Relentless Research on Materials, Imaging Technology, and Techniques Enhances Success of Dental Implants

A growing body of evidence from recent studies and various clinical experiences over the past years have shown that dental implants are a viable, safe, and convenient method to replace missing teeth. The use of dental implants to provide support for replaced teeth in cases of tooth decay and loss has had a multifaceted history. One the most seminal developments in dental implantation has been the use of titanium as a dental implant in 1965 for a patient by a process commonly known as osseointegration. Owing to being versatile, highly resistant to cracks, light weight, and offering dentists a variety of surgical placement options, titanium dental implants have gained immense popularity. 

Transparency Market Research (TMR) projects that over the next few years, the unique benefits of titanium alloys will provide the boost needed to spur the demand of dental implants. Titanium implants have become mainstream alternatives to many conventional removable and fixed dental prostheses.

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What drives the demand for dental implants?

Ceaseless research focusing on advanced materials, better imaging technology, and convenient techniques enhance the success of dental implants. These materials and techniques strengthen the anchorage, allow easier placement of teeth, and faster dental restoration. Rising geriatric population with tooth decay and the increasing cases of people with plaques and cavities are the primary end users of dental implant procedures. In addition, the increasing cases of tooth loss due to traumatic injuries has propelled the demand for dental implants to restore the natural functioning of teeth.  

The recent inroad that dental implantation has made into cosmetic dentistry has turned the dental implants market around. Furthermore, the advent of modern diagnostic imaging systems and the wide implementation of digital systems, particularly the use of CAD/CAM software, in cosmetic dentistry is expected to have a profound impact on dental implants. Recent clinical studies also focus on developing dental implantation techniques that ensure less number of follow-up treatments, thereby motivating patients to undergo the procedures.

How will technological advancements in dentistry impact the demand for dental implants? 

Several technological advancements made in the past few years constantly shape the dental implant market dynamics. Cone beam computer tomography (CBCT), also called 3D cone beam imaging technology, is rapidly emerging as a transformative technology for a wide spectrum of dental implant procedure needs. Driven by the demand for a more advanced diagnostic and treatment plan in dentistry in general and dental implantation in particular, the application of 3D imaging modality has made a quantum leap. The technology is increasingly being preferred to conventional tomography systems for a host of benefits clinicians and patients have with this system: limited exposure to radiation, small field of view to capture data, and three-dimensional visualization of the desired anatomy; eventually the technology enhances the success rate of the implants. Led by the broad acceptance of 3D technology in dental implant procedures, the technology is considered as a standard of care in practical dentistry. 

Another technology that is making a significant impact on dental implant component fabrication is the application of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology in implant prosthodontics. Over the coming years, with increasing awareness of the simpler fabrication of the CAD protocol and its high precision, the technology is expected to gain wide acceptance amongst patients and dental professionals alike.

What does the future hold for the dental implants market? 

The adoption of various dental implantation procedures may be restricted in some regions due to high cost of the technology involved. In addition, the limited insurance coverage for dental implant procedures in some countries acts as a dampener for the demand for such procedures. 

However, with increased awareness to avail better quality treatments in dental implants, especially in emerging economies, the demand for modern techniques and advanced implant materials is expected to rise. New technology breakthroughs in implant dentistry are expected to offer unmatched levels of effectiveness, convenience, and affordability to patients. As a result, in the coming few years, the dynamics of dental implants market will be altered as never before. 

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