The increasing prevalence of dental problems, surging geriatric population, and improvements in intraoral scanners are positively impacting the intraoral scanners market growth. In 2017, it valued $251.1 million, and it is expected to grow at a 10.2% CAGR during the forecast period (2018–2023). To gain insights into implant-borne and tooth-borne restorations, orthodontists use a device known as intraoral scanner that generates 3D digital impressions of the soft tissues in the intraoral areas and teeth. Compared to conventional imaging techniques, the quality of the images obtained using these scanners is far superior.
One of the trends in the intraoral scanners market is the incorporation of technologically advanced equipment. Advantages offered by advanced intraoral scanners are increased portability, and high accuracy and success rates, which have revolutionized the dentistry domain. Owing to the introduction of 3D imaging technologies leading to an improvement in diagnostic methods, the quality of dental implants and associated restoration procedures has improved. The use of impression materials is not required in advanced scanners, which is the case in traditional scanners, where zirconia is used in preparing dental restorations.
One of the key factors driving the intraoral scanners market is the increasing incidence of dental problems. One of the major reasons for people to undergo intraoral scanning and get dental implants, such as dentures, is edentulism (toothlessness), commonly observed in the geriatric population. Unhealthy lifestyle, dental caries, and periodontal disease are the most common causes of edentulism. The data reported by the World Health Organization says that in most developed countries, dental caries is a major health problem, affecting approximately 90.0% of school children and many adults.
The improving accuracy of intraoral scanners is another factor driving the intraoral scanners market. These scanners provide highly accurate and realistic impressions in terms of color, resulting in the delivery of satisfactory treatment experience to patients. Other than providing instant results to both the doctor and the patient, intraoral scanners generate scans containing diagnostic information, thereby eliminating the need for a stone model. They have now become an integral part of dental laboratories, dental clinics, and hospitals as they help in improving the accuracy and workflow of various dental procedures.
The intraoral scanners market is segmented by region, type, and end user. Based on end user, the classifications are hospitals, dental clinics, and others. The dental clinics classification was the largest shareholder in the market during the historical period (2014–2017), and it is projected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period. Additionally, the demand for these scanners in hospitals is expected to increase significantly, which is why this classification is expected to grow at a 10.2% CAGR. This can be ascribed to the inclusion of more-advanced dental equipment in hospitals.
A region-wise analysis of the intraoral scanners market presented Europe as the leader with 44.5% revenue share in 2017. A developed healthcare infrastructure, high prevalence of dental problems, presence of top market players, and increasing aging population contributed in the region’s considerable growth. However, during the forecast period, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is projected to be the fastest growing, with a projected CAGR of 11.2%. Strengthening economic conditions and increasing dental problems are the factors that would contribute in the growth of the APAC market.
Therefore, the market for intraoral scanners is headed toward a prosperous future owing to the rising prevalence of dental problems and at the same time, the growing awareness about the same.
Source : P&S Intelligence