Welcome to our emergency dentist in Edinburgh: everything you need to know

Dental emergencies can happen at any time and due to a variety of reasons. The only thing you can be certain of is that they will happen when you’re not expecting them, so knowing how to help yourself is the best way to be prepared. Our emergency dentist in Edinburgh can help you if you’ve suffered an injury or trauma to your face or mouth, or if you’ve suddenly started experiencing unbearable pain in the middle of the night. Here at Polwarth Dental Clinic, we understand that emergencies can’t be scheduled. From start to finish, we want you to feel warm and welcome at our practice, which is why we take the time to get to know you and your individual needs.


If you have questions about our emergency dentist in Edinburgh, you should always reach out to get relevant information, but we hope this brief article will answer any burning questions.

Same-day appointments

When you’re dealing with a dental emergency, our emergency dentist in Edinburgh understands that there often isn’t time to think. The last thing you want to be doing is waiting days to be seen, often when you’re suffering from a lot of pain. That is why we offer same-day appointments running Monday to Friday. We will make the time for you and won’t rest until your pain is minimised, as we understand that there is not much that you can do once suffering from a trauma or issue with a tooth. If there is a more complex problem that cannot be addressed in one sitting, however, we will do our best to get you treated as soon as possible, while at least alleviating the side effect of pain in that initial appointment.

Advice for a knocked out tooth

One of the more common emergencies that we have come to see is a knocked out tooth. If you had prior pain with the tooth, you might experience some immediate relief if there was an infection that is no longer within your mouth. However, this could be followed by a different kind of ache that comes when a tooth is removed incorrectly. In addition to this, you might have taken some trauma to your mouth area that has dislodged the tooth, leaving you with pain you never had in the first place. When your tooth has come out, you should always hold it by the crown and never by the root. You should always lick the tooth and root clean if required, or rinse it in milk. You should never rinse a tooth in water. If it is an adult tooth that has come out, you can push it back into the hole it came out of. From here, get a clean handkerchief and place it over the tooth before gently biting down. It is extremely important to remember that you should never try to place a baby tooth back into the hole.Your final step should always be to call for dental advice, if you didn’t do so in the first instance.

Should you pull out an infected tooth?

The straight and simple answer is no. You should never try to pull out an infected tooth, or a tooth at all, as this can cause  more damage to your gums and only cause further pain. Removing the tooth yourself could cause the infection to spread and you will not be treating the underlying issue. It is entirely possible that you could also crush the tooth you’re trying to pull out. Dealing with an infected tooth is one thing, but when it is also shattered or fractured, you will need further help and experience more pain.