Funding model wonky
DENTAL practices operate essentially like a private firm paid via the NHS patient fee and a Government subsidy “per unit of activity”.
But how each unit is defined and funded is complex and contentious, with dentists saying they receive the same amount for a patient needing five fillings as one.
The British Dental Association said estimated earnings for the typical dentist in England in 2008/09 were £67,800. By 2019/20, that figure had fallen to £58,100.
Wholly private dentists can earn more than £140,000 annually. The BDA says those going private are usually doing so to avoid NHS targets, spend longer with each patient and achieve a better work-life balance.