Insights into the Evolution and Innovations of the Dental Imaging Market

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Dental imaging is the act of capturing clear images of mouth structures, including teeth, gums, and jawbones, alongside the surrounding tissues through various imaging techniques. This method does not involve surgery and employs different devices such as intraoral cameras, computed tomography (CT) scanners, X-ray machines, and three-dimensional (3D) images.

It allows for timely restorative procedures and aids dentists in the early detection of cavities and tooth decay; it also aids in the planning of procedures like scaling, root planning, and the monitoring of gum disease. Its extensive use by oral surgeons helps them make preparations for dental implants, jaw surgeries as well as tooth extractions.

The development of teledentistry and remote consultations has made necessary the demand for advanced dental imaging systems that can be used in virtual dental visits and this is provided by the increasing income levels of people who want to use cosmetics in their teeth. Moreover, various dental imaging companies have now started embracing eco-friendly practices and emerging technologies for minimizing their environmental impact, consequently, catering to this increasing need for environmentally friendly measures.

Additionally, the dental imaging systems market has been expanding following the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI), which allows automatic image evaluation, disease diagnosis, and treatment planning to be performed. For instance, in February 2024, DEXIS™ introduced the DEXIS digital ecosystem, an AI-powered platform for digital implants that integrates advanced CBCT, intraoral scanning, diagnostics, and treatment planning. With the help of an integrated toolset, the ecosystem is intended to enable clinicians to oversee every stage of an implant case, from diagnosis to delivery. Moreover, other countries increasingly demand dental imaging services due to an increase in several dental implant services.

Global Adoption Trends

The demand for dental imaging systems is rising due to the increasing adoption of 3D imaging. Various methods are used by 3D imaging systems to take detailed pictures of the oral cavity, such as digital radiography and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). Their major application is the diagnosis, planning, and follow-up of different dental conditions by oral surgeons and dentists, including but not limited to orthodontic problems, dental trauma, periodontal disease, and tooth decay. For instance, in February 2024, the CS 8200 3D Access 4-in-1 imaging system was released by Carestream Dental. In a single unit, the system provides 3D object scanning, 2D panoramic and cone-beam computed tomography imaging, and optional cephalometric imaging. It produces images at 75 μm and offers up to six selectable fields of view, ranging from 4 x 4 cm to 10 x 10 cm.

Dental Imaging Use Case

Intraoral is a vital diagnostic tool for a variety of dental conditions because it gives dentists an unobstructed view of the interior workings of the mouth. Since intraoral images are so close to the area of interest, they also provide exceptionally accurate diagnostics by enabling dentists to take detailed pictures of individual teeth, soft tissues, and any anomalies or problems within the oral cavity. In addition, intraoral cameras help dentists record how a patient’s condition develops over time, which facilitates tracking changes and treatment efficacy. Moreover, high-quality images are produced with minimal radiation exposure through the use of intraoral imaging techniques like digital radiography and digital sensors. For instance, in January 2024, Align Technology, Inc. launched the iTero Lumina™ intraoral scanner, which has a 3X wider field of record in a 50% smaller and 45% lighter wand, resulting in faster scanning speed, greater precision, better visualization, and a more comfortable scanning experience.

Moreover, the need for dental imaging in implantology is also rising as by using imaging technologies, implantologists can evaluate early in the treatment process the stability of the implant, the health of the bone, and any potential complications. Preventive measures need to be taken to make sure that implant-supported restorations stay for long and are dependable to build satisfaction and confidence among patients. In addition, implant specialists create personalized abutments for implants and prosthetic restorations due to the computer-assisted design and automated manufacturing (CAD/CAM) systems. It is important that the accurate planning and fabrication of these restorations are dependent upon precise imaging data.

Market Dynamics and Drivers

The main factors driving the market growth are the rising incidence of various gum and dental diseases as well as people’s growing awareness of the value of oral health. Additionally, enhancing the market outlook is the general public’s growing awareness of the advantages of early detection and prevention. An additional factor driving the demand for dental imaging is the increased focus on aesthetic improvements and cosmetic dentistry, which call for quick, high-quality image generation to help with treatment planning and the capacity for patients to see the results they have anticipated. Furthermore, there is a growing need for comprehensive assessments of patients’ dental anatomy due to the rise in people opting for veneers, orthodontics, and teeth whitening.

Moreover, due to factors like reduced salivary flow and changed eating habits, the aging population of the world is becoming more and more common. For instance, as per the Population Reference Bureau, the number of Americans 65 and older will rise by 47% to 82 million by 2050. This increases the risk of gum and dental diseases. The elderly require more extensive dental care because, among other things, their eating habits have changed, and their salivary flow has decreased, making them more vulnerable to tooth decay. Additionally, the market is growing as a result of the increased demand for restorative and replacement dentistry procedures. When planning procedures like bridges, dentures, and implants, dental imaging is often used.

Figure 1: Population aged 65 and older, in millions, 2022 to 2050*

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Source: Population Reference Bureau

Key Developments

  • In March 2024, Carestream Dental introduced Rx Manager as the newest addition to its Sensei Practice Management portfolio. Rx Manager is seamlessly integrated into dental practice management software by Carestream Dental, which recognizes that implementing new software can be intimidating. This creative solution offers a feature-rich feature set that goes well beyond basic electronic prescribing, along with an easy-to-follow adoption process. Rx Manager redefines patient care quality and efficiency with features like transparent medication pricing, instant alerts on drug interactions, and a comprehensive 10-year prescription history.
  • In March 2024, Planmeca Oy brought to Romexis a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool that helps streamline day-to-day operations in a dental office and facilitates even faster and easier working with patient images and treatment plans. New tools for 2D and 3D imaging that take advantage of artificial intelligence have been added to the software. The clinician always has the final say over decisions made, even though the tools use AI to generate proposals.
  • In September 2023, Align Technology unveiled X-ray insights, a technology that expedites X-ray evaluations, enhances digital treatment experiences, and improves patient communication. The Align™Oral Health Suite is a visually appealing digital interface that enhances dental consultations and increases treatment acceptability.

In conclusion, the dental imaging market presents significant opportunities for growth and innovation, driven by the increasing popularity of cosmetic dentistry. Moreover, the industry is poised to capitalize on technological advancements and innovations to meet the needs of a growing global demand for dental imaging market.


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