Europe Market Report for Dental Impression Materials 2017 - MedCore
General Report Contents
Market Analyses include: Unit Sales, ASPs, Market Value & Growth Trends
Market Drivers & Limiters for each chapter segment
Competitive Analysis for each chapter segment
Section on recent mergers & acquisitions
The impression material market is composed of both preliminary and final impressions–specifically alginate, silicone and polyether based materials. Alginate impression materials produce the least reliable impression models relative to elastomer materials; however, the alginate market’s unit sales volume continues to be quite substantial. The explanation for this is twofold. Firstly, doctors find it valuable to create a preliminary model prior to producing a precision impression. Therefore, despite the inaccuracy of these materials, alginates constitute a sizable market volume. The use of alginate materials leave dentists more prone to errors during the impression-taking process. Consequently, the alginate impression must be performed several times before it suffices. Reproduction leads to wastage, which further adds to alginate volumes demand. Alginate materials are often regarded as a separate market from the other impression materials due to the large deviation in price and primarily preliminary indication. In addition, alginate materials are packaged strictly as a powder to be mixed with water. Packaging is measured in grams, which makes it difficult to compare in terms of volumes to other impression materials, which are typically quantifiable in terms of milliliters (ml). For this analysis, the sales volume and ASP of alginates are evaluated in terms of grams, while silicones and polyether materials are evaluated in terms of ml.
Dental impression materials are used to take an imprint of hard and soft tissues in the intraoral cavity. The production of the mold requires placing viscous impression material in a patient’s mouth. This material later solidifies and produces a cast, which is sent to a dental laboratory. Typically, these solid tooth impressions serve to develop crowns, bridges and dentures.