There is "a massive frustration" among UK dentistry as the Government and NHS focus on getting "bodies" through the door, a dentist told Daybreak.
Private dentist Dr Tony Kilcoyne said patients were suffering because dentists were too busy trying to meet targets, when they should have been focusing on the best healthcare options.
"The problem on NHS dentistry is the targets are based on volume. The Government, who have made the system, and imposed the system upon dental teams are only interested in once thing - how many bodies you can get through that dental surgery.
"Now good dentistry takes time to do. Dentists and their team need protected time to do what is a very advanced procedure...on anxious patients who need more time to be relaxed."
Targets dentists have to reach in order to gain funding have been blamed for poor patient care by healthcare professionals, a survey has revealed.
At least 92% of the 343 dentists who took part in an exclusive Daybreak survey admitted removing a tooth when other treatments could have saved it.
Currently, a dentists' funding is related to the units of dental activity (UDA) they produce.
Dentists get the same UDAs for complex treatments, like root canal treatments, as for providing extraction, so there is little incentive to carry out more complex and time-consuming treatment, they argue.
The The Office of Fair Trading launched a study into NHS and private dentistry in September 2011. These issues included:
Concerns about the accuracy of pricing and treatment information provided to patients, potentially causing them unnecessary costs.
The high number of dentistry complaints reported to Consumer Direct (a consumer feedback service operated by the OFT).
Concerns about patients not being able to access dental services directly (such as seeing a dental hygienist), and instead having to access services through their dentist first, incurring additional charges by doing so
Half a million patients may be being given the wrong information about NHS entitlements and paying more for private treatment as a result, new research has found.
An OFT study published earlier this year found that while the majority of patients are satisfied with their dentist, they do not always have the information to allow them to make informed decisions about their choice of dentist and treatments.
A West Midlands dentist who lived a luxury globe-trotting lifestyle while conning the NHS out of £1.5 million has been jailed for seven years.
Dr Joyce Trail perpetrated the three-year fraud to fund stays in £1,000-a-night hotel suites in the United States and the Caribbean, and pay for a designer shoe collection "to make Imelda Marcos proud".
Jailing Trail at Coventry Crown Court, Judge Peter Carr said the 50-year-old grandmother's offences had been motivated by pure greed.