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New Report: Aging Demographics, Awareness Levels Drive Global Dental Implants Volumes

Posted on July 16, 2012

 

San Jose, California (PRWEB) July 13, 2012 – Missing teeth is a common problem worldwide, the incidence of which is on the rise annually. Not only does loss of teeth affects one’s appearance but may also lead to other complications such as speech complications and temporomandibular joint disorder. As many as 250 million people across the developed world, including Europe, United States, and Japan have lost one or more teeth, of which around 75% of the people still remain untreated. Replacement of lost teeth is important because it is associated with bone loss. Although currently accounting for a small share in the overall tooth replacement market, dental implants represent the most promising technique to capture the market in the years ahead, according to a new market research report, “Dental Implants: A Global Strategic Business Report.”

Dental implants are considered a permanent and effective solution for tooth loss due to reduced bone loss, enhanced life quality for patients, provision of support for partial denture, and improved esthetic appearance. Due to these benefits, there is a gradual increase in the number of patients opting for dental implant treatment over dentures. Apart from demographic drivers, the dental implant market is also propelled by an increase in penetration rates. Substitution of conventional bridge, crown, and denture treatment comprises a major growth driver in the dental implant market. Currently, dental implants are employed in only 15% to 20% of the treatments for tooth loss, while crowns, dentures and bridges are employed in the rest of the cases. The cosmetic significance of dental implants is also gaining a foothold among patients, owing to the marketing strategies implemented by manufacturers with the help of dental practitioners.

In terms of technology advancements, the digitalization trend is fast picking up in the dental implants market, with traditional procedures being gradually replaced by digital technology to enable seamless incorporation of processes starting from scanning to final prosthesis. Survival and osseointegration are not the only parameters that define clinical success of endosseous implants for replacing missing teeth. Functional and esthetic parameters of prosthetic restoration are now being considered as important aspects to be included while defining success, as well as failure, in implant dentistry. Upgradation in all-ceramic materials, implant prosthodontics, immediate treatment protocols and CAD/CAM technologies offer a range of tools for meeting the challenges of today's esthetic dentistry. The proficiency and preservation of tissue stability and crestal bone is expected to enhance with the evolution of computer technologies such as 3-D cone imaging, the advent of new processes, and pioneering products. Nanotechnology, one of the most widely used technologies in the field of healthcare and life sciences, is being introduced to assist dentists in the surface topography by providing nano-CAP (scale calcium phosphate) crystals.

Currently, the bone graft substitute and dental implant markets continue to face significant challenges due to the economic difficulties choking the European region. With consumer sentiments expected to remain weak, growth in the market over the near term is forecast to be relatively anemic. A major effect of the change in the market environment is the substantial penetration of low-cost implant products. This has led to the onslaught of various lower priced manufacturers on several European markets, with products either produced by regional players or imported from markets such as Korea and Brazil. In response, major dental implant companies are adopting expansion strategies by targeting new peripheral markets or providing packaged deals to consumers to fend competition. The strategy has partly worked for companies as several consumers continue to seek quality and guarantee of service that only major companies are capable of offering.

As stated by the new market research report on Dental Implants, Europe represents the largest market for dental implants worldwide, both in terms of revenues and number of procedures. The region has been historically most favorable to the dental implant procedures in terms of reimbursement policies, an aspect that is of vital importance in the otherwise expensive procedure. Future growth in the market would be primarily driven by emerging markets in Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Asia-Pacific and Latin America represent the fastest growing markets worldwide, supported by significant growth in incomes and increasing awareness of benefits of the dental implant procedure. China, India and Brazil are expected to be at the forefront of the growth prospects, as dental implants continue to make rapid inroads in these markets. Dental service deregulation in China and India led to surge in number of private players in dental services, which has further resulted in increased availability of dental implant procedures in these countries. Besides, lower labor costs have kept implant procedure prices relatively lower, which further promoted medical tourism in the region.

The research report, titled "Dental Implants: A Global Strategic Business Report" announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of trends, issues, strategic industry activities, and profiles of major companies worldwide. The report provides market estimates and projections (US$ Million) for global and regional markets including the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America, and Rest of World.

For more details about this comprehensive market research report, visit http://www.strategyr.com/Dental_Implants_Market_Report.asp.