FAQs about our emergency dentist in Edinburgh

At Polwarth Dental Clinic, we aim to help our patients as quickly as possible for the most severe of cases. With our emergency dental service, you can rest assured knowing that if you ever have an accident with your teeth, we can help you with our professional expertise.


When can I come in?

We are proud to accept everyone into our emergency dentist in Edinburgh appointments, whether you are a registered patient with us or not. If you have an emergency within our practice opening hours, we will be able to give you an appointment the same day. We will do all we can in the emergency appointment to help you, and start to create a treatment plan for you if needed.

Do you have an out-of-hours service?

If you are a registered patient with us, you can also enjoy our out-of-hours service, which can be a huge help in a time of dental crisis. All you need to do is call our practice and follow the answer machine instructions to get in touch with our on-call emergency dentist in Edinburgh. This can really put your mind at ease, knowing that you have help if you end up in a painful situation with your teeth, 365 days a year!

What is a dental emergency?

You may be wondering what we mean when we say a ‘dental emergency’, and there is one main thing that we focus on, which is pain. If you are experiencing extreme pain and sensitivity with your teeth and gums, and you’re not sure why, this is definitely a reason to contact us for an emergency appointment. The pain and sensitivity could mean that you have an underlying issue with your teeth that has reached the breaking point, so it is important to get it looked at and treated by us as quickly as possible before it gets worse.

What happens in the appointment?

When you come in for an emergency dentist in Edinburgh appointment with us, there are a couple of steps that we usually always take. The first is minimising your pain, through the use of painkillers or local anaesthetic, depending on how bad it is. This is done to increase your comfort during the appointment, and allows us to examine your teeth without it being unbearably painful. Once your pain has been relieved, we will examine your mouth to see if there are any visible causes of the pain. We may also take scans such as X-rays to get a deeper look at the teeth and jaw, to try and find the cause.

When we find out what the underlying cause is of your pain, we will do what we can in that moment to help treat it. This could be by us temporarily filling in a crack, or doing a deep cleaning. If it is needed, we will also recommend further treatments to help with whatever issue you are dealing with. For example, if we have had to remove a damaged tooth during the emergency appointment, we will give you options of treatments to have in the future to replace it.