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Composite dental filling material, despite being more costly, has become the European dental filling of choice. The aesthetically pleasing nature of the material caters to growing trends towards cosmetic dentistry. The composite market, as a whole, has been gaining momentum, and will continue to do so as composite serves as the most viable alternative to amalgam dental fillings.
“Composites represented the largest portion of the European direct restorative market in 2014, valued at over €400 million,” explains Dr. Kamran Zamanian, CEO of iData. “Growth in the overall direct restorative market has been driven by the rising popularity of composite resin materials as the preferred substance for fillings sold across dental clinics in Europe.”
Other key findings from the 2014 edition of the iData Research report entitled European Markets for Dental Materials:
- Demographic Factors: Older generations are likely to return to the dentist to have an older, fractured filling replaced. As Europe’s aging population increases, the number of dental restorations necessary is set to grow. Europeans are also visiting the dentist to have their amalgam fillings replaced by composite resin. Consequently, demand for restoratives is set to rise.
- Less Invasive Trends: The trend towards less invasive treatments aligns with the trends towards composite resin and direct restorative treatments. Comparatively, the traditional amalgam fillings require a more invasive procedure; a greater portion of natural tooth is lost.
- Leading Competitors: 3M ESPE clearly has maintained dominance over the direct restorative market across Europe, by a wide margin. The company’s composite product lines are the largest contributors to their success. Their historical presence and wide-spread brand recognition reinforces their prominent position. Other prominent competitors include GC Europe, Heraeus Kulzer, DENTSPLY, and Kuraray.
For Further Information
More on the dental materials market in Europe can be found in the 2014 edition report published by iData entitled European Markets for Dental Materials, which covers 15 European countries, as well as market sub-segments for dental cements, dental impression materials, direct restorative materials, dental bonding agents, dental core build-up materials, dental anesthetics, and dental material procedures.
The iData series on the market for dental materials also covers the United States. Full 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.