Dental Emergencies in Northern VA
At Springfield Dental Implant & Oral Surgery, we take dental emergencies seriously. Dr. Jungwirth is always ready to receive patients in our fully-equipped office and provide the highest dental care level.
We are 100% committed to treat your dental emergency as soon as possible.
Some cases require urgent attention. According to the ADA, dental emergencies “are potentially life-threatening and require immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding [or to] alleviate severe pain or infection.” Examples of emergencies that should be treated right away are uncontrolled bleeding, extra or intraoral infection with swelling that can compromise the patient’s airways and trauma that can potentially block the patient’s airway.
At our office, we also take care of other dental urgencies:
- Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation.
- Pericoronitis or third-molar pain.
- Surgical postoperative osteitis or dry socket dressing changes.
- Abscess or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling.
- Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma.
- Dental trauma with avulsion/luxation.
Common Dental Emergencies:
There many reasons why patients might experience toothaches, including long-standing cavities, infections, clenching/grinding, dental trauma, and the dreaded wisdom tooth pain.
Third molar pain is normally produced when, due to the lack of space to erupt, the wisdom tooth partially emerges in the oral cavity. As a result, food particles and detritus are accumulated in this hard-to-clean area. After a few weeks, an infection is developed, causing this unbearable pain.
If you are feeling dental pain, please get in contact with our office. Dr. Jungwirth and his experienced team will determine the source of the pain and offer available treatment options to improve your condition.
Broken or Cracked Teeth
The treatment course will vary according to how severe and extensive the fracture is. If it's small and only affects the enamel, a composite (tooth-colored) filling is needed to repair.
Suppose the fracture also affects the dentin (the second layer of the tooth). In that case, a porcelain crown might be necessary to recover both esthetics and function.
Sometimes, the fracture can affect the dental pulp (inner soft tissue that provides blood and nerve supply to the tooth), so a root canal is also indicated.
On rare occasions, the fracture extends in such a way that our dentist has no choice but to extract the affected tooth and replace it with an implant. Once Dr. Jungwirth evaluates the x-ray and clinical signs, he will be able to tell you the best course of action regarding your treatment options.
Loose or Lost Teeth
These kinds of emergencies are common in children and sportspeople (that don't wear mouthpieces). Be it a sore tooth, a misplaced tooth, or a completely lost tooth; our team strongly advises patients in any of these situations to visit the office right after the trauma. While sore teeth might heal on their own with a soft diet and some precautions when chewing, loose or misplaced teeth should be treated immediately. The sooner the teeth are repositioned in their socket, the better. If the cells found on the surface of the root die, it's highly unlikely to achieve a successful replantation.
Lost teeth should be transported in a cup of milk, saline, or a balanced storage medium – avoid storage in water!
Oral Infections – Abscessed Teeth
Dental abscesses are an accumulation of necrotic material (pus), usually originated by a bacterial infection. They are acute processes, showing all signs of inflammation: redness, pain, swelling, and heat (and loss of function in severe cases).
The treatment aims to drain the pus and to eliminate the source of infection. Depending on the abscess's location, this will be achieved with a root canal treatment or extraction or a small incision that allows the drainage and a deep cleaning of the area. In some cases, antibiotic therapy is also necessary.
Tips on what to do in case of common dental problems
Dental emergencies are more often than what people think, and no matter how much we care about smiles, accidents happen. They are an inevitable consequence of an active lifestyle, so if we cannot avoid them, at least we should act responsibly when they occur.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please get in contact with the office. Some of them, like swelling and severe trauma, are potentially serious and should have immediate attention.
At Springfield Dental Implant & Oral Surgery, we see emergencies promptly.
However, if you are unable to reach the office, here are some tips on what to do for common dental problems.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1/2 tsp of salt to 8 oz of water)
- Remove any food particle left between teeth
- Sleep with an extra pillow
- Take over-the-counter pain medication if necessary.
- Apply a cold pack in the area in 20 minutes intervals to reduce swelling.
- Antibiotics are going to be necessary, as well as the treatment of the cause of the infection.
CHIPPED OR BROKEN TEETH
- Try to save the missing pieces.
- Wash your mouth with warm saltwater.
- If bleeding, apply pressure by biting a piece of gauze. Replace gauze when necessary (15-20 min).
- Apply a cold pack to reduce swelling.
KNOCK OUT TOOTH
In the case of total avulsion, the lost teeth should also be brought to the office.
- Rinse it with milk, saline, or a strong balance medium, holding it by the crown
- Try to put the tooth back in the socket, without forcing it.
- If you cannot pace it back in the socket, store it in any of the liquids before mentioned (water should be avoided by all means!). If any of those liquids are found nearby, place the tooth inside the mouth in the cheek area.
- See your dentist as soon as possible.
Knocked-out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out. If the tooth can be saved, your dentist will reposition the tooth and hold it in place with a splint.
Dr. Michael Jungwirth
Available for dental emergencies in Springfield, VA
Dr. Michael Jungwirth was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and grew up in Keene, New Hampshire. He graduated first in his class at the University of Tennessee with a degree in neuroscience and associate research. During his undergraduate studies Dr. Jungwirth pursued his passion for the advancement of medical science by performing molecular and cellular biology research and publishing two manuscripts. He was also awarded a Goldwater Scholarship, a C.W. Fite Fellowship for Outstanding Professional Promise, and the William Harris III Undergraduate Research Award.
From there he attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he continued his passion for research and patient care. He received the Harvard Odontological Society Award for Excellence in Research, the Dr. Paul E. Boyle Award For Excellence in the Field of Oral Pathology, and several grants for his research on non-endothelial origin of midpalatal suture osteoblasts. Throughout his time at Harvard Dental School, Dr. Jungwirth made sure to give back to the community by serving as the treasurer for Operation Mouth Guard, an organization that provided mouth guards for underprivileged athletes. He also co-founded the Harvard School of Dental Medicine Introduction to Dentistry Course in order to inspire and guide the next generation of dental professionals.
Following his dental medicine training, Dr. Jungwirth pursued his love of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery by completing an internship and residency at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, a program known across the country for its superb clinical training. He was honored to serve patients of all racial, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds and make a difference in the community. He had the opportunity to serve as Chief Resident at University Hospital while training in Newark, New Jersey. He trained in full scope Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery including implants, dentoalveolar, pathology, cosmetics, trauma, and TMJ surgery.
Dr. Jungwirth is excited to serve Northern Virginia at Lorton and Springfield Dental Implant and Oral Surgery. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his family and friends, hiking, skiing and travelling.