The British Dentistry Association have reported that there is more than 10 million backlog of dentist appointments due to many dental practices closing during the pandemic. Although most practices have now reopened, they are working at a much reduced capacity due to social distancing and increased infection control requirements limiting the amount of appointments that can be offered.
It is expected that the backlog will take months if not years to work through and whilst there is a long wait for treatment, many new patients will not be afforded the opportunity to register with a dentist. This will lead to a surge in people either going without regular check-ups affecting their future dentition or resorting to paying for costly private dentist treatment.
This report coincides with NHS figures being released showing a 17% rise in the number of extractions in children, most of which need to take place in a hospital setting and the costs of which are reported to have been £41.5 million.
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