Frequently Asked Questions

Emergency Dentist Edinburgh provides private dental emergency service 7 days a week. As a dedicated 7 days emergency dental service, there’s not a lot we haven’t seen or been asked. Here are some of the most common questions people ask us.

What if I am not a patient of the practice?

At Emergency Dentist Edinburgh, we have made provisions for emergency appointments for walk-ins and non-registered patients. We provide private dental emergency service 7 days a week. You don’t have to be a registered patient in order to receive Emergency Dental Treatment. 

What to do if waiting to be seen at Emergency Dentist Edinburgh?

Toothache is one of the most common reasons to see an Emergency Dentist Edinburgh. Everyone reacts differently to painkillers for dental pain. There are a few over the counter painkillers which  reacts differently to painkillers for dental pain. There are a few over the counter painkillers which

Ibuprofen- this can really help with toothache as it is an anti-inflammatory as well as an analgesic. It is not advised for asthmatics or people with certain stomach problems.

Paracetamol- This is readily available over the counter and comes in tablet and soluble. Many patients find this effective for dental pain.

How can an Emergency Dentist Edinburgh help me?

At Emergency Dentist Edinburgh, we strive to keep our patients free from pain. If your tooth has been damaged or you are in pain, please call our reception team on 0131 629 1158 to arrange and appointment with one of our experienced dentists and treat the issue quickly.

What should I do if my child’s baby tooth knocked out?

The baby tooth should not be replanted because of the potential for damage to the developing permanent tooth. Contact your regular dentist or Emergency Dentist Edinburgh as soon as possible. 

What should I do if my child’s permanent tooth knocked out?

Find the tooth and resins it gently in cool water. Don’t hold the root. Don’t scrub or clean it with soap. Use only water. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket immediately and hold it there with clean gauze or clean cloth. If you are unable to put it back in the socket, store it in a clean container with cold milk or saliva. Call your own regular dentist for an urgent dental care.  If you are experiencing difficulty getting an appointment, you can always call Emergency Dentist Edinburgh to book an emergency consultation with one of our experienced dentists.

Does Emergency Dentist Edinburgh cost more?

Emergency dentist costs are the same as standard  dental fees  and depend on the treatments and services you need. It’s hard for us to give you an exact price without seeing the extent of injuries. A dentist will take your pain/emergency history and carry out a consultation. To determine the cause of issue may require digital X-ray. Then he will discuss treatment options available for dealing with it and always provides you with a full written treatment plan so that you are fully aware of the costs involved with your treatment before any proposed treatment begins.

What If a tooth is chipped or fractured?

Chipped or fractured tooth is one that can be used to describe a number of types of damage, with some cases being much more serious than others. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Contact Emergency Dentist Edinburgh immediately for an urgent dental appointment.

What do I do if I have broken my dentures?

If your dentures are damaged, visit our Emergency Dentist Edinburgh so we can examine them and determine the best way to fix them. You should never try to fix your dentures on your own since this can cause the damage to spread. 

At Emergency Dentist Edinburgh, same day denture is the solution when one has lost teeth and needs to quickly replace it or broken their denture and needs an immediate replacement denture.

When is a tooth extraction necessary?

This is an understandable question because no one wants to have a tooth pulled unless it is absolutely beneficial. We at Emergency Dentist Edinburgh are not interested in extracting teeth unless absolutely necessary. The most common reason for extraction is tooth damage due to breakage or decay. There are additional reasons for tooth extraction if your dentist recommends this treatment. It may include gum disease, too many teeth (crowding), wisdom teeth removal (wisdom teeth themselves being painful or damaging next door teeth).

What Should I do if I’m having pain from my wisdom tooth growing in?

Wisdom teeth can become infected when the eruption of the wisdom tooth is blocked by the tooth in front of it or when food and plaque trap between the wisdom tooth and its overlying gum. Contact your own regular dentist as they may have emergency slots and /or advice available. You can also call your Local Emergency Dentist. While you are waiting for an appointment to see an emergency dentist, pain medication and warm salt water rinses are recommended. If you are experiencing difficulty getting an appointment, you can always call Emergency Dentist Edinburgh on  0131 629 1158  and book an emergency consultation with one of our experienced Edinburgh Dentists.

What is Impacted Wisdom Tooth?

When the wisdom teeth grow crookedly then they can develop into impacted wisdom teeth, patients can experience a lot of pain and discomfort in the surrounding area and find that their other teeth are also placed in jeopardy. For this reason, individuals are urged to seek treatment from an emergency dentist as soon as wisdom tooth pain begins. Contact Emergency Dentist Edinburgh immediately for an urgent dental appointment.

What is Infected Wisdom Tooth?

