Europe Market Report for Surgical Guides 2017 - MedCore
A fairly recent addition to the implant market is the production of surgical guides. Surgical guides have emerged along with treatment planning software and are becoming increasingly common. Surgical guides are designed via 3D imaging of the patient’s dental anatomy and allow for dentists to plan the ideal implant placement and angulation. After a guide is fabricated, it is then placed in the patient’s mouth as a physical template to ensure the implant is placed correctly.Treatment planning software manufacturers can fabricate surgical guides in several ways. The most prevalent system is rapid prototyping manufacturing, which requires a three-dimensional printer system that uses a laser to build up the material to construct the surgical guide. An industrial five-axis CNC milling machine can also be adopted for the fabrication of surgical guides. As well, CAD/CAM systems are increasingly utilized for the construction of a surgical guide. Surgical guides can be attached to the bone, tooth or soft tissue. Depending on how the treatment plan was created, the dentists or a third party company may order the surgical guides to be fabricated by the treatment planning software manufacturers.
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 surgical guide market represents the fastest growing segment in the overall European market for dental implants. Purchases of surgical guides typically correspond to dental clinics utilizing treatment planning software, but this is not always the case. Numerous dental labs that offer surgical guide production, also offer guide design services, making the purchase of a treatment planning software unnecessary. Dentists use computer guided surgery in one of two ways to assist them in the proper placement of implants: they either use treatment planning software exclusively or use the software along with a surgical guide. Due to the added cost of manufacturing a surgical guide, only a fraction of all dental implant procedures involve this tool. The market for surgical guides is expected to grow faster than the market for treatment planning software as more dental laboratories and doctors with treatment planning software choose to use the guides.
Surgical guides are generally priced in accordance to the number of implant sites per surgery. If multiple teeth are being operated on, the unit price of the surgical guide is discounted and this in turn negatively affects the ASP level. Throughout Europe, the ASP of surgical guides is experiencing a decline. Technology and production of surgical guides is growing to be more common knowledge and as a result, a growing number of competitors have entered the market. This has led to pricing pressures, which have resulted in the ASP decline. Additionally, in order to motivate dental professionals to adopting its use for a wider number of cases, the pricing of surgical guides has decreased over the years. The ASP of the surgical guide market is expected to continue to steadily decline over the forecast period.