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Essential Dental Care

Essential Dental Care

Show Phone Number13 Polwarth Gardens, Edinburgh, EH11 1JS
4.6 / 5  Outstanding
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Opening Hours

Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 20:00
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 19:00
Friday08:30 - 16:30
Saturday
Sunday

Popular Treatments

Dentist Consultation From £34
Cosmetic Veneers From £435
Teeth Whitening From £240
Dental Bridges From £435
Root Canal Treatment From £280
Invisible Braces From £600
Bad Breath Treatment From £158
Tooth-Coloured (White) Filling From £39
Anti Snoring Appliance From £380
Porcelain Crown From £435
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About Essential Dental Care

Essential Dental Care is a mixed private and NHS dental practice which aims to provide high quality yet affordable comprehensive dental cared or all of the family.  An Edinburgh graduate with over 31 years experience gained in North America, UK and Hong Kong, Dr. Paul Au (clinical director) and Dr. Sally Keenan are both dedicated to create healthy and confident 

smiles. Through further training over the years, in addition to general treatments, we have also developed skills and expertise to provide :

Cosmetic smile makeovers

Cosmetic Braces

Dental implants

Fresh Breath Centre

Anti-snoring solutions

Bruxism solutions

Facial Aesthetics


What we offer:

 FREE initial consultation for advanced treatments. 

 flexible appointment times including evenings and

 Saturdays.

dental care plan from £12.40 per month 

 Payment plans 

available for advanced treatments

deal with paperwork relating to your own private dental insurance 



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from 7 verified reviews Patient Reviews of Essential Dental Care

"I will always go back"
100%Reviewed 05 Aug 2016 Review verified by phone and email.
Treatment Received: Dentist Consultation
Dr Paul is a very experienced Dentist that listens to the patient and delivers a thorough inspection and clear factual advice. The choice of treatment is always yours and the costs are very reasonable. Dr. Paul and his team are very pleasant and helpful and very professional. Great patience and quality throughout by Dr Paul and his team gave excellent results. I will always go back.

Dr Paul is a very experienced Dentist that listens to the patient and delivers a thorough inspection and clear factual advice. The choice of treatment is always yours and the costs are very reasonable. Dr. Paul and his team are very pleasant and helpful and very professional. Great patience and quality throughout by Dr Paul and his team gave excellent results. I will always go back.
Treated By: Paul Total Amount Paid £1,800
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Dr Paul Au responded to this review:

Dear Brian, Thank you for your kind words.It has been a pleasure to be able to offer and carry out the treatment that you are happy with. We will see you soon. Kind regards, Paul

Brian UK
"the outcome was much better than I had ever hoped for!"
100%Reviewed 20 May 2016 Review verified by phone and email.
Treatment Received: Extractions
I had to unfortunately have a extraction of one of my front teeth as the root canal had not worked and a bridge in place. Paul and the nurses wee very understanding and supported me through the whole experience.

Even the thought of the treatment was very daunting but the practice made me feel so at ease and the outcome was much better than I had ever hoped for!
Treated By: Paul
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Dr Paul Au responded to this review:

Hi Samantha, Thank you for your kind review. We are so glad that everything has worked out for you as this was quite a difficult case. However, we love challenges and it was most satisfactory with what we were able to achieve. See you again soon, Kind regards, Paul

Samantha UK
"I would certainly recommend to family and friends for sure."
100%Reviewed 12 May 2016 Review verified by phone.
Treatment Received: Dentures, Dental Bridges
I saw Dr Au for an Examination to discuss having a new bridge done for my upper Central which I lost as a child, I have always been very self conscious and had problems with my bridge fracturing due to my bite and clenching/grinding. He advised the best option and I went ahead with the treatment. I was very worried about what the result would look like and having to wear a denture for a short period. It was no where near as bad as I thought an the match was perfect. You could not tell it was a denture at all. At the fit appointment both the dentist and nurse gave their opinions and informed me if I was not happy it could be adjusted. I was very happy with the bridge and the shade is better than I could ask for! Looks so natural, I am very pleased and grateful for all the hard work and time spent and cannot thank Dr Au enough. I would certainly recommend to family and friends for sure.

