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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 (Solo Practices, DSO/Group Practices, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2023-2030

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The global dental caries detectors market size was valued at USD 299.2 million in 2022 and is projected to grow from USD 320.3 million in 2023 to USD 553.0 million by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 8.1% during the forecast period (2023-2030). North America accounted for a market value of USD 123.3 million in 2022. The increasing prevalence of oral diseases among children and the elderly population is a major factor driving the growth of the global market. In addition, evolving medical tourism for dental treatment and increasing government initiatives to promote oral health care are other factors projected to drive the global dental caries detectors market growth over the forecast period. 

Dental caries detectors are devices used by dentists for early examination of cavities. These devices use laser light to detect tiny teeth lesions without causing any radiation harm. It is a safe, pain-free, non-invasive, and sensitive device for detecting tooth decay.

For instance, in October 2022, the Canadian government invested in research activities to improve dental care in Canada. Recently, there has been a rise in the demand for advanced dental diagnostic tools to detect dental caries. Various new technologies have been developed to identify early signs of dental caries. Technologies, such as laser fluorescence, transillumination, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), light-emitting diode devices, alternating current impedance spectroscopy, photo-thermal radiometry, Fluorescence Cameras (FCs), and modulated luminescence technology are projected to create several growth opportunities for the market in the future.


Declined Number of Diagnostic Procedures Hampered Market Growth During COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic had a slightly negative impact on the global market owing to the shutdown of dental clinics and decline in patient visits. For instance, according to the data published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2020, approximately 198,000 active dentists and dental specialists shut down their business in the U.S. Moreover, the decline in dental equipment sales also hampered the global market growth in 2020. For instance, Henry Schein Inc. witnessed a decline of 7.8% in 2020 in its dental business revenue compared to the previous year. The decline was mainly attributed to disruptions in the global supply chains, which reduced the demand for dental products, such as dental caries detectors.

However, elective surgeries resumed in 2021 as the regulations imposed by governments across various countries were relaxed. This resulted in an increased patient volume in dental clinics and hospitals, which partially improved the sales of dental caries detectors across the globe. For instance, Henry Schein Inc. generated a revenue of USD 7,544 million in 2021 and witnessed an increase of 27.6% in its revenue compared to 2020. This growth in sales was mainly driven by the resumption in dental surgeries worldwide.


Technological Advancements in Dental Diagnostic Devices to Augment Market Growth

One of the most critical trends witnessed in the global market is the introduction of technologically advanced products. Conventionally, the diagnosis of dental caries has been performed using visual methods and X-ray imaging. However, traditional methods are limited in accurately identifying dental caries. This has created an unmet need for technologically advanced diagnostic devices to diagnose dental caries efficiently. Key players have identified dental professionals' unmet needs and strengthened their R&D programs to develop innovative products. These products are expected to provide effective and quick diagnosis of dental caries based on laser fluorescence and trans-illumination technologies. For instance, in May 2019, Air Techniques, Inc. launched the ScanX Classic View system in the market. It is an advanced digital radiography system that captures intraoral and extraoral images.

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

One major driver influencing the market growth is the increasing prevalence of dental diseases in the general population due to factors, such as poor dental hygiene, lack of awareness about oral health, and sedentary lifestyle. Dental caries is affecting many people globally, which is anticipated to support the market growth in the future. According to the data published by the WHO Global Oral Health Status Report in 2022, around 3.5 billion people are affected by oral diseases worldwide. In addition, nearly 2 billion people suffer from caries of permanent teeth, and 514 million children suffer from caries of primary teeth globally. The increasing prevalence of dental caries has created a large patient pool requiring dental diagnosis, which is projected to drive the demand for dental caries detectors in the forthcoming years.

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 clinics globally. For instance, according to data published by the American Dental Association in 2021, the number of dentists per capita in the U.S. is projected to grow by 10.4% between 2020 and 2040. This factor is expected to increase the demand for dental diagnostic equipment, including caries detectors, in the future. In addition, according to a report published by the 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, such as India and China will provide favorable conditions for the 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 rising product awareness. Awareness regarding advanced sensors is common in emerging countries, such as China, India, and Brazil.

Additionally, the high cost of these devices has decreased their 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 independent practitioners. Hence, these factors are expected to restrain the market growth during the forecast period.


By Product Type Analysis

Laser Fluorescence Caries Detector Segment Dominated the Market Owing to the Launch of Technologically Advanced Products

Based on product type, the market is segmented into laser fluorescence caries detector and transillumination caries detector. The laser fluorescence caries detector segment accounted for the largest share of the market in 2022. The segment’s 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. This scenario is anticipated to support the growth of this segment during the forecast period.

The transillumination caries detector segment is anticipated to register a moderate CAGR during the forecast period. The segment’s growth is mainly attributed to the high efficiency and sensitivity of transillumination caries detectors as compared to the other products.  DEXIS CariVu, LUMINDEXTM 3, Microlux Dental Caries Detection System, and DOE Transilluminator are some of the major transillumination technology-based brands available in the market.


