Treating Unbearable Tooth Pain

An infected or damaged tooth can result in unbearable pain. It’s virtually impossible to concentrate on anything else, let alone get some sleep. At OnCall Dental in Fresno we can relieve unbearable pain with an emergency root canal.

We’ll diagnose the problem first, of course. But unbearable tooth pain is often due to a compromised pulp chamber, either from decay, trauma, or infection. The pain may not be that bad at first. But if there’s a problem and it isn’t treated, it’s usually just a matter of time.

Ending The Pain

A root canal is a procedure done to remove any infected pulp within the tooth. The tooth’s inner chamber is then cleaned and disinfected, sealed, and capped with a crown.

The root canal will end the pain and save the tooth. The discomfort will be minimal, too: not much different than having a cavity filled. It’s a myth that root canals are painful.

At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford we have done many emergency root canals, and other toothache relief. In an emergency no appointment is needed. Walk-ins are always welcome!

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OnCall Dental – Fresno
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Fresno, CA 93704

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Emergency Root Canals

Most people do not think of a toothache as a dental emergency. Painful, yes; even inconvenient, especially when it happens on the weekend, when most dental office are closed. But an emergency? No way. When it’s your toothache, though, the sense of urgency grows. And if the tooth is abscessed, it could require an emergency root canal from OnCall Dental in Fresno.

An abcessed tooth is when a tooth’s nerve has become infected. The most common cause of this is a cavity that has gone untreated, and spreads deep into the tooth.

But cavities aren’t the only cause. A tooth can become abcessed after it cracks or breaks, and the nerve (dental pulp) is exposed. Bacteria can get in and cause infection to spread down the roots and into the bone tissue.

Infection can also happen between the gums and the tooth root. This is known as a periodontal abscess.

A root canal can correct this issue. We know from experience that the words “root canal” can strike fear into the bravest of hearts, because they are associated with great pain. But the facts are this: with modern dentistry, root canals are painless. In fact, since they fix an abscessed tooth, root canals don’t cause pain, they relieve it.

Sedation dentistry is always an option. We offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation.

With a root canal, we removed the damaged pulp, and then fill and seal the tooth with a crown. The root may be gone, but the tooth has been saved, and with proper care should last for many years to come.

At OnCall Dental in Fresno we specialize in emergency dentistry, including root canals. Walk-ins 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 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. Walk-ins are welcome 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. 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

OnCall Dental: Always There For Fresno

Have you ever tried to find an emergency dentist on short notice? It seems all but impossible. If you’ve got a dental emergency, what might have been an inconvenience can escalate into something much worse.

Most dentists are the owners and operators of their practices, so they run them like most other businesses – that is, Monday through Friday, nine to five. It’s a different story with doctors. Medical emergency? Hospitals never close. You can always find an urgent care center or the ER, when there’s a crisis in the middle of the night.

And that is what makes OnCall Dental in Fresno such a valuable resource. We can provide everything from toothache relief to teeth cleaning. And if you’re one of the millions of Americans coping with dental anxiety, we provide sedation dentistry to get you through your procedure.

OnCall Dental in Fresno provides emergency dental care. Walk-ins are always welcome, and we accept most PPO insurance plans.

Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 599-477-4553

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. 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.

At OnCall Dental in Fresno we are here 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.


Root Canal Aftercare

A root canal is the dental procedure people seem to be most apprehensive about. However, it does not have to be as stressful as it is made out to be. A root canal at OnCall Dental in Fresno won’t cause you pain. In fact, it will relieve it.

Before the procedure, a patient’s mouth is thoroughly numbed. This won’t wear off for hours, which is nice as it gives additional pain medication time to become effective so there is less discomfort.

There are several things that can be done during aftercare to make the experience as comfortable as possible:

  • It is best to avoid eating or drinking until initial numbness wears off. This is due to the fact that the patient cannot orient things in their mouth as well and may bite inside mouth and tongue.
  • Take over the counter anti-inflammatories as directed by dentist. There is a possibility that the dentist could prescribe additional pain medication.
  • Do not chew sticky foods such as gum, caramels, and other sugary candy.
  • Do not chew some hard foods such as, carrots, corn on the cob, and apples directly on side of procedure. They could dislodge the temporary material filling the tooth or cause a fracture.
  • Antibiotics may be prescribed by the dentist if necessary. Be sure to take the entire prescription as directed, even if it feels well enough.

Be aware that it is normal for the tooth and surrounding gums to be tender and even uncomfortable for several days, up to a week, after the procedure. There are signs to look for that could be signs of a greater issue or infection. Contact the office immediately 559-900-2332  if any of the following symptoms occur:

  • Severe pain or pressure that persists for several days
  • Visible swelling of gums or jaw days after
  • Loss of the temporary crown or filling
  • Unevenness in bite
  • Return of prior symptoms or pain
  • Any possible allergic reactions to medication immediately or some time following the procedure (includes itching, rash, etc.)

Root Canals: Less Scary Than You Think

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Root canals are notorious for being the dental procedure to avoid at all costs. Luckily, dental technology has come a long way since the early days of root canals. At OnCall Dental – Fresno, we go to great lengths to keep you calm and comfortable during your visit. While having a root canal is never fun, it is necessary to repair an infected tooth.

The best part of a root canal is that we make sure you don’t feel any pain at all during the procedure. The dentist or dental assistant will numb the area around your tooth before they remove the damaged pulp. After the area around your tooth is clean, the dentist fills your tooth and seals or caps it. It’s a good idea not to rinse too vigorously or smoke after a root canal. Follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions carefully.

In the days following your root canal, your tooth may be sensitive. We’ll come up with a pain relief plan–most pain or swelling can be treated with over-the-counter medications.  After one short visit, you’ll be on your way to a pain-free, more-confident smile.  What’s so scary about that?

To learn more about root canals, or any of our other restorative or cosmetic dentistry procedures, give us a call at 599-477-4553. Our staff will work with you to schedule an appointment at a time that’s most convenient for you. We also offer emergency dentistry and sedation dentistry services. Thanks for stopping by our blog and we look forward to serving you.

Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 599-477-4553


Relax. It’s Not the End of the World

root canal in FresnoToday’s post addresses one of the most feared dental procedures: the infamous root canal. If you are told that you need a root canal, don’t panic. Your dentist recommends this procedure when it is better for your tooth than the alternatives.

A successful root canal (or endodontic treatment in dental-speak) can save a tooth and prevent the need for an extraction followed by a dental bridge, dental implant, or gap in your smile.

If, after a thorough evaluation, we determine that a tooth is going to need a root canal, we will explain the procedure and costs that are involved. Root canals are handled to save an infected tooth. If not treated, abscesses and complete tooth loss may occur.

During the procedure, your dentist will remove the nerve and pulp, and then clean and disinfect the interior of your tooth – the canal. The next step is filling and sealing the cleaned area with a special rubbery material, and then protecting the restored tooth with a crown or filling.

Root canals have the reputation of being painful, but this is not the case anymore. There are several effective pain management methods available today at OnCall Dental in Fresno. From local painkillers and numbing agents to oral sedation, we will make sure you are comfortable during the procedure. Once the infected tissue is removed, your dentist will focus on helping the oral site heal, which may require another visit.

If you have a tooth that is bothering you, contact us for an appointment.

In addition to emergency dentistry, we provide: