The global dental X-ray market is projected to generate $6,143.3 million revenue by 2030, advancing at a CAGR of 14% during 2021–2030. The increasing acceptance of aesthetic dentistry, introduction of innovative dental imaging solutions, and rising incidence of dental diseases are driving the market.
Severe dental problems are reported around the world, the most common being dental caries and periodontal disease. Globally, around 2 billion people suffer from permanent tooth decay every year.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the market as most dental treatments were postponed to allow hospitals to direct their resources to the treatment of COVID-19 patients. In addition, the supply chain of dental X-rays was disrupted due to the travel ban. In addition, the import and export of raw materials were suspended, thus further affecting production facilities. However, the use of X-rays in aesthetic dental treatments has been increasing since the lifting of the restrictions, which would lead to significant market growth in the future.
The intraoral category has been dominating the market, and it is expected to dominate it in the coming years as well. This growth will primarily be due to the high-contrast resolution these devices offer, apart from their low maintenance costs. Moreover, digital technologies are penetrating the healthcare industry, due to which the digital category is expected to witness the higher growth rate, of 14.2%, in the coming years. The adoption of digital X-ray systems enable easy storage of the images in imaging software, which allows for easy access and eliminates the necessity of developing and safekeeping the images for future viewing, which is case with traditional films.
Geographically, North America held the major market share, of 38.3%, in 2021, and it is expected to continue to expand in the years ahead. In the U.S., the existence of advanced healthcare infrastructure and rising healthcare spending lead to the growth in the sales of dental X-ray products. In addition, the favorable medical reimbursement scenario and increasing government initiatives are driving the Demand for these systems in the region.
Major dental X-ray market players have been extensively involved in product launches and approvals to improve their position. For instance, in March 2022, the FDA approved Second Opinion, an AI-powered radiation detection aid developed by Pearl Inc. This imaging solution helps dentists identify many tooth problems, such as tooth decay, tartar, and root abscesses.
Key enterprises in the dental X-ray market include Air Techniques Inc., Carestream Health Inc., Danaher Corporation, General Electric Company, LED Medical Diagnostics Inc., Planmeca OY, Cefla S.C., Dentsply Sirona Inc., Valtech Co. Ltd., and Yoshida Dental Mfg. