Dental Digital X-Ray Market Size Estimated to Reach $6.4 Billion by 2026

Dental Digital X-ray Market
Increase in Dental Disorders Is Projected to Drive Dental Digital X-ray Market Growth.

The Dental Digital X-ray Market size is estimated to reach $6.4 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 10.8% during the forecast period 2021-2026. The digital radiography machine uses X-rays to capture detailed images of the teeth and gums to identify any dental issues such as cavities, tooth decay, and impacted teeth. The common types of dental digital X-rays include Intraoral X-rays, Extraoral X-rays, and Hybrid X-rays. Apart from dental technology applications, dental digital X-rays are also used for forensic and cosmetic purposes. Unlike traditional radiographic imaging methods where the sensors are connected to a film, digital X-ray sensors are connected to a computer. This allows the system to generate more clear and accurate images. Rising demand for cosmetic dentistry is driving the market during the forecast period. However, high equipment costs act as a key challenge for the dental digital X-ray industry.

Dental Digital X-ray Market Segment Analysis-By Type

Based on Type, the Dental Digital X-ray Market is segmented into Intraoral X-rays, Extraoral X-rays, and Hybrid X-rays. The Intraoral X-Ray segment is anticipated to have the largest share of the market in 2020 and is poised to dominate the market during the forecast period 2021-2026. Intraoral X-rays are the most commonly used owing to their ability to provide detailed images of teeth and thereby, identify potential associated dental and jawbone diseases. Moreover, they can also be used to monitor the status of developing teeth. Extraoral X-rays primarily focus on the skull and jaw. Extraoral radiographs are done to detect impact teeth, identify issues with the temporomandibular joint, and monitor the overall jaw development. The intraoral X-ray segment is also anticipated to grow the fastest at a CAGR of 11.4% during the forecast period.

Dental Digital X-ray Market Segment Analysis-By Modality

The Dental Digital X-ray Market based on Modality can be further segmented into Portable X-ray Systems and Stationary X-ray Systems. The Stationary X-ray Systems segment accounted for the largest share of the market in 2020. This is attributed to the fact that Stationary X-rays have the ability to generate higher image quality than portable radiographs. This higher image detail enables medical professionals to make better image interpretations and take appropriate clinical action. Furthermore, the low cost of stationary X-ray Systems is further driving the demand for this segment, especially in developing regions. The portable X-ray segment is also anticipated to witness significant growth during the forecast period with a CAGR of 11.6% owing to their increasing use in monitoring patients in nursing homes, intensive care units, homeless shelters, and prisons, as it may not be possible for these patients to visit a dental hospital or clinic for non-emergency purposes.

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Dental Digital X-ray Market Segment Analysis-By Geography

The Dental Digital X-ray Market based on Geography can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Rest of the World. The North American segment is projected to dominate the Dental Digital X-ray market during the forecast period 2021-2026 with a market share of 37% owing to the presence of highly developed healthcare infrastructure, high patient awareness levels regarding the importance of dental health, and a surge in dental cosmetic procedures in North America. Moreover, the presence of key industry players such as Danaher Corporation, Carestream Health, Dentsply Sirona, Midmark Corporation, and Air Techniques in the region ensures lower costs, higher innovation, and more options for the end-user industries. The Asia Pacific region is predicted to register the fastest growth owing to the increase in disposable income and growth of dental disorders in the region.

Dental Digital X-ray Market Drivers

Increase in Dental Disorders is Projected to Drive Market Growth

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), around 26% of the US population suffers from untreated tooth decay. 46% of all the adults above the age of 30 have some signs of gum disease and around 9% of these adults suffer from severe gum disease. Furthermore, the rise in lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity are causing a surge in oral disorders as they are major risk factors. Around 39% of the global adult population is overweight and 9.8% suffer from diabetes. This is also increasing the use of dental implants orthodontics and prosthetics, where digital X-ray plays a crucial role.

The rise in Cosmetic Dental Procedures is Anticipated to Boost Product Demand

The growing rate of cosmetic dental procedures is boosting the demand for dental digital x-ray systems. Cosmetic dentistry is a procedure that helps enhance the appearance of teeth, gums, and bites. This helps augment dental features such as color, position, shape, size, and alignment. Moreover, cosmetic dental procedures can also aid in restoring the teeth. For instance, dental fillings can be used to treat tooth decay. More than 92% of the adults in the US between the ages of 20 and 64 have dental caries in their permanent teeth. Furthermore, adults in this age group have an average of 3.28 decayed or missing permanent teeth and 13.65 decayed and missing permanent surfaces. This is anticipated to further drive the market for cosmetic dental procedures and thereby, generate demand for digital dental X-ray systems.

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Dental Digital X-ray Market Challenges

The High Cost of Dental Digital X-ray systems is Anticipated to Hamper Market Growth

The high cost of Dental Digital X-ray systems necessary for monitoring and diagnostics is a major challenge to the demand generation, especially in low and middle-income countries. For instance, a pre-owned Carestream Kodak 9300 Premium 3D Cone Beam and Panoramic X-ray can cost up to $50,000. This is highly expensive for medical facilities in developing regions owing to the low public and private healthcare expenditure. The low expenditure results in a reduction of purchasing power of hospitals and clinics. For Instance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) database, in 2018 the annual per capita healthcare expenditure in South Africa and Bangladesh was only $525.9 and $41.9 respectively. This is extremely low compared to developed countries such as the US who spent around $10623.8 per capita for the same time period.

Covid-19 Pandemic and Subsequent Restrictions is Projected to Limit Growth Opportunities

The rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus and the increased cases of hospitalizations have led to hospitals diverting funds and manpower from other departments including the dental department. The low priority given to the department may lead to postponement or cancellation of planned orders for expensive digital dental X-ray devices as funds are being diverted for purchasing essential items such as PPE kits, medicines, hospital beds, ventilators, and oxygen. The cost of treating a single Covid-19 patient with ventilator support can exceed $88,000. This is projected to restrict the growth of the market. Moreover, the fear of contracting the virus from hospitals has resulted in the cancellation of prior dental appointments.

Dental Digital X-ray Market Industry Outlook:

Product launches, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and geographical expansions are key strategies adopted by players in the Dental Digital X-ray Market. The top 10 companies of the industry include:

2. Carestream Health
3.  Sirona Dental Systems
4. LED Digital
5.  Dentsply Sirena
8. Danaher Corporation
9.  Vatech Co Ltd
10. Midmark Corporation

Partnerships/Product Launches:

In September 2021, Athlos Oy announced that they received US FDA 510(k) acceptance for DC-Air, a new generation of intraoral X-ray imaging sensors that will pave the way for the future of X-ray imaging. The DC-Air is truly the first wireless intraoral sensor with Bluetooth and direct-conversion technology.

In November 2019, Carestream announced that they secured 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their Dual-Energy imaging technology, as well as the Focus 35C Detector with Image Suite Software. The Dual-Energy application- powered by Carestream’s Eclipse image-processing engine, can generate a soft-tissue-only image with the bone structures removed and a corresponding bone-only image.

Key Takeaways

Geographically, the North American Dental Digital X-ray market accounted for the largest share in 2020 owing to the region’s healthcare sector shifting from analog to digital systems in order to enhance image accuracy and clarity.

An increase in the cases of global dental diseases and conditions is anticipated to drive the market during the forecast period. However, poor reimbursement policies in the dental sector is a major challenge that can hamper market growth.

Detailed analysis on the Strength, Weaknesses, and Opportunities of the prominent players operating in the market will be provided in the Dental Digital X-ray Report. 

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