Dental Caries Detectors Market by Type (Fiber Optic Transillumination Caries Detector, Laser Fluorescent Caries Detector), by End-user (Dental Clinics, Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs)) - Global Outlook & Forecast 2022-2030
According to the deep-dive market assessment study conducted by Growth+ Reports, the global dental caries detectors market was pegged at ~US$ 285 million in 2021. The market is expected to witness a CAGR of ~9.2% from 2022 to 2030.
The growing prevalence of dental caries due to changes in lifestyle, the rising geriatric population, and advancements in technology in dentistry is considered the growth drivers for the dental caries detectors market. However, the availability of substitute caries diagnostic tools and the high cost of detectors slows down the market growth.
Growing urbanization leads to changes in lifestyle such as poor water sanitation, poor health conditions, and wrong and unhealthy food choices, which has a direct effect on oral health. Excessive consumption of sugary and processed foods and drinks, and inaccessibility to oral health services have led to an increased incidence of dental caries in a majority of the population. According to the World Health Organization, 1 out of 4 people is having carious lesions globally; becoming a cause of other diseases if not diagnosed and treated properly. Hence, early detection of caries has become essential. This factor hence impacts the dental caries detectors market greatly.
According to the World Health Organization 2021 report, by 2050, the worldwide elderly population will reach 2.1 billion. This rate of increase in the geriatric population directly indicates the rise in health conditions; poor oral health is one such instance. Inability to take proper care of oral wellbeing due to aging and underlying diseases increases the burden. This increases the importance of caries detection, in turn boosting the global dental caries detectors market. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children from middle- and low-income countries are more likely to have cavities than those in high-income households. This occurs due to poor living conditions and improper access to oral health services and education.
This factor thus increases the importance of efficient diagnosis and the resultant demand for dental caries detectors in the market.
As dental care technologies continue to improve, the dental caries detectors market is growing rapidly. For example, the advent of near-infrared (NIR) transmitted-illumination and digital imaging fiber-optic transmitted-illumination (DIFOT) provides a highly transparent and accurate reading of images of interproximal lesions. As described at the 2017 IEEE 17th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering, these techniques are also said to be effective in assessing the scale of tooth demineralization and provide better initial screening.
However, many dental practitioners still prefer using dental x-rays, intraoral scanners, and cameras for detecting dental caries due to their easy availability, low cost, and awareness. Thus, the presence of such alternatives is restraining the market growth. Furthermore, the high cost of detectors has led to their less penetration in the market, since it is unaffordable for individual practitioners or small-scale clinics. This factor also restrains the growth of the global dental caries detectors market.
North America is projected to dominate the global dental caries detectors market. This growth is expected to keep increasing in the near future. This is due to a growing geriatric population, a developed medical infrastructure, an established reimbursement policy, the presence of key market players, and advances in preventive and restorative dentistry. Domestic governments in the region value dental health and consider oral health to be an important aspect of overall care. The combination of all these factors will make North America the most promising, high-growth market in the forecast period.
Some of the prominent players operating in dental caries detectors market are Dentsply Sirona, DentLight Inc, Quantum Dental Technologies, Inc., Kavo Dental, Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., Air Techniques, Inc., Acteon Group, Centrix Inc., Ortek Therapeutics Inc., and AdDent, Inc. among others.