Recognising when to visit an emergency dentist in Edinburgh

Understanding a dental emergency


At Polwarth Dental Clinic we empathise with the pressures and strains that many of our patients have been under throughout the recent national lockdown measures.

We’ve always been committed to providing our patients with the best possible standards of care and excellence in the services we offer. While the pandemic may have changed the face of how we do things, this is something that has and will always remain true.

We recognise that fewer people have been able to get the routine dental care they require, as services were primarily reserved purely for dental emergencies.

However, what exactly qualifies as a dental emergency and when you should contact our emergency dentist in Edinburgh is something that some patients are still unclear about.

Below will cover what constitutes a dental emergency and what to do if you are experiencing one.

Different types of dental emergency

People often have a tendency to assume that they should only contact their emergency dentist in Edinburgh if they have lost or broken a tooth due to trauma or an accident.

While this certainly does qualify as a dental emergency, there are also several other dental emergencies that may be somewhat less obvious – although are equally serious.

Severe toothache

 If you are experiencing severe or worsening toothache then you may need to contact your emergency dentist in Edinburgh. There are a number of reasons for toothache developing, such as decay, gum diseases or an abscess.

When a toothache first arises it is always advised that you rinse your mouth with warm water before applying a cold cloth or ice pack to the affected area for about 20 minutes. If the toothache is not dealt with swiftly by a professional dentist such as ours then it could worsen and result in far more drastic treatment measures becoming necessary.

Lost fillings or crowns

Fillings and crowns are commonplace, and most people have at least one throughout their mouths. Over time, due to wear and tear, crowns and fillings can become loose or fall out. This is not something that should be overlooked as it may indicate that a cavity is present, as well as leaving the tooth exposed and at risk of temperature sensitivity.

If a filling or crown falls out, it is always advisable that you use warm water to rinse out your mouth, before attempting to fill the gap with cotton wool or a specialist dental filling. After this, you should contact your emergency dentist as soon as you can.

Facial swelling

Another indicator that you may need to contact our emergency dentist here at Polwarth Dental Clinic is if you are experiencing facial swelling.

Swelling, accompanied by pain, is usually an indication that you may have an abscess or infection. If this is not dealt with quickly and effectively then the infection may worsen or spread throughout your body.

If you notice any facial swelling it is always advised that you make an appointment with us here at Polwarth Dental Clinic as soon as possible.

What happens at an emergency dentist?

As no two dental emergencies are ever the same, no two patients have identical experiences at our emergency dental practice. Generally, we always examine the cause of the problem and administer some anaesthetic to relieve the pain.

If possible we always try and treat dental emergencies on the same day, but if this is not possible then we will do everything we can at your initial visit so you can go home in less discomfort.