Just thought I’d share this with you if you haven’t already seen the article…
Gordon Christensen tells AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry) members that a major need exists for dental implants.
Internationally known dental researcher and lecturer Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD, speaking at the AAID annual meeting said that 99 percent of toothless and partially toothless patients do not get dental implants and the specialty must become more mainstream and the procedure more affordable to serve this unmet need.
“There are 178 million people in the United States who are missing one or more teeth and only one percent of them get implants. That means there is enormous opportunity for general dentists to add implants to their practices and help the procedure to become more mainstream. Of all implant cases, 9 in 10 require a single implant,” he said.
Christensen said that seniors are a prime market for implants but the cost of the procedure prohibits many from getting the implants they need. “We need to serve this population with affordable implants that can improve their quality of life,” said Christensen.
Comment from Dr. Parkin:
This is a welcome endorsement from one of the top leaders of the dental community. The resistance to the newer mini dental implants is I am afraid
typical of entrenched dental implant community. Something as straight forward and affordable as these implants are, seems to go against the dogma of the day that implants are complicated and therefore they have to be done by specialists and are therefore expensive. I predict an explosion of not only interest in the Minis but a high utilization of them to better our patients lives in an affordable way. You are welcome to speak one on one with me to answer any mini dental implant question you might have. Call 719-576-1730 today!
Ralph Parkin DMD