Despite an Initial Decline in the European Market, the North American and European Dental Implant Markets Will Grow to Reach a Combined Value of $4.2 Billion by 2022

July 2, 2014

Dentists Will Switch Back to Purchasing Premium Brands as the Economy Recovers, According to Findings from Decision Resources Group

BURLINGTON, Mass., July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Decision Resources Group finds that the North American and European markets for dental implants will expand through 2022 to reach a combined value of nearly $4.2 billion. While the North American market will continue to experience stronger growth, the European market will remain negatively affected by economic concerns, which will cause the market to decline over the next few years before gradually recovering.


Other key findings from Decision Resources Group’s coverage of the North American and European dental implant markets:

    --  Market drivers: The market will be primarily driven by an aging
        population--because the elderly are more likely to have poor oral
        health--as well as an increasing number of general practitioners
        offering dental implant procedures. This trend is particularly strong in
        Canada, where there is a lower proportion of dental specialists compared
        to other developed countries.
    --  Final abutment types: In both North America and Europe, there is growing
        adoption of custom-milled abutments, which fit better and are more
        aesthetically appealing. However, there is still strong demand for less
        expensive prefabricated abutments. In North America, the trend is toward
        screw-retained abutments because of concerns regarding cement leakage
        with cement-retained abutments. This is in contrast to Europe, where
        patients value the superior aesthetics of cement-retained abutments
        compared to screw-retained abutments.
    --  Replacement market for final abutments: A replacement market for final
        abutments is beginning to appear in Europe, where implant dentistry is
        more established compared to North America. Because final abutments wear
        out faster than dental implant fixtures, some patients are beginning to
        require the replacement of the final abutment before the implant

Comments from Decision Resources Group Analyst Kristina Vidug:

    --  "Low-cost competitors have become more prevalent in both North America
        and Europe as economic conditions continue to limit out-of-pocket
        spending on elective procedures. For example, two of the largest value
        competitors--Implant Direct Sybron International and HiOssen--have
        recently entered the Canadian market with great success. However, we'll
        start to see a shift back in favor of the traditional premium
        competitors, like Straumann and Nobel Biocare, as the economy

Comments from Decision Resources Group Analyst Jack Mohr:

    --  "The dental implant competitive landscape will be significantly impacted
        by Zimmer's agreement to acquire Biomet. These companies have
        traditionally held strong positions in the dental implant market, and
        this acquisition will place them squarely among leading dental implant
        competitors Straumann, Nobel Biocare and DENTSPLY Implants."

Additional Resources:

    --  Kristina Vidug and Jack Mohr have written Medtech 360 reports on this
        subject entitled European Markets for Dental Implants 2014 and North
        American Markets for Dental Implants 2014, respectively.

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