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    Mouth Trauma! OnCall Dental in Fresno

    At work or at play, a trauma to the mouth can happen at any time. If it’s serious enough, it may require the attention of a dentist. That’s why OnCall Dental is available to the Fresno area, 24/7.

    Any injury to the mouth that results in cuts or bleeding to the gums may require immediate attention. The same is true if you should dislodge or break a tooth. Such injuries may be more serious than they appear to be, and without prompt attention can lead to serious complications.

    Common types of mouth injuries may result from:

    • A fall
    • A sports injury
    • Biting on food that is too hard
    • Automobile accident

    In some cases, a chipped tooth or a minor fracture can wait. But never take a chance; as the saying goes, it is better to be safe than to be sorry. There could be associated nerve damage that isn’t apparent right away, or a cracked tooth may be more severe than initially thought.

    Sometimes, though, the emergency is obvious: a knocked out tooth, for example. If you have a tooth knocked out, or are with someone who does, it is critical to get to a dentist as soon as possible. Place the tooth back in its socket, if possible. If not, handle it as little as possible and keep it wet. If you get professional attention within an hour, chances are good the tooth can be saved.

    OnCall Dental in Fresno is there for just such emergencies. We provide treatment during regular business hours, but are open after hours, too, with emergency dentistry, toothache relief, extractions, and more. Walk-ins are welcome. Keep our number handy!

    Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 559-477-4553 


    Emergency Root Canals in Fresno

    At first, it seemed like an ordinary toothache. But the pain got worse, so you drove to OnCall Dental in Fresno, happy to know they are open 24/7. That’s when the dentist said you’ll need a root canal.

    Root canals are necessary when there is no other way to save a tooth. They treat the inflamed or infected tooth root. The words “root canal” have the power to strike fear into the most courageous heart, but today they are a fairly straightforward procedure, and with sedation, most patients experience little discomfort.

    In a root canal, a dentist or an endodontist removes damaged pulp from the infected tooth’s interior. The resulting hole is filled. As a final touch, the tooth is sealed with a crown, which protects it and gives it a natural appearance.

    Patients who undergo a root canal are, of course, given proper anesthesia. The infected area is totally numbed, so there is no pain. Even then, some people have a lot of anxiety about what they’re about to undergo. In such cases, sedation can get them through it.

    As a 24/7 practice, OnCall Dental in Fresno is always there to help. In addition to root canals, we provide toothache relief and other emergency dental care. Walks-ins are always welcome. Next time you need urgent dental are, think of us.

     


    Weekend Toothaches: Emergency Dental Care in Fresno

    It’s a fact of life: weekends are always too short. Too short, that is, unless you have a dental emergency, like a toothache on Saturday morning, and you’re facing the prospect of waiting until Monday when the dentist office opens.

    When that happens, that short weekend suddenly seems a lot longer.

    There is no substitute for sitting down in the dentist’s chair. But for that weekend toothache, check you medicine chest to see if you’ve got any over-the-counter analgesics like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These do a good job of dulling the pain, in the short term.

    Another short-term fix might sound a little odd, but it’s been known to work. Slip a whole clove in your cheek alongside the aching tooth. The clove oil helps the nerve to settle down.

    Of course, there is always the ice pack treatment. Wrap some ice in a cloth towel and hold it to the side of your face.

    But that toothache could indicate a serious issue requiring immediate attention. And there’s no reason to put up with tooth pain, no matter what day it is.

    Apply that ice pack, then reach out to OnCall Dental – Fresno. We provide emergency dental care to people in the Fresno area, 24/7. You don’t even need to call ahead of time: no appointments are necessary and walk-ins are always welcome.

    Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 599-477-4553


    Dental Emergency? Don’t Panic – Call Us

    emergency dentist FresnoThey can come out of nowhere, and when it is least convenient: dental emergencies. They can range from a toothache in the middle of the night to a tooth knocked out during a weekend football game. Whatever that issue is, you need dental care, and you need it now.

    OnCall Dental provides people in the Fresno area with top-quality, emergency dental care, and it’s there for you 24/7. We have a caring staff, and accept most PPO insurance plans.

    In most dental emergency cases, the biggest issue is pain; they are seldom life-threatening. But extreme pain is serious business, and that’s one of the reasons OnCall Dental is here.

    Some dental emergencies require quick action, like a knocked-out tooth. If you get a tooth knocked out, it is essential that you get care as soon as possible. If you are treated within thirty minutes, a knocked out tooth can usually be saved. It can even be saved if it’s treated within an hour. Once you get beyond that, however, the chances of saving the tooth decline.

    Another serious dental emergency is a swollen face. This could mean an infected tooth, bone infection, or gum infection. If this happens to you, do not delay; this is a case where an infection could be life-threatening. Prompt, professional treatment is essential.

