At-Home Help For Toothaches

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, our team recognized that a toothache can be annoying, painful or anything in between. This probably explains why, as common as they are, no emergency dentist worth their salt would ever take them lightly. If you suffer from toothaches, intense tooth pain, or tooth sensitivity in any form, it might be a symptom of a more serious condition.

We like to follow a rule at our offices: If your pain feels like an emergency, it’s probably an emergency! This means that, while your toothache might stem from something as simple as brittle food scraping your gum-line, we strongly encourage that patients err on the side of caution. If the pain is consistent, or if it recurs over time, it’s probably best to schedule an appointment with us.

At-Home Solutions

There are a few potential solutions you can try for your toothache before you visit a dentist. However- and we cannot stress this enough – no self-analysis or treatment compares to professional emergency dental care. If your pain won’t go away, or is only getting worse, cease any remedies immediately and visit us for a professional opinion.

The following products can be used to prevent and get rid of toothaches and tooth sensitivity.

  • Pain medication
  • Salt water rinses
  • Cold or warm compresses
  • Medicated ointments

If none of these work, visit us at OnCall Dental in Fresno CA immediately. We offer toothache relief. Patients also come to us for tooth extractions and dental infections. Contact us today!

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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


Your Toothache Might Be An Abscess

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we constantly remind our patients that if something feels like an emergency, they shouldn’t hesitate to see us. However, we know that sometimes pain can seem manageable and a patient might choose to put off treatment.

Our suggestion: don’t even think about it! Your dull ache could actually constitute a serious dental emergency!

When bacteria from food and saliva coat our teeth and we fail to properly clean them, the debris and detritus can infect the gum tissue and teeth. This can cause cracked, broken, or damaged teeth. If left untreated, this leads to a tooth infection.

A dental abscess is a tooth infection where a concentration of pus forms somewhere in or around a tooth as a result of a bacterial infection, and this could be causing your pain.

Symptoms of an Abscess Infection

  • Tooth pain or toothache.
  • Hot or throbbing tooth pain.
  • Bad breath.
  • Gum tenderness or swelling of the gums.
  • Tooth sensitivity.

If you have any of these, you might be suffering from a dental abscess. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the jaw, causing bone and tooth loss. So, listen to what your mouth is telling you! If you’re in pain, contact OnCall Dental in Fresno CA. We specialize in emergency dentistry and provide pain-relief to patients every day. Request an appointment 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


Emergency Toothache?

Toothaches are probably the most common complaint we get from patients at OnCall Dental in Fresno CA. But if toothaches are so common, are they really a dental emergency?

Not always – but they certainly can be! A toothache can range from mild to severe, and we know from experience there’s nothing quite like toothache pain to keep you up at night.

Toothache Types

A tooth with an infection can be painful indeed, and can easily be considered a dental emergency. If it isn’t treated promptly, the infection will not only threaten the tooth, it can spread to other parts of the body and result in serious health issues.

Other common types of toothaches are:

  • Dull, persistent pain. This is easily the most common type, and may be caused by something as simple as food lodged between teeth. Rinsing with warm water and flossing may be enough, but if it continues, give us a call.
  • Sharp pain. This is a real attention-getter, and merits a professional opinion. It could be the result of a loose filling or crown, or tooth trauma, or decay. Call us!
  • Severe throbbing pain. This is definitely something we should see right away. Even if we don’t think the cause needs immediate treatment, we can schedule something soon and advise you on how to deal with the pain.
  • Sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is fairly common. It’s most often felt when eating or drinking very hot or very cold things. Sensitive teeth often respond to special sensitivity toothpastes. But if a reaction to temperature is severe, and lasts more than thirty seconds, let us take a look.

If you have a toothache, you’ll probably be okay – but never take anything for granted. Get it treated right away. At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA we specialize in emergency dentistry. Remember, when it’s urgent 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


Dental Emergencies And Their Signs

There are several common dental emergencies, but just because they are common doesn’t make them unavoidable. In this post from OnCall Dental in Fresno CA we describe the most common dental emergencies, and what you can do to prevent them.

