Is Wisdom Tooth Removal An Emergency?

OnCall Dental in Fresno CA knows how hard it can be to identify a dental emergency. With so many potential sources for pain and discomfort in the mouth and teeth, how can you know when something is a symptom of a larger, long-running problem, and when it’s an emergency that needs to be treated immediately?

Wisdom teeth tend to fall into both of these categories, depending on the circumstances and the situation. This is the main reason for the difficulty in diagnosis; most people don’t know if wisdom teeth require immediate care or not.

Err On The Side of Dental Care

In order to mitigate any risks, we always encourage our patients to err on the side of caution. Emergency dental care doesn’t only stem and mitigate the effects of a single ailment; it can also go a long way toward improving your dental health for years to come. An immediate fix during a crucial moment might prevent systemic issues from affecting your teeth and gums.

How Can Wisdom Teeth Be An Emergency?

In many ways, of course! Mainly, an erupted wisdom tooth can push against the existing teeth and misalign them. This can cause issues ranging from a difficulty brushing and flossing, all the way to tooth loss. It’s a wide scale, but it’s better to extract a wisdom tooth as early as possible to prevent any issues. Wisdom teeth can also cause pain at the eruption site and leave gum tissue inflamed. This can lead to issues like gum disease or an infection requiring a root canal.

Though wisdom teeth can start out as minor inconveniences – and some people don’t even suffer any symptoms – most of the time, it can evolve into a full-blown, painful emergency before you have time to think. If you wake up with intense pain in your back teeth, have trouble opening your mouth to chew, or feel any other symptoms of a major infection, we recommend visiting us for a wisdom tooth extraction as soon as possible. This is doubly important for young adults, as wisdom teeth tend to come out between the ages of 17-25 and can define our dental journey moving forward.

OnCall Dental in Fresno CA wants all our patients to trust our emergency dental care. Our team is ready to help you with extractions or any other issues you might have. Walk-ins are always welcome! 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


Gum Disease And Other Subtle Emergencies

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we know that certain urgent care situations can be hard to identify. After all, many dental emergencies share symptoms with minor dental issues that resolve over time. In order to make it easy for you to identify those emergencies, we have put together a list of subtle ones that are often misconstrued as common problems.

The Most Common Subtle Emergencies

  • Swollen Gums: While minor swelling might indicate a piece of lodged food or a minor infection, it could also be a sign of early stage periodontal disease. If you brush and floss consistently and the swelling persists, you should schedule a visit with us immediately.
  • Toothaches: While toothaches and tooth sensitivity might be the result of a momentary lapse in your dental routine, or an abrasion caused by sharp, brittle foods, they can also be a sign of an abscessed tooth or a large cavity that requires a root canal.
  • Staining: Though blemishes on your teeth might seem purely cosmetic, this is only true of marks caused by tetracycline and food stains. If a mark is due to a cavity or an infection, you might lose a tooth without emergency treatment.
  • Cavities: On a related note, cavities themselves can constitute an emergency. When they are small, a simple drill-and-fill at a general dentist can suffice. However, when they’ve grown large and out of control, emergency dental care might be necessary to prevent the affected tooth from becoming a detriment to nearby teeth.

OnCall Dental in Fresno CA always holds fast to one rule: if it feels like an emergency, it probably is! So don’t hesitate. Patients come to us for tooth infections, cracked tooth repair, and root canals. Contact us today! Walk-ins are welcome!

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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


A Dedicated Emergency Dentistry Team

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we know how stressful a dental emergency can be. It is certainly not a situation that lacks for pain, discomfort, and anxiety. At our practice, we always endeavor to calm you down by immediately and effectively treating pain.

When you arrive, we won’t keep you waiting for extra time, sitting in a chair and holding your face while we bore you with jargon. Instead, we will prioritize your comfort and immediately begin work on whatever is ailing you. Our priority is always your quick and safe return home.

Our team is comprised exclusively of educated emergency dentistry professionals. From the moment you arrive in our offices, you will be surrounded by people who know what they are doing and who can expedite your visit so you can get back to your day.

The Importance of a Dedicated Team

Even if you have a general dentist, it still might be in your best benefit to have a dedicated emergency dental team you can trust. After all, not all clinics are as available as we are, and dental emergencies don’t often adhere to the schedule. In a pinch, it is absolutely crucial to have a number to dial; otherwise, you might have to suffer through discomfort and anxiety until you can visit a general dentist.

