The Global Digital Impression Market, By Type (Standalone (Plug & Play Intraoral Scanner), Mobile / Portable System (Intraoral Scanner, Tablet / Screens, Cart)), By Compatibility (Third Party Compatible, Integrated) and by Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, APAC and Middle East & Africa) - Global Forecast to 2027”, is expected grow at a CAGR of 18.4 % during the forecast period (2019-2027), as highlighted in a report published by Coherent Market Insights.


Accurate impressions are crucial in the fabrication of dental restorations and fixed dental prostheses. Previously, elastomeric impression material was used though they used to an unpleasant experiences to patients. Digital impression system is an innovative technology that enables dentists to create a virtual, computer-generated replica of the hard and soft tissues in the mouth by using optical scanning devices and lasers. Digital impression system captures highly accurate and clear impression data in a very short span of time. Moreover, digital impression is highly sophisticated and cutting-edge technology and is relatively more comfortable than conventional methods. Apart from comfort, it offers less chair time, improved images, reduced errors, no need for distasteful impression, etc. are some other benefits of digital impression system.

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 Driver

Growing focus on treatment efficiency in terms of accuracy and patient comfort is expected to boost the global digital impression system market growth during the forecast period

Digital impression has reduced the time taken for tooth impressions. Digital impression system ensures that scanning procedure is completed in around only 5 minutes, depending upon the patient's anatomy, patient compliance, operator’s level of experience, and whether the targeted scan is a quadrant or full arch. Currently, digital impression systems are used for low error tolerance areas typically for multi-unit restorations, long-span bridges, and full-arch dentistry, with high accuracy. The technology allows operator to eliminate an unwanted part from the file and rescan the data by segments. For instance, Planmeca Oy offers PlanScan, an intraoral integrated scanner that can be connected to the laptop for convenience. PlanScan, when used with Planmeca Oy PlanCAD Easy design tool, enables the operators at labs or dentists to modify the shape and look of the design. Hence, increasing benefits offered by digital impression technology are expected to support the global digital impression system market growth in the near future.

Market Opportunity

Growing acceptance of mobile/tablet-related scanners by oral surgeons and orthodontists is expected to provide major business opportunities

Oral surgeons and orthodontists are increasingly adopting mobile/tablet-operated intraoral scanners. These scanners are easy to use and handle at any place with optical wands. For instance, in October 2016, 3M introduced a rechargeable tablet-based mobile intraoral scanner for clinicians and patients to use in their everyday lives, which allows clinicians mobility between operatories without power cords and carts. The instrument helps to visually communicate patients and hold informed discussions with the system, which can be placed right away into the hands of patients. This also allows patients to have radical digital imagining of their oral anatomy, and get a better understanding of the suggested treatments.

Market Restraint

Technical difficulties related costs of scanners and software solutions are expected to hinder the global digital impression system market growth over the forecast period

Currently available digital impression systems are based on open software architecture, which allows dentists to scan tooth impressions in the form of a scanned image output their data in .stl format for restoration and further processing. However, this facility is offered at an additional cost of around US$ 20 for each transfer. Moreover, the laboratories charge additional fees to accept the scanned images. 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 major issues regarding communication with the 3,000+ Ceramill milling units. This, in turn, is expected to hamper the market growth over the forecast period. For instance, Amann Girrbach AG, a laboratory equipment manufacturer, installed 3,000+ Ceramill milling units.

Market Trends

  1. Asia Pacific Trend

The integrated software industry is one of the fastest-growing segments in the Asia Pacific digital impression system market. This is owing to the entry of new key players in the region. Furthermore, growing adoption of an intraoral scanner in Asia Pacific is expected to boost the demand for digital impression system over the forecast period.

  1. Middle East & Africa Trend

Middle East & Africa digital impression system market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period, owing to increasing number of dental and clinic in the region. Moreover, increasing the use of intraoral scanner and reducing adoption of conventional impression methods are other factors expected to boost growth of the regional market.

  1. South America Trend

Rapid urbanization and increasing number of dental clinics in Argentina and Brazil are expected to drive the South America digital impression system market growth over the forecast period. In Brazil, digital impression system is increasing popularity and is expected to increase significant market share during the forecast period.

Competitive Section

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 Developments

  1. Major companies in the market are focused on product launches, in order to gain competitive edge in the market. For instance, in April 2018, Align Technology, Inc. introduced two new intraoral scanners iTero Element 2 and iTero Element Flex.
  2. Key players in the market are involved in agreements and contracts, in order to enhance the market presence. For instance, in November 2017, Glidewell Laboratories entered into agreement with Align Technology, Inc. to distribute the iTero Elementintraoral scanning system in North America.


Market Taxonomy:

  1. By Type
  • Standalone (Plug & Play Intraoral Scanner)
  • Mobile / Portable System (Intraoral Scanner, Tablet / Screens, Cart)
  1. By Compatibility
  • Third Party Compatible
  • Integrated
  1. By Region
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
  • South America


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