Digital impression is a technology used to create three-dimensional (3D) image of intraoral tissues and teeth. Digital impression standalone scanners are used in intraoral scanning for various dental applications including dentures, bridges, inlays, onlays and orthodontic treatments. Advantages associated with digital impression technology over traditional method of impression are the factors driving the market growth. Digital impression standalone scanners eliminate the tedious and painful process of elastomeric impression used for dental applications. Additionally, digital impression standalone scanners reduce retakes required in dental applications such as restoration, thereby reducing the overall time and increasing productivity.
Digital impression technology offers easy and accurate scanning with minimum efforts for both the dentist and patient. This helps in reducing errors and repeated visits of patients to the dental clinic. Moreover, decreasing costs and development of advanced powder-free intraoral scanners are expected to significantly drive the digital impression standalone scanners market growth. With rising focus on patient comfort and treatment accuracy, dentists are expected to increasingly adopt these scanners. However, high technical expertise and initial investment are few factors constraining the growth of digital impression standalone scanners market in near term.
The market for digital impression standalone scanners is segmented based on technology as confocal microscopic imaging and optical wand technology. The scanners based on optical wand technology dominated the global digital impression standalone scanners market accounting for highest revenue share in 2013. This was mainly due to low cost and small size of these scanners. Moreover, introduction of advanced powder-free scanners based on optical wand technology is contributing to the market growth and the trend is likely to further fuel the growth of the market in near future. Due to these advantages, optical wand technology based intraoral scanners are expected to remain dominant throughout the forecast period. Confocal microscopic imaging technology based intraoral scanners offer powder-free scanning, which enables them to carry out the process without keeping any distance between teeth and scanner. However, due to high costs associated with these scanners, the market for these scanners is witnessing relatively slow growth.
In 2013, Europe held the largest market share and accounted for 39.3% of the global digital impression standalone scanners market. The growth was attributed to the early introduction and high adoption of digital impression standalone scanners in dental applications. This was majorly due to rising focus on elimination of error-prone traditional elastomeric impression techniques. High price of the digital impression standalone scanners is the prime factor for the reluctance toward its adoption by dentist in the Asia Pacific region. However, with declining prices of standalone scanners, Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing market for digital impression standalone scanners during the forecast period. Japan is among the highest contributors to the digital impression standalone scanners market owing to the aging population and rising concerns regarding dental care. Strong market growth potential from countries such as India, China and South Korea is expected to drive the digital impression standalone scanners market in Asia Pacific during the forecast period.
Digital impressioning is a technology that uses light emitting diode (LED), lasers or other optical sources to scan intraoral images. It provides three-dimensional (3D) scanned images with high clarity that enables dentists create restorations quickly thereby speeding up the overall treatment. It helps in eliminating the limitations such as multiple impressions and wastage of impression materials used in traditional impressioning. Moreover, digital impressioning is an eco-friendly process as it eliminates the need for disposable impression materials and plastic trays. Intraoral scanners help in cutting down the number of steps involved in impression as well as errors.
The digital impression standalone scanners market is segmented based on the technologies namely confocal microscopic imaging and optical wand technology. Digital impression standalone scanners are used in different dental applications including dental restoration and orthodontic treatments. Due to its high accuracy and ease of operation, intraoral scanners are expected to find wide applications in different dental treatments and diagnostics. The market is driven by the increasing need for digital equipment for easy and comfortable treatment experience. Digital impression standalone scanners market is mainly supported by countries such as the U.S., Germany and Japan. High initial costs required for installing the intraoral scanners is one of the most significant factors hindering the market growth. However, the intraoral scanners are expected to be widely adopted during the forecast period with declining prices and advancements such as powder-free scanning.
The research report on the digital impression standalone scanners market provides a detailed analysis of technology used in these scanners including confocal microscopic imaging and optical wand technology and helps in understanding driving forces behind the popularity of intraoral scanners in the dental industry. It also provides analysis of application segment of the digital impression standalone scanners market for the next six years. The report includes extensive analysis of the industry drivers, restraints, market trends and market structure. The market study provides comprehensive assessment of stakeholder strategies and imperatives for succeeding in the business. The report segregates digital impression standalone scanners market based on technology used in intraoral scanners and different geographic regions. The report includes a detailed analysis of the prevalent market situation, company profiles and industry trends for intraoral scanners used across different dental applications.
The detailed value chain analysis and porter’s five forces analysis helps the market competitors to formulate their business strategies at every stage of their business. Moreover, the market estimates have been analyzed by keeping in mind the several factors which affect the market including but not limited to technological, economical, social, environmental and legal.
The key players of digital impression standalone scanners market have been profiled with a focus on competitive details such as company and financial overview, business strategies, and their recent developments. The company profile of major players that have been incorporated in this report include as Sirona Dentals Systems, Inc., 3Shape A/S, Align Technology, Inc., 3M ESPE, Carestream Health, Inc., Densys3D Ltd., Hint-Els GmbH, Glidewell Laboratories, Ormco Corporation and Planmeca Oy.
The Digital Impression Standalone Scanners Market Segmentation:
Digital Impression Standalone Scanners Market, by Technology
- Confocal Microscopic Imaging
- Optical Wand Technology
Digital Impression Standalone Scanners Market, By Geography
- North America
- Rest of the World (Africa, Middle East and Latin America)