Emergency Dental Care Specialist

Legacy Dental Care

Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry located in Woodbridge, VA

Dental emergencies are rarely expected, but when they happen, they usually require immediate professional care. That’s why emergency dentist Sowmya Punaji, DDS of Legacy Dental Care provides as-needed urgent care appointments to patients from Woodbridge, Virginia, and the surrounding communities. To learn more, call the office today.

Emergency Dental Care Q & A

What counts as a dental emergency? 


Any oral injury, trauma, or acute pain that you can’t successfully treat, manage, or relieve on your own is probably a dental emergency. Dr. Punaji treats all kinds of urgent dental problems, including: 

  • Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Acute tooth pain and infections
  • Gum pain, swelling, or abscesses
  • Loosened or lost permanent teeth 
  • Injuries to any soft oral tissues
  • Loose or lost crowns or fillings

If you experience a dental emergency during regular office hours, call Legacy Dental Care right away — Dr. Punaji strives to provide same-day appointments for urgent care patients whenever possible.  

If your emergent problem is serious and occurs outside of normal hours, head directly to your local urgent care center or emergency room for immediate attention.   

Can I save a lost permanent tooth? 

If one of your permanent teeth has been accidentally knocked out, it’s important to see Dr. Punaji as soon as possible. That’s because immediate, proper care can mean the difference between saving your natural tooth or needing an artificial replacement.

How you care for your lost tooth before you reach Dr. Punaji is also important. After you gently rinse your tooth, you can try gently placing it back in its socket to keep it moist. Avoid pushing it too hard into the socket, however, as doing so may damage the delicate tissues that facilitate future bone reattachment. 

Alternatively, you can keep your tooth moist by immersing it in a small lidded container of milk or water. The most important thing is to keep it moist when you’re en route to the office.  

How should I handle a cracked tooth?

If you have cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, gently rinse your mouth with warm water to begin immediate injury care. If you’re in pain, you can take ibuprofen (not aspirin, which is a blood thinner) and place an ice pack or cold compress over the area to help with swelling. 

Then, as soon as you can, call Legacy Dental Care for an emergency care appointment. Once you arrive at the office, Dr. Punaji can assess the extent of your fracture and determine the best approach for treatment. 

If you’re in the midst of a dental emergency, call Legacy Dental Care now.