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DENTSPLY Launches Azento, Improves Digital Implant Workflow


In a bid to revolutionize digital-implant workflow in dental care,DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. XRAY recently launched a single tooth replacement solution — Azento — in the United States.

It will be available in Canada and Europe by 2019.

What is Azento?

Azento reduces the risk of complications in single-tooth replacement procedures.

It is a unique dental platform that will help dentists select the best-fitting implant, optimal implant positioning and feasible healing environment. It revolutionizes the digital implant workflow by restructuring implant-planning service, purchase and delivery.

Courtesy of the platform, patients will benefit from the reduced number of visits and chair time.

Azento leverages on DENTSPLY’s flagship Astra Tech Implant System and Xive units. It is also based on Atlantis custom healing abutment and optional temporary restoration.

Tooth Replacement Market Forecast

A report by the Meticulous Research states that the global tooth replacement market is expected to reach $13,035.2 million by 2022, at a CAGR of 6.9%.

R&D Boosts Product Innovation

DENTSPLY’s overall growth strategy rests on product innovation. The company pursues several research and development (R&D) initiatives to support technological development.

The Azento launch is also a perfect example of the company’s strong R&D focus as it is made for patients and dental professionals. It has a prosthetically driven treatment plan depending upon each patient's digital scans.

Management is targeting an investment of more than $160 million in innovation. The company expects to launch more than 30 major products by the end of 2018.

Other products like WaveOne GOLD, X-Smart iQ, VDW and CONNECT Drive are expected to boost penetration in Europe. Growing preventive and restorative product portfolio is expected to drive market expansion in the continent. The company’s diverse product portfolio and recurring revenue base are key growth catalysts in the long run.

Zacks Rank & Price Performance

DENTSPLY’s price movement has been unfavorable in the past year. The company’s shares have lost 34.7%, against the industry’s rise of 14.6%. The current level is also lower than S&P 500's return of 16.1%.

The stock has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

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