Dental Implants Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)
The dental implants market was valued at approximately USD 7,222 million in 2020, and it is expected to reach USD 11,801 million by 2026, registering a CAGR of 8.6% during the forecast period, 2021-2026. The market is growing due to the rising geriatric population along with the burden of dental diseases, increasing demand for cosmetic dentistry, and increasing application of CAD/CAM technologies.
With the rise in the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of visits to hospitals and clinics, but for dental purposes, the visits have seen to be decreased, leading to a decrease in demand for dental implants, which has majorly affected the overall market. For instance, as per the data of the British Dental Association, in July 2020, out of 2,053 dentists, only 36% of them were ready to resume dental practices in the United Kingdom. Even though dental services have resumed at many places now, there is still a fear among people regarding infection, which is expected to further dampen the growth of the market.
There has also been a significant decrease in revenue compared to growth rates in the past decade. However, as these restraining factors were only for a short-term basis in 2020, there may only be a short downfall in the current market scenario for dental implants.
It has been found that the global population is aging rapidly, owing to reduced birth rates and increasing life expectancy. According to a new report, World Population Ageing 2019 (United Nations, 2019), the world's older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. There were about 703 million people aged 65 years or above in 2019, and the number of older people is projected to reach 1.5 billion by 2050. The increase in the older population is increasing the number of patients suffering from dental diseases.
Furthermore, over the last decade, the major focus on dentistry has been toward dental innovations to improve oral health through a combination of engineering, art, science, and technology. The technological advances (such as CEREC crowns (Adams Dental Group) that use CAD and can be placed in minutes, digital X-rays, non-mercury fillings, intraoral cameras, period protect, DIAGNOdent (KaVo Dental), laser dentistry, and isolate) are also being adopted, thereby driving the overall market.
However, it has been reported that 50% of Americans do not have dental insurance, and around 77% of the population with dental insurance delay their dental care. This indicates that a large share of the population remains ignorant toward dental care, and thus, the higher costs of dental implants are found restraining the overall growth of the market.
The titanium implants are developed from titanium. They have a biocompatible nature of titanium, which makes them suitable for use in implants. The titanium dental implants are known to be compatible with body tissues during healing. The titanium surface of the implant fuses with the surrounding bone through the osseointegration process while healing, which can take about 3 months to 6 months.
With the rising COVID-19 burden, dental visits in hospitals and clinics have decreased, and therefore, the manufacturing of dental implants has been negatively affected. There are several dental equipment manufacturers whose supply chains from other regions are on hold or at risk of being held up. For instance, Dentsply Sirona reported that its net sales for the first quarter were down by 7.6% or 4.3% in organic terms. Moreover, these companies are also expected to face a disruption in the supply schedule and backorders on many products.
Therefore, the recent product launches and improvements in product designs to overcome the disadvantages of titanium dental implants are projected to further drive the market growth over the forecast period. For instance, in February 2020, Implant Direct's SMARTbase abutment received 510(k) clearance for use, and it is now available for sale in the United States. The advancements in designs and advantages are projected to drive the segment growth over the forecast period.
Furthermore, the growth of the segment may be attributed to the growing adoption of these implants, as they can be manufactured in different sizes (length and width), which enables choosing implants as per the patient's bone size.
The North American dental implants market has dominated the market, and its market share is expected to increase due to the rise in the geriatric population facing oral problems.
However, amid the COVID-19 crisis, the American Dental Association issued a rule that all non-emergency dental procedures have to be postponed, as dentists, auxiliaries, and patients are at high risk of cross-infections. This affected dental services in the country, thereby significantly affecting the dental implants market in 2020.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one-third of Americans have untreated tooth decay, and poor dental health is directly linked to heart problems and other health concerns. Therefore, an increasing number of dental problems may augment the market for dental implants in North America.
Additionally, the presence of some of the key players and their increasing investments and new product launches are expected to impact the market positively. For instance, in April 2018, Anatotemp added 4Side anti-rotational connection to its family of anatomic dental implant healing abutments. All these factors have helped in boosting the overall market growth.
Asia-Pacific is also expected to show a high growth rate during the forecast period due to the growing prevalence of dental caries and other periodontal diseases in children and adults, which is increasing the healthcare expenditure.
The market is found to be moderately competitive and consists of very few major players. Companies are found implementing certain strategic initiatives, such as mergers, new product launches, acquisitions, and partnerships, which help them in strengthening their market positions. For instance, Zimmer Dental introduced Zimmer Zfx CAD/CAM Abutments to expand its global presence in digital dentistry by providing complete dental solutions. However, the competitive pricing pressure faced by prominent players is hampering the growth of the market.