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Emergency Dentistry – Fresno, CA

Call Us for
Your Dental Pain

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Our team understands that the very nature of an emergency is inconvenience and anxiety. As your dedicated family dental healthcare providers, we’re here for you in these stressful times. Please call our dental office immediately to request emergency dentistry in Fresno, CA if you experience a severe toothache, knocked out a tooth, badly damaged teeth, or find yourself in any other precarious dental situation. We do our very best to see emergency cases the same day they call in. If you experience intense bleeding or your emergency extends beyond dental care, please go to the nearest emergency room for assistance first.

Some situations can be remedied or improved by following a few simple tips. While these suggestions do not solve all problems, they offer first-aid care until you can come to our dental office or your local emergency room.

Why Choose the Fresno Family Dental Office of Byron L. Reintjes, DDS for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Complete Menu of Services in One Location
  • Multiple Options for Dental Sedation
  • Variety of Dental PPO Plans Accepted

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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A dental emergency will only grow worse the longer it goes ignored, so we urge you to call us immediately once you realize the there is a problem with your mouth. When you get in touch with us, we can give you tips on managing your situation until you arrive at our dental office. There are many different kinds of emergencies you might experience, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with strategies for dealing with particularly common issues.

Woman with toothache holding cheek


The first step is to rule out pieces of food that have become trapped between your teeth. Floss thoroughly around the area and see if the pain stops. If it does not, you can take a painkiller such as ibuprofen to keep your discomfort under control while waiting for your appointment time. Be prepared to have a root canal performed if your tooth is infected.

Learn About Root Canals

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Chipped/Broken Tooth

Place dental wax over any sharp edges of your tooth and apply a cold compress to your cheek if you experience any swelling. Try to avoid chewing food if you can help it; if you must eat, avoid using the damaged tooth. The solution to a broken tooth will vary depending on the situation; extractions are usually reserved for the most severe cases.

Learn About Tooth Extractions

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Knocked-Out Tooth

Always pick up a lost tooth by the chewing surface and not the root. If you see dirt on the tooth, rinse it off gently with water. (Do not scrub it or use soap.) To preserve the tooth, either put it back in its socket or place it in milk. Try to make it to our dental office within the hour.

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Lost Filling/Crown

Locate the restoration right away. It’s sometimes possible to reattach a crown with dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugarless gum. This should help protect the tooth in the meantime, although you’ll most likely need a new crown or filling once you arrive.

How to Prevent
Dental Emergencies

Woman in dental chair for checkup to prevent dental emergencies

  • Brush at least two times every day, and floss on a daily basis.
  • Visit Dr. Reintjes twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
  • Do not chew on ice cubes, popcorn kernels, hard candy, or other hard surfaces.
  • Get a nightguard to protect your teeth from grinding at night.
  • Invest in a mouthguard if you play any kind of sport.
  • Always use an appropriate tool to open boxes, bottles, and other containers instead of your teeth.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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You should focus on protecting your mouth and stopping your pain during any given dental emergency, but you should also take the time to consider how much you’ll eventually end up paying for your treatment. The cost of a dental emergency will naturally vary since there are many different kinds of issues you might be suffering from. Once we’ve determined the type of treatment you need, we can give you an estimate of the final cost and help you explore your financial options.