Statistics published by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons said more than 30 million Americans have lost all their teeth in one jaw or both. This finding is a major data point that drives the implant dentist industry. This is because the figure represents the potential clientele in economic articles information about the industry and is also used to educate people that the condition is normal across the United States. It’s also a big answer to the question, Why implant dentistry? And, apparently, people are responding to the procedure as the U.S. population grows older. According to some predictions, the industry will double in value in five years.
There has been a sharp rise in the number of people getting dental implants — 0.7 percent in the year ending 2000 to 5.7 percent in the year ending 2016. Authors of this study, whose abstract is published by the National Institutes of Health, said this shows the “prevalence” of dental implants in the nation has definitely increased. It also says access to the procedure hasn’t. The authors say the procedure is still the mainstay of people from more advantaged demographics.
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69 percent of adults between the ages of 35 to 44 have lost at least one tooth. This figure is paired with a figure that says 17.7 percent of Americans have lost a tooth due to decay. Dental implants are considered a permanent solution to missing teeth, unlike dentures, which are seen as a non-permanent solution. Other articles, including one in Dental Economics, say Baby Boomers have gravitated toward implants versus dentures because of the higher function levels experienced after the procedure.
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry provides evidence of growth in the industry, particularly among older generations. It says the number of people getting implants in the United States increased by 500,000 a year. The Academy advertises this stat on its website, which is aimed at the active Baby Boomer based on the opening page photo of an older couple rowing kayaks. A MarketWatch piece written by industry experts adds to this notion with statistics of their own. The authors say a trend toward increasing acceptance of dental implants among the population in the United States and abroad.
In 2015, the dental implant industry market in the United States hit $1.4 billion. The article with that figure lists other facts that also supports a trend toward increases in implant dentistry, including economic details that predict the overall market will rise in the United States. The author also lists figures that show the procedure is more popular in Europe. There, according to the article, the industry is worth $1.7 billion. Other facts in the article state the efficacy of dental implants, including that they provide 98 percent of the power of a natural tooth. This is compared with dentures, which provide only 50 percent of a tooth’s natural power.
Another figure backing the increased adoption of dental implants was released by a number of organizations. This includes this site, which said dental implants enjoy a 95 percent success rate. This percentage refers to the probability they’ll be put in place correctly and will work. In fact, the article linked above says the procedure provides a result that should last for 20 years or longer. This has a lot to do with the “root” of the implant, a titanium screw bolted directly to the bone. The metal device promotes bone growth, providing a stable foundation for the replacement porcelain “tooth” to rest.