By End-user Analysis

Solo Practices Segment Accounted for the Highest Dental Caries Detector Market Share in 2022 Attributed to Large Number of Dental Treatments

Based on end-user, the market is segmented into solo practices, DSO/group practices, and others. The solo practices segment accounted for the highest dental caries detectors market share in 2022 owing to a large number of dentists working independently. Furthermore, increasing number of patients undergoing dental treatment is projected to influence the segment’s growth in the future.

The DSO/group practices segment is projected to record the fastest CAGR over the forecast period of 2023-2030. The segment’s growth is mainly attributed to the increasing collaborations and partnerships between market players to meet the increasing demand for dental caries detectors and other products.


Based on region, the global market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World.

North America Dental Caries Detectors Market Size, 2022 (USD million)

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North America dominated the global market with a share of 41.20% in 2022. Major factors driving the growth of the North American market are higher adoption of technologically advanced diagnostic devices, growing prevalence of dental caries, rising awareness among healthcare providers regarding advanced devices available in the market, and increasing number of dental clinics in the region. For instance, according to the American Dental Association, in the U.S., more than 202,536 dentists were practicing in 2022. The growing number of dental practitioners in the U.S. is anticipated to encourage the adoption of innovative systems in dental procedures, offering tremendous potential for the market’s growth in the region.

Europe held the second-largest share of the market in 2022. Higher awareness of oral health, comparatively higher per capita healthcare expenditure, and new product launches are expected to boost the regional market growth. For instance, according to data published by the OECD Health Statistics in 2021, private dental spending per capita between 2008 and 2019 increased by 55% across European countries.

The Asia Pacific market 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. The regional market’s growth is further augmented by the rising awareness among the general population regarding oral health, and a growing number of people undergoing early diagnosis.

The Rest of the World holds a comparatively lower share of the global market. There is a limited adoption of dental caries detectors in countries, such as Brazil, Argentina, and Saudi Arabia owing to low awareness among healthcare providers regarding innovative devices and lower per capita healthcare expenditure.


Robust Product Portfolio of Prominent Companies to Help Them Dominate Market 

This market is characterized by the presence of leading global and regional players, and the entry of domestic companies with an innovative portfolio of devices. KaVo Dental, Air Techniques Inc., and ACTEON Group are among the leading players in the market with diverse product offerings, strong brand presence, and well-established distribution channels.

These players are focusing on consolidating their market positions through a strong focus on inorganic growth strategies, mergers, and partnerships at the regional and global levels. 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, with cost-effective devices catering to smaller geographical pockets of the global market.



  • November 2022 - Henry Schein One, Inc. announced a partnership with VideaHealth to launch a new Dentrix Detect AI- X-ray analysis tool. The tool is used to increase the accuracy of detecting caries and improve patient care.

  • May 2022 - Overjet, the leader in dental AI solutions for payers and providers, announced the U.S. FDA 510(k) clearance for Caries Assist, its AI-powered dental caries detection and outlining software for chairside assistance to enhance patient care.

  • April 2021 - GreenMark Biomedical Inc. received regulatory clearance from the U.S. FDA to market its LumiCare Caries Detection Rinse as a 510(k) Class II medical device.

  • May 2020 - Ortek Therapeutics, Inc. announced the official commercial launch of the Ortek-ECD in the U.S. The FDA cleared this breakthrough electronic early cavity detection system for professional use only.

  • February 2018 - KaVo Dental announced a distribution agreement with Benco Dental for the supply of imaging products of the company including the 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 was expected to improve the clinical workflow and communication.


An Infographic Representation of Dental Caries Detectors Market

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The research report provides a detailed analysis of the market. It focuses on key aspects, such as disease burden – by key region, healthcare overview of selective countries, COVID-19 impact on the market, industry trends in 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 developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the dental caries detectors market forecast in recent years.

Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Estimated Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period


Growth Rate

CAGR of 8.1% from 2023 to 2030


Value (USD million)


By Product, Distribution Channel, and Region

By Product Type

  • Laser Fluorescence Caries Detector

  • Trans illumination Caries Detector

By End-user

  • Solo Practices

  • DSO/ Group Practices

  • Others

By Region

  • North America (By Product Type, By End-user, By Country)

    • U.S.

    • Canada

  • Europe (By Product Type, By End-user, By Country/Sub-Region)

    • U.K.

    • Germany

    • France

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Scandinavia

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia Pacific (By Product Type, By End-user, By Country/Sub-Region)

    • Japan

    • China

    • India

    • Australia

    • Southeast Asia

    • Rest of Asia Pacific

  • Rest of the World


Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was valued at USD 299.2 million in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 553 million by 2030.

In 2022, the North America market size stood at USD 123.3 million.

Recording a CAGR of 8.1%, the market will exhibit steady growth during the forecast period of 2023-2030.

Laser fluorescence caries detector segment is the leading segment in this market.

Increasing prevalence of dental caries, growing awareness about dental health, technological advancements in dental caries detectors, and increasing number of dental clinics are the major factors driving the markets 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 2022.

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