The information below is intended to give an insight into some of the dental treatment we offer atRiccarton Dental Practice. This will hopefully give you some basic dental knowledge so that together we can plan your care and treatment to keep your teeth and gums healthy, giving you a happy and confident smile!
- You are under 18 years of age
- You are 18 years of age and in full-time education
- You are pregnant
- You have had a baby in the last 12 months
- You or your partner receive Universal Credit
- 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
If you are unsure if you need to pay for treatment, please talk to the practice team, and bring any relevant documentation with you to your first appointment.
Prevention & Oral Hygiene
Prevention and early detection is a necessity in avoiding costly and extensive dental treatment. We recommend six monthly check ups in most cases.
There are now many improved materials available that can be matched in colour to the tooth and will bond to the tooth surface.
New technology and materials mean that we can now offer treatment to improve the appearance of your teeth, including shape, colour or both to give you a confident smile. Treatments are aimed at giving you a natural looking smile and the ability to eat most foods. More details are on our teeth straightening page.
As we get older, teeth can often become stained and discoloured, since teeth can gradually absorb colour from things like coffee, tea, red wine and tobacco. Tooth whitening can return the brightness and remove the staining.
Porcelain veneers can be used to change the shape or position of a front tooth or to improve the appearance by masking discolouration, or rough enamel.
Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, or multiple teeth, without preparing neighbouring teeth, or to secure dentures.
When teeth are lost or missing, the gap can be filled with a bridge.
Crowns are often needed to strengthen and restore a tooth that has been extensively damaged by decay or trauma.
Root Canal Treatment
If a tooth’s pulp (nerve and blood supply) becomes infected or inflamed, root canal treatment is the only way to save the tooth by clearing the infection.
We work together with the patient to give you the appearance you want.
If you need to be seen urgently please phone the surgery for advice during surgery hours. If treatment is essential, we will do our best to arrange it within 24 hours. For emergencies out of hours please call NHS 24 on 111.
0131 451 3080
Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, EH14 4AS