Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic Emergency

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An orthodontic emergency is an urgent case for an urgent issue. This happens rarely, but when it happens you should know what to do. Patients under orthodontics treatment must keep in mind to immediately visit their orthodontist in case of any problem. If the patient had perfectly followed the orthodontics instructions, they might never face emergency orthodontics problems. However, some sudden incidents might lead to an emergency.

When a patient faces a slight problem without the feeling of pain or discomfort, instead of having an immediate visit, they may wait until their next appointment with their orthodontist to resolve the problem.

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Orthodontic Emergency & Immediate Visit to the Orthodontist

In case of any inference in the normal process of orthodontics treatment, the treatment should not go as planned. An orthodontic emergency is in fact concerned with the urgent situation that the person is required to go to the orthodontist immediately and inform the orthodontist of their condition. If a patient has no specific oral or dental problem, there is no reason to schedule an appointment.

In the case of an orthodontic emergency, the patient might experience pain, severe burning sensations, or bleeding. In case of any of the above problems, immediately go to an orthodontist to make an emergency appointment regarding your problem.

Is General Pain Considered as Orthodontic Emergency?

After placing the orthodontics brackets, the patient might feel mild pain due to the new pressure applied to their teeth. Sometimes the patient feels severe pain that is hard to tolerate which is a rare occasion. In this case, you must immediately go to an orthodontist. The orthodontist might prescribe pain relievers or anti-inflammation medications that can be helpful. Besides, some specialists recommend using warm water and salt for washing your mouth.

Orthodontic Emergency in case of Accident or a Severe Blow to the Teeth

If you had an accident during your orthodontics treatment or received a strong blow to your teeth, in case of severe bleeding, pain, burning sensation, or in case the components of your orthodontics appliance have come off you should go to the orthodontist straight away. These accidents are among the crucial orthodontics emergencies and they must be examined and inspected by a doctor in order to prevent any further problems.

Loosened Brackets

If your brackets are loose but are still attached to the wire, they can be easily placed back. Often, people think this is an emergency. Truthfully told, this case is not considered an emergency if it does not cause pain or problems for the patient. Failure to observe the proper nutrition during the treatment and tampering with the orthodontics appliances can lead to loose orthodontics brackets. The detached brackets can be held to their place by the orthodontics wax when you go to the orthodontist at your next appointment.

Allergic Reaction to the Orthodontics Appliance

Some patients show allergic reactions to the orthodontics brackets and these allergic reactions can occur inside the mouth. In the scenario where a patient feels a burning sensation or has any other reactions after a few days and feel that their symptoms are becoming extreme, then you need to inform your orthodontist right away. Not only for resolving the issue, but it may affect the treatment.

Paying Attention to the Wire that Came out of Brackets

Sometimes, especially in the first days of the treatment, due to the forces applied during brushing or eating some foods, the position of the wires might change. When this happens, the wires can be placed back using cotton swabs. Sometimes, the end of the wire sticks out and causes pain to the lips and cheeks. In case you could not fix this problem, the orthodontics wax must be used. Additionally, contact your orthodontist to make an appointment as soon as possible.

Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

About Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

Dr. Jamilian, an orthodontist, has a specialized fellowship in orthodontic surgery and maxillofacial abnormalities and is a professor in the orthodontics department of the Dentistry School of the Islamic Azad University. He is member of Iranian and European Board of Orthodontics (EBO) and is a member of the Iranian, American and European Orthodontists Association.

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