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Dental emergencies: a how-to guide

Are you in need of an emergency dentist in Edinburgh? Our emergency dentists at Polwarth Dental Clinic are here to help.

We pride ourselves on the fact that we can examine every emergency patient on the same day they call us, so you can be certain that we can ease your pain and restore your beautiful smile.

emergency-dentist-in-edinburghDental emergencies are more common than you may think and one of the leading reasons why children are admitted to hospital in the United Kingdom. Whether you have a broken tooth, a stubborn toothache or have lost a tooth completely, it is likely that you need immediate treatment. As for most dental emergencies, looking for fast treatment is important.

Common dental emergencies and how to handle them

Sometimes it is difficult to assess what constitutes a dental emergency, but if you are suffering from one of the following implications, then you should arrange an appointment with an emergency dentist as soon as possible. Our emergency dentist in Edinburgh will examine you even with very little notice.


While tooth decay is often the primary cause of a severe toothache, infection and gum disease are also potential causes of a toothache. If you suffer from a toothache for more than two days, it is recommended that you visit an emergency dentist as soon as possible to have it treated. An untreated toothache may lead to more severe dental complications such as dental abscesses.

Cracked or fragmented teeth

Chipped, cracked and fragmented teeth can be caused by eating something very hard or may be the result of the rupturing of old fillings due to wear and tear. Cracked teeth require immediate treatment to prevent further infection.

Broken teeth

If you have lost a tooth completely because of an accident, then it is a race against time to save it. Our emergency dentist in Edinburgh will restore your broken tooth to its previous function. You can help prolong the life of your tooth until you get to the dentist by re-inserting it in the correct socket in your gum line or by storing it in a solution made with milk or saliva.

Don’t panic, call the emergency dentist

We all do our best to avoid injury but sometimes accidents still happen. Chipped, cracked or even teeth that have been completely are all things we would rather not have to deal with. Sometimes there is no sudden trauma, but a nagging toothache that suddenly flares up leaving you in pain, swollen or bleeding. At Polwarth Dental Clinic, our emergency dentist in Edinburgh is on hand to help,whatever the dental emergency is.

emergency-dentistGet help fast

When you need an emergency dentist in Edinburgh, call us and we will see you that very same day. Using all of the modern dental techniques and technology we have at our disposal we aim to leave you pain-free on your first visit with a maximum cost of £70.

High quality care always available

At Polwarth Dental Clinic,you are guaranteed an emergency appointment, but, more than that, you can rest assured that your treatment will be carried out by our experienced and highly trained emergency dentist in Edinburgh. Your individual needs and personal concerns will be listened to, and the treatment that best caters to you will be provided.

A full range of treatments

At Polwarth Dental Clinic, we handle emergency dental treatment, and once the emergency is over,we continue to provide you with state-of-the-art, high quality care. With a full range of treatments available from our emergency dentist in Edinburgh, we offer more than just emergency care, but everything from dental implants and root canal treatment to invisible braces, porcelain veneers and crowns. Looking out for the whole family, we treat both adults and children to ensure dental health starts early and continues on throughout a lifetime.

Get in touch today

With emergency dental care, general and cosmetic dentistry to address all of your dental concerns, Polwarth Dental Clinic is waiting to welcome you to join our community of patients. Understanding the financial burden of dental treatment, we also provide interest-free credit in certain cases to help manage the costs. Contact us today for safe, high quality dental care in a friendly, caring environment.

If you are in need of an emergency dentist in Edinburgh now, call 0131 229 8143 for an immediate appointment.

We’ve all been there…

It’s a normal day like any other.It’s been a busy day at the office, and someone from accounts is handing around toffees.You have promised yourself you would steer clear of sugary stuff, but you’re tired and need a bit of a pick me up.You pop the toffee in your mouth and….CRACK.Unbeknownst to you – until now – it’s the final straw for your molar, and you find yourself in absolute agony.The office first aider can do nothing, and all you can do is reach for the painkillers and find the number of a local emergency dentist in Edinburgh.

emergency-dentist-in-edinburghA little about us

It is worth knowing in advance that we’re here. Here at The Polwarth Dental Centre we provide the highest possible quality dental care, using the latest technology and equipment in Edinburgh. Emergency dentist treatment can sometimes be rushed and feel impersonal. We will act quickly and efficiently without rushing, making sure that our emergency patients are treated exactly the same as our regular patients. In fact, if it is your first time, our aim is for you to want to return.

