No one plans to have an orthodontic dental emergency, but should one happen to you or a family member, our dentists in Elmhurst, IL, and Downers Grove, IL, are here for you. Our goal at Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists is to ensure that our patients are safe and comfortable with their orthodontics. However, there are occasions when we can provide instruction or assistance over the telephone rather than seeing you in our office. That’s why we ask that you call our location nearest to you first since there’s a good chance that we can provide advice over the telephone that may save you a trip. Call us now to speak to a member of our dental care team for instruction or guidance on your emergency dental care.
If you or a family member are experiencing a general soreness in the mouth area, including the lips, tongue, and cheeks, try dissolving one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water. Use this solution to vigorously rinse the mouth several times a day, making sure to hold the solution in the oral cavity for at least one minute. In concert with this treatment, you can also take any medications that you have at home that you would normally take for a headache or other similar discomfort. Note, however, that extended use of over-the-counter (OTC) headache and pain medications can slow down tooth movement, so their long-term use should be avoided.
A headgear can often be uncomfortable to wear during the first few weeks of orthodontic care, but it should hurt less as the patient becomes more accustomed to wearing it. If the discomfort persists or becomes extremely problematic, please call our dentists for triage advice over the telephone to ensure that the headgear is being worn as prescribed.
Suppose there is a loose piece of a dental appliance that is poking uncomfortably into the cheek. In that case, we recommend that you cover it with dental wax or wax from an unscented candle to create a barrier until you can be seen by our dentists near you at Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists. Likewise, you can also place a pencil eraser from a standard school pencil over the offending piece of wire to provide immediate relief.
We invite you to call us now to receive emergency dental care and instruction from our dentists near you in Elmhurst, IL, and Downers Grove, IL.