Dental implant sector set to surge
from The Wall Street Journal
Executives of large dental implant makers say their business will take a bigger bite of overall consumer spending next year, despite continued weakness in the global economy and stiff price competition from new entrants. Expansion rates of 5 percent are realistic for 2011, they say, while double-digit growth is possible in two years after consumers regain confidence, reversing a more than 6 percent drop that hurt the $18 billion dental industry in the downturn. During that time consumers have opted for cheaper replacements, such as bridges, as costs for implants can run between $500 to more than $10,000 depending on the size and material.
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