What else we offer

Our excellent dental practice also offers a range of other treatments. We offer cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening, teeth straightening, dental implants and veneers. We have extensive experience in children’s dentistry, and we also do general and restorative work, such as fillings, root canal treatments and tooth cleaning. Our dental professionals are highly trained and strive to ensure any dental treatment is undertaken carefully, taking into consideration your dental and medical history.

Efficient and cost-effective

In fact, we make a promise to see every emergency dental patient on the exact same day that you contact us.We will do everything we can to take away the pain as quickly as possible.Further, we will charge an absolute maximum of £70 for your emergency dental visit, guaranteed.

So, pop The Polwarth Dental Centre in your address book, you never know when you might need an emergency dentist in Edinburgh that you know you can trust to do a good job. The number you need to know is 0131 229 8143.

Fast dental treatment when you need it most

Even if you look after teeth carefully, sometimes the unexpected can happen and you can have an accident such as chipping or knocking out a tooth. That’s when you can call our emergency dentist in Edinburgh.

emergency-dentistAt Polwarth Dental Clinic, we are here for you when the unexpected happens and we know how difficult dental issues can be so we aim to see patients on the day they request an appointment.

If you do have a missing tooth or any other damage, the quicker you see your dentist, the better especially if you are hoping to have your tooth reattached. The body works fast when you have any injury to seal the area and this is what we want it to do! However, it can quickly make it less likely that the area will accept the tooth back so please do call us with as much detail as possible as soon as you can. Swift action can also reduce the risk of infection.

What we will do

We can offer a range of services depending on what you need and what you want to do. We will obviously examine the area thoroughly and may need to take x-rays to check for any deep damage.

If necessary, we can offer a local anaesthetic to assist with pain. In extreme cases, damaged teeth may need to be removed but we will explore as many options as we can to prevent this from happening and, if it does, we can talk to you about dental implants.

Emergency Dentist in Edinburgh

At Polwarth Dental Clinic, we understand the importance of customer care especially in sensitive situations such as when you need an emergency dentist. Edinburgh is a wonderful city in which to have our clinic and we are pleased to be able to offer the care you need when you need it most.

Our qualified team of health professionals is on hand to see you as soon as possible, offer diligent care and guidance and take you through the steps of any treatment you might need. We can also advise on how to care for your teeth in the long term to prevent further issues.

Guaranteed emergency dentist appointment on the day you call

There’s nothing more painful than toothache, from an infected or abscessed tooth. It goes right through your head, ears and sometimes even your throat. Toothache makes it hard to do anything except lie down in a dark room, and find the number for an emergency dentist in Edinburgh.

emergency-dental-careAnd there’s nothing more frustrating, when, having found an emergency dentist in Edinburgh, you are told that sorry, but they can’t see you today because all their appointments are already booked up.

At Polwarth Dental Clinic, we will not let you down when you need us the most. We guarantee that we will see you on the day you call, and will do our utmost to make sure that you leave us pain-free.

At this emergency dentist in Edinburgh, Dr Willie MacEachen and Dr Willie Black use the latest equipment and techniques. Even if you are in pain, they will listen to your personal needs to make sure you get the care you require.

You need not worry that we will not be able to help you. Our Edinburgh emergency dentists are skilled and experienced in handling a wide range of problems, including toothache, infections, abscessed teeth, teeth that have been knocked out or broken.

If you are coming to see the emergency dentist in Edinburgh because you have had one or more teeth knocked out, please wrap the lost teeth up carefully and make sure you bring them with you. If you do, there is a high chance that our emergency dentist will be able to put them back.

When you come to see the emergency dentist, you will receive a thorough examination of the injured area. This may include dental x-rays to determine the extent of the damage to your teeth and jaw. If you are suffering pain, we will also use a local anaesthetic to numb the area. The emergency dentist will also sterilise the area, so that the risk of infection is reduced. Then, depending on the case, the emergency dentist, will restore the damaged or lost teeth.

At Polwarth Dental Clinic, we guarantee that your emergency dentist appointment will get you pain-free for a maximum cost of £70. Make a note of our number, 0131 229 8143.

