Orthodontic Emergency

Orthodontic emergencies.As your orthodontist serving the southwest side of Chicago, we have seen our fair share of orthodontic emergencies. While they are not entirely common, they still happen, so it’s important to be aware of what constitutes as a minor and major emergency. Continue reading to discover what to do should you find yourself in need of an orthodontist as soon as possible.

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 our office?

A Major Emergency

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 areas

Minor Emergencies

The following issues can be treated at home, or you can make an appointment with one of our orthodontists. We may not need to see you right away and it’s possible that we can help you over the phone. However, if the issue persists, make sure to let us know at your next appointment.

  • Food Caught In Between Your Teeth: While this can be quite uncomfortable, it is not considered a true emergency. Dental floss is the best choice to handle this discomfort. Consider using a floss threader in the hard-to-reach areas to help remove the food. Toothpicks can also help to dislodge anything caught between your teeth and braces.
  • A Rubber Band Came Off: If a rubber ligature has popped off, you can put it back in place with sterile tweezers. If a wire ligature becomes loose, you might be able to bend it back down with a Q-tip. Make sure you let your orthodontist know that this happened at your next visit.
  • Gum, Lip, and/or Cheek Irritation: New braces may irritate the mouth because your body has to get used to this new appliance. If you are experiencing some pain, use some non-medicinal relief wax in order to create a buffer between the metal from the braces and your cheeks. You can always ask your orthodontist for more wax at your next visit.

Major Emergencies

Some of these emergencies mean you may have to call your orthodontist immediately. But don’t worry, there is always a remedy to something uncomfortable you are experiencing.

  • Trauma Or Injury To Your Mouth: This could happen from an accident, a bad fall, or from playing an active sport. It’s best to call your orthodontist the day this happens to make sure nothing is out of place.
  • Infection Or Swelling: If you feel irritation or redness that leads to swelling, you may have a dental infection. Contact your orthodontist immediately, and they will help you figure out a treatment plan.
  • Severe Pain In Your Mouth: If you aren’t sure what is causing the pain in your mouth, make sure you contact us—it may be more than just discomfort.

Contact Us Today

As your orthodontist serving the southwest side of Chicago, ABC Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics will make sure everything looks good with your braces should you think you have an emergency that needs to be treated.

ABC Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

  • ABC Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics - 714 W. Maxwell St., Chicago, IL 60607 Phone: 312-455-8803

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