What to Do With an Orthodontic Emergency
In a perfect world, once orthodontic treatment begins, everything will progress swimmingly and there will be no issues. Unfortunately, if we have learned anything from this past year, things can change quickly, and it is important to be prepared if you or your loved ones find themselves with an orthodontic emergency. Whether it’s a minor emergency or a more severe one that is sports related or from a random accident, we can offer some suggestions to help you before you can make it to our office.
Minor Orthodontic Emergencies
Most of the problems you will experience with braces can be considered minor emergencies. This includes such problems as loose or broken brackets. If the broken bracket falls out of your mouth, it is best to save it and bring it to your appointment. Another minor emergency would be a wire that has popped loose or broken entirely. The wire can be moved into a more comfortable position and wax can be used to smooth the area until you can be seen.
Major Orthodontic Emergencies
While rare, major emergencies can happen. Commonly seen after a sports injury or major trauma to the mouth, these emergencies need to be taken care of immediately. This can be anything from a bracket stuck in the cheek to a tooth that has fallen out. Please call our office immediately for instructions, and if we cannot be reached, head to the nearest emergency room.
What is Not an Emergency?
With braces, immediately following initial placement or an adjustment, the mouth may feel sore and tender. This is common and can be eased with the use of an over- the-counter pain reliever. This would not be considered an emergency, and the discomfort should disappear after a few days..
If you have suffered an emergency and are in need of care, please contact our office located in Southfield, MI as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, use the suggestions mentioned above to relieve any discomfort.