Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies are truly rare; we are always available to help you when they occur though.In case of child patients, guardians or parents should carefully monitor their kids during orthodontic treatment. Call our office if you are facing any issues and we can handle most problems over a phone call. We understand the seriousness of the issue and schedule an emergency appointment if necessary.

In the initial stages of the treatment, parts of the orthodontic appliance and braces can cause irritation to the soft tissue of lips and cheek, especially when eating. We give you essential advice and pain relieving gel at the beginning of the treatment.

Teeth may be sensitive due to slow and continuous movement caused by the steady forces exerted by the appliance, which is not unusual. But if your teeth are extremely sensitive, call us immediately.

General soreness:

If you have soreness due to biting pressures, dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously. This warm salt water mouth wash will help you relieve the soreness. If the problem is severe, make an appointment with our orthodontist immediately.

Ligatures come off:

Sometimes elastic bands or small wires called ligatures may come off which can cause irritation to your soft tissues. Gently place the ligatures back in their position or bend them if very loose using sterile tweezers or pencil erasers.When relieved, schedule an appointment with the orthodontist for repairs the following day.

Broken or poking wire:

In case of any broken wire or sharp edges, apply wax at the end of the broken edges. A small amount of non-medicinal wax relieves pain or soreness from sharp metal. Simply take a small piece and place it completely over the area of the braces causing irritation. The patient may then eat more comfortably.Schedule an appointment the next available day to get it repaired by the orthodontist.

 

Mouth sores:

Episodes of mouth sores are frequent in few patients.  They may be precipitated or exacerbated by an irritation from braces or poking wires. One or several areas of ulceration of the cheeks, lips or tongue may appear. Patient may feel very uncomfortable specially while eating. Prompt relief may be achieved by applying a small amount of topical anesthetic gel directly on the ulcerated surface.

Orthodontic care in medically compromised patients:

Orthodontic treatment is regularly thought to be totally noninvasive methodology yet in the event thatorthodontic treatment is to help a medically compromised patient; the favorable circumstances it offers should exceed any conceivable harm it might bring about. It is vital to assess the risks of treatment and the potential gain and adjust these aspects of treatment before choosing to render treatment of a malocclusionin medically compromised cases since a few patients might be at danger for serious sequelae.

Intense orthodontic or orthopedic forces, for example, additional oral anchorage or maxillary disjunction require more careful management.

Any extractions or surgeries are not absolutely contra indicated but are to be considered carefully. Emotional anxiety is to be managed and any surgical procedures are done by oral and maxillo facial specialist under complete medical care.