Need an emergency dentist in Edinburgh

If you have ever had a severe toothache you will know how uncomfortable it can make life, you will also know that it can strike at any time and often comes with little or no warning. In some cases, you may feel the need to contact a dentist as soon as possible.


Polwarth Dental Clinic is an emergency dentist in Edinburgh that understands the discomfort caused by toothache. We know many patients find that the pain of toothache impacts every aspect of their daily lives. Disrupting their sleeping patterns and limiting their ability to eat are just two of the common impacts on daily life that are widely reported from the sufferer.

Historically people suffering from tooth pain have found it difficult to access treatment straight away, due to a lack of dental practices being willing to offer emergency dental services, meaning anyone needing this type of service may struggle and be left in pain for some time.

Polwarth Dental Clinic wants to make it possible for everyone to access an emergency dentist in Edinburgh without the need for any delay, as this can help speed up the process of delivering treatment to the patient.

Whether you are a registered patient, non-registered patient, or a visitor, we believe you should be able to contact an emergency dentist in Edinburgh with ease, we are only a quick phone call away making it effortless and simple for you to access the treatment you require.

When you contact Polwarth Dental Clinic to make an emergency dental appointment, we will aim to offer you an appointment on the same day. We would ask you to keep in mind this may not always be possible, but we will try our best to get your treatment started as soon as we possibly can.

If we find that the treatment you need is more complex, meaning it may need you to have another appointment after the emergency consultation, we will endeavour to make sure you are pain-free before leaving the clinic.  We want to make you as comfortable as possible at the emergency appointment, minimising the impact of the toothache on your life where we can.

If you are a registered patient and you find you need to see an emergency dentist outside of our normal working hours, please call the clinic and listen to the answering machine.  Here you will find instructions that will help you get the service you need in an emergency. Our out of hours emergency dental service is available to all registered patients 365 days a year, you do not have to be in pain any longer than necessary.

If you are a visitor to the city of Edinburgh who finds they have a dental emergency, we want you to know you can contact us to gain access to the treatment you may need.

Polwarth Dental Clinic is here to help, whenever you need us. We care passionately about our work; the health of your teeth is of the utmost importance to us. If you find you are in need of our emergency dentist, do not delay, contact us straight away.

We also offer a full range of dental treatments for all the family including cosmetic dentistry, tooth whitening and implants.

Emergency dentist in Edinburgh, available when you need one

If you wake up in the middle of the night with a severe toothache you may find it hard to get back to sleep. This may then lead to you developing growing concern about being able to find and access treatment as quickly as possible, this concern is compounded if you are not in your home town or city.


Polwarth Dental Clinic is here to help, we believe we are the emergency dentist in Edinburgh that can constructively meet any emergency need. We are friendly and approachable, as well as being easy to contact when you think you may need our services.

We are happy to be contacted by registered and non-registered patients, this also includes visitors to the city of Edinburgh. Giving you the peace of mind, you may need if you are visiting the city for a holiday or to go to some of the performances at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Whatever your reason for being in the city you now know you can find an emergency dentist in Edinburgh should you need to.

Contact the dental clinic

Should you contact us because you think you need to see an emergency dentist in Edinburgh the first thing you should do is call Polwarth Dental Clinic to discuss your symptoms and gain advice about the things you could try to ease any pain you may have. At this point, we will try to outline any ways we can help you.

If we decide you need an appointment, we will endeavour to make it on the day you contact us. We ask you to understand it may not always be possible to provide treatment to alleviate your dental emergency on the day of the first contact, however, we will be able to offer some options that will ensure you are not left in severe pain.

Should you find you need to be seen in an emergency outside our normal working hours, we can accommodate this for you. Simply ring Polwarth Dental Clinic and listen to the message on our answering machine.

These instructions will give you the steps to take to gain access to emergency dental treatment via our out of hour service, so there is no need for you to be left in an amount of pain that makes you uncomfortable.

What is a dental emergency?

All of the following should be considered dental emergencies.

1. Unexplained and sudden swelling of the gum, neck or face.
2. The knocking out of a tooth.
3. Breaking of your jaw.
4   Chipping or breaking of a tooth or teeth.
5.  Losing a filling or crown.

In all these cases we would urge you to contact our emergency dental service to gain advice and find out how to access treatment. Also please stay calm, as this allows us to clearly understand your needs and means we will be in a better position to be able to help you and offer treatment.

Polwarth Dental Clinic is here to help with great advice and targeted treatment, we are only a phone call away. If you think you have a dental emergency please contact us, there is no need to live with pain and discomfort.

