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The global dental CAD/CAM market was valued at USD 2.36 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow from USD 2.72 billion in 2022 to USD 4.94 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 8.9% during the forecast period. Based on our analysis, the global market had exhibited a decline of -10.5% in 2020 as compared to 2019. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and staggering, with dental CAD/CAM experiencing lower-than-anticipated demand across all regions compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Dental CAD/CAM system uses computer-aided design and manufacturing to improve the creation of dental restorations, such as crowns bridges, veneers, inlays & onlays, fixed dental, and prostheses such as dental implants, among others. The growing prevalence of dental disorders, increasing awareness about the latest technologies for accurate designing of dental prosthesis, growing disposable incomes, and increasing adoption of the chair-side dental CAD/CAM systems are some of the leading factors poised to drive the global dental CAD/CAM market growth.
Postponement of Elective Dental Procedures amid Pandemic Have Negatively Impacted Global Market
The emergence of COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the growth of dental CAD/CAM market. Many market players reported huge decline in their revenues for CAD/CAM scanners and visualization software in 2020. The decline in the revenues was attributed to decreased demand for intraoral scanners and related software due to cessation of all routine and non-essential dental procedures globally. For instance, according to the data by NHS, the number of adults seeking routine dental services in England in March 2020 was approximately 2.4 million which decreased to 0.3 million in April 2020 owing to lockdown restrictions.
Also according to several research studies, it was observed that majority of the dentists avoided close proximity to patients while performing intraoral scanning with CAD/CAM scanner during the pandemic. Hence, subsequently resulting in limited demand and adoption of the devices in 2020. Market players have witnessed considerable decline in revenues during 2019 and 2020 from the sales of equipment and consumables related to dental segment. Dentsply Sirona, among the leading players in the dental market witnessed a decline of around -16.5% in the revenues generated from its ‘dental technology and equipment products’ segment in 2020, as compared to 2019.
However, lifting of lockdown restrictions and stay home orders in many countries, along with implementation of several safety measures for dental treatments and advancement in the CAD/CAM technology, has been instrumental for significant growth during 2021 and is further anticipated to drive the growth of the market during the forecast period. This is also evident in the revenues generated by leading players during 2021 through sales of dental equipment include CAD/CAM equipment. Dentsply Sirona registered a growth of approximately 40% in revenues generated till Q3 2021, as compared to Q3 2020.
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Chair-side CAD/CAM systems are trending for a few years in the Rising Adoption of Chair-side CAD/CAM Systems to Boost Market due to the proven evidence of effective and accurate restoration designing associated with the use of these systems. These systems provide unique benefits such as better patient comfort, reduced procedure time, along with improved quality. They also offer a competitive advantage to dentists by helping them provide digital services at a faster pace. Thus, more dentists are adopting chair-side CAD/CAM systems, driving the market growth in the forecast period.
Increasing Importance of Cosmetic Dentistry to Drive Demand for Digital Equipment
Rise in the disposable income and increasing beauty standard are majorly contributing towards the propelling demand of cosmetic dentistry. This is further increasing the demand for CAD/CAM systems globally. For instance, according to West Hollywood Holistic Dental Care around 15 million people gone through bridge or crown placement procedure in the U.S. in 2020. Also, According to the estimations of the American College of Prosthodontists, approximately 2.3 million of implant supported crowns are manufactured in the U.S. annually.
Thus, the significant rise in the patient pool opting for a wide range of aesthetic dentistry is leading to rise in the demand for precise intraoral scanners to decrease the scanning time. As a result of this, majority of the healthcare professionals are opting for advanced CAD/CAM scanner and associated instruments. The above factors, along with the introduction of advanced intraoral scanners by major players operating in the market is resulting in higher adoption rate of these devices and is further expected to boost the market growth during the forecast period.
High Cost of Dental CAD CAM System to Restrict Market Growth in Emerging Countries
CAD/CAM is one notable advancement in the dental industry in terms of accuracy and efficiency. However, the initial cost of software and equipment is high. Due to this reason, numerous dental clinics and laboratories in developing countries, such as India, China, and Brazil, are still struggling to get access to this advanced dental equipment. For instance, according to an article published by All3DP, the average selling price of a complete CAD/CAM system ranges in between USD 90,000.0 to USD 112,000.0 including cost of CAD/CAM scanner, milling machine and associated software.
Additionally, cosmetic and dental procedures lack favorable reimbursement policies. Dental procedures are not regarded as essential by government agencies and insurance companies, and hence reimbursement policies are not readily available for dentistry. These aforementioned factors are projected to restrict the market growth during the forecast period.
