Digital impression is a technology used to produce three-dimensional (3D) images of the teeth and intraoral tissues. It creates high clarity scanned images that enable dentists to produce restorations quickly, thereby reducing the overall treatment time. Digital impression standalone scanners are utilized for the intraoral scanning of dentures, inlays, bridges, onlays, and orthodontic treatments.
The use of global digital impression standalone scanners market offers several advantages in dental applications. Their use also eliminates the tedious process of elastomeric impression needed for dental treatments. The use of digital impression standalone scanners also reduces the number of retakes needed for dental treatments such as restoration. Thus, the overall time for dental treatment is reduced considerably, increasing productivity in return. Moreover, the plummeting costs and adoption of advanced technology powder-free intraoral scanners will lead to increased demand for digital impression technology-based scanners. These factors are collectively driving the digital impression standalone scanners market.
However, factors such as insufficient technical expertise and initial investments are challenging the development of the digital impression standalone scanners market.
The global digital impression standalone scanners market was valued at US$54.4 mn in 2013. The market is expected to display a 17.1% CAGR from 2014 to 2020 to reach a valuation of US$178.9 mn by 2020.
Optical Wand Technology Scanners Dominated Market in 2013
The global market for digital impression standalone scanners is segmented on the basis of technology and geography. By technology, optical wand technology and confocal microscopic imaging are the segments of this market. In 2013, optical wand technology scanners held the larger share of the market; the price factor and compactness of these scanners are the reasons for the same.
On the other hand, confocal microscopic imaging technology scanners offer functional capabilities. These scanners offer powder-free scanning, which allows them to be moved freely during the procedure, without the need to keep a distance between the scanner and teeth. This will result in an increased market share of confocal microscopic imaging technology based scanners in the coming years.
Increasing Dental Care Concerns to Lead Growth of Asia Pacific Digital Impression Standalone Scanners Market
Geography-wise, the digital impression standalone scanners market is broadly divided into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Rest of the World (RoW). Of these, in 2013, Europe dominated the global market and held a share of 39.3%. The increased adoption of digital impression standalone scanners and their endorsement by dental experts are reasons for the growth of this regional market.
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Asia Pacific is expected to emerge as a significant market for digital impression standalone scanners. Japan will contribute substantially to the growth of this market due to the increasing consideration for dental care and an increasing geriatric population pool. Due to the economic growth and rising disposable incomes in China, India, and South Korea, these countries hold immense potential for the growth of the overall dental care market, which includes the digital impression standalone scanners market.
Some of the key companies that operate in the global digital impression standalone scanners market are Densys3D Ltd., 3M ESPE, Glidewell Laboratories, Align Technology Inc., Omco Corporation, Hint-Els GmbH, 3Shape A/S, Carestream Health Inc., Planmeca Oy, and Sirona Dental Systems Inc.