Silver fillings banned

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Silver (Mercury) fillings have been banned in the UK for pregnant women and children.  In time there will be a total ban.  This is good news for dental care as white fillings are so much better. For a start they look better!  They also bond to the tooth so can seal the tooth against further decay and can be used to strengthen the teeth.  From my point of view they make me feel that I am truly restoring the teeth ...

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Scared of the dentist?

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Dental phobia? If you are scared of the dentist you are not alone. We feature near the top of the most hated list! However there’s plenty of good news. Many of the patients that have come to see me have not been for a number of years. I have been pleasantly surprised at how good the majority of their teeth are. If you do need treatment there are many things we can do to make it a better experience – ...

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NHS Dentistry No 3

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When I qualified in 1985 the materials we had to use were quite limited.  Fillings at the back of your mouth were largely done with silver amalgam and occasionally gold.  Crowns were mostly porcelain bonded to a metal substructure or gold.  Today the materials used in NHS dentistry are little different, even though materials have changed dramatically in that time.  We now have an array of strong white filling materials that are bonded to the tooth.  We have all porcelain crowns, doing ...

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NHS Dentistry

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I qualified in 1985 and after a year in maxillofacial surgery I started a long period of NHS dentistry, setting up my own NHS practice in 1993.  The funding then was probably not too different to what it is today.  As somebody wanting to provide high quality care and prevention it was not great but we could make ends meet.  At that time if I was to see somebody for an exam and a molar root filling, and filling I ...

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NHS Dentistry

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All too often I am asked ‘Do you do NHS dentistry?’.  My reply is ‘ I do not have an NHS contract for treating adults, but I do for children’.

Having spent many years working as an NHS dentist, the practice I was working at decided to stop providing NHS dentistry for adults in 2003/4  and from there I started to develop myself to work largely as a private dentist.

In order to understand why I believe this to be the only pathway for ...

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