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When is it time to call your emergency dentist in Edinburgh?

People often put off going to see their dentist for as long as possible, but when it’s an emergency it is important that you get dental advice straight away. At Polwarth Dental Clinic we understand what it is like to experience severe tooth pain and we want to resolve your problems as soon as possible for you. If you are experiencing discomfort or intense tooth pain, make an appointment with our emergency dentist in Edinburgh the same day so we can investigate the causes of your problems and help prevent any additional damage from taking place.     


What constitutes an emergency?

There are a multitude of reasons as to why someone would need to see our emergency dentist in Edinburgh. Teeth getting knocked out in sporting injuries or chipped in accidents are common reasons for someone to seek assistance with us at Polwarth Dental Clinic, as well as severe tooth pain. Aggressive tooth pain can be caused for a variety of reasons, so whether your pain has gradually gotten worse over time or appeared suddenly overnight, it is important that you make an appointment as soon as possible so we are able to diagnose the problem.

Wisdom teeth can often cause problems when they aren’t growing through straight, putting pressure on your other teeth and causing them to move, or breaking the surface of your gum and causing infection. In these circumstances your wisdom teeth will often be removed, but they are not the only thing that can cause tooth pain. Bad oral hygiene can lead to a build-up of plaque and tartar, resulting in the perfect surroundings for bacteria to thrive, leading to more complicated problems. Abscesses and swelling also cause discomfort and pain that would require emergency attention. 

Make sure you care for your knocked out tooth correctly

If your tooth has fallen out or been chipped it is vital that you contact our emergency dentist in Edinburgh as soon as possible to ensure that you have the highest chances of restoring your tooth. Once you have contacted us at Polwarth Dental Clinic it is important to make sure that you take care of your tooth correctly until the time of your appointment. Your tooth, or chipped bit of tooth, needs to be stored in either milk or saliva to make sure it stays clean and free from bacteria. Do not store it in water or a tissue as this can damage it. When touching your tooth you must hold it by the crown, the white part of your tooth that is always exposed within your mouth. The root of your tooth contains nerves and should not be touched.

In some cases you will be able to place your tooth back into its socket, but only do this if it is easy and never try to force your tooth back into position. If your tooth slots easily back into place, you must then place a clean piece of cloth over your tooth and bite down gently to keep it in position until your appointment.If a child has knocked out a baby tooth then never try and put it back into place, as this can damage the child’s adult tooth that is beneath the gum.  

Polwarth Dental Clinic Covid-19 Update

Since the lockdown restrictions were eased in Scotland all of the Polwarth Dental Clinic team have been working extremely hard seeing both our loyal existing patients and new patients needing emergency treatment either from not having their own dentist or not being able to see them due to Covid-19. We are very grateful to you all for supporting our small business during this time and working with us to adapt to the many changes we have had to make to ensure both patient and staff safety.

If you are new to Polwarth Dental Clinic or have not been to see us since before the Coronavirus pandemic, the below poster shows some of the ways that our dental appointments have changed. This includes procedures we have put in place and what you can do to help us run things as smoothly as possible whilst keeping you, our patients, as safe as possible during your visit to Polwarth Dental Clinic.

If after reading this you still have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call us – we’re happy to help.

Our emergency dentist in Edinburgh for you

At our dental clinic located within the heart of Edinburgh, we strive to promote clinical excellence towards every patient that we treat! Our team of dental healthcare professionals all share the same passion for dentistry they provide within the walls of our modern, friendly, and therefore extremely welcoming dental clinic.


What makes our emergency dentist in Edinburgh unique?

Finding the right dental clinic to cater for your dental needs can be a really tough decision for many of our patients, especially when it comes to emergency dental care and therefore patients who are experiencing high levels of stress or discomfort (or possibly even severe oral pain). With this stress and discomfort in mind, we strive to passionately care about each one of our patients and therefore never go home until all of our patient’s dental emergencies are dealt with correctly.

Can I receive emergency dental care out of your clinic working hours?

Yes! Many dental practices may only offer emergency dental care within their designated clinic hours, however, our team understands that dental emergencies can occur at any time of the day (or night) and therefore any day of the week. With this in mind, therefore, our services are available every single day of the year, therefore ensuring all of our patients’ are always looked after whatever their circumstances.

Help! I’m not a registered patient with your emergency dentist in Edinburgh, what should I do?

At our surgery, we welcome non-registered and new patients with welcome arms, when they are experiencing an unexpected dental emergency. If you are an unregistered patient who is experiencing dental discomfort (or even pain), then why not get in touch with a member of our team now and we will tend to any queries or concerns you have regarding your discomfort.

Did you know?

One of the most common dental emergencies seen by the dentists within the walls of our surgery is a knocked-out tooth! Our patients may be experiencing a missing tooth for many reasons, one common example, however, may be due to falling over, a car accident, or possibly even a cycling accident. Whatever the cause may be however we understand that you may need medical attention fast which is why we display advice for a knocked-out tooth on the emergency dentistry section of our modern (and therefore extremely easy to access) website.

So I’ve got a knocked-out tooth, what do I do next?

Our dental team suggests that you hold the tooth by the crown rather than the root! It is also suggested that you lick the tooth or the root clean or possibly rinse in milk (rather than water). Next, we suggest that you push the tooth back into the hole it came out of, however, this should never be attempted with baby teeth as they are extremely sensitive in comparison. Lastly, we suggest that you place a clean handkerchief or other material over the tooth and gently bite together, then call for dental advice immediately.

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