Orthodontic Emergency Care

Orthodontic Emergency Care

Feb 14, 2019

It’s quite rare to see orthodontic emergencies in dental care arena but when they happen, immediate medical attention becomes necessary. However, sometimes there is only a minor dental issue and you don’t need emergency care or at least you can wait till next day or next dental appointment.

Here’s a look at some guidelines which can help you in differentiating between an orthodontic emergency and a minor issue.

Orthodontic Emergencies

Irrespective of whether you are undergoing orthodontic care or not, in case you injure your mouth, jaw, or teeth, you need to see a dentist immediately. The dentist may take an x-ray for determining the extent of the injury. If your injury affects orthodontic appliances, the appliances will need adjustment or replacement depending on the level of injury which will be performed by Orthodontist in Phoenix, AZ.

Infected Teeth

It is possible for your teeth to get infected after undergoing the orthodontic treatment. The infection may or may not be related to the orthodontic appliances but if your experience pain or swelling near your tooth that gets worse, you need to see Orthodontist in Phoenix for professional care as soon as possible.

Minor Orthodontic Issues

While actual emergencies are rare, the minor issues are more commonly witnessed. Some of the common and minor orthodontic issues which you can address on your own are:

  • Loose wire
  • Loose appliance
  • General soreness
  • Loose bracket
  • Loose elastic band
  • Headgear does not fit
  • Broken elastic band

The above mentioned issues can happen as a result of the usage, shifting, or wear and tear of braces. Eating sticky or hard food can also escalate these issues. They can happen due to hard brushing also. These issues can’t be considered emergencies until they cause acute or prolonged pain and discomfort. In fact, some soreness and small abrasions in your mouth are very normal if you have got an orthodontic work done recently. You should rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution so that you can get rid of the pain or soreness till the time you see the orthodontist.

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