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Dental Treatment Band Analysis, England 2007: Preliminary Results

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01 Apr 2007 to 31 Jul 2007


This report provides information on NHS dental activity within a sample of adult courses of treatment (CoTs). Information was taken from a sample of 3,244 CoTs processed between April and July 2007, covering dental contracts across England. This information was compared to equivalent information for 2003/04. This information is sourced from the Dental Services Division (DSD) of the NHS Business Services Authority (BSA).

This report has been produced by The Information Centre for health and social care (IC). A joint working group with representation from the IC, the Department of Health (DH), the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB) secretariat and the Dental Services Division (DSD) was consulted on this study and the content of the report.

Key Facts

For England in 2007:

  • 81.9 per cent of all CoTs included an examination, 18.2 per cent included a radiograph and 30.8 per cent included a filling
  • There was some variation across treatment bands. For example, examinations occurred in 91.2 per cent of Band 1, 30.2 per cent of Band 1 urgent, 74.6 per cent of Band 2 and 74.7 per cent of Band 3 CoTs
  • In terms of the number of treatment items per 100 CoT, there were 31.5 radiographs, 11.5 extractions, 45.0 fillings and 2.3 crowns
  • On average, there were 1.7 radiographs in CoTs where a radiograph occurred, 1.5 fillings in CoTs where a filling occurred and 1.1 crowns in CoTs where a CoT occurred
  • For fillings, there were 10.2 teeth filled per 100 Band 1 Urgent CoTs, 107.6 per 100 Band 2 CoTs and 34.7 per 100 Band 3 CoTs. On average, 1.1 fillings were carried out in Band 1 Urgent CoTs which included a filling. This compares to 1.5 for Band 2 CoTs and 1.7 for Band 3.

Compared to activity in 2003/04, the key findings are as follows:

  • There has been a decrease in the number of radiographs per 100 CoT from 53.2 in 2003/04 to 31.5 in 2007
  • Within Band 1 CoTs, the number of radiographs per 100 CoT has dropped from 35.2 in 2003/04 to 22.0 in 2007, while the number per CoT in which a radiograph was taken has fallen from 1.9 to 1.7
  • The number of teeth filled has dropped from 49.7 per 100 CoT in 2003/04 to 45.0 in 2007, while the number per CoT in which a filling took place has dropped from 1.8 to 1.5 over the same time period. However, the percentage of CoT with fillings increased from 28.2 per cent to 30.8 per cent
  • The proportion of Band 2 and Band 1 urgent CoTs which included a filling has fallen from 75.8 per cent in 2003/04 to 69.4 per cent in 2007 and the number of fillings per 100 CoT has decreased from 129.4 to 100.9
  • For Band 3 CoTs, there has been a reduction in the incidence of crowns from 46.5 per cent of CoTs in 2003/04 to 34.6 per cent in 2007. The number per 100 CoT fell from 62.1 to 38.0
  • The proportion of Band 3 CoTs in which dentures were fitted rose from 38.6 per cent to 48.0 per cent. This rise was largely due to an increase in partial dentures which rose from 27.4 per cent to 34.7 per cent. Full upper and lower dentures remained unchanged at 6.9 per cent of Band 3 CoTs.


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