Better than I expected. My visit was very pleasant, the staff are very welcoming, friendly and professional.
Treated By: Paul
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Dr Paul Au responded to this review:

Hi Naomi, Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad that everything has worked out for you. It was quite a complicated case ,however, with your excellent cooperation, we have managed to deliver a perfect result. Show off your smile!!

Naomi UK
"I would certainly recommend to family and friends for sure."
100%Reviewed 12 May 2016 We were unable to verify the reviewer.
Treatment Received: Dental Bridges, Dentures
Dental Bridges, Dentures

I saw Dr Au for an Examination to discuss having a new bridge done for my upper Central which I lost as a child, I have always been very self conscious and had problems with my bridge fracturing due to my bite and clenching/grinding. He advised the best option and I went ahead with the treatment. I was very worried about what the result would look like and having to wear a denture for a short period. It was no where near as bad as I thought an the match was perfect. You could not tell it was a denture at all. At the fit appointment both the dentist and nurse gave their opinions and informed me if I was not happy it could be adjusted. I was very happy with the bridge and the shade is better than I could ask for! Looks so natural, I am very pleased and grateful for all the hard work and time spent and cannot thank Dr Au enough. I would certainly recommend to family and friends for sure.
My visit was better than expected, I was very nervous and worried about my treatment with it being my front tooth, the staff are very welcoming, friendly and 100% professional.
Treated By: Paul
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Naomi Edinburgh
"treatment I received was excellent"
100%Reviewed 12 May 2016 Verified user. Review confirmed by phone.
Treatment Received: Dentist Consultation
I was seen a couple of days after making an appointment and the treatment I received was excellent

This clinic is outstanding; Dr Paul Au is friendly, helpful and thoroughly professional. I've been going to him for years and cannot recommend him highly enough.
Treated By: Paul
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Dr Paul Au responded to this review:

Hi Miles, Thank you for your kind words. I am glad it has all worked out for you and it was always a pleasure to see you again. Kind regards, Paul

Miles Edinburgh
"I am so pleased with the excellent standard of care"
100%Reviewed 01 May 2016 Review verified by phone and email.
Treatment Received: Root Canals
One of my teeth cracked as a result of grinding and I suffered from a condition called internal resorption. Dr Au managed this problem brilliantly carrying out a root canal treatment under local anaesthetic. Because of the extent of damage caused by the resorption it was also necessary to have a crown to complete the treatment. This was entirely painless and has been successful in avoiding an extraction. I am so pleased with the excellent standard of care I received I am now a regular patient not only with Dr Au but also his hygienist.

Essential Dental Care is brilliant! Dr Au and his team are so welcoming and professional. From the moment Liz or Naomi welcome you at reception right through to your consultation and treatment you really feel at ease. The waiting area and surgeries have a lovely air of calm; just what you need when having dental treatment.
I would definitely recommend Dr Au for great value private dentistry.
Treated By: Paul
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Dr Paul Au responded to this review:

Dear Andrew, Thank you so much for your review of our services and let us know of your experience. I am very glad everything has worked out for you. You have been a great patient and its a pleasure to be able to provide care for your dental needs. We will see you soon! Kind regards, Paul Au

