UK dentistry market grows

UK dentistry market grows

The market for dentistry in the UK grew by 0.2% in 2017/18 to reach £7.1 billion, despite a decrease of 1.2% in NHS spending on dentistry. This is according to the ‘Dentistry UK Market Report’, published by LaingBuisson in January 2019.

The main driver of market growth was continuing high demand among private dental patients for specialist treatments such as cosmetic dentistry, facial aesthetics and hygiene services. The private dentistry sector also benefitted from an increase in the number of NHS patients who paid for private treatment upgrades to their NHS dental care.

The report has revealed that corporate dentistry (ie dental practices that operate in multiple locations) now accounts for a quarter of all UK dentistry and will increase its market share over the next three years. Although NHS spending will decline over this period, continued growth in the dentistry market as a whole is predicted.

However, the report has warned that growth may be undermined by Brexit-related economic uncertainty and by a shortage of dentists. The number of new dentists in the UK fell by a fifth from 2017 to 2019, and there are significant recruitment problems that may worsen due to the UK leaving the EU.

Recruitment problems are at their worst in areas of the UK with high demand for NHS dentistry, where the shortage of dentists has limited the amount of work that has been carried out under NHS contracts. LaingBuisson has also acknowledged that a new NHS dentist contract, which could improve patient care, is still some distance away and any impact it may have on the industry is still unknown.

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UK dentistry market grows

UK dentistry market grows
UK dentistry market grows

UK dentistry market grows