Temporization in dentistry refers to the placement of temporary prosthetics in the patients mouth until the permanent crown, bridge or implant is ready to be planted. The large majority of temporary restoratives use composite resin and acrylic as their base material. Composites are biocompatible, aesthetically pleasing and quick to place in the intraoral cavity. However, they can exhibit surface hardness and are more expensive than acrylic products.
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.