Aside from your regular dental appointments – which are meant to be scheduled for every six months or so – there are a number of reasons that people regularly visit with their local orthodontists. In some cases, people will have dental emergencies that have developed overnight, over the course of months or even years, that require treatment.
It may not always be clear what denotes an emergency and should be taken care of immediately. When it comes to knowing when to seek professional help as soon as possible, this list should help guide you:
Bites – Playing sports and participating in other contact, physical activities puts your teeth at risk of damage – which is why you should always wear a mouth guard. But these types of endeavors can also increase the chance of biting your lip or tongue, which can result in scarring. A small bite can sometimes be healed by a thorough cleaning and a cold compress to decrease the swelling. However a bite that results in unrelenting bleeding, or you have bitten through your lip or tongue, you should seek medical care immediately.
Cracks – Cracked or chipped teeth happen to the best of us. If left untreated, these cracks can lead to infection and pain in your mouth. If you think you have a cracked tooth, call your dentist or orthodontist right away.
Injury – If you are in an accident or suffer injury to your jaw, your first priority should be to seek medical attention. Once you have done that though, consulting with an orthodontic professional should be your next stop. Correcting any damage to the alignment of your teeth, impact on gums and position of your jaw will help you keep your smile exactly how you like it, even after injury.
Pericoronitis – When your wisdom teeth come in correctly, you get another set of molars that help you chew and grind your food. When they don't arrive as planned, you can wind up with something called pericoronitis. This infection is brought on when your wisdom teeth don't come in correctly. You may have this infection if you experience swollen or irritated gums, bad breath, you are unable to open your mouth fully or you have a bad taste in your mouth. If you experience this, you will want to visit your dentist or orthodontic specialist right away.
Everyday dental care can help you prevent some of these issues, but having an orthodontist that you trust is just as important. If you are interested in learning more about our practice of New York City Orthodontists, contact Upper Eastside Orthodontists today.