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ORTHODONTIC EMERGENCIES

True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but when they do occur  we will be available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can't take care of yourself. We'll work with you to resolve the problem right away.

 

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with our office. If there is a loose piece that you can remove, put it in a plastic bag or envelope and bring it with you to your next appointment. If your braces are poking you, put soft wax on the piece that's sticking out. If the wire has slid to one side, you can pull it back to the other side with needle-nosed pliers, replacing it in the tube on the back tooth.

 

After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions in your treatment plan.

 

 

 

General Soreness

 

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for a few days. Stick to a soft diet until your teeth are no longer sensitive to chewing. Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. Placing Orabase (found at your local pharmacy) on the affected area may also help relieve discomfort. If the tenderness is severe, take Tylenol or ibuprofen to alleviate the pain.

 

Loose Appliance

 

If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part.

 

Loose bracket

 

If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it if needed for comfort. If the bracket or band can be removed easily, place it in an envelope and save it to bring to your next appointment.

 

Loose wire

 

Using a pair of tweezers or needle nose pliers, try to put your wire back into place. It is ok to use a piece of floss to tie the wire into place: tie the floss around the bracket in place of the missing colored o-ring. If you cannot put the wire into a comfortable position and covering the end with wax doesn't help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If the end of the wire is still sharp, place wax on it.

 

Poking wire

 

Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it so that it is no longer poking.

 

OFFICE INFO.

ADDRESS:

1516 Coleman Road

Ste. 208

Knoxville, TN 37909 map

 

TELEPHONE: 865.588.1644

FAX: 865.602.2450

 

HOURS OF OPERATION:

M  8:00 - 12 (Staff Only)

T-Thurs  8:00 - 5:00  

F  7:30 - 3:00

 

EMAIL:

info@dobbsortho.com