Market share of value and discount implant solutions to increase in Asia Pacific

BURNABY, British Columbia, Canada: According to a new market report by iData Research, a leading provider of international dental market research, the Asia Pacific implant market is transitioning towards inexpensive implant products. Growth is being driven by rising demand for aesthetically pleasing long-term dental restorations and this has resulted in demand for more affordable options. However, this movement towards low-cost implants is occurring at differing rates across each of the five major Asia Pacific regions.

Trends in overall dental implant market The Asia Pacific dental implant market is expected to experience high levels of growth by 2024, reaching almost US$890 million, as reported in a recent study by iData Research. This market analysis covered dental implants (premium, value and discount products), final abutments (stock, custom and CAD/CAM products) and surgical guides. Across all countries, revenue growth will be driven by the increasingly strong evidence in favour of implant-supported restorative solutions, along with a growing patient base. While competitive price cuts and inexpensive solutions have limited potential market growth, these factors are primarily spurred by high unit demand. Japan: Surgical guides driving market In 2017, the dental implant market in Japan exhibited modest growth. Japan has recovered since its dental implant market bottomed out in the wake of negative press reports in 2012. While the rate of implants placed per capita remains relatively low in Japan, the market is now attracting interest from both patients and dentists. Renewed interest in dental implant treatment has resulted in high growth of the surgical guide market in Japan, in part due to past highly publicised reports of inaccurate placement. South Korea: Reimbursement expansion driving significant growth In 2014, the National Health Insurance Service of South Korea significantly increased dental implant coverage for those 75 years old and over. The minimum age for eligibility was lowered to 70 in 2015 and to 65 in 2016. Coverage was similarly increased for dentures in 2016. This has driven what is already the world’s most developed market for dental implants and final abutments, and it will continue to do so as more people take advantage of the insurance changes and as the population ages. South Korea is unique in that the market is dominated by domestic discount implant manufacturers. Thus, the transition towards inexpensive options has already occurred. Australia: Shifting product types in growing market In 2017, the market for dental implants in Australia was transitioning, as it was elsewhere, to more affordable implant products. However, another global trend in dental implantology that was most prevalent in Australia was the shift towards CAD/CAM final abutments, which are relatively new to the market and previously were a very costly product. Manufacturers and dental laboratories have invested in improving CAD/CAM technology to make production more efficient and, therefore, more affordable to dental professionals. As a result of these cost-efficient technology improvements, a growing number of dental manufacturers and laboratories are now able to produce CAD/CAM abutments, making these products more accessible in Australia. China: Demographic and economic factors creating huge market potential China is experiencing high growth across the dental industry and its dental implant market is expanding rapidly, even compared with the rest of the Asia Pacific region. Historically, dental health has been poor in China. Despite improvements, a 2010 survey by the Ministry of Health found that the vast majority of those between the ages of 65 and 74 have dental caries. In response to increasing discretionary income, demand for dental implant restorations has risen. To meet that demand, the number of private dental service clinics and chains is also rapidly expanding. Moreover, the Chinese population is ageing dramatically, with the over-60 population currently exceeding 200 million. The expanding patient base will generate demand for more affordable products, accentuating the transition to value and discount products in China. India: Early development While China is forecast to become the world’s next major dental market, India remains the least developed of the Asia Pacific regions studied. Nevertheless, market growth in India is exceedingly high. Value and discount implant brands have already succeeded in capturing a significant portion of the Indian market. As the country continues to adopt dental implant technology at a growing rate, these brands will hold the majority of the market, significantly outpacing premium brands. Discount and value implant brands crowding competitive landscape The competitive landscape in the Asia Pacific dental implant market includes a diverse range of multinational companies. Global premium implant brands, such as Nobel Biocare and Straumann, attained leading market shares across the region, with the exception of South Korea. However, the competitive landscape is becoming increasingly crowded, with multiple affordable implant options achieving high revenue growth. In response to this, major premium companies have pursued acquisition strategies to broaden their market exposure. In 2016, Straumann acquired Equinox, a popular value implant brand in India, as well as Anthogyr’s implant business in China. Dentsply Sirona has also acquired multiple implant brands in recent years, such as MIS Implants Technologies. The share of the market consisting of discount and value products is forecast to increase to over 55 per cent by 2024. The reports can be purchased at

Tags: asia pacific, Dental implant, iData Research, market report
October 22, 2018
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Interview: “It is essential to be actively involved with the global dental community”

The Finnish dental equipment manufacturer Planmeca has been a reliable partner to dental professionals for almost 50 years. The company now aims to revolutionise one-visit dentistry with the Planmeca Creo C5, one of the fastest and most accurate 3D printers on the dental market. Dental Tribune International spoke to Vice President Jukka Kanerva, who is in charge of the company’s Dental Care Units and CAD/CAM Solutions.

