At the end of 2015, Dentistry.co.uk, in association with Practice Plan, surveyed the nation’s dental care professionals to gain insights into similarities and differences in dental procedure fees across the country.
So far we have shared with you the average national and regional average UDA rates, as well as fees charged by private practices for:
- Short-term orthodontics
- Routine examinations and hygienist hourly rates
- Tooth whitening
- Single tooth implants.
Single tooth extractions
As the above chart shows, the average private fee charged for a single tooth extraction nationally (excluding Northern Ireland), based on information from survey responders, is £93. This is, on average, 73% more expensive than the current NHS band two charge of £53.90 for the same treatment.
On a regional basis, our survey found that Wales is the most expensive region for patients to undergo a single tooth extraction, costing on average £132 – 42% above the national average of £93 and a staggering 145% more expensive than a band two NHS extraction.
Interestingly, a study published in the British Dental Journal on the reasons for tooth extractions in four general practices in south Wales (Richards et al, 2005) found that the most common reasons for extractions were caries (59%), periodontal disease (29.1%), pre-prosthetic (1%), orthodontic (5.5%), wisdom teeth (4.6%), patient request (2.4%) and trauma (1.2%; 6.2% other).
Conversely, Scotland offered a fee more closely aligned to the NHS charge, at an average price of £63 per tooth extraction, according to our survey. This is just 17% higher than a band two charge and 32% less than the national average private charge of £93, according to our survey.
The Journal of Dentistry also published a study (Chestnutt et al, 2000) examining the most common reasons for tooth extractions in Scotland. Similar results were obtained to the study in Wales, with caries accounting for 51% of extractions, periodontal disease 21%, orthodontics 11% and failed endodontics 4%. Trauma, pericoronitis and other reasons accounted for 5.5% of extractions, whilst in 7.5% of cases, patients requested extraction in preference to other treatments.
Chestnutt IG, Binnie VI, Taylor MM (2000) Reasons for tooth extraction in Scotland. J Dent 28(4):
Richards W, Ameen J, Coll AM, Higgs G (2005) Reasons for tooth extraction in four general dental practices in South Wales. Br Dent J 198(5): 275-278