Do I Have A Dental Emergency?

If there is a sudden problem with your teeth, the first thing you should do is call your dentist to see if you can get in for treatment right away. But dental problems have a way of happening when your dentist isn’t available. At such times, remember OnCall Dental in Fresno.

Walk-ins are always welcome here, and we will be happy to help you. But it’s important to remember that not every situation is going to be a genuine emergency.

If your teeth are giving you pain, here are some things to think about as you gauge how serious your situation is.

  • Is there bleeding? If you are bleeding from the mouth, and you cannot control it, that’s a big red flag. Head in to our office.
  • How bad is the pain? Is your pain severe? Is it the result of an accident, or is there an infection? Severe pain is another red flag that you’ve got a genuine emergency.
  • Are there any loose teeth? Even if there isn’t any pain, a loose tooth is a sign that there is a serious problem.
  • Did you lose a tooth? If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, there is no question: you have a dental emergency. The sooner you get treatment for it, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved. Time is of the essence.
  • Is there an infection? An infection, too, is definitely an emergency situation. An abcess or serious infection can even be life-threatening. It may be accompanied by swelling of the face, or knots on the gums.

Any of the above symptoms can safely be categorized as a dental emergency. OnCall Dental in Fresno is here for you.

Some things, though, are not emergencies. They may be a little frightening, but you should not have a sense of urgency.

  • Chipped teeth. If there is no pain, you can wait a day or so before getting treatment. If, however, there are sharp fragments where the chip is, or if it really hurts, consider it an emergency.
  • Lost Crown or Filling. These, generally, are not emergencies. If a crown has come off, use over-the-counter dental cement to put it back in place until you can see your dentist. You can also use denture adhesive. Do not, however, use an adhesive like super glue. If a filling has come out and it’s bothering you, a good trick is putting sugarless gum in the cavity until you get to the dentist.
  • A toothache. We know that toothaches are no fun, but provided the pain isn’t severe, it does not need immediate attention. If there is severe pain, or if there is swelling in your face, a high fever, or bumps on your gums, it is definitely an emergency situation. Head to OnCall Dental.

OnCall Dental in Fresno sees dental emergencies on a daily basis. Walk-ins are always welcome, but you can also make an appointment. We are here 24/7.


Chipped or Broken Tooth: What To Do

Your teeth are among the strongest parts of your body, but they are not invincible. A fall, a collision, or any number of other accidents can result in a chipped or broken tooth. If it happens to you or a loved one, contact OnCall Dental in Fresno right away.

If a tooth chips or breaks, it may not hurt. It’s a serious matter, but if it doesn’t hurt it doesn’t usually require immediate attention. Even if there isn’t any pain, you’re probably going to feel some sharp edges with your tongue. It’s important that you avoid that area when you chew, because chewing might chip it some more. We may be able to smooth out the chip and repair any damage with composite filling.

If your tooth is giving you pain, call us immediately. There could be a serious crack or fracture, with accompanying damage to the inside of the tooth. The sooner you get into the OnCall Dental office, the better. In severe cases it is not always possible to save the tooth.

There are some things you can do before you get to the office:

  • Clean your mouth thoroughly with warm water, swished gently
  • Apply a cold compress to your face to minimize swelling
  • Take a pain reliever with acetaminophen (don’t take aspirin). Brands with acetaminophen include Tylenol, Alka-Seltzer Plus, and NyQuil, but there are many others.

Once you’re here, we will probably take an x-ray. If there is damage to the tooth’s pulp a root canal may be in order. If not, the tooth may only need a crown.

If you have a chipped or broken tooth, take nothing for granted, even if there is no pain. OnCall Dental in Fresno treats dental emergencies on a daily basis. Walk-ins are always welcome, but you can also make an appointment. We are here 24/7.


Bite Your Tongue? Here’s What To Do

It can happen at home or at the office, but it’s most common when you’re participating in sports: biting down on your lip or tongue, and hurting yourself. If it happens to you, head to OnCall Dental in Fresno as soon as you can.

Injuries like this can result in a lot of bleeding. That’s because the mouth has such an excellent blood supply. It doesn’t necessarily mean the injury is more severe than you thought. In fact, the mouth’s great blood supply facilitates healing.

One of the first things you should do if you have a bitten lip or tongue, or see someone who has one, is to try to control the bleeding. Firm pressure on the wound is the first line of defense. Just be sure you use a clean piece of cloth or gauze. If it doesn’t stop soon, keep the pressure on and call 911.

If you’re able to get the bleeding to stop, the next thing to do is apply a cold compress to the the wound. That will help with any swelling. Don’t apply ice or a cold pack directly to the wound, or two the outside of the mouth. Instead, wrap it up in cloth. Your shirt will do. Applying it directly could cause skin damage.

