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Fillings are such a pain to dentists; HEALTH.

DENTISTS now yank out soaring numbers of teeth rather than try to save them with fillings or crowns.

They have no incentive to carry out difficult work such as root canals under the new NHS contract, say critics.

A "flat rate" payment system discourages them from preventative treatments because they would "take too much time as they rush to hit government targets".

British Dental Association executive board chair Susie Sanderson complained: " The system has targets, not patients, at its heart.."

Independent M P Dr Richard Taylor also blamed the way dentists are paid.

But chief dental officer Dr Barry Cockcroft pointed out there were now 655 more NHS dentists after one in 10 refused to sign in 2006.
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Date:Aug 22, 2008
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