The dental material market is composed of segments for dental cements, impression materials, direct restorative materials (composites, for example), bonding agents, core build-up materials and dental local anesthetics. The market for dental cements is segmented by cement durability, which includes permanent and temporary cements. Materials used in direct restorations can be segmented into three major categories: composites, amalgam and glass ionomer (GI) & resin-modified glass ionomer (RMGI). The dental bonding agent market is composed of total-etch, self-etch and universal-etch bonding agent segments. Dental core build up market includes composite and GI & RMGI core build-up material segments as well as a residual segment for other materials used in core procedures. Dental anesthetic market includes topical and the local injection segments.
The European market for dental materials includes dental cements, impression materials, direct restorative materials, bonding agents, core build-up materials and dental anesthetics. The aging European population is the most significant driver of the dental materials market. Baby boomers are projected to live longer than those of previous generations and are therefore more likely to invest in their oral health during the remainder of their lives. Consequently, the demand for dental materials will increase due to this generations need for more crowns, bridges and other restorations. Also, the popularity of tooth-colored restorations and minimally invasive treatments has increased tremendously in the past few years; these trends are expected to drive the demand for innovative and technologically advanced dental materials, resulting in higher average selling prices (ASPs) and market values.
The U.S. market for dental materials includes dental cements, impression materials, direct restoratives, temporary restoratives, bonding agents, core build-up materials and anesthetic materials. The overall U.S. dental material market is projected to experience modest growth over the forecast period, largely limited by the emergence of intraoral scanners. Although digitization is yet to become widespread, it has already impacted the dental material market, particularly towards impression and temporary restorative materials. As digital impression taking scanners are becoming more affordable and popular, the need for dental impression and temporary restorative materials is dwindling. Despite the gradual digitization of dental offices, this trend will still put short term pressure on both the prices and unit sales.