Why you must never delay calling the emergency dentist

Dental emergenciesDental emergencies can be both painful and distressing. It’s always best to call an emergency dentist as soon as an emergency situation arises, to get you out of pain and back to health as soon as possible.

Polwarth Dental Clinic in Edinburgh offers same-day emergency dentist appointments, and will always endeavour to get a patient out of pain for a maximum cost of £70. Whilst it’s not always possible to fully cure a problem at a single emergency appointment, but getting a patient out of pain every dentist’s priority.

Unbearable toothache is a common dental emergency. Toothache of any type should never be ignored, because pain is the body’s way of telling us something isn’t right. Mild to moderate toothache can usually be helped in the short-term by over-the-counter painkillers, but you should book the next available appointment with your dentist.

Should the pain become unbearable, or unaffected by painkillers at the recommended dose, you need to book an urgent dental appointment. This type of toothache is usually an indicator of infection, which may need root canal treatment to fully put right.

Root canal treatment usually requires at least two appointments, to ensure that all traces of infection have fully cleared before the tooth is permanently filled.

Broken teeth also require a visit to the emergency dentist. If you still have the tooth fragments, a dentist can sometimes stick them back together using composite bonding (white filling material). Alternatively, full restoration using bonding, a filling, a crown, inlay or onlay may be required. Fillings and composite bonding can usually be complete in a single appointment, whilst crowns, inlays, and onlays usually require a minimum of two appointments.

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A dentist can also sometimes reinsert a tooth that has been knocked out, if it is not too badly damaged. You may even be able to put it back yourself – but don’t force it – before seeing the emergency dentist.

Alternatively, you should clean the tooth with saliva if necessary and place it in a clean container, covered in saliva or milk, then bring it to your dentist.

If the tooth is lost, broken, or can’t be put back, a dental bridge or dental implant may be required.