We offer a full range of dental treatments for all the family including cosmetic, restorative and preventive dentistry.

Finding an emergency dentist in Edinburgh

If you wake up in the middle of the night with a severe toothache you may find that getting back to sleep becomes very difficult, due to the discomfort you feel. A large number of people also become concerned about how long they will have to live with the toothache, believing that it could take some time to see a dentist and have the cause of the problem dealt with.


Polwarth Dental Clinic is now operating an emergency dentist in Edinburgh. This service was set up with our clients in mind and is targeted to meet their needs, in every way possible.

We believe that our emergency dentist in Edinburgh should be available to be accessible to all. For this reason, we are happy to be contacted by registered and non-registered clients, intending to see you on the day of contact.

If you need to contact an emergency dentist in Edinburgh outside of our normal working hours, we may be able to facilitate this. Simply call the practice and listen to a short message from our answering machine for instructions about out of our services.

What constitutes a dental emergency?

If you have any swelling in your gums, cheek or face, you may need to seek advice from a dentist. In cases where the swelling has spread down your neck, up to your eye or along the floor of your mouth we would advise you to contact an emergency dentist to discuss your symptoms and receive treatment.

If a tooth is knocked out you may want to contact a dentist. Remember to save the tooth where possible, placing it in a sealed container with saline solution or milk. Avoid touching the root, handling the crown itself.

If you break your jaw you should contact a dentist. Breaking your jaw doesn’t always cause damage to your teeth, it is better to have the teeth checked just as a precaution. Problems breathing and eating could develop in these cases, taking advice from your dentist can avoid these problems developing in the long term.

If you chip or break a tooth you need to seek the advice of a dentist as soon as possible.  Save the broken or chipped tooth, as it may be possible to salvage it.

Losing a filling or crown is one of the main reasons for people accessing a dentist in an emergency. Due to the normal wear and tear of using our teeth, fillings and crowns are known to fall out. This could mean a second cavity has formed in the tooth, you may also experience an increase in sensitivity in the tooth.

If you start to experience a toothache, please do not ignore it. Often toothache is a sign of other issues such as infected gums, an abscess or exposed roots, amongst others. Seeking the advice of your dentist, and receiving treatment, will start to alleviate the cause of the toothache at an early stage.

Polwarth Dental Clinic is here to help with great advice and targeted treatment, we are only a phone call away. If you think you have a dental emergency please contact us, there is no need to live with pain and discomfort.

How can I prevent severe teeth problems in Edinburgh?

Here at Polwarth Dental Clinic, our patients sometimes have to have appointments with our emergency dentist in Edinburgh, this can be due to many different oral health problems. Some of these are preventable, meaning you will have less of a chance of going through these emergencies at a later date if you prepare and take care of your smile.

Emergency Dentist in Edinburgh

Cracked or broken teeth

It is important to see our emergency dentist in Edinburgh as soon as possible if you have a cracked or broken tooth, because this could become infected and affect the teeth surrounding it. We will make sure that we try and preserve your natural tooth as much as possible, and can potentially reattach the broken part if you have it. Sometimes, a broken tooth might have to be extracted instead, but we have many options for you to help with this afterwards, such as a dental implant. Accidents can happen at any time, but there are some things you can do to try and prevent a cracked or broken tooth.

Don’t use your teeth to cut or open things, as this has the potential to crack or break a tooth. By doing this often, this can also weaken the tooth which can bring on cracks or breaks in the future. Avoid chewing hard objects such as pen lids, or hard sweets, as this can also weaken or break the teeth. This can also encourage the spread of bacteria if you chew things such as pen lids and other objects. Try to not grind your teeth as this can eventually cause cracked and broken teeth. If you think you may grind your teeth too much, then come and visit us for an appointment so we can help treat this.

Severe tooth decay

Tooth decay can be a common problem that might cause you to need a visit with our emergency dentist in Edinburgh. Many issues can come with severe tooth decay, and if you don’t treat it early, it can eventually reach the centre of the tooth and start a bacterial infection. There are a few ways that you can prevent tooth decay from happening so quickly.

Making sure you follow the standard oral hygiene routine twice a day is one of the most important ways to prevent tooth decay. Brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste is the best way to do this.

Flossing often is also a key part to improving your oral hygiene, as this targets all the small bits of food that can get stuck in between your teeth. You can also use interdental brushes to achieve this.

Coming for regular dental check-ups is an important element in preventing tooth decay, as this allows our dentists to identify any problems with your teeth that you may not have noticed.

