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The Growing Prevalence of Dental Diseases is Driving the Dental Materials Market

   June 7, 2023

Oral diseases are caused by various modifiable risk factors, including sugar consumption, tobacco use, alcohol use and poor hygiene. The surge in tobacco use and uptake of unhealthy food are expected to increase the incidence of oral diseases in the coming years.

According to the WHO, nearly 3.5 billion people worldwide have oral diseases, with caries of permanent teeth (2 billion people) being the most common. Globally, dental caries remains a major public health issue and is the fourth most expensive chronic disease in terms of treatment costs. It causes pain and infection and can eventually result in tooth loss if left untreated, negatively impacting a person’s general well-being and quality of life.

The prevalence of dental diseases is increasing in most developing countries with rapid urbanization and changing living conditions. Dental diseases are primarily caused by consuming food with high sugar content, high tobacco use, and alcohol consumption. For instance, a large section of the population in China suffers from serious caries and poor periodontal conditions. According to the 4th National Oral Health Epidemiology Survey, periodontal disease and dental caries are still major diseases in China. According to the State Council of China, sugar consumption is high in the country and is expected to reach 16.44 million metric tonnes by 2030.

The increasing prevalence of dental diseases, such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, dental trauma, cleft lips and palate, is increasing the demand for dental care. According to the American Dental Association, there were 201,117 practicing doctors in the U.S. in 2020, representing 60.7 dentists per 100,000. This number is expected to increase to 67.0 per 100,000 by 2040. As of July 2022, there were 98,604 registered dentists in Germany, out of which 72,589 were actively practicing, an increase of 20% compared to 2021. (Source: Expatica). As the number of practicing dentists is likely to increase, the number of dental hospitals and clinics is also expected to increase, offering opportunities for market growth.

The introduction and application of two significant concepts, biomimetics and biocompatibility, have set the stage for the future of the cosmetic dental industry. Factors contributing to the demand for cosmetic dentistry include the rise in the disposable income to spend on appearance, social media, celebrity influence, and technological advancements in cosmetic dentistry, such as CAD/CAM systems (Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing). CAD/CAM systems use 3-dimensional technology that significantly enhances the design and creation of dental restorations and dental prosthetics. As the science and technology of cosmetic dentistry keep improving, new procedures are constantly being developed that are safer and more reliable, more efficient, and cost-effective.

The rise of three-dimensional (3D) printing technology is improving the dentistry industry. This is due to CAD advancements and enhanced imaging techniques like cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These techniques plan and print dental and maxillofacial prostheses to restore and replace lost structures. Previously, dentistry was mainly influenced by the process of subtractive manufacturing, also known as milling. However, it could not reproduce the complex models as it did not consider the internal structures. Modern CAD software is available, which uses intricate algorithmic designs and artificial intelligence to help in the modeling of any object or tissue to reproduce it as required.

Additionally, the dental industry is witnessing several industrial and technology trends: the consolidation of dental practices, the rise of regenerative dentistry, increasing focus on patient experience, and advancements in resins. These trends are expected to lead to the adoption of dental treatments and restorative procedures, further driving the adoption of dental materials.

Thus, the growing dental disease prevalence and growth in digital dentistry drive the adoption of dental materials, positively impacting the market.

According to Meticulous Research®, the global dental materials market is projected to reach $8.4 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 6.1%.

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