Essential Dental Care

Your Local Dentists

13 Polwarth Gardens Edinburgh

We Listen, We Care, & We Deliver
We are committed to your
oral health

Why Choose Us

Professional & Friendly Staff

All our qualified dental nurses are trained in the UK and registered with General Dental Council.

Our Team Culture is Friendly and Attentive. We always put patients’ interests first.

Emergency Dental Appointment

Same day emergency appointments for unregistered patients are available at £150.

This includes consultation and advice, x-rays and prescriptions if required.

First Class Aftercare

Aftercare needed after dental appointments is usually free of charge.

Wherever possible we will provide complimentary advice and consultations via email and phone if needed.

Experienced Dentist (38+yrs)

Dr. Paul Au

  • Dental degree from University of Edinburgh in 1984
  • Master of Science degree from University of Edinburgh in 1990
  • Registrar of College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (1994)

    Our Mission Is to Provide a
    Professional & Honest Approach to Family Dental Care

    We have a team dedicated to help you experience the benefits of what modern dentistry can bring to achieve a healthy and confident smile

    Our Services

    We are a Full Service Dental Practice

    Our Services

    We are a Full Service Dental Practice


    Cosmetic Dentistry

    Cosmetic dentistry can transform the way you feel about your smile.

    Dental Care Plan

    More and more of our patients are joining our membership plans because they offer a simple.

    Facial Aesthetics

    For reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles and can help against (bruxism) teeth grinding.


    Using the innovative Align Technology together with impressions of your teeth, a series of custom-made aligners will be produced for you.

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      Customers Feedback

      Essential Dental Care
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      Wing Yi LeungWing Yi Leung
      15:01 23 Jun 22
      Paul is kind and patient to explain the treatment.
      Eric MackayEric Mackay
      20:05 23 May 22
      First thing to say is that Paul does very high quality work.He pays attention to detail, spots trouble before it happens, and is very quick to find an appointment time if you do have pain, and sorts it out effectively every time.Secondly, he is very gentle; he’ll tell you when he’s about to numb you up, but to be honest, that’s about the last you’re aware of it. He checks with you that you’re ok, and is careful to make sure your mouth isn’t open wide any longer than it needs to be.Thirdly, he and Michelle run a very effective and friendly practice; they made every effort to keep open as much as possible during lockdown whilst giving every confidence that they were doing all they could to keep their patients safe. And they still do.I can’t commend them highly enough nor thank them warmly enough for all their care and attention.
      Steve KingtonSteve Kington
      08:42 18 May 22
      Cannot fault the team at Essential dental. They are always seem to run on time and put me at ease throughout. Dr Au just gets on with it. Would recommend to anyone.
      Jamie SmithJamie Smith
      15:20 22 Apr 22
      I have had an extremely positive experience at Essential Dental Care. While a bit pricey (as with any private dentist), Dr Paul has always been very patient and happy to answer any questions I've had about my treatment.I also have to say that this is the first dental practice I asked about a partial denture who did not immediately try to upsell me to a dental implant. While I do need to eventually get the implant, it can be very costly and Dr Paul understood that I really just needed a cosmetic solution in the interim.Highly recommended.