Recognising when to seek out an emergency dentist in Edinburgh

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Here at Polwarth Dental Clinic, we understand that dental pain is never pleasant, and can be quite distressing for a great many people. Whilst some issues, such as losing a veneer or breaking your braces may be uncomfortable and moderately painful, they do not necessarily qualify as a ‘dental emergency’ and therefore do not have to be treated as such. Other issues however, such as trauma, severe toothache or facial swelling, may require the aid of our emergency dentist in Edinburgh to provide care in a timely and effective manner, to maximise the chances of the patient making a swift and pain-free recovery. We understand that toothache and dental trauma can be distressing, and therefore feel it is important to know exactly when somebody ought to contact our emergency dentist in Edinburgh to get the care they need.

Recognising a dental emergency

While the enamel on our teeth is the strongest naturally occurring material in our bodies, it is far from indestructible. If the enamel is damaged, it can cause a severe amount of discomfort and pain. Whilst all levels of pain and discomfort are undesirable, they do not all qualify as a dental ‘emergency’. However, if the pain becomes so excruciating that it is interrupting a patient’s sleep or concentration throughout the day, then it may be time to contact our emergency dentist in Edinburgh here at Polwarth Dental Clinic. Other indicators, beyond trauma or toothache, that you may require an emergency dentist include swelling of your face, gums or cheeks which is spreading. If this swelling spreads to the patient’s neck or bottom of their jaw then it may be an indicator of a dental infection and an emergency dentist is likely to be required. Similarly, any mouth ulcers which have not cleared up over a two week period may be another indicator of the need for an emergency dentist.

What do I do if I have lost a tooth?

Trauma, as you may expect, is the leading cause of adult tooth loss across the country. Whether through playing football or another contact sport, or simply slipping and landing wrongly, there are countless ways in which somebody’s teeth could potentially be damaged. However, if a person’s tooth has been completely knocked out, there are specific guidelines which, if followed, can ensure the best chance of the tooth reattachment. Obviously, given the nature of trauma, this is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but may just come in handy when you least expect it. Firstly, if a tooth has been knocked out completely, pick it up by the crown, making sure not to damage the root, then rinse the tooth gently with milk to remove any excess dirt. After the dirt has been removed, if possible, reinsert the tooth into its correct space, and apply pressure to it using a gauze or piece of fabric. If it is not possible, or too painful to reinsert the tooth, then place it in a glass of milk or sterilised saline solution, and seek out the aid of our emergency dentist here at Polwarth Dental Clinic. The sooner that you arrive at our clinic, the better your chances of a full recovery are, as we can get to work on restoring or reinserting the damaged tooth and providing relief for the pain.