    If you have a severe or chronic toothache, give us a call. It could be an abscess or infection that needs treatment. Brush and floss your teeth and apply a cold compress to the outside of the area. You can also take some Ibuprofen.

    OnCall Dental provides evening hours for your convenience. We know that there may not be time for a phone call; walk-ins are always welcome.

    When you are surprised by a dental emergency in the Fresno and Clovis area, call us at OnCall Dental right away for the guidance and treatment you need.

    Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 599-477-4553


    Emergency Dental Care in Fresno

    Murphy’s Law teaches us that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

    That applies to a lot of things – everything, really – including our teeth. Why is it that dental emergencies only seem to happen on weekends, or at night, when it’s after-hours for most dental practices?

    In Fresno, Clovis, and Madera, OnCall Dental Urgent Care is there for you, 24/7, with emergency dental care. Did you knock a tooth out, playing what was supposed to be a game of touch football? Did your son or daughter wake up in the middle of the night with an excruciating toothache?

    Sometimes we think we can wait until the dentist office opens in the morning, or on Monday. That might seem pragmatic, especially for those with a high pain threshold. But some emergencies really do require immediate attention, like what dentists call an avulsed tooth. (That’s a tooth that’s been knocked out.)

    Avulsed teeth can usually be saved if they are treated within half an hour. That’s a narrow window, so you can see the importance of emergency care.

    An abscessed tooth may not require immediate care, in the sense of being an immediate threat to dental health. But the pain can be considerable. There is more than one cause of an abscess, including cavities and cracked teeth. The sooner it is treated, the better.

    Because Murphy’s Law means a dental emergency will happen at the worst possible time, OnCall Dental is open seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. But it doesn’t have to be an emergency: we also provide a wide range of general dentistry services.

    Above all, we are there to take care of you. We can get you through any dental emergency. Walk-ins are always welcome.

    Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 599-477-4553


    What is the Deal With Dental Crowns?

    Dental crowns are a common fixture in dentistry. They are used for many different reasons, but the simplest way to describe them is as a cap that is tooth-like in structure, appearance and integrity. It is a cap that covers a tooth in its entirety, completely to the gums.

    The procedure to place a crown is fairly straightforward. A dentist uses a putty for an impression or a digital scanner to create the impression for the tooth to be crowned. This is to ensure the patient’s bite is as it was before the original tooth was damaged. Crowns can be temporary or permanent, depending on the reason for the crown.

    Once a crown is made, and the patient returns to the office for it to be placed, the tooth to be crowned is prepped. Depending on the reason for the tooth to be crowned, it may need to be filed down or built up so that the crown can be placed properly.

    Crowns can be made out of several different types of materials, and is dependent on the situation. A dentist will know which material is best suited based on the situation. If ever worried about the material used in a crown, be sure to reach out to your dentist to ensure it is the best possible fit for you. Crowns are typically made out of:

    • Metal/stainless steel
    • Resin
    • Porcelain
    • Ceramic

    There are various reasons a crown could need to be placed:

    • Cosmetic needs to fix the appearance of teeth
    • Protect weakened teeth
    • Protect broken or cracked teeth that has been worn down
    • Aiding in dental bridge placement
    • Correct misshapen teeth
    • Cover implants

    As you can see, there are many reasons why crowns are such an integral part of dentistry. If you need assistance with a crown, be sure to call Dr. Mirelez now at <a href=”tel:559-900-2332″ onClick=”ga(‘send’, ‘event’, ‘CallFromMobile’, ‘content’, document.URL);”>559-900-2332</a>.

     


    What Will An Emergency Dentist Do?

    Typically speaking, when an dental emergency happens people want to see a dentist as soon as they can. It is important to note the types of services emergency dental clinics offer. Most of the time true dental emergency procedures are “gap procedures” meaning they only really focus on the immediate problem to stop pain, or an infection from spreading. Otherwise, follow up appointments are made to further treat the root cause of the problem.

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    Many times patients find that the momentary relief provided by some emergency dentists has a surprising root cause that can require some additional work. Some instances include:

    • Gum disease
    • Crowns
    • Bridges
    • Veneers
    • Additional cosmetic work
    • Additional x-rays

    This is because many times emergency work does not always have access to their full team or equipment. Also, they may need time, such as taking impressions for a new crown. Emergency dentists are there to treat immediate pain or infection of teeth so that it does not spread. Emergency dentists will not take care of additional services such as routine cleanings or more permanent solutions to what brought the patient in originally.  Call Dr. Mirelez now at <a href=”tel:559-900-2332″ onClick=”ga(‘send’, ‘event’, ‘CallFromMobile’, ‘content’, document.URL);”>559-900-2332</a> if you are in need.


