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


A Phone Call Away: Emergency Dental Care in Fresno

Taking good care of your teeth means more than just brushing and flossing twice a day. It also means taking the necessary precautions that come with any active lifestyle.

If you’re an athlete, or if your son or daughter is an athlete, they should always wear a mouth guard – at practice, and on game day. The more rugged the sport the more important a mouth guard is, but even supposedly non-contact sports, like basketball, have more than their fair share of bumps and bruises.

Bumps and bruises, and mouth injuries. Accidents happen. Players collide, or catch an errant ball in the mouth. Common types of mouth injuries any athlete is at risk of getting, even with a mouth guard, include cracked, broken, or even knocked-out teeth. With prompt emergency care from a dental professional, most of these injuries can be treated successfully.

Of course, a lot of games, especially at the amateur level, take place on weekends, when most dental offices are closed. At OnCall Dental in Fresno, we’re just a phone call away, 24/7. In fact, you don’t even need a phone. If you or your young athlete suffer a mouth injury, make a beeline to our office. Walk-ins are always welcome, and you’ll receive excellent dental care. We also provide general dentistry, including extractions, and treatment for toothaches. We accept most PPO insurance plans.

Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 599-477-4553


OnCall Dental: Always There For Fresno

Have you ever tried to find a dentist on Saturday night? It is 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 there for you 24/7, providing the dental care you need, when you need  it the most. 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 is open seven days a week, providing emergency dental care. Walk-ins are always welcome, and we accept most PPO insurance plans.

Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 599-477-4553


Mouth Trauma! OnCall Dental in Fresno

At work or at play, a trauma to the mouth can happen at any time. If it’s serious enough, it may require the attention of a dentist. That’s why OnCall Dental is available to the Fresno area, 24/7.

Any injury to the mouth that results in cuts or bleeding to the gums may require immediate attention. The same is true if you should dislodge or break a tooth. Such injuries may be more serious than they appear to be, and without prompt attention can lead to serious complications.

Common types of mouth injuries may result from:

  • A fall
  • A sports injury
  • Biting on food that is too hard
  • Automobile accident

In some cases, a chipped tooth or a minor fracture can wait. But never take a chance; as the saying goes, it is better to be safe than to be sorry. There could be associated nerve damage that isn’t apparent right away, or a cracked tooth may be more severe than initially thought.

Sometimes, though, the emergency is obvious: a knocked out tooth, for example. If you have a tooth knocked out, or are with someone who does, it is critical to get to a dentist as soon as possible. Place the tooth back in its socket, if possible. If not, handle it as little as possible and keep it wet. If you get professional attention within an hour, chances are good the tooth can be saved.

OnCall Dental in Fresno is there for just such emergencies. We provide treatment during regular business hours, but are open after hours, too, with emergency dentistry, toothache relief, extractions, and more. Walk-ins are welcome. Keep our number handy!

Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 559-477-4553 


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, happy to know they are open 24/7. 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.

As a 24/7 practice, OnCall Dental in Fresno is always there 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.

 


All About Abscess

Tooth aches are never pleasant and people generally want the pain gone as quickly as possible. Some pain can be an indication of a much more serious problem within the mouth that requires emergency care. Such is the case with an abscessed tooth.

An abscess tooth is a tooth that has been damaged or infected and has formed a pus sack around the root or nerves. This is the body’s natural defense mechanism and works to try and prevent the infection from spreading. However, this mechanism does not always work and infection is able to spread to the jaw bone, neck, and head. It can quickly become a serious problem for those with an abscess. It is worth noting that abscessed teeth are typically quite painful as well.

There are three types of abscess and the type depends on the location of the abscess.

  • Periapical: forms within the tooth itself and is very painful.
  • Gingival: forms typically on the gum line and relatively easy to treat.
  • Periodontal: forms deeper in the gums near root of tooth or nerves. This poses the greatest threat to moving to surrounding tissue and jaw bone due to its location.

Curious as to what causes these types of painful formations? There are several causes in fact:

  • Tooth decay left untreated is the most common cause.
  • Gum disease
  • Plaque build-up
  • Trauma to mouth
  • Food stuck between teeth and gums (which causes cavities and decay)
  • Rough dental hygiene

What are the symptoms someone may feel with an abscessed tooth? If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, contact Dr. Mirelez now at <a href=”tel:559-900-2332″ onClick=”ga(‘send’, ‘event’, ‘CallFromMobile’, ‘content’, document.URL);”>559-900-2332</a>

  • Throbbing pain that does not stop
  • Pain when eating or drinking
  • Seneitivity to hot or cold
  • Greater pain while chewing
  • Bitter taste from draining pus
  • Small lump inside mouth near gums
  • Swelling of face
  • Bleeding in gums
  • Foul smelling breath that does not seem to go away with brushing