Do you know how to handle a dental emergency? Do you know what constitutes one? Galleria Dental Arts is your emergency dentist in Manassas. Drs. Wahab, Solarte and Grover provide expert care quickly and compassionately, and because their skills are well-honed and up-to-date, you can trust them when an unexpected dental problem occurs. Have their phone number in your contacts, and call them for immediate phone support and same-day appointments when needed.
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency involves serious injury to the mouth–that is your teeth, jaw, gums and other soft tissues. Pain may be intense or bleeding, profuse. Or, a restoration such as filling, crown or bridgework may be damaged. Whatever the case, treatment by your dentist in Manassas cannot wait.
At Galleria Dental Arts, we recommend you keep our phone number handy so you can call us with your urgent dental problem. We will give you immediate first aid advice and direct you to our office or the nearest hospital ER as the situation warrants.
Examples of What to Do
The old Boy Scout motto is “Be prepared.” The same philosophy applies to dental care. Be sure to take care of your teeth and gums with careful flossing and brushing daily. Also, visit Galleria Dental Arts for six-month hygienic cleanings and oral exams so your teeth and gums stay disease-free and developing problems are caught early. Athletic mouthguards and customized nightguards protect teeth from sudden injury and constant wear and tear.
Additionally, Dr. Wahab and his team recommend you familiarize yourself with common dental emergencies so you know how to stabilize them. Keep a small dental emergency kit handy. It should contain:
- Bottled water
- Dental floss
- Sterile 4x4s
- Orthodontic wax
- Exam gloves
- Zippered sandwich bags
Use these supplies when if you experience one of these urgent oral health problems:
Avulsed tooth Frequent with children and with sports, a knocked out tooth can be saved if it is reimplanted within an hour or so of the injury. Dr. Wahab says to refrain from handling the tooth and empty socket too much. Rinse the tooth free of dirt and debris. Grasp it by the crown and place back in the socket roots first. Hold it there while going to Galleria Dental Arts. If you cannot replace the tooth, put it in a sealed plastic bag or another container with water, milk or over the counter tooth preservative.
Profuse bleeding from a cut tongue, gums or lip Apply direct pressure to the laceration with 4x4s or a clean cloth. If bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes, transport to the nearest hospital emergency room for treatment.
Foreign object caught between teeth Try using dental floss to gently dislodge the material. If this is unsuccessful, contact your emergency dentist for an appointment.
A throbbing toothache This common dental pain may be a deep cavity or a dental abscess (infection). Take over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen for discomfort, and apply a cold compress if the jaw is swollen (20 minutes on and 20 minutes off). Contact your dentist for an appointment. He may have to place (or replace) a filling or intervene with root canal therapy as the situation warrants. Extraction is always a last resort.
Broken filling, denture crown or orthodontic appliance Save the pieces, and bring them to the office. Cover any jagged surfaces with orthodontic wax.
Displaced or broken jaw Go to the hospital emergency room immediately.
Please Contact Us
Your oral health is our top priority. Never hesitate to contact Galleria Dental Arts with your pressing need or even when you just have a question. We’re here to help!