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Dental Caries Detectors Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Product Type (Laser Fluorescence Caries Detector, and Transillumination Caries Detector), By End User (Dental Clinics, and Hospitals & ASC’s), and Regional Forecast, 2021-2028

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The global dental caries detectors market size was USD 265.2 million in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 586.0 million in 2028, at a CAGR of 10.6% in the 2021-2028 period. The global impact of COVID-19 has been significant, with dental caries detectors witnessing a slightly negative impact on demand across all regions.

However, the slight decline in demand was compensated by the rise in penetration of these devices in existing dental clinics and hospitals globally, combined with demand from new dental clinics and hospitals in emerging and developed countries.

There has been an observed rise in the demand for advanced dental diagnostic tools to detect dental caries recently. Also, the increasing adoption of these detectors in clinics is fueling the market growth. Furthermore, the launch of innovative products in the market is anticipated to fuel demand for such devices. The increasing number of new product launches, coupled with the increasing penetration of these diagnostic devices in emerging markets, is expected to boost the global market's growth throughout the forecast period.

Declined Demand for Dental Caries Detectors to Impede Growth amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a slightly negative impact, with the global market witnessing a negative impact on demand combined with a positive growth due to new shipments at the same time. However, the number of dental visits declined in the initial period due to the various restrictions and government regulations.

This is responsible for the decline in the number of diagnostic procedures, which further led to the negative impact on demand for new detectors along with the replacement of existing units. The global dental caries detectors market witnessed a negative impact on the growth as the demand for these detectors hampered by the Covid-19 lockdown. However, the overall negative impact, especially in developed countries during covid-19, was compensated by the increasing penetration of advanced diagnostic devices and detectors in emerging countries and the rising number of dental caries replacements in developed regions.


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Technological Advancements in Dental Diagnostic Devices to Lead to Market Growth

One of the most critical trends witnessed in the global market is the introduction of technologically advanced products. Conventionally, diagnosis of dental caries has been performed using visual methods and x-ray imaging. However, traditional methods have their own limitations in identifying dental caries accurately and in time.

This has created an unmet need for technologically advanced diagnostic devices for the efficient diagnosis of dental caries. Key players have identified the unmet needs of dental professionals and have strengthened their R&D programs to develop innovative products to provide effective and quick diagnosis of this diseases, based on laser fluorescence and trans-illumination technology. For instance, In May 2019, Air Techniques, Inc. launched the ScanX Classic View system in the market. It is an advanced digital radiography system capable of capturing intraoral and extraoral images.


Increasing Prevalence of Dental Caries to Drive the Demand for Advanced Diagnostic Devices

One of the major drivers influencing the market growth is the increasing prevalence of dental diseases. The growing prevalence of dental diseases in the general population due to the factors such as poor dental hygiene, lack of awareness towards oral health, and sedentary lifestyle. Dental caries is affecting many people across the world, which is anticipated to support the growth of the market in the near future.

According to the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, dental caries' prevalence varies from 49% to 83% across different countries. Similarly, according to the report published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the prevalence of total and untreated dental caries among youth aged 2–19 years was 45.8% in the U.S.

This increasing prevalence of dental diseases presents a large patient pool requiring dental diagnosis, which is driving the demand for dental caries detectors during the forecast period.

Growing Number of Dental Practitioners to Aid Market Growth

One of the critical factors driving the market growth during the forecast period is the growing number of dental practitioners and dental clinics. According to the report published by the American dental association, there were around 182,000 dental clinics in the U.S., and more than 16,000 dental clinics were present in Canada in 2020.  Similarly, as per the Office for National Statistics, around 12,000 dental clinics were active in the U.K in the year 2017.

The rising number of dental clinics is expected to upsurge the demand for dental equipment, including caries detectors, in the near future. The increasing number of dental practitioners is also influencing the market growth. According to the report published by Indian Dental Association, the number of dental practitioners in India increased from 180,000 in 2012 to 300,000 in 2020. The growing number of dentists in emerging countries like India and China provides favorable conditions for the dental caries detectors market growth.


Availability of Alternative Procedures to Hinder Market Growth

One of the major factors restraining the market's growth is the availability of alternative procedures for diagnosing dental caries. Currently, x-ray imaging, intraoral scanners, and cameras are preferred by dental practitioners over dental caries detectors due to various factors, including easy availability, low cost, and product awareness. The awareness regarding advanced sensors is common in emerging countries such as China, India, and Brazil.

Additionally, the high cost of these devices has led to lower penetration in the market. For instance, KaVo dental's Diagnodent costs around USD 4,000 in the U.S. Similarly, DEXIS CariVu costs nearly USD 5,000 in the U.S., which makes it unaffordable for small-scale clinics and individual practitioners. Hence, these factors are expected to restrain the market growth in the forecast period.


By Product Type Analysis

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Laser Fluorescence Caries Detector Segment to Grow at Faster Pace during 2021-2028

Based on product type, the market is segmented into laser fluorescence caries detector and trans-illumination caries detector segments. The laser fluorescence caries detector segment accounted for the largest share of the market in 2020. The dominance is due to the introduction of technologically advanced detectors based on laser fluorescence technology.

Moreover, the brand presence and penetration of laser fluorescence-based detectors such as DIAGNOdent (KaVo Dental) are growing in developed countries such as the U.S., Japan, Germany, France, and Italy, which is anticipated to support the growth of the laser fluorescence caries detector segment during the forecast period.

