Although there can be discomfort associated with orthodontic treatment, there are only a few true orthodontic emergencies. They include trauma or injury to the teeth, face or mouth. Infection or swelling of the gums, mouth or face, and severe, unmanageable discomfort or pain in these areas can also be orthodontic emergencies.
In any of these situations, seek immediate care from the dental office or emergency room-whichever is your best option. For loose, broken or irritating pieces of orthodontic hardware, please contact Amirad Family Dentistry for advice.
At first, having orthodontic treatment may take a little getting used to. It isn’t uncommon to experience a bit of soreness when appliances are first put on, or some minor aches as teeth begin moving into new positions. Yet it is comforting to know that genuine orthodontic emergencies are rare.
If you think you may have an emergency, however, the first step is to determine the severity of the problem: is it an urgent situation that requires immediate attention, or a minor problem that you can take care of yourself, temporarily, until you can come in to the office?
There are only a few true orthodontic (or dental) emergencies. They include:• Trauma or injury to the teeth, face or mouth.
• Infection or swelling of the gums, mouth or face.
• Severe, unmanageable discomfort or pain in these area.
In any of these situations, you should seek help aa soon as possible-go to an emergency room, if that’s your best option.
Generally, however, the place to start is at the dental office. If, for example, you have a fractured tooth, that immediate problem requires diagnosis and treatment.
After wards your orthodontic treatment plan can be adjusted as needed.
Likewise, severe pain or swelling could be a sign of infection or disease, which also needs immediate treatment.