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Publication, Part of

NHS Dental Statistics 2006-07

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations
Date Range:
01 Apr 2006 to 31 Mar 2007


This report considers NHS dental activity and workforce in the first year of the new dental contract.

Key Facts

  • there were 35 million Courses of Treatment (CoTs) carried out in England in 2006/07 and just under 74 million Units of Dental Activity (UDAs). UDAs reflect the complexity of the treatment
  • more than half (54 per cent) of CoTs were within Band 1 which covers check ups and simple treatments. 30 per cent were within Band 2 which covers mid-range treatments such as fillings, extractions and root canal work. Band 3 complex treatments requiring dental appliances such as crowns, dentures and bridges accounted for a further 4 per cent. The remaining 11 per cent of CoTs were urgent and other non-chargeable treatments
  • the highest proportion of UDAs (44 per cent) were within Band 2. Band 3 accounted for 25 per cent of UDAs, and Band 1 treatments accounted for a further 26 per cent. The remaining 6 per cent of UDAs were urgent and other non-chargeable treatments
  • at 31 March 2007, just over 28 million patients had seen an NHS dentist in the previous 24 months. A breakdown by adults and children shows that of these, just over 20 million patients seen were adults and just under 8 million were children in England. These figures show little change from the period ending 31 March 2006
  • 56 per cent of the population had seen an NHS dentist in the previous 24-month period to 31 March 2007: 52 per cent of adults and 71 per cent of children
  • the proportion of the adult population seen in the previous 24 months varies amongst SHA areas ranging from 41 per cent in South Central SHA to 60 per cent in North East SHA. For children the proportion of the population seen in the previous 24 months varies from 65 per cent in London SHA to 74 per cent in South West SHA
  • The number of dentists on open NHS contracts as of 31 March 2007 is reported as 21,041 in England. There is a dentist on an open NHS contract for every 2,397 population
  • 61 per cent of all dentists were male and 39 per cent were female. Younger dentists were more likely to be female (54 per cent of all dentists aged under 30) while older dentists were more likely to be male (86 per cent of dentists aged 60 and over)
  • 55 per cent of dentists in London SHA were under 40 years of age compared to South East Coast SHA where only 43 per cent of dentists were under 40 years of age
  • £475 million was payable in patient charge revenue (PCR) in England in 2006/07 from patients who paid for their dental treatment
  • Charge paying adults accounted for 50 per cent of chargeable CoTs in England in 2006/07. Children accounted for a further 29 per cent and 21 per cent were for adults who were exempt from charges
  • The proportion of chargeable CoTs accounted for by charge paying adults ranged from 40 per cent in London SHA to 55 per cent in East of England SHA
  • The majority of chargeable CoTs delivered to charge paying adults and children were Band 1 treatments (57 per cent and 67 per cent respectively). Only 38 per cent of the treatments delivered to exempt adults were within Band 1 and this group of patients also had the highest proportion of Band 3 and Band 1 urgent treatments at 11 per cent and 13 per cent respectively
  • Detailed data at PCT and SHA level are included as annexes to this report (boundaries used as at 1 October 2006). Furthermore, a factsheet tool is available (see Annex 2), which provides all the detailed information in Annex 3 at the required PCT or SHA level.


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