Americans Paying Premium For Perfect Teeth

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According to Millennium Research Group's US Markets for Crown & Bridges 2008 report, the value placed on aesthetics is driving the US all-ceramic crown and bridge market. To meet the demands of patients seeking more natural-looking results, dental labs are increasingly adopting computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology. As a result, the US market for CAD/CAM-produced all- ceramic restorations will grow more than 30% over the next five years, exceeding $1 billion by 2012.

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All-ceramic material is being combined with CAD/CAM technology to improve patient results. These restorations avoid the dark lines that may appear below the gum line, as can be seen with porcelain-fused-to metal treatment. In addition, CAD/CAM systems can be used to customize all-ceramic restorative work to improve the fit of dental restorations. CAD/CAM technology creates a 3-D image of the restoration site before manufacturing a personalized prosthetic. These systems are often able to reduce turnaround times in manufacturing, enabling patients to receive their final restorations sooner. Chair-side CAD/CAM systems (located in the dental office), have the additional advantage of eliminating the need for temporary crowns or a second visit to complete the restoration process. Together, the material and technology allow for a more natural smile in a shorter time.

"People want their teeth to look great and they don't want to wait for the results," says Poonam Jassi, Analyst at Millennium Research Group. "Because CAD/CAM systems provide rapid customized crowns and bridges for each individual, patients will pay a premium for them, which is supporting growth of this market segment."

The US Markets for Crown & Bridges 2008 report is part of a global series, which also includes coverage on Japan and Europe. Coverage of industry competitors includes 3M ESPE, Argen, Dentsply, Ivoclar Vivadent, Jensen, Nobel Biocare, Sirona, Vita, and many more. Also available from Millennium Research Group is the Global Markets for Dental CAD/CAM Systems 2008 report.

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