TORONTO, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, adoption of all-ceramic crowns and bridges will increase rapidly in the upcoming decade. New products and improvements in durability will defuse previous concerns about the life span of all-ceramic restorations, and these crowns and bridges will cannibalize sales of porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) restorations -- currently the preferred crown and bridge material.
Additionally, all-ceramic restoration sales will also be boosted by the growing use of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) systems to manufacture crowns and bridges. CAD/CAM systems are much more efficient than traditional manufacturing methods, and dentists can get the restorations to their patients faster. Moreover, crowns and bridges made using CAD/CAM fit the patient's teeth better. These product benefits will encourage more dentists and labs to manufacture all-ceramic crowns and bridges, making these products more accessible and boosting unit sales.
Previously, high capital costs prevented many labs and dentists from purchasing CAD/CAM systems. Acquisition costs have dropped, however, allowing more dentists to purchase their own in-office ("chairside") CAD/CAM systems and manufacture crowns and bridges themselves.
"An improved economy will encourage dentists to make the upfront investment to purchase a chairside system," said MRG analyst Jeremy Seath. "For dentists that can afford the initial investment costs, manufacturing crowns and bridges in-office can prove to be very profitable over the long term."
Over the next decade, manufacturers will take advantage of the growing popularity of all-ceramic crowns and bridges. Companies are researching and launching new, increasingly durable all-ceramic materials in hopes of capturing more market share. Top all-ceramic CAD/CAM competitors Ivoclar Vivadent, 3M Health Care and Glidewell Laboratories have all invested heavily in product innovation. For long-term success, it is crucial that companies in this space prove product efficacy to increase lab and clinician confidence in these products.
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Millennium Research Group's US Markets for Crowns and Bridges 2013 report includes unit, average selling price and revenue information, along with market drivers and limiters and a competitive landscape for porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) and all-ceramic crowns and bridges in the United States.
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