Help! I need an emergency dentist in Edinburgh

When you have a dental emergency, it is important to come and see a dentist straight away to ensure that you have the best chances of recovery and getting the correct treatment for your dental problem. Getting treated by the correct dental professional is important. Polwarth Dental clinic can help you when you need an emergency dentist in Edinburgh.

What is a dental emergency?

emergency-dentist-in-EdinburghA “dental emergency” is a broad term that covers any high priority dental treatment which requires immediate attention. Usually if there is a dental emergency it may be accompanied by pain of varying severity but this is not always the case. If there is a lot of pain in your teeth or mouth however this is usually a sure sign of a dental emergency. Pain from a dental emergency can occur from either the tooth itself or from the surrounding tissues.

How do I know if my problem is a dental emergency?

If it is not immediately obvious to you that you are having a dental emergency, or if you would like to talk to us to discuss the severity of your case and what can be done, please contact us immediately and we will be able to talk you through your options and will most likely invite you to come to the practice.

If you are not sure about whether or not your dental problem qualifies as a dental emergency, you can contact us on 0131 229 8143, and discuss it with one of our team who can advise you further. If you have a dental emergency, Polwarth Dental Clinic will aim to book you in for an appointment within the same day and will also strive to have you pain-free within your first visit with a maximum charge of £70.

What will happen when I visit the emergency dentist in Edinburgh

At the practice an experienced dental clinician will be able listen to your description of the pain as well as observe your mouth and should be able to make a diagnosis. This may also involve an X-ray of the mouth in some cases to determine the cause of the problem.

When you need an emergency dentist, help is just a phone call away

An emergency dentist can help with all manner of urgent problems. If you are in pain, distressed, or have lost a tooth, contact Polwarth Dental Clinic straight away for an appointment with an Edinburgh emergency dentist.

emergency-dentist-edinburghWe keep some appointments set aside for urgent cases every day at our Edinburgh dental practice, and will always try to get you in to see the emergency dentist on the same day whenever possible. Contact Polwarth Dental Clinic now on 0131 2298143 if you believe you require an emergency dentist in Edinburgh.

The first priority of your Edinburgh emergency dentist will always be to get you out of pain, because dental pain can be very severe and upsetting. It is not always possible to fully cure a condition in a single emergency appointment, so you may need to come back to our Edinburgh clinic at a later date so that the dentist can complete your treatment. However, it is our aim to get ever emergency patient out of pain for a maximum of £70.

Among the situations your Edinburgh emergency dentist can help with are:

Lost/knocked out teeth

This is a common problem that can cause a lot of distress in patients. If you still have the tooth, you may be able to reinsert it into the socket yourself (clean it with saliva first, only touch the crown, and bite down on a clean paper towel for 15-20 minutes if you are successful). Otherwise, clean it with saliva and hold it in your cheek or put it in a clean container covered in saliva or milk, then bring it to your Edinburgh dentist.

Severe toothache – with or without a dental abscess

Tooth pain can be severe, and even mild toothache should never be ignored. You should book the next available standard appointment with your Edinburgh dentist if you are suffering mild toothache. If it is severe, even unbearable, it’s time to call the emergency dentist.

Severe tooth pain is often a sign of infection, which may require root canal treatment to fully cure. However, your Edinburgh emergency dentist will endeavour to get you out of pain initially.

Treatment from an emergency dentist: getting you out of pain

Our Edinburgh emergency dentist will endeavour to see all patients on the same day whenever possible. Polwarth Dental Clinic in keeps appointments aside for emergency cases every day. We will always endeavour to get you out of pain at your first appointment, for a maximum cost of £70. Additional appointments, with associated costs, are often needed to fully rectify the situation.

emergency-dental-careBoth patients registered with Polwarth Dental Clinic and those who either do not have a dentist or are visiting Edinburgh can see the emergency dentist. It’s important to act promptly in emergency situations, because dental pain can often be nigh-on unbearable, and conditions will only get worse and more serious the longer that you leave them.

What your Edinburgh emergency dentist can do

Knocked-out tooth/teeth

Teeth can frequently be knocked out if you suffer a blow to the head or face. You always need to call an emergency dentist in this scenario.

Often, your emergency dentist can put the teeth back in the socket and temporarily strap them to surrounding teeth for support. You can try to put the tooth back yourself, but never force it. If you succeed, bite down on a clean paper towel for 15-20 minutes and call the dentist.

