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Emergency Dental Care

When Emergencies Occur

Orthodontic emergencies are rare, but should be treated as soon as possible. If you are experiencing severe pain or have a painful appliance problem you can not take care of yourself, call our office to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.

Solving Problems Temporarily Until in Our Office

If something on your brace becomes loose or breaks, it is likely not an emergency and can be taken care of with a follow up visit. You may be surprised to discover that you may be able to solve many problems yourself temporarily until you are able to come into our office.

  • Headgear: Sometimes discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed. Please refer to the instructions given by your orthodontist. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance.
  • Loose appliance: If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending piece.
  • Loose bracket: If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it if needed for comfort. If the bracket or band can be removed, place it in an envelope and bring it to your next appointment.
  • Loose wire: Use a pair of tweezers or needle-nosed pliers to try and put your wire back in place. It is okay to use a piece of floss to tie the wire into place. Tie the floss around the bracket in place of the missing colored O-ring. If you cannot put the wire into a comfortable position and covering the end with wax does not help, use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If the end of the wire is still sharp place wax on it.
  • Poking wire: Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it so that it is no longer poking.

General Soreness

Initially when you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Stick to a soft diet until your teeth do not hurt due to chewing. Rinsing mouth with a warm salt-water mouthwash can relieve irritated gums and other sore spots. Placing Orabase on the affected area may also help discomfort. When tenderness is severe, take Acetamiophen (Tylenol).

Schedule an Appointment

Following alleviating your discomfort, it is important that you call to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for long periods of time may result in disruptions to your treatment. Call us today at 630-705-7900.

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