The full report suite on the U.S. market for dental lasers includes soft tissue dental lasers, all-tissue dental lasers and welding lasers. Dentists are typically hesitant towards adopting emerging trends in the industry. The older generation of dentists tends to be conservative in their practice. In addition, dentists are often unwilling to invest a large sum of money into new technologies, especially with minimal research articles and publications verifying their effectiveness. In the past, minimal scientific proof deterred dentists from purchasing capital equipment such as dental surgical lasers.
The European market for dental biomaterials includes dental bone graft substitutes, dental growth factors and dental barrier membranes. The level of development of the dental implant market within a given country highly dictates the corresponding size and growth of the DBGS market within that region. As the patient demand for dental implant procedures increases, the potential number of cases that require a bone grafting procedure also increases. This in turn generates demand for dental bone graft substitutes, barrier membranes and the dental growth factor product, Emdogain®.
Intraoperative pain control administered by the means of local anesthesia is an essential part of clinical practice in dentistry. Local anesthesia is induced so that the sensation of pain from the source of stimulation, such as a tooth or the periodontium (specialized tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth), is prevented from transmitting to the brain. The introduction of local anesthetics with the development of nerve blocking injection techniques uncovered a new era of patient comfort while permitting more extensive and invasive dental procedures.
Dental bonding agents function to bond a restorative onto a tooth so that it remains stable permanently. All direct resin restorations require bonding, and indirect restorations either require bonding or are candidates for bonding. As the demand for bonded aesthetic restorations has increased, the evolution of bonding agents has accelerated.
Dental cements are luting agents that predominantly serve to fill in gaps between restorations and the natural tooth. They are crucial for the precise positioning of dental restorations and to protect the pulp from discomfort and injuries. Typically, cements form a strong bond with enamel and dentin, ensuring the stability of metal and ceramic restorations in the patients mouth. Dentists utilize cements in a variety of dental applications, ranging from crowns and bridges, to inlays and onlays, to veneers and implants.
A core build-up is a restoration placed on a severely damaged tooth in order to restore the bulk of the coronal portion of the tooth. The core is defined to be part of the preparation of an indirect restoration consisting of restorative material. When fabricating crowns or bridges, it is often necessary to use a core material before preparation to reconstruct extensive sections of lost tooth caused by large carious lesions or previous dental treatment. It is suggested that the placement of a core is necessary when more than 50% of the coronal part of the tooth is missing.
Dental impression materials are used to take an imprint of hard and soft tissues in the intraoral cavity. The production of the mold requires placing viscous impression material in a patients mouth. This material later solidifies and produces a cast, which is sent to a dental laboratory. Typically, these solid tooth impressions serve to develop crowns, bridges and dentures.
Direct restorative materials are positioned directly onto a tooth and function to fill dental cavities, restore infected teeth and provide substance for root canal treatments. Dental caries have historically been considered to be the most important global oral disease. Currently, cavities remain a major public concern in high income countries, affecting 60 to 90% of school-aged children and the majority of adults. For this reason, the direct restorative material market has been, and continues to be, quite substantial, constituting the largest segment within the dental materials market. An increased demand for direct filling materials has been supported by changes in restorative techniques. The development of adhesive techniques saves sound tooth structure and is compatible with preventative measures. Preserving and stabilizing a tooths hard tissues by direct filling techniques is in favor over destructive preparations with indirect restorative materials.
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.
Dental welding lasers are used by dental technicians to assist in the manufacturing and repair of restorations containing metal alloy material including crowns, bridges, partial dentures and dental implants. Dental welding lasers operate by beaming a concentrated infrared light onto two pieces of metal alloy and heating them until they fuse together. Another application is to repair damaged dental restorations by beaming an infrared laser light directly onto a thin piece of dental wire until it melts into a ball, which can then be fused to the restoration to repair it. This technology increases the productivity of dental laboratories by reducing the time required to manufacture dental restorations. Likewise, it also increases the convenience to lab technicians when repairing damaged prosthetic devices. The laser fuses the metal alloys without disrupting surrounding materials such as plastic and acrylics in dentures, saving the time that it would have taken a technician to fix.
All-tissue lasers are systems that can be used on both soft and hard tissue in the intraoral cavity. These lasers have unique clinical characteristics that surpass conventional tools such as scalpel and drill, thus having the potential to decrease the use of such tools and to create a high-tech atmosphere around the dental chair. Minimally invasive equipment makes patients much more comfortable, increases the efficiency and therefore the return on investment for the dentist. Even though all-tissue lasers are fairly expensive investments for dentists, the short and long term benefits can quickly outweigh the initial expenditures, making them a valuable addition to dental practices.
Dental local anesthesia has a long history going back to the late 19th century. The first anesthetic used in American dentistry being nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. Even before that, cocaine was a drug used commonly to alleviate toothache in European countries such as Germany. The purpose of these measures was to prevent patients from feeling pain locally, for procedures such as tooth extraction. Today, similar, but safer, drugs are used to stop nerve endings from sensing pain, allowing the dentist to conduct painful procedures such as crown placements, root canals or gum disease treatment. Without local anesthesia, the contemporary focus on restorative work in dentistry could not have been possible.
Dental bonding agents are used to bond a restorative onto a tooth so it remains stable permanently. An ideal bonding agent must have several characteristics such as biocompatibility, high strength, and low microleakage. It is generally applied in conjunction with all direct composite restorations, indirect composite and ceramic inlays, onlays and veneers, and amalgam restorations. There are three primary components consisting bonding agents: the etchant, the primer and the adhesive. The etchant is used as a cleanser to prepare the surface of the tooth for the bonding process. The primer wets the tooth for the adhesive to stick better. The adhesive connects the primer to the actual restoration.
Dental cements are luting agents which are predominantly used to fill the gap between restorations and the natural tooth. They are crucial in the precise positioning of dental restorations and they protect the pulp from discomfort and injuries. Cements typically form a strong bond with enamel and dentin, ensuring the stability of metal and ceramic restorations in the patients mouth. They are also used in a variety of dental applications, ranging from crowns and bridges, to inlays, onlays and veneers, to implants.
The dental core build-up material market is a relatively small segment compared to restoratives or bonding agents because the core build-up step is not required at every indirect restoration procedure. A core build-up is a restoration placed on a severely damaged tooth in order to restore the bulk of the coronal portion of the tooth. The core is defined to be part of the preparation of an indirect restoration consisting of restorative material. The material is only necessary in cases where there is extensive damage done by tooth decay or after a root canal. Root canals tend to make teeth more susceptible to fractures. Therefore, positioning a crown after a root canal usually requires core build-up.
Dental impression materials are used to take an impression of the hard and the soft tissue in the intraoral cavity. They are then sent to the dental laboratory to be used in the production of prosthetics. In essence, they are an imprint of the teeth structure and the soft tissue surrounding it. The conventional method of taking an impression involves placing the material on the teeth to produce a cast. The type of material used in this process matters significantly, as it has to represent the actual teeth structure accurately and should remain stable until the production of the restoration.