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Posted: March 23, 2009
New Report Analyzes Worldwide Nanotechnology Dental Implant Market
(Nanowerk News) Research and Markets has announced the addition of WinterGreen Research, Inc.'s new report "Worldwide Nanotechnology Dental Implant Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2009 to 2015" to their offering.
Worldwide dental implants are poised to achieve significant growth as patients become aware of the health benefits achieved from having viable teeth. Dental implants are in the category of optional surgery and represent the type of consumer spending that is postponed in challenging economic environments.
The companies participating in the dental implant market have found ways to manage infection, providing a higher implant success rate. Implantable devices are more stable in the mouth, permitting fewer dental implant failures.
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. By age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. With the number of Americans over 55 growing by 60% in the next 20 years there is plenty of U.S. market opportunity. The baby boomer generation buying power exceeds $2 trillion in 2009.
The leading six dental implant manufacturers control of the market is based on the need for marketing in this segment, with Nobel Biocare holding the number one market position and Straumann holding a share of almost one-fifth and ranking as the firm number-two player. A large number of small manufacturers earlier accounting for a third of the market have shrunk to 14% of it.
Dental implant market innovations are those that position the vendor companies to meet aesthetic demands and increase clinician productivity. Positioning for profitable business patient care delivery can be challenging for clinicians.
Tooth loss, gum and bone disease affect millions of people worldwide, on every continent, in every age group. Globally, several hundred million people are missing one or more teeth. More than 40 million people are fully edentulous in the Western developed world. These numbers are substantially higher in Asia, Africa and other parts of the world.
Worldwide, weaknesses in the global economy and sagging consumer confidence have led to an unprecedented slowdown in the dental market. Reduced income has kept many patients away from the dentist. People with steady incomes fear losing their jobs and are not spending even if they can afford to. Elective procedures are being postponed.
General practitioners are tending to treat patients in house with conventional alternative treatments, rather than referring them for implant treatment, despite its superiority. Customers are reducing stocks. Dental labs are more hesitant to invest in dental equipment, such as CAD/CAM scanners.
For 2008 the global dental implant market was 2.3 billion Euros. The market for crowns and bridges is 3 billion Euros. These estimates size the opportunity of the global restorative and esthetic dentistry market. Nobel Biocare is the clear market leader in this market.
The outlook for 2009 is one of a demanding market environment. Deteriorating economic conditions in most markets continue to impact dental implant markets because consumers have less discretionary income. Visibility in economic recovery time remains low.