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Posts for: May, 2016

By The Dental Spa
May 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cavities  

How dental fillings from The Dental Spa in Woodbridge can help you

You want to enjoy your chocolate chip cookies and you don’t want to worry about tooth decay or cavities. Now, you don’t have to! Thanks to modern dental techniques and procedures, you can receive a filling that will make your tooth stronger, and enhance your smile! Your Cavitiesdentists at The Dental Spa in Woodbridge, VA want you to be able to enjoy chocolate chip cookies without worrying about cavities.

Cavities are caused from dental decay which results when sugars in the food you eat mix with bad bacteria and form an acid. This acid eats away your precious tooth structure. When you see your dentists at The Dental Spa they will remove the decay and restore your tooth back to health. You can choose from a wide variety of materials depending on your preferences and the location in your mouth.

Consider these filling materials:

  • Metal fillings--if you want the strongest material available; metal fillings are typically placed on back teeth where you need chewing and biting strength.
  • Composite fillings--if you want cosmetic beauty, because your dentists at The Dental Spa will color-match the composite material perfectly; your new filling becomes a virtually invisible addition to your smile.
  • Porcelain fillings--if you want the most cosmetically beautiful filling material; these fillings require more than one appointment because they are created in a dental laboratory and cemented at a later appointment.
  • Glass ionomer fillings--if you have decay along the gumline and want a filling that is very natural-looking; glass ionomer fillings are not placed in an area that is exposed to the stress of chewing and biting.

For badly broken or damaged teeth, your dentists at The Dental Spa may suggest a crown, to protect your tooth against fracture and further breakage. You can choose a crown made of gold, porcelain-fused to metal or pure porcelain, depending on if you want strength, beauty or both.

So now you can enjoy chocolate chip cookies without fear of cavities! You deserve to eat the foods you love without worry, so it’s time to call your dentists at The Dental Spa in Woodbridge, VA and find out how they can help you with dental fillings. Call today and get started on protecting your teeth!


For most dental procedures you’re usually back to your regular routine in no more than a day or two (or even hours) afterward. For the most part, the mouth heals rather quickly.

But there may still be a short period of discomfort after tooth extraction, gum surgery or similar invasive procedures. The good news is you will most likely have no need for strong narcotic painkillers — milder, over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient to manage your discomfort.

The most common of these are known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This group of pain relievers — which include aspirin and ibuprofen — block the release of substances in the body known as prostaglandins that stimulate inflammation that increases pain in damaged tissues. They’re much preferred for mild to moderate pain because they don’t have the side effects of steroids or narcotics like morphine or codeine. They also tend to be less costly than these other prescription drugs.

But while they’re reasonably safe, they can cause problems if you exceed the recommended dosage or use them for prolonged periods. Their blockage of certain chemicals reduces the clotting mechanism in blood leading to a blood-thinning effect. Not only will this increase bleeding, it can also damage the stomach lining and cause ulcers if used over a period of weeks. Improper dosage of NSAIDs has also been linked to miscarriages and repeat heart attacks, which is why they’re not recommended for use during pregnancy or with patients with a history of heart or intestinal problems.

But if taken as directed by your physician or dentist — usually no more than 2,400 milligrams a day and only for a few days — such side effects are quite rare. The benefit is much more common: about five hours of pain relief from a single dose for most people. With the help of ibuprofen or similar drugs, you’ll be on your feet after your dental work in no time. 

If you would like more information on managing pain after a procedure, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treating Pain with Ibuprofen.”


Cavities can happen even before a baby has his first piece of candy. This was the difficult lesson actor David Ramsey of the TV shows Arrow and Dexter learned when his son DJ’s teeth were first emerging.

“His first teeth came in weak,” Ramsey recalled in a recent interview. “They had brown spots on them and they were brittle.” Those brown spots, he said, quickly turned into cavi­ties. How did this happen?

Ramsey said DJ’s dentist suspected it had to do with the child’s feedings — not what he was being fed but how. DJ was often nursed to sleep, “so there were pools of breast milk that he could go to sleep with in his mouth,” Ramsey explained.

While breastfeeding offers an infant many health benefits, problems can occur when the natural sugars in breast milk are left in contact with teeth for long periods.  Sugar feeds decay-causing oral bacteria, and these bacteria in turn release tooth-eroding acids. The softer teeth of a young child are particularly vulnerable to these acids; the end result can be tooth decay.

This condition, technically known as “early child caries,” is referred to in laymen’s terms as “baby bottle tooth decay.” However, it can result from nighttime feedings by bottle or breast. The best way to prevent this problem is to avoid nursing babies to sleep at night once they reach the teething stage; a bottle-fed baby should not be allowed to fall asleep with anything but water in their bottle or “sippy cup.”

Here are some other basics of infant dental care that every parent should know:

  • Wipe your baby’s newly emerging teeth with a clean, moist washcloth after feedings.
  • Brush teeth that have completely grown in with a soft-bristled, child-size toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice.
  • Start regular dental checkups by the first birthday.

Fortunately, Ramsey reports that his son is doing very well after an extended period of professional dental treatments and parental vigilance.

“It took a number of months, but his teeth are much, much better,” he said. “Right now we’re still helping him and we’re still really on top of the teeth situation.”

If you would like more information on dental care for babies and toddlers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Age One Dental Visit” and “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”

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