Understanding when you should call upon our emergency dentist in Edinburgh

Care when you need it


At Polwarth Dental Clinic, we are passionate about our patients and ensure that they receive the highest standard of dental care treatment possible.

Our emergency dentist in Edinburgh is committed to making sure anyone who needs it receives emergency treatment on the same day. Whenever this proves difficult – in more complex cases – we will always do all we can to make sure you leave our practice in less pain and with a treatment plan made for the immediate future.

When most consider a dental emergency, they primarily think of trauma-related injuries and tooth losses. These are undeniably dental emergencies, although several other dental issues should also be considered a dental emergency.

What is considered a dental emergency?

Understanding when to contact our emergency dentist in Edinburgh is crucial, especially given these strange and uncertain circumstances, which may cause people to put off or ignore issues that they shouldn’t.

At Polwarth Dental Clinic, our emergency dentist in Edinburgh has seen it all. No matter what state a patient’s teeth may be in, they will do everything possible to get their smile back into a fit, healthy and presentable condition.

Trauma and tooth losses due to injury are familiar sights for an emergency dentist. However, not all dental emergencies may be as obvious or easy to identify. Below are some equally common and equally severe dental emergencies that may not present themselves in such an immediately apparent fashion.

Constant toothache

If you are experiencing severe and continuous toothache, it is not to be ignored. Usually, a persistent toothache is an indication that you have a cavity, abscess or infection. Any of these require immediate dental attention, and our emergency dentist here at Polwarth Dental Clinic is more than equipped to deal with it.  

Losing a filling

Although fillings are commonplace, and losing one may not seem like a big deal – it is something that you should not ignore. Fillings rarely last forever, but it leaves your tooth open for several dental problems such as decay or gum disease when they fall out. It may also cause your tooth to become more sensitive to heat and cold, which can be uncomfortable. By reaching out to our emergency dentist, we can get you a new filling in a single day.

What do I do if I’ve lost a tooth?

As mentioned before, dental trauma and tooth loss are some of the most common dental emergencies. However, this does not mean that losing a tooth is negligible or not traumatic for the patient.

There are countless ways that someone may lose a tooth. Still, there is a specific protocol that ought to be followed regardless, which can improve the likelihood of the tooth being saved by our emergency dentist at Polwarth Dental Clinic:

  1. Pick up the lost tooth (if intact) by the crown, not the root.
  2. Use saliva on the crown to remove any dirt or bacteria, or rinse it with milk – never water.
  3. If you can, try reinserting the tooth into the gap in your mouth yourself.
  4. Do so by placing a clean handkerchief or tissue over the tooth and biting gently.
  5. Then contact us here at Polwarth Dental Clinic as soon as possible.

The sooner you seek treatment from us after losing a tooth, the higher the likelihood we can reinsert it. Whatever happens, if you need us, you should always contact our emergency dentist here at Polwarth Dental Clinic without delay.