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    Nik Vourakis

    *Pain Free Dentist. GDC No. 268460

    Dr Vourakis special interest and main qualification is in Oral Implantology while he has wide experience in all forms of dentistry.

    Nik has been a practising dental surgeon since 2005 after graduating from the prestigious Military Academy Medical School at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. For 2 years he undertook training at the Oral and Maxillofacial Department in 401 Military Hospital in Athens. As a military dental surgeon, he then went on to serve as a team leader in a field hospital in Afghanistan from 2006-2007 – an experience which shaped his commitment and dedication to his chosen field.

    On returning to Greece, Nik opened his own private dental practice which he ran with great success from 2007 -2016, specialising in oral surgery implants and aesthetic dentistry. Since early 2017 Nik has been practising oral surgery in private clinics in Edinburgh and London.

    Nik has regularly and dedicatedly attended further education programs, seminars, workshops and courses both nationally and internationally. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Oral Implantology from Ethnikon Kapodistriakon University of Athens and a Master of Science Degree(MSc) in Oral Implantology from Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany. These masterclass courses involved a variety of procedures ranging from master courses in bone grafting and sinus surgery grafting procedures through soft tissue management to implantology, prosthetics and dental aesthetics.

    In 2018 he started a mentoring program for general dentists in Oral Implantology and he is an opinion leader for DENTSPLY Sirona. He is a registered ITI member. In 2018 he was a finalist for the Dentist of the Year award at The Dental Awards UK.

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    Edward M Ross

    *Pain Free Dentist. GDC No. 64265

    Eddie qualified in 1989 from the now sadly departed Edinburgh Dental School. Eddie was fortunate to be accepted as a Vocational Trainee when this was still a voluntary scheme. For this and many of his interests and techniques in dentistry, he owes much to his then trainer, former partner and friend, Iain Stewart.

    Often seen around the practice with tools in hand, he is clearly happiest when fixing things; be it in his surgery, at the practice or at home. As for his time off, any activity where there is a hill or water is sure to see him return to the surgery, as he puts it, “generally quite enthusiastic”.

    Within his surgery, he enjoys nothing more than rehabilitating a mouth in need of assistance and never more so when helping patients with a fear or anxiety of dental care.

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    Samuel G Lockhart

    *Pain Free Dentist. GDC No. 258215

    Sam graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2015. After his training year in East Kilbride he went on to Dundee spending his time treating anxious children in the public dental service and then to Dundee dental hospital to carry out a mixture of training in restorative dentistry and oral surgery.

    He then went on to train for a further year in the Maxillofacial department in Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital which involved assisting with major surgeries in both oncology and trauma.

    He moved to Edinburgh and has been in general practice since 2018. He particularly enjoys cosmetic treatment and likes to provide his dentistry in a calm, relaxed manner.

    In his free time he enjoys playing and watching football and dining out around Edinburgh.

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    Shiona R Rees

    *Pain Free Dentist. GDC No. 66516

    Graduating from Glasgow Dental School back in 1991, Shiona worked at Glasgow Dental School in oral surgery and oral medicine before completing vocational training in general practice. Returning to the hospital side of dentistry Shiona worked in London and Glasgow in Maxillofacial surgery, oral surgery and oral radiology gaining her fellowship in oral surgery, before commencing a doctorate in oral medicine…

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    Jasmine Tolat

    *Pain Free Dentist. GDC No. 229450

    Jasmine is an enthusiastic individual who strives for perfection in her job. She wishes to provide her patients with a caring and preventative service completed to the highest standard. Her main interests lie in cosmetic and minimally invasive dentistry, including straightening teeth and composite bonding. She is an experienced Invisalign and clear aligner provider…

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    Julie Burke

    Oral Surgeon GDC No. 71144
    Julie has been carrying out oral surgery procedures since 1997 after graduating from Leeds Dental Hospital in 1995. She has been a registered specialist in oral surgery since 2008 and has been providing sedation for the management anxious patients or those undergoing more complex surgical procedures for over 20 years!
     
    Julie lives in Edinburgh and is married with 2 children who are 2 and 10 years old and has a sausage dog called Bertie. Outside of dentistry Julie loves walking, jogging (slowly) and cycling in the Pentland Hills not far from her home.
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    Moon Kazi

    * Pian Free Dental Therapist GDC 301749

    Moon graduated as a dental hygiene-therapist at the University of Edinburgh, the only four-year honours degree in this subject in Scotland. She completed a year of work experience in Fife before taking a full time position in Edinburgh. As a hygiene-therapist Moon provides treatment for children and adults, in non-surgical periodontal therapy and restorative dentistry…

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    Louise Wilks

    Smile Advisor
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    Meet Louise our Smile Advisor.

