Rising demand for cosmetic dentistry will push the global dental implants market at a healthy rate in the coming years. Cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of a person’s teeth, mouth, and smile. Though the treatments under cosmetic dentistry are elective or desired rather than necessary, the growing demand to improve physical attractiveness through cosmetic dentistry has propelled the market for dental implants.
1970s to 2000s – Dental Implants Emerge as Important Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure
According to a survey done by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), in 2013, implants and orthodontics continue to show the largest increases over previous surveys, even though they are still not the most common cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic dentistry treatments include tooth-colored fillings, teeth whitening, composite bonding, porcelain and composite veneers, porcelain bridgework, porcelain crowns, dental implants, inlays and onlays, cosmetic gum surgery, clear orthodontic aligners, and tooth contouring and reshaping.
Dental implants are the best option offered by modern dentistry to replace missing teeth. As an alternative to bridges and dentures, implants are titanium rods, surgically placed into the jaw bones to act as anchors to fasten dentures or crowns. Since first dental implants were made available for clinical use in the 1970s, extensive research and testing has been done to improve dental implants.
40 Different Types of Dental Implants Offer a Wide Range of Dental Restorations
The process by which the dental implant anchors to the jaw bone is called osseo-integration. Osseo-integrated implants are the most widely used and successful type of dental implants. Titanium has the unique ability to fuse or osseo-integrate with living bone, which has led to its usage in dental implants. Dental implants offer a variety of dental restorations such as:
Single tooth replacements: One crown and one implant replace a single tooth.
Multiple tooth replacements: Multiple implants support a fixed bridgework to replace multiple missing teeth.
Over-dentures: For patients who have lost all of their teeth in one or both jaws are treated with two or more implants to stabilize a denture.
Combinations of fixed and removable bridgework: This type of implants support a section of fixed bridgework to which a removable section is attached.
Temporary bridgework: When the permanent implants are healing, minute implants are used to support bridgework temporarily.
Anchorage for tooth movement (orthodontics): To allow easier tooth movement, temporary implants are used to serve as stable anchor units for orthodontic devices.
Presently, there are 40 different types of dental implants with a success rate of more than 95%.
Price of Dental Implants is Secondary Concern – Appearance Comes First
Though there are many benefits of dental implants, they are expensive. A single tooth dental implant treatment would cost somewhere between US$1500 to US$7500. However, AACD data reveals that patients are spending more on cosmetic dentistry procedures, even though dental implants are not usually covered by dental insurance. Further, patients are more concerned about their appearance compared to the cost of the dental implants. With such changing priorities of the consumers, cosmetic dentistry and especially dental implants have a clear path to runaway success in the coming years.