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Emergency Dentist — Frisco, TX

Urgent Care for Your Braces

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Actual orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur, we are available to help. Oftentimes, patients can temporarily solve many orthodontic issues themselves until they can get to our office. After alleviating any discomfort, it is still important to call our orthodontic office in Frisco or Prosper to see if we need to schedule a time to repair the issue. Keep reading to learn how to handle some of the most common orthodontic emergencies and the best way to prevent them in the first place.

Why Choose Buchwald Orthodontics for Emergency Dental Care?

  • Two Convenient Locations in Frisco & Prosper
  • Board-Certified Orthodontist
  • Convenient Hours & Friendly Team

 

What to Do in an Orthodontic Emergency

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  • Call us right away. Time is of the essence in any emergency. If you contact us right away, we can schedule you for a same-day appointment in our Frisco or Prosper office and work quickly to get orthodontic treatment back on the right track.
  • Follow instructions until you reach us. Over the phone, an experienced team member will explain how you can manage your situation until you get to our office.
  • See Dr. Buchwald for an emergency exam. When you get to our office, Dr. Buchwald will see you right away to identify the cause of your emergency and relieve any pain you have.
  • Get the care you need. Following your exam, Dr. Buchwald will review his findings with you and recommend a custom treatment plan to get your smile back to normal. He may be able to completely address the issue right away, but if needed, you’ll have to schedule a follow-up appointment.

 

The Most Common Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies may be a rare occurrence, but it helps if you know what to do in the event that one happens. Here are some ways you can make yourself more comfortable at home until you can visit Dr. Buchwald:

How to Prevent Orthodontic Emergencies

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While orthodontic emergencies can never be completely prevented, there are some steps you can take to minimize your risk, including:

  • Protection : If you participate in sports or physical activity, be sure that you’re wearing a mouthguard made to accommodate your braces. This will protect your teeth and mouth from injury.
  • Dental hygiene : Be sure to brush and floss while you have orthodontics. Keeping your smile decay and infection-free will lower your risk of an emergency.
  • Maintenance : Remember to follow all of our instructions regarding care for your orthodontics. If bands are involved in your treatment, wear them as directed. If you’re using clear aligners, always care for them in a soft, safe, and clean area.

If you have any questions, or if you think you’re experiencing an emergency, don’t hesitate to contact our orthodontist in Frisco today.

 

Orthodontic Emergency FAQs 

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Do you already have a plan in mind for when braces break? It’s a good idea to take the time to talk to Dr. Buchwald during your regular orthodontic appointments so that you can ask about potential emergencies that you might have to deal with in the future. The more you know, the easier it will be to take action when you need to! Let us know if you have any concerns that aren’t covered below.

What Happens if an Orthodontic Emergency is Ignored?

Emergency or not, leaving any orthodontic issue alone for too long will cause the problem to grow worse; in the end, it will end up making your treatment more complicated than it needs to be. Damaged or lost brackets and bands, for example, should be repaired or reattached as soon as possible. Otherwise, you’ll likely extend the amount of time you need to wear your braces.  And of course, you won’t find relief from any pain that your emergency is causing you until you visit your emergency orthodontist in Frisco. In short, you should never make the mistake of ignoring your orthodontic emergency; call Dr. Buchwald as soon as you can.

Is It an Emergency if Something is Caught in My Braces?

Every once in a while, a bit of food or debris might become trapped in the brackets and wires that make up your braces. As uncomfortable as this situation can be, it’s rarely considered an emergency. All you need is a piece of dental floss with a knot tied to it. Thread it carefully between the wire and teeth, then gently move it back and forth. The knot should push the food out harmlessly. However, in the event that something is caught in your braces that you don’t feel you can safely remove on your own, you should get in touch with Buchwald Orthodontics; we can help you figure out your next steps over the phone.

What Happens if I Develop a Cavity While Wearing Braces?

We will give you tips for brushing and flossing while wearing braces, but even if you follow our directions perfectly, tooth decay could still occur despite your best efforts. While occasionally it might be possible to have a cavity filled while the brackets and wires are still in your mouth, in many situations it simply won’t be possible to place a filling without first removing your braces. Needless to say, this will extend your overall treatment time, so pay especially close attention to your oral hygiene habits during your orthodontic treatment.

Should I Try to Fix Braces on My Own?

It’s never a good idea to try repairing an orthodontic appliance at home. There are steps you can take to try and limit the damage – such as covering loose parts with wax or moving wires so that they don’t damage your gums – but as far as actual repairs go, it simply isn’t worth the risk; leave it to Dr. Buchwald to find a permanent solution for your orthodontic emergency.

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