The way you respond to a dental emergency matters: it can make the difference between complete recovery and long-term damage.

Common Dental Emergencies

These are the most common dental emergencies we see in our office:

  • Toothache. Pain is always a giveaway. Of course, there is a difference between an ordinary toothache and one requiring prompt attention. The greater the pain, the more serious is probably is. Severe toothaches may indicate an abscess, which can spread through the body. In the short term a cold compress can relieve pain. You should also call us and describe your symptoms.
  • Tooth trauma. All it takes is a collision on the playing field or a household mishap, and you have a chipped or broken tooth. If part of your tooth breaks off, save it if you can; we may be able to bond it back together. A cold compress and/or over-the-counter pain relievers can help, but come see us.
  • Knocked out tooth. A more serious tooth trauma is a knocked out (avulsed) tooth. This requires immediate attention. Never touch a knocked-out tooth by its root. Place it back in the socket if you can, or just hold it in your mouth. If it’s treated within an hour chances are good the tooth can be saved.

Of course, there will always be accidents and unavoidable dental emergencies. When they happen remember us at OnCall Dental in Fresno CA. We specialize in urgent dental care. Remember, when it’s an emergency 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


Is My Toothache a Dental Emergency?

No one wants pain to linger. From a stubbed toe to a tummyache, we all want pain to go away. Toothache pain can keep you up at night, and at OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we ask: how do you decide that it’s become a dental emergency?

You can’t judge it entirely by how bad the pain is, although severity can be a red flag. If you have toothache pain and it lasts for more than a couple of days, we advise you come see us.

Vanishing Pain?

The most common cause of a toothache is a cavity. When the pain gets really bad, it may mean the cavity has reached an advanced stage. It could also mean an infection.

Whatever is causing the pain, it won’t fix itself. On occasion, toothache pain can vanish before the tooth is treated. Don’t let that fool you! The cause of the toothache is still there. Pain going away on its own could indicate that the soft tissues within the tooth have died. At that point a root canal may be needed to save the tooth.

When you have your toothache treated right away, the main benefit, of course, is that the pain is gone. But you might just be saving the tooth from extraction.

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA we specialize in dental emergencies and toothache relief. Remember, 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


Chipped Tooth, Cracked Tooth: What’s The Difference?

Our patients at OnCall Dental in Fresno present us with different types of tooth damage. Any kind of tooth trauma can be scary, and we take even minor damage seriously, and repair it.

Healthy teeth are really strong, but are as vulnerable to injury as any other part of the body. A little roughhousing among friends, an accident on the playing field, or a mishap at home can cause a serious problem.

Treatment Options

Here are the different types of tooth traumas, and what we can do about them.

  • A chipped tooth is probably the least serious. They don’t usually hurt much, although the tooth’s jagged edge can irritate the mouth’s soft tissue. But it’s possible the tooth interior is exposed. Small chips can be filled and polished, while larger chips may required a crown.
  • A cracked tooth may have a fracture near thte gumline, moving to the outer part of the tooth. Cracked teeth are more likely to be painful, and severe cracks can reach the root and destroy the tooth. Smaller ones can be filled with resin, while larger cracks can splinted and may require a root canal.

At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford we want to know about any tooth trauma right away. Take no chances! We have a lot of experience with dental emergencies. 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


Consider It An Emergency: Abscessed Tooth

A tooth abscess is a severe, painful infection. It’s hard to predict what will happen with an abscessed tooth in the short term, so you should consider it a dental emergency and head on over to OnCall Dental in Fresno.

Abscessed teeth can be dangerous, and they will not get better without treatment. Left untreated, in fact, the infection will probably spread through the jaw and neck. It can even get into the brain, and be fatal.

Take No Chances

That’s why you should never take a toothache for granted, even if it doesn’t seem that bad. Don’t get us wrong: having a toothache does not mean you have an abscessed tooth. Most toothaches, in  fact, are caused by cavities.

