When to call the emergency dentist

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Regular dental check-ups are a great way to maintain good dental health. However, sometimes severe and sudden dental pain can take you by surprise. When a dental emergency crops up, it’s time to call the emergency dentist.

Emergency dental care will provide you will effective pain relief and treatment to safeguard your future dental health. Emergency dental services are widely available in dental practices across Lothian, including at The Polwarth Dental Clinic in Edinburgh. Patients registered at this practice can access treatment from their emergency dentist all year round, seven days a week.

What is a dental emergency?

Severe dental pain is usually a sign of a dental emergency and can result from a variety of causes. An accident or injury can cause teeth to become partially or completely knocked out, broken or fractured. Sometimes an underlying dental health problem can suddenly flare up, leaving you in pain, swollen or bleeding. If you experience any of these conditions, then it is time to call an emergency dentist.

Dealing with knocked out teeth

If one of your teeth is knocked out, there are a few things you can do immediately, before you get to your emergency dental appointment. Firstly, don’t hold the tooth root, hold the tooth crown. If the tooth is dirty, lick it clean or rinse it in milk. For adults, you can try to carefully push the tooth back into the hole it came out from. If this isn’t possible, store the tooth inside your cheek or pop it into some milk. Then call your emergency dentist.

What can you expect from your emergency dental appointment?

When you call with a dental emergency, you can expect to be seen on the very same day. You will receive a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to assess the extent of the damage. If needed, you will then receive pain relief. The damaged area will be sterilised to help prevent infection. Next the necessary treatment will be carried out to save what is left of your damaged tooth. Where possible a permanent solution will be applied to repair the damage. Otherwise a temporary fix will be used and an appointment scheduled to complete the treatment later.