The global single-tooth implants and dental bridges market is consolidated in nature, with top five to six companies accounting for the major market share. Most of these companies are located in Europe and North America, with Europe occupying a major share in the global single-tooth implants and dental bridges market.
Straumann (Switzerland), Nobel Biocare Holding AG (Switzerland), Biomet, Inc. (U.S.), Zimmer Holdings (U.S.), and DENTSPLY International (U.S.) are some of the leading players in this market. Straumann (Switzerland) held the leading position in the global single-tooth implants and bridges market in 2013 followed by Nobel Biocare Holding AG and DENTSPLY International (U.S.). The global single-tooth implants and dental bridges market is also characterized by regional players confined in their respective areas.
This market is mainly characterized by an increasing number of top players opting for inorganic growth strategies such as acquisitions, collaborations, and agreements. These measures have aided in combining the expertise of the involved companies, and helping in offering superior and comprehensive products in the market. It has also helped companies in improving their geographic reach across the globe. For instance, in April 2014, Zimmer Holdings, one of the major dental manufacturing companies, signed a definitive acquisition agreement with Biomet, Inc. (U.S.). Both Zimmer and Biomet are among the leading companies in this market. While, Biomet has a very strong portfolio for dental implants, Zimmer has a strong dental implant as well as prosthetics portfolio. Geographically, both companies have significant reach in North America and Europe, two major markets for dental prosthetics. Thus, by combining the expertise of both the companies, Zimmer aims to establish its leadership in the single-tooth implants and dental bridges market. Through acquisitions, global players are able to not only maintain their global premium positioning but also gain entrance in low-value local markets. For instance, in 2013, Straumann entered into an acquisition agreement with Medentika (Germany) and Createch Medical (Spain), in a bid to enter low-value German and Spanish markets. Some collaborations undertaken by the international players in this market have also been with leading distributors, to ensure better management of their product availability in specific geographies.
New product launches and enhancements have also been a focus area for global players in the single-tooth implants and dental bridges market. This has enabled these players to embrace new technologies and become frontrunners in innovations. It also helped these players in continuously improving their existing product offerings. For instance, in June 2013, Biomet 3i launched its new hybrid implant, 3i T3 Implant. This product has a multi-surface topography that helps in tissue preservation, thus providing better medical results. The launch helped the company in providing a more customer-friendly product in the market space. The company also markets its high-end patented BellaTek Encode impression system. The product patent helped the company in having monopolistic marketing rights.
Single Tooth Implants and Dental Bridges Market by Product (Single Tooth Implants, Dental Bridges), by Type (3-unit, 4-unit, Maryland, Cantilever, Partial), by Material (PFM, All Ceramics and Metal Alloys) - Global Forecasts to 2019
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