Why choose us

We are a caring practice that will offer you choice. We believe that everyone should have access to high quality cost effective NHS dental care but with the option of advanced or cosmetic high end private dental work. We want you to smile! What's right for one person is not necessarily right for the next. We aim to treat you as a whole person and not just your teeth.

We take an ethical approach to dentistry, both in informing you of your choices and in the kind of dentistry. Surprisingly often the best dentistry is no treatment and at Ivy Cottage Dental Care we always aim for a minimal approach to dentistry. We subscribe to this approach and aim to preserve as much of your tooth structure as possible, whilst never compromising the final look. We place a huge emphasis on maintaining your teeth and gums and promoting oral health this will give you more confidence and peace of mind. We know you will build up a relationship with our team and dentists so will always try and book appointments in with your preferred dentist as far as possible.

If there is something we feel we cannot provide for you we will endeavor to refer or point you in the direction of our trusted specialist. We are an independent dental practice - we feel that the larger dental corporates which are becoming more and more common often forget the basic principle of dentistry - looking after and helping patients. All our team members are passionate about caring for patients and providing the best care possible. We all live locally and love Rotherham; we want to make a difference in our community.

Treatment Options

We provide NHS and private dental care. Dentistry is one of very few NHS services you have to pay for. This section explains what you will have to pay for and when you may not have to pay. You may get free NHS dental treatment if you meet certain criteria. All the treatment that your dentist believes is necessary to achieve and maintain good oral health is available on the NHS. This means that the NHS provides any treatment you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and free of pain. Depending on what you need to have done, you should only ever be asked to pay one charge for each complete course of treatment, even if you need to visit your dentist more than once to finish it. You will not be charged for individual items within the course of treatment.

The NHS will not provide cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, which you may want to make your teeth more attractive but which are not clinically necessary. After discussing your treatment needs and all the options available to you with your dentist, you may choose to have some general dental treatments provided privately separately to the NHS treatment. This may be carried out at the same time as your course of NHS treatment. The dentist should discuss the options with you so that you can make an informed choice. Your dentist should also explain any risks, as well as the costs, of all treatments and should give you advice on how to keep your teeth, gums and mouth healthy.


The following are entitled to free NHS dental treatment, but you must bring proof of the benefit you are claiming to each appointment.

  • Anyone under the age of 18 years of age
  • Anyone aged 18 who is in full time education. (Please bring your student ID)
  • If you are pregnant
  • If you have had a baby within the last 12 months
  • Income Support (Incapacity benefit and Disability living allowance do NOT count
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (Contribution-based does NOT count)
  • Income-related Employment & Support Allowance (Contribution-related does NOT count)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit (Savings Credit on its own does NOT count)
  • HC2 Certificate
  • NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate (You are not automatically entitled because you receive Tax Credits, there are qualifying conditions. If you qualify you will be sent an exemption card. You must bring this card to your appointments)

Be aware that at the beginning of each course of treatment you will be asked to sign a NHS declaration form confirming your entitlement to free NHS dental treatment. If the information that you give us is not correct and you are not entitled, then you will have to pay a penalty of £100 plus the cost of the treatment, back to the Dental Practice Board.

You are also entitled to reduced cost NHS dental services because if you are named on a HC3 certificate that is valid during the course of your treatment which limits the amount you have to pay.