A healthy smile radiates beauty and grace, winning hearts. The role of a perfect set of teeth in a smile cannot be emphasized upon enough. No wonder people are scarred for life because of diffidence due to an incomplete set of teeth. As per statistics released by the World Health Organization in April 2012, 16-40% children are affected by dental-trauma due to accidents, 15-20% adults suffer from periodontal(gum) diseases and 90% children -100% adults have dental cavities-all often resulting in tooth-loss and 30% elderly people have complete tooth-loss. Dental implants, built to last a lifetime, tailored to suit all age groups, is the new trend in the dental industry and is skyrocketing the global dental implant market to dizzying heights.
Dental implants, also known as endosseous implants, are metal tooth roots integrated into the jawbone providing strong foundation for replacement-teeth (crown) and resemble healthy, natural teeth. In short, it helps retain teeth permanently in the mouth unlike false teeth. Moreover, dental implants can be brushed and flossed as well. Dental implants not only replace tooth but also help preserve the jawbone, as if left untreated, with no teeth to support, jawbones lose their strength.
On the basis of product type, dental implants are classified as endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal implants are common and use screws, cylinders and bridges as tooth roots. Subperiosteal implants use frames fitted over the jawbones in cases where jawbones are weak. Both require stipulated duration to fuse implants and bone. Dental implants are exorbitantly priced at thousands of dollars, depending on the region, dentist and number of implants. Subperiosteal dental implants are priced higher as the procedure caters to special needs. On the basis of metal, they are classified into titanium and zirconium implants with coated and non-coated variations. Zirconium implants are relatively recent and corrosion-free against titanium, which is prone to corrosion but have longer life-span and is cost-effective.
Aesthetic awareness spurts dental implant market growth worldwide
Growing adoption of cosmetic dentistry, rising geriatric population and increasing discretionary income have boosted the dental implant market growth globally. Europe is a key market, mainly attributed to the rapidly aging geriatric population in the region. The Economic Policy Committee and the European Commission estimates the elderly population to increase by 77% between 2010 and 2050; cementing Europe’s position as the key market in the foreseeable future. North America remains a stable, growing market with its high economic status and robust healthcare infrastructure. The surging cost of dental implants, limited reimbursements, and lack of insurance coverage in the region, however, restrains market growth. This in turn argues well for growth of the market in Asia Pacific, which is fast emerging as a hub for medical tourism, including dental tourism. Emerging economies offer dental implants at roughly one fourth the cost as that in the West, and the abundance of skilled-professionals ensures a flourishing dental-tourism market.
Cutting-edge technology defying challenges
R&D initiatives to tap the lucrative growing opportunities has led to development of innovative product-portfolios overcoming extended-time/pain restraints. i-CAT launched the 3D-cone beam system, where the complete procedure is virtually planned and executed in one session. The guided-surgery allows implant insertion without incisions and wearing crown immediately without the osseointegration (fusion) period; drastically reducing pain, post-surgery trauma and mitigates exposed gums during the treatment phase. It is more accurate yet economical. Further, Journal of Oral Implantology published in 2016 reports use of nanostructured-titanium which integrates with bone faster, is stronger and less susceptible to diseases than currently used implants.
Prominent Players in the dental implant market like Institut Straumann AG, Nobel Biocare, Zimmer Dental Inc, DENTSPLY International Inc., BioHorizons IPH, Bicon, and CAMLOG Biotechnologies AG rely on frequent product launches, strategic collaborations, and acquisitions to sustain dominant positions in the market.
Existing for centuries, dentures—substitutes of dental implants–offer time-tested, economical, widely-available, pain-free solution in a jiffy. Yet, aesthetic end-result, permanency, ease-of-maintenance, stable speech and mastication, profound confidence-lift, improved oral health, and elevated spending capacity of the masses have propelled dental implant market to the supreme position it enjoys today. Dental implants are a windfall for the restoration of missing teeth and happy demeanor.
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