Himachal Dental

Dental Tourism Market

Dental tourism is a broadly defined industry which is influenced by a multitude of factors.
On a macroeconomic scale, medical tourism is affected by many factors including demographics, technologicalchange, globalization, geopolitical trends, and economic trends.

On a microeconomic scale, this niche industry is affected by a multitude of supply and demand factors
including consumer demand, cost factors, and local, regional, or national factors including economic policy,political environment, regulations, infrastructure, capital investment, and destination marketing.Recent changes in the global economy have significantly impacted the market. By understanding the factorswhich affect the dental tourism industry, we have gained insight into which segment(s) of the dental tourism market we are capable of serving, which type of consumers make up that segment, and what structural changes will need to be made in order to better attract and serve those consumers.

Market Needs
Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry. Long NHS waiting lists and expensive private care have meantthat 2.65 million Britons have recently been or are planning to go abroad for medical procedures. TakingAdvantage of Trend Shifts in the Dental Tourism Industry

Despite headwinds, industry experts expect the growth of dental tourism to continue at a rate of at least 35% annually (Deloitte, 2009). With future trends showing an increased demand for healthcare worldwide, as well as an increasing trend toward the globalization of healthcare, there is significant revenue opportunity for firms catering to this market, as well as for cities, states, and countries which foster the growth of the industry within their borders. The healthcare and tourism industries, as well as the regions in which they operate, will need to adjust to and account for changing trends in the market for dental tourism. Of particular importance will be the shifts which are taking place due to respective differences across borders use to economic and geopolitical events.

The economic changes taking place within developed and underdeveloped nations will have a profound impact on the market for cross-border healthcare, as well as for regional or local care. Such changes will most likely have a large impact on the choices made by governments, institutions, and individuals, and will impact the demand for and supply of healthcare on a global scale. In addition, these changes in the market will be marked by a change in attitudes toward international and domestic dental travel, as it gains increased media attention and becomes more widely used.

ImageThe hospitality and tourism markets will be affected not just by trends in supply and demand, but by the economic and geopolitical parameters set by governments worldwide. In order to enter the market, an understanding of the impact that international trade agreements and government participation will have on the market globally, and on specific regions, will be essential. These factors should be kept in mind when considering the potential success of a dental tourism destination.

In a recession, markets may consolidate, eliminating weaker businesses and providing market opportunities through mergers and acquisitions. In addition, slower economic times may lead businesses to develop partnerships and strategic alliances, and to innovate to reduce costs and capture market share. With healthcare reform being debated in the U.K., combined with sovereign debt and strains on social security and retirement funds, this is the time when policymakers and industry leaders will be discussing options to lower costs and increase revenues. With the dialogue and debate being brought to the forefront, we might see changes come about which will reduce barriers to the dental tourism market.

How dental implants dramatically improve a smile.

Teeth  can be lost at any time, due to trauma, decay, gum disease , age or deep root canals could force a dentist to decide to remove a tooth rather than repair. Many people who lose a tooth or teeth decide to replace it/them with either dentures or a fixed bridge in order to regain an aesthetically pleasing smile , as well as functional reasons.

Increasingly dental implants are becoming a popular treatment to replace any missing teeth, as they are able to provide a patient a longer term solution, slow bone loss and also preserve any healthy tooth tissue for a patient.


What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are artificial substitute for the root portion of a patients natural tooth, it is fixed and secured into a patients jaw-bone to support a crown, or bridge , and can also be used to fastened a patients denture securely.  New technology in implants means that titanium can now be used for this procedure, a material that not only is well tolerated by a patients jaw bone and is able to integrate easily.

During the securing of the dental implant, the cosmetic dentists’ goal is to achieve a close seal between the implant and the surrounding jaw bone tissue, so they are able to fuse together , called osseointegration, which creates a secure support for the new teeth.

How is a dental implant placed?

The cosmetic dentist will need to assess the health of a patients teeth and gums, this is important as they need  to expose any signs of gum disease or decay , which must initially be treated. The cosmetic dentist should then create a treatment plan, following x-rays and a CT scan, which aids to asses bone quality before any treatment takes place. The implant procedure can be carried out using local anaesthesia, and IV sedation can be used the procedure will be long or for anxious patients.

The patients gum is cut and lifted, where the implant will be secured, and a tiny hole is drilled in the jawbone at the exact location of the intended implant. The titanium implant is securely fitted into this socket, and the dentist will then stitch the gum back to cover the implant.

Once the implant has been fitted, it is left to restore , heal and integrate with the patients jawbone , which  takes around six weeks to  six months. This time period allows the bone tissue to grow and anchor itself to the rough surface of the titanium implant.
The patient will be given temporary teeth or bridges, or can continue to wear dentures, during this healing period. The temporary teeth should not exert any pressure or force upon the healing implant(s). The gum will be then lifted again to attach a post to the implant, after the healing period. Around six weeks up to a month , depending upon treatment, when the surrounding gum tissue has developed, the permanent restoration can be attached to the patients implant.

Dental implants are also able to give a patient improved function, the implants are able to fully assimilate into a patients jaw, and so able they are able to function as suitably as your own natural teeth. Wearing dentures can make eating tough foods challenging, as dentures can become loose or patients cannot endure the hard biting forces, which cause pain in the gums.

Denture patients may suffer irritation and inflammation of the gums, to correct this dentures can be supported through implants which are able to improve function, enabling a patient to eat all foods with complete confidence and not worry about problems of bone loss or loose dentures.

A patient may require a cosmetic  dental bridge treatment, to replace missing teeth,  and this requires the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap to be removed to be able to fit a crown or bridge over the top of the tooth.

A dental implant can help a patient, as no support is required of a patients natural teeth , so a patients natural teeth wont be altered and the healthy tooth structure will not be drilled.images

An cosmetic dental implant gives a patient much better appearance then dentures or alternatives, as a dental implant Is identical from a patients natural teeth. Dentures often become loose, look unnatural as they don’t fit with a patients gums, and may need to be held onto the teeth with conspicuous metal clasps.

Dental implants are able to provide a patient with a much better cosmetic result, and are more functional than any nearest alternative.

Dental Implants are durable.

Dental implants have been used for many years to replace missing teeth, they are the most advanced technology available to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are able to last a lifetime, however the implant durability will be affected by trauma caused to patients, gum disease and poor oral hygiene.

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