So, dental practices have reopened but the prices have gone up. Why?
We live in a very different world now compared to the start of 2020. The country went into near hibernation for three months and dental practices were told to close their doors by the regulators. Practices started reopening in June but many in the private sector are charging more than they were before and yet NHS practices still charge the same. Why?
The first thing to remember is that, whilst practices have reopened, they are still very restricted in the way they operate. In particular, two things have driven up costs:
- The need to wear increased amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE), the majority of which is disposable and has to be replaced after each patient.
- The need to leave surgeries empty for up to one hour (known as 'fallow') after treatment on a patient to enable any airborne particles produced during treatment to settle and be disinfected/