Reducing your sugar consumption can also improve your oral hygiene, due to sugar being damaging to the teeth and encouraging bacteria to grow. The same goes for reducing your tobacco intake if you smoke, and drinking less alcohol.

Dental abscesses

Dental abscesses are caused by a bacterial infection in the tooth, and this causes pus to form in the tooth. This can cause severe pain and is another reason why you would need an emergency dentist appointment. There are a few things you can do to try and prevent dental abscesses.

Similar to tooth decay, it is important to cut down on your sugar intake to ensure your teeth don’t get too damaged.

Following the proper oral hygiene routine is also key to preventing these abscesses from happening, as you need to make sure your mouth is cleaned of any bacteria that may be on the teeth.

Here at Polwarth Dental Clinic, we are dedicated to ensuring the safety and comfort of our patients when they are in need. Having a dental emergency can be intimidating, and we will be here for you throughout the whole process, making sure you are receiving the best care possible.

Edinburgh emergency dentist for toothache

The pain of toothache can be unbearable, and this is why you should visit our emergency dentist in Edinburgh if it occurs. If toothache is left untreated, this can lead to further problems for your teeth, such as an infection. This is one of the most common reasons that patients might need an emergency dental appointment, so don’t be afraid to give us a call.


Symptoms of toothache


When you are experiencing toothache, you will notice a sharp pain. This pain can throb or just be constant, and can make it hard to live your daily life. In some cases, you may only feel pain when there is pressure applied to the tooth, but this doesn’t make it any less serious.


You may also experience swelling around the area, which can add to the pain as it will most likely be sensitive.

Fever or headache

As well as the pain you may be experiencing in your mouth, this may cause a headache or slight fever, this is another sign that you may need to visit our emergency dentist in Edinburgh.

Bad taste in the mouth

Whilst having toothache, you may have a very bad taste in your mouth, this is most likely due to some sort of drainage from a tooth. If this occurs, it means you have some sort of infection in the tooth, this will need to be treated as soon as possible before causing further problems.

If you are ever experiencing any of these symptoms, we at Polwarth Dental Clinic are here to help. We understand it can be a worrying time when you are experiencing severe toothache, and this is why we will try and make the experience as comfortable as possible for you throughout.

Causes of toothache

There are many different causes of toothache, and some of them can vary in severity, but either way, when you experience toothache you should always consult our emergency dentist in Edinburgh so they can try and pinpoint what the problem is.

Tooth decay

Tooth decay can be one of the main causes for toothache, this is usually because the bacteria on the tooth is penetrating the centre of the tooth, therefore causing pain. Tooth decay can come from not following the proper oral hygiene routines twice a day and doing things like consuming sugar laden drinks and food, as well as smoking.

Abscessed tooth

Severe toothache can come from an abscessed tooth, this means that the tooth is infected, and that there is a pocket of pus somewhere on the tooth. This abscess will not go away on its own, and will need to be treated as soon as possible, to prevent it from spreading to other parts of your body.

Tooth fracture

If you have a fractured or broken tooth, this can also cause toothache, this is because there is added pressure to the tooth. The tooth’s stability will also be weakened because of this, causing more pain when pressure is applied.

How can we help?

When you come in for your emergency dental appointment, our dentists will do their best to make sure they find out the cause of your pain, and then plan the best way to treat it.

Polwarth Dental Clinic Covid-19 Update

Since the lockdown restrictions were eased in Scotland all of the Polwarth Dental Clinic team have been working extremely hard seeing both our loyal existing patients and new patients needing emergency treatment either from not having their own dentist or not being able to see them due to Covid-19. We are very grateful to you all for supporting our small business during this time and working with us to adapt to the many changes we have had to make to ensure both patient and staff safety.

If you are new to Polwarth Dental Clinic or have not been to see us since before the Coronavirus pandemic, the below poster shows some of the ways that our dental appointments have changed. This includes procedures we have put in place and what you can do to help us run things as smoothly as possible whilst keeping you, our patients, as safe as possible during your visit to Polwarth Dental Clinic.

If after reading this you still have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call us – we’re happy to help.

Emergency dentist in Edinburgh

Here at Polwarth Dental Clinic, we offer emergency dental treatment for those patients who experience sudden, unexpected problems with their teeth. Things don’t always go to plan, and that’s why our emergency dentist in Edinburgh is here to help.


When do I need an emergency dentist?

