According to the World Health Organization, in 2012, dental caries was reported to be a major public health problem in most high-income countries such as the U.S. The disease affected 60% to 90% of school-age children and majority of adults in the country. Several high-income countries with established preventive programs demonstrate a systematic decline in dental caries in children and improved status in the adult population.

Dentistry in the U.S. is in a state of transformation, with increasing baby boomer generation having periodontal diseases. The health care delivery system is changing rapidly with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons found that 69% adults aged between 35 years and 44 years have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, failed root canal, or tooth decay. Three out of four persons in Canada visit a dental clinic; one of the highest rates among OECD countries. A study by the Montreal Economic Institute in 2013 indicated that private dental clinics are preferred to public clinics in Canada. Demand for private dental clinics is primarily driven by easy access, less waiting period, and better treatment offered to patients.

Europe is likely to be the largest market for dental laboratories in terms of revenue during the forecast period. However, Asia Pacific is anticipated to outperform Europe from 2015 to 2023. A report titled ‘The State of Oral Health in Europe’ published in 2012 indicated that over 50% of the population of Europe was suffering from some form of periodontal diseases, which were relatively higher among people aged 60 years and above. The British dental technician trade has declined sharply in the past few years as many practices outsource their lab work to overseas laboratories. Over 12,000 qualified dental technicians operated in the U.K. a decade ago. Currently, this figure is approximately 5,000 and is decreasing by 200 qualified technicians every year. Despite favorable government regulations, increasing geriatric population, and adequate reimbursement provisions, the number of dental laboratories has fallen due to high cost of dental products and demand fulfillment from Asia. According to, a dental laboratory technician group in Italy illustrated that in 2013, there were about 12,800 dental laboratories in Italy. From a legislative point of view, the work performed by dental laboratory technicians has undergone important changes primarily due to the emanation of several European Directives such as 93/42 (relative to medical devices), 85/374 (relative to the reasonability for damage by defective products), and 2001/95 (relative to general product safety), which enhanced and boosted dental laboratory based services in Italy.

Growth of the dental laboratories market in Asia Pacific is driven by emergence of dental tourism, and high number of laboratories established in the past five years. Moreover, advances in dental health care, increase in geriatric population, and rise in oral health awareness have increased demand for dental restoration. This has driven demand for dental implants in the past few years. Additionally, rise in disposable income is attributed to the total share of spending in health care services. People willingly spend a significant proportion of their income on dental hygiene in emerging countries. Asia Pacific has been assessed to be the fastest growing market for dental products in the next few years. This will drive performance and revenue outcome from laboratories. According to the Third National Oral Health Epidemic Investigation Report published in 2008, tooth loss in China affected every third person aged between 35 years and 44 years and around one in ten people aged between 65 years and 74 years. The number of people wearing partial and full denture is increasing at a substantial rate every year, depicting growing need of dental laboratories in the near future.

Rest of the World (RoW) comprises Latin America and Middle East & Africa. Health care provision in Africa is challenged by the burden of poverty and underdevelopment, with 80% of the population falling into the lowest socioeconomic category. Lack of financial and technical resources, shortage of health personnel, and insufficient primary health care delivery make it hard for most of the population of Africa to access basic health service.

Key players operating and profiled in this market include 3M Health Care, Danaher Corporation, Dentcare Dental Lab, Henry Schein, Inc., Institut Straumann AG, Keating Dental Arts, Modern Dental Laboratory Co., Ltd., National Dentex Corporation, Patterson Companies, Inc., Shofu, Inc., Sirona Dental Systems, and Yenadent Ltd. Sti.

Oral health is essential to one’s quality of life and the focus on oral hygiene has increased of late owing to the growing prevalence of oral diseases and conditions, such as cavities, periodontal disease, oral cancer, oral bacterial, fungal, or viral infections, and oro-dental trauma. As indicated by the World Health Organization, public health solutions for oral diseases need to work in tandem with national public health programs to be most effective. As a result, countries around the world are focusing on setting up dental laboratories to offer quality treatment and solutions. Dental laboratories are focused on the manufacture of various dental prostheses to support the protection and/or straightening of teeth. The different dental prostheses include dentures, veneers, crowns, and other orthodontic appliances. 

The global market for dental laboratories offers a comprehensive overview of the many trends that define its performance worldwide. It presents an analytical assessment of the factors driving the growth of the dental laboratories market and those acting as impediments in its trajectory. The current and projected growth of the various regional segments has been presented in the report with the help of various qualitative as well a quantitative tools. 

Global Dental Laboratories Market: Drivers and Restraints 

The worldwide market for dental laboratories is set to expand at a moderate yet steady pace during the forecast period, amounting to an estimated US$20 bn by 2023. This can be attributed to a host of factors, such as growing awareness about oral health, the rise in dental procedures to restore or replace teeth, an upsurge in the incidence of dental deformations, and increasing demand for cosmetic dentistry. The advent of technologically advanced techniques such as computer aided manufacturing and computer aided design have supported the global market. There is major untapped potential in the dental laboratories market and the ongoing trend of automation and digitalization is sure to have a positive impact on its growth. On the down side, however, the market is likely to be hampered by the dearth of skilled technicians, limited affordability of patients in several developing countries, and subpar healthcare infrastructure in many regions. 

Global Dental Laboratories Market: Regional Outlook 

By way of geography, the global dental laboratories market can be fragmented into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Rest of the World. Europe and North America both account for a major share in the dental laboratories market and are expected to hold on to their lead position in the years to come as well. The number of oral healthcare centers and initiatives have been on the rise in these regions owing to growing awareness among the people regarding oral hygiene, greater education regarding the various advanced dental procedures presently available, the availability of well-equipped dental laboratories, and increased focus on providing patients quality treatment. 

Asia Pacific is also expected to register strong growth through 2024, presenting a host of lucrative opportunities for players in the dental laboratories market. This can be attributed to the growth of dental tourism in a number of APAC countries and the resulting demand for dental equipment and consumables. In addition to this, the Asia Pacific dental laboratories market is fueled by improving awareness about oral health, rising disposable income of the consumers, and improving healthcare infrastructure.

Companies mentioned in the report 

Patterson Companies Inc., Modern Dental Laboratory Co. Ltd., Sirona Dental Systems, Shofu Inc., 3M Health Care, Danaher Corp., Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc., National Dentex Corp., Yenadent Ltd. Sti., Institut Straumann AG, Dentcare Dental Lab, Henry Schein Inc., and Keating Dental Arts are few of the leading players in the dental laboratories market. These players are looking to gain a larger share in the global market by focusing on product innovation, greater precision, and better patient services. With dental procedures and laboratories evolving at a rapid pace in most developed countries, companies have to step up their game in order to counter the intense competition. 

Major regions analyzed under this research report are:

  • Europe
  • North America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World 

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