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Posts for: March, 2015

By The Dental Spa
March 25, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: laser dentistry  
RevolutionizingDentistryWithLasers

We pride ourselves on using the latest, scientifically proven technologies so that we can obtain and maintain optimal oral health for our patients. The word “laser” is an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation” and, within the world of dentistry, lasers are used for a variety of procedures and therapies. Simply put, this means that light from a particular crystalline source is stimulated electronically and by the use of mirrors to high energy levels, which can penetrate living tissue. Specific lasers with different light emitting capabilities can be used in dentistry — some on hard tissues and others for soft tissues like gum and oral mucous (skin) membranes within the mouth. Uses include diagnosing cavities, others for removing diseased gum tissues, for example. But best of all, lasers are minimally invasive and can result in less tissue removal, less bleeding, and less discomfort for patients after surgery. For example, using a laser, allows preparation of smaller cavities for fillings by vaporizing away tooth decay often without any anesthesia (numbing of the teeth) or a drill.

If you want to learn more about lasers and how they are used in dentistry, read the article “Lasers Shine A Light On Dentistry.” And if you want to schedule an appointment, contact us today.


By The Dental Spa
March 19, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Do you have one or more missing or badly damaged teeth? If so, dental implants from your dentist at The Dental Spa in Woodbridge, VA may be just right for you. An active, durable and long-lasting tooth replacement option, dental implants offer all of the following benefits and more.

1. Fill in Any Missing GapsDental Implants

Whether you have one missing tooth or several, anytime your smile is incomplete, it can be quite embarrassing. Fill in any missing gaps or replace your entire mouthful of teeth with dental implants.

2. Stay in One Place

Dentures can slip, slide and even fall out of your mouth mid-sentence if you aren't careful. Plus, anytime you leave or work in a hurry, your risk forgetting them at home. Dental implants, on the other hand, always stay securely anchored in place - not just for a few years, but permanently--so you never have to worry about them ever again.

3. Take Years Off Your Age

Lose too many of your teeth and it won't be long until your face begins to get a kind of "sunken in" look that will age you dramatically. If you've become accustomed to the look of yourself without teeth, you won't believe how amazing you'll look once you visit a dentist at The Dental Spa in Woodbridge, VA for dentures. You may just take years off your age!

4. Prevent Bone Loss

Your teeth aren't just good for eating and speaking; they also help keep your bone strong and healthy as well. Lose too many teeth and your jawbone will begin to shrink and shrivel over time. A set of dentures isn't enough to stop this effect; only a quality set of dental implants can keep your jawbone strong and healthy long after your original teeth are gone.

When it comes to your tooth replacement options, dental implants are the gold standard in oral care and it's not hard to see why. If you have one or more badly damaged or missing teeth, call your dentist at The Dental Spa in Woodbridge, VA and ask if dental implants are right for you today.


By The Dental Spa
March 10, 2015
Category: Oral Health
TheSecretsBehindVannaWhitesSmile

Describing Vanna White, co-host of the hit television game show Wheel of Fortune as friendly is an understatement. Yes, a good portion of the credit goes to her bubbly personality; however, you can't look at her without noticing her world-famous smile.

During an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Vanna shared some of the secrets to her trademark smile. Secrets that she is instilling in her children.

“I floss every day and I brush my teeth at least twice a day — morning and night — and sometimes after lunch.” She added, “I think that flossing is the most important thing. I believe that dental floss helps a lot, as it keeps your gums strong and looking younger.” And when asked about how often she has her teeth professionally cleaned she replied, “...every four to five months because I get a lot of plaque buildup.”

A typical dental hygiene visit is one that involves prophylaxis, a dental (and insurance) term for scaling and or polishing procedures to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from the crown or portion of the tooth that you can see. Scaling is a procedure where we use special hand-held instruments and/or ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque, bacteria and tartar that can coat your teeth causing them to feel rough or fuzzy. To polish your teeth, we use a rubber polishing cup, prophy paste and a motorized instrument that removes bacterial plaque and surface stains. This is usually the last portion of a routine cleaning because it leaves your teeth feeling smooth and shiny.

However, if you have been seeing blood when you brush your teeth or while flossing, you have the telltale signs of periodontal (gum) disease. During your cleaning appointment, we will clean below the gum line to treat and manage your periodontal disease (an infection of the gum and jaw bones). We may also discover that additional, deep-cleaning treatments (such as root planing) may be needed to treat and manage your periodontal disease.

To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Polishing.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and cleaning. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Vanna White, continue reading “Vanna White.”




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