The unexpected happens occasionally. When it does, being prepared can make all the difference. Knowing what to expect can help you act quickly and efficiently, and reduce your stress so you can think clearly. At Roy Orthodontics, we are here for you whenever you need us. Here, we will discuss common dental and orthodontic emergencies, and how to handle them. Understanding emergency care is the first step to taking control of the situation.
Dental Emergencies vs Orthodontic Emergencies
Before exploring common scenarios, we will distinguish between dental emergencies and orthodontic emergencies. It is important to know the difference, because emergencies are time-sensitive. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, a general dentist will have more appropriate resources and materials than an orthodontist. The adverse is true for an orthodontic emergency. Dental emergencies include:
If you have experienced any of the above, seek professional attention immediately. Call your general dentist for recommendations if it is during regular business hours. If it is after office hours, drive to your nearest emergency room.
Orthodontic emergencies are rare. However, these would be categorized by any situation in which your oral appliance is causing severe and chronic pain.
Handling Orthodontic Problems at Home
Many common orthodontic problems can be easily treated at home. Here, we will discuss how to address some of the most frequent issues our patients experience:
Even if you successfully address the above issues at home, it is still important to call our office and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. Broken or bent components can prolong your orthodontic treatment if not addressed. If you are unsure whether or not you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency, give us a call.
My sincere thanks to Dr. Roy and his team for showing me the way! My baby teeth had to be crowned for years since 2 of my adult teeth never came in. This was just one piece of the puzzle that needed figuring out. I’m proud of my smile and it shows every time I meet someone!- Liz