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AWARD-WINNING EMERGENCY ORTHODONTIST IN CAMDENTON, LEBANON & WAYNESVILLE, MO

Orthodontic Emergencies

Dr. Stryker is an award-winning emergency orthodontist in Camdenton, Lebanon and Waynesville, MO. At first, having orthodontic treatment may take a little getting used to. It isn’t uncommon to experience a bit of soreness when appliances are first put. Some minor aches are common when teeth begin moving into new positions. Yet it’s comforting to know that genuine orthodontic emergencies are rare. If you think you may have an emergency, however, the first step is to determine the severity of the problem. Is it an urgent situation that requires immediate attention, or a minor problem that you can take care of yourself, temporarily, until you can come in to our orthodontic office?

emergency orthodontist in camdenton moA Major Orthodontic Emergency

There are only a few true orthodontic (or dental) emergencies. They include:

In any of these situations, you should seek help as soon as possible — go to an emergency room, if that’s your best option. Generally, however, the place to start is with your regular dentist. Remember that he or she is trained to handle a range of dental problems, and can most likely offer the necessary diagnostic tools, anesthetics and treatments you need. If, for example, you have a fractured tooth, your dentist will treat the immediate problem and arrange for the tooth’s restoration; afterwards your orthodontic treatment plan can be adjusted as needed. Likewise, severe pain or swelling could be a sign of infection or disease, which a dentist or periodontist is best able to treat.

Some Minor Orthodontic Troubles

Fortunately, the vast majority of orthodontic problems are minor compared to these situations — but they may still cause discomfort or irritation. In general, it’s best to try and soothe the immediate cause of the discomfort, and then call our emergency orthodontist in Camdenton, Lebanon and Waynesville, MO, to schedule an appointment; that way, we can allot sufficient time to take care of you. Here are a few of the more common orthodontic problems, along with some tips on what you can do to relieve them at home:

Loose or broken brackets, bands or wires

This problem is often caused by eating hard or sticky candy or food, or playing with the braces. If the band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it as is — but don’t connect any elastics to it! You can cover it with orthodontic wax if it’s irritating the inside of your mouth. If it has come off, save it. In either case, call our emergency orthodontist to let us know what happened, and we will schedule a visit. Be sure to bring any loose parts with you to the appointment!

Misplaced or poking archwire, bracket or tie

As the teeth start to move, the wire that connects them (archwire) may begin poking near the back of the mouth or irritating the cheeks. You can try moving the wire into a better position with a pencil eraser or a Q-Tip. If the wire won’t move, you may be able to cut the end off with a nail clipper sterilized in alcohol. Before doing so, please call one of our orthodontic offices in Camdenton, Lebanon and Waynesville, MO, for our guidance or instructions. Often, you can also use tweezers to gently move a misplaced wire or a tie that’s causing problems.

When wires or brackets cause irritation, covering the metal parts with wax will often help ease the discomfort. As with any of these types of problems, call our emergency orthodontist and we’ll schedule a time to see you.

General tooth pain or loosening

It’s normal for teeth to become slightly loosened during orthodontic treatment — that shows they’re moving! Sometimes, this movement may be accompanied by tenderness, especially after braces are placed or adjusted. For minor soreness, you can use your regular over-the-counter pain reliever. A twice-a-day salt-water rinse may also help. Mix one teaspoon of salt in an 8-ounce glass of warm water, and rinse for 30 seconds. A warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw can also offer some relief.

While actual emergencies are rare, our goal is to make orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible. If you need additional advice, don’t hesitate to call us!

Weekend Emergencies

Emergency Weekend Phone CoverageDr. Stryker is dedicated to providing quality orthodontic care and service to his patients. As a result, this includes taking care of emergencies on the weekends as needed. Should you ever have an emergency over the weekend, please call our orthodontic offices at 1.800.417.4746 and also call the office cell phone 417.718.9017. One of our team members will be happy to assist you.



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Lebanon Orthodontic Office
590 Lynn St. (North Highway 5)
Lebanon, MO 65536
Monday through Friday, 8:00a - 5:00p

417.532.9532


Waynesville Orthodontic Office
100 Lafayette Cir.
Waynesville, MO 65583
Monday through Friday, 8:00a - 5:00p

573.774.5187


Camdenton Orthodontic Office
293 E. Hwy. 54, Suite 102
Camdenton, MO 65020
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573.525.5141


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