October 7, 2011
From DrBicuspid.com – Rob Goszkowski –
By 1988, some 300,000 implants had been placed throughout the world, according to Kai Klimek, DDS, PhD, global manager market communication at Nobel Biocare. Today the number of new implants placed annually now exceeds that figure by a considerable margin, with estimates ranging from 1.3 million to 2 million annually in the U.S., which accounts for 30% of the worldwide market.
“At a recent conference, I heard several speakers say the same thing: For their practice and in the industry, implant treatment is the biggest breakthrough technology in the last 10 years,” Jim Frontero, president and head of sales at Straumann USA, told DrBicuspid.com.
In fact, until the economic downturn, the implant market was growing at a rate of about 15% year over year. But that growth has slowed considerably in the last few years, creating new challenges in an increasingly competitive segment of the dental market.
“In 2009, the implant market was essentially flat to slightly negative; in 2010, there was a bit of a recovery to low, single-digit growth,” Frontero said. “Today, eight to nine months into 2011, it’s still in single-digit growth.”
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