If you can’t reinsert the tooth, cover it in milk and bring it to your Edinburgh dentist.

Never try to put a child’s milk tooth back in, because this can damage the adult tooth developing underneath. Instead, bring your child to the emergency dentist.

Unbearable toothache

Severe toothache requires a visit to the emergency dentist. At our Edinburgh clinic our first priority is always to get you out of pain, before fully curing any underlying conditions.

Extreme toothache is often indicative of an infection, for which you may need to revisit our Edinburgh dental practice for root canal treatment, in order to save your tooth.

Broken teeth

If you break your teeth you should call your Edinburgh emergency dentist immediately. With simple, clean breaks, the dentist can sometimes bond the tooth fragments back together. If this isn’t possible they will smooth rough edges and talk you through tooth replacement options.

Getting help from an Edinburgh emergency dentist

If you need an Edinburgh emergency dentist, get in touch with the team at Polwarth Dental Care on 0131 2298143. We reserve some appointments for urgent cases every day, and will try to see all emergency patients on the same day whenever possible. Our first priority will be to get you out of pain.

emergency-dentistWhether you are a registered patient of Polwarth Dental Care, or you are a new patient – perhaps even a visitor to Edinburgh – we will fix you an appointment with an Edinburgh emergency dentist as soon as possible.

We welcome patients of all ages who need an emergency dentist. Below are some common dental emergencies, but remember that if anything has left you in pain or very distressed you should get in touch with a dentist straight away.


Toothache is usually caused by decay or infection. Bearable toothache should warrant the next available regular appointment with your dentist, but if the pain becomes unbearable you should call an emergency dentist.

Your Edinburgh emergency dentist may be able to remove your decay to get you out of pain, then fill your tooth permanently in a single appointment, but Infections will usually take at least two appointments to fully clear.

Knocked-out tooth

Child (milk tooth)

Never on any account try to put a milk tooth back in the socket, because this could damage the adult tooth beneath. Instead, contact your Edinburgh emergency dentist (and possibly the tooth fairy).


You may be able to reinsert the tooth yourself, but don’t force it. Bite down on a clean paper towel for 15-20 minutes if you manage to do so, and call the emergency dentist.

If you can’t put the tooth in yourself, clean it with saliva as necessary and bring it with you to your Edinburgh dentist.

Broken tooth

Broken teeth require a visit to the emergency dentist. What your dentist will do will depend on the type and amount of damage, the location of your tooth, and your general oral health. In many cases permanent restoration will need at least two appointments. However, your dentist will get you out of pain at the first session.

Calling an emergency dentist: what they can do to get you out of pain

If you need an emergency dentist in Edinburgh, contact Polwarth Dental Clinic on 0131 2298143 without delay. The practice endeavours to see all emergency cases on the same day, and the emergency dentist will work hard to get you out of pain at your first appointment for a flat fee of £70. Additional appointments may be required to fully treat the underlying problem.

Polwarth Dental Clinic in Edinburgh provides emergency dentist appointments for both adults and children. The earlier you contact us, the more change you have been seen on the same day. Both existing patients and those who are not currently registered with us but need an Edinburgh emergency dentist are welcome.

emergency-dental-careThe quickest way to get in touch with us is by telephone, although you can also complete the contact form on our website.

Common problems your Edinburgh emergency dentist can help with include:

Severe/unbearable toothache

Never ignore a toothache because it will only get worse, and is indicative of a serious underlying problem such as infection or decay. Mild toothache should prompt you to book the next available standard appointment at our Edinburgh dental practice, whilst severe or unbearable toothache requires an emergency dentist.

Your dentist will first get you out of pain. Tooth decay can usually be treated in a single appointment, whilst infected teeth need may require several appointments to complete treatment.

Broken tooth

Teeth are frequently broken during accidents or injuries involving the face. Even a small crack should prompt an appointment at our Edinburgh dental clinic, because the tiniest crack can allow bacteria into the tooth, causing infection.

In the case of more badly damaged teeth, it is sometimes possible for a dentist to bond the fragments back together. Alternatively, solutions such as white fillings, crowns, or composite bonding may be offered.

Knocked out tooth

An emergency dentist can sometimes reimplant the tooth in the socket. If fact, you may be able to do so yourself. Never force it, and never try to put a baby tooth back in a child’s mouth. Instead, bring them to an Edinburgh emergency dentist.