Registering with a dentist in Scotland

Our knowledgeable dentists work skillfully across the country to ensure you always have lots to smile about in Scotland.

woman at the dentist

You can choose to receive dental treatment through our National Health Service (NHS) or a private dental centre in Scotland. However, private dental care is more expensive than the NHS.

Ensure you and your family have access to care by registering with a dentist shortly after you arrive. You can get a list of local dentist who provide NHS treatments on the website or by calling 08454 24 24 24.

Dental fees

If you are over 18 years old, you will normally have to pay for your dental treatment. However, you are entitled to free dental care if:

  • you are pregnant 
  • have had a baby in the last 12 months 
  • receive income support or certain other benefits
  • you are 18 and in full-time education

Fees vary depending on the treatment required.

Services for you and your family

Your NHS dentist will be able to provide advice, care and treatments to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy. They will outline treatment options, costs and let you know what’s covered under the NHS. For example, if you want cosmetic dentistry, you need to pay for it privately.