At our practice, we help with minor and major emergencies like:

  • Abscessed teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Infections that might need root canals
  • Dental pain

This is just a small list of the emergency dentistry services we offer at OnCall Dental in Fresno CA. Patients also come to us for toothache relief. Don’t wait! Contact us today. Walk-ins are welcome!

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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


How To Avoid Tooth Infections And Other Emergencies

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we know emergencies can sneak up on you. However, even the most seemingly sudden emergencies can actually have long-running causes that go unnoticed by patients. In this article, we will focus on the steps you can take to ensure that you avoid infections and other emergencies.

The Steps You Can Take

  1. Brushing and Flossing: This might seem obvious, but increasing the consistency of your dental care routine can boost your immunity to dental issues. Keeping your gums and teeth free of bacteria can go a long way toward avoiding infections and abscesses. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid floss picks.
  2. Watch What You Eat: Eating hard, brittle food can damage your enamel. So can eating too much sugar or starch, as these create acids in your mouth that eat away at your tooth structure. Watching what you eat is an effective preventative measure for avoiding tooth infections.
  3. Drink Lots of Water: Drinking water before and after eating is a surefire way of ensuring food debris doesn’t lodge itself in your teeth and gums. If you can’t brush, drink some water!

All in all, maintaining proper dental and overall health is the best way of avoiding an emergency. However, OnCall Dental in Fresno CA knows that sometimes, no matter what we do, emergencies happen. Patients visit us for broken, cracked, and chipped tooth repair, as well as other emergency dental services. Walk-ins are welcome! 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


Dental Emergency Statistics

At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we want all our patients to stay informed of the importance of emergency dentistry. Don’t ever hesitate to come to our offices for a dental problem. If you’re wondering whether its an emergency, it probably warrants that sort of worry, and we would wager that you’re right!

In order to stress the crucial relationship between emergency dental clinics and their patients, we have put together a list of dental emergency stats from a host of different sources. Check it out below!

Stats From The Centers for Disease Control

A study by the CDC found that, in 2020:

  • 13.2% of children aged 5-19 years had untreated dental issues
  • 25.9% of adults aged 20-44 had untreated dental issues.
  • 85.9% of children aged 2-17 years had a dental visit in the past year.
  • 63% of adults aged 18 and over had dental visit in the past year.

What Does it Mean?

We are seeing a sharp drop-off in dental visits and a similarly high uptick in dental issues. This happens specifically during the transition from childhood to adulthood. If we take these statistics as indicative of anything, it’s that, when we are children, dental care is prioritized for us. But, a lot of us stop caring once we reach a certain age! If this trend continues, it could mean a nationwide epidemic of tooth loss. Make sure to not add to these negative statistics by visiting us regularly!

Stats From The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project

Another study, this one by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, found that, in 2018:

  • There were 2 million dental-related emergency visits in the United States. accounting for 1.4 percent of the 143 million total emergency visits.
  • 94.5 percent of dental-related visits were treat and release.

What Does it Mean?

Even with the drop-off at 20 years of age, dental emergency visits still account for a huge percentage of overall emergencies. This points to the importance emergency dentistry plays in society. As for the second statistic, it’s good news for the average dental patient! It means that most emergency visits were treated on a same-day basis and the patients got to return to their homes without extensive surgical work.

We encourage our patients to read both of these studies, as they contain these and many other important facts. They might help you realize how common dental emergencies are! You’re not alone. Many patients rely on emergency dentistry from OnCall Dental in Fresno CA and think nothing of it. If dental anxiety is still a concern when deciding on emergency treatment, we offer sedation options and a comfortable, judgment-free atmosphere. 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


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


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!

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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


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!

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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


Immediate Dental Care!

A dental emergency is any situation involving the mouth that requires immediate professional attention. By definition they happen without warning. When they do, stay calm and remember the team  here at OnCall Dental in Fresno.

Lots of situations can be considered dental emergencies. Their common threads are mouth pain, discomfort, and injury – one or all of these.

What We Can Treat

Not all dentists are able to provide urgent care, but that’s where we come in. The emergencies we can and have treated include:

  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Tooth infections
  • Avulsed (knocked  out) teeth
  • Toothaches
  • Objects stuck between teeth

In an emergency you should seek professional treatment right away; don’t take anything for granted. In the short term, you can (as applicable) rinse your mouth out with warm water or apply a cold pack. But heading straight to our office is essential.

At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford we are equpped to treat a full range of dental emergencies. In an urgent situation an appointment is not 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