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With its inLab system, Sirona is one of the leading competitors in the Asia Pacific CAD/CAM market. (Photograph: Sirona Dental Systems)
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Increasing demand boosts dental CAD/CAM system market in Asia Pacific

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VANCOUVER, Canada: According to a recently published report on the Asia Pacific dental prosthetics market by iData Research, an international market research company, the emphasis on dental aesthetics in South Korea has increased over the past few years. This has resulted in continued market growth at a steady rate, driven by patient demand, as well as low procedural cost. Over the forecast period, the South Korean dental prosthetics and CAD/CAM market is projected to reach a value of nearly $4 billion (€3.6 billion).

The South Korean market has relied on traditional methods and materials for the fabrication of prostheses, like porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Consequently, there has been little investment in CAD/CAM systems compared with more developed markets, such as the US and parts of Europe.

“Due to the emphasis on dental aesthetics in South Korea, many CAD/CAM companies have seen a potential market and promoted their systems with substantial discounts,” explained Dr Kamran Zamanian, President and CEO of iData. “Therefore, the in-lab system market is approaching saturation, with a small percentage of dental labs remaining that can afford the systems.”

Prices for CAD/CAM systems and CAD/CAM blocks are expected to decrease gradually throughout the forecast period. As scanners and milling units become increasingly affordable, more dental laboratories and clinics will be able to invest in the technology. The increasing use of CAD/CAM systems in conjunction with decreasing block prices will drive growth in the CAD/CAM prosthetics market.

However, CAD/CAM block sales are contingent on CAD/CAM system unit sales and the current installed base. Whether dental laboratories and offices can afford to purchase a system is a limiting factor for the CAD/CAM block market. In addition to the initial investment costs of purchasing the equipment, there are associated maintenance fees and possible activation fees. Although prices for CAD/CAM systems have been on the decline, it is still a large investment, especially for smaller dental laboratories and clinics.

In 2014, Sirona Dental Systems was the market leader in the South Korean CAD/CAM system market with an over 50 per cent market share. Sirona’s success can be attributed to its pay-per-unit initiative with its inLab 3D CAD software product. The pay-per-unit option provides smaller laboratories with an affordable payment plan, as they would only be required to pay on a per-case basis. Larger laboratories with high throughput can purchase an unlimited-use version for an upfront price.

Other notable competitors in the South Korean market for dental prostheses and CAD/CAM devices include 3M ESPE, 3Shape, E4D Technologies, KaVo, DENTSPLY, Wieland, Nobel Biocare, Dentaim, Roland DG, Kuraray Noritake, Yenadent, Align Technology, Amann Girrbach, Dental Wings, GC Tech.Europe, imes-icore, Shining 3D, Straumann and Zfx among others.

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