The dental implants market is majorly driven by a rising geriatric population, the burden of dental diseases, increasing demand for cosmetic dentistry, and increasing application of CAD/CAM technologies.
Over the last decade, the major focus on dentistry has been toward dental innovations to improve oral health, through a combination of engineering, art, science, and technology. Computer-aided design/computer-aided milling (CAD/CAM) is a technological innovation that has revolutionized dental care and patient experience. A structurally damaged tooth, by decay or trauma, should be crowned or capped for it to function properly and avoid infections. The machine makes it possible to fabricate laboratory-grade crowns and other dental restorations in minutes, whereas, the traditional crowns take two to three visits, in addition to many weeks of waiting. These crown restorations not only save time but are as successful as traditional crowns, if not more, with their bacteria-static properties. Other technological advances (such as CEREC crowns that use CAD and can be placed in minutes, digital X-rays, non-mercury fillings, intraoral cameras, perio protect, DIAGNOdent, laser dentistry, and isolite) are also being adopted globally, thereby driving the dental implants market.
Key Market Trends
The Zirconium Implant Segment is Expected to Grow Rapidly over the Forecast Period
The titanium segment held a maximum share, as most of the implants are developed from titanium. The biocompatible nature of titanium makes it suitable to be used for implants. These implants are made as one-piece or two-pieces, which offer better features as they can support overdentures. This growth can be attributed to the growing adoption of these implants, as they can be manufactured in different sizes (length and width), which enables choosing implants as per the patient's bone size.
North America Holds the Largest Market Share and May Continue to do so over the Forecast Period
The North American dental implants market dominated the global market, and it is estimated to show a similar trend during the forecast period. This growth is primarily attributed to a rise in geriatric population with oral problems. According to the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one-quarter of Americans aged between 65 years and older have lost their teeth. One-third of Americans have untreated tooth decay, even though poor dental health is linked to heart problems and other health concerns. The US government also launched an affordable care plan to cover dental services for children. Thus, an increasing number of dental problems and governmental efforts to improve the healthcare sector for the citizens may augment the market for dental implants in North America.
The dental implants market is moderately competitive and consists of a few major players. The companies are implementing certain strategic initiatives, such as the mergers, new product launches, acquisitions, and partnerships, which help them in strengthening their market positions. For instance, Zimmer Dental introduced Zimmer Zfx CAD/CAM Abutments in titanium in partnership with Zfx, to expand its global presence in digital dentistry by providing complete dental solutions.
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