Dental Implant Procedures Increasing in Global Popularity

A recent global market research report states that dental implants are likely to become the most common tooth replacement procedure in the future, with an expected global market of $6.5 billion by the year 2018. This is believed to be partly due to an aging population, increasingly available information about the procedure, and an established preference for products or services considered to be “premium.” A number of other key factors for this assessment were listed in a press release by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., the agency which compiled the report.

As a growing worldwide problem, missing teeth has a dramatic effect on other aspects of life in addition to appearance. Over time, missing teeth can contribute to speech difficulties and the onset of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). It has also been strongly associated with bone loss. This represents an issue of real significance, as it is estimated that there are over 250 million missing teeth in the developed world alone, with as many as 75% of those missing teeth going unreplaced. In the developing world, this is even more of an issue, but statistics are not as readily available.

Benefits and Advances in Dental Implants

Choosing dental implants offers patients a wide range of benefits, including reduction of bone loss, improved quality of life, improved overall appearance, and the possibility of support for future dentures. As information about these benefits makes its way into the hands of dental practitioners and dental patients, dental implants continue to gain market share over traditional dentures and other forms of replacement. Around 15-20% of current tooth replacements are done with dental implants, with the rest of the procedures involving dentures, crowns and bridges. However, this percentage seems to be steadily growing, propelled by innovative marketing on behalf of the manufacturers.

New technologies are also contributing to the increasing popularity of these implants. Increasing digitization allows for 3D imaging of the patient’s teeth, digital adjustment of models, and in-office creation of customized dental products due to the rapid advancements in 3D printing. 3D cone imagine and other computerized processes are helping streamline and advance the quality of dental devices and implants. Nanotechnology, which is rapidly exploding in other scientific arenas, is being used for purposes regarding the surface topography of the teeth and gums. Other advances include upgraded ceramic materials, treatments specifying immediate treatment and improvements in CAD/CAM technology.

Global Expansion of Dental Implants

Recent information suggests that Europe may represent the largest market for dental implants in the coming years, due to high volumes of tooth replacement patients and expected revenues. A cultural advantage of the European market is an established favorability to insurance compensation for dental implant procedures, which makes patients more likely to choose them. Other markets expected to expand in the near future include those in Asia and Latin America. As dental implants become increasingly available in these countries, deregulation and reduced labor costs make dental implant procedures surprisingly affordable in these areas, which contributes to the dental tourism market.

 

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