How to deal with Orthodontic Emergency
A true orthodontic emergency is not a common event, but when it happens, we encourage you to call our offices immediately for help. When something does happen, it is important to get help right away. But, there may be a few steps you can take at home to help you in the meantime. Call on your emergency dentist as a first step. Then, consider these solutions.
Possible Dental Emergencies and At-Home Solutions
Sometimes, individuals can handle their dental emergency at home. These are some good steps to take right away before you can get in to see your orthodontist.
It’s common to have some level of mouth soreness after any procedure. This is very common at the start of your treatment. If you are feeling pain, your first step is to rinse your mouth. Use a saltwater solution created by mixing a teaspoon of salt with eight to ten ounces of warm water. Do this several times a day to alleviate some of the tenderness. You may also find relief from over-the-counter pain medication. It’s best to let our team help you determine which product is best for you.
A lost separator will likely happen to most people. This is not necessarily an emergency, though. If you notice one is no longer present, simply let us know and come in for an appointment. However, most of the time, they do not need to be replaced. This depends on where you are in the treatment process.
Loose or Broken Brackets, Bands, or Wires
Various components of your braces can become loose or broken over time. When this happens, let our team schedule an appointment for you. Replacing a bracket immediately is sometimes important especially if you are just starting treatment. We can often help you by scheduling an appointment in the next few days. If you have a loose wire, you can use a pair of tweezers to pull the wire back into its proper place. If you cannot do so, apply some wax to the end of the wire. This stops the pain. In situations where this does not help, you can trim the edge of the wire.
Be careful with any poking wire as it can cause damage to your skin. Your first step is to look into your mouth, find the wire, and then try to push it away from the area it is touching. You can do this with a cotton swab. You can also cover the end with orthodontic wax and come in for an appointment.
Sometimes, accidents can cause significant damage. Oral-cavity accidents often require you to come in to see your emergency dentist. For example, if you are hit in the face during a sporting event or car accident, do not delay in visiting us. It is necessary to adjust braces to ensure they are not causing damage as the tissues in your mouth heal.
When You Have an Orthodontic Emergency Call Us
At Kids Zone Dental, we are here to help you with most emergencies. We encourage you to call us whenever you need an emergency pediatric dentist.