A new code of practice has been introduced obliging dentists to display their private fees from 1 June in a place where patients can view them before consultation.

Patients will be able to check fees in advance of a range of treatments including X-rays, extractions, root canal treatment and crowns.

The Irish Dental Association, the representative body for some 2,000 dentists nationwide, has welcomed the new code of practice from the Dental Council relating to the display of professional fees.

Chief Executive of the IDA Fintan Hourihan said a recent survey by the Consumer Association showed real price competition existed across the country and this would become more apparent with fees on public display.

‘We would advise patients to build a relationship with a local dentist and to focus on the quality of work done and the value which it delivers rather than on superficial price comparisons’, Mr Hourihan said.

According to the IDA, all available evidence suggests that patients choose their dentist for a variety of reasons such as having trust in their dentist, having confidence in the standards of hygiene and cleanliness within the practice and convenient location.

The National Consumer Agency has welcomed the move.

The NCA had conducted a survey into the display of prices across the sector and the study showed that only 32% of dentists display a price list on their premises.