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Report: Stand-alone intra-oral scanners market to see high demand

By Dental Tribune International
May 11, 2016

SAN JOSE, USA: As market research company Credence Research has reported, the global stand-alone intra-oral scanners market was valued at US$55.3 million in 2014 and is expected to grow at a 13.9 percent compound annual rate from 2015 to 2022. Owing to the technology’s many advantages, including digital impressions, easy handling, high accuracy and 3-D preview images, intra-oral scanning is becoming increasingly popular in dental practices and laboratories.

Despite its relatively recent introduction to dentistry, dental professionals have embraced intra-oral scanning as an alternative to conventional impression taking. According to Credence Research, stand-alone intra-oral scanners will become more advanced with a lightweight design, improved precision and even easier handling. Another key trend is that the technology will continue to be developed for both milling systems and 3-D printing. With increasingly less-expensive 3-D printers available on the market, intra-oral scanning and 3-D printing are expected to be used more closely together. Lease payment options and wider distribution networks will be additional factors for growth.

Intra-oral scanning enables dental practices to complete the digital impression in up to two visits. The technology is suitable for CAD/CAM of various dental restorations, such as complete and partial dentures, inlays, veneers, bridges and crowns. If the patient loses or breaks a dental appliance, digital files allow for replication and replacement within 24 hours. Before the advent of intra-oral scanning, the dentist had to take a preliminary impression, from which a custom tray would be created, and then take a secondary impression. A wax-based plate would then be made to measure the bite registration, midline and smile line. In the laboratory, the technician would place the teeth, perform the re-waxing and finally finish the dental models after the patient had visited the dental practice multiple times.

According to the report, market obstacles such as costs remain. An intra-oral scanning system usually consists of a scanner, system software and a monitor, resulting in relatively high initial acquisition costs. However, prices for the latest generations of intra-oral scanners, such as 3Shape’s TRIOS and Carestream’s CS 3600, have fallen considerably and these provide more accurate, faster and more detailed scanning. The report predicts that declining prices will lead to further market growth.

The report, titled "Standalone intraoral scanners market - Growth, share, opportunities and competitive analysis, 2015-2022", includes a market overview and competitive profiling of the leading stand-alone intra-oral scanner vendors with market positioning and key developments. It can be purchased at www.credenceresearch.com.

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