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!

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


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!

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


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


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


Knocked Out Tooth: Beat The Clock!

When a tooth is completely dislodged from its socket it is technically called an avulsion, and it’s one of the most serious dental emergencies there is. If it happens to you, remember that OnCall Dental in Fresno CA can help.

Having a tooth completely knocked out can be really scary. If there is any good news at all, it’s that if we’re able to treat it within an hour, the chances of saving it are pretty good.

Wear That Mouthguard!

When a tooth is knocked out it is definitely a race against the clock to have it treated. We can’t stress that enough. Most experts say a knocked out tooth should be placed in a glass of milk as you rush to seek treatment. Milk has certain properties that can help the tooth.

But chances are you won’t have a carton of milk handy, and seeing us of treatment is your top priority. It’s usually enouigh to place the tooth between your cheek and gum, or under your tongue.

One of the most common ways teeth are knocked out is from a mishap while playing sports. This is a good time for us to remind you to always, repeat always, wear a mouthguard!

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we specialize in dental emergencies and have treated countless knocked out teeth. In an urgent situation no appointment is necessary; 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


Unexplained Toothache?

Most toothaches are caused by cavities, but sometimes the cause of a toothache isn’t obvious – at least, not to a non-dentist. That can cause some anxiety, in addition to tooth pain. If your toothache is an emergency, remember the team at OnCall Dental in Fresno is here for you.

The pulp inside teeth contain nerves that are some of the most sensitive in the body. That’s one reason why toothaches can be so painful (and why we numb you before most dental work). When these pulp nerves are infected the pain level can really go off the charts.

Get Help!

Sometimes toothaches will get better on their own. Such minor toothaches can be caused by gum irritation that responds to simple home treatment, like rinsing with warm salt water. But more serious toothaches absolutely require the attention of a dentist.

Teeth with infected pulp, fractures, damaged fillings,  or are worn from teeth grinding should be treated by a dentist. You can find temporary relief at home by rinsing, or with a cold compress, or pain relievers. People have even found short-term relief with clove oil (dabbed on with a cotton swab). But you’ll need professional treatment – the sooner the better.

Most toothaches won’t get better without proper treatment. At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford we treat treat toothaches, including infected and abscessed teeth. Remember, walk-ins are always 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: Signs and Symptoms

Emergency dental conditions are serious and should be seen by a dental professional as soon as possible. There are certain symptoms that tell tell you your condition can’t wait until tomorrow. In cases like that, remember us at OnCall Dental in Fresno.

The indications of a genuine dental emergency include:

  • Extreme pain. Pain always gets your attention. Extreme tooth pain may indicate an infection. When it gets into the pulp of a tooth there may be a lot of pain, along with swelling. Worse yet, there is the potential it could spread through the rest of your body. See us ASAP.
  • Cracked or broken tooth. A tooth that is cracked all the way through will probably need to be extracted. A smaller crack can be fixed with a filling. We will need to examine you to determine just how bad  it is.
  • Knocked out tooth. This is one of the most serious dental emergencies there is, and time is of the essence. If it can be treated within an hour there’s a good chance the tooth can be saved.
  • Bleeding. It may not seem all that serious if there is blood on your dental floss or in saliva. On floss, it could be a sign of gum disease. In saliva, it may be advanced gum disease, or even a sign of cancer. See us right away.

If you have the slightest doubt whether your condition is an emergency, call us. OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford specializes in  emergency dentistry. Remember, walk-ins are always 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


Knocked Out Tooth: Beat The Clock

Whether they know it or not, someone whose tooth is knocked out is in a race against time. If they receive proper treatment within an hour, like what we can provide at OnCall Dental in Fresno, there is a good chance the tooth can be saved.

More than five million people have one or more teeth knocked out every single year. In dental emergency terms, it’s about as serious as it gets. It can be frightening, too, but if it happens it’s important to try to  remain calm and take proper action.

Prompt Treatment!

When a tooth is knocked out, all its blood vessels and connecting tissue are damaged beyond repair. That’s the bad news. The good news is that with prompt treatment the tooth can be successfully replanted, and the bone will reattach to the root. The tooth will eventually need a root canal, since the nerves can’t be repaired.

But that’s getting ahead of things. To reiterate: if it happens, get treatment as soon as possible. Recover the knocked out tooth, but be sure to hanlde it very carefully. Do not touch the root. It’s okay to rinse it off if there is dirt on it, but do not wipe it off: not with a shirt, a clean tissue, a soft cloth, or anything else. You might further damage it.

Keep it moist. Ideally you can place it in milk, but you may not have any handy. It’s okay to just place it between your cheek and gum.

At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford we have treated many knocked out teeth, and other dental emergencies. We can also do root canals. In an emergency no appointment is needed. Walk-ins are always welcome!

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

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


Common Dental Emergencies

A dental emergency can turn an ordinary day into an anxious one, as you rush to get the problem treated. At OnCall Dental in Fresno we specialize in dental emergencies, and are prepared to handle just about anything that comes our way.

These are the most common dental emergencies:

  • Lost Filling or Crown. These can be painful and should not be ignored. If you can recover the crown you can try putting it back in place, and keeping it there with dental wax. Be sure to rinse with warm salt water first. Remember though, this is just a temporary fix. Get to our office as soon as you can!
  • Broken or Fractured Tooth. This can be really scary. Try to find any tooth fragments that came off. Again, rinse your mouth with warm salt water; taking an over-the-counter pain reliever is also a good idea. Call our office and we’ll see you as soon as possible.
  • Knocked Out Tooth. This is one of the most serious dental emergencies there is. It is important to have it treated as soon as you possibly can. We cannot stress that enough. If it happens, pick the tooth up by the crown (the biting part) and keep it moist: put it in milk, or even under your tongue. This is important. Just as important is getting to our office as soon as you can. If it’s treated within an hour there is a good chance the tooth can be successfully reinserted into its socket.

Knowing what to do in a dental emergency can make all the difference. Part of that is remembering OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford. We treat all kinds of dental emergencies. 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


What To Do When A Tooth Is Knocked Out

A knocked-out tooth is one of the most serious dental emergencies there is. When it happens, it literally becomes a race against time, but if you keep cool and act quickly, the tooth can be saved at OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford.

First, a clairification: a knocked out tooth really is that: a tooth that is knocked out of your head. It is not to be confused with a chipped or broken tooth. Those may be inconvenient, and may also require the attention of a specialist. But they are not as urgent as a knocked out tooth.

What You Should Do

Above all else, remember that time is of the essence. If it’s treated within an hour, the chances are good it can be saved.

Here is what you should do:

  • Find the tooth. Do not touch the root; pick it up by the crown (the part you bite or chew with).
  • Rinse the tooth off if it’s dirty, but do not use soap. If no water is handy, it’s okay to click it clean.
  • Try to position the tooth back where it was knocked from. Place a  wadded handkerchief or paper towel over it and gently bite down to keep it in place.
  • If you cannot get it back in place, put the tooth in milk. If no milk is handy you can just put it under your tongue.
  • Head straight to our office. Call ahead if you can!

All of the above applies only to adult teeth. If a child has a baby tooth knocked out, do not try to reinsert it. The attention of a dentist is still essential.

When treated promptly the chances are good that the tooth can be re-implanted, and will grow back into the gums.

At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford emergency dentistry and have treated many knocked out teeth. 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