POST OPERATIVE CARE
Everyone should attend at least two dental checkups and cleanings every year with a trusted professional like Dr. Wahab. Even patients who brush and floss at home diligently can end up falling victim to dental problems that hide beneath the surface of their smile; these routine visits allow our team to understand your oral health thoroughly and address potential issues right away, potentially saving you from costly, time-consuming intervention later on. During an in-depth evaluation, patients from Waterbridge, VA and surrounding areas will undergo a visual exam, the capturing of digital X-rays, and various screenings to determine their risk for common oral health problems.
Maintaining regular hygiene appointments is also very important over time. Bacteria-filled plaque and tartar accumulate in the mouth leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Our friendly staff members can cleanse your smile of these areas and even remove minor dental stains, leaving your teeth feeling clean and healthy.
Your molars (back teeth) have deep grooves and crevices that can be difficult to keep clean, especially for children who are still learning the best methods for brushing and flossing properly. If bacteria are allowed to congregate for too long in these areas, dental decay can follow. That’s why Dr. Wahab typically recommends dental sealants as a quality preventive solution. These thin coatings are painted directly onto the tooth, blocking out food particles and creating a smoother surface that can be cleaned more easily. Dental sealants can last for several years as long as they’re cared for properly, and the application process is easy and painless.
Oral cancer may not be as widely known as cavities or gum disease among patients, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a threat. In fact, nearly 50% of oral cancer patients won’t survive more than five years past their original diagnosis. At Galleria Dental Arts, our team strives to identify this danger as early as possible for the health and well being of our patients, and Dr. Wahab accomplishes this by making oral cancer screenings a vital part of routine checkups. Our VELscope technology relies on state-of-the-art fluorescence to clearly identify areas of potentially cancerous soft tissue in the mouth, allowing us to help you take the next steps towards a biopsy and successful diagnosis if needed.
X-rays are vital when it comes to identifying dental problems that can’t be seen with just the naked eye. At Galleria Dental Arts, our team has upgraded beyond traditional film to a much-improved alternative: digital radiography. Our advanced DEXIS system is capable of capturing highly detailed images of patients’ smiles and transferring them to our system for easy viewing in a matter of seconds – no more waiting for darkroom development!
Fluoride is a mineral that can be applied directly to a patient’s tooth enamel. Studies have shown that the application of fluoride can have a profoundly positive effect on a person’s oral health, helping to strengthen enamel and reduce the threat of decay. Our in office fluoride varnish contains 23,000ppm of fluoride, while at home fluoride options only contain about 900ppm. For the ultimate protection of your teeth and to significantly increase the longevity of existing restorations, Dr. Wahab recommends fluoride varnish at every preventive care visit.
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is one of the most common oral health problems in the world – in fact, nearly 80% of the US population is suspected to suffer from a mild to severe form of it. Thankfully, our dental team offers diagnostic assistance and solutions designed to revitalize your oral health and remove infection, potentially saving you from tooth loss and other unpleasant consequences down the road. Depending on your condition, Dr. Wahab may recommend an in-depth cleaning known as scaling and root planing or treatment with our advanced soft tissue laser.
Fear of the dentist is a common problem; in fact, it’s often cited as the number one reason for missed appointments. Here in Manassas, our team always places an emphasis on patient comfort, which is why sedation dentistry is available during your appointment. Dr. Wahab offers several options including nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) and oral conscious sedation. In cases where severe anxiety and/or complex procedures are involved, we can even provide general anesthesiology in order to put patients completely to sleep. We want you to regain the oral health and happiness you deserve in a safe environment where you can feel truly at ease!
Are any of the following symptoms familiar to you?
- Morning headaches
- Pain in the face and jaw
- Earache-like pain
- Damaged/worn tooth enamel with no known cause
These are common indications of bruxism, a widespread “bad habit” that most patients know better as teeth grinding. Left untreated, bruxism can wreak havoc on your oral health and overall wellbeing – it can even develop into the even more painful TMJ disorder over time. What’s worse, most patients only experience grinding while they’re sleeping making it virtually impossible to stop without professional help. If Dr. Wahab notices tell-tale signs of bruxism during your routine checkups in Manassas, he may recommend a customized nightguard for protection. This oral appliance is designed to protect teeth while patients rest providing a strong barrier that minimizes the damage and discomfort caused by bruxism.
How often should I visit the dentist?
We recommend visiting the dentist at least two times every year. This is also the recommendation of the American Dental Association which sets the standards for best practices in dentistry. These appointments allow our team to prevent most major oral health concerns and maintain whole, healthy smiles.
Why should I get an oral cancer screening if I don’t smoke?
Smoking increases the risk of contracting oral cancer, but it is not the only high risk activity and about 30% of those diagnosed engage in none of these high risk behaviors. Screenings ensure patients are diagnosed and can begin treatment in the earliest stages.
Does Invisalign work for over and underbite?
Absolutely. Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic alignment trays to gradually shift teeth into their ideal alignment over the course of about a year, and these clear aligners are able to align even the more severe malocclusions like over, under, and crossbite.
I get nervous when I go to the dentist. Can you help?
Our team works hard to help patients feel relaxed and welcome from the moment they arrive, but we know that some patients need more help to safely and comfortably get the dental care they need. For these patients, we may recommend dental sedation.
What if I have a dental emergency?
We welcome patients to call us anytime with dental emergencies. In most cases, we offer same day care, and we always take time to answer questions and offer first aid tips to protect your smile until you arrive at our office.
Should I consider dental implants instead of traditional dentures?
We often recommend dental implant supported partial and full dentures over the traditional variety because this option more closely mimics natural dental structure replacing the root system and firmly anchoring dentures.
Do you take my insurance?
We are happy to process and file claims for any insurance provider and we are in-network with a number benefit plans including Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, and Delta Dental.
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Meet Our Team
Dr. Tamer Wahab
For Dr. Wahab dentistry is a passion, one that he has been enjoying since…
Dr. Patricia Solarte
Dr. Solarte has worked as a dentist since 2002, and she enjoys helping….