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Table 2 DENTASSim base model results – grouped treatments according to complexity

From: Alternative scenarios: harnessing mid-level providers and evidence-based practice in primary dental care in England through operational research

Treatment group   Clinical hours Percentage of all clinical hours Treatment group percentage of all clinical hours
Diagnostic (can be undertaken by dentists or therapists and are contested treatments) Examinations 5,681,232 29.4 34.4
Radiographs 959,216 5.0  
Medium complexity (can be undertaken by dentists or therapists and are contested treatments) Tooth restoration 4,567,989 23.7 24.8
Paediatric tooth extraction 193,948 1  
Paediatric endodontics 19,275 0.1
Complex treatments (can be undertaken by dentists only) Adult tooth extractions 930,954 4.8 22.2
Crowns 843,477 4.4  
Endodontic treatment 771,031 4.1  
Upper denture acrylic 769,660 4.0  
Lower denture acrylic 462,908 2.4  
Bridge units 201,919 1.0  
Inlays 167,545 0.9  
Upper denture metal 72,887 0.4  
Lower denture metal 37,377 0.2  
Veneers applied 27,962 0.1  
Prevention (can be undertaken by dentists or therapists and are commonly delegated) Scale and polish 3,313,516 17.2 18.4
Fluoride varnish 143,009 0.7  
Fissure sealants 90,220 0.5  
Other (can be undertaken by dentists only) Antibiotic items prescribed 40,113 0.2 0.2
  1. Complexity has been based on treatments within the skills of the dentists only.