    Louise is a graduate from Edinburgh University where she studied Sports Management. Louise continued studying after her undergraduate degree and achieved a Postgraduate Degree in Primary Teaching. She joined our practice in 2022…

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    Shufan Tran

    Practice Manager
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    A graduate from The University of Edinburgh with a degree in Biomedical Sciences, Shufan soon realised being a scientist wasn’t quite for her! Shufan joined the Links Dental Practice in 2021, attracted by the practice’s strong ethos on teamwork and providing patient care in a stress-free environment…

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    Jean Dodd

    Dental Nurse/Admin – GDC No. 155260
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    Jean qualified as Dental Nurse in 1982 and has been a Dental Administrator/Nurse at the practice since December 2020.

    She was a dedicated member of her previous practice for 38 years until October 2020 when she joined her new work family at Links.

    In her spare time she loves nothing more than creating… doing anything crafty!

    Agata Trojanowska

    Dental Nurse. GDC No. 274273
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    Agata is a Dental Nurse at Links Dental Practice. Agata came to Scotland from Poland in 2010 and has been a team member at the dental practice since 2021. Qualifying as a Dental Hygienist at a medical college in Poland in 2003, Agata then attended the Mentor Training Centre in Glasgow, qualifying as a Dental Nurse in 2014.

    Assisting with a wide variety of treatments and day-to-day jobs, Agata really enjoys her work. In her free time Agata enjoys running, cycling, and spending time with family.

    Rita Gautam

    Dental Nurse. GDC No. 295228
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    Rita is a Dental Nurse at Links Dental Practice. She qualified as a Dental Hygienist at a dental college in Nepal 2011, before moving to Scotland in 2012. She previously worked in a shop, then as a beauty therapist before attending the Mentor Training Centre in Glasgow and qualifying as a Dental Nurse in 2021.

    Rita’s day consists of assisting with a wide variety of treatments and day-to-day jobs. She really enjoys her work, interacting with new people, and trying to make the work environment as pleasant as possible.

    In her spare time, she enjoys walking, reading, watching tv and spending time with her lovely family.

    Lily Lamb

    Dental Receptionist
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    Lily joined the front of house team at Links in November 2022. She likes working in a tight knit team and strives to make our patients visits with us as enjoyable as possible. In her free time, she enjoys meeting friends, spending time with her family and long walks around the city.

    April

    Trainee Dental Nurse
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    April joined Links in December 2021 as a Trainee Dental Nurse. April chose her new career as she is a very caring and practical person and her previous background in Beauty Therapy has given her lots of experience with this.

    In her spare time she enjoys hill climbing, walks on the beach and spending time with family.

    Sammie

    Trainee Dental Nurse
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    Sammie is our Trainee Dental Nurse who joined the practice in September 2022. After a career change from working in an office, Sammie wanted a job where she could interact with patients and offer support where she can. Outside of work you will catch Sammie spending time with friends.

    Fun fact Sammie is a keen photographer.

    Bethany

    Trainee Dental Nurse
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    Bethany joined Links Dental Practice as a Trainee Dental Nurse in March 2023. After being in the Beauty industry for 5 years, she decided to change her career as she wanted to use her skills to offer support to patients. In her free time, she loves to travel , spend time with her friends and family and keeping up to date with the latest beauty/fashion trends.