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Software Segment to Grow at a Remarkable CAGR Fueled by the Growing Importance of User-friendly Software
Equipment dominated the global market in 2021. The increasing demand for digital dentistry is one of the prime reasons for the dominance of the segment. CAD/CAM systems enables the workflow of digital veneering and automates the process of production and quality standardizations of dental restorations. Additionally, the increasing incidence of dental caries, increasing elderly population, and growing concern of people regarding their oral health are also contributing towards the segment’s growth.
On the other hand, the software segment is anticipated to grow at a higher growth rate during the forecast period. This is attributable to the increasing investment by key players in the research and development of premium software with better features for the CAD/CAM systems. For instance, in November 2020, Planmeca USA, a leading dental CAD/CAM equipment company, announced the launch of Planmeca PlanCAD premium design software for creating dental prosthetics.
Chair-side Dental CAD/CAM Systems to Dominate during the Forecast Period Owing to its High Demand
Based on type, the market is divided into chair-side and laboratory CAD/CAM systems. The market is dominated by chair-side segment in 2021. Distinct advantages and operational benefits offered by the chair-side systems including better patient comfort, reduced time of the procedure, and improved quality, have been pivotal in higher preference of healthcare providers towards these systems.
The laboratory systems segment is also anticipated to register moderate CAGR owing to the rising preference toward this type of systems in both developed and developing countries.
Dental Hospitals and Clinics to Hold Maximum Portion of the Global Market
In terms of end user, this market is categorized into dental hospitals and clinics, dental laboratories, and others. The dental hospitals and clinics segment held the leading share in 2020. Higher number of dentists working in dental service organizations, and solo practices in hospitals and clinics, and consolidation of dental clinics in developed countries is fueling the demand for these systems in dental hospitals and clinics. Increased purchasing power, and growing demand for digital dentistry in these settings is driving the growth of the segment.
The dental laboratories segment, on the other hand, is projected to witness a slower growth rate during the forecast period owing to the growing preference for dental hospitals and clinics among patients.
North America Dental CAD/CAM Market Size, 2020 (USD billion)
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The market size of North America stood at USD 0.87 billion in 2020. Growing digitalization in the dental field, strong presence of major market players, and favorable reimbursement policies are the factors responsible for the market growth in the region.
Europe is projected to be the second-largest region in terms of market share and revenue. This is attributable to factors such as the continuously growing geriatric population which are prone towards dental disorders and availability of favorable insurance coverage for dental restoration in few European countries such as Germany, France and others. For instance, according to data published by ottonova, dental checkups, filling, implants and other services are covered by medicare for up to 100.0% in Germany depending on the treatment and patient age.
The market in Asia Pacific is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. Increasing initiatives by the government and other private organizations for raising awareness of oral health is one of the major reasons for the significant growth of this region. This along with increasing number of dental clinics, and consolidation among these settings in countries such as China, India, and Japan, is poised to drive the adoption of technologically advanced digital dentistry solutions including CAD/ CAM equipment in the region.
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The market in Latin America and Middle East & Africa will continue to grow at a significant growth rate owing to the growing medical tourism and increasing healthcare spending in the region. This coupled with introduction of advanced systems by market players through strong distribution network in Brazil, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and other countries, is anticipated to further augment the growth of the market.
Broad Product Portfolios and Wide Range of Premium CAD/CAM Software by Key Players to Spur Competition
The market is highly fragmented with few major players, including Dentsply Sirona, Align Technology, Inc., and Institut Straumann AG accounting for major proportion of global market in 2021. These players are constantly focusing on their inorganic growth strategies including partnership and acquisition of other players in order to expand its brand presence along with the customer base globally. Few other prominent market players such as 3Shape A/S are focusing on upgrading existing CAD/CAM software in order to gain popularity and fulfill unmet needs of the customers. For instance, in December 2021, 3Shape A/S introduced 3Shape Dental System 2021.2 globally to offer a smooth workflow by adding features like real-time communications, auto case status update timeline and others.
Other market players, such as Axsys Dental Solutions, PLANMECA OY, Medit Corp., YENADENT through their penetration in various emerging regions and a strong focus on R&D for new product launches, are expected to establish their footprints in the global market.
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The dental CAD/CAM market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market segments and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, products, types, and end users. Besides this, it offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the developed market over recent years.
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Fortune Business Insights says that the global market stood at USD 2.36 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 4.94 billion by 2029.
In 2022, the market is estimated to reach USD 2.72 billion.
The market will exhibit steady growth at a CAGR of 8.9% during the forecast period (2022-2029).
By product, the equipment segment is leading the market.
The increasing prevalence of dental disorders, growing awareness about aesthetic dentistry, rising geriatric population, and significant technological advancements are the key drivers for the market growth.
Align Technology, Inc., Dentsply Sirona, Institut Straumann AG are the top players in the market.
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