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What is an orthodontic emergency

20/04/2023

There is a learning curve associated with almost any new experience, and orthodontic treatment is no exception. It can take some getting used to, whether you’re straightening your teeth with traditional metal braces, or Invisalign’s clear aligner system.

We at Kettering Dentists & Implant clinic are aware of the worries that patients may have. It is rare for a day to pass without a patient warily enquiring as to whether the proposed treatment will be uncomfortable. We like to manage our patients’ expectations and be upfront with them. Considering this, we let our patients know that some early soreness is totally normal and that occasionally, teeth may ache somewhat due to movement.

What constitutes a true orthodontic emergency?

Only a few situations call for an orthodontic emergency. They consist of:

  • Any severe damage to the mouth, face, or teeth.
  • Bleeding, oedema, or infection of the gums, mouth, or face.
  • Some places experience excruciating discomfort or pain that is not relieved by treatment.

If you encounter any of these problems while receiving treatment, get assistance as soon as you can. Unless you feel that going to the emergency room is your best course of action, start with your orthodontist’s office. We are aware of how challenging it can be to determine if a situation warrants a visit to A&E.

A cracked or knocked out tooth, excruciating pain that is intolerable, or significant swelling are a few examples of problems that require quick attention. After you’ve taken care of the emergency, we’ll revise your orthodontic treatment plan as necessary.

The good news is that orthodontic issues are frequently resolvable at home. Generally speaking, we advise initially attempting to alleviate any immediate discomfort before making an appointment with our clinic.
However, keep in mind that you will still need to come and see us for a repair appointment, even if you are able to temporarily relieve some or all of the discomfort brought on by a stray wire or broken bracket.

The following tips can assist you in handling a number of small problems at home while you’re waiting to be examined.

Misplaced archwire

As your teeth begin to shift into their new places, the archwire may occasionally start protruding near the rear of your mouth. Your cheeks may become irritated by this. If misplaced wires or ties are giving you problems, you can typically use a pair of tweezers to move them back into their proper positions.

Cover any wires or brackets that are bothering your mouth with orthodontic wax. Of course, you should also schedule an urgent appointment to have the issue fixed right away.

Tooth discomfort or loosening

It can be unsettling to discover that you have a loose tooth in your adult years after the Tooth Fairy, but this is very typical while you are receiving orthodontic treatment. If anything, it is evidence that they are indeed heading in the correct path! Tenderness may occasionally be present in addition to this.

Gums that are in pain may benefit from and feel better after using a salt water washing twice day. For further comfort, apply a warm washcloth or a heating pad set to the lowest setting on the outside of your jaw.

See an emergency dentist, though, if the oral discomfort is intense.

 

An orthodontic emergency could happen to anyone. When the emergency is tooth-related, it can be especially concerning. Whether you or your child is experiencing the problem, remember to stay calm and contact the experts at Kettering Dentist & Implant Clinic. They can help you deal with any sort of orthodontic issue you may be facing. Set up an appointment with the experts at Kettering Dentist & Implant Clinic today.

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