Utah leads US in reopening dental clinics, could make or break the dental device industry for 2020

While dental device manufacturers focus on navigating the drastic reduction in sales due to COVID-19, dentists in areas of the US have reopened their clinics in eager response to a flattening curve. In Utah, dental opened clinics on April 23, 2020.

Sarah Janer, Medical Device Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Despite the tenuous infection rate forecasts, US dentists in other states have formed coalitions dedicated to bringing patients back in for annual examinations and elective procedures. Currently, most dentists are limited to performing only emergency procedures, but many in the US believe that with the proper protective gear, patients and dentists can remain safe despite the invasive nature of dental procedures.“

Most major players in the dental devices industry such as Zimmer Biomet Holdings are still reconciling their unexpected losses and are likely to announce their final Q1 results in mid-May. While heavy losses are expected to continue throughout Q2, new pushback from patients may lead to earlier openings for dental clinics.

Janer continues: “Citizen protests, lobbying and soft approval from the president may allow dental clinics to reopen before the end of Q2, especially if more states follow Utah’s example. Utah is employing a COVID-19 tracking app and enforcing new safety regulations for clinics. The state could pave the way for the national reopening of dental clinics and the reinvigoration of the US dental devices industry. However, with the infectious and deadly nature of COVID-19, they could also be paving the way for a second wave of infections.”

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