The combined digital dentistry device market was valued at approximately $68 million. The overall digital dentistry market will exhibit strong growth over the forecast period at a CAGR of approximately 13%. Growth of the CAD/CAM systems market largely stems from the expanding intraoral scanner space, which will experience a high increase in unit sales. The
Inlays and onlays are referred to as partial crowns because they are only used when tooth damage is not severe enough to warrant crown restoration. They are the least prevalent form of dental prosthetic in the United States.
Veneers are very thin shells of restorative material that are made from porcelain or composite resin. They are bonded to the surface of the damaged tooth to repair or improve aesthetics. Veneers can be placed on teeth with minimal preparation and drilling compared to other prosthetics procedures, as well as minimal or no local anesthetic.
The denture teeth market represents individual artificial teeth that are used in manufacturing dentures. On average, 14 denture teeth are recruited for a full denture whereas 5.7 denture teeth will be integrated into a partial denture. However, individual cases may vary. It may be useful to note that the total denture teeth market also encompasses teeth used in implant-based overdentures.
Crowns and bridges are custom-designed hardware made from metal alloys and/or ceramic materials to restore tooth structure and are the most common prosthetic device used in dentistry. A bridge consists of multiple crowns and at least one pontic, which is a tooth-like device held in place by adjacent crowns.
Computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) blocks and pucks are materials that are used for producing prosthetics including crowns, bridges, inlay/onlays and veneers. The blocks are manufactured specifically for use in CAD/CAM milling systems. The number of prosthetics generated per block depends on the prosthesis. Originally, blocks were intended to either produce a single unit or a three-unit bridge. In order to make the most out of the blocks, dental labs began to mill three units out of a three-unit bridge block. As such, a variety of block sizes and even pucks emerged onto the market. Typically, one block is used for one crown unit but this may vary on a case-to-case basis. Larger discs, on the other hand, are capable of generating multiple crowns and bridges per unit.