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Will 2013 be a dental boom year for this?

Jul 19, 2012


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Breaking news on the dental development front: a perfect consumer storm is blowing inland and powerful outbreaks of interest in dental implants are forecast for 2013.

iData Research, an international marketing firm, says the U.S. market for dental implants is ripe for double-digit growth next year.  Their report credits the perfect storm to:

  • Demographics
  • Consumer awareness
  • The high success rates of implants
  • Faster fulfillment time for the implant procedure

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw that supports an artificial tooth or teeth that resemble missing teeth. The root, or anchor, is usually made of titanium and is inserted into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. The titanium then bonds with the jawbone to create a strong foundation for the artificial tooth or teeth.

Dental implants have been around since the 1980’s but became better known in the 1990’s. At that time a typical dental implant procedure would take six to nine months to complete. But thanks to technological advances, component parts and increased knowledge of bone biology, procedure times have decreased significantly.

Why they are popular Many people prefer the comfort, durability and easy maintenance of implants compared to dentures and bridges.  Implants have a more natural fit and feel than dentures and those people with implants believe that the customized devices allow them to chew food and smile as they did with their natural teeth.

The forecast for implants The success rates of dental implants rate as high as 95 percent or higher over 10 years. Because of this more dentists are offering dental implants as a preferable alternative to crowns, bridges and removal dentures. With as many as 25 percent of Americans having no teeth and more insurance plans covering some of the cost of the implant procedure, the future of implants couldn’t be sunnier.

Worldwide Need As many as 250 million people in developed countries (Europe, Japan, U.S.) have lost one or more teeth and 75 percent of them remain untreated, according to Global Industry Analysts, Inc. Of these areas, Europe currently represents the largest market for dental implants worldwide in terms of revenues and the number of procedures.

Asia-Pacific and Latin America represent the fastest growing worldwide markets due to rising incomes and increased awareness of the benefits of dental implants. 

Sources, DentalEconomics.com, SFGate.com, Colgate


Copyright 2012, Bloom Insurance Agency, LLC

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