Examine the wound for any debris. There is likely to be some if the injury is the result of a fall. Gently clean it out, but if it’s stuck, don’t try to force things. Leave that to us.

Remember that at OnCall Dental in Fresno, we handle dental emergencies, including bit tongues and lips, on a regular basis. Other urgent dental care includes toothache relief. You don’t need an appointment; walk-ins are always welcome. We are here 24/7.


You Might Laugh: Sedation Dentistry

At OnCall Dental in Fresno, we handle a wide varity of urgent dental situations. From weekend warriors who lost a tooth on the playing field to the kid with the severe toothache in the middle of the night, we have pretty much seen it all, and treated it all.

In many cases, patients arrive here in great pain, and are facing painful treatment. Sedation is frequently necessary to treat them quickly, efficiently, and without pain.

One of the most common forms of sedation dentistry is nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas. It is often described as light sedation, probably because it does not put you to sleep. But nitrous oxide is enough to make most patients feel very relaxed. They may not actually laugh, but in most cases they are able to undergo treatment.

Did you know that nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a hundred years? It’s true. That’s probably because it is so safe and, above all, effective. It takes effect quickly, wears off quickly, and for the majority of patients, there are no side effects. A minority experience headaches, nausea, shivering, or sweating.

Nitrous oxide is administered through a mask, and is actually a mixture of nitrous and oxygen. It is so safe that it is the sedation method of choice for treating children who are anxious about seeing the dentist.

Remember that at OnCall Dental in Fresno, we handle dental emergencies on a routine basis. They include toothache relief and extractions. You don’t need an appointment; walk-ins are always welcome. We are open 24/7.


Knocked Out Tooth? No Time to Lose!

There are lots of ways a tooth can get knocked out: from playing contact sports, on the playground, in a bicycle crash, or just roughhousing at home. No matter the cause, a knocked out tooth is an emergency situation, and if it happens, you should make a beeline to OnCall Dental in Fresno.

Of course, when a tooth gets knocked out it is unexpected. There is probably going to be blood, maybe even a lot of blood. There will be pain, too, and shock. It’s important that you keep calm, because time is of the essence.

This is critical: you must act quickly. The chances of having a tooth successfully put back into your jaw decrease sharply after about half an hour.

The first thing to do is locate the knocked out tooth, and make sure you find any fragments. Depending on how it happened, fragments may be on the ground, in your clothing, or in the clothing of a teammate or opponent. A fragment could even be in someone’s hair.

Do not pick the tooth up by the root. Rinse it gently, taking care not to scrub it, then put the tooth back in the gap from where it was just knocked out. If that hurts too much, put it into a small container or wrap it in plastic with a little milk to keep it moist. Milk has proteins that keep a steady acid-to-alkaline ratio. But don’t waste time looking for a carton, if one isn’t handy. You can always moisten it with spit.

By now you should be headed toward OnCall Dental, where we will make every effort to place it back in your jaw. It bears repeating that the sooner we get to it, the better. Blood vessels and other surrounding tissue have also been damaged, and a root canal may be necessary somewhere down the road. Even so, the tooth can take root and be saved.

Remember that at OnCall Dental in Fresno, we handle dental emergencies on a routine basis. You don’t need an appointment; walk-ins are always welcome. We are open 24/7.


Don’t Ignore That Toothache!

Pain is your body’s way of telling you there’s a problem. That includes toothache pain. You might be tempted to ignore a toothache, but that would be a mistake. Before you know it, what was a small problem can turn into something urgent, requiring a trip to OnCall Dental in Fresno.

Many people dismiss toothaches as a minor inconvenience. But trust us: no toothache has ever fixed itself.

There are a lot of reasons for toothaches. Some may be minor, like a popcorn kernel stuck between a tooth and your gum. That might not sound very severe, but sometimes it’s necessary to have popcorn kernels removed by a dentist.

Other causes for toothaches are more alarming:

  • Cracked tooth
  • Tooth decay
  • Lost filling
  • Damaged bridge or crown
  • Infection
  • An abcess

Some of these issues can cause an awful lot of pain. And if there is an infection involved, it could get to the tooth’s root. This could require a root canal, or even an extraction.

To complicate things, there is the likelihood that a toothache could get worse, and require immediate attention, at the least convenient time: the middle of the night, or over the weekend, when most dentist offices are closed. If that happens, remember OnCall Dental – Fresno. We are providers of emergency dental care, including toothache relief. We are open 24/7, and walk-ins are always welcome.


What’s A Dental Emergency?

What constitutes a dental emergency? The dictionary says an emergency is an unforeseen crisis requiring immediate action. At OnCall Dental in Fresno, we think that’s about as good a definition as you’re going to find.

