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The global dental CAD/CAM market size was valued at USD 2.22 billion in 2022. The market is projected to grow from USD 2.64 billion in 2023 to USD 4.92 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 9.3% during the forecast period.
Dental CAD/CAM system uses computer-aided design to manufacture and improve the creation of dental restorations, such as crowns bridges, veneers, inlays & onlays, fixed dental, and prostheses, including dental implants, among others. The growing prevalence of dental diseases, increasing awareness about the latest technologies for accurately designing dental prostheses, growing disposable incomes, and rising adoption of chair-side dental CAD/CAM systems are the leading factors driving the global dental CAD/CAM market growth.
Postponement of Elective Dental Procedures amid Pandemic Hampered Market Growth
The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted this industry. Many market players reported a huge decline in their revenues for CAD/CAM scanners and visualization software in 2020. The revenue decline was attributed to decreased demand for intraoral scanners and related software due to the global cessation of all routine and non-essential dental procedures. For instance, according to the 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.
Several research studies observed that most dentists avoided proximity to patients while performing intraoral scanning with CAD/CAM scanners during the pandemic. This resulted in limited demand and adoption of the devices in 2020. Market players have witnessed a considerable decline in revenues during 2019 and 2020 from the sales of equipment and consumables related to the dental segment. Dentsply Sirona, one of the leading players in the dental market, witnessed a decline of around 13.7% in the revenues generated from its ‘CAD/CAM’ segment in 2020 compared to 2019.
However, the lifting of lockdown restrictions, stay-home orders in many countries, and implementing several safety measures for dental treatments normalized the market. Additionally, advancement in the CAD/CAM technology has been instrumental for significant growth during 2021 and is further anticipated to drive the growth of the global market during the forecast period. This is also evident in the revenues from leading players during 2021 through dental equipment sales, including CAD/CAM equipment. Dentsply Sirona registered a growth of 26.2% in CAD/CAM revenues generated in 2021, which was followed by a decline of 12.4% in 2022.
Rising Adoption of Chair-side CAD/CAM Systems to Drive Market Growth
Chair-side CAD/CAM systems have been trending for a few years due to the proven evidence of effective and accurate restoration design associated with these systems. These systems provide unique benefits such as better patient comfort, reduced procedure time, and 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 growth of the market over the forecast period.
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Increasing Importance of Cosmetic Dentistry to Surge Demand for Digital Equipment
Rise in disposable income and increasing beauty standards are majorly contributing to the growth of cosmetic dentistry. This is further increasing the demand for CAD/CAM systems globally. For instance, West Hollywood Holistic Dental Care states that around 15 million people underwent bridge or crown placement procedures in the U.S. in 2020. Also, according to the estimations of the American College of Prosthodontists, approximately 2.3 million implant-supported crowns are manufactured in the U.S. annually.
Thus, the significant rise in patient pool opting for a wide range of aesthetic dentistry is contributing to the demand for precise intraoral scanners to decrease the scanning time. As a result, most healthcare professionals opt for advanced CAD/CAM scanners and associated instruments. The above factors and the introduction of advanced intraoral scanners by major players operating in the market result in a higher adoption rate of these devices and are further expected to boost the global 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 regarding accuracy and efficiency. However, the initial cost of the 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 access advanced dental CAD/CAM systems. For instance, according to an article published by All3DP, the average selling price of a complete CAD/CAM system ranges between USD 90,000.0 to USD 112,000.0, including the cost of a CAD/CAM scanner, milling machine, and associated software.
Additionally, cosmetic and dental procedures lack favorable reimbursement policies. Government agencies and insurance companies do not consider dental procedures essential, so dentistry reimbursement policies are not readily available. These factors are projected to restrict the market growth during the forecast period.
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Equipment Segment to Dominate Fueled by the Growing Concern of Oral Health
By product, the market is segmented into equipment (milling machines, scanners, and others) and software.
The equipment segment dominated the global market in 2022. The increasing demand for digital dentistry is one of the prime reasons for the segment's dominance. Dental CAD/CAM systems enable the workflow of digital veneering and automate the production and quality standardizations of dental restorations. Additionally, the increasing incidence of dental caries, the increasing elderly population, and the growing concern of people regarding their oral health also contribute to the segment’s growth.
