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Meet The Team at Essential Dental Care

We pride ourselves not only in providing excellent dental care but also great customer service.

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Chinese Speaking Dentist in Edinburgh

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 Team

We pride ourselves not only in providing excellent dental care but also great customer service.

Our Ethos

Our Pledge

  • We pride ourselves as being able to offer affordable high quality private dentistry in a comfortable setting.
  • We always provide a treatment plan and cost estimate for your perusal.
  • We will perform our very best standard of work for you at all times.
  • We will never compromise our standard of care although we may be running behind in our appointments.
  • We are happy to discuss special financial arrangements for certain treatment procedures (e.g. cosmetic makeover, implants, braces).
  • We only use commercial laboratories that have many years of experience in providing high quality private work.
  • We undergo continuous further education to keep abreast of current technology.
  • We have full confidence to provide work warranty of 1 year for fillings, 2 years for root canal treatments and 3 years for implants, dentures, crown /bridges and veneers. Exclusions: trauma/accident and lack of regular dental examinations (twice yearly).
  • We understand everybody’s busy schedule and will try our best to keep on time.
  • We will listen with respect and address any negative feedback promptly.

Your Commitments

  • Take care of the dental work that we provide, following all the advice and instructions given.
  • Payment of appropriate fees on completion of each treatment visit. We accept cash, debit or credit cards.
  • Attend regular examinations and appointments as recommended by us.
  • A minimum of 48 hours notice for cancellations of any appointments. Failed appointments and short-notice cancellations will attract a charge of £80 per appointment. A higher fee will apply at our discretion for longer appointments (more than 30 minutes).
  • Failed appointments are unfair to other patients who may benefit from being seen earlier.
  • Inform us of any concerns that you may have with respect to your visit so we may be given a chance to address them efficiently.
  • Be understanding when you have been kept waiting for your appointment time. In most cases, it is because that we had to deal with emergencies or an unexpected complication. As we refuse to compromise on our standard of care, your visit will also not be rushed. We are happy to reschedule you should the need arises.
  • Kindly recommend us to others if you are happy with the services that we provide.

Our Standards

  • Our cross-infection control and sterilization procedures fulfill BDA (British Dental Assoc.) guidelines.
  • We only use High Quality Equipment and Materials that are of CE-certified, ISO Standard or ADA approved.
  • We only work with High Quality Laboratories. We mainly used labs based in the UK, which are registered with the DLA and DAMA. All the dental technicians are registered with GDC (General Dental Council). Occasionally we may use labs in Switzerland, Germany and North America for special procedures.
  • Our Dentists, Hygienist and nursing staff regularly attend continuing education meetings to keep up-to-date with dental technology and standards.
  • We offer mercury-free fillings which we believe will enhance the long term health of both our patients and staff
  • Non latex-environment- latex is a well known irritant and allergen. We believe this is important to significantly reduce the risk of an allergic reaction for our patients. In addition, it is well known to improve the health of the hands of our staff.
  • In the waiting lounge, reading materials are regularly updated and toys are regularly cleaned and disinfected.

What Our Patients Are Saying

Excellent
Based on 24 reviews
Herman Komashko
Herman Komashko
2023-11-16
My fear of dentists is gone, thanks the team at Essential Dental Care. So caring, so considerate, so professional. I had a hygienist service and two fillings. I have never had such wonderful experience sitting in a dentist chair. I was recommend this place by a friend, and I am forever grateful. There is a group of us now, who all go here :) Thank you all and you sure have me as your regular customer for years to come.
Dorcas Shepherd
Dorcas Shepherd
2023-11-07
My husband and I would not go anywhere else, Dr Paul is the most experienced dentist that we have had and explains everything to you. My husband is in the middle of getting implants and he was a bit apprehensive at first but Paul was very patient and explained everything that is going happen and reassured him. It is a long process but will be worth the wait. Also the staff could not be more helpful and very friendly too. Would recommend this practice to anyone.💓
Belinda Neilson
Belinda Neilson
2022-09-29
Great dentist
Jerry Chan
Jerry Chan
2022-06-30
由於家母牙齒出問題,規勸良久才肯就醫,幾經波折,在愛丁堡找到這家可以全程以廣東話溝通的牙科診所,診所職員 Carman了解後,認為情況緊急,特意安排了快期,隔天便能就診。牙醫 Paul 診症細心,並教導了日常的護理方法及開药,回家後一兩天病情已告好轉,值得推薦。
Michelle Leung (Micmic)
Michelle Leung (Micmic)
2022-06-23
Paul is kind and patient to explain the treatment.
Eric Mackay
Eric Mackay
2022-05-23
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 Kington
Steve Kington
2022-05-18
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 Smith
Jamie Smith
2022-04-22
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.
Contact Us

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Chinese patients can use the above WhatsApp number to contact us in Chinese.

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Manage the cost with our Dental Plan

Spread the costs of your dental treatments with a dental plan to make your dental care affordable.

Our Location

Essential Dental Care is conveniently located at 13 Polwarth Gardens, Edinburgh EH11 1JS. Reaching us is straightforward, whether by car or public transportation.