Not all dental implants are equal. The quality depends on what company makes it.
There are a lot of dental implant companies and manufacturers our there. And they all produce different types of implants for different types of procedures and conditions.Creative Commons
How To Choose The Best Dental Implant System
Some implants can be loaded right away, while others must go through an osseointegration period where they fuse the bone. Even others have a narrow diameter for smaller spaces, while other implants are short and wide specifically for using around the sinus cavities.
But generally speaking, any implant manufactured in the United States is of top-notch quality, each going through a stringent tests and requirements from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
It can be difficult to decide on the dental implant system that’s best for you. Here are some things to keep in mind when researching implants and their manufacturers:
- How long has the company been in business?
- What type of research do they have to back up their system?
- Do they meet the FDA requirements (they must in order to be legal)?
- What implant does your dentist suggest using?
Dental Implant Success Depends On The Surgeon’s Skills
The main factor in the success of a dental implant is how knowledgeable and experienced the oral surgeon is, as well as any professional involved in the process.
Most implants from the U.S. (from major brands) have high enough quality that they provide the best possible outcome, but if the dental specialist is below average, it doesn’t matter how good the prosthesis’ quality is — the implant is more likely to fail.
Global Dental Implant Market
As of 2016, the global dental implant market reached a value of over $4.5 million ($4,568.1 million) and is projected to reach over $8.4 million ($8,406.5 million) by 2025. It’s expected to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9% from 2017 to 2025.
Top Five Dental Companies
After you’ve found a reliable, experienced dental specialist, you can look into the best dental implant manufacturers in the U.S.
Here are the top five companies to look at:
They are special in that they’re the only company in the industry that has solutions for surgical, restorative, and regenerative products, like implants, tissue regeneration products, and more. Plus, their research clinics are some of the top in the country.
Nobel Biocare (Danaher)
Nobel Biocare (which was sold to Danaher) is a bit younger but still one of the best. Originally formed in 1978 as a partnership between Swedish company bofors and the renowned Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark, the company has come to specialize in implants and customized prosthetics.
Brånemark was instrumental in the evolution and development of dental implants. He discovered the process of osseointegration where the implant fuses to the bone. The company was structured around capitalizing on this discovery.
In addition to focusing on implants and their related parts, they sell software and scanners that specialists can use for designing prosthetics.
Dentsply Sirona (Previously Astra Tech)
An even younger company, Dentsply Sirona manufactures dental equipment in general, included products for dental implants. With factories in 21 countries and products sold in more than 120 countries, they are a market leader in “consumable dental products.” Their products include anesthetics, prophylaxis (for use in in gum disease prevention), and tooth polishers.
Zimmer Biomet has much older roots, older than Straumann, but they are by no means irrelevant. Zimmer Biomet (formed in 1927) joined forces with Biomet to create Zimmer Biomet. They make dental implants, regenerative materials, bone graft materials, and many other things.
Because they have so much experience making these products, you know you can trust them.
The youngest of these top five dental industry companies is BioHorizons, which started in 1994. But don’t despise them for their youth. They formed after folks from the University of Alabama in Birmingham conducted thorough research.
They are known and respected for making high-quality innovative dental products that are based on very thorough scientific research.
Other Reliable Dental Implant Companies
But there are plenty of others — your dentist can help guide you to the right one.
In the same way dental implants are not created equal, neither are oral surgeons. So it’s important to choose both the right implant manufacturer as well as the best oral surgeon.
Your smile depends on it.