Emergency Dental Service
A dental emergency is any oral health problem that requires immediate attention to stop persistent bleeding, save a tooth, or relieve significant pain. A loose tooth, bleeding gums, or lingering toothache are all prime examples of dental emergencies. At Nivedita Nijhawan, DDS, in Fresno, CA, we specialize in prompt and reliable, in-office urgent care services that support the immediate health and wellbeing of our patients.
We Offer Urgent Care for These Dental Emergencies
Dr. Nijhawan and our staff are highly trained to handle these dental emergencies:
Unless you’re in great pain, a loose bridge is generally not considered a dental emergency. However, you should still schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Nijhawan as soon as possible to keep the situation from getting worse.
If you have lost the crown, you can coat the tooth surface with an over-the-counter dental cement (available at many pharmacies) to temporarily seal the area until Dr. Nijhawan can repair it. Whether your crown is loose or lost, contact our office in Fresno as soon as possible.
A loose or lost filling is typically not an emergency. However, it can be painful because the exposed tooth tissue is often sensitive to temperature, pressure, and air. If you lose a filling, put it in a safe place and make an appointment in our office as soon as you can.
Broken or Chipped Teeth
Fixing a chipped tooth depends on how much of the tooth has broken off. Usually, a chipped tooth isn’t an emergency and can be corrected with dental bonding. This means that Dr. Nijhawan will apply a strong, tooth-colored material to it to restore the tooth’s shape and appearance.
Soft Tissue Damage and Gum Bleeding
In most cases, bleeding gums indicate a form of gum disease, which is an emergency our practice can help treat. Dr. Nijhawan will likely perform a deep dental cleaning or scaling and root planing procedure to help remove any infection within the gums. Additionally, an oral rinse may be prescribed to help reduce inflammation and infection.
Loose or Knocked-Out Teeth
Knocking out or loosening a tooth is definitely a medical emergency. If an adult tooth is knocked out, try putting it back in place and call our office immediately. Don’t ever try to reinsert a baby tooth. Instead, bring your child to Dr. Nighawan immediately. If you can’t put an adult tooth back into position, place it in milk and contact us.
As a more serious dental emergency, a tooth abscess may require immediate root canal therapy (RCT) by Dr. Nijhawan. This involves drilling into the affected tooth to drain the abscess and remove any infected tissue. Go immediately to the nearest emergency
department if you have an abscessed tooth accompanied by a high fever.
One of the most common causes of a bad toothache is severe decay or an infection. To resolve this issue, Dr. Nijhawan may need to perform root canal therapy (RCT). After she finishes the procedure, you will begin to feel significantly better than when you first came in. Sometimes, it is also necessary to restore the tooth with a dental filling or crown, a process that can be done during the same visit (Cerec same-day crown) or a follow-up appointment.
Having a piece of a tooth break off and fall out is certainly startling. And if there is pain or blood involved, it is definitely considered a dental emergency. Even if it doesn’t hurt or bleed, a cracked tooth or chipped tooth should be seen soon by Dr. Nijhawan. However, the amount of urgency depends on the type and severity of the problem.
Have a Dental Emergency? Give Us a Call Now!
At Dr. Nivedita Nijhawan, DDS, our patients are our top priority. When you have a dental emergency, Dr. Nijhawan and our staff make every effort to ensure that you are seen in our office as soon as possible. We offer flexible business hours to accommodate all patients, including those with dental emergencies. If you are in the Fresno, CA, area and are experiencing a dental problem that requires immediate attention, call our office now at (559) 224-1303.