If market forecasts are to be believed (and, really, they’re a little less reliable than weather forecasts), then the dental implant market is likely to grow nearly 10% by 2020, making it the fastest-growing segment of the dental field.
And it’s not a surprise: dental implants are a really amazing innovation, and as more people know about them, more people want them.
The Amazing Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a truly remarkable innovation in dentistry. They allow for a tooth replacement option that is very much like your natural teeth — so much so that they might be better than growing a replacement tooth.
Dental implants function like natural teeth, require no special maintenance, and can last as long or longer than your natural teeth. Basically, we say that they can last a lifetime, and it’s true. Some people have had dental implants for nearly 50 years, and we can reliably count on your implants lasting 20 years with proper maintenance.
With all these benefits, dental implants improve your quality of life. When given the option, people will normally jump at the chance to get dental implants.
People Are Still Learning about Dental Implants
We’ve said that some people have had dental implants nearly 50 years, and that’s about all they’ve been around, too. But for much of that time, they haven’t been available worldwide. Dental implants only really started to spread around the world in the mid to late 1980s, so it’s only been about 30 years that dental implants have been available in Australia.
At first, dental implants were very specialized products. Few dentists offered them and few people knew about them. It’s only recently that general knowledge about dental implants has spread.
The more people hear about dental implants, the more they want them.
Innovation Makes More People Candidates
It used to be that not everyone was considered a good candidate for dental implants. Now we understand how techniques like bone grafts and guided tissue regeneration can be used to help more people get dental implants than ever before, and reducing complication rates helps people maintain their dental implants.
Additionally, scientific studies have shown that people we thought had a high risk for implant failure, such as those with diabetes, might not be as high risk as we feared. So they’re becoming candidates for dental implants too. Research may even help smokers get dental implants.
When you put all those factors together, it’s kind of a surprise that dental implants are only growing by about 10% over the next few years.