When you first receive braces, you may experience some soreness and minor aches. However, a true orthodontic emergency is rare. If you suspect you do have an emergency, it is important to determine the significance of the problem. Do you require immediate medical attention, or can you handle the situation temporarily until you are able to visit our office?
Orthodontic emergencies include:
- Injury or trauma to the teeth, mouth, or face
- Swelling or infection in the mouth or face
- Extreme pain or discomfort in the mouth or face
If you experience any of the above, seek help immediately. Unless the problem is severe and requires a visit to the emergency room, start with your dentist, who offers the tools and knowledge to handle injuries and repairs to the mouth.
Emergencies that are not crucial but still need to be addressed are:
- Loose or broken brackets, bands, or wires
- Poking archwire, ties, or brackets
- General tooth pain or loose teeth
In most instances, you can sooth the pain and temporarily fix the situation until you are able to visit Dr. Randy Wright for repairs. Here are some general suggestions to help you: