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New study suggests fillings may not be the best option to treat childhood decay

New study suggests fillings may not be the best option to treat childhood decay

A new study claims that fillings may not be the best option to treat children with tooth decay. A three-year research project, known as the FiCTION Study, found no evidence to suggest that fillings were any more effective than alternative treatment options. Examples included sealing decay into the teeth and using preventative, rather than curative […]


Missouri charity dental clinic provides $600,000 worth of free care in one weekend

Missouri charity dental clinic provides $600,000 worth of free care in one weekend

A charity dental clinic, which was organised by the Missouri Dental Association and the Mission of Mercy provided more than $600,000 worth of free dental care last weekend (Friday 16th and Saturday 17th August). The event, which took place in St Joseph, enabled 500 adults to receive free treatment. In total, over the course of […]


Amalgam fillings to be phased out in Ireland

Amalgam fillings to be phased out in Ireland

Amalgam fillings are set to be phased out in Ireland, it has been confirmed. From next month (July), the use of amalgam fillings will be restricted in line with a United Nations agreement, which was introduced in 2013. The Minamata Convention was brought in to protect humans from exposure to mercury. In Ireland, rules on […]


British Scientists Invent Ground-Breaking Lifelong Fillings

British Scientists Invent Ground-Breaking Lifelong Fillings

Scientists in Britain claim to have developed ground-breaking fillings that last a lifetime. A team of researchers led by Professor Robert Hill from Queen Mary University of London has developed a new type of filling, which is designed to fill cavities and repair damage caused by harmful bacteria. Professor Hill explained that the filling releases […]


Dentists from Taiwan Complete Prison Mission

Dentists from Taiwan Complete Prison Mission

Two Taiwanese dentists have visited a prison in Thailand to provide much-needed dental care for Taiwanese prisoners. Huang Chun-feng and Yang Chung-ho visited the Klongprem Central Prison in Bangkok to treat Taiwanese prisoners and offer them emotional and spiritual support. This was the fifth mission for the dental duo. During their time at the prison, […]


The End of the Dental Drill?

The End of the Dental Drill?

Tooth decay affects a large portion of the population, due to the ease of its progression. Tooth acid created by plaque bacteria attacks the tooth, dissolving the enamel and minerals and forming holes, which gradually increase in size until they become a cavity. This is then usually treated with a drill and filling material to […]


Dentists to be paid according to quality not quantity

Dentists to be paid according to quality not quantity

The government has confirmed that there will be a shake-up in the payment system for dentists; from the summer, dentists will be paid according to quality, rather than quantity. 62 dental practices across the country have been chosen to trial the new system, which will replace the system brought in by Labour in 2006. Currently, […]


Irish dentists must display fees from June

Irish dentists must display fees from June

From June onwards, all dentists working in Ireland will be required to display their treatment costs so that patients can see fees before they have a consultation. The announcement was made by the Dental Council yesterday; president of the organisation, Dr Eamon Croke, announced that it will be mandatory for dentists to show prices and […]


French dentists cutting down on mercury fillings

French dentists cutting down on mercury fillings

French dentists are steering clear of mercury fillings and opting for tooth-coloured ceramic restorations. Mercury fillings are not banned in France. However, dentists are using them less frequently, partly because patients prefer the appearance of white fillings and partly because there has been so much debate about the safety of mercury amalgam fillings. Other European […]


Advisory committee urges FDA to investigate mercury fillings

Advisory committee urges FDA to investigate mercury fillings

An advisory committee from the US Food and Drug Administration has urged the agency to take a closer look at information relating to the safety of mercury fillings. The panel hosted a two day hearing in Maryland, where dental patients, dentists and researchers were able to present their stories and discuss recent developments in research […]