1.1 Scope of the study and definition
The market for dental prosthesis or "dental implants" refers to the production and distribution of equipment for the functional and aesthetic restoration of teeth. The prosthesis are made manually or with CAD (Computer-Aided Design) systems.
One can identify different types of dental prosthesis available on the market:
- Metal prosthesis
- Synthetic resin prosthetics
- Ceramic prosthesis (with or without metal frame)
- Zirconia prosthesis
The European market for dental prostheses is dominated by Germany and Italy, which have a large number of laboratories producing prosthesis, followed by France and Spain.The French market, though, has seen almost no growth for several years and a decline in the number of employees in the profession. France faces strong international competition through players that offer services at lower cost, particularly thanks to computer-aided design, which makes it possible to industrialize certain prosthesis manufacturing processes and sometimes encourages "dental tourism" for patients seeking cheap services.
The market is also extremely linked to the current health system, which can provide reimbursement for dental prosthesis services. Recent regulatory changes have focused on preventive care rather than prosthesis installation by capping the amounts reimbursed, which is another difficulty for French market players.
1.2 The European dental prosthesis market dominated by Germany, followed by Italy
A publication from the UNPPD (***), which represents business leaders in the dental prosthesis market, provides an overview of the European market
The number of laboratories manufacturing dental prostheses and implants in Europe is particularly high by Germany and in Italy as can be seen in the graph below. France and Spain ...
1.3 A French market facing difficulties
The press kit published by the UNPPD at the end of **** provides an overview of the French market for dental technicians. In ****, the sector had *,*** laboratories including *** in the French overseas departments, for a total turnover of *.** billion euros a decrease of *% compared to ****. [***]
In total, the laboratories employed **,*** people including ...
2.1 Dentists and the demand for dental care
The demand for dental prostheses is highest among dentists. They are in charge of operating on patients in order to carry out the eventual placement of the implant and then the dental prosthesis.
However, dental prostheses are installed on patients, which means that it may be interesting to study demand from ...
2.2 A request whose evolution is uncertain
The ageing of the population
In ****, France had a population of about ** million according to INSEE . A major characteristic of the French population is its continuous ageing for several years now In ****, the proportion of people over the age of ** years old represented **.*% of the total population - compared to **.*% in ...
3.1 Market dynamics
Formerly known as "dental mechanics" until ****, dental technicians gradually broke away from dentists in order to become an independent profession. The European Directive **/**/EC of ** June **** on tailor-made medical devices grants it the status of a full-fledged manufacturer
After strong growth, the market has entered a phase of stagnation, threatened by ...
3.2 The manufacture of dental prostheses
The manufacture of dental prostheses depends strongly on the nature of the prosthesis Processes have also evolved with the development of computer assistance which can now design and manufacture prostheses (***), provides an overview of these manufacturing methods
According to the report of the ADNFC More than **% of the dental prostheses placed ...
4.1 Commercial dental prostheses
First of all, it is necessary to distinguish two main categories of prostheses before going into detail:
The removable prostheses are supported by the remaining teeth and can be removed at any time The temporary dental prostheses generally awaiting the results of an implantation. The fixed prostheses which are not intended ...
4.2 Prices well below the prices charged by dentists
The price of the prosthesis varies according to its nature. The Court of Auditors in a **** report, explained that the average purchase cost of a ceramic-metallic crown was *** euros for a dental technician, which he sold at a median price of about *** euros
We can use an article published on All ...
4.3 Technological assistance and new prostheses
CAD or CAD/CAM
Computer-aided design (***), represent a direct competition - and an opportunity - for dental technicians
These allow the analysis of the patient's dentition and the design of the dental prosthesis necessary to solve the patient's oral problem. In the case of CAD/CAM, manufacturing can also be automated ...
5.1 The new dental agreement: a break-up
Prosthetics are products that are considered as tailor-made products and must therefore meet specific standards before being placed on the market
Laboratories must deliver dental prostheses to dental surgeons with a declaration of compliance with the essential requirements. The prosthetist must therefore guarantee his clients that the prosthesis complies ...
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