In orthodontics, we differentiate between Emergencies and Urgencies. Most situations that need orthodontic attention between regularly scheduled appointments can be described as Urgencies, whereas on rare occasions, a true Emergency may occur. Orthodontic Emergencies should be attended to as soon as possible by Dr. Cressman. Conversely, Urgencies are best handled during normal business hours, when Dr. Cressman has his full Team available to better assist you. Emergencies True orthodontic emergencies are very rare. However, when they do occur, we are available to assist you however we can.


There are two types of true orthodontic emergencies:


1. Trauma to the Mouth, Due to a Facial or Oral Accident: If there is severe trauma, please seek medical assistance first, as soon as possible. Once you know that you are not in a life-threatening situation, please call our office and your dentist’s office for assistance with the oral trauma that has occurred.


2. Appliance Coming Out of Place and causing pain: If your expander dislodges, please call our office as soon as possible, as there may be unwanted skeletal or dental changes that can occur in a short period of time. We will see you as soon as possible for repair. Urgencies As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe discomfort or when you have an uncomfortable appliance problem that you cannot take care of yourself. We will be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.