Retired pub owner Thomas Mein, 67, said he hasn’t been able to eat from one side of his mouth because he couldn’t find an NHS dentist to examine a problem with his teeth after moving to the East last year Riding of Yorkshire.
“I’ve tried to get a place, but everywhere I’m told they either don’t have anything or I’ll have to wait at least two years, with waiting lists of 600 people. I have a crown issue and it’s very sensitive,” he said.
“I’ve paid my taxes all my life, but it seems private fostering is my only option.”
According to the Conservative Dentists Group, a lobbying organization, the situation is expected to get worse as an “urgent staffing crisis” causes shortages across the board and a “zip code lottery” for patients.
Dentist availability varies widely across the country: North Lincolnshire has the lowest number, with 32 dentists per 100,000 people, according to the NHS, compared with the average of 42 across England in 2020-21. The highest rate was in South Tyneside with 77 dentists.
Private dental care is considerably more expensive than NHS treatment. Depending on the clinic, patients pay up to £5,000 for braces, e.g. B. £500 for dentures, £400 for a root canal and £200 for a wisdom tooth extraction.
NHS treatments fall in price brackets of £23.80, £65.20 and £282.80. Treatments in the first volume include check-ups, adjustments, and polishes. Fillings, transplants and extractions are in the second, while the third is reserved for treatments such as fitting dentures, crowns and bridges. There is also a fourth tier for emergency treatment, with the cost of urgent care being capped at £23.80.
A spokesman for the NHS said it had taken “unprecedented action” to support dentists. He added that in January the health service provided £50m to support patients in urgent need of care, as well as income protection for practices “who are unable to perform their usual level of activity”.
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