Air Abrasion Unit Market – Global Industry Insights, Trends, Size, Share, Outlook, and Opportunity Analysis, 2017–2025

Air abrasion is the use of abrasive particles like aluminum oxide at a very high pressure to abrade and occasionally remove the dentin and enamel. Air abrasion is an expertise that was invigorated in the early 1990. Throughout its restoration, it was profoundly promoted coupled with expensive, canister like unity that were rolled into the treatment room as and when needed. However, supporters of this technology are very enthusiastic about the functionalities and the monetary gains it can bring to a practice. The functional aspects include being able to treat a variety of lesions in a way that is possibly gentler to the tooth than a high speed hand-piece and in many occasions, it does not require an injection. The Katter benefit people who tremble at the spiteful whirl of a high speed hand-piece or the feared ‘needle’. Therefore, the air abrasion unit offers a win-win situation for both the doctor and the patient. These factors are likely to boost the market for air abrasion unit in the coming years.

Air Abrasion Unit Market Taxonomy

On the basis of source of air pressure,

  • Integral Compressor
  • Portable Compressor
  • Compressed air tank
  • Airline to dental unit

On the basis of application,

  • Enamel Defects
  • Detection and removal of Caries
  • Surface Preparation
  • Removal of restorations
  • Local Anesthesia

Air abrasion unit with an integral compressor accounted for the maximum share of the market, by revenue, in 2016. These modules are very expensive and have consoles mounted on wheels for easier movement from one place to the other or between the treatment rooms. The other end of the unit plugged into the patients dental unit through a hand-piece or disconnect line that allows them to use the sir pressure from the central compressor. These models are typically hand-piece or countertop only types. Doctors save money by combining a portable compressor with a countertop model on a cart for smooth movement. Compressed gas, generally CO2 or nitrogen may be used to power these units.

Rising tooth caries and the increasing number of geriatric population will drive the overall air abrasion unit market

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in the age group of 2-17 the percentage of children with untreated dental caries was 17.5% in 2015. In 20-44 age bracket, the percentage grows to 27.4%. Additionally, the percentage of adults aged 18-64 who visited the dentist 2015 was 62% and people aged more than 65 years, the percentage was 62.4%. This percentage is likely to rise in the coming years and hence the demand for air abrasion unit is poised to rise in the coming years. Factors such as rise in smoking, low intake of fluoride rich food, and low adherence doctor prescribed twice a day brushing habits are likely to increase the number of patients suffering from tooth related problems.

The global air abrasion unit market is dominated by the North America region and the same is likely to grow at substantial rate during the forecast period. According to CDC, in 2015, a whopping 91% of the Americans over the age of 20 suffer/suffered from tooth cavities at some stage. According to a report published by American Dental Association, the number is likely to increase in the coming years and this in turn will boost the overall air abrasion unit market. Asia Pacific is likely to offer a promising growth opportunity to the air abrasion unit market. Rising geriatric population and increasing awareness about dental care coupled with increased healthcare spending are some of the reasons that will fuel the growth of the air abrasion unit market in their region thereby fuelling the overall market growth during the forecast period.

The nature of the global air abrasion unit market is highly consolidated with very few dominating players. The companies operating in the market focus on research and development to be relevant in the market. With technological advancements taking place at a steady rate, the market is projected to grow considerably in the near future. Some of the key players operating in the global air abrasion unit market are Danville, Velopex, DENTSPLY International, Groman, and Straumann.

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