Much has changed in Dentistry since James LR O’Donnell first opened up the Practice to patients on Tuesday 17th November 1970. The aim has always been to provide the highest level of care to our Patients, and their families. Some of our patients are still coming to us since that first day and bringing their next generation of families with them too !

We continue to look at improving everything that we do, keeping abreast of all the latest developments in Dentistry and surround ourselves with the best staff to help us be the best we can be, for the benefit of our valued Patients.

Please consider joining one of our Dental Plans – and discuss with us which Plan might be most suitable for you and make Private Dentistry more affordable.

We welcome new patients to our Dental Practice – just phone us or email for a friendly New Patient Consultation. We are used to patients being nervous and not knowing the costs involved. We will always carry out a thorough Dental Examination, discuss any issues found with you, discuss your options AND provide a written Treatment Plan and Estimate, based on what treatment you prefer to have. Dental Treatment only commences when YOU are happy to begin.

After all the Covid-19 Lockdowns and Restrictions, we started back seeing and treating Patients, in July 2020. We have a wealth of additional new measures in the Practice to make sure your visit to us is entirely safe, so that we can still provide high quality Dentistry to you and your family.


If you would like more information on our Covid-19 measures to protect you when visiting us, click here

NB We do not charge extra for PPE

The Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, stated that Dentists can go back to providing Routine Dentistry, from Monday 13th July 2020, except for doing Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGP’s). This statement actually relates to NHS Dentistry as the personal protective equipment necessary to protect Dental staff and their patients against Covid-19 is expensive.

PPE Extra Charges
Some Dental Practices intend to charge extra for PPE and/or raise their dental fees.
The James LR O’Donnell Practice will be celebrating 50 years since opening in November, 1971. We have many patients who have been coming to us for decades.
We feel this loyalty to us deserves to be acknowledged.

Thus, we do not plan to charge for the extra PPE necessary for treating patients during this Covid Crisis. And for our Dental Plan patients, we have cancelled the planned increase in our Plan fees (due April 2020 for DPAS, and January 2021 for Denplan).


Keeping you safe with the return to Dentistry

After many months of lockdown, and despite the extra measures we have to take to protect you and us, we are most definitely looking forward to seeing you all again.

Read more: Phase 3 – Monday 13th July 2020 – Back to Work

Dental Practices in England were given Permission to re-open for certain emergency procedures, from the 8th June 2020.

In Scotland, we heard from the Chief Dental Officer for Scotland on 18th June 2020 that the re-opening of Dental Practices could happen the following week – for Dental Emergencies.

It should be noted that Dental Practices will only be allowed to open ONE surgery, with one Dentist, and only see patients with a pre-arranged appointment, to examine them. We have still been limited to providing Advice, Antibiotics, Analgesics.

The crucial difference from Phase 1 is that we can now actually see our own patients for emergency appointments.

Read more: Phase 2 – Dental Emergencies From Tuesday 23rd June 2020

As you are aware, the Coronavirus (Covid-19) has severely impacted on all our daily lives. We have a responsibility to ourselves, our family and to others.

It has brought major challenges for us, caring for our patients. We must do everything we can to protect you and our dedicated staff here. We are all advised to stay at home, whenever possible; this is essential to reduce the spread of this potentially deadly Virus.

If you have dental pain or any worry, please telephone us on (0131) 664 4768, so that we can discuss your situation. If you wish, we can easily set up a video call: Facetime, Skype, Messenger, WhatsApp. Together we can decide what is best for you.

Read more: Covid-19 - Practice Update 30 March 2020

Cancer Research has just published new figures showing that men are more than twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women; 5,300 men to 2,500 women. In addition , it is often diagnosed in younger men of ages between 45 to 59 years.

Nine out of ten cases are preventable if people cut their risk by reducing their alcohol intake and cease smoking. Regular visits to our Practice will allow your Dentist to find anything out of the ordinary at the dental health exam appointment and immediately commence remedial treatment either by ourselves or by referral to Specialist help.

We do not find serious problems very often but your Dentist can save your life, if you come to see us, so that we can help you with our specialised knowledge and experience.

Research by King’s College, London and the University of Southhampton showed that gum disease is associated with an increase in cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease, possibly due mechanisms linked to the body’s inflammatory  response.

The inflammatory molecules , which have been associated with an elevated risk of other outcomes such as cardiovascular disease, can be reduced to a level closer to that seen in a healthy state, by effective gum treatment by the Hygienist or Dentist.

Without being too much of a kill- joy, research has also shown that the modern habit of drinking coffee and tea – on average four cups per day - with one in three British adults adding sometimes two to three teaspoonfuls of sugar to their drink, increases seriously , the frequency of acid attack on the teeth.

Each teaspoonful contains 4g of sugar whih means that four cups of tea or coffee per day, with just one teaspoonful of sugar, could in itself make up half of a person’s daily recommended sugar intake.

Information courtesy of the Oral Health Foundation.

After a work-out, dehydration can develop reducing the protection saliva in the mouth gives to teeth.

Then, the fashion to “ refuel” with so called sports drinks adds to the acid attack on tooth enamel. Many of these have a pH or acid value of 2.4 to 4.5. Regular dental health exams enable any dental erosion to be monitored and specific advice given to help prevent any future damage .

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Celebrating 50 Years since opening the JLR O’Donnell Dental Practice

Much has changed in Dentistry since James LR O’Donnell first opened up the Practice to patients on Tuesday 17th November 1970.

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If you would like to learn more about the measures we have in place to protect you from Covid-19 please click here.