Emergency Information

Emergency phone: 701-595-3647

Orthodontic emergencies can occur at any time during treatment and often pertain to complications with appliances. An orthodontic emergency is any circumstance that causes pain, threatens a patient’s health, or interferes with the course of orthodontic treatment. An emergency orthodontist can offer immediate assistance for emergencies, some of which include:

  • broken wires
  • loosened bands
  • oral pain
  • lost spacers
  • loosened headgear
  • allergic reaction (specifically to metal appliances)

 

Did you know?

Never attempt to handle an orthodontic or dental emergency on your own. If you suffer a trauma or injury to your teeth or notice that your gums have become infected or swollen, your emergency will be better served by your family dentist. Keep in mind that some emergencies are serious and require emergency medical attention. If, for example, you or your child has swallowed part of an orthodontic appliance, dial 9-1-1 or go straight to your nearest hospital emergency department.

What should I do if it’s not an immediate emergency?

If you feel that you are experiencing a minor emergency related to your orthodontic appliance, contact your orthodontist’s office to find out when you can schedule an urgent visit. While you wait, we recommend placing wax on the end of a broken wire that is poking your gums or cheeks.