The global dental implants market will surpass $4.4 billion by 2020, according to analysts at Technavio, driven by 4 factors: the rise in the population of edentulous individuals and incidence of oral diseases, the increased use of CAD/CAM technology, the growing adoption of evidence-based dentistry, and greater demand for oral care.
Approximately 24% of the global population age 65 years and older were edentulous in 2012, Technavio reports, due to age, dental caries, and periodontal and other gum diseases, with injuries only accounting for a small percentage of cases. Additionally, between 60% and 90% of children and nearly 100% of adults had cavities in 2012.
“Advances in technology have led to the introduction of new procedures that offer efficient oral care, minimally invasive procedures, early detection of caries using laser equipment, and treatment of periodontal diseases,” said Barath Palada, a lead analyst at Technavio. “This will increase the number of patients and dental visits, which, in turn, will drive the growth of the dental implants market.”
Additionally, advances in CAD/CAM technology have enabled vendors to produce improved dental implants. CAD/CAM technology allows the customization of implants according to the patient’s oral anatomy and supports their correct placement for less invasive procedures and shorter recovery periods. As a result, implant adoption will increase.
Dentists, meanwhile, are adopting stringent controls and performance standards to evaluate new products and technologies while generating robust data in clinical studies to standardize dental implant protocols. Also, dental associations are relying on evidence-based dentistry to set up policies that follow a defined process of systematically collecting and analyzing scientific evidence to answer specific clinical questions.
These analyses help dentists in their routine clinical practice, Technavio says. They also help in the development of protocols that can make dental implants more affordable. This increases the safety, efficacy, and affordability of dental implants, the company reports.
Finally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that about 47% of adults age 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease and nearly 30% of people between the ages of 65 and 75 years are devoid of natural teeth. Due to the connections between oral health and systemic health, private organizations and governments alike are creating initiatives to promote awareness of the importance of oral health.
For example, the CDC is collaborating with the American Academy of Periodontology and the ADA to improve and sustain surveillance of periodontal diseases in adults in the United States. Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) is forming oral health policies to effectively control oral health risks and implement community-based projects to prevent oral disease.
Currently, the WHO is working with national health authorities to implement efficient fluoridation programs worldwide to prevent dental caries and provide technical support to various countries to integrate oral health programs into their public health systems.
“These initiatives will create awareness and generate demand for oral care and implants, thereby driving the growth of the global dental implants market,” said Palada.
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