The Future of Dental Implants

For people who lost their teeth due to disease, injury or accidents, and cannot (or do not want to) use dentures, dental implants are the way to go.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root surgically implanted into the jawbone so replacement teeth can be mounted. With proper care and management, a dental implant offers the same look and functionality as the original teeth, and can last for a long time.

According to facts and figures from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) website, over 30 million Americans are “missing all their teeth in one or both jaws.” On top of the three million Americans with dental implants, 500,000 more add up each year, which is why the US dental implants market is estimated at around $1 billion. In fact, the dental implants market alone is projected to reach a whopping $5 billion by 2018.

Additional data from the Dental Economics website supports this forecast as it noted that the growth of the dental implants business is driven by its huge market potential. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons shares another interesting statistic—“69 percent of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth.” This is caused by a variety of factors including gum disease and tooth decay. At age 74, more than 25 percent of adults will have lost all of their permanent teeth.

The same website highlighted the need for specialists to expand their education and seek further mentoring to equip them for the demands of the industry in the near future.

AAID outlines some of the new trends, techniques and technology in the field of dental implants, in partnership with corporate partners.

1.    Natalie Wong (AAID fellow, American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry diplomate, and clinical instructor) presented research on the evolution of dental implants which now allows for soft tissue attachment like natural dentition.

2.    Gerald Niznick (AAID honored fellow, president and founder of Implant Direct Sybron International, and recipient of 35 U.S patents) presented on the shift towards affordable care. His presentation marked the launch of a new generation of implants with “All-in-1 Packaging that provides the accuracy of an open try transfer with the simplicity of a closed tray transfer.”

3.    Drauseo Speratti (dental implants and oral minor surgeries specialist and clinical instructor) presented a program demonstrating clinical cases wherein different materials are used including “short implants” and “metal free cemented or screw retained fixed restorations” for patients allergic to metals, and for those who cannot have removable prostheses and have little bone availability.

4.    Robert Miller (American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry diplomate, American College of Dentists fellow, and department chair of Oral Implantology Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic) presented a new technology called BLOSSOM™ which “eliminates the need for conventional flutes and vents.”

With the continuous advancements in dental implants, it is inevitable that cost will also follow suit. Currently, the cost per tooth can range from $3,000 to $4,500, and it is often not covered by an insurance policy.

This is where dental implant loans come in. Companies offer dental implant loans for people who need an implant but cannot immediately pay for the cost.

“UMC has over a decade of experience in patient financing, and we have the advantage of having forged strong and reliable partnerships with a network of top notch vendors, specialists and providers in the dental service industry,” UMC president Matthew Libman said. For more information about UMC’s dental implant loans, log on to