When is it time to call your emergency dentist in Edinburgh?

People often put off going to see their dentist for as long as possible, but when it’s an emergency it is important that you get dental advice straight away. At Polwarth Dental Clinic we understand what it is like to experience severe tooth pain and we want to resolve your problems as soon as possible for you. If you are experiencing discomfort or intense tooth pain, make an appointment with our emergency dentist in Edinburgh the same day so we can investigate the causes of your problems and help prevent any additional damage from taking place.     

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What constitutes an emergency?

There are a multitude of reasons as to why someone would need to see our emergency dentist in Edinburgh. Teeth getting knocked out in sporting injuries or chipped in accidents are common reasons for someone to seek assistance with us at Polwarth Dental Clinic, as well as severe tooth pain. Aggressive tooth pain can be caused for a variety of reasons, so whether your pain has gradually gotten worse over time or appeared suddenly overnight, it is important that you make an appointment as soon as possible so we are able to diagnose the problem.

Wisdom teeth can often cause problems when they aren’t growing through straight, putting pressure on your other teeth and causing them to move, or breaking the surface of your gum and causing infection. In these circumstances your wisdom teeth will often be removed, but they are not the only thing that can cause tooth pain. Bad oral hygiene can lead to a build-up of plaque and tartar, resulting in the perfect surroundings for bacteria to thrive, leading to more complicated problems. Abscesses and swelling also cause discomfort and pain that would require emergency attention. 

Make sure you care for your knocked out tooth correctly

If your tooth has fallen out or been chipped it is vital that you contact our emergency dentist in Edinburgh as soon as possible to ensure that you have the highest chances of restoring your tooth. Once you have contacted us at Polwarth Dental Clinic it is important to make sure that you take care of your tooth correctly until the time of your appointment. Your tooth, or chipped bit of tooth, needs to be stored in either milk or saliva to make sure it stays clean and free from bacteria. Do not store it in water or a tissue as this can damage it. When touching your tooth you must hold it by the crown, the white part of your tooth that is always exposed within your mouth. The root of your tooth contains nerves and should not be touched.

In some cases you will be able to place your tooth back into its socket, but only do this if it is easy and never try to force your tooth back into position. If your tooth slots easily back into place, you must then place a clean piece of cloth over your tooth and bite down gently to keep it in position until your appointment.If a child has knocked out a baby tooth then never try and put it back into place, as this can damage the child’s adult tooth that is beneath the gum.