Dentist surgery illustrating NHS dental services

Patients across the country will benefit from improved access to dental care under changes announced by NHS England today (19 Jul).

New reforms to the dental contract – the first in 16 years – mean NHS dentists will be paid more for treating more complex cases, such as people who need three fillings or more.

Dental therapists will also be able to accept patients for NHS treatments, providing fillings, sealants, preventative care for adults and children, which will free up dentists’ time for urgent and complex cases.

To make services more accessible for people, dentists must update the NHS website and directory of services so patients can easily find the availability of dentists in their local area.

High-performing dental practices will have the opportunity to increase their activity by a further 10% and to see as many patients as possible.

In March last year, the Government asked NHS England to lead on the next stage of dental system reform to deliver better outcomes for patients and better support dentists.

The new reforms will ensure that dentists, who are operating at full capacity for the first time in two years, will be able to recover dental services following the impact of the pandemic.

From NHS England – more information

See also: How to access a dentist: Recommendations from RAFFF

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