The transillumination caries detector segment is anticipated to register a significant CAGR in the forecast period. This is primarily due to the high efficiency and sensitivity of transillumination caries detectors compared to the other products. DEXIS CariVu, LUMINDEXTM 3, Microlux Dental Caries Detection System, and DOE Transilluminator are some of the major transillumination technology brands available in the market.

By End User Analysis

Dental Clinics Segment Accounted for the Highest Market Share in 2020

Based on end-users, the market is segmented into dental clinics, and hospitals & ASC’s. The dental clinic's segment is projected to account for the largest market share during the forecast period. The growing association of dental practitioners with independent dental clinics leads to the increasing number of dental clinics in developing countries. This, along with the introduction of new devices is leading to higher demand for advanced detectors.

According to the data published by The United States Census Bureau, in the U.S. an estimated more than 85% of dentists are associated with dental clinics. There is a similar situation in the U.K., Germany, France, and other European countries.

The hospitals & ASC’s accounted for a lower share and significant growth rate during the forecast period due to the gradual rise in the number of hospitals with dental specialty, compliance with healthcare payers, and multispecialty dentists' availability in the hospitals.


North America Dental Caries Detectors Market Size, 2020(USD Million)

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Based on region, the global market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World. The market size in North America stood at USD 118.6 million in 2020. Major factors driving the growth of the North American market are higher adoption of the technologically advanced diagnostic devices, growing prevalence of dental caries, rising awareness among healthcare providers towards advanced devices available in the market, and an increasing number of dental clinics in the region. For instance, according to the American Dental Association, in the United States, more than 201,117 dentists were practicing in 2020. The growing number of dental practitioners in the U.S. is anticipated to encourage the adoption of innovative systems in dental practice, offering tremendous potential for adopting new systems in the region.

Europe held the second-largest dental caries detectors market share in terms of revenue in 2020. Higher awareness towards oral health, comparatively higher per capita healthcare expenditure in countries such as Germany, France, U.K., Italy, Spain, and Scandinavia region, and new product launches are expected to drive the demand for detectors market in Europe. For instance, according to ATLAS Dental, approximately USD 88 billion were spent on dental treatment across the European Union in 2018. Additionally, the rest of Europe region held significant market share in the market owing to the increasing awareness about dental health in the region.

The Asia Pacific is expected to record a significant CAGR during the forecast period owing to the increased awareness about innovative products among healthcare providers leading to higher adoption of these devices in dental clinics. This is further augmented by the rising awareness among the general population for oral health, and a growing number of people undergoing early diagnosis in countries such as China, India, Australia, Japan, and southeast region.

There is limited adoption of dental caries detectors in countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, etc., owing to limited awareness among healthcare providers regarding innovative devices, and lower per capita healthcare expenditure. This is pivotal for a comparatively lower share of the rest of the world in the global market.


Robust Product Portfolio of Prominent Companies to lead Market Dominance

The market is characterized by the presence of leading global and regional players, and the entry of domestic players with innovative portfolios of devices such as carried detector with high resolution intraoral cameras. KaVo Dental, Air Techniques Inc., and ACTEON Group are among the leading players in the market, with diverse product offerings, strong brand presence, and established distribution channels.

These players are focusing on the consolidation of the market through a strong focus on inorganic growth strategies, mergers, and partnerships at the global and regional market. For instance, in August 2019, KaVo Dental announced a partnership agreement with DKSH to distribute KaVo Dental’s products in Thailand. However, their leadership in the market is challenged by the emergence of domestic players in the market, with cost-effective devices, catering to smaller geographical pockets of the global market.


  • KaVo Dental (Brea, California, U.S.)

  • ACTEON Group (Mérignac, France)

  • Dentsply Sirona. (Pennsylvania, U.S.)

  • Quantum Dental Technologies Inc. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

  • DentLight Inc. (Plano, Texas, U.S.)

  • Air Techniques Inc. (New York, U.S.)

  • AdDent, Inc. (Danbury, Connecticut, U.S.)

  • Other Players


  • February 2018 –KaVo Dental announced a distribution agreement with Benco Dental for distribution of imaging products of the company, including PerfectSize intraoral sensor, the CariVu caries detector, the DEXcam 4HD intraoral camera, and DEXIS Imaging Suite software

  • October 2016– Air Techniques, Inc. launched CamX Triton HD, with an interchangeable head system that provides intraoral imaging and carries diagnosis features in the same device. This device will improve the clinical workflow and communication.


An Infographic Representation of Dental Caries Detectors Market

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The global dental caries detectors market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market. It focuses on key aspects such as disease burden – by key region, healthcare overview – selective countries, COVID-19 impact on the market, industry trends – emerging markets to drive growth, competitive landscape, and key mergers, acquisitions & partnerships. Besides this, the report offers insights into the market trends and highlights vital industry dynamics. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the global market in recent years.

Report Scope & Segmentation



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  Value (USD Million)


By Product Type

  • Laser Fluorescence Caries Detector

  • Trans illumination Caries Detector

By End User

  • Dental Clinics

  • Hospitals & ASC’s


By Geography

  • North America

  • Europe

  • Asia Pacific

  • Rest of World

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 265.2 million in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 586.0 million by 2028.

In 2020, the North America market size stood at USD 118.6 million.

Growing at a CAGR of 10.6%, the market will exhibit steady growth during the forecast period (2021-2028).

Laser fluorescence caries detector segment is expected to be the leading segment in market for dental caries during the forecast period.

Increasing prevalence of dental diseases & growing awareness about dental health, and technological advancements in dental caries detectors & growing number of dental clinics are major factors driving the market's growth.

KaVo Dental, Air Techniques Inc., and ACTEON Group are some of the major players in the global market.

North America dominated the market in 2020.

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