Wisdom teeth can become infected when the eruption of the wisdom tooth is blocked by the tooth in front of it or when food and plaque trap between the wisdom tooth and its overlying gum. Sometimes, patients feel intense pain and need to seek emergency dental treatment as soon as possible. Contact Emergency Dentist Edinburgh immediately for an urgent dental appointment.

How do you know if you have a wisdom tooth infection?

The most common symptom of a wisdom tooth infection is pain. You may also have an abscess, which is a small, pimple-like bump on the gums near the affected tooth. An infected wisdom tooth produces constant, throbbing pain that radiates to the head and jaw. You may also notice that the tissue surrounding the tooth is warm and swollen and you might have a foul odor or discharge in your mouth. Contact Emergency Dentist Edinburgh immediately for an urgent dental appointment.

How much does wisdom tooth removal cost at Emergency Dentist Edinburgh?

It’s hard for us to give you an exact price without full assessment by one of our experienced dentists.For example, extractions in the lower jaw are typically more complicated than ones in the upper jaw,  so they usually cost more. At Emergency Dentist Edinburgh, our experienced dentists will thoroughly evaluate the condition of your wisdom teeth and determine the need for their removal and will provide you with a full written treatment plan and associated cost. Choosing a Specialist  Oral  Surgeon  is a crucial factor in the care and outcome that you receive. Our Specialist  Oral Surgeon is committed to provide you with the highest level of care during and after your surgical treatment.

What is the best painkiller for Wisdom Tooth Pain?

Wisdom tooth infections are normally inflammatory based infections. Generally speaking, over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen are all that you will need. It is not advised for asthmatics or people with certain stomach problems. Rinse your mouth very gently with a mixture of one cup of warm water and ½ teaspoon of salt and a good antimicrobial  mouthwash, like  Corsodyl , will also help.

Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

When wisdom teeth cause problems, or X-rays show they might down the line, they need to come out. Most UK dentist follow NICE Guidelines for extractions of wisdom teeth. It includes gross caries, recurring episodes of wisdom tooth related infections, damage to other teeth, sinus issues and cysts or other pathology associated with them.

Can I smoke after a tooth extraction?

Blood clots are extremely important for recovery, smoking can expel the blood clots that are forming and delay the healing process. It normally takes longer for smokers to heal after any oral surgery. This is because there is less oxygen in the smoker’s bloodstream. This can also lead to a dry socket.

What is a Dry Socket?

A dry socket is a condition that occurs when there has been abnormal healing or disruption of the clot that naturally forms following dental extraction. It is characterized as a deep-seated pain that starts normally a few days after the dental extraction. It may be accompanied by a bad taste or smell from the wound. It is quite simply an infection of the bone socket. Patients often comment on how this is more painful than the situation prior to the dental extraction. 

How to deal with Bleeding after a tooth extraction?

This is a serious dental emergency, especially if it is uncontrollable and after a dental extraction. Call immediately to your Edinburgh Dentist to arrange an appointment. You may require suture or special gauze placement to help control the bleeding. If your dentist is closed, follow their out of hours dental emergency advice. You may also find alternative Emergency Dental Care service by searching on the internet and checking other directories for Emergency Dentist near me.

What is the best painkiller after tooth extraction at Emergency Dentist Edinburgh?

Everyone reacts differently to painkillers for dental pain. There are a few over the counter painkillers which are readily available.

Ibuprofen- this can really help with toothache as it is an anti-inflammatory as well as an analgesic. It is not advised for asthmatics or people with certain stomach problems.

Paracetamol This is readily available over the counter and comes in tablet and soluble. Many patients find this effective for dental pain. Paracetamol and Codeine or Paramol- is combination tablet. The codeine component is an opioid and can cause drowsiness which may impair normal function. It is advised to seek an urgent dental care if you have toothache.

How to take care of wound after wisdom tooth removal at Emergency Dentist Edinburgh?

For Pain: Generally speaking, over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen are all that you will need. It is not advised for asthmatics or people with certain stomach problems.

Ice for Swelling: We want you to use Ice Packs to your cheeks for the first 24 hours following surgery, twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off alternating. Managing swelling can help greatly with pain management, and the act of icing may even feel good on its own.

Rest:  Rest is one of the most important things you can do to help your body heal faster.

Salt Rinse the DAY AFTER Surgery: The day after surgery, you should rinse your mouth very gently with a mixture of one cup of warm water and ½ teaspoon of salt. You may do so up to 4 times a day. Designed to gently clean the wound site. A good antimicrobial mouthwash, like  Corsodyl , will also help.

Smoking and Alcohol: Avoid drinking and smoking for 72 hours following having a tooth removed. This can delay healing. Smoking is one of the most common causes for  pain and infection following a dental extraction .

If you are still in pain, contact Emergency Dentist Edinburgh for urgent dental appointment.

Can a tooth still hurt after root canal treatment?

