If You Need a Dentist Edinburgh is The Place To Find One
Welcome to the only site about finding a dentist Edinburgh will ever need. If you are new to the Lothians, then you will need to register with a dental practice. In fact, not just if you are new. If you just fancy a change you can switch your dental care provider at any time. Perhaps you wish to switch from NHS to private, or vice versa. Perhaps you are registered with an NHS dentist, but wish to have some cosmetic or orthodontic work done with a private dentist, that’s possible too. In many occasions, the same dental practice can offer both NHS and private care depending on what route you wish to take.
There are a huge range of Edinburgh dental specialists to choose from, so you’ll find the perfect match, we can assure you of that.
Finding Edinburgh Dental Specialists
The first decision you will need to make is whether you want to register with an NHS dental practice or a private dental practice. There are a number of factors in play here to help you make this decision. How much do you want to spend? How often do you go to the dentist? Do you require any orthodontic work on your teeth? Are you looking for any cosmetic work done? Whether you want an NHS or a private dentist Edinburgh has exactly what you are looking for.
Most NHS places will do generally the same sort of things, at reasonably low NHS prices. But your choices will be limited once you start asking for much more than a scale and polish, or a filling etc. Basically they will cover the basics of general dentistry, but if you want Edinburgh dental specialists in cosmetic dentistry for example, well then you may need to go private. It’s recommended to do some thorough research before you commit to any practice. You’ll probably want somewhere near where you live or work, so start your research there. Check websites, phone dentists, or even pop down for a visit so you can find out all the information you want to know. If you are going NHS, make sure you check that the practice is currently registering new patients. If you are looking for particular work, discuss this with the dentist and check available services and prices etc. There’ll probably be a leaflet or two so pick up whatever literature each place has available.
If you want a private dentist Edinburgh is certainly not short on those options either. But why would you? Well, they offer many services above and beyond the other dental practices. Also, depending on what service you are accessing, you may be seen much quicker at a private dentist that at an NHS one. For a private dental practice, do all the research that we recommended above, but pay particular importance to the prices, as they will vary greatly, both from the NHS price structure, but also within different private providers. If you visit a practice or look at a website, try and pick up or download a price list. Check for registration fees! Check for proper complaints policies! Check with people you know and see if anyone else has experience here. You may get some useful information for places to try and places to avoid. You’ll be sure to find the best dentist in Edinburgh soon enough!
(If you are going private, make sure 100% that the dentist is fully trained and registered with the General Dental Council, so that they are legally allowed to be a dentist in Edinburgh.)
So You Found the Best Dentist in Edinburgh?
So now you have registered and signed up with the best dentist Edinburgh has to offer. What can you expect next? Well, the first thing that is likely to happen is a first appointment will be arranged so your dentist can get your dental history and give you an initial examination.
If you are after any particular cosmetic services, this is when you and your dentist will plan together whether they are appropriate and pencil in dates for further work to be done. Otherwise you’ll hopefully get the all clear from any serious work, and probably get yourself a scale and polish and an appointment for another check-up 12 months later.
Of course there is a 3rd option for dental care in Edinburgh (although technically it’s under the NHS) and that is emergency dental care! It might just happen that something happens out of the blue, or you have an accident, or wake up with terrible tooth ache on a weekend and you need emergency dental care! Even the best dentist in Edinburgh can’t help you if you are in agony and they’re closed on a Sunday evening!
For emergency dental care in Edinburgh, if you are not registered you will most likely need to go to Chalmers Dental Centre, EH3 9EW. This place is open until 3pm. For children, take them to the children’s unit in Lauriston Building, EH3 9HA. If you do have your own dentist, and they are open when disaster strikes, then by all means give them a call and get some advice. Hopefully they will be able to see you straight away. If it’s outside opening hours, you’ll need to call the Lothian Dental Advice Line on 0131 536 4800.
Depending on what treatment you need, and how busy the emergency dentist is, you could be waiting for a few minutes or a few hours – very hard to predict! In terms of cost, you’re unlikely to have to pay much more than £20. Its NHS prices.
What Dental Services are on Offer?
Every service you need from a dentist Edinburgh has to offer. As well as traditional general dentistry, other dental services have become more popular than ever these days. The first of these is teeth whitening. More people than ever are using a range of methods to give themselves white, Hollywood teeth. You can do this at your dentist, or you can do that with a home kit, or even get some specials toothpaste to help gradually get rid of stains. Wine, coffee, cigarettes amongst other foods will stain your teeth over time. So what can your dentist do to whiten those pearly whites?
The most effective and safest approach to teeth whitening is to have your teeth professionally bleached by one of these Edinburgh dental specialists. This involves the dentist taking a cast of your teeth and custom making a mouthguard with it. Next you will be given a special bleaching agent by your dentist that you have to put inside the mouthguard and wear it over your teeth for set periods of time. Soon enough you’ll find yourself with teeth just as white as you want them. But be sure to listen carefully to your dentist’s instructions so as to keep yourself safe. And ONLY let a qualified dentist do this, not a beauty therapist or any other non-dental profession.
There are some factors that may rule you out of teeth whitening. If you have issues with sensitivity, gum disease or if you have had previous orthodontic work done, you may not be an appropriate candidate for the process. These are matters you should discuss with your dentist.
To explain as simply as possible, orthodontics is generally concerned with straightening teeth that are crooked or overcrowded. This is usually achieved by use of one of a range of different braces. There are traditional metal braces and there are now a lot of different options of discreet, invisible braces.
How will you know you need orthodontic treatment? This is only something that your dentist can tell you, after an examination. Symptoms that may let you know that you need such treatment would be pain and discomfort in your teeth. For treatment that is medically necessary then it should be covered under the NHS, so you won’t pay for it. The first thing part of the process is to have an examination with your dentist. This could involve photos, X-rays, and perhaps having impressions taken of your teeth. Fixed braces may then be made which run along the front of your teeth, or you may be advised to try one of the new ‘invisible’ braces, which either can be removed at any time, or else run along the inside of your teeth, thereby remaining safely out of sight. Different braces can be used to treat the front teeth or to treat the back teeth.
Over the last couple of years, cosmetic dentistry has gone from strength to strength and become more accessible than ever to Joe Public.
One example of the new cosmetics is veneers. Veneers are thin porcelain laminates that get bonded to the outer layer of your teeth, leaving you with shiny, pearly white teeth. Veneers can be used to improve the look of your smile, or to solve problems such as gaps in your teeth, or to replace enamel that may be missing.
Another well used cosmetic treatment in today’s world is tooth reshaping. This is exactly what it sounds like. Add to this list dental bridges, bite reclamation and gum lifts.