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Hi. I had my second premolar and first premolar done by my dentist. I wasn’t advised that those teeth are not to have white fillings on nhs and I endured treatment where a silver filling was placed in. After discovering what was done to me I asked if I could have the white filling but was told white filling isn’t covered by nhs. I paid £180 to have both teeth refilled with white filling. I wonder if this trarment should have been at least partially covered by nhs as I have maternity certificate and gave birth 4 months ago. Can you please advise me on this. Thank you Daniela (it doesn’t help that the part of those two premolar teeth meant to be treated were ignored and instead the dentist drilled a huge hole inside of them rather than the external part that was and after this treatment again is painful.)

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Asked on 09/04/2016 12:00 am
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Hi Daniela,
I am sorry but I am unable to help you with this question as we are a fully private practice so would not know what treatment is covered by the NHS Clarendon House Dental Centre

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Answered on 11/04/2016 12:00 am
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In theory ALL TREATMENT necessary IS available under NHS regulations
However the government caps the fees paid to the practice for your examination and fillings (plus any other treatment including X-rays or cleaning) to approx £60 and as in any business 'time is money' this will have to be done in 20mins in total for all appointments
Providing a quality while filling would take much longer than this as reflected in the private fee but the government want the best but are not willing to pay (as with the junior doctor situation in the media)
With regards to the fillings being deeper than expected and painful
The size of a filling is dictated by the amount of decay within
The less often you eat and drink sugars between meals (every sip gives 40mins of tooth decay) the smaller any cavities will be and if you had avoided between meals sugars completely throught your life it is very possible that these teeth would never have needed filling in the first place

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