Marv Thomas, DDS

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Posts for: January, 2015

By The Dental Spa
January 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
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If you wake yourself by snoring or have been told by others that you snore, you should share this fact with us during your next visit. Why? Many people are shocked to learn that their dentist is a vital resource for treating snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition that occurs when the upper airway (back of your throat) is blocked or obstructed causing significant airflow disruption or even no airflow whatsoever for 10 seconds or more.

Self Test For Sleep Apnea

While your responses to the following questions are not a diagnosis for OSA, they can be warning signs that you may have OSA or another condition that is impacting your sleep.

  1. Are you a loud habitual snorer?
  2. Has anyone ever witnessed you holding your breath, gasping for air or even choking while asleep?
  3. Do you regularly feel un-refreshed or tired even after waking from eight or more hours of sleep?
  4. Do you find yourself easily falling asleep throughout your day at work or at home?
  5. Do you suffer from poor concentration or judgment, memory loss, irritability and/or depression from lack of sleep?
  6. Are you 15 pounds over the normal weight range for your height and/or does you neck measure more than 17 inches around if you are male and 16 inches if you are female?

If you answered, “yes” to any of the above questions, you should share your responses to all of these questions with both your physician and us so that you can receive a thorough examination to address your sleep concerns. And if you are diagnosed with OSA, we can help with specific oral treatment options that may work best for you.

Learn More

Learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment options when you read “Snoring & Sleep Apnea.” Contact us today to discuss your questions or to schedule a consultation.


By The Dental Spa
January 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces  

If you've got crooked, bent, or misaligned teeth, you know how embarrassing it can be to give your biggest smile. When you lack a winning smile, in fact, your confidence often dips to depressing lows and can even ostracize you among your peers and family members.

At The Dental Spa in Woodbridge, VA, the health and appearance of your pearly whites is the top priority. That means that evenBraces if your teeth are kept clean and shine with a crystal-clear glow, more work must be done if they're not symmetrical with one another and/or lack proper alignment!

One of the leading solutions for crooked or misaligned teeth is braces, which offer a long-term solution in the form of metal devices attached to your teeth to help them slowly straighten out. While braces are reliable and very effective, there are some myths about them that are doing them no favors.

Let's get the top three myths straightened out below:

1: Only Kids Get Braces
On the contrary, an estimated one million American adults wear braces today. Recent dental improvements have made adult braces a leading orthodontic solution in recent times, in fact!

Look at celebrities from Tom Cruise to Lil Wayne, and you'll see why braces aren't just what the cool kids are doing these days!

2: Braces Are Unattractive
Using techniques like Invisalign, Lingual Braces, and Clear Bracket Braces, patients have more options than ever before to get their braces to fit right in, naturally!

3: Braces Take Forever Before They Work
Nowadays, braces can lead to significant dental improvements in as little as six months. Using only the most expert techniques to safely transition teeth into their desired position, the orthodontic possibilities of today allow brace treatments to be as convenient as you want them to be!

If you're ready to get back that confident smile today, give The Dental Spa a call at (703) 580-1443 and discover for yourself why braces are ready to straighten things out in your mouth!


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A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured an engaging 93-year-old strongman called The Mighty Atom Jr. The mature muscleman’s stunt: moving a full-sized car (laden with his octogenarian “kid brother,” his brother’s wife, plus Atom’s “lady friend”) using just his teeth. Grinning for host Howie Mandel, Atom proudly told the TV audience that his teeth were all his own; then he grasped a leather strap in his mouth, and successfully pulled the car from a standstill.

We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts. Needless to say, his “talent” isn’t one we’d recommend trying at home. But aside from pulling vehicles, teeth can also be chipped or fractured by more mundane (yet still risky) activities — playing sports, nibbling on pencils, or biting too hard on ice. What can you do if that happens to your teeth?

Fortunately, we have a number of ways to repair cracked or chipped teeth. One of the easiest and fastest is cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. Bonding can be used to fill in small chips, cracks and discolorations in the teeth. The bonding material is a high-tech mixture of plastic and glass components that’s extremely lifelike, and can last for several years. Plus, it’s a procedure that can be done right in the office, with minimal preparation or discomfort. However, it may not be suitable for larger chips, and it isn’t the longest-lasting type of restoration.

When more of the tooth structure is missing, a crown (or cap) might be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. This involves creating a replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth in a dental lab — or in some cases, right in the office. It typically involves making a model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors, then fabricating a replica, which will fit perfectly into the bite. Finally, the replacement crown is permanently cemented to the damaged tooth. A crown replacement can last for many years if the tooth’s roots are in good shape. But what if the roots have been dislodged?

In some cases it’s possible to re-implant a tooth that has been knocked out — especially if it has been carefully preserved, and receives immediate professional attention. But if a tooth can’t be saved (due to a deeply fractured root, for example) a dental implant offers today’s best option for tooth replacement. This procedure has a success rate of over 95 percent, and gives you a natural looking replacement tooth that can last for the rest of your life.

So what have we learned? If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys.

If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”




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