We provide a full range of NHS and private treatments in our practice with a FREE dental examination for everyone.
Following a dental examination, your dentist will advise you of the treatment you require and the likely cost. We will also provide an itemised account, if requested. The charges for NHS treatments are set by Practitioner Services and are same for every NHS dentist in Scotland. NHS dental work is free of charge for the following groups of people:
- Everyone aged under 18;
- Those aged under 19 in full-time education;
- Pregnant women and nursing mothers, until the baby is 12 months old;
- Those with certificated exemption from payment because of income
Not all treatments are available on the NHS, however. Cosmetic treatments are not available, for example, ‘white fillings’ on back teeth or a tooth coloured crown on a back tooth. Dental Implants and teeth whitening are also not available on the NHS. Your dentist will be able to explain what treatment is and is not allowed on the NHS.
Our practice is open 5 days a week
NHS Dental Care
We provide all treatments necessary to secure and maintain your oral health. There are some treatments (mainly cosmetic) which are not available under the NHS, and you may choose to have these privately. You may also choose to have some treatment privately as an alternative to NHS treatment. If you wish to have some private treatment then we will provide you with a written estimate beforehand to detail the charges. We aim to provide preventative dentistry to help you avoid extensive dental treatments.
Replacements free of charge
If you are 18 or over and a filling, root filling, inlay or crown provided by SR Dental Care under the NHS within the last 12 months has to be replaced, you will not be charged if you return to us, unless:
- the treatment was temporary; or
- it was provided against our advice; or
- the replacement is necessary because of an accident; or
- a different treatment is needed because a satisfactory replacement is not possible.
Private Dental Care
We appreciate that everyone is different and some people prefer the wide range of treatment options and convenience of private care. Appointment times are longer, and that extra time allows you to really build a strong rapport with your dentist. There will be plenty of time to discuss all your dental concerns and together you’ll design a treatment plan to ensure you achieve and maintain great teeth, healthy gums and a confident smile.
We provide a full range of private treatments and you can mix NHS and private treatments at any time. Once we have worked out your treatment plan with you, we will provide you with a fully itemised written quotation. At no time will you be pressured into a decision, we simply ask that you let us know what you would like to do and keep us informed if anything changes. We are very happy to discuss your treatment plan with you at any time.
We have a clear pricing policy so you always know exactly how much you will be asked to pay and why.
Here are some examples of private treatments available
Gum health is increasingly being linked to playing a larger role in systemic health, according to extensive and recent research. We employ a preventative approach to gum care and treatment of gum disease or infection.
This simple home procedure uses hydrogen peroxide to bleach or whiten the teeth. It is not suitable for everyone. Your dentist is best placed to advise whether the treatment is right for you and the results you can expect.
Mouth cancer is still infrequent, with only around 6200 cases currently diagnosed in the UK each year. The chances of a full recovery following mouth cancer are very good if it is caught in the early stages.
Gum Disease is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth .Its mainly caused by bacteria from the plaque build-up. If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and you may have bad breath. This early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis.
If gingivitis isn’t treated, a condition called periodontitis can develop. This affects more tissues that support teeth and hold them in place.
If periodontitis isn’t treated, the bone in your jaw may be damaged and small spaces can open up between the gum and teeth. Your teeth can become loose and may eventually fall out.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria.
Some bacteria in plaque are harmless, but some are harmful for the health of your gums. If you don’t remove plaque from your teeth by brushing them, it builds up and irritates your gums. This can lead to redness with bleeding, swelling and soreness.
Complications of gum disease:
If you have untreated gum disease that develops into periodontitis, it can lead to further complications, such as:
- Gum abscesses (painful collections of pus)
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Loss of teeth
- Increased risk of systemic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes etc
Gum health is increasingly being linked to playing a larger role in systemic health, according to extensive and recent research. A significant body of research has associated periodontal disease with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and adverse pregnancy complications. Additionally, periodontal disease has been linked to other diseases, including respiratory disease, chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, metabolic syndrome, erectile dysfunction, and cancer.
Consistent evidence shows that severe periodontitis adversely affects blood glucose levels in individuals with and without diabetes.Gum disease may increase your risk of all kinds of other health complications, including stroke, diabetes and heart disease. Gum disease has even been linked with problems in pregnancy and dementia.
Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, explains: “The link between oral health and overall body health is well documented and backed by robust scientific evidence. Despite this, only one in six people realizes that people with gum disease may have an increased risk of stroke or diabetes. And only one in three is aware of the heart disease link.”
Quick Gum Health Questionnaire
Have you got bad breath?
Do your gums bleed when brushing?
Are small spaces opening up between your teeth and gums?
Have you got a wobbly tooth?
If you answer yes to one or more questions, chances are you may suffer from gum disease and if you need to discuss any further about treatment options available please call our reception on 0131 6601315 to see Hygienist directly even if you are registered with dentist in another practice or not registered or book a consultation with our dentist
This simple home procedure uses hydrogen peroxide to bleach or whiten the teeth. Your dentist or hygienist takes a mould of your teeth so a technician can prepare a gum shield or tray of exactly the right size and fit. Once the tray is ready, your dentist will provide you with the whitening gel and important advice on how to use it. Your teeth may achieve the desired colour within a couple of days, but it may take up to 2 weeks.
Off-the-shelf home whitening kits are not advisable as the trays are not custom made to exactly fit. This can allow the bleaching gel to come into contact with your gums and may cause irritation. There have also been reports that the bleaching gels in such kits may not achieve the desired result.
It is not suitable for everyone. Your dentist is best placed to advise whether the treatment is right for you and the results you can expect.
Mouth Cancer Screening
Mouth cancer is still infrequent, with only around 6200 cases currently diagnosed in the UK each year, but it is becoming increasingly common.
Research shows that men over the age at 40 are at greatest risk, but women and younger people do occasionally present with this disease. Although in many cases the cause is not known, mouth cancer is associated with smoking and heavy drinking.
The lips, tongue, cheeks and throat can all be affected, and the most usual indication of the disease is a painless ulcer that does not heal as expected. Sometimes the first sign may be a red or white patch inside the mouth. If you have a patch or an ulcer that doesn’t heal within three weeks, it is very important to visit your dentist.
The chances of a full recovery following mouth cancer are very good if it is caught in the early stages. Your dentist inspects your mouth thoroughly for mouth cancer at every check-up, and might also examine your neck for swellings. If your dentist has any concern that you may have mouth cancer, you will be rapidly referred to a specialist who will re-examine you and, if indicated, will organise further tests. Although this is a worrying time, the majority of such referrals are not diagnosed as cancer.
Our staff are always friendly, professional and caring. Our goal is to make you feel completely at ease at every stage of your visit and treatment. We’re here to answer any questions you might have, and we welcome your feedback. Click below to meet our team, and get to know us a little better before your next visit.
SR Dental Care
0131 660 1315
25A South Street, Dalkeith, EH22 1AH
SR Dental Care | Registered Address: 25A South Street, Dalkeith, EH22 1AH
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