Keizer Orthodontist Emergency

All of us at McDonald Orthodontics want to welcome all of our patients coming from Keizer.


What are the most common Orthodontic Emergencies in Keizer?

Emergencies are scary, but thankfully, true Orthodontic emergencies are rare. Our team at McDonald Orthodontics is committed to ensuring that your orthodontic emergency treatment is as comfortable and efficient as possible.

A true orthodontic (or dental) emergency can happen at any moment, and if so, we recommend you get in contact with your preferred caregiver as soon as possible.

Our team will gladly help you when you give us a call or visit our Keizer location. Orthodontic emergencies may include:

  • Major trauma or injury to the teeth, face, or mouth
  • Infection, swelling, bleeding of the gums, mouth, or face
  • Severe unmanageable pain in the mouth

If any of these situations should arise, heading to the emergency room could be your best option depending on the injury. Once you have attended the initial emergency, call us to set up a follow-up appointment. Dr. McDonald will evaluate and adjust your orthodontic treatment plan as needed.


Which accidents are not considered emergencies?

Although all dental accidents are stressful, painful, and can also present a potential danger to your overall oral health, some minor accidents don’t require emergency attention because they are not as severe as you might think.

Unless you’re dealing with severe bleeding or trauma in the case of a toothache, a small chip, or a break in a tooth, chances are you can wait until your next appointment; just get in touch with your orthodontist as soon as you can to set an appointment soon.

In the case of a common toothache, you can rinse your mouth with warm water and use dental floss to dislodge any food particles you may have between your teeth; finally, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth to help with swelling. Additionally, you can turn to over-the-counter painkillers to ease your symptoms.

For small chips or breaks, rinse your mouth with warm water, and save any tooth pieces you are able to collect. You will need to bring them with you to your appointment. If you experience pain or swelling, apply ice or a cold compress against the chip or around your mouth near the broken tooth.
If you are concerned about the pain or experiencing and suffering from a dental emergency, book an appointment with Dr. McDonald at McDonald Orthodontics now.

Hours of Operation at McDonald Orthodontics

At McDonald Orthodontics our Keizer orthodontist, we are proud to create confident smiles in two locations.

Keizer Location:
164 Chemawa Rd N
Keizer, OR 97303

Phone: (503) 585-5400
Fax: (971) 239-5667
Monday: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:00am to 4:30pm

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Frequently Asked Questions

An orthodontic emergency is any abrupt incident that could damage an orthodontic appliance, interrupt the planned course of orthodontic treatment, and could severely hurt a patient if left untreated, as it requires immediate care assistance. A derailed wire does not qualify as an emergency, as it doesn’t risk the patient’s well-being. A poking wire might produce a laceration, but a patient might cut it, and the emergency disappears. However, swallowing a bracket or a trauma affecting a patient’s mouth with braces are immediate care emergencies.

Call 911 for emergency care assistance if you are about to lose consciousness. If you are conscious, ask a relative or friend to take you to emergency care at a hospital. Call Dr. McDonald while you are on your way to the hospital and explain the situation. Dr. McDonald will work out an immediate solution for your case.

An orthodontic emergency is an unexpected event that reunites three elements. First, it compromises the patient’s life or puts them at risk if not treated immediately. Secondly, it compromises an ongoing orthodontic treatment. Third, a patient cannot momentarily solve it independently, like cutting a poking wire or using a pencil eraser to accommodate a derailed wire.

An orthodontic emergency is any issue that involves an actual or potential injury with an orthodontic device like braces, and a patient might not solve it on its own. It differentiates from orthodontic incidents, which are issues that momentarily suspend the effect of treatment, but a patient can efficiently deal with it. An incident is an adverse event but differentiates from an emergency because the patient can attenuate its threatening effects and wait to see an orthodontic specialist later on.

Yes, it might be an orthodontic emergency if the patient swallows the bracket or can’t secure the bracket to avoid swallowing it. Suppose the patient can secure the bracket by taking it off or avoiding it to be dangling. In that case, the emergency turns into an orthodontic incident that does not require same-day action from an orthodontist for a solution.