Thursday, June 11, 2015

Trends in Implant Dentistry


Implants are poised for explosive growth in the coming decade. A perfect storm is about to hit in terms of demographics, consumer awareness, and a host of other factors that bode well for restorative and surgical practices. According to conservative assessment profiles – e.g., iData Research, an international market research firm – the U.S. market for dental implants is expected to regain double-digit growth by 2013.
The potential market for implant treatment is huge. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons found that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal, or tooth decay. In addition, by age 74, 26% of adults will have lost all of their permanent teeth.
Despite the vast numbers of patients who could benefit from implants, many U.S. general dentists are involved in less than one implant procedure per month. This figure seems all the more remarkable, considering:
  • The many quality-of-life benefits that implants offer to patients
  • The potential to increase production with an easily sustainable revenue stream for both restorative and surgical practices
  • The fact that, unlike in medicine, almost all implant procedures cannot be shunted to auxiliaries
The future of implants couldn't be brighter, but dental practices need to get ready today. There are excellent opportunities for generalists and specialists to receive implant education, information, and mentoring through dental organizations such as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), multiple institutes, CE courses, and manufacturer-based training.

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