Here when you need us
As you may or may not know, the enamel of our teeth – which is to say the outermost layer of a tooth – is actually the strongest naturally occurring material in our entire bodies. Unlike baby, or ‘milk’ teeth, after adult teeth have fully developed, they are meant to remain within a patient’s gums for the entirety of their lives. Here at Polwarth Dental Clinic, however, we recognise that this isn’t entirely always the case. Trauma is the number one leading cause of adult tooth loss, and is something which, whether we like it or not, will always happen. Whether you have damaged a tooth playing sports, or lost it entirely, it is important to be able to identify the varying degrees of dental trauma and recognise when to call upon our emergency dentist in Edinburgh.
Through our years of providing dental care, we have seen all manner of emergency dental cases and are well-equipped to provide swift and effective relief and care to our patients who need it, whenever that might be.
Understanding when to contact your emergency dentist in Edinburgh
In cases of dental trauma, one of the principle factors which can determine the success rate of reinstalling a tooth, is the speed with which treatment is sought out. Often, if a patient visits our emergency dentist in Edinburgh just a short time after suffering from the trauma, then the likelihood of them being able to make a full and swift recovery is increased tenfold. However, often patients who are suffering from a dental emergency do not recognise it as such and therefore refrain from seeking out the necessary treatment within the desired timescale. If a patient is experiencing facial swelling around their jaw, cheeks and neck then it may be an indicator that they are developing an infection and therefore ought to seek out our emergency dentist here at Polwarth Dental Clinic as soon as they can. Similarly, if a patient is experiencing toothache to such a degree that it impedes their concentration or sleeping pattern, they ought to speak to an emergency dentist at the soonest possible opportunity.
What can I expect at an emergency dental appointment?
Given the nature of accidents, trauma and emergency treatment, there is never one unifying approach to all cases. Rather, each individual patient is treated as a unique case that is handled by one of our on-hand emergency dental practitioners. Upon arrival at our emergency dental clinic, the extent of the trauma or damage to the patient’s teeth will be initially assessed and sterilised, before determining what degree of treatment is required. Typically we aim to rectify any dental emergency on the same day that the patient seeks treatment, however in some more complex and complicated procedures, further treatment visits may be required. In instances such as these, we will do our absolute best to ensure that the patient leaves our practice pain-free and safe in the knowledge that their treatment process is well underway. Over the years, our emergency dental team here at Polwarth Dental Clinic has seen it all, and every individual case is dealt with by us using the highest degree of consideration, professionalism and respect.