FAQs answered by our emergency dentist

Dental emergencies never happen when you’re expecting them to. You might be playing a game of football or out for a meal with your family, or maybe even in the middle of the work day. They can often come about from injury or trauma, or you may just start to feel an infection that has been building. It is entirely possible for a dental problem to arise overnight, especially if it is something like an abscess, which is why it is always good to know that our emergency dentist in Edinburgh is always available to help you out. Here at Polwarth Dental Clinic, we want you to know that there is a place to go to when you need help. We understand that dental emergencies cannot be scheduled, but we’ll always try to get you in for a same-day appointment.


In this short article, our emergency dentist in Edinburgh will answer just a few of your most frequently asked questions. If we don’t address one of your concerns, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to provide you with all the information we have.

When can I get help?

We understand the emergency that comes with being in dental distress or pain, which is why we offer same day appointments on a Monday to Friday basis. No matter how the problem has come about, we’ll always be here and willing to help, so you should get in touch immediately. If there is a more complex problem at hand that cannot be treated within one appointment, we aim to help you with pain management before you leave our practice.

My tooth has been knocked out, how can I fix it?

The first thing to do would be to reach out to our emergency dentist in Edinburgh, but if it is a weekend or you’re unable to, we offer some advice on the best thing to do. You should start by holding the tooth at the crown and not at the root, to avoid damage or infection. You should also lick the tooth and root clean, or rinse it off with some milk. From here, you should push the tooth back into the hole it came out of, providing it is an adult tooth. Never attempt this with a baby tooth. Then, place a clean handkerchief or towel over the tooth and gently bite together. If you’re unable to get it back into the hole, you should place it inside of the cheek or store it in milk. Avoid water at all costs.

Should I pull out an infected tooth?

You should never try to remove an infected tooth yourself. This may only further spread the infection or cause damage to your gums. There is also a chance that you might break the tooth, leaving it shattered or fractured, which will only cause more pain and problems down the line.

Will a dental abscess go away on its own?

Most people think that with some store-bought painkillers, an abscess will go away on its own, but this is not the case. It is likely that you will need antibiotics to fight off the infection, something that we can provide, so you must always reach out if you believe that you have an abscess. It is vital that you contact us in the first instance, as infections can spread across your body in record time.