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UK Dentistry Market Report 2021
2021-07-09T04:10:16+01:00
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“As part of the ongoing response to the pandemic, the interruption to dental service provision has had, and will continue to have, an impact on the income and sustainability of…

UK Dentistry Market Report 2021

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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the UK Dentistry market, including the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people across the UK were finding it difficult to book NHS dental appointments or even register with a dental practice.

More than seven in 10 people are struggling to access dentistry with patients being told they can be treated privately if there are no NHS appointments available. However, private treatment is not an option for everyone as costs can reach into the thousands of pounds and therefore is not affordable for everyone.

According to the British Dental Association (BDA), 19 million fewer dental appointments were undertaken in 2020 than would have been normally expected. During 2019, there were 39.5 million dental appointments.

Between 2016 and 2019, UK expenditure on dental care rose by just over 7% – from £9.35 billion to £10.05 billion. However, due to the ceasing of all dental services from late March to early June 2020 (in England), UK expenditure was estimated to have reached a value of £7.02 billion by year-end – a drop of 31% on 2019 expenditure levels.

MBD estimates strong growth over 2021 as the UK’s vaccination programme is ramped up and COVID-19 restrictions are eased, which will allow more dental treatments to be undertaken. The dentist market share value is expected to rise by 15% in 2021 to £8.08 billion – only halfway towards offsetting the decline seen in 2020.

Beyond the pandemic, underlying long-term growth continues to be driven by structural factors, including favourable demographics such as an ageing and growing population, government policy as dentistry becomes a higher profile public service, and the growth in cosmetic dentistry.

There is now a stronger industry focus on customer benefits, including sharper pricing, value for money, loyalty rewards, and the highest quality customer experience. This movement towards consumerism and a more retail-like environment is expected to boost growth.

Read on to discover more details or take a look at all of our UK Health and Wellbeing market research.

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  • The impact of COVID-19 on consumers and their engagement with smart home technology.
  • Who are the key demographics for smart home products and where marketers should focus efforts for sales growth.
  • What factors shoppers look for in smart home purchases and what themes resonate best with smart home participants.
  • Attitudes toward smart home technology and how consumers perceive the category.

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Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Lewis Cone, a leading analyst in the Food & Drink sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

As part of the ongoing response to the pandemic, the interruption to dental service provision has had, and will continue to have, an impact on the income and sustainability of practices, dental laboratories, the dental supply sector, self-employed dental care professionals and support staff. Whilst the risk of widespread insolvency remains low, there will need to be additional financial backing for the dental sector as the broader COVID-19 support measures, such as the deferment of payments and loans, come to a close.
Lewis Cone
Senior B2B Analyst

Table of Contents

  1. Overview

    • Key issues covered in this Report
    • COVID-19: market context
    • Economic and other assumptions
    • Products covered in this Report
  2. Executive Summary

    • COVID-19 and dentistry
      • Figure 1: Expected impact of COVID-19 on dentistry, short-, medium-, and long-term, [2 June 2021]
    • Market Size
    • Steep decline in dental care expenditure in 2020 as COVID-19 rules halt full service provision, but rebound expected in 2021
      • Figure 2: Total UK dental care expenditure, 2017-2021, (£ billion)
    • Forecast
    • Patient backlog will keep demand high, but COVID infection protocols could still limit growth over the foreseeable future
      • Figure 3: Forecast UK expenditure on dental care, by provider, 2022-2026, (£ billion at 2021 prices)
  3. Issues and Insights

    • NHS dentistry accessibility concerns have risen with more people turning to ‘DIY’ fixes
    • Treatment backlog and new working conditions are damaging dentist wellbeing with recruitment problems also adding to burden
  4. The Market – Key Takeaways

    • Steep decline in dental care expenditure in 2020 as COVID rules halt full service provision, but rebound expected in 2021
    • Patient backlog will keep demand high, but COVID-19 infection protocols could still limit growth over the foreseeable future
    • Uncertainty regarding the long-term viability of NHS dentistry could see private dentistry take the reins
  5. Market Size

    • Steep decline in dental care expenditure in 2020 as COVID-19 rules halt full service provision, but rebound expected in 2021
      • Figure 4: Total UK dental care expenditure, 2017-21, (£ billion)
    • NHS treatment costs rise again after being frozen in 2020
      • Figure 5: NHS dental charges in England, per band, 2017-21*, (£)
    • Market Segmentation
    • Segment Overview
      • Figure 6: Total UK dental care expenditure, by provider, 2017-21, (£ billion)
    • Private Treatments
    • Cosmetic dentistry hit hard by COVID-19 restrictions but strong demand keeps opportunities high
      • Figure 7: UK expenditure on private cosmetic dental care, 2017-21, (£ billion)
    • NHS dentistry
      • Figure 8: UK expenditure on NHS dental care, by payment segment, 2017-21, (£ million)
    • Only the number of urgent treatments rise in 2019/20 amidst COVID-19 disruption
      • Figure 9: Number of courses of dental treatment under the NHS in England, 2015/16-2019/20, (000s)
  6. Market Forecast

    • Short-, medium- and long-term impact on the industry
      • Figure 10: Expected impact of COVID-19 on dentistry, short-, medium-, and long-term, 2 June 2021
    • Market drivers and assumptions
      • Figure 11: Key drivers affecting Mintel’s market forecast, 2016-2025, (in % annual change, millions, and % annual change) – (prepared on 2 June 2021)
    • Learnings from the last recession
      • Figure 12: Industry performance following the last recession, 2008-2015, (£ billion)
    • Patient backlog will keep demand high, but COVID-19 infection protocols could still limit growth over the foreseeable future
      • Figure 13: Forecast UK expenditure on dental care, 2022-2026, (£ billion at 2021 prices)
    • Uncertainty regarding the long-term viability of NHS dentistry could see private dentistry take the reins
      • Figure 14: Forecast UK dental care expenditure, by segment, 2022-2026, (£ billion at 2021 prices)
    • Financial and wellbeing pressure on dentists will affect industry recovery
    • FDI launches ‘green’ strategy that will both benefit the environment and reduce costs
  7. The Impact of the Economy

    • UK economy contracts by record 9.8% in 2020 due to COVID-enforced economic shutdowns
      • Figure 15: Annual GDP growth rate, 2016-2021*, (%)
    • Bank rate remains at a record low of 0.1%
      • Figure 16: Bank rate, 2008-2020, by date of adjustment, (%)
    • Real household disposable incomes start to recover although GDP per head remains lower than its pre-pandemic level
      • Figure 17: GDP per head at current market prices and real household disposable income per head, Q4 2016 – Q4 2020, (£)
  8. Market Trends

    • Dental earnings rise but UK governments fail to offer the BDA-recommended uplift in basic pay
      • Figure 18: Average taxable income for all self-employed primary care dentists, England and Wales, 2014/15-2018/19, (£)
    • Dental practice profits fall in 2019/20 but practice values remain stable
    • Private practice enquiries recovering, but location shift is emerging
    • Digital dentistry on the rise as in-person treatment numbers remain limited
    • Recruitment challenges could change the role of dental professionals
  9. Market Drivers

    • Brexit will impact industry recruitment and supply of dental equipment and materials
    • Industry recruitment
    • Dental equipment and materials
    • Larger and ageing population will maintain strong dental treatment demand
      • Figure 19: UK population estimate and projection, 2021 and 2026, by age group, (millions of people)
    • NHS dentist activity rises whilst the number of patients declines due to COVID-19 restrictions
      • Figure 20: Dentists with NHS activity in England, 2015/16-2019/20, (No. of dentists and % annual change)
      • Figure 21: Dental patients seen in England under the NHS over the previous 24 months, at 30 June, 2016-20, (000s of patients)
    • Student intake levels reach eight-year high, but wider dental recruitment issues remain
      • Figure 22: Target number of dental students and actual intakes in England, 2013/14-2020/21, (Number of students)
  10. Companies and Brands – Key Takeaways

    • BACD partners with Chairsyde
    • Denplan launches ‘Denplan Plus’
  11. Industry Structure

    • Investor practice demand remains robust with small average price growth
    • Market Share
      • Figure 23: Number of UK dental practices, 2020, by corporate operator and ownership, (Number)
    • Recent M&A activity
    • Sector structure
      • Figure 24: Analysis of changes in the structure of the dental practice sector, 2016-2020, (Number of companies and practices)
      • Figure 25: Analysis of the employment structure of the dental practice sector, 2019 and 2020, (Total employees and number of companies)
      • Figure 26: Analysis of the financial structure of the dental practice sector, 2019 and 2020, (£000 and number of companies)
  12. Competitive Strategies

    • BACD partners with Chairsyde
    • mydentist seeks further expansion
    • Bupa extends early access to pay to its dental staff
    • Denplan launches ‘Denplan Plus’
  13. Company Profiles

    • Bupa Dental Care
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 27: Financial analysis of Bupa Dental Care, 2015-2019, (£ million)
    • Colosseum Dental Services
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 28: Financial analysis of Colosseum Dental Services, 2015-2019, (£ million)
    • DPAS
    • Financial information
      • Figure 29: Financial analysis of DPAS, 2015-2019, (£000)
    • mydentist (formerly IDH Group)
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 30: Financial analysis of mydentist, 2016-2020, (£ million)
    • Subsidiary Companies
      • Figure 31: Financial analysis of Whitecross Dental Care, 2015-2019, (£ 000)
      • Figure 32: Financial analysis of Petrie Tucker and Partners, 2015-2019, (£ million)
      • Figure 33: Financial analysis of Orthoworld 2000, 2015-2019, (£ million and % change)
    • Practice Plan
    • Financial information
      • Figure 34: Financial analysis of Practice Plan, 2015-2019, (£ million)
    • Rodericks Dental Limited
    • Recent company news
    • Financial information
      • Figure 35: Financial analysis of Rodericks, 2016-2020, (£ million)
    • Denplan (part of Simplyhealth)
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 36: Financial analysis of Denplan (part of Simplyhealth), 2015-2019, (£ million)
  14. Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

    • Abbreviations
    • Methodology
  15. Further Sources and Contacts

    • Trade associations
    • Association of Dental Administrators and Managers (ADAM)
    • The Association of Dental Anaesthetists
    • Association of Dental Groups
    • Association of Dental Implantology
    • British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
    • British Association of Dental Nurses
    • British Association of Dental Therapists
    • British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists
    • British Dental Association
    • British Dental Industry Association
    • British Endodontic Society
    • British Orthodontic Society
    • British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy
    • British Society for Disability and Oral Health
    • British Society of Paediatric Dentistry
    • British Society for Restorative Dentistry
    • Trade magazines
    • British Dental Journal
    • Dental Health
    • Dental Insider
    • Dental Nursing
    • Dentistry
    • Primary Dental Journal
    • Private Dentistry
    • The Dentist
    • Trade events
    • British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Annual Conference
    • British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show 2022
    • BDIA Dental Showcase
    • Dental Technology Showcase
    • Oral Health Conference and Exhibition

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