Internationally known dental researcher and lecturer Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD, speaking at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry annual meeting said that 99% of edentulous and partially edentulous patients do not get dental implants and the specialty must become more mainstream and the procedure more affordable to serve this unmet need.
“There are 178 million people in the United States who are missing one or more teeth and only 1% of them get implants. That means there is enormous opportunity for dentists to add implants to their practices and help the procedure to become more mainstream.
Of all implant cases, 9 in 10 require a single implant”, he said.
Christensen said that seniors are a prime market for implants but the cost of the procedure prohibits many from getting the implants they need. “We need to serve this population with affordable implants that can improve their quality of life”, said Christensesn.