The Dental CAD market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 7.5% over the forecast period.
Dental services are of increased focus during the current COVID-19 pandemic as dental procedures are considered to be one of the most potent sources of viral transmission. According to the research article published in BMC Oral Health, 2020, the SARS-CoV2 viral transmission in dentistry is expected to occur through air, droplets, and contact. Additionally, the American Dental Association (ADA) had issued guidance for dental emergency and non-emergency care in March 2020. As per ADA, Orthodontic procedures apart from those conditions with acute pain, infection, trauma, removal of asymptomatic teeth, restorative dentistry including treatment of asymptomatic carious lesions and aesthetic dental procedures were categorized as non-emergency however tooth fractures, dental treatment cementation, pericoronitis, etc were listed under emergency dental procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the high risk of viral transmission through dental procedures, the dental CAD market is expected to be impacted during the pandemic era.
The increasing burden of oral diseases and oral cancer globally is the major factor bolstering the growth of the Dental CAD market. Additionally, the rising geriatric population, an increasing number of dental clinics and practitioners providing large-level dental care services are the other factors driving the growth of the Dental CAD market. According to the United Nations’ World Ageing Population, 2019, approximately 703 million persons aged 65 years or over were living in 2019 globally and this number is expected to double to 1.5 billion in 2050. Oral health is directly linked to aging due to the interactions of biological, behavioural and socio-economic factors, and thus results in the declination of oral health among geriatric population. As, the geriatric population is expected to witness an increasing trend in the coming years globally, the demand for dental procedures is also expected to surge, which in turn leads to the healthy growth of the Dental CAD market over the forecast period,
However, high cost of the procedures and lack of proper reimbursement policies are likely to hamper the growth of the Dental CAD market.
Key Market Trends
The Scanners Sub-Segment within Component Segment is Expected to Hold Significant Share in Dental CAD Market over the Forecast Period
The Scanners’ sub-segment is expected to grow rapidly, due to the use of intra-oral scanners and open architecture solutions. Intraoral scanners are the most widely used scanners to capture direct optical impressions in dentistry. Most dentists use highly advanced intra-oral scanners to take impressions of the teeth at high speed. Moreover, most dental CAD system manufacturers are shifting toward open architecture, as the software can be used in collaboration with any milling unit. Due to the increased demand for scanners, companies are investing in this segment. Some of the companies offering intraoral scanners are Kavo Kerr, 3Shape, Planmeca, Dental Wings Inc., and Carestream, among others.
According to the research article published in the Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 2020, intraoral scanners provide digital impressions, which helps in the reduction of discomfort among patients. Also, intraoral scanners are time-efficient, and aids in simplifying the dental procedures, thereby eliminating the need for plaster models and improving the communication between dental technicians and patients. Additionally, in September 2019, Zimmer Biomet entered into a multinational distribution agreement with Align Technology, Inc., for the distribution of the iTero Element family of intraoral scanners, thus enabling Zimmer Biomet in establishing a global footprint in the digital restorative dentistry solutions market. Thus, with the advantages associated with the scanners and the increased demand for scanners, along with the growing focus by key players in the development and commercialization of advanced scanners, the studied sub-segment is expected to grow over the forecast period.
North America Holds the Major Share in the Dental CAD Market and is anticipated to Continue the Same Over the Forecast Period
The growing burden of dental diseases and the availability of sophisticated healthcare infrastructure, along with the increasing adoption of advanced dental treatment procedures are the major factors driving the growth of the Dental CAD market in North America. According to the American Cancer Society, 2021, approximately 54,010 American population are estimated to be diagnosed with oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer and nearly 10,850 of these people are estimated to die of oral cancers in the United States. Also, as per the research article published in Acta Scientific Dental Sciences, 2019, dental caries among American Children aged 5-17 years was estimated to be 5 times more than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever. The study revealed that the prevalence of dental caries was 63.9% among all groups and in particular, for children aged 4 – 5 years and 6-8 years, the prevalence of dental caries of 62.5% and 71.2% was observed respectively. Thus, the growing burden of dental disorders is expected to propel the studied market growth in the region.
Furthermore, the technological advancements in intraoral scanners and CAD provide multiple benefits, ranging from safety to improved treatment outcomes. There has been a growing inclination of the American population towards dental CAD, as the tooth repair procedures can be completed in less than a day and no further or repetitive dental appointments would be required. Also, in February 2018, Nobel Biocare launched its newly expanded CAD/CAM product, KaVo LS 3 desktop scanner, in partnership with KaVo. The product was designed to enhance flexibility and connectivity between dental technicians and patients. Thus, the increasing number of dental problems and technological advancements are expected to increase the growth of the dental CAD market in North America.
The Dental CAD market is moderately competitive and the major players are focused on expanding their business in different areas by adopting various market strategies such as partnerships, collaborations, acquisitions, and mergers, along with investment in research and development activities and new product launches. For instance, in January 2021, Dentsply Sirona acquired Datum Dental Ltd., which helps in the expansion of Dentsply Sirona within its dental implants business. The major players of the Dental CAD market include Dentsply Sirona, Align Technology, Inc., Zimmer Biomet, 3Shape, Planmeca, Envista Holdings Corporation, Carestream Dental, LLC among others.
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