As the local anaesthetic wears off after the root canal treatment, you might experience mild pain and sensitivity. Pain and discomfort after root canal are not uncommon. This is related to cleaning process. This process can lead to bruising around the tooth and causes inflammation and discomfort. Normally, the discomfort subsides within few days and responds well to anti-inflammatory painkiller.  If you develop a swelling immediately after root canal treatment has been done, you need to let your dentist know or to see an Emergency Dentist Edinburgh. If the pain is arising a few months after the procedure has been completed, this may be an indication of re-infection, in this case it is important to have the tooth assessed.

What can I do if my dental crown falls off?

Keep your dental crown safe and bring it with you to our Clinic. Often, we can attach the crown back into place. Sometimes, if the crown is damaged or not fitting correctly, it will need to be replaced. We offer same-day dental care at Emergency Dentist Edinburgh. Call us on  0131 629 1158  or  Email us  to book an  appointment.

What happens if my tooth is chipped?

If your tooth is chipped, several things can happen. A chipped tooth can cause injury to the tongue, become worse and lead to further breaking and damage a tooth with fillings. To avoid the risk of causing additional damage to your teeth, call your dentist or search Emergency dentist near me or Emergency Dentist Edinburgh to schedule an urgent dental appointment.

What to do with a Swollen Face?

A swollen face is one of the most common reasons to seek out an emergency dentist. Swollen faces can arise very gradually over the course of a day or two, but sometimes can be rapid. It can arise due to a dental infections, dental abscess, allergic reactions, medications or chemicals, direct trauma, oral surgery, angioedema, gland blockage and cellulitis. Treatment is dependent upon the cause and an accurate diagnosis. Swollen faces can cause a lot of anxiety, and left untreated can cause complications. Further help can be found by seeing your dentist or visiting an emergency dentist near me.

When should I see Emergency Dentist Edinburgh?

A dental emergency is any situation that poses an immediate threat to the health of your teeth and supporting tissues. Dental emergencies are caused by trauma to the mouth or infection. Generally, anything that stops normal function, or left unattended to has the prospect of worsening or causing further complications, is a true dental emergency. Below are some of the most common reasons patients attend our emergency dentist service in Edinburgh City Centre:

Is it normal to have pain and sensitivity after dental filling?

Immediately after a filling is placed you may, in some instances, experience some discomfort or sensitivity. There are a few reasons why you may be experiencing pain or sensitivity following a dental  filling . It may be due to pulp irritation if the filling was particularly deep and close to nerve or the filling may have been placed too high. Pulp inflammation, or pulpitis, can also arise immediately after filling placement. This is much more likely in cases where the filling is exceptionally close to the pulp. If the symptoms persist or get worse, in this case it is important to have the tooth assessed. Call your own regular dentist for an urgent dental care.  If you are experiencing difficulty getting an appointment, you can always call Emergency Dentist Edinburgh to book an emergency consultation with one of our experienced dentists.

I have a broken permanent retainer- now what?

Permanent retainers work great to keep your teeth aligned after braces or Invisalign treatment. While convenient and effective, a broken permanent retainer is something that can happen from time to time. If your retainer breaks, most of the time it is not something extremely urgent, however you should reach out your dentist or orthodontist to have it repaired in timely manner. If you wait too long, you may risk some unwanted dental movement. If the wire of permanent retainer starts poking your tongue or bothering you, contact your dentist or orthodontist immediately for an emergency dental treatment. Emergency Dentist Edinburgh provides urgent dental care 7 days a week. Call us on 0131 629 1158 or Email us to schedule an appointment.

What should I do If I break or lose my removable retainers?

If a patient has lost or broken removable retainers, they should not panic. Emergency Dentist Edinburgh can provide you new retainers within few days. We use iTero digital scanning system rather than using traditional impressions and moulds. The iTero handheld wand takes digital 3D images of your teeth, preventing the need for impressions which can cause some patients to gag. With the help of digital 3D images, Emergency Dentist Edinburgh can provide you retainers in timely manner, so you don’t need to wait too long, you may risk some unwanted dental movement.

Why Do Fixed Retainers Fail or Break?

Fixed retainers need to be thin because of the aesthetic concerns. The glue that holds the retainers to the teeth can also deteriorate or even be damaged when the patient eats or even gets their teeth cleaned at the dentist. So don’t panic over broken retainers, but make sure they will be seen by dentist or orthodontist or Emergency Dentist Edinburgh as soon as possible to avoid unwanted dental movement.

Can a veneer be rebonded or reattached?

Although dental veneers are bonded into place, they can come loose or break off. As long as the veneer has simply debonded, and has not been damaged or broken, and the underlying tooth is not broken or rotting, then the simple answer is yes. It is important to let your dentist see the underlying tooth to assess why the veneer has debonded in the first place, to help minimise the chances of it recurring. Contact your dentist or Emergency Dentist Edinburgh to book an urgent dental appointment.

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