Knocked out or loose tooth

Sometimes the unexpected can happen and you may knock your tooth out, or make it loose. If this happens, you will need to try and get an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible to prevent further damage. In the meantime, it is important to make sure the area under the tooth is clean to prevent infection.

When you do get your emergency dental treatment, we will try our best to reattach the tooth (if you still have it) or let you know about other options you can take.

If you just leave a knocked out tooth, then because of the space that has been created, this puts pressure on your other teeth. Because of this pressure, your surrounding teeth will become more susceptible to damage and bacteria, and will weaken.


Toothache is one of the most common reasons for our patients to need an appointment with our  emergency dentist in Edinburgh. The pain that comes from toothache can be debilitating, and people can struggle to eat, drink and talk because of it.

If you experience toothache that does not get helped by painkillers and lasts for more than 2 days, this is when you should call us to book your appointment, as this means there could be some sort of infection.

Bleeding gums

If your gums start bleeding abnormally, this is also a time when you should call us for an emergency appointment, as this means there is damage to the teeth or gums. This could also mean you have a possible infection, which would need to be treated as soon as possible to prevent further problems.

Missing crown/filling

If you have noticed that you have a missing filling or crown, then this is a cause for you to need an emergency appointment, as this could lead on to further problems if untreated.

Our emergency dental service

Here at Polwarth Dental Clinic, our main aim is to make sure your oral hygiene is at its best at all times. We make sure that you are comfortable to ask us any questions you may have about your teeth, to ensure you have your peace of mind that there are no problems. Our emergency dental service is always here to help you when you need it.

If you are a registered patient with us, this gives you the advantage of being able to receive our out of hours service. This means that if you are ever really struggling with dental pain, then our out of hours emergency dentist in Edinburgh will be here to help. This service is available to you 365 days of the year.

Non-registered patients can access our emergency dental service within our working hours, and we will do all we can to help you. If you require an out of hours service, then we recommend you call 111.

An insight into our emergency dentist in Edinburgh

Have you recently had an accident which has resulted in a chipped, broken or missing tooth and you are unsure of what dental treatment is available for you? At our practice, Polwarth Dental Clinic, our emergency dentist in Edinburgh is available to deal with any dental emergencies you may have, as well as give you immediate advice on whether you require any further dental treatment.

What is considered to be a dental emergency?

The primary role of our emergency dentist in Edinburgh is to provide immediate dental care to patients who are dealing with a dental emergency such as a broken tooth or bleeding gums. In most cases, our emergency dentist will be able to provide temporary solutions and/or pain relief before advising on any further dental treatment if necessary. It can be anything from a dislodged crown or bridge to wisdom tooth pain or a dental infection, so whatever the case may be, our emergency dentist in Edinburgh will be able to assist.

It is important that if you experience a dental emergency that you contact our practice as soon as possible so that our emergency dentist in Edinburgh can provide some urgent treatment. This is because, at Polwarth Dental Clinic, we understand how a person’s oral health can decline significantly if the dental issue is not treated quickly and we want to be able to prevent any further dental issues. The dental care and treatment we provide our patients ensures that a patient’s oral health does not deteriorate any further as well as alleviating any severe pain our patient may be experiencing.

What other dental treatments do we offer at Polwarth Dental Clinic?

Although we are an emergency dentist in Edinburgh, our practice Polwarth Dental Clinic also offers a wide array of dental treatments within cosmetic, restorative, preventative and children’s dentistry as well as dental treatment for our patients dealing with missing teeth.

A brief look at preventative dentistry at Polwarth Dental Clinic

Our team at Polwarth Dental Clinic believe that preventative dentistry is very important for our patients as by identifying and diagnosing dental problems in our patients as soon as possible means that these problems are less likely to develop into more serious dental issues later on. This is why we encourage all our patients to visit our practice regularly to avoid such issues.

Dental hygiene

In addition to having a routine check-up with one of our dentists, as part of our preventative dentistry, at Polwarth Dental Clinic we advise that our patients also see our dental hygienist. Our dental hygienist plays a vital role in our team of experienced dental professionals as they help both our child and adult patients to look after their teeth and gums as well as helping to prevent any dental problems. Our dental hygienist is also able to carry our dental procedures including scaling and polishing and applying fissure sealants. They are also able to provide valuable advice on how to maintain good oral health and can demonstrate the best ways to maintain healthy teeth and gums i.e. the best brushing technique and how to floss effectively.

An introduction to our emergency dentist in Edinburgh

Are you based in Edinburgh and looking for an emergency dentist? Maybe you have recently had an accident which has resulted in an injury such as a broken tooth which needs immediate attention. Well if this applies to you, you may want to consider visiting our emergency dentist in Edinburgh, Polwarth Dental Clinic.


