WIGANERS have one of the highest numbers of false teeth in the region according to a new dental report.
More than 2,200 people had their dentures repaired according to the latest statistics – the third highest number in the North West.
Only Cumbria and the Wirral saw higher numbers of denture repairs in 2010/11, according to the NHS Dental Statistics Report, released by the NHS Information Centre.
As well as the 2,208 people who had their dentures fixed by NHS dentists in the borough, there was a 1.2 per cent increase in the amount of dental treatment performed in the borough in 2010/11 than there was in 2009/10.
The report also revealed that more than £4.2m was spent on dental treatment in the borough by NHS patients.
The report also showed that 65 per cent of Wiganers had seen an NHS dentist in the past 24 months, which is higher than the regional average of 61.7 per cent for the North West.
Other highlights from the findings showed that there were 79,368 permanent fillings carried out (seventh highest in the North West) and there were 14,343 teeth removed (seventh highest in the North West).
From these, 17,131 fillings were carried out on children (sixth highest in the North West) and 3,142 teeth removed (eighth highest in the North West).
NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said: “Our report shows that dentists in England are carrying out more than half of their most complex of treatments on adults who are entitled to free NHS dental treatment.
“This group only accounts for about a quarter of treatment courses overall.
“One reason may be a lower standard of dental health among non-paying adults.
“Their teeth may need complex treatments like crowns, dentures and bridgework to fix the problem.”