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The purpose of this blog post is to give general information regarding some of the very common orthodontic emergencies. Look for follow up care with a physician, dentist or orthodontist for more detailed instructions.
Emergencies for patients in braces are comparatively rare and thankfully are not very severe. However, the uneasiness from a problem with the braces can be disturbing. Here are some of the more common orthodontic emergencies and some possible solutions for temporary relief.
• Discomfort and pain
Discomfort and pain are very normal in orthodontic treatment. The pain starts about 4-6 hours after the braces are placed or adjusted according to the progress of the treatment. The pain aggravates in next 1 or 2 days. Then, after 3-5 days, it starts to reduce. You can opt for over the counter pain medication.
• Poking wire
In some cases, as the teeth move in, initially, the wire used to make teeth straight has nowhere to go except out of the back of the molar band area. Additionally, if the bite is being corrected or spaces are being closed, the wire will start to become longer at the back of the braces. Thankfully, in most cases it can be handled with ease just by using some orthodontic wax. The wax assists in smoothing the area and keeping the tissue from getting trapped on the end. If wax doesn’t seem to help, then contact your dentist so that the wire can be cut short.
• Loose Band
Band or ring around the back teeth, when becomes loose, there is nothing much to be worried about. But, usually the band is cemented on the tooth with an adhesive that envelops the inner part of the band from plaque and saliva. So, if the loose band is left untreated then it can allow saliva and bacteria to enter the crevice between the band and the tooth. The bacteria starts producing an acidic byproduct, which then starts deteriorating the enamel. This in turn causes cavity on the surface of the tooth. So, you should visit Edmonton dentist as soon as possible.
• Damaged braces
Loose or broken braces are usually not considered a serious problem in most of the cases. But, in some cases loose brace may be really problematic, so it is best to consult a dentist when the problem occurs. When a bracket detaches from a tooth, it is still attached to the wire with an elastics tie. So, you can rest assured of at least not swallowing it by mistake, but it may spin or move around on the wire. In case of this problem, you can press a little wax against the bracket to stop it from moving around.
In case of any of these orthodontic emergencies, feel free to contact EDMONTON EMERGENCY DENTAL CLINIC.
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Dr. Alexander Yeh and Dr. Iyad Al-Qishawi are registered general dentists. They graduated in the same class at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry.
Edmonton Emergency Dental Services:
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Phone: 587 410 5766
Address: Suite #110 4445 Calgary Trail Southbound NW, Edmonton, AB T6H5R7