Andrew London
"would highly recommend to family and friends."
100%Reviewed 24 Feb 2016 We were unable to verify the reviewer.
Treatment Received: Dental Checkup
After loosing my front tooth as a child i have always been very self conscious of my teeth, i had alot of work done but was not happy with the outcome. I saw Dr Au for a check up and discussed my options, i was very happy with the treatment plan and decided to go ahead with ortho work before having a new bridge.
I was very nervous about my treatment as it was on my front teeth and have never really been happy with the results previously. The staff are very friendly, Dr Au is very professional, caring and gentle. I had alot of appointments and treatment altogether but could not be happier with the results. I am more confident and happier to smile without feeling so self conscious. The difference is amazing, cannot thank Dr Au and the team enough. I have and would highly recommend to family and friends.
Treated By: Paul
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Naomi Edinburgh
"I now feel so proud of my teeth"
90%Reviewed 22 Feb 2016 Review verified by email.
Treatment Received: Fillings, White Filling
I had my old amalgam fillings removed and replaced with lovely white ones. I had no confidence when I laughed knowing people would be able to see black teeth towards the back of my mouth. It took a few visits but I am so happy that I decided on the treatment as I now feel so proud of my teeth.

II felt very nervous at first but was quickly put at ease by all members of staff. The receptionist, the nurse and the dentist, who are all friendly and very professional and made me feel I could relax in their hands.
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Dr Paul Au responded to this review:

Hi Liz, Thank you for your lovely review. I am glad that you are now able to be confident with your smile. We hope we have made you less anxious in coming to see us. See you soon! Kind regards, Paul

Liz UK
"The staff are warn , friendly and welcoming at all times"
100%Reviewed 30 Jan 2016 We were unable to verify the reviewer.
Treatment Received: White Filling
I visited the surgery with a broken tooth which was painful. Paul relieved me of the pain immediately and my tooth has a beautiful white filling, so looks perfect.
Not only was the treatment good value but it was a relaxing atmosphere and very gentle.

Paul is an experienced and caring dentist. He pays great attention to detail in both his dentistry and the practice environment which is modern but cosy. The staff are warn , friendly and welcoming at all times.
Treated By: Paul
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UK
"They look so natural and I love the colour!"
100%Reviewed 29 Jan 2016 Review verified by phone and email.
Treatment Received: Porcelain Veneers, Veneers
Cosmetic Veneers, I had very dark stained and crooked teeth and I never wanted to show my teeth when I smile. Dr. Au discussed with me the different ways to improve and I decided to have veneers. In the beginning, I was apprehensive about doing something to my front teeth but I am just so delighted. The fees are reasonable and they really look after you.

I am so happy with my veneers. They look so natural and I love the colour! It only took a few weeks to get the treatment done and its pretty painless. Now, I can really smile at everyone. Well recommended.
Treated By: Paul
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Dr Paul Au responded to this review:

Hi Janet, Thank you for your kind review. It's been a great pleasure to see how we have managed to create a smile that you are happy with. I am sure this will give you the confidence to pursue your dreams. Enjoy! Kind regards, Paul

Janet UK
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Accreditations

  • BACD - British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (UK) 
  • GDC - General Dental Council (UK) 
  • ADI - Association of Dental Implantology (UK) 
  • BADN - British Association of Dental Nurses (UK) 
  • DTA - Dental Technologists Association (UK) 
  • MPS - Medical Protection Society (UK) 
  • AFA - Association for Facial Aesthetics (UK) 
  • BSRD - British Society for Restorative Dentistry (UK) 
  • BSOS - British Society of Occlusal Studies (UK) 
  • BSDHT - British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (UK) 
  • IFED - International Federation of Esthetic Dentistry (International) 
  • IAAFA - International Academy of Advanced Facial Aesthetics (International) 
  • IMTEC Sendax Mini Dental Implants Systems (International) 
  • ICOI - International Congress of Oral Implantologists (International) 
  • CDA - Canadian Dental Association / l’Association dentaire canadienne (Canada) 
  • Invisalign Provider (UK) 

