Category Archives: Emergency Services

Emergency dental services by Peter Mani, DDS emergency dentist Riverside CA.

Weekend dentist

We are one of the few dentists in Riverside CA who is open on Saturdays.   We open on Saturday from 8am to noon.  We do answer the phone after hours and throughout the weekend.  If you are a patient of record and have been seen recently we can often give advice for your dental need or even dental emergency.  We can even arrange to have the dentist come in on Sunday or after hours for a nominal fee.  So if you are looking for a dentist who works on Saturday give us a call.  If it is the weekend and you are in Riverside, CA or any of the other surrounding cities like Moreno Valley, Corona, Norco, Lake Elsinore, Colton, or even San Bernadino, give us a call at (951) 687-8700.  Have a great weekend!

Extraction follow up care

So you’ve had your tooth extracted today?  Your extraction won’t stop bleeding?  Here are some important steps to ensure proper healing of your extraction.

We are writing this instructions list for patient’s of Dr Peter Mani DDS, General dentist in Riverside CA.

First step is to bite on gauze provided by your dentist.  Put firm pressure on the extraction site.  This will allow a clot to form in the extraction socket.  Make sure to bite down and do not spit the blood out or saliva out as doing so will cause a suction and cause more bleeding to occur.  Also do not suck through a straw as this will cause more bleeding to occur as well.  If you were given any pain medication, sometimes it is a good idea to take the pain medication before the numbness / anesthesia wears off.  This will ensure the most comfort as soreness or pain is expected after an extraction.

Avoid eating grainy foods, stuff like popcorn kernels, rice, chips, and other small items will go into your extraction site and cause delayed healing.

If you smoke cigarettes or even use a e-cigarette or vape, discontinue while tooth extraction is healing.  Smoking can decrease the blood flow to an extraction site delaying the healing process.

If you run out of gauze and your extraction is still bleeding, you can also bite down on a tea bag.  This will help the bleeding slow down and or make the bleeding stop.  Bleeding can occur for many hours after an extraction, sometimes even up to a day later.  If you experience more than expected bleeding from a tooth extraction or the bleeding won’t stop from an extraction done at our office, give us a call at 951-687-8700.

Tooth extractions when the tooth can not be restored

tooth extractions by Peter Mani DDS Riverside CAThis tooth had deep decay to the point that the tooth could not be saved.  The only way to get the patient out pain was to extract the tooth.  Sometimes they say if you wait for a tooth to hurt then its beyond the point of fixing it with just a filling or a crown.  Sometimes if you have pain and you wait too long, then the tooth can’t be fixed at all and results in the loss of the tooth.  We do most extractions in our office including routine extractions, surgical extractions, some wisdom teeth, even some impacted wisdom teeth.  However if the tooth is too impacted or complicated we refer you to an oral surgeon.  If you have a tooth that is hurting you, give us a call so we can help you figure out what is going on.  Photo of actual patient of Peter Mani DDS, used with permission and consent of the patient.

Chipped teeth Emergency Dentist Riverside CA

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Dental accidents happen all the time and people are often calling for a emergency dentist in Riverside CA.

This patient hit and chipped her front teeth on a boat deck.  She came in as an emergency patient and of course her parents were worried about her front teeth. Although it often would require to do crowns or veneers to repair a case like this, we were able to fix it with some simple bonding. The best way to keep healthy teeth is to be careful and prevent problems from happening. BUT accidents do happen and it’s not the end of the world. If you are looking for an emergency dentist in Riverside CA give us a call!  If it is a life threatening emergency of course call 911.   (Photo of actual patient of Peter Mani DDS and used with permission and consent of patient).

If you have a dental emergency call us at 951-687-8700.  We often answer the phone after hours as well.

Toothaches and root canals

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When a patient has a tooth that is hurting them VERY bad, it is often due to tooth decay going into the tooth’s nerve. People say tooth pain is the worst pain. I have even heard people say it is worse than having a baby.
This patient had a cavity in their lower molar. Someone had tried to put a temporary filling in there but as you can see in the xray image on the left, it only covered the top part while the cavity was deep within the tooth.
A root canal was done on this tooth to save the tooth and to get the patient out of pain. A root canal is when the decay is removed, then the nerve of the tooth is removed using dental files (see middle photo). Then the nerve is replaced with a rubber material called gutta percha (see photo on right). A root canal is a good way to save a tooth but the best way for healthy teeth is to prevent getting a root canal in the first place. Once the root canal is completed it can sometimes be filled but usually it will require a crown if you want to be able to chew on hard things with it. (Photos of actual patient of Peter Mani DDS used with consent and permission of patient).