Dental Implants- Promise of Hassle-free, Everlasting Teeth for Psychosocial Wellbeing

Aug, 2020 - by CMI

Dental Implants- Promise of Hassle-free, Everlasting Teeth for Psychosocial Wellbeing

A healthy smile radiates beauty and grace, winning hearts. The role of a perfect set of teeth in a smile cannot be emphasized 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 a 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 a tooth but also help preserve the jawbone, as if left untreated, with no teeth to support, jawbones lose their strength.

Dental implants process

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 a 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 has 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 the market growth. This, in turn, argues well for the growth of the market in the Asia Pacific, which is fast emerging as a hub for medical tourism, including dental tourism.  Emerging economies offer dental implants at roughly one-fourth of 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 growth opportunities have led to the 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, the 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 a 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 the dental implant market to the supreme position it enjoys today. Dental implants are a windfall for the restoration of missing teeth and a happy demeanor.

To know more about the latest market trends and insights, read the report titled "GLOBAL DENTAL IMPLANTS MARKET, BY PRODUCT TYPE (TITANIUM, ZIRCONIA), TECHNIQUE (ROOT FORM, CANAL FORM), POPULATION DEMOGRAPHICS (GERIATRIC, MIDDLE-AGED, ADULT, OTHERS), END USER (DENTAL LABS, HOSPITALS, OTHERS), AND GEOGRAPHY - TREND, ANALYSIS, AND FORECAST TILL 2024", published by Coherent Market Insights. Click on the link below to access the report –