Dental Sterilization Market Overview
Effective and efficient infection control is essential to prevent cross-contamination for the safety of patients during dental procedures. Increasing focus on maintaining productivity while ensuring patient safety has empowered practices to develop contamination-free procedures, while realizing efficiencies and cost effectiveness. Increasing number of dental problems, surging awareness about infections caused due to repeated use of dental equipment without sterilization, and advancements in dental technologies and surgical procedures are some notable factors driving the global dental sterilization market.
On the basis of product, the dental sterilization market is classified into instruments, and consumables and accessories. The instruments category is further sub-categorized into sterilization equipment, and cleaning and disinfectant equipment. Sterilization equipment are of two types: high-temperature and low-temperature sterilizers. Steam autoclave is an example of high-temperature sterilizer equipment. Cleaning and disinfectant equipment are sub-categorized into washer disinfectants and ultrasonic cleaners. Although steam autoclave is the oldest and most cost-effective method of sterilization in the medical equipment industry, the washer disinfectors category accounts for the largest share in the global market, due to its ease of use and efficiency in disinfecting complicated dental devices.
Hospitals, dental clinics, and dental laboratories are the major end users in the dental sterilization market. Among these, hospitals as an end-user category is expected to hold the largest share in the market during the forecast period. This can be ascribed to the presence of large number of hospitals that offer affordable dental care, and increasing number of dental surgeries performed by skilled dental professional in these hospitals.
North America is expected to hold the largest share in the global dental sterilization market. This can be ascribed to increasing awareness about infections, due to contamination among the individuals; availability of developed medical facilities; and surging disposable income in the region. Moreover, the market in Asia-Pacific (APAC) has tremendous growth potential, mainly due to the increasing recognition of advanced dental procedures and their cost-effectiveness.
Dental Sterilization Market Dynamics
The growing prevalence of the dental diseases, widening base of dental care personnel, and increasing awareness about infections caused due to cross-contamination among individuals are the major factors contributing to an up thrust to the market. Moreover, with the evolution of advanced dental technologies and surgical procedures, and growing cosmetic dentistry, the dental sterilization market is expected to grow considerably during the forecast period. The increasing dental tourism and expanding dental industry are also driving the market demand in APAC.
Furthermore, favorable government initiatives, such as Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP programs) have made positive steps toward the reimbursements for preventive dental services, fluoride varnish application, and oral risk assessment. The CHIP provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs in the U.S.
Besides, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that infection prevention should be made a priority in healthcare settings offering dental treatments. In October 2016, the CDC had issued and article: “The Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care” that summarized current infection prevention recommendations published since the 2003 guideline. As per the recommendations by the ADA and the CDC, the dentists should use dental hand-pieces, that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), and should also sterilize them according to the manufacturers’ instructions.
However, sterilization and cleaning of high-tech dental devices and non-compliance with sterilization standards are the major factors hindering the growth of this market.
The emerging countries, such as India, China, Thailand, and Malaysia are expected to provide ample growth opportunities to the market players in the dental sterilization industry, mainly due to the improving healthcare infrastructure, increasing number of hospitals and dental clinics, and growing awareness among citizens regarding dental procedures in these economies. These countries are experiencing rise in the number of patients visits for various dental treatments, which, in turn, will lead to several growth opportunities for the industry players to expand their presence.
Dental Sterilization Market Competitive Landscape
With the growing competition in the dental sterilization industry, various advanced products are being launched by the key players. For instance, GSS Steam Sterilizer were launched by Getinge AB in the year 2018. Increasing research and development will also help the market players to realize opportunities in the dental sterilization market in the future.
The prominent players in the dental sterilization industry are Midmark Corporation, Getinge AB, Danaher Corporation, SciCan Ltd., Tuttnauer, Planmeca Oy, Dentsply Sirona, Matachana Group, A-dec Inc., Hu-Friedy, W&H Group, and NSK Nakanishi Inc.
The study provides historical as well the forecast market size data for various countries including the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, U.K., Italy, Spain, Japan, China, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa.