A new dentistry system, designed to reward quality of care and patient list size, will be piloted in England next year, in an effort to improve access to NHS services.
The system will take into account the patient list, quality of care and courses of treatment, and will once again include patient registration.
About 60 pilots will begin in April 2011, in which three ways of paying dentists will be trialled.
The current system, based only on courses of treatment, resulted in cases where dentists turned away the patients as they had completed their quota of NHS treatments.
The new system, proposed by Newcastle University expert Professor Jimmy Steele in June 2009, aims to reward dentists on the basis of quality of care delivered rather than the number of treatments.