US Dental Implant Statistics Show a Shift to Value & Discount Implants

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The latest dental implant statistics and research shows that the 2018 market was valued slightly under $700 million. This market has yet to reach its potential, as only a minority of those suffering tooth loss opt for a dental implant. However, the growing elderly demographic, as well as an increase in the number of professionals trained to place implants, is set to drive this market.


The most significant growth exhibited was in the surgical guide market due to an increasing rate of GPs entering the dental implant segment. Despite this, the accompanying treatment planning software market is expected to remain relatively stagnant due to the effects of bundled software deals.

Dental Implant Preference

Premium dental implant fixtures historically have constituted the majority of sales; the cost of implants was not a critical determining factor in the buying decision for many dentists. The dental market for implant fixtures is experiencing major shifts in terms of its structure, as a response to changing trends. Discounted and value brands now cater to more price-sensitive customers in the U.S. market.

In addition, an increasing percentage of the 150,000 GPs in the United States are being fully trained on the subject of dental implants and are fully capable of conducting such procedures. In fact, GPs, rather than specialists, are more likely to choose value and discounted brands, which has contributed to a restructuring of the market. With GPs placing almost 1/3rd of the implants, and growing, this shift is critical for manufacturers to watch.

Growth in Value Implants

In response to the historical domination of premium implants, value implants have achieved success in terms of volume sales and are projected to continue to grow in the future. In fact, value implants are expected to grow at a CAGR that is double that of premium implants, and the number of units sold will almost match premium implants by 2025. This is partially due to more people with tooth loss opting for dental implants now that budget-friendly options are more widely available. This field is expected to grow more rapidly than its costlier options as a greater range of general practitioners opt for value products.

Decline in Mini Implants

Mini implant fixtures are a type of implant with a smaller diameter relative to other implant options. The sizing of mini implants ranges from diameters of 1.8 mm up to 3 mm. In the case of insufficient bone or gum tissue, mini implants are often considered as an optimal solution.

Due to some documented failures, 3M removed their mini implant from the market in 2016. As such, few products remain on the market and it does not represent a highly profitable space for many companies involved. Additionally, fewer dentists are likely to place mini implants due to the increased perception that they do not offer increased restorative capabilities. As this trend continues, unit sales are expected to decline further.

For Further Information

More on dental implant statistics can be found in a series of reports published by iData entitled the U.S. Market Report Suite for Dental Implant Fixtures and Final Abutments.

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