NHS Dentist in Edinburgh
New NHS dental patients of all ages are very welcome to join our Edinburgh NHS dental clinic. As a patient, you will receive a free and thorough clinical examination and have access to affordable pricing for many dental treatments. For some patients, these treatments are free.
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic new NHS patient registration is temporarily suspended. We don't anticipate this service resuming before 2022, we will keep you updated as to when we can resume this service.
Our opening hours include morning, afternoon and evening appointments from 8.00am up to 8.00pm – you can visit your NHS dentist at a time which suits you.
Whether you register with us as a new dental patient or decide to register as a private patient, you will have access to the same award-winning dental team who are experienced, friendly and knowledgeable. Our dental clinics are modern and bright and are designed to provide you with the most pleasant dental visit possible. We specialise in helping patients with dental fear and anxiety – if this applies to you, please let us know.
As a dental patient, our NHS dentists will look after your dental health and your smile. Our dental team collectively go that extra mile to welcome you to our clinic and make your dental visit as pleasant as possible.
Please note that online booking is available for both NHS and private dental patient consultations (check-ups) - if you are an existing patient, you must select your existing dentist. Online booking can also be used for some private treatments and consultations including new patient emergency dental appointments, free teeth whitening consultations, free teeth straightening consultations and free facial aesthetic consultations. For existing patients looking for an emergency appointment, please call us as we keep appointments aside for this purpose. Online booking is provided on a secure, third-party booking platform which is integrated with our appointment diaries.
Convenient & Accessible NHS Dentist in Edinburgh
City Health Clinic is conveniently located on Lothian Road by Tollcross. It is very easy to get to the clinic for your dental care using public transport from all areas of Edinburgh. There are direct and fast bus routes from Morningside, Bruntsfield, the Grange, Newington, the West End, the New Town, Comiston, Polworth, Merchiston, Craiglockhart, Gorgie, Firrhill, Colinton, Oxgangs, Dreghorn and beyond. There is also underground parking available (Princes Exchange Car Park, entrance at Riego Street accessible after 9.30am and paid parking).
All clinics are on the ground floor of the building and are easily accessible for those with impaired mobility. There is plenty of space for buggies too.
Your Dental Appointment
It is very easy to register and book dental appointments with us right now:
Choose your NHS dentist and appointment time using our online booking system (open 24 hours a day)(* Please note this service temporarily suspended)
Book at our reception desk if you are passing by.
An appointment with one of our dentists always starts with a free, thorough clinical examination so that we can diagnose any issues and offer advice. There are lots of preventative measures which we can suggest so that you can maintain good oral hygiene and improve your dental health – and that means fewer problems with your teeth over your life.
If any treatment is required, our friendly and caring dentist will discuss the full range of treatment options with you. If you prefer, you can also opt for a mix of NHS and private treatments to best suit you and your budget. For example, instead of a standard crown, you may wish to opt for a private lava crown where the materials used are of a very high quality and this is reflected in the end result - this type of crown looks as similar as possible to that of a natural, filling-free tooth.
We offer a range of additional cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, resin bonding, crowns and veneers. We are also experts in teeth straightening (using Inman Aligner or Six-Month Smiles systems) as well as wrinkle reduction and lip fillers to reduce signs of ageing in your skin.
NHS Dental Services, Treatments & Prices in Edinburgh
Dental check-ups are free to all NHS patients registered at City Health Clinic. During your check-up, your dentist will discuss any potential treatments you may require and set them out in a treatment plan. This will ensure you are able to see exactly how much you will need to pay for treatment and the choices you can make.
NHS dentist charges are set by the Scottish Government and are currently as follows.
These costs are approximate.
Payment in full is due at the time you have your dental treatment carried out.
Your dentist will discuss your treatment plan prior to any dental work being carried out, an estimate will be given to you to review and for you to provide your signed consent prior to agreeing to a treatment being undertaken.
The above treatment fees do not include any associated treatment costs e.g. x-ray and restoration filling costs post root canal treatment, there may be specially constructed impression trays made by a dental laboratory when making a denture, etc.
Your estimate will itemise any added cost included in your treatment plan.
For any treatment requiring lab work (crown/bridges/dentures), we will ask for full payment of the planned treatment to be made on your first visit.
If you prefer, you can opt for some private treatments (e.g. white composite filling instead of an amalgam (silver coloured filling), teeth whitening, teeth straightening) alongside any treatments which you need.
Do you qualify for free dental treatment?
Everyone registered with us as an NHS patient is entitled to free dental check-ups at our Edinburgh clinic. You may also be entitled to other free dental treatment if:
You are under 18
You are 18 and in full-time education (school pupil, college or uni student)
You are pregnant
You have had a baby during the past 12 months (including if you had a miscarriage after the 24th week of pregnancy or your baby was stillborn)
You or your partner receive Income support, Income-related Employment Support Allowance or Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
You or your partner hold a current NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate
You or your partner receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
You or your partner receive Universal Credit
If you are not in one of the categories listed above, you might still be able to get free dental treatment on the grounds of low income.
Your child’s dentist
We are a family-friendly dentist in Edinburgh – our dentists, nurses and receptionists are committed to providing a welcoming and friendly dental experience to our youngest patients. Children sometimes need extra encouragement during a trip to the dentist and we will do just that. We take time to explain things carefully, answer as many questions as your child likes and try to make the experience as fun and relaxed as it can be.
If your child is at all nervous, you might like to show them a picture of their dentist before they come. This can help children feel more relaxed when they meet their dentist for the first time.
For children under 6, we provide care under the NHS Childsmile programme. This includes giving advice on oral care, on diet and also applying a fluoride varnish to baby teeth to keep them safe from dental decay. We can also advise on when and how to start a brushing routine with babies and toddlers.
Dental care is free for children under the age of 18 (and in full-time education) on the NHS.