Provides

Dentistry

Premises

Parking - street parking £1.20 per hour 8:30-5:30

Accessible to disabled people

Public transport access

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Access without steps

Disabled parking

Patient bathroom

Wireless access

On-site pharmacy - near by

Clinic Services

Emergency service

Text message reminders

Home visits - by arrangement

Open 24 hours

Open weekends - by arrangement

Travel Services

International travel

Local travel

Local accommodation

Translation services - Cantonese

Local guide

Tours and vacation services

Pick up service from hotel

Pick up service from airport

Languages spoken

EnglishChineseCantonese

Dentistry

From £158
Bad Breath Treatment
From £600
Invisible Braces
From £435
Dental Bridges
From £435
Porcelain Crown
From £550
Zirconia Crown
From £34
Dentist Consultation
From £650
Chrome Dentures
From £480
Flexible Partial Dentures
From £380
Porcelain Filling
From £39
Tooth-Coloured (White) Filling
From £50
Implant Dentist Consultation
From £1400
Inman Aligner™
From £380
Anti Snoring Appliance
From £200
NTI Dental Device
From £50
Orthodontist Consultation
From £280
Root Canal Treatment
From £240
Teeth Whitening
From £435
Cosmetic Veneers

Payment Information


Discounts - discretionary for advanced treatmentsPayment plans - personal direct debit for advanced treatments-interest freeFree initial consultation - By phone or email and for advanced treatmentsChequesCredit cards

Insurance

Private Patients Welcome

Dental Plans Accepted

European Health Insurance Card

PruHealth

BUPA

AXA PPP Healthcare

CIGNA Healthcare

WPA

Simplyhealth

IndepenDent Care Plans

Dr Paul Au

Job Title:
  Principal Dentist
Specialisations:
  Cosmetic Dentistry, Endodontics, General Dentistry, Implantology, Invisalign, Orthodontics
Languages:
  English, Cantonese
Biography:

Dr Paul Au BDS MSc., an Edinburgh graduate with over 31 years of experience gained in the UK, North America and Hong Kong, is the clinical director.

I started  this practice in 2008 and it is my utmost desire to provide high quality care using the most up-to-date equipment and materials. My aim is to help you achieve optimal dental health and a healthy and attractive smile by providing all aspects of dental care including implants, invisible braces, cosmetic veneers, all-ceramic crowns/bridges, laser treatments and facial aesthetics.

I believe we have assembled a team of dedicated individuals who can provide a professional, safe and relaxed environment for these treatments to be carried out. I look forward to meeting all of you very soon and hope that you will be impressed by our commitment and skills. Meantime, I welcome any comments or questions that you may have. Email:

Full Member of British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD)

Full Clinical Member of Association of Dental Implantology (ADI)

Fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI)

Gold Member of the British Dental Bleaching Society (BDBS)

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (BSOS)

Registered Somnowell Practitioner (Anti-snoring appliance)

Practitioner of Inman aligners and Clear aligners

General Dental Council Registration no. 58871

Dr Sally Keenan

Job Title:
  Associate Dentist
Specialisations:
  Cosmetic Dentistry, Endodontics, General Dentistry
Languages:
  English
Biography:

Sally qualified in 1985 from Dundee University where she was awarded the Dall Medal for excellence in porcelain work.

Since then she has worked in both general practice and hospital in the fields of restorative and children’s dentistry.  Most recently she completed a clinical assistantship in orthodontics. 

Her aim is to provide high quality aesthetic dentistry in a relaxed caring environment.  She particularly enjoys treating nervous patients and has trained in hypnosis. 

Member of British Dental Association (BDA)

Ms Jenna McColm

Job Title:
  Dental Auxiliary
Specialisations:
  Dental Hygienist
Languages:
  English
Biography:

Originally from Linlithgow, she moved through to Glasgow to study Dental Hygiene and Therapy at Glasgow Caledonian University, where she graduated with a BSc in Oral Health Science. 

Since graduating jenna has started working in a number of practices around the Edinburgh and Lothian area.

Jenna really enjoys motivating patients to achieve a good level of oral hygiene by helping to create a good home care regime tailored to each individual. She has experience working with a range of different age groups and takes extra special time and attention making sure patients understand treatments, as well as ensuring they feel relaxed and comfortable throughout. 

Ms Karen Davies

Show Phone Number13 Polwarth Gardens, Edinburgh, EH11 1JS