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Your Trusted Edinburgh Dentist

13 Polwarth Gardens Edinburgh

Welcome to Essential Dental Care in Edinburgh, your destination for exceptional oral health. Our dedicated team offers a range of dental services, from routine check-ups to advanced treatments, all in a welcoming atmosphere. With a focus on excellence and patient comfort, we're here to help you achieve a healthy, radiant smile.

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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 Appointments

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 ethos

Who are we

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

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace missing or damaged teeth. They are typically made of biocompatible materials such as titanium, and once they are inserted into the jaw, they fuse with the bone…

Dental Implants


Invisalign braces are a type of clear aligner system that is used to straighten teeth and improve the alignment of the bite. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign uses a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners that are nearly invisible when worn…


Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that is used to remove stains and discoloration from the teeth and to brighten their natural color. The process typically involves the use of a bleaching agent, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide…



Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth. They are typically made from porcelain or composite resin material and are bonded to the teeth using a special adhesive. Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of teeth…


Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment rescues severely damaged or infected teeth by removing the infected tissue and sealing the canal to prevent further issues. This virtually painless procedure at Anderson & Broadberry Dental Care helps you keep your natural smile healthy and…

Root Canal Treatment

Composite Bonding

Composite bonding is a versatile and efficient cosmetic dental procedure. It involves applying a tooth-coloured composite resin to correct issues like chipped, discoloured, or misshapen teeth. This treatment is non-invasive, typically completed in one visit, and preserves…

Composite Bonding
Essential Dental Care
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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.
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.
Felicity PricamFelicity Pricam
21:53 22 Jul 21
Well here’s my experience of this practice. I have given it 3 stars because yes treatments were painless and I was recommended some great mouthwash which has changed my life! And the hygienist was absolutely wonderful. But every time I went to see Dr Paul Au, he found fillings. For years and years, over a decade, before going to see him, I never had any fillings. Ok so maybe it was a weird period of my life. But the last time I saw him he found a filling he wanted to treat. I said I couldn’t afford it and he said it could wait a bit, with a pained look, but to come back in a couple of months. I left Edinburgh after that and 3 years later, having seen 3 different dentists over the years, no fillings! He also once made a mistake on a prescription I urgently needed and the pharmacist had to phone him to check what he meant to prescribe… so if I lived in Edinburgh still I wouldn’t see him. But I miss the hygienist so much!! Have never found a hygienist so caring and who cleans teeth so well and who is so careful not to cause pain (hope she still works there!)
Daniel CoakleyDaniel Coakley
17:46 19 Jan 20
I've been a patient of Dr. Paul Au since moving to Edinburgh in 2017 and would highly recommend his practice. The quality of work and follow up care is second to none. On the rare occasion I had a problem with a filling, I was seen immediately by Dr. Au and had the issue rectified on the spot. Dr. Au also now offers the latest in dental cleaning (guided biofilm therapy) which I found much more comfortable than standard cleaning, and also very impressed with the results. Overall, I would highly recommend Essential Dental Care.
Jenna McColmJenna McColm
13:08 01 Mar 19
Having just completed my Invisalign treatment, I am delighted with my new straight teeth. I was surprised at how quick it was to straighten my teeth and the clear braces were very subtle. Paul and the team at Essential Dental Care have all been very attentive to my needs and answering any queries throughout my treatment. I would definitely recommend Essential Dental Care.

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