What are Orthodontic Emergencies?
While using orthodontic appliances, there’s normal, day-to-day discomfort associated with orthodontic treatment.
Usually, in the beginning, there will be times your mouth, teeth, or jaw may feel sore or tender. And then there are true orthodontic emergencies; these are when you can’t deal with soreness or pain by taking over-the-counter painkillers, rinsing your mouth with a saltwater rinse, or using ice packs against your face to bring down any inflammation.
What are the common orthodontic emergencies?
The most common orthodontic emergencies in Gold River are:
- Broken wires or brackets
- Loose bands or elastics
- Bleeding or swelling that doesn’t stop or reduce with time.
If you have any apparent, visible damage to your braces’ wires, bands, and brackets, it’s important to see your orthodontist as soon as possible.
Some things that can cause damage to your braces include:
- Eating hard foods
- Trauma to the face
- Chewing inedible objects.
Remember, if you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency, you must contact your orthodontist immediately as the risk of swallowing the pieces of the broken wires or brackets increases and could potentially cause serious injury.
Difference with General Dental Emergencies
The main difference between a dental emergency and an orthodontic emergency in Gold River is that regular dental emergencies are not necessarily related to orthodontic appliances.
Toothaches are the most common dental emergency.
They could be the result of a cavity or even teeth grinding. If you have a toothache, you can try rinsing your mouth out with warm water and flossing the area to see if there are any leftover food particles or debris caught between your teeth and causing irritation.
Other common dental emergencies may include swelling of your gums, cheeks, or face. Pay close attention to these and visit urgent care immediately because it could signify a dental abscess and potential risks to your life.
The Best Care for Dental Emergencies Gold River Has Available
Dr. Markham and the staff at Markham Orthodontics want to give you a perfect and confident smile, but we also want to make sure you are safe every single step of the way throughout your orthodontic treatment time with us.
If an Orthodontic emergency ever happens to you, contact our Gold River office immediately or an emergency care center. We look forward to helping you during your Orthodontic emergency.