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Contemporary dental practice in the UK. Part 1: demography and practising arrangements in 2015

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  • Discusses a 121-question questionnaire, based upon two previous questionnaires, on the subject of 'what UK dentists do', which was distributed to 500 UK dentists in 2015.

  • Presents the principal finding that the mean percentage of patients receiving NHS by the respondents was 50%. Fifty-one percent of respondents were practice principals, 36% being associates.

  • Highlights that, regarding recently introduced techniques, 80% of respondents reported using nickel-titanium files, 74% used digital radiography, 47% used zirconia bridgework and 25% reported using tricalcium silicate.

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Thanks are due to the participating dentists for completing the 121-question questionnaire and to Mrs Jeanette Hiscocks for collation of the questionnaire data.

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Burke, F., Wilson, N., Brunton, P. et al. Contemporary dental practice in the UK. Part 1: demography and practising arrangements in 2015. Br Dent J 226, 55–61 (2019).

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