Three Common Dental Emergencies

Accidents happen: we all know that. Sometimes accidents become an emergency, and at OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford dental emergencies are our specialty. What are the most common dental emergencies?

Toothache

A toothache is by far the most common emergency we see. But not every toothache is an emergency; in fact most of them can be treated effectively at home, often with something as simple as an over-the-counter pain medication.

But sometimes toothaches are severe, and could be a sign of a serious condition like an infection. If your toothache is intolerable, give us a call.

Broken Tooth

A broken tooth may be painful. You should come see us right away, but for the short term you can rinse your mouth out with warm water and use an ice pack to keep the swelling down. Depending on how bad it is, we may be able to fix it with bonding or may need to do a root canal.

Knocked Out Tooth

A knocked out tooth is one of the most serious dental emergencies there is, and should be treated as soon as possible. If you can recover the tooth, keep it moist and bring it with you to our office. Do not touch the root. If you are treated with a half our or so the chances are good the tooth can be saved.

If you have the slightest concern that your situation is an emergency, take no chances. Call us right away. At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford we specialize in emergency dentistry, including toothache relief. In serious cases no appointment is necessary. Walk-ins are always welcome!


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


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


Signs You Have a Dental Emergency

Do you have any tooth pain? How bad is it? For that matter, how bad is bad? It can be hard to tell when you cross that invisible line from minor tooth pain to genuine emergency. In this post from OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford we’ll review the signs that you need emergency dental care.

  • Severe toothache. Everyone gets a toothache now and then. A minor toothache can be treated at home with an over-the-counter pain medicine. If your toothache is severe and/or persistent, it’s probably time to give us a call so we can take a look at what’s going on.
  • Bleeding gums. A little bleeding if you floss too hard is one thing. It tells you: don’t floss so hard! But bleeding gums are not normal and may be a sign of early gum disease. If it happens often and is excessive, consider that a red flag.
  • Loose tooth. Loose teeth should not happen in adults. One or more loose adult teeth could indicate one of several things. It might be gum disease, or it may be the result of an injury or accident. Either way it should be looked at as soon as possible.
  • Abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth is a severely infected tooth, and will likely be very painful. It is also serious, and may indicate a toothache that has become worse. It may also be a sign of gum disease or the result of a trauma. Immediate treatment is in order.

Any of these symptoms are telling you something is wrong, and that it should be looked at without delay. At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford we specialize in emergency dentistry, including toothache relief. In serious cases you do not need an appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome!


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


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


When Is A Toothache An Emergency?

There can be a fine line between an ordinary toothache you can treat with one home remedy or another, and a toothache that needs the attention of a dentist. If your toothache crosses that fine line, remember us at OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford.

Knowing when your toothache is not an emergency can save you money, as well as an unplanned trip to the dentist. But deciding to ride out the ache may lead to a bigger dental problem. Pain, after all, is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.

Toothaches are caused by various dental problems. A small one is usually no big deal, and may be related to something like a sinus infection. Possible causes include:

Tooth decay. This is probably the single most common cause of a toothache. If you have pain when you bite or chew, or from hot or cold food and beverages, it could be a cavity.

Wisdom teeth. With most people, wisdom teeth come in during the late teens or early twenties. If they don’t, and stay beneath the gumline, they can press against other teeth and cause pain.

Abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth is infected and should be seen right away. These can be extremely painful and leave a bad taste in the mouth. An abscessed tooth is a clear dental emergency.

Providing toothache relief is one of our most important duties at OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford. We specialize in all types of emergency dentistry. In an emergency you do not need an appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome!


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


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


Something stuck? Try this!

Getting something stuck between your teeth is one of the most annoying sensations there is. If it’s stuck so bad you can’t dislodge it, you may even be looking at a dental emergency. If that happens, remember us at OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford.

Popcorn kernels may be the single-most common thing people get wedged in between their teeth, but they aren’t the only thing. Other culprits include seeds, and gristly tissue from meats or chicken.

Whatever it is that gets stuck, it can drive you nuts. There are some tried-and-true methods of dislodging even the most stubborn food particles.

  • Water rinse. This is the first thing you should try, and it can be very effective. The key is to rinse vigorously. Use lukewarm salt water and keep at it. Repeated rinsing may soften and finally dislodge whatever is stuck.
  • Tongue or finger. You may have used your tongue as soon as you noticed  it; this is a common human reaction. Adding a little sucking motion can help. If you have a long fingernail, try using it to pull the object from between your teeth. Wash your hands, before and after!
  • Dental floss. This is another excellent solution. Use string floss as you ordinarily would. This may loosen it enough so you can finally get it out with your tongue. If normal flassing doesn’t work, tie a knot into it for extra thickness.

One word of caution: never, repeat never, use a toothpick or other sharp object to try getting something loose. You could accidentally hurt your gums.

If all else fails, remember us at OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford. We specialize in emergency dentistry and have removed a lot of stuck objects from between a lot of teeth. In serious cases sedation is always an option. In an emergency you do not need an appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome!


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


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


Is It An Emergency?

Dental emergencies are more common than you might think. According to one study, about twenty-two percent of people had serious dental pain over a single six month period. At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford, we’re here for you in an emergency.

But how do you know whether you have a genuine dental emergency? Here are some guidelines to remember:

  • Is there any bleeding? This is probably a dental emergency, especially if you are unable to stop it.
  • Is there serious pain? Severe pain is a big indicator of a dental emergency, especially if there is bleeding.
  • Are there any loose teeth? Even if it doesn’t hurt, there should never be any loose adult teeth. No doubt about it: loose teeth are a dental emergency.
  • Is there a tooth knocked out? If you have have had a tooth knocked out, it is definitely an emergency requiring fast action. If treated promptly it’s possible the tooth can be reimplanted and saved.
  • Is there an infection? An abscess or serious infection in a tooth is not only painful, it can be life-threatening if left untreated.

Generally speaking, if you have a dental issue that needs professional attention in order to stop bleeding, save a tooth, or relieve severe pain, you have a dental emergency.

Immediate Attention?

Some dental problems do not require immediate attention. These include:

  • Chipped or cracked tooth. If there is no pain, you can wait before seeing a dentist. (Don’t wait more than a day or so.)
  • Toothache. If the pain is not severe it probably is not an emergency. Severe pain could mean an abscess, the signs of which include throbbing pain, swelling, sensitivity to temperature or touch, and a fever. (These are indicators of an emergency.)
  • Lost crown or filling. These can be serious, but not urgent. Call us, but it’s probably okay to wait a day or so.

At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford we specialize in emergency dentistry and have experience with everything from toothaches to knocked out teeth. Remember that in an emergency you do not need an appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome!


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


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


Chipped Tooth? Take No Chances!

A chipped tooth may not cause you any pain, and may not even seem like much of an emergency. If there is no pain, that’s good. But you should call us at OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford, so we can take a look at it and talk about repairs.

It’s so easy to chip a tooth! You might bite down on something too hard, like a cherry pit or ice. Or it could happen in a household accident. Only a dentist can tell how severe it is. If there’s enough damage to expose the pulp, there is a risk of infection.

Options

There are several things we can do to fix a chipped tooth.

  • Bonding. One of the quickest ways to fix a chipped tooth is with bonding. A composite material is placed to the crack and shaped to match the original. We can match the color, too. If you have the chipped-off part of the tooth and it’s in good enough condition, bonding also allows us to re-attach it.
  • Porcelain veneers. Another option is to hide the chip with a porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin ceramic shells that are custom-made to fit onto the front of a tooth.
  • Dental crowns. For severe chips, a dental crown may be in order. This is a way to completely cover the chip or break and protect what remains.

At OnCall Dental we specialize in emergency dentistry and have a lot of experience fixing chipped teeth. Remember that in an emergency you do not need an appointment. We have offices in Fresno and Hanford, where walk-ins are always welcome!


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


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


Knocked Out Teeth: As Serious As It Gets

A knocked out tooth is one of the most serious dental emergencies there is. If it happens to you, make sure you get to OnCall Dental as soon as possible. We have offices in Fresno and Hanford.

We cannot stress that enough: time is of the essence. If you can recover the tooth and are treated within an hour, the chances of saving it are good.

A few things to remember before you’re treated: never pick the tooth up by the root; pick it up only by the crown. Keep it moist. If it’s dirty it’s okay to gently rinse it off, but don’t use any kind of soap and don’t wipe it clean. Keep it as moist as possible. If you’re able to fit it back into its socket, do so. Don’t force it, though.

Next best option? Hold it in your mouth next to your cheek. It’s really important to keep it moist. Saliva is best for this. Beyond rinsing it, don’t use tap water.

One More Thing

When a tooth is knocked out of your jaw, the nerves and blood vessels become irreparably damaged. You’re going to need a root canal. If you are treated right away though, the tooth can reattach to the bone. Once it has healed you’ll be able to use it.

At OnCall Dental we have a lot of experience with knocked out teeth, and can also perform root canals. Remember that in an emergency you do not need appointment. We have offices in Fresno and Hanford, where walk-ins are always welcome!


The Causes of Toothache Pain

The most common cause of a toothache, by far, is a cavity. The pain from tooth decay can be unbearable. If it happens at night or on the weekend, the idea of waiting until Monday may be out of the question. If you’re in that fix, remember us at OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford.

The main reason a cavity causes tooth pain is that the decay has reached the inner layer of tooth called the dentin. If the pain is really severe it may have reached the center of the tooth, which is more serious. Get to our office as soon as you can.

Other Causes

While it’s the most common, an orindary cavity is not the only cause of a toothache. Here are some others:

  • Tooth abscess. This is, in fact, advanced tooth decay. The decay can actually infect the root and surrounding tissue. It can cause a lot of pain that spreads along the other teeth, to the point where pinpointing the problem area can be tricky. It’s a serious condition and needs to be treated promptly.
  • Damaged fillings. In a perfect world, a tooth filling would last forever. Unfortunatley it doesn’t work that way; fillings can wear out, become cracked, or covered in pits or grooves. When that happens the sensitive part of the tooth, repaired by the filling, is exposed. We’ll need to replace the filling.
  • Factured tooth. A tooth can be cracked in any number of ways, from an accident at home to a sports mishap. Fractures can be painful, but we can treat them. (We’ll take this opportunity to remind you: in sports, a mouthguard is essential gear!)
  • Gum disease. Tooth pain may also be a sign of gum disease. You will typically noticed a full pain in the mouth, along with bleeding gums. This should be treated promptly. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss.

At OnCall Dental we are only a phone call away. But in an emergency you do not need to make appointment. We have offices in Fresno and Hanford, and treat toothache pain and specialize in emergency dentistry.  Walk-ins are always welcome!


Bite Your Tongue? Here’s What To Do

Biting your tongue is a common accident. It can be scary, because tongue tend to bleed a lot, especially if it’s a particularly bad bite. If it happens to you, remember us at OnCall Dental in Fresno.

There are lots of different ways to accidentally bite the tongue. It seems to happen to children more than adults, either on the playground or the playing field.

But a bit tongue can happen to anyone at any age, from a household accident to a car accident, from a fight to something behavioral, like unconscious chewing or an epileptic seizure.

What To Do First

A bit tongue is not automatically a dental emergency, though it might be. Home treatment may be enough. If there is a lot of bleeding, getting it stopped is your first priority.

  • Apply pressure with a sterile gauze pad or a piece of clean cloth.
  • If you need to put your hands in an injured person’s mouth, or they need to put their hands in yours, use medical gloves.
  • Inspect the mouth for pieces of teeth, or anything else that may be there.
  • Control any swelling with ice cubes wrapped in cloth. Ice pops can substitute.

What To Do Next

It’s important to keep the wound clean. Rinse the mouth out with a salt water solution every fifteen minutes. Use a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of salt.

If bleeding continues for more than fifteen minutes, it’s time to give us a call. We may want you to come in for an inspection and treatment.

Accidentlaly bit tongues happen sometimes, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. You can minimize the risk, though, by always wearing a mouthguard when playing sports, babyproofing your house, always wearing a seatbelt when driving, and always make sure small kids are in an appropriate car seat. People with health issues like epilepsy should make sure friends and relatives know what to do during a seizure.

At OnCall Dental in Fresno emergency dental care is our specialty. We also offer general dentistry. Remember, in an emergency walk-ins are always welcome!

Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 599-477-4553


Emergency Dental Care

At OnCall Dental in Fresno we treat all manner of dental emergencies. While there are things you can do yourself before being treated, remember that in most cases it is better to have us look at what’s going on to determine whether further treatment is needed.

Common dental emergencies include the following:

  • Severe toothache. Nothing will get your attention quite the way a bad toothache will. It could be an indication of a more serious problem, like an abscess or an infection. In the short term over-the-counter pain relievers and a cold compress can help,  but make come see us, too.
  • Broken or chipped tooth. There may or may not be any pain from a broken or chipped tooth. Either way, let us take a look at it. Swish some water around your mouth to keep it clean, and brush if it isn’t painful.
  • Knocked out tooth. This is one of the most serious dental emergencies there is, and immediate treatment is needed. If we can treat you within an hour there is a very good chance the tooth can be saved. Bring the tooth with you (never touch the root) and keep it moist.
  • Something stuck between your teeth. Never use sharp objects to try to dislodge something stuck between your teeth, not even a toothpick! Try dental floss, and if that doesn’t work tie a small knot into it. If that doesn’t work, call us for an appointment.

At OnCall Dental in Fresno emergency dental care is our specialty, including toothache relief. Walk-ins are always welcome!

Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 599-477-4553