Dental prosthetics or prosthodontics is a field of dentistry concerned with diagnosing and executing dental restorative and cosmetic treatments. It deals with the reconstruction of damaged teeth or replacement of missing teeth, providing complete and partial dentures, dental appliances, and mouth-guards to the patients for better oral health. Dental prosthetics are used in patients suffering from clinical conditions associated with edentulism, decayed teeth or oral and maxillofacial tissues.
Prosthetic dentistry mainly comprises fixed prosthetics and removable prosthetics dental materials. Fixed dental prosthetics includes artificial reconstruction of crowns, bridges, veneers, and inlays, however, removable dental prosthetics includes acrylic dentures, chrome dentures, and immediate replacement dentures. Prosthodontic includes various treatments associated with the treatment of dental veneers, dental crowns, dental implants, dental bridges, complete dentures, and partial dentures.
The continuous launch of new and advanced dentistry devices is expected to drive the growth of the dental prosthetics market. For instance, in September 2017, SpineGuard, a company engaged in developing and marketing disposable medical devices entered into an agreement with Adin Dental Implant Systems to use SpineGuard’s Dynamic Surgical Guidance (DSG) technology in dental implantology. Adin Dental Implant develops, manufactures, and markets products and services in the dental field. The licensing agreement supports product development support, technology transfer, and milestone and royalty payments between the SpineGuard and Adin Dental Implants.
Institut Straumann AG entered into a partnership with Maxon Dental GmbH to develop components for dental implant systems, which is manufactured with Ceramic Injection Moulding (CIM) instead of conventional cutting techniques. Under this partnership, Maxon Dental GmbH is expected to develop CIM components for Straumann. In addition to this, the agreement enables Straumann to obtain a 49% stake in Maxon Dental GmbH, after receiving approval from the German Federal Cartel Office. Therefore, strategic partnerships among key players are further expected to aid in the growth of the dental prosthetics market in the near future.
In addition, a rising number of dental procedures have contributed to growth in the dental prosthetics market. For instance, according to the National Health Service (NHS) Dental Statistics for England, around 39.7 million dental procedures were performed in 2015-2016. Furthermore, the geriatric population with dental conditions associated with aging such as root and coronal caries, and periodontitis, is increasing significantly. This creates a highly conducive environment for growth of the market. According to the 2015 Japan census report, the number of geriatric people aged 65 or above accounts for 26.7% of Japan’s population (127.11 million), which is up by 3.7% from the last five years.
Recent developments in dental prosthetics market
In November 2017, Syrma Technology, an OEM, engaged in manufacturing and distribution of services in engineering expertise, introduced RFID-based solutions for identification and tracking of dentures co-developed with Nobilium, a manufacturer of dental prosthetic materials and equipment. The innovative RFID tag technology enables dental labs, dentists, and denturists to assign dentures to its user via digital certificate, eliminating the need for the labor-intensive patient denture identification process. In addition, Syrma’s USB RFID scanner provides new solutions to personnel at nursing homes and dental care facilities to easily match denture with individual users.
In November 2017, Norgine Ventures offered financial support of US$ 2.3 million to Pritidenta GmbH, a company engaged in the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of innovative materials in prosthetic dental products. The investment is expected to aid in the expansion of the product portfolio of aesthetic zirconia blank disc, which is used on crowns, bridges, contour restorations, veneers, inlays, and onlays.
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