How do I know if I need emergency dental care?

Dental emergencies are more frequent than you may think and they require quick professional diagnosis and treatment, because they have the potential to turn into serious problems.

At Polwarth Dental Clinic, we appreciate that some people cannot understand what constitutes a dental emergency; in any case, we suggest visiting our emergency dentist in Edinburgh even if you feel minor pain and discomfort. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Emergency Dentist in EdinburghWhat is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is a condition that requires immediate dental attention. In some cases, dental emergencies are obvious (i.e. broken or severely cracked teeth), whereas in other situations you may be experiencing pain or bleeding without being certain about the cause (i.e. abscesses). As with any medical emergency, dental emergencies should be treated within a short time frame in order to ensure that your oral health is protected. Our emergency dentist in Edinburgh will devise a thorough treatment plan aiming to alleviate your pain and protect your teeth and gums from further damage.

How do I know if I’m encountering a dental emergency?

Quite a few dental emergencies are obvious. If you see blood in your mouth and if one of your teeth has been knocked out, you should contact us without delay. Lost fillings, mild to severe toothaches, broken restorations and chipped teeth are also emergencies but depending on the pain they cause you they can wait for a few hours. Ideally, we would like to see you as soon as possible in order to assess the severity of your problem and find the best solution possible.

What should I do while waiting to be treated?

If you are waiting to receive treatment from our emergency dentist in Edinburgh, there are quite a few things you can do. If you have knocked a tooth, make sure that you keep it clean and moist (you can use a clean container or milk or keep it in your mouth). Our emergency dentist in Edinburgh will do their best to save your tooth. If you are in pain, you may take some mild painkillers cautiously but be careful not to put them directly onto your gum tissue.