    Types of Dental Sedation

    Did you know that many adults share a common fear: the dentist. The number of patients that experience anxiety over visiting the dentist is a large one. However, with advancements in medicine, patients are able to be treated for their anxiety as well. This means more people can have healthier mouths and not have to worry about their fear of the dentist, sedation dentistry helps.

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    This is achieved through “sedation dentistry” or sometimes, “sleep dentistry.” The sleep aspect is a bit of a misnomer as rarely are patients truly asleep. Most of the time they are awake and still able to interact and respond to dentists. This is because many procedures call for the patient to be able to respond to dentists requests, such as turning head. It should be noted these types of sedation go beyond the local anesthesia used to numb areas in the mouth. These sedations are medicines that affect a person’s mind and ability to process where they are and what is going on.

    There are four types of sedation commonly used in dentistry today:

    • Inhaled Sedation: this is the typical “laughing gas” that many patients associate with dentists. It is actually nitrous oxide and allows patients to relax and sort of forget. It is not a full sedation and is allows the patient to recover (from the medicine) fairly quickly. This is idea for a patient that has to drive themselves home after a procedure.
    • Oral Sedation: the dosage is determined by the dentist and prescribed so that a patient can take it a few hours before the procedure.
    • General Anesthesia: this is where a patient is totally unconscious and cannot be easily awakened. Typically this is not needed for routine work nor for relaxing anxious patients.
    • IV Sedation: This is medication administered through an IV where the dentist can adjust the level of sedation as needed for the completion of the procedure.

    What is Considered Emergency Dental Services?

    Many times when something happens to our mouths and teeth, we automatically assume it is an emergency – and in that moment, to us, it is. However, it is important to know what is a true emergency and what could save some time and money for your family. Conversely, this is something many people think about and will wait until the doctor opens, when really there is a much more immediate need for health concerns.

    Some common injuries that happen and need immediate attention include:

    • Broken teeth: not a chipped tooth, but a break that is deep or painful. This is typically indicative of nerve damage and should be addressed sooner than later.
    • Missing teeth: sometimes teeth fall out. Sometimes they break while eating food. These situations should be addressed immediately.
    • Immense pain: if you are experiencing abnormal amounts of pain, then it is highly likely you may be experiencing and abscess or some type of infection. Serious pain is our body’s way of telling us something is wrong. If the pain is interfering with your daily activities, its time to see a dentist, regardless of time of day.
    • Fever: if you have tooth pain accompanied by a fever, if could be sign of an infection.
    • Facial trauma: any major facial injuries that has resulted in lost or broken teeth.

    If you experience any issues during office hours, call the office immediately. If you experience them during office closure, reach out to the office and the on-call dentist. They can advise you what to do for treatment until another follow up appointment can be scheduled during regular office hours. It is imperative to your health that you seek proper medical treatment in a timely manner to save both pain and money.

    Luckily, Dr. Mirelez specializes in emergency dental care. Contact Dr. Mirelez now at <a href=”tel:559-900-2332″ onClick=”ga(‘send’, ‘event’, ‘CallFromMobile’, ‘content’, document.URL);”>559-900-2332</a> if you feel you have a dental emergency.


    All About Abscess

    Tooth aches are never pleasant and people generally want the pain gone as quickly as possible. Some pain can be an indication of a much more serious problem within the mouth that requires emergency care. Such is the case with an abscessed tooth.

    An abscess tooth is a tooth that has been damaged or infected and has formed a pus sack around the root or nerves. This is the body’s natural defense mechanism and works to try and prevent the infection from spreading. However, this mechanism does not always work and infection is able to spread to the jaw bone, neck, and head. It can quickly become a serious problem for those with an abscess. It is worth noting that abscessed teeth are typically quite painful as well.

    There are three types of abscess and the type depends on the location of the abscess.

    • Periapical: forms within the tooth itself and is very painful.
    • Gingival: forms typically on the gum line and relatively easy to treat.
    • Periodontal: forms deeper in the gums near root of tooth or nerves. This poses the greatest threat to moving to surrounding tissue and jaw bone due to its location.

    Curious as to what causes these types of painful formations? There are several causes in fact:

    • Tooth decay left untreated is the most common cause.
    • Gum disease
    • Plaque build-up
    • Trauma to mouth
    • Food stuck between teeth and gums (which causes cavities and decay)
    • Rough dental hygiene

    What are the symptoms someone may feel with an abscessed tooth? If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, contact Dr. Mirelez now at <a href=”tel:559-900-2332″ onClick=”ga(‘send’, ‘event’, ‘CallFromMobile’, ‘content’, document.URL);”>559-900-2332</a>

    • Throbbing pain that does not stop
    • Pain when eating or drinking
    • Seneitivity to hot or cold
    • Greater pain while chewing
    • Bitter taste from draining pus
    • Small lump inside mouth near gums
    • Swelling of face
    • Bleeding in gums
    • Foul smelling breath that does not seem to go away with brushing

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