DIRECT INJURIES TO THE MOUTH AND TEETH
Following a direct injury to your mouth or teeth, whether undergoing orthodontic care or not, immediately apply ice to the injured area and contact your dentist as soon as possible. Usually, a radiograph (x-ray) of the involved tooth or teeth is needed to determine the extent of the injury. If a tooth has been displaced, knocked out, or fractured, it is best to contact your dentist first, since we may not have the necessary materials or anesthesia 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 dentist, depending upon the comfort level of the patient.
EMERGENCIES RELATED TO APPLIANCES
Sometimes, appliances might be broken or bent during your orthodontic care. If there are any disturbances, such as loose bands, loose brackets, broken or poking wires, please call our office. 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 wire is irritating your mouth, cover it with beeswax or bend the end with a blunt object like a pencil eraser or Q-tip.
- A broken or poking archwire can often be bent in with a pencil eraser or cut with nail clippers.
- A loose band or bracket can generally be left in place until you can be seen in our office.
- A bent headgear, facebow, or removable appliance that is not fitting well, is not to be worn until it can be properly adjusted in our office.
After Clinic Hours
If an orthodontic emergency arises where the patient is in pain after hours, please contact our after-hours number at (479) 366-0938. In the event that no one is immediately available after 9 PM, please contact our office the following morning or go to the nearest emergency room if indicated.