The software segment is anticipated to witness a higher growth rate during the forecast period. This is attributable to the increasing investment by key players in the research & development of premium software with better features for CAD/CAM systems. For instance, in July 2022, exocad GmbH, an Align Technology, Inc. company and a dental CAD/CAM software provider launched the DentalCAD 3.1 Rijeka, an advanced and next-generation CAD software for labs and full-service clinics.
Chair-side Dental CAD/CAM Systems to Dominate Owing to its High Demand for Chair-Side Systems
Based on type, the market is divided into chair-side and laboratory. The market was dominated by the chair-side segment in 2022. 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 the higher preference of healthcare providers toward these systems. Furthermore, the launch of various chair-side CAD/CAM systems is anticipated to boost the global market in the coming years.
For instance, in March 2023, PLANMECA OY launched a chairside milling machine, Planmeca PlanMill 35, integrated with dry and wet milling capabilities.
The laboratory segment is also anticipated to register a moderate CAGR due to the rising preference toward laboratory systems in developed and developing countries. In addition, the introduction of laboratory CAD/CAM systems is projected to increase their adoption in the forthcoming years.
For instance, in December 2022, PLANMECA OY launched Planmeca PlanMill 60 S, a dental milling unit specially designed to meet the needs of dental laboratories.
Rising Number of Dentists to Boost the Dental Hospitals & Clinics Segment Growth
Based on end-user, the market is segmented into dental hospitals & clinics, dental laboratories, and others. The dental hospitals & clinics segment held the leading market share in 2022. The increasing number of dentists working in dental service organizations, solo practices in hospitals and clinics, and consolidation of dental clinics in developed countries have fueled the purchasing power and growing demand for digital dentistry in these settings, driving the segment's growth.
The dental laboratories segment 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, 2022 (USD billion)
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The market size of North America stood at USD 0.82 billion in 2022. Growing digitalization in the dental field, strong presence of major market players, and favorable reimbursement policies are responsible for the market growth in the region.
Europe is projected to be the second-largest region in market share and revenue. This is attributable to factors such as the continuously growing geriatric population prone to dental disorders and the availability of favorable insurance coverage for dental restoration in a 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, based on the patient’s age and treatment.
The Asia Pacific market is estimated to witness a high growth rate during the forecast period. Increasing government initiatives and investments by other private organizations to raise awareness of oral health is one of the major factors driving the market growth in Asia Pacific. This, along with an increasing number of dental clinics and consolidation among these settings in 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 the Middle East & Africa will continue to grow significantly due to the growing medical tourism and increasing healthcare spending in the region. This, integrated with the introduction of advanced systems by market players through a strong distribution network in Brazil, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and other countries, is anticipated to augment the market growth of dental CAD/CAM.
Broad Product Portfolios and Wide Range of Premium CAD/CAM Software by Key Players to Spur Competition
The market is highly fragmented, with a few major players, including Dentsply Sirona, Align Technology, Inc., and Institut Straumann AG, accounting for majority of the global dental CAD/CAM market share in 2022. These players constantly focus on their inorganic growth strategies, including partnerships and acquisition of other players to expand their brand presence and global customer base. For instance, in March 2020, Align Technology, Inc. acquired the privately held exocad GmbH, a Germany-based CAD/CAM software company, for approximately USD 395.4 million.
Few other prominent market players, such as 3Shape A/S, are focusing on upgrading existing CAD/CAM software to gain popularity and fulfill customers' unmet needs. For instance, in December 2021, 3Shape A/S introduced 3Shape Dental System 2021 globally to offer a smooth workflow by adding features, such as real-time communications, auto case status update timeline, and others.
Other market players, such as Axsys Dental Solutions, PLANMECA OY, Medit Corp., and 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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CAGR of 9.3% from 2023-2030
Value (USD billion)
By Product, Type, End-user, and Geography
Fortune Business Insights says that the global market stood at USD 2.22 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 4.92 billion by 2030.
The market will exhibit steady growth at a CAGR of 9.3% during the forecast period (2023-2030).
By product, the equipment segment is leading the market.
The increasing prevalence of dental disorders, growing awareness of aesthetic dentistry, rising geriatric population, and significant technological advancements are the key drivers for market growth.
Align Technology, Inc., Dentsply Sirona, and Institut Straumann AG are the top players in the market.
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