How is the Planmeca Creo C5 different from its forerunner model Planmeca Creo? Planmeca Creo C5 is a completely new 3D printer that has been designed specifically for dental clinics and chairside CAD/CAM dentistry. It is built around even more advanced technology. The new printer’s speed has blown us away and we are also impressed with its great accuracy. Can you predict a release date just yet? The new 3D printer is already featured at our stand at selected events. We also have a release date outlined, but do not want to make it official quite yet. The release date is constantly getting closer, however, and we cannot wait to tell everyone more about the printer and show what it can do in practice. As every year, this autumn there are many dental exhibitions happening. Is there one you are looking forward to in particular? Planmeca takes part in countless exhibitions worldwide yearly. There is something going on almost every week! Of the larger international events, the Greater New York Dental Meeting and ADF in France are of course very well-known and always impressive. I will most probably attend at least these two events this year, but hopefully will have time to also visit some other ones. We feel it is essential to be actively involved with the global dental community and always enjoy interacting with people at local events in different markets. And what about IDS in March 2019? Can you disclose anything about Planmeca’s schedule and plans for the dental world’s main event? IDS is a fantastic event and always drives the dental industry forward. We will be presenting new products and features in all our main product categories—imaging, dental units, CAD/CAM and, of course, software. We also strive to offer a great visitor experience and want our large stand to stand out. Guests should always enjoy themselves and have fun. We encourage everyone to drop by and discover our overall solution for digital dentistry!

Tags: ADF, Creo C5, dental company, Finland, Helsinki, IDS, interview, Jukka Kanerva, Planmeca
October 22, 2018
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40 years of dentistry

In 1978, Kuraray shook up the dental market with the introduction of CLEARFIL BOND SYSTEM F, the world’s first total-etch adhesive system. Having inaugurated the era of adhesive dentistry, we steadily introduced new dental products over the following years. In 1983, Kuraray introduced the PANAVIA EX resin cement. By utilising our patented MDP monomer technology developed in-house, PANAVIA EX enabled Kuraray to set the industry standard for adhesion—a position we have held in the decades since. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Kuraray’s entry into the commercial dental products market, providing a perfect opportunity to reflect on how far we have come since.

Kuraray—Established by a true trailblazer Founded in June 1926 by Magosaburo Ohara in Kurashiki in Japan, Kuraray has transcended our humble origins as a producer of rayon to become a leading global manufacturer of medical products, materials, textiles, chemicals, resins and much more. Our commitment to research and development in the fields of chemistry and engineering has led to many market firsts and a reputation as a pioneer of new products and technologies. A history of innovation From the very beginning, Kuraray has been focused on the manufacture of high value-added products. At the time of the business’s birth, rayon was a new type of synthetic material, and over the ensuing years, Kuraray was able to master its production. In 1950, we became the first company in the world to develop the technology to mass-produce POVAL (polyvinyl alcohol), paving the way for the production of the new synthetic fibre Vinylon in the same year. CLARINO, a water-resistant synthetic leather substitute for shoes, bags and other items, was released in 1964 after extensive research and testing, and quickly collected international awards for its technology. Kuraray’s continued emphasis on independently developed proprietary technologies and techniques, rather than relying on imported alternatives, has enabled our company to provide original, high-quality products for a variety of different industries. High on this list is dentistry. The Kuraray Noritake Dental era In April 2012, Kuraray Medical and Noritake Dental Supply merged to form Kuraray Noritake Dental. By bringing together the materials and technologies developed by each of these market-leading companies, Kuraray Noritake Dental has continued to deliver dental bonding agents, ceramics and other reliable products to over 90 countries worldwide. The KATANA Zirconia range, for example, employs our unique multi-layered zirconia technology to provide a ceramic restorative material with superior translucency and perfect blending properties, while rapid bond technology ensures that CLEARFIL Universal Bond Quick delivers a lasting bond faster and easier than ever. Through a focus on research and production, Kuraray Noritake Dental is ideally positioned to continue providing leading-edge solutions to dental issues both now and in the future.

Tags: chemistry, dental manufacturing, dental restoration
October 22, 2018
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Brazilian Health Devices to host opinion leaders during CIOSP

SÃO PAULO, Brazil: The collaborative venture between the Brazilian Medical Devices Manufacturers Association (ABIMO) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil)–the Brazilian Health Devices– will be presenting a new project at the 39th Congresso Internacional de Odontologia de São Paulo (CIOSP), Brazil’s largest dentistry congress. The primary mission of the new project is to promote all areas of Brazilian health and dentistry.

“ABIMO always believed in the relevance of those fairs [CIOSP] to enroll the industry, especially because of the networking. All the actions we realize between those four days of congress improve the relevance of the association to this segment,” said Paulo Henrique Fraccaro, ABIMO’s president. As part of the project, foreign journalists, opinion leaders, mass media and representatives of a number of business associations will be taken to hospitals and clinics, universities, leading industry headquarters and to a variety of company stands during CIOSP. Through the tour, organizers hope that the full scope of the Brazilian industry can be promoted and that attendees can gain a better understanding of the work being done. The Brazilian Health Devices brand brings together the sector's export industries and represents them internationally, with a focus on the health industry.

Tags: Brazil, Ciosp, dentistry, investment, teeth
October 19, 2018
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Immediate temporization with digital surgical & prosthetic treatment planning for implant therapy

Technological advances in digital dentistry are rapidly changing the way the dental team practices in the operatory and laboratory.

Predictable treatment success depends on comprehensive assessment from both surgical and prosthetic perspectives as well as the selection of appropriate implants and custom restorative components. This course will review recent advances in digital technology: surgical planning software for implant placement, prosthetic design software for digital waxups, and the integration possibilities between the two including model-free milled immediate provisionals. Special emphasis will also be given to the relationship between the dentist and the lab and the many benefits available to the treatment team when using digital dentistry solutions. LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  • Understand the data capture requirements for successful digital treatment planning.
  • Recognize how digital planning can create an accurate final restoration.
  • Understand the digital workflow between the dental office and lab.
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