us about your visit.

Dental Implants in Woodbridge, VA

Dr. Cavallo is a highly trained implant dentist in Woodbridge, VA. He works with patients on an individual basis to determine which type of dental implants best suit their needs. If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be right for you. We offer full-service dental implants in one convenient location. Dr. Cavallo will examine your teeth, bone, and gums to determine if implants are right for you.

Visit Us For A Consultation

If you are searching for an experienced and trusted dentist in Woodbridge, VA, visit the dental practice of Dr. Cavallo. To schedule an appointment, call [new_patient_phone_span] or request an appointment online.

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Choosing the Best Dental Products for You

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With all the products on the market these days, choosing the right dental hygiene products for you can be overwhelming. With every brand making the same claims, what’s the best choice? A lot of choosing dental products comes down to personal preference – choose the brand that feels the most effective to you. However, there are a few things you can be sure to look out for in each part of your hygiene routine.


The backbone of any home hygiene regimen is the toothbrush. Look for a soft-bristled brush; soft bristles are enough to clean the teeth without damaging the enamel or gums. A stuff-bristled brush can even cause your gums to recede. Any other features are up to personal preference. There isn’t much evidence that either regular or electronic brushes do a better job of cleaning your teeth. Electric brushes can, however, be easier to use. This can make then a good fit for patients with mobility or motor control issues. Whatever you choose, be sure to replace your brush or brush head about every three months.


The most important thing to look for in your toothpaste is fluoride. Choose one with at least 1000 parts per million of fluoride, and a seal of approval from the American Dental Association. Anything else is really up to your preference. Use whatever toothpaste feels the best to you.


The major deciding factor when choosing a floss is the spacing of your teeth. If you have widely spaced teeth choose a thicker floss. Dental tape may even be a good option for people with gaps between their teeth. If your teeth are very tightly packed, a thinner floss is going to be more comfortable to use. Any other features – waxed or monofilament, flavored, disposable flossers – is just up to what you like and is familiar.


When choosing a mouthwash, again look for fluoride. For most people, an alcohol mouthwash with fluoride is the best choice. The alcohol will kill the bacteria in your mouth, and the fluoride reduces tooth decay.

Questions? Schedule a Consultation

If you have questions about the best products for your mouth, we are happy to help. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Cavallo to discuss your specific needs. Contact our office online or over the phone at (703) 493-1203 and schedule your consultations today.

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You Might Be Surprised by a Custom Mouthguard

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a mouthguard? For a lot of people, you might be imagining a bulky, uncomfortable piece of plastic sitting in your mouth. If so, odds are you’ve tried a pre-made drugstore mouthguard, or even a boil-and-bite heat molded one. If you have never tried a custom mouthguard, you will be surprised at the difference.

Why do I need a mouthguard?

The basic answer to this question is: to protect your teeth. It can be easy to do damage to our teeth without paying attention. Sometimes, the damage might be so small that we don’t notice it until it becomes a big problem. A mouthguard can prevent this damage from happening to keep you smile as healthy and beautiful as possible.

Types of Mouth Guards

To make any mouthguard, Dr. Joseph Cavallo will take a dental mold, then create a custom mouthguard to fit your mouth, for the best comfort and protection available. There are two main categories of mouth guards: sports mouth guards, and nighttime mouth guards.

Sports Mouth Guards

The National Federation of State High School Associations requires mouth guards for four sports: football, lacrosse, field hockey, and ice hockey. Parents buying their children’s sports equipment and looking to save money may think an over-the-counter mouthguard is good enough. Unfortunately, they aren’t as good at shock absorption to protect the teeth. They are also bulky in the mouth, and can interfere with breathing.

Nighttime Mouth Guards

Nighttime mouth guards are worn while you sleep. They are generally used to protect the teeth from wear from grinding or clenching the jaw in your sleep. These are smaller than a sports mouthguard, and should fit closely over the teeth. A subset of this category, TMJ mouth guards, also known as bite plates, are designed to realign the jaw in sleep.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in a mouthguard for sports or sleep, or if you are tired of your uncomfortable store-bought option, consider the office of Joseph P. Cavallo, DDS. To schedule an appointment to discuss your mouthguard needs, contact us online or at (703) 493-1203 and protect your teeth today.

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How To Determine If Porcelain Veneers Are Right For You

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you may benefit from cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry treatments are designed to improve the appearance of your smile and address cosmetic dental concerns. For instance, cosmetic dentistry can be used to address uneven, chipped, discolored, and misshapen teeth.

One of the most common cosmetic treatment options is dental veneers. Dental veneers are composite or porcelain shells that are permanently bonded to the front and sides of your teeth to enhance the appearance of your smile. Veneers typically required at least two visits to our Woodbridge, VA dentist office.

If you are wondering if porcelain veneers in Woodbridge, VA are right for you, visit the dental office of Dr. Joseph Cavallo. In the meantime, read on to learn more about porcelain veneers and explore how porcelain veneers can benefit you.

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4 Reasons To Consider Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can help restore beauty and balance to your smile. Under the care of an experienced cosmetic dentist, patients can achieve the smile of their dream. In this section, we will explore some of the most common reasons patients should consider porcelain veneers.

You have fractured, chipped, or broken teeth

If you have chipped, fractured, or broken teeth, porcelain veneers may be the solution that you’ve been searching for. Depending on the severity of the damage, Dr. Cavallo may recommend porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of your smile.

You are unhappy with the appearance of your smile

As mention, porcelain veneers can transform the appearance of your smile. Whether you want to address discolored teeth, chipped teeth, uneven teeth, or gapped teeth, porcelain veneers can help you achieve your ideal smile. During your consultation, Dr. Cavallo can assess your smile and discuss your dental concerns to determine if porcelain veneers are right for you.

You have misaligned or crooked teeth

We can address minor alignment issues with dental veneers. With advanced orthodontic issues, we may refer you to an orthodontist. During the treatment planning process, Dr. Cavallo can customize veneers so that they meet your desired shape, size, and color. In the end, patients can achieve a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile.

You have worn teeth

Worn teeth can be caused by teeth grinding and clenching. Addressing teeth grinding is the first part of the solution; the second step is finding a solution to address worn or damaged teeth. With porcelain veneers, patients can restore their smile. In addition, veneers can help stabilize the bite and allow patients to chew more comfortably.

Candidacy For Porcelain Veneers

It is important to note that porcelain veneers may not be the ideal solution for all patients. In many cases, patients who are ideal candidates for porcelain veneers should possess these key qualities:

  • have excellent periodontal health
  • be in good oral and overall health
  • practice and maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine
  • have an adequate amount of healthy tooth enamel
  • have specific, realistic goals in mind for your smile

Receive Porcelain Veneers in Woodbridge, VA

Visit our Woodbridge, VA dentist office to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and determine if porcelain veneers are right for you. To learn more about porcelain veneers, call (703) 493-1203, or request an appointment online.

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