Market Insight- Global Digital Impression System Market
A digital impression is a cutting-edge technology that allows dentists to create a virtual, computer-generated replica of the soft and hard tissues in the mouth with help of optical scanning devices and lasers. Digital impression system catches clear and highly precise impression data in a very short span of time. This is done without using conventional impression materials that are inconvenient and messy to use. Digital impression is highly sophisticated and easy technology and offers more comfort as traditional materials are avoided. After taking the impression, it is transferred to a computer and used to create restorations, often without using stone models. There are two types of digital impression systems available. Type one captures images as digital photographs, thereby providing dental laboratories and dentists with a series of images. Whereas the type two system captures images as digital video.
The global digital impression market was valued for US$ 3,506.3 Mn in 2019 is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 18.4% during the forecast period.
Market Dynamics- Drivers
- Growing adoption of digital impression technology in dentistry is expected to drive growth of the global digital impression system market during the forecast period
Digital impression technology has been crucial in the dental industry. Major manufacturers in the market are focused on research and development activities, in order to innovate novel products in the field of optics, digitization, and CAD/CAM. These devices allow dentists to capture a precise digital record of the visible intraoral soft and hard tissue components independent of labor-intensive elastomeric impression material. Previously used elastomeric impression material has frequently led to awful experiences for patients, making the entire process unpleasant. On the contrary, digital impression technology helps both patient and dentist to avoid the loss of time and money. Digital impression develops an accurate replica of the teeth. Digital impression systems offer intraoral digital impression capabilities, producing an instant 3-dimensional (3-D) replica of teeth. For instance, Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. offers the CEREC Connect portal, which allows a dentist to take a digital impression and transmit the data to a dental laboratory within Sirona’s network, which in turn makes it easy for the laboratory to create the dental restoration and return it to the dentist by/during the patient’s second visit.
- Ease of operation and enhanced profitability are expected to propel the global digital impression system market growth over the forecast period
For elastomeric impression, impression tray, impression material disinfection, alginate, tray adhesive, elastomeric impression material, and occlusal registration material are required. Furthermore, materials need a specific amount of time to set where the process creates toxic fumes. An elastomeric impression costs as much as US$ 40 per full arch. However, digital scanning costs less for dentists due to less material usage and more efficient workflow. Moreover, technological advancements have enabled manufacturers to produce handy and low-cost devices for digital impressions. Dentists and dental auxiliaries can easily learn to use these digital scanners in around two days with the help of manufacturer-guided training, provided as an added service with the purchase of the equipment. Thus, enhanced operation and profit are expected to propel the global digital impression system market growth in the near future.
Europe region dominated the global digital impression market in 2019, accounting for 34.5% share in terms of value, followed by North America, APAC, Latin America, Middle East and Africa respectively.
Source: Coherent Market Insights
Market Dynamics- Restraints
- Technical glitches and cost associated scanners are expected to restrain growth of the global digital impression system market during the forecast period
Digital impression systems currently present are based on open software architecture, which enables dentists to scan tooth impressions in the form of a scanned image output their data in .stl format for further processing. However, this facility is offered at an additional cost of around US$ 20 for each transfer. Furthermore, the laboratories that accept these scanned images pay the charge fee to manufacturers. In some of these digital impression systems, the data-file including the scanned image in the .stl format from a scanner may not effectively link its data to different lab-based milling units. Moreover, few companies in the market are facing difficulties to communicate with the 3,000+ Ceramill milling units. This, in turn, is expected to hamper the market growth over the forecast period.
- Growing need for high technical expertise is expected to hinder the global digital impression system market growth over the forecast period
High technical expertise is required for manufacturing of these types of systems. Although developed countries host major market players, lack of this expertise in emerging economies such as China and India are expected to hamper the market growth over the forecast period.
- Increasing adoption of mobile/tablet-based scanners can present lucrative growth opportunities
The demand for mobile/tablet-based intraoral scanners has increased due to growing adoption of the same by orthodontists and oral surgeons. These are easy to move and handle at any place with optical wands. For instance, in October 2016, the 3M Company launched a rechargeable tablet-based mobile intraoral scanner for clinicians and patients to use in their everyday lives, allowing mobility between operatories without carts or power cords. It helps to reduce space clutter and provides supplementary space for the assistant and clinician for movement in small spaces.
- High adoption of advanced technology in Asia Pacific is expected to provide major business opportunities
Digital impression technology enhances clinical accuracy and minimizes overall process time. On the contrary, conventional impression method leads to imperfections and inaccuracies and overall painful experience for patients. As a result of this, digital impression systems have started gaining traction in developed as well as emerging regions such as Asia Pacific. Moreover, rising concerns over dental care and treatment combined with increase in geriatric population and awareness of advanced dental imaging and treatment are expected to provide major business opportunities over the forecast period.
Source: Coherent Market Insights
- North America Trend
In North America, mobile and portable segment holds the dominant position and is expected to retain its dominance in the global digital impression system market over the forecast period. This is owing to flexibility and ease that digital impression machines provide to the dentist or clinician owners by facilitating 3D impression of restorative dentistry which is less painful thereby allowing increased patient throughput and boosting sales. Moreover, increasing adoption of intraoral scanner in the healthcare sector is expected to drive the North America digital impression system market growth over the forecast period.
- Europe Trend
Implementation of integrated compatibility is major emerging trend in Europe's digital impression system market. According to Coherent Market Insights’ analysis, integrated compatibility is expected to witness significant demand in 2025 as compared to 2015 from the U.K., Germany, and France. Furthermore, the trend is expected to drive the regional market growth in the near future.
In global digital impression market by training type, corporate sub segment dominated the global market in 2019, accounting for 56.2% share in terms of value.
Source: Coherent Market Insights
Value Chain Analysis
The prominent players in the digital impression system value chain include raw materials suppliers, OEMs (digital impression systems), digital impression scanner distributors, dental clinics/offices, laboratories, milling centers and patients. The value chain of the digital impression system market is original equipment manufacturer (OEM) centric. It is initiated by raw material suppliers, which encompasses all activities related to supplying raw materials and integrated circuits and chips.
Key players operating in the global digital impression system market are Densys3D Ltd, Sirona Dental Systems, Inc., 3M ESPE (The 3M Company), PLANMECA OY, 3Shape A/S, Ormco Corporation, ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC (intro), Glidewell Laboratories (IOS Technologies, Inc.), Carestream Health, Inc., and Dental Wings Inc.
- Key players in the market are focused on product launches, in order to expand the product portfolio. For instance, in February 2019, Dentsply Sirona, a subsidiary of Sirona Dental Systems Inc., launched Primescan, a new intraoral scanner to take digital impression of the entire jaw.
- Major market players are involved in product development, in order to gain competitive advantage in the market. For instance, in February 2019, 3Shape A/S introduced an intraoral scanner TRIOS 3 Basic with core scanning technology.