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    4.8
    Based on 134 reviews
    I have had some minor treatment recently with Dr Sam Lockhart, and I can't praise him enough for being such a wonderful, skilled dentist. He always takes time to explain what he is doing and my treatment was genuinely pain free. It's great to have a dentist you feel safe with.Sammy his dental assistant was also very good. Thanks to you both!Juliet
    Dougie&Jules D.
    Dougie&Jules D.
    I want to extend my sincerest thanks to Sam Lockhart (supremely decent, gifted dentist), Sammy (trainee assistant who is better than most trained assistants and with a truly caring approach to her profession) and the lovely receptionist from Asturias. You chaps saved my Christmas. We never met before and we may never meet again, but this was the most positively unforgettable visit to a dental surgery I have ever had in more than sixty years. I salute you. Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2024.
    C M.
    C M.
    Friendly staff, procedures are well explained before carried out and the treatment process is transparent, delivered with care and good amount of communication
    Friankie L
    Friankie L
    Very good experience! Everyone in the practice is really friendly and nice!They will do everything to make the visit comfortable and relaxed.I felt listened too, everything was explained and they all felt really professional.Sam Lockhart and Sammy were great looking after me at my appointment and made the whole visit nice!Moon Kazi the hygienist was also very good and took time to explain things to me and answer questions!This is definitely a practice I'd recommend especially for those who are afraid of the dentist like me!
    Juliette G.
    Juliette G.
    I've just had a very helpful appointment with Shiona and Kirsty, and a few days before that with Moon Kazi. They are all really excellent, both with treatments and with very helpful information and advice. I feel lucky to be in their care.
    Kate T.
    Kate T.
    I went to Links Dental Practice for help, as for many years I was scared of dentists and my teeth were in very bad condition. I had a very friendly chat with Louise and on the same day I met Sam Lockhart. He is an amazing dentist with a great approach to patients. He made me feel comfortable and we arranged the process of fixing my smile. During every visit I was completely informed of what the plan was and what was going on, all procedures were painless. Sam Lockhart and his assistant Sammie are the best you can get. I would recommend them to everyone.Big THANK YOU for your help, you are the best.
    Zbyszek L.
    Zbyszek L.
    Excellent service from dentist Shiona and assistant Kirsty ! Hygienist Moon superb and Lisa. Front desk Jean also most helpful. Woukd highly recommend this practise! My teeth look and feel different and ten years younger! Jenny harper
    Jenny H.
    Jenny H.
    I was not looking forward to getting 3 teeth out and was very anxious about the forthcoming pain, however I never felt a thing, cant believe how easy it was. A big thanks to Mr Ross and his team.
    gordon W.
    gordon W.
    I have been going to Links Dental Practice for over 20 years... excellent dentist. Edward Ross is so informative about everything that has to be done. My recent Root Canal treatment was made 99% pain and stress free due to Mr Ross and his assistance's calm, informative and gentle approach. thank you
    Tinker F.
    Tinker F.
    Always a pleasure to see Dr Ross and get reassurance as well as guidance about how to keep my gum problems under control. Fabulous care from the hygenist as well. Highly recommended
    Philippa S.
    Philippa S.
    My relationship with my dentist is very good - I trust her to provide the best possible treatment for my problems. She is also very punctual, I never have to wait for longer than 5-10mins to get treated.
    Roxana
    Roxana
    Wonderful practice Mr Ross is a wonderful dentist and makes you feel comfortable with him.He has also been my dentist for many years and I am so grateful to him. Great practice.
    Gordon B.
    Gordon B.
    I have been with this practice many years and have had excellent service. Being in Denplan I was given all the treatment I have needed. The only problem was in lock down due to the restrictions on dentists, but that is the fault of the Scottish Government and not the practice.
    Elizabeth F.
    Elizabeth F.
    Without a doubt the best dental practice I've been to. Dr Sam Lockhart and Claire were genuinely excellent. They were aware of me being a nervous patient, they didn't rush and explained everything along the way for a tooth filling 🦷 The whole process was smooth and pain free, they first use a numbing gel, then the actual local anaesthetic so you don't get the pain of injecting the anesthetic in the first place. They were happy to play music in the room to distract me from the drilling which was really helpful. As a private practice, they can be expensive, but for someone like myself who is nervous who avoided dentists for sometime, it's worth paying to get the attention and care. Overall, I strongly recommend them.
    nuric
    nuric
    I am so lucky to have found this practice for my Invisalign treatment, bonding, whitening, and overall dental care! Dr Sam and Nurse Claire made me feel very comfortable and relaxed during our appointments, and were very thorough in explaining the procedures to me. They were also extremely patient, kind, and helped with so many other services and dental advice unrelated to my treatment! Everyone in the reception was also very warm and welcoming, and going to the dentist became a highlight of my day. The clinic was also visibly very hygienic and professional. The end product was beautiful, and I'm very happy with my smile now!
    Thondari W.
    Thondari W.
