This spreadsheet provides data from the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) dataset starting from 2011 to 2018. This includes inpatient care figures from National Health Service (NHS) hospitals across England.
The latest data from academic year 2017 to 2018 shows:
- 7% (59,314) of hospital episodes of 0 to 19 year olds involved dental extractions
- Dental extraction is the most common reason for 6 to 10 year olds to be admitted to hospital
- 65% of these extractions are recorded as being required because of decay
Dental decay has reduced in recent years but is still a problem that causes pain, infection, lack of sleep and time off work or school. It also costs a lot to treat in general dental practices and hospitals. Some communities are far more affected than others.
Children have extractions carried out in hospital mainly because they need general anaesthetic for the procedure. They may be very young or uncooperative, have multiple teeth requiring extraction or have very broken down teeth or infection.
- The data is organised by local authority of child’s residence and grouped by region.
- From 2014 to 2015 onwards, episodes are split by primary diagnosis of caries or non-caries.
- Detailed information on methods and definitions are in the introduction and indicator alignment worksheets.