The amount of money spent by Britons on corrective dental surgery has tripled in the last two years.
New figures from Manor Dental Practice demonstrates an increase of over £50, 000 in money spent of fillings alone between 2007 and 2009.
The clinic has suggested that the large increase could be due to patients postponing necessary treatment in order to save money during the recession.
Dr Anjali Shahi, founder of the Manor practice, commented: "It's quite common that in times of financial difficulty, one of the first things to go is visits to the dentist.
"Whilst I can completely sympathise with those who are trying to economise, people need to realise that going to the dentist is not a luxury: it's a necessity to maintain good health."
The practice has also seen an increase in the number of cancelled appointments which rose from 585 in 2008 to 3,900 in 2009.
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