    Had a warm and wonderful experience under Sam and Claire’s expert-ease.great professionals and even greater human beings thank you both for my perfect smile.
    Russell C.
    Russell C.
    This is a first class practice. Jasmine has demonstrated through her calm, friendly and intelligent approach that pain free dentistry can be achieved, allowing me to be relaxed with certain, more difficult procedures.The practice is a modern and relaxing environment with friendly and helpful reception staff. I actually enjoy going to the dentist now!
    Vivien D.
    Vivien D.
    Sam and Claire, as always, very efficient and professional but ready for a laugh 😊 Treatment options are always discussed and I know what my choices may be with my very tricky dental problems. Treatment has always been pain free. Today, I had an extra long appointment time and there was the option of choosing two items to ease my time in the chair. I chose the warm neck pad and the back massager. The neck pad was so warming, comforting and relaxing. The back massager, was doing the job but I found it noisy and distracting {perhaps not helped by my hearing aids} and I felt that I didn't want anything to be distracting Sam and Claire, especially Sam whose head was obviously quite near. 😊 I'd rather listen to the music 😊 However, others may find it useful.
    Sandra M.
    Sandra M.
    I had a particularly complex situation due to some current treatment and Sam did a fantastic job with my teeth. Incredibly knowledgeable and comforting about the procedures. I really appreciated a very detailed email about potential options and the pros and cons. Superb experience for a horrible tooth accident. Thank you!
    Katherine C.
    Katherine C.
    Jasmine made a lovely job of my only and crown. She was both friendly and professional. I always felt I was in capable hands and she explained each stage of the process and what I could expect. Very happy.
    Hilary F.
    Hilary F.
    I’d like to thank & acknowledge Sam & Claire for their excellent pain free service. Sam replaced a deep filling & his care & attention to detail was clearly evident when I ran my tongue over the filling. No rough edges, no pain & really well sculpted new tooth. I’ll going to look after this one! Thanks Stuart A
    Stuarts P.
    Stuarts P.
    Recently joined links dental practice after many years at a different dentist.Sam has been brilliant. Very friendly and professional. I've been really impressed by the service.All the staff at Links dental have been very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend this place.
    Angus M.
    Angus M.
    Sam and Claire were both fantastic. If I could give them more stars I would. It was a pain free and stress free experience. Everything was explained and I was reassured throughout the process. Really lovely receptionist staff too who are always really kind and welcoming. Thank you all very much. Laura
    Laura M
    Laura M
    This place has totally changed my mindset when it comes to going to the dentist! I can honestly say I felt ZERO pain.I am a very nervous and anxious person when it comes to the dentist, especially when it comes to needles. My dentist (Sam) and nurse (Claire) were very accommodating and respectful of my nerves and anxiety. They took things at a pace I was comfortable with, explained what they were doing and why, and made me feel relaxed.I am now getting back on top of my dental care and have regained my confidence to smile without covering my mouth.
    Christopher K.
    Christopher K.
    Great dentists - every visit I am greated by friendly and helpful staff. I recently got teeth whitened there and results are great - which has increased my confidence in my smile.
    Mary Turner T.
    Mary Turner T.
    I have always been comfortable, and reassured, any time I have been to the surgery. Have never had a bad experience in over 20 years of attending. Would definitely recommend Mr Ross to anyone!
    Shari G.
    Shari G.
    Highly satisfactory. The manner in which my treatment was delivered was considerate, reassuring and highly professional. I was informed regularly about the progress of the treatment and great care was taken to avoid any pain.I would highly recomend Links Dental Practice to any prospective patient.James Aitken
    James A.
    James A.
    I have just had my new crown fitted by Jasmine. I am delighted with the final result. All of the procedures were painless and carried out in a calm, relaxed atmosphere.Jasmine and Lauryn were thoughtful and friendly which put me at my ease.Thank you very much.
    Averyl N.
    Averyl N.
    Mr Ross has just done a beautiful job on my teeth today. I have been a patient of his for over 30 years and he never disappoints. He is so gentle and caring. He spent a long time getting my front teeth just right.
    Elaine B.
    Elaine B.
    This is one of the best dentists that I have been too.After having a few scary experiences elsewhere I'm extremely nervous about attending dental appointments but Sam was fantastic at putting my mind at ease and talking me through everything step by step. I even returned for my follow up appointment without running away.Many thanks for Sam and Claires patience and restoring my faith in coming back to the dentist.I'm not the easiest person when I'm nervous so well done on doing a fantastic job.I'll be back.
    Helen M.
    Helen M.
    Hate to say it but Dr Sam is the best!!!! but am biased I know. He has spent hours doing very awkward and tricky treatments in my mouth..and I just sit there totally relaxed knowing he is working gently and efficiently on my mouth and transforming my smile, so I now dare smile!! Am full of confidence and almost look forward to going to the dentist!!!!! He and Claire work seamlessly together too. Thank you!
    M.A. H.
    M.A. H.
    My recent visit to Links Dental Practice was a very relaxed and stress-free experience. They were able fit me in at short notice to fix my chipped tooth. Dr Jasmine Tolat and nurse Lauryn were very reassuring and accommodating, and were able to repair my tooth there and then. The process was quick, easy, and pain-free from start to finish. I thoroughly recommend Links Dental Practice and their wonderful staff to anyone in need of dental care.
    Ewan B.
    Ewan B.
    This is a great practice offering an excellent service with friendly staff.I visited the practice to get a filling done. I was greeted by Louise at reception who was lovely and welcoming. My dentist is Dr Sam Lockhart who was assisted by a lovely nurse called Clare. They were both calm, professional and efficient.Visiting the dentist can be a nerve-racking experience for most people but that wasn't the case at Links. Thanks to all for making it a truly pain-free and all round pleasant experience!
    Clare H
    Clare H
    I had a problem and although Mr. Ross was on holiday he attended at the surgery to see me. I am well informed of the treatment which is being carried out and the way forward with any further treatment, if needed. The staff are excellent and I have no hesitation in recommending the practice.
    Rhona Cameron (Feather B.
    Rhona Cameron (Feather B.
    Great practice very good staff.Discussed all aspects of my treatment in a clear manner.Jasmine is a tremendous practitioner, totally pain free.Would recommend without any reservations.
    john M.
    john M.
    I've only had 2 courses of treatment so far from Jasmine but have found her to be friendly, efficient and informative. She conducts her business very professionally but with a very good 'bedside manner', thus making the patient feel relaxed and confident. A very positive experience so far with my new dentist - keep up the good work!
    Ken M.
    Ken M.
    My husband and I were visiting for the Military Tattoo and were leaving on a flight that evening. I woke up during the night with an awful toothache. Luckily for me I was able to be seen and had a root canal that was honestly pain free. The dentist was so knowledgeable and showed me on the X-rays how the infection was spreading. It could have been an extremely serious threat to my health. Thank you for doing such a professional, caring job!
    Sharon R.
    Sharon R.
    Brilliant service and excellent staff! We had to book an emergency appointment for my daughter who was having some tooth pain. I called first thing in the morning and left a message and was called back with an appointment within a couple of hours. The dentist we saw, Sam, couldn't have been any better with her. He was patient, explained everything so that she would understand and was absolutely fantastic. Thanks to you Sam and the team for making a visit that could have been a real trauma as easy as it was.
    Jak F.
    Jak F.
    Excellent service provided by Jasmine Tolat, whom is a credit to the team at Links Dental Practice! She took the time to fully understand what I wanted from my treatment and made sure I was completely happy with the result. She is knowledgeable, kind and made me feel completely at ease throughout the process. Because of her I would recommend Links Dental Practice to everyone I know!
    Margarita D.
    Margarita D.
    Dr Sam and the lady who assisted him today are very friendly, nice, warm and professional. I was really nervous about seeing the new dentist but he made me feel very relaxed and happy. Thank you so much, Dr Sam!
    Liv W.
    Liv W.
    Was a bit wary about a change of Dentist after decades since Julie Smith is such a hard act to follow but v reassured by Dr Sam Lockhart’s and Dental Nurse’s thoroughness and skill today, thank you.
    Mike E.
    Mike E.
    Excellent service and attentive to my dental requirements. Mr Ross is an excellent practitioner and is always empathetic to dental issues. I have been a patient for over 20 years and have nothing but the highest regard for his skills! Thank you.
    John C.
    John C.
    Have been going to Links Dental, specifically Eddie for years and always receive the best dental service. He is extremely professional and explains everything very clearly. Would 100% recommend.
    Jennifer N.
    Jennifer N.
    I was made to feel very welcome, the dentist Jasmine T, and the nurse Lauryn were very professional and made me feel at ease. Facilities are top notch, and treatment was totally pain-free!
    North S.
    North S.
    A lovely practice who go beyond to make you feel at ease from the moment you arrive. It is a mixture of Private and NHS. Our family has seen the same dentist, Eddie, for many years and he is excellent. He explains what he is doing and very gentle during the procedures. Would highly recommend.
    Ewan W.
    Ewan W.
    Eddie is an excellent dentist, who always explains what he is doing and his manner is always calm and reassuring. I have been going to him for over 20 years and couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
    Aurelie N.
    Aurelie N.
    Another first class dental experience from Ed Ross. With a new ( for me!) dental issue, Ed explained the proposed treatment and has made me feel confident that my problem will be resolved. I never have any doubt that I am getting the best possible dental care.
    Susan T.
    Susan T.
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    Links Dental Practice

    Links Dental Practice, 101 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh EH9 1AT, United Kingdom

    Providing *Pain Free Dentistry In Edinburgh

    Telephone: 01315169278

    Email: info@linksdentalpractice.co.uk

    • Monday 8:30am – 8:30pm
    • Tuesday 8:30am – 8:30pm
    • Wednesday 8:30am – 5:30pm
    • Thursday 8:30am – 5:30pm
    • Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
    • Saturday (alternate) 9:00am – 1:00pm