The US dental prosthetics market, which includes crowns, bridges, inlays/onlays, veneers and dentures, exceeded a value of $11.6 billion in 2012, with the lingering effects of the recession continuing to affect the industry adversely.
The economic recession had a dramatic impact on the dental prosthetics industry in the United States, however the market is expected to rebound in 2012 and see strong growth through 2018.
Dental prosthetics is one of nine dental specialties recognised by the American Dental Association. Prosthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes
Crowns represent the majority of all prosthetics sold. Growth in the number of crowns sold is due to improved dental health and hygiene in addition, Computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technologies also support the rise in high quality and competitively priced all-ceramic crowns.
Within the dental prosthetics market, companies such as Dental Services Group, Glidewell Laboratories and National Dentex Corporation lead the market.
In 2011, there were approximately 11,000 dental laboratories in the U.S, a 23% decrease compared to the estimated 13,000 laboratories that existed in 2010. The rapid decline in the number of laboratories exhibits the volatility of this industry.
However, the vast majority of those that closed down were smaller sized labs with three to five employees.
Along with the rapid consolidation and shutdown of laboratories is a corresponding decline in the number of employed laboratory technicians. Over the last five years, the industry has experienced a decline of approximately 10,000 technicians in the domestic workforce.
In addition, a number of dental laboratory schools are shutting down, with only six remaining in 2011.
For more information on the US dental prosthetics market, see the latest research: Dental Prosthetics Market
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