Dental care advancements leading to an upsurge in dental x-ray market

According to the deep-dive market assessment study conducted by Growth Plus Reports, the global dental X-ray market was pegged at ~US$ 1.65 billion in 2021. The market is expected to witness a CAGR of ~8.9% from 2022 to 2030.

The technological advancements in dental care solutions are one of the major factors responsible for the growth of the global dental X-ray market. The rapidly aging population globally in turn leads to an increased prevalence of dental diseases such as bone loss, and dental caries due to underlying conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), etc. drives the global dental X-ray market. Also, the growing demand for good aesthetics leads to an inclination toward cosmetic dentistry, which in turn increases the utilization of dental X-ray imaging systems. The growing medical tourism and penetration of advanced dental X-ray systems also drive the global dental X-ray market.

However, the high cost of dental digital X-ray imaging systems makes them unaffordable by small clinicians especially in developing economies. This slows down the dental X-ray market. Also, the insufficient reimbursement for oral treatments is one of the factors that is restraining the market growth.

Over the past few decades, dentistry has made enormous improvements. These developments have made it essential to have more accurate diagnostic tools, particularly imaging techniques. Modern dentistry has adapted advanced imaging methods including computed tomography, cone beam computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasound from the straightforward intra-oral periapical X-rays. The transition from analog to digital radiography has sped up and simplified the procedure while also facilitating image storage, manipulation (image cropping, brightness/contrast adjustments, etc.), and retrieval. The intricate craniofacial features are now easier to examine and can now be diagnosed early and correctly for deep-seated lesions thanks to three-dimensional imaging.

Dental conditions like dental caries and periodontal disease are becoming more common globally. This can be largely ascribed to elements like rising life expectancy and an aging population. Nearly all adults and 60 to 90 percent of school-aged children worldwide suffer from dental caries. Additionally, an increase in the prevalence of oral cancer has led to a rise in the demand for advanced dental procedures. In addition to dental caries and oral cancer, the increase in the index of decayed, missing, and filled teeth (DMFT) is anticipated to increase demand for periodontal procedures like scaling and root planing as well as endodontic procedures like root canals.

With the rising influence of social media, the demand for aesthetic dentistry has increased dramatically. Celebrity influence has changed people's self-image that has led to a surge in patients seeking cosmetology, which is responsible for driving the global dental X-ray market.

North America dominates the market due to the presence of established healthcare infrastructure and rising healthcare costs in developed countries such as the United States. In addition, favorable medical repayments and increased government initiatives in the region are driving market penetration of these systems in the region. Europe ranks second in the global dental X-ray market, due to the growing elderly population in the region. The elderly population is prone to oral disease, so there is a high demand for dental imaging in this age group. Oral disease is also widespread in the young European population, driving the demand for X-ray imaging systems.

Asia Pacific is projected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. This is attributed to the rising awareness of oral health problems, thus accelerating rapid diagnosis and treatment. The aging population in China is also another major driving factor for the dental X-ray market. Moreover, India and China are currently the largest tobacco-producing and consuming countries having the lowest awareness pertaining to smoking hazards. The government in developing countries like India, and China are taking extensive efforts to improve the healthcare infrastructure owing to which the adoption of innovative solutions for diagnostics and therapeutics increased.

Some of the prominent players operating in the dental X-ray market are Dentsply Sirona, Danaher Corporation, Air Techniques, KaVo Dental GmbH, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Rayence Co., Yoshida Dental MFG. Co., Ltd., 3M Company, Planmeca Oy, and Align Technology, Inc. among others.

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