Number of pages: 100-120 | Report Format: PDF | Published date: 25 July, 2022
Historical Years – 2018 & 2019 | Base Year – 2020 | Forecasted Years – 2021 to 2031
The global dental caries detectors market was pegged at ~US$ 285 million in 2021 and is expected to witness a CAGR of 9.2% during the forecast period.
Dental caries is the most commonly occurring dental condition, in which the tooth structure gets decayed. This decaying mostly starts due to various conditions like calcium deficiency or improper brushing leading to an attack of bacteria on the enamel and dentin of the tooth, hence forming the tooth cavity. It is necessary to detect these cavities, especially the ones within the proximities of teeth. Therefore, dental caries detectors play an important role in disclosing the location, size, and depth of carious lesions. These systems use minimally invasive technology either through lasers or transillumination or disclosing solutions or dental x-rays. They enable dental professionals to provide a proper treatment plan for the patient.
The increasing number of elderly people with oral conditions is one of the major factors boosting the growth of the caries detectors market. The increase in the prevalence of dental caries is one of the main drivers of the global dental caries detectors market. Technological evolution and investment in R&D on new devices are two reasons why the global dental caries detectors market is growing. Awareness of oral care and treatment is also helping to increase demand for dental caries detectors. Medical tourism involving dental treatment is growing, as are government initiatives to improve public oral health care. These factors are helping to boost the market growth.
However, the presence of alternative caries detecting methods like X-rays, liquid dye, and stains restrain the growth of the market. Also, the high cost of these detector devices is one of the challenges to market growth.
The global dental caries detectors market has been analyzed from three perspectives: type, end-user, and region.
Dental Caries Detectors Market by Type
The global dental caries detectors market has been subdivided into two types: fiber optic transillumination caries detectors, and laser fluorescent caries detectors. Laser fluorescent caries detector holds the largest share in the market because of the high precision offered by these devices. Laser fluorescence is a widely accepted caries detection method that has an accuracy of more than 90%. It is minimally invasive and compared to x-rays, it is less harmful to patients.
The fiber optic trans-illumination caries detector segment is expected to experience the highest growth over the forecast period due to its relatively new status as a caries detection technique. The development of near-infrared transillumination and digital imaging fiber optic transillumination has helped the market grow rapidly.
Dental Caries Detectors Market by End-User
The dental clinics segment dominates the largest revenue share of the caries detectors market, and this dominance is anticipated to continue over the forecast period. This is because of the increasing number of dental clinics and dental professionals in many developing and developed countries. These clinics have been equipped with advanced dental technologies, which make them more effective at treating patients. Additionally, they offer quick appointment booking and lower waiting times as compared to hospitals. Additionally, the establishment of many dental institutes and clinics and multitude of students in dental courses in the recent years are responsible for the rapid growth of this segment.
The hospitals segment is expected to experience significant growth over the forecast period as hospitals are the primary centers for the evaluation and diagnosis of a disease, and they offer more advanced treatment techniques.
Dental Caries Detectors Market by Region
The global dental caries detectors market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World, based on regions.
North America is projected to dominate the global dental caries detectors market. This dominance is expected to continue at a significant rate over the next few years. This is due to presence of a large geriatric pool, a developed medical infrastructure, an established reimbursement policy, the presence of key market players, and advances in preventive and restorative dentistry. Furthermore, according to the American Dental Association, 85% of people in the United States 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.
However, Asia Pacific is expected to grow at a faster rate in the forecast period. China, Japan, and India are emerging markets with rapidly evolving healthcare infrastructure and facilities. These countries are now more focused on leading in terms of R&D activities. Attributes like favorable government policies, investments by key players, and rising demand for these products are making way for the growth of the dental caries detectors market in Asia Pacific region.
Some of the prominent players operating in the dental caries detectors market are