About us at Polwarth Dental Clinic

Established in 1955, Polwarth Dental Clinic has been a long-standing emergency dentist in Edinburgh providing the best dental treatment possible for our patients. Led by our principal dentist William MacEachen, our experienced team work endlessly to deliver the latest dental treatments within various areas of dentistry including cosmetic, restorative and emergency dentistry.

Emergency dentistry at Polwarth Dental Clinic

At our practice Polwarth Dental Clinic, we offer same-day emergency appointments to either our registered patients, non-patients and visitors who are in need of emergency dental treatment, so if you are not currently a patient with us there is no need to worry as you can still book an emergency appointment with us. We ask all those wanting to visit our emergency dentist in Edinburgh to call us as soon as they encounter an injury during our working hours which is Monday to Friday between 9am and 5:30pm, and we will advise you to come into our practice to see our emergency dentist.

What to expect at your appointment with our emergency dentist in Edinburgh

When you come to our practice at Polwarth Dentist Clinic; our emergency dentist will firstly assess the dental injury you have. If you are in any pain, our emergency dentist will also aim to relieve you of any pain you may be experiencing whilst also providing you with dental treatment for the issue you may have. If we are unable to completely treat your dental issue on the day, we will make sure that you leave our clinic pain free and we will also book you a follow up appointment so that we can deal with the issue and avoid your oral health becoming potentially worse because of the dental emergency.

What if you experience a dental emergency outside of our working hours?

Often, our patients at Polwarth Dental Clinic experience a dental emergency outside of our working hours. So in order to ensure that our registered patients are still able to receive our services for any dental emergencies, we have an on-call dentist available for you to speak with. All you will need to do is call our practice and listen to the answering machine where we have recorded instructions for our on-call dentist.

We have made our out of hours emergency service available for all our registered patients and the call-out fee is currently £135. You can use this service 365 days per year and if you are a member of one of our dental plans you will also be able to claim the majority of this call out fee back.

For those who are not registered with our practice and experience a dental emergency that requires urgent care, we do advise that you contact the NHS 24 hour helpline which is 111.

What can you do in case of a dental emergency?

What is a dental emergency?


There is no universal definition for a dental emergency, but generally a dental emergency is characterised by the immediate need of professional assistance to stop or treat a suddenly arising dental condition that is either causing pain, is dangerous or has significantly worsening prognosis over time without dental treatment.

While a dental emergency is not in every case characterised by dental pain, it is often one of the earliest warning signs, indicating that a dentist has to take a look at the issue as soon as possible. Dental pain can be extremely intense, and it is considered to be one of the worst types of pain by many because of its dullness, intensity and persistence. The particular intensity of dental pain might be explained by the oral cavity being in close proximity to the brain, therefore the strength and intensity of the pain could be signalling that something must be done to prevent a potential infection from spreading into the central nervous system. If you think you or your loved ones have been affected by a dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact our emergency dentist in Edinburgh at Polwarth Dental Clinic.

What are dental injuries and what are the risk factors?

Dental injuries refer to the traumatic injury of any of the soft or hard tissues located in the oral cavity, namely the teeth, the gum, the cheek, the tongue or the lips. As children tend to be less careful in terms of their behaviour than adults are, they are often at a higher risk of dental injury. Both adults and children who play some type of contact sport, such as rugby, football, basketball or handball have an increased risk of dental injury. Some non-contact sports, such as cycling can also increase your risk of suffering a dental injury. Try and wear a mouthguard as often as possible when playing such sports to prevent dental injury. Even certain occupations can increase your risk, with the highest risk occupations being security service employees and transport service employees.

How to provide first-aid for dental injuries

If you have suffered a dental injury resulting in a knocked out tooth, try and reinsert the tooth into the hole it is missing from after rinsing it with milk, but not water! While doing so, make sure to hold the tooth by the crown rather than the root to prevent infections. If you successfully reinserted the tooth without causing too much pain or bleeding, try and gently bite on a sterile handkerchief. Timing is very important, get in touch with our emergency dentist in Edinburgh at Polwarth Dental Clinic as soon as possible, as the longer a tooth spends outside the mouth the less likely it is to be successfully reimplanted. If you did not succeed with reimplanting it yourself because it caused too much pain or the wound was bleeding, leave it to our emergency dentist in Edinburgh. Temporarily store the knocked out tooth in some milk until you can get to our practice.