Occasionally, some patients will experience an injury to the mouth during treatment. Dental emergencies while wearing braces or other orthodontic appliances generally fall into two categories:
EMERGENCIES RELATED TO ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCES
Sometimes, appliances may be broken or bent during your orthodontic care. If you should experience loose bands, loose brackets, broken or poking wires, please contact our office for an appointment during patient hours. For your convenience and the convenience of scheduled patients, it is not possible to handle emergencies on a “walk-in basis”. In the meantime, here are some helpful hints to remedy some of the problems you may encounter until our office can see you.
- If a tie wire is irritating your mouth, cover it with wax or tuck it under the arch wire with a blunt object like a pencil eraser or Q-tip.
- A loose band or bracket can generally be left in place until seen in our office. Call Central Michigan Orthodontics during patient hours when you notice a loose band or bracket. We will schedule you an appointment to reattach the loose appliance.
- A broken or poking archwire can often be bent in with a pencil erasure or cut with nail clippers. Call our office, during patient hours, if you do not feel the problem has been resolved properly.
- Watch this video on YouTube that explains how to handle an orthodontic emergency.
DIRECT INJURIES TO THE MOUTH AND TEETH
Following a direct injury to your mouth or teeth, immediately ice the injured area and contact us as soon as possible. Usually an x-ray of the involved area is needed to determine the extent of injury. If a tooth has been displaced, knocked out, or fractured, it is best to contact your family dentist first, since we may not have the necessary materials required to treat these injuries. If the appliances are dislodged or displaced, we will need to replace or adjust the appliances as soon as possible, after you have seen your general dentist, depending upon the comfort level of the patient.
After Office Hours
If an orthodontic emergency arises after office hours and the patient is in pain, please contact our office. An emergency phone number is available to contact for further assistance.