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Assessment of the US Digital Dental Solutions Market, Forecast to 2020

Assessment of the US Digital Dental Solutions Market, Forecast to 2020

Dental practices and dental laboratories in the US have recognized the importance of adopting digital dental solutions. Digital dental solutions continue to witness substantial growth and are expected to continue expansion as business models and significant value offerings continue to evolve in tandem with the fast-paced world of connected health. Digital dental solutions are also increasingly being utilized in diagnosis and restorative dentistry, especially in implant and oral treatment planning. Despite higher efficiency and clinical effectiveness, high cost of digital dental solutions has been one of the key market growth restraints, especially in the solo practices. Dental practices and laboratories are moving toward digitization of their practices to improve the workflow efficiency and increase the accuracy. This drives the demand for digital dental solutions such as CAD/CAM solutions and digital imaging systems. On their part, vendors are launching new devices scanners that will meet the needs of different types of dental practices and their workloads. Digital dental solutions also enable dental practices to decrease the turnaround time of devices manufactured in dental laboratories and improve diagnosis and impression accuracy while saving on the cost in the long term. The biggest challenge is the high cost of digital dental solutions compared to that of the existing solutions in the market. As more than 75% of all dental practices are solo practices, affordability becomes a key criterion for the adoption. Moreover, interoperability and software platforms of digital systems should be compatible with each other, thereby enabling dental practices and dental laboratories for smoother workflow. The high investment cost and capital expenditure involved in hardware procurement will continue to be the biggest challenge for adoption in the near term of 3-5 years. In terms of patient awareness, adoption of digital platform by patients for education and communication is growing rapidly. However, the adoption of digital technologies by dentists or dental professionals is slow compared to patients and public. The demand from patients is likely to push the dentists to adopt more digital technologies to reduce the waiting time and improve the current aesthetic options provided in the field of dentistry.

Research Highlights
The research service provides an overview of the digital dental solutions market in the US and provides a 4-year forecast from 2017 to 2020. The unique value of this study is that it provides insights gathered from more than 350 end users including dental practitioners and dental laboratory technicians. The segments include intraoral scanners, extraoral scanners, intraoral imaging, extraoral imaging, CAD/CAM Milling systems, and 3D printers.