But never take it for granted. The main symptoms of a tooth abscess include:

  • A throbbing toothache
  • Pain that radiates through the jaw, neck, or ear
  • Fever
  • Swelling in the face
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold

To repeat: abscessed teeth are hard to predict. Do not take any chances! Assume it’s an emergency, and remember OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford. We treat abscessed teeth and specialize 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


How To Handle A Severe Toothache

We all get toothaches from time to time. Whenever you get one, the best course of action is to have it looked at by a dentist as soon as possible. Remember that the team at OnCall Dental in Fresno is here for you with expert emergency dental care.

Sometimes you can’t get here as soon as you would like to. When that happens there are things you can do at home to relieve the pain, or at least make it bearable. Just remember that no home remedy is a substitute for seeing the dentist.

Self-Care Tips

We’ve prepared a list of things you can do. Pick and choose from this list: they are not a series of steps, and you don’t have to try them all.

There are two things that can help a bad toothache: reducing any inflammation, and cut off signals from the pain site to your brain.

  1. The first objective can be achieved with a cold compress. An ice pack, or even something like a bag of frozen vegetables, is ideal for this. Hold against the side of your jaw for twenty minute intervals. Remember to wrap it in a clean cloth so the cold source is not in direct contact, which could damage your skin.
  2. For the other goal, take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen. This helps to cut off the signals to your brain, and is also an anti-inflammatory. Read the label and follow the instructions to the letter.

In addition, you can:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
  • Try garlic. Crush it into a fine paste (use the flat of a knife blade) and apply it directly to the affected area.
  • Try clove oil. This is an old home remedy that can reduce inflammation and pain, and even sterilize the inside of your mouth. Put a few drops on a cotton ball and apply directly to the tooth.

The important thing, though, is professional treatment. At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford, toothache relief is among our emergency dentistry specialties. In an emergency no appointment is needed. 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


Emergency Extractions

A toothache is an SOS from your brain that something is wrong. If you or someone in your home has a toothache there is no need to suffer. Remember the team at OnCall Dental in Fresno. We are here to help!

Severe toothache pain is unbearable, and may also be a sign of something seriously wrong. In a worst case scenario the tooth may need to be extracted. If you have tried everything from pain relievers to ice packs but nothing helps, it’s time for a professional opinion.

Signs

Even intense tooth pain can subside on its own, but you should never take anything for granted. Waiting too long may make things worse. The following are signs that you may need an extraction.

  • Intense and persistent pain. If your pain isn’t responding to basic home remedies like ice or pain relievers.
  • Severe tooth damage. Pain that results from a damaged tooth may require extraction.
  • Painful swelling. If there is swelling along the jaw it may be a sign of infection. This should be treated promptly to prevent spreading. An infected tooth may require extraction.

Any of these symptoms are serious enough for immediate professional attention.  At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford we perform tooth extractions, and other dental emergencies. In an emergency no appointment is needed. 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


Emergency Dentistry Issues

When you think of “dental emergency,” your thoughts may automatically go to cracked or broken teeth, or even a knocked out tooth. These are all genuine dental emergencies, but at OnCall Dental in Fresno we treat plenty of other emergencies, too.

We are fully equipped to treat any of the following emergencies:

  • Severe toothache. A toothache may not strike you as an emergency, but they certainly can be. It could be an infected tooth requiring immediate treatment.
  • Something stuck between your teeth. Objects like popcorn kernels can get wedged so severely between two of your teeth that it may be like it’s going to be stuck forever. We can get it out.
  • Bit lip or tongue. We can treat soft tissue injuries in the mouth. These can be scary because they tend to bleed a lot.
  • Knocked out tooth. We mentioned this at the top, but mention it again because this is one of the most serious dental emergencies there is. If it’s treated promptly there is a good chance the tooth can be saved, but it’s a race against the clock.

Never take pain or injury to a tooth for granted; it is better to be safe than sorry! At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford we treat all kinds of dental emergencies. In an emergency no appointment is needed. Walk-ins are always welcome!

Contact OnCall Dental

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

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