29 March 2010
It looks like dental care is taking a nosedive in Ireland. According to the Irish Independent newspaper dental patients in Ireland will have to have teeth extracted rather than properly repaired with fillings and root canal work because of dental funding cuts. Are we going back to the dark ages? It is ridiculous to [...]
7 April 2009
A UDA is a “Unit of Dental Activity” undertaken by an NHS dentist.
A UDA depends on the type of work undertaken. A dentist is contracted by his PCT (Primary Care Trust) to do a set number of UDAs and dentists have to be within 4% of their targets. If dentists don’t achieve their contracted [...]
7 April 2009
There are lots of stories in the press this week reporting that tooth extractions have soared by 30% in four years. What a surprise!
There is just no incentive for NHS dentists to do complex and time consuming work such as root fillings. In fact doing root canal work can actually penalise an NHS dentist. [...]
13 December 2008
When replacing amalgam fillings with white fillings what might you have to consider?
The amalgam (metal) fillings might have been in place for many years and some might be very large. The amalgam might be holding the structure of the tooth together and removing the amalgam might destabilise the tooth, so great care is needed when considering what to put in place of [...]