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According to a new series of reports on the U.S. market for dental materials by iData Research, the market is projected to experience modest growth over the next several years, largely limited by the emergence of intraoral scanners. As digital impression scanners are becoming more popular and affordable, the need for dental impression and temporary restorative materials is dwindling. As a result, this trend will put short term pressure on both the prices and unit sales. However, the market has great potential for future growth and room for additional competitors, provided they serve a niche pocket of dentists with specialty products. The market displays high levels of investment in research and development for better, easy-to-use products in every segment, keeping dentists’ demand alive even in the face of rising prices.

“One major trend within the dental materials market is the continual improvement of delivery systems, which are tailored towards reducing material waste,” explains Dr. Kamran Zamanian, CEO of iData. “Investors should especially pay attention to composites, anesthetics and cements as the largest drivers of growth, whereas impression and temporary restorative materials will be in the process of decline over the foreseeable future.”

The direct restorative material segment is one of the fastest growing segments in the dental materials market as composites have been expanding due to strong demand for aesthetic restorations in the United States. This market growth can additionally be attributed to the fast replacement rate for amalgam, a less expensive, but less aesthetic material that has been used for over a century in dental restorations.

The dental materials market is largely controlled by three main holding groups: 3M ESPE, DENTSPLY Caulk and Kerr. In addition to their current dominance in the market, they are also very active with ongoing acquisitions to further secure their leading positions. The dominance of all three companies is largely due to having a presence in all segments of the dental materials market.

3M ESPE accentuates its reputation on the market by investing a heavily into improving the durability and longevity of its materials. Kerr has achieved its leading status by continually being the gold standard for amalgam materials. DENTSPLY Caulk/Pharmaceutical is the only major company to participate in all segments of the dental material market. Its strongest presence occurred in dental impressions and direct restoratives. With continued innovations, these competitors’ are expected to maintain their market share in the dental materials market over the next decade.

Additional competitors in the U.S. dental materials market include GC America, Ivoclar Vivadent, Septodont, Bisco, Kuraray, Voco, Carestream, Heraeus Kulzer, DMG, Coltène/Whaledent, Tokuyama, Ultradent, Pierrel Pharma, Shofu, Parkell, Pentron, DenMat and Cosmedent among others, as well as private labels which have maintained a significant presence in certain regions which reflects the cost-sensitivity of the customer base.

For Further Information
More on the dental materials market in the U.S. can be found in a series of reports published by iData Research entitled the U.S. Market Report Suite for Dental Materials. The suite covers reports on the following markets: dental cements, impression materials, direct and temporary restoratives, bonding agents, core build-up materials and anesthetic materials.

The iData report series on dental materials covers the U.S. and Europe including Germany, France, the United Kingdom (U.K.), Italy, Spain, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg), Scandinavia (Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway), Portugal, Austria and Switzerland. Reports provide a comprehensive analysis including units sold, procedure numbers, market value, forecasts, as well as detailed competitive market shares and analysis of major players’ success strategies in each market and segment. To find out more about dental materials market data or procedure data, register online or email us at [email protected] for a U.S. Market Report Suite for Dental Materials brochure and synopsis.

About iData Research
iData Research ( is an international market research and consulting group focused on providing market intelligence for medical device and pharmaceutical companies. iData covers research in: Dental Operatory Equipment, X-Ray Imaging, Vascular Access, Peripheral Vascular, Endoscopy, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Rhythm Management, Electrophysiology, Diagnostic Imaging, Operating Room Equipment, Surgical Microscopes, Robotics and Surgical Navigation, Oncology, Ultrasound, Laparoscopy, Urology, Gynecology, Spinal Implants and VCF, Spinal MIS, Orthopedic Soft Tissue Repair and Regeneration, Orthopedic Trauma, Large and Small Joints, Anesthesiology, Wound Management, Orthopedics, Ophthalmics and more.

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