When an emergency dentist is required, it is always best to act swiftly. Problems will only get worse the longer you leave them, and depending on the nature of your emergency, any delay could even result in you losing a tooth that could otherwise be saved.
There are many ways to access emergency dental care, at any time of the day or night. Your own dental practice is likely to have an out-of-hours number or an answerphone message telling you what to do. If you don’t have a dentist or yours doesn’t offer out-of-ours call-outs, you should call the NHS 111 number for advice.
Some NHS walk-in centres also have an emergency dentist available. Even if they don’t, they will be able to point you in the right direction. Whether you have knocked a tooth out, broken a tooth, or are experiencing a painful condition such as a dental abscess, acting quickly is key to getting you out of pain.
At Polwarth Dental Clinic in Edinburgh same-day emergency appointments are available for both registered and new patients. As with any emergency dentist, the first concern will be to get you out of pain, before treating any underlying conditions.
Dental pain can rapidly go from being mild or intermittent to excruciating and permanent. Therefore, as soon as you experience a toothache you should book an appointment with your regular dentist.
There are numerous causes of tooth pain, with primary causes including untreated dental decay, and enamel erosion that makes your teeth sensitive to extremes of hot or cold temperature. However, it is also often a sign of infection, which will need root canal treatment to put right.
Root canal treatment is a procedure that can have even the bravest of patients quaking in their boots at its very mention, but in fact thanks to modern dental advances it should be pain-free, feeling much like having a regular filling, although your appointment will take longer due to the delicate and highly-skilled nature of the procedure.
It is also essential to maximise the chances of saving the tooth, as without it the infection can spread, leading to the need for an extraction.