Today, dental implants are the preferred solution for teeth replacement. As such, they are driving a fury of development to meet growing patient demand.
Implants require a metal piece (often titanium) implanted in the bone to replace the tooth root, an abutment that fits into the implant post, and a crown. The procedure may take anywhere between three to six months to complete in order for the bone to heal and grow around the implant (“osseointegration”). The length of time may stretch to nine months if a bone graft is necessary to increase the amount of bone (“osseogenesis”).
On average, dental implants require three to four office visits. Beyond this time-consuming, lengthy process, the implant failure rate increases significantly in patients with poor bone quality (~20% of candidates) or insufficient bone (~ 30%). Reduced bone quality is typically more acute in older patients, the population with the greatest need for implants.
Over the past 10 years, developments addressing the problems of bone quality have focused on improving implant’s surface quality and geometrical designs. These efforts have achieved little.
The demand — and the market — for dental implants are growing. Among the market drivers: Aging population, improvements in implant technology, and dentists seeking ways to increase revenue through better implant offerings.
Europe represents the largest implant market, with more than 4 million implants sold. In the second-largest market, the United States, 3 million people have implants. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry estimates this figure will grow at 500,000 per year.
Globally, the implant market is projected to grow at an annual rate of 6% or greater and reach $4.2 billion by 2015 (MarketsandMarkets). The Company estimates its current worldwide potential at 10 million procedures per year.
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