Emergency dentist FAQs answered

At Polwarth Dental Clinic, our emergency dentist in Edinburgh is dedicated to relieving painful dental conditions 365 days a year. Let’s look at some of the most common questions we receive about dental emergencies.


What is a dental emergency?

Most patients, when they think of attending an emergency dentist in Edinburgh, think of discomfort. And the reasoning behind that is pretty well established!

If you are suffering from dental discomfort, have an ulcer that is larger than a 5 pence piece, have cracked a tooth or have a loose filling or crown, then you will need to contact us for a same-day appointment.

If you are unsure if you are experiencing a dental emergency, then please call our team.

Will an emergency practitioner get me out of discomfort?

Yes, we will.

In almost all dental emergencies, the reason a patient attends is due to discomfort and we know that nobody has the time to sit around with a toothache.

We can provide pain relief and treatment to all emergency cases that we see, offering you relief and of course, top-quality dental care.

As we will discuss later, depending on the cause of the emergency, you may need to attend a secondary appointment with your regular dentist, but we can provide relief in that interim period.

How long will I need to wait for an emergency appointment?

At Polwarth Dental Clinic, we can offer an emergency appointment to all of our patients 365 days a year, as we know dental emergencies don’t run on a schedule!

We will aim to see you with your dental emergency on the same day that you contact our clinic, as we set aside specific appointments each day to cater to emergency appointments.

Will I need to see my regular dentist afterwards?

After your emergency appointment, your regular dentist will need to be informed and, depending on why you sought emergency dental care, you may need to attend an appointment with them.

For example, if you have had a dental abscess, our emergency team can alleviate the discomfort and prescribe antibiotics, but we will not be able to offer you a root canal. We may be able to provide you with an extraction if the tooth is decayed enough, but root canals are typically performed by regular dental teams.

Be sure to attend any follow-up appointments, as abscesses can come back if the tooth is not treated.

How can I prevent a dental emergency?

If you have had a dental abscess, you are unlikely to want that experience again.

The best way to prevent dental abscesses is to maintain good oral health, attend dental check-ups every 6 months and keep an eye on any fillings or crowns that you have in your mouth. If they come loose, you will need to seek an emergency appointment as this is a common cause of dental infections.

If you play sports, you can prevent your teeth from becoming cracked or chipped by wearing a sports guard and, concerning issues such as impacted teeth, you should inform our team as and when your wisdom teeth emerge as they are the most likely teeth to have this issue.

If you are unsure if you need an emergency dentist in Edinburgh, please call our team.