Our emergency dentist answers your 6 most asked questions

When you’re dealing with a dental emergency, the only thing you can do is have all the information. They often happen when you’re least expecting it, and can often manifest overnight to give pain in the morning. They may happen during the day due to injury or trauma, or you might just start feeling a problem when you’re out to dinner with friends. There never is a good time to be dealing with pain, which is why our emergency dentist in Edinburgh is available for same-day appointments during Monday through to Friday. Here at Polwarth Dental Clinic, we want to get you out of pain as soon as possible. We care about your quality of life and understand that dental emergencies can impact that to the extreme, which is why we aim to be your first stop when a problem arises.


In this short article, our emergency dentist in Edinburgh will answer 6 of your most asked questions, hopefully shedding some light on the dos and don’ts when a dental emergency occurs.

Should I pull my infected tooth out?

The simple answer is no. You should never attempt to remove your infected tooth on your own, as our emergency dentist in Edinburgh can do this if required within a sterile environment and with the tool set to avoid problems. When you pull your infected tooth out alone, you run the risk of further spreading the infection, as well as shattering the tooth, which may cause more pain and problems in the future.

Will an abscess go away on its own?

Many people believe that with the help of store bought painkillers, an abscess in your mouth will fix itself. This is not the case. You will often need the antibiotics that we can provide. It is important to have your abscess treated as soon as possible, as infection can spread extremely fast across your jaw and body.

How do I avoid dental emergencies?

While injury and trauma cannot often be avoided, there are steps you can take to avoid infections and abscesses. You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes as well as limit the amount of sugar in your diet. This will help to avoid tooth decay. Keeping on top of your regular dental appointments will also keep you apprised of any problems that might be growing.

How do I reduce swelling?

Over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol might aid in the bringing down of swelling, as well as helping to alleviate immediate discomfort that you might be feeling. You can also use a cold compress on the inflamed area to find some relief.

How do I remove objects caught between my teeth?

It is completely normal to get a piece of food or other object caught between your teeth, but this can sometimes cause discomfort. You can try to gently remove the object with the use of dental floss and should always avoid anything sharp to prevent damage. Be sure to contact us if you cannot remove it safely of your own accord.

Should I visit you if I have chipped my tooth?

When you initially chip your tooth, you might not feel any pain. This might seem more like a cosmetic problem rather than a dental emergency, but a chipped tooth can soon cause unbearable pain. If the internal parts of the tooth have been exposed when the tooth was damaged, any bacteria that is in the mouth will find its way inside, causing you discomfort. You should always contact us if you have chipped or fractured your tooth.