  • Executive Summary
    • Executive Summary-The Growth of Digital Dentistry
    • Research Scope and Segmentation
  • Market Overview of the US Digital Dental Solutions
    • Average Annual Budget Spend for Dental Practices by Type
    • Market Size and Forecast in Dental Practices
    • Overview of Installed Base and Equipment Replacement
  • IO Scanner Market
    • Challenges for Adoption-IO Scanners Market
    • Dentists View on Buying Criteria for IO Scanners
    • Dentists View-Reasons for Not Adopting IO Scanner
    • IO Scanners Penetration by Dental Practices by Type
    • Solo Practices Penetration is Likely to Drive Sales in the Short Term
    • Utilization of Equipment Was Significantly High in Public Facilities as Against Private Facilities and Lowest in Solo Practices
    • Optical Scanners Are Most Adopted in Solo and Hospitals. The Hospitals and Solo Practices Are Likely to Be Driving the Replacement Market
    • Adoption Trends of IO Scanners by Practice Type
    • Digital Dental Solutions-IO Scanners Market Trends
      • Table IO Scanners Market: End-user Perspective on Vendor Penetration for Installed Base by Practice Type, US, 2016
      • Table IO Scanners Market: Market Share, New Units US, 2016
    • Market Share and Vendor Penetration of IO Scanners
    • Planmeca and Carestream Have Widespread Usage Across Applications in Comparison to Other Brands
  • Chairside Milling Systems Market
    • High Capital Investment and Maintenance Costs Continue to Remain the Main Barrier for Adoption
    • Only 27% of Respondents Who Do Not Have a Milling Equipment But Have an IO Scanner Are Planning to Buy the Milling System for Their Facilities
    • Dentists View on Buying Criteria for Chairside Milling Systems
    • Dentists View-Reasons for Not Adopting IO Scanner
    • Chairside Milling Systems Penetration by Dental Practices by Type
    • Group Practices and Solo Practices Likely to Drive New Unit Sales in Short Term
    • More Than 80% of the Solo Practices Believe in Peer Reviews of Brand and Operational Efficiencies Before Investing on Chairside Milling Equipment
    • Adoption Trends for Chairside Milling Systems by Application
    • End-user Perspective on Chairside Milling Trends by Practice Type
    • Comparison of Number of Procedures by IO Scanners and Number of Devices Manufactured by Chairside Milling Systems
    • Market Share and Vendor Penetration of Chairside Milling Systems
    • End-user Perspective on Brand Adoption Trends of Chairside Milling Systems
  • Digital IO Imaging Market
    • Complete Transition to Only Digital is Highly Unlikely in the Next 3 to 5 Years for IO Imaging
    • Overall 83% of the Practices Have Digital IO Imaging Equipment
    • New Units Growth is Driven by Transition of Analog System to Digital-A Trend That is Likely to Remain Stable Beyond 2020
    • Solo Practices Continue to Have Higher Utilization of Their Analog Equipment
    • Public Group Practices Were the Earliest Adopters of Digital Imaging and Have the Highest Utilization Per Digital Imaging Equipment
    • Market Share and Vendor Penetration of Digital IO Imaging Equipment
  • Digital EO Imaging Market
    • EO Market is Primarily Restrained by High Capital Investment and High Maintenance Cost
    • Nearly 53% of the Overall Practices Have Digital EO System
    • Replacement Market is Approximately 90% for EO Imaging Equipment
    • Only 23% of the Total Dental Facilities Are Completely Using Digital EO X-rays
    • Market Share and Vendor Penetration of Digital EO Imaging
  • EO Scanner Market
    • Functional Efficiency (Inability to Understand Patient's Oral Cavity)- A Major Deterrent for Adoption of EO Scanners
    • EO Scanners Penetration by Dental Practices by Type
    • EO Scanners is Predominantly Used in Private Group Practices
    • Adoption Trends for EO Scanners and Market Share
    • Market Share and Vendor Penetration of EO Scanners
  • 3D Printing Market
    • High Cost and Lack of Expertise Are the Major Roadblocks for Adoption of 3D Printers
    • 3D Printers Penetration by Dental Practices
    • 3D Printers Would Gain Higher Adoption in Bigger Dental Facilities and Hospitals in the Next 5 Years
    • Public Facilities Likely to Have the lowest Adoption of 3D Printers, as Operational Efficiency is Not of Paramount Importance in These Facilities
    • Market Share and Vendor Penetration of 3D Printers
  • Digital Dental Solutions Market in Dental Laboratories
    • Overall, Each Dental Laboratories Serve Nearly 50 to 80 Facilities in the US
    • Solo Laboratories Produce Higher Number of Devices Per Week in the US Than Other Types of Facilities
    • Dental Laboratory-Market Size and Forecasts
    • Penetration of EO Scanners in Dental Laboratories is 80%, and the Penetration is Expected to Reach 90% in the Next 2 to 3 Years
    • The EO Scanner Market is Highly Consolidated With Top 3 Brand Having 90% of the Market Share
    • Penetration of CAD/CAM Milling Systems in Dental Laboratories is 85% and Almost All Dental Laboratories Are Expected to Have CAD/CAM Milling Systems in Next 5 years
    • CAD/CAM Milling Market is Consolidated by Top Three Companies
    • Adoption of 3D Printers is Highest in the World with Approximately 20-30% of Dental Laboratories Across the Country Have a 3D Printer
    • Dental Industry is Expected to Remain the Biggest Market for 3D Printers in the Next 3 to 5 Years Among Other Medical Applications
    • The Complete Transformation to Digital is Likely to Happen in the Next 5 to 10 Years as only 30% of Practices Still Have Conventional Systems and They Are Likely to Be Replaced With Digital Systems
    • Shipment and Turnaround Time
    • Outsourcing to Other Countries is Expected to Decrease by 20 to 40% in the Next 2 to 3 Years in Dental Laboratories
  • Growth Opportunity
    • Growth Opportunity-Disruptive Applications and Collaboration and Partnerships
    • Strategic Imperatives
  • Conclusion
    • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions

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