What Ignoring An Emergency Could Cost You

A dental emergency can be a stressful proposition. Some patients would rather sit with their pain than submit themselves to what they view as an invasive dentistry procedure. However, at OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we warn against doing this. Our team has put together a list of problems that could develop if you ignore certain emergencies. Check it out below!

What It Could Cost You

  • Healthy Teeth: This is the most obvious, but ignoring things like infections and gum disease can leave you with a less than ideal set of teeth. This can affect the aesthetics of your smile, as well as the longevity and durability of your enamel.
  • A Full, Consistent Smile: If left unchecked, emergencies like an impacted – or even a missing – tooth can move the entirety of your smile. This ca result in crooked teeth and wonky aesthetics.
  • An Exciting Diet: If tooth pain from infection leads to tooth loss, your biting power might be diminished. With a weakened jaw comes a restrictive diet that could have you sipping on soup for life! Who wants that?

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we believe that if something feels like an emergency, it probably is! Don’t wait. We specialize in complete emergency dental care. Walk-ins are always welcome. Contact us today!

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OnCall Dental – Fresno
5492 N Palm Ave Ste A
Fresno, CA 93704

559-900-2332

OnCall Dental – Hanford
114 W Ivy St
Hanford, CA 93230

559-584-8237


Is It An Emergency? Here’s How To Tell

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we believe that patient communication is key. So we want you to be open and honest with your emergency dental team about your dental issues. But we know how hard it can be to discern if something is an emergency. How can you tell if your slight discomfort is a minor issue or a major one?

The OnCall Dental Definition

At our practice, we help our patients by referring to our own, personal definition of emergencies: if it feels like one, it probably is! Now this might seem like a vague rule of thumb, but it applies to most cases!

  • Bleeding Gums: This could be minor, but it the pain is intense, it could also be a sign of gum disease. If it hurts consistently, we recommend a visit.
  • Tooth Pain: This could be a small cavity or abrasion, or it could be indicative that you need a root canal. If the pain persists or increases, it’s time to head over to our offices.
  • Bad Breath: Seemingly the least serious condition, halitosis could actually be a sign that you have a severely decayed tooth that needs extraction.

These are just a few instances where our rule applies perfectly. There are many others. The bottom line is this: you know your own body better than anyone. Pain and discomfort are that body trying to communicate an issue. So listen! At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we help with any dental emergency. Walk-ins are welcome! Contact us today!

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OnCall Dental – Fresno
5492 N Palm Ave Ste A
Fresno, CA 93704

559-900-2332

OnCall Dental – Hanford
114 W Ivy St
Hanford, CA 93230

559-584-8237


Abscesses, Infections, and Other Emergencies

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we know that it can sometimes be hard to discern what is or isn’t an emergency. As we’ve said on our blog before (and as we’ll probably say again), if it feels like an emergency, then we encourage our patients to treat it as one. Your body knows more than it lets on; if it is sending you signals of discomfort, pain, stress, anxiety, or weakness, then you should listen.

A lot of emergencies can start out as seemingly minor nuisances. A swollen gum that you think is simply caused by food debris can actually be indicative of gum disease, for example. For this reason, and in order to keep our patients educated, we have put together a simple list of emergencies that are often misidentified as minor problems.

Commonly Misidentified Emergencies

  1. Bleeding Gums: This is a big one, particularly because it happens so often. If you notice blood in the sink after flossing or brushing, it could be minor; but it could also be a sign of gum disease or impending tooth loss! In order to tell, floss and brush your teeth more regularly for a period of a few weeks. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. The bleeding should stop with constant care. If it doesn’t, it’s time to schedule an appointment!
  2. Tooth Pain: Though it can be indicative of a simple cavity, tooth pain could also be a sign that you have an abscessed tooth or a major oral infection. Either of these could cause greater problems down the line, including misalignment and extensive tooth decay. Even when the problem is just a cavity, it can evolve into a dental emergency when the infection bores down into the tooth root. If left untreated, it could require a root canal to save the tooth.
  3. Chipped Teeth: It might seem like a slightly chipped or cracked tooth would be strictly a cosmetic problem, but sharp, brittle surfaces can be harder to clean than smooth, rounded out teeth. Additionally, it can be easier for food debris to get stuck in the cracks and jagged edges of an incomplete tooth, which can precipitate cavities and other problems.
  4. Bad Breath: We know what you’re thinking. How could bad breath possible be an emergency? Well, if the odor is indicative of a major infection, it might very well be. Don’t hesitate to visit us; we can ascertain whether it stems from simple halitosis and dry mouth, or from a more serious issue.
  5. Abscessed Teeth: When a wisdom tooth comes in, it can become lodged against the others in a horizontal direction. Though many people might think removing them isn’t pressing and will only cause slight discomfort, in most people, this issue can cause misalignment.

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we focus on any and every type of dental emergency. If you’re looking for an informed, dedicated, communicative staff, as well as top-of-the-line dentistry, contact us today!

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OnCall Dental – Fresno
5492 N Palm Ave Ste A
Fresno, CA 93704

559-900-2332

OnCall Dental – Hanford
114 W Ivy St
Hanford, CA 93230

559-584-8237


Knocked Out Tooth? Don’t Panic!

Tooth loss is normal in children. But when, as adults, a tooth gets loose or knocked out, it can be concerning. And it definitely constitutes a dental emergency! Luckily, there’s no need to panic. OnCall Dental in Fresno CA can help.

By acting quickly you have a high chance of being able to save the tooth for reinsertion. If you can locate the tooth, immediately place it in a cup of milk to keep it moist. This helps maintain whatever calcium and healthy enamel may have survived in the tooth after the injury.

To manage the pain, use a cold or hot compress on your cheek, but do not place anything near the gum itself. This could cause further problems. Once you arrive, we will assess the damage and the possibility of reinsertion. If it is possible to retain your original tooth, the procedure is fairly straightforward.

But what we can’t save your natural tooth? Dental implants offer state-of-the-art tooth restoration. We are happy to sit with you and recommend restorative dentistry solutions that are so lifelike, nobody will even know you’ve had work done.

Either way, there’s no unsolvable dental dilemma! The first step is to get in your car and hurry on over. OnCall Dental in Fresno CA has the tools and expertise needed to help you deal with your dental trauma, as well as any other emergency that might come your way. Walk-ins are always welcome! Contact us today!

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OnCall Dental – Fresno
5492 N Palm Ave Ste A
Fresno, CA 93704

559-900-2332

OnCall Dental – Hanford
114 W Ivy St
Hanford, CA 93230

559-584-8237


Dental Emergency Statistics

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we want all our patients to stay informed of the importance of emergency dentistry. Don’t ever hesitate to come to our offices for a dental problem. If you’re wondering whether its an emergency, it probably warrants that sort of worry, and we would wager that you’re right!

In order to stress the crucial relationship between emergency dental clinics and their patients, we have put together a list of dental emergency stats from a host of different sources. Check it out below!

Stats From The Centers for Disease Control

A study by the CDC found that, in 2020:

  • 13.2% of children aged 5-19 years had untreated dental issues
  • 25.9% of adults aged 20-44 had untreated dental issues.
  • 85.9% of children aged 2-17 years had a dental visit in the past year.
  • 63% of adults aged 18 and over had dental visit in the past year.

What Does it Mean?

We are seeing a sharp drop-off in dental visits and a similarly high uptick in dental issues. This happens specifically during the transition from childhood to adulthood. If we take these statistics as indicative of anything, it’s that, when we are children, dental care is prioritized for us. But, a lot of us stop caring once we reach a certain age! If this trend continues, it could mean a nationwide epidemic of tooth loss. Make sure to not add to these negative statistics by visiting us regularly!

Stats From The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project

Another study, this one by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, found that, in 2018:

  • There were 2 million dental-related emergency visits in the United States. accounting for 1.4 percent of the 143 million total emergency visits.
  • 94.5 percent of dental-related visits were treat and release.

What Does it Mean?

Even with the drop-off at 20 years of age, dental emergency visits still account for a huge percentage of overall emergencies. This points to the importance emergency dentistry plays in society. As for the second statistic, it’s good news for the average dental patient! It means that most emergency visits were treated on a same-day basis and the patients got to return to their homes without extensive surgical work.

We encourage our patients to read both of these studies, as they contain these and many other important facts. They might help you realize how common dental emergencies are! You’re not alone. Many patients rely on emergency dentistry from OnCall Dental in Fresno CA and think nothing of it. If dental anxiety is still a concern when deciding on emergency treatment, we offer sedation options and a comfortable, judgment-free atmosphere. Contact us today!

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OnCall Dental – Fresno
5492 N Palm Ave Ste A
Fresno, CA 93704

559-900-2332

OnCall Dental – Hanford
114 W Ivy St
Hanford, CA 93230

559-584-8237


Most Common Emergencies in Fresno

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we know it can be hard to gauge if your tooth pain or discomfort is an emergency. For this reason, one of our main mission is to keep patients informed. Patient education and direct communication are cornerstones of our practice!

In this spirit, and in order to educate our community, our team has put together a list of the most common dental emergencies in Fresno, as well as what you can do to remedy them.

Most Common Dental Emergencies

  • Cracked, Chipped, or Missing Teeth: This one is self-explanatory; when your teeth are cracked, chipped, or have fallen out entirely, it definitely constitutes an emergency. Don’t wait! With dental bonding and in-depth cleanings, we can help restore your smile.
  • Oral or Dental Pain: Over the counter medication can help until you can come in for a check-up, but if your pain is severe and centered around the gums or teeth, we encourage you to come immediately! A visit could save you from greater structural problems.
  • Abscessed Tooth: Many of our patients around the age of 20 begin to have alignment issues when their wisdom teeth emerge. This can eventually lead to an abscessed tooth, as the wisdom tooth does not have space to grow upward, and instead grows sideways and into the gum. It can lead to intense pain and should be treated immediately with an extraction.
  • Mouth Trauma: If you’ve been in an accident, or have suffered other forms of trauma to your teeth and mouth, you could be in for a lot of chronic pain and structural issues. But if you come to our office, we can analyze your jaw and help you restore your smile.
  • Gum Disease: This might not seem like an emergency, and in its earliest stages, it isn’t. But, if left unchecked, gum disease can cause oral infections, tooth loss, and gum recession. And those are definitely emergencies! If your teeth are sensitive, swollen, or bleed when you brush them, come see us.

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we have a mantra: if it feels like an emergency, it probably is! So err on the side of caution and come see us. Patients also come to us for general dentistry. Contact us today. Walk-ins are welcome!

Contact OnCall Dental (Tap to open in Google Maps):


OnCall Dental – Fresno
5492 N Palm Ave Ste A
Fresno, CA 93704

559-900-2332

OnCall Dental – Hanford
114 W Ivy St
Hanford, CA 93230

559-584-8237


Dental Emergency? Here’s What To Do

If emergencies were convenient, they wouldn’t be emergencies. When a dental emergency happens, acting fast in those key moments can make all the difference between a fixed tooth and a lost tooth. This is why, at OnCall Dental in Frenso CA, we keep all our patients informed of our complete dental emergency services.

Dental emergencies happen most often at night or weekend. During parties and relaxing gatherings, we can be less careful with out bodies and smiles. During these hours, you might find yourself taking part in activities that can result in cracked, chipped, or knocked out teeth.

If your tooth cracks, first things first: give your mouth a rinse with warm water to clear away any debris and harmful bacteria. Then, use a cold compresses to help minimize swelling. When you’re done doing all that, head quickly to our office!

If you bite your lip or tongue, we recommend the same procedure. Clean the area gently by swishing some water, and then apply a cold compress to your the abrasion.

But what if your tooth is knocked out altogether?  One tackle or an elbow to the jaw, and you might have yourself a bigger problem than just some chips and gaps. If your tooth has fallen out, timing is critical. Try to reinsert the fallen tooth loosely back into your jaw, making sure not to touch its root. If this is not possible without pain or discomfort, don’t force it! Instead, nestle the tooth safely between your cheek and your gums, or even place it inside a glass of milk.

The most vital instruction we can give is to take the fastest, most direct route to our offices. If we are able to treat the missing tooth inside the hour, chances are high that we can save your natural tooth and root.

Though this post only covers certain dental emergencies, the list of possible accidents and mishaps is endless. Painful toothaches that wake you up from your restful sleep, objects that get lodged between your teeth and cause pain; whatever the problem might be, we can help! OnCall Dental in Fresno CA offers emergency dentistry, as well as general dentistry, toothache relief, and many other services. Contact us today! In an emergency, walk-ins are welcome.

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OnCall Dental – Fresno
5492 N Palm Ave Ste A
Fresno, CA 93704

559-900-2332

OnCall Dental – Hanford
114 W Ivy St
Hanford, CA 93230

559-584-8237


Keeping You Calm During An Emergency

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we know that a dental emergency can feel like the end of the world. When you visit us, on top of pain, discomfort, and shock, there’s also the added anxiety of the procedure itself.

The last thing a patient wants when they’re in pain is to subject themselves to potentially uncomfortable dentistry right afterwards. If you are letting dental anxiety prevent you from getting the pain management you need, our sedation options might be the best choice for you.

Our team has put together a small primer on all the sedation dentistry we offer, so you can rest easy knowing that your dental emergency will be dealt with calmly and peacefully.

Sedation Dentistry in Fresno

  • Anesthesia: The most basic numbing option in any practice, local anesthetics ensure that, after a small pinprick of pain, you will be comfortably numb for the entirety of your emergency dental visit.
  • Conscious Sedation: This involves taking a pill before your appointment. Your dentist will provide the proper dose of anti-anxiety medication so you can be relaxed, safe, and at-ease. Someone will have to drive you to and from the procedure.
  • Nitrous Oxide: You might have heard people call this ‘laughing gas’ and it’s aptly named! It puts you in a calm and relaxed state. You might even feel giddy! It’s a strange feeling to associate with an emergency, but it beats stress!

An emergency doesn’t need to be more chaotic than it already is. At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we offer a comfortable, judgment-free atmosphere and our team of knowledgable dental professionals is ready to answer any questions you might have about sedation, emergency dentistry, or any other topic. Satisfied patients also come to us for general dentistry and dental implants. Request an appointment today!

Contact OnCall Dental (Tap to open in Google Maps):


OnCall Dental – Fresno
5492 N Palm Ave Ste A
Fresno, CA 93704

559-900-2332

OnCall Dental – Hanford
114 W Ivy St
Hanford, CA 93230

559-584-8237


Your Toothache Might Be An Abscess

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we constantly remind our patients that if something feels like an emergency, they shouldn’t hesitate to see us. However, we know that sometimes pain can seem manageable and a patient might choose to put off treatment.

Our suggestion: don’t even think about it! Your dull ache could actually constitute a serious dental emergency!

When bacteria from food and saliva coat our teeth and we fail to properly clean them, the debris and detritus can infect the gum tissue and teeth. This can cause cracked, broken, or damaged teeth. If left untreated, this leads to a tooth infection.

A dental abscess is a tooth infection where a concentration of pus forms somewhere in or around a tooth as a result of a bacterial infection, and this could be causing your pain.

Symptoms of an Abscess Infection

  • Tooth pain or toothache.
  • Hot or throbbing tooth pain.
  • Bad breath.
  • Gum tenderness or swelling of the gums.
  • Tooth sensitivity.

If you have any of these, you might be suffering from a dental abscess. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the jaw, causing bone and tooth loss. So, listen to what your mouth is telling you! If you’re in pain, contact OnCall Dental in Fresno CA. We specialize in emergency dentistry and provide pain-relief to patients every day. Request an appointment today!

Contact OnCall Dental (Tap to open in Google Maps):


OnCall Dental – Fresno
5492 N Palm Ave Ste A
Fresno, CA 93704

559-900-2332

OnCall Dental – Hanford
114 W Ivy St
Hanford, CA 93230

559-584-8237


The Signs of an Emergency

OnCall Dental in Fresno CA knows that it can sometimes be hard to tell if a dental problem is an emergency. We receive patients every day who apologize before even telling us what’s wrong!

They think that they’re wasting our time (and their own) with a problem that’s not serious. We always respond the same way: that’s what we’re here for! If you’re not sure whether something is an emergency, we suggest erring on the side of caution and giving us a visit.

We can help put any fears to rest if the issue is not serious. However, more often than not, if a patient feels pain, it means something is wrong with their dental health.

However, we know that sometimes it can be hard to find time to go to the dentist. Due to this, our team has put together a list of the common signs of an emergency, so you can check your symptoms against it and stay informed.

The 4 Signs of a Dental Emergency

  1. Pain: The most common symptom, this can be surprisingly hard to gauge. If you have sensitive teeth, you might experience some painful discomfort from time to time. But if you feel serious pain inside, underneath, or around your teeth, then the situation is most likely an emergency.
  2. Bleeding: Also a common ailment, if you bleed when you brush or floss, it might signal a larger, underlying issue. If you experience bleeding, you should contact us immediately.
  3. Swelling: The body knows how to signal an infection, so if you see any swelling in your gumline, make sure to listen. Contact us as soon as possible.
  4. Loose Teeth: Don’t write off slightly loose teeth as simple aging; this symptom can signal a loosening of your overall tooth structure. In order to avoid tooth loss, your best bet is scheduling a consult.
  5. Sudden Tooth Loss: It’s easy to feel disillusioned when a tooth fails, but it’s never too late to restore your smile. We can help.

This is not an all-encompassing list. There are many other types of dental emergencies, each with their own associated symptoms. A good rule of thumb is: if it feels like an emergency, then it most likely is an emergency.

We offer a comfortable environment and a trusted team of professionals and are ready to answer any questions you might have. Trust your gut and contact OnCall Dental in Fresno CA to request an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Contact OnCall Dental (Tap to open in Google Maps):


OnCall Dental – Fresno
5492 N Palm Ave Ste A
Fresno, CA 93704

559-900-2332

OnCall Dental – Hanford
114 W Ivy St
Hanford, CA 93230

559-584-8237