When you suffer an orthodontic emergency, you must act quickly to prevent further damage. It is a good idea for patients to learn what constitutes an ortho emergency and why you should contact our orthodontist in Murfreesboro or Shelbyville immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment.
What is an Ortho Emergency?
An orthodontic emergency is an unforeseen situation that affects the orthodontic treatment. These emergencies can affect patients of any age and often arise when you least expect them to occur. They also may have no underlying contributor.
You should be on guard against symptoms and warning signs that could indicate the need to contact our orthodontist. The ability to recognize the onset of an ortho emergency could save you a whole lot of time and energy.
Some of the most common ortho emergencies we see in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville include:
• Wire irritations
• Lost separator
• Sore teeth from treatment
• Loose wire and/or bracket
• Uncomfortable headgear
The good news is these ortho emergencies are not very common, and they are fairly easy to treat, especially when addressed sooner rather than later. For example, if you develop pain or swelling in your mouth, contact our orthodontist as soon as possible. Dr. Pack and his team can come up with a plan of action that aims to treat the issue promptly.
Children and adults alike can be afflicted with ortho emergencies. However, children may be unable to tell their parents about their symptoms or pain. You should have your child examined if he or she exhibits signs like:
• Fussiness or pain while wearing an orthodontic appliance
• Reluctance or outright refusal to follow through with the treatment regimen
• Making constant adjustments to the headgear or other appliance
These signs could indicate that your child is having or is about to have an orthodontic emergency.
Consult Our Orthodontist
When you undergo any type of ortho emergency, the team at Pack Orthodontics can help you. In the vast majority of cases, orthodontic treatment is smooth sailing with no issues. However, in the event that something happens, we are here for you. We have locations in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more.