Here’s our quick summary of five common dental emergencies:

  • A broken or chipped tooth. This certainly meets the standard of an emergency. Whether it’s the result of an injury, or because of brittle teeth, a broken or chipped tooth could lead to unwanted consequences if it is not treated promptly.
  • Jaw injuries. If you’ve broken your jaw then a trip to the emergency room is probably in order. But a dentist should also be in the loop. He or she will evaluate your oral cavity and teeth to see whether they have also sustained damage.
  • Severe toothache. The sooner treatment for a severe toothache begins, the better. A bad toothache could indicate tooth decay, and there could be infection that threatens the tooth. The sooner treatment begins, the better the chances of saving the tooth.
  • Bleeding gums. This may indicate gum disease. As with a toothache, prompt treatment is best. When it is caught and treated in its earliest stages, gum disease is curable. If is also preventable with brushing and flossing twice a day.
  • Knocked out tooth. If you have a tooth knocked out, make a beeline for the nearest urgent dental care. An emergency room will do. Time is of the essence. If it is treated within an hour or so there is an excellent chance the tooth can be saved.

All of these emergencies can be dealt with effectively if you seek immediate dental care. OnCall Dental in Fresno is an important resource for emergency dental care. We’re open 24/7 and walkins are always welcome.


Walks-ins Welcome: Emergency Dentistry in Fresno

When you have a dental emergency, it means you have some kind of pain, and  maybe a whole lot of it. Waiting for an available dentist is out of the question. At OnCall Dental in Fresno, emergency dental care is available 24/7, and walk-ins are always welcome.

Why is it that dental emergencies always seem to happen on the weekend? Maybe it’s because we get busier then, and are more likely to injure a tooth by playing sports, or falling off a bicycle. We also go the movies more often on the weekends. It’s hard to resist a bucket of popcorn, but if you bite down wrong on a kernel you can damage a tooth.

While it may be true that most dental emergencies are not as severe as other medical emergencies, they’re still serious. Issues with your teeth can cause a special type of pain, and you should see a dentist as soon as possible.

At OnCall Dental, we can treat:

  • Severe toothache
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Knocked out tooth
  • Object stuck between the teeth
  • Bitten tongue or lip

Even if you have never been to OnCall Dental in Fresno, we will treat you if you have an emergency. We are here to serve you when you need it the most. It doesn’t matter what day or time it is and you don’t need to call ahead.

 


Keep Us On Speed Dial: Oncall Dental

The phone number for OnCall Dental in Fresno is one of those you might want to have on your speed dial, or at least taped onto the front of your refrigerator.

On the other hand, you don’t need an appointment and walk-ins are always welcome. We know that you can never predict a dental emergency. From a knocked out tooth to a cracked tooth, from a bit tongue to a toothache, unpredictability is the nature of the beast.

If you have a dental emergency, remember that we’re here for you. Of course, the best thing to do is to not have an emergency in the first place. That’s why we encourage all of our patients to take good care of their teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day. When you participate in sports, always wear a mouth guard. And never chew on ice or hard candy – let it melt in your mouth.

But we know that all the precautions in the world won’t prevent dental emergencies from happening. Toothaches can get worse and need an after-hour root canals, and sometimes teeth get knocked out. At OnCall Dental in Fresno, we offer night and weekend hours, with services and availability seven days a week. You don’t have to call ahead, and we accept most dental insurance.


Pull It Now! Wisdom Teeth in Fresno

Impacted wisdom teeth have a way of getting your attention. That’s because they can be so painful. And if one of your wisdom teeth starts giving you pain on Friday night, after most dental practices have closed, the thought of waiting until Monday morning may be more than you can bear. OnCall Dental in Fresno is there for you.

For most people, wisdom teeth come in during their late teens or early twenties. That’s the age when most of us getting a little wisdom about life, too – hence the term, “wisdom teeth.” Dentists frequently recommend extracting wisdom teeth as a preventive measure, and when they’re extracted early in life it’s a fairly straightforward procedure.

And yet, wisdom teeth can become painfully impacted at any age, before we get around to having them pulled. Impacted means they’re crowding your jaw, which can lead to complications, including abscesses and gum disease. They can also damage the teeth alongside them.

Symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth include:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen jaw
  • Bad breath

It’s easy to see why so many dentists recommend extraction as a preventive measure. By the way, wisdom teeth have nothing to do with wisdom. If they did, we probably would not extract so many!

If any of your wisdom teeth begin giving you pain and you’re in need of immediate attention, contact OnCall Dental in Fresno. We also offer emergency root canals, and treat toothaches. Walk-ins are always welcome. We can bill all PPO insurance policies, and are currently contracted with Delta Dental Premier, Aetna, Cigna and ASI.

Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 599-477-4553