The implant market isn't slowing down anytime soon. At Nobel Biocare's LAB DAY panel discussion, featuring laboratory owners and other industry experts, the company offered these statistics:
60 million people are edentulous in one arch or another.
The "nearly edentulous"—those with two or more teeth per arch—will grow to 39 million by 2015.
Projected growth for implant-supported restorations: 9.3% over the next four years.
The average lab produces about 30 implant abutments a month; 50% of them are done via CAD/CAM.
As the market grows and more and more dentists get involved, they're looking to their technician-partners for technical guidance. "The most exciting trend I'm seeing is how interested doctors are in communicating with us about complex implant cases," said Tom Wade, CDT, New Horizons Dental Lab, Broomfield, CO, one of the panelists. "They're really willing to sit side by side to discuss and plan cases and it's not uncommon for me to meet with both the restorative...
Scott MacLean, DDS, is a part-time Clinical Professor of implants at the Dalhousie Dental Clinic and practices general dentistry in Halifax, NS. An internationally published author, he evaluates new implant products, is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Canadian Academy...
According to LMT's 2013 Dentist Survey, the top 5 reasons why dentists change laboratories are: - Inconsistent quality/technical problems - Prices were higher than they wanted to pay - Delayed turnaround time - Poor relationship/poor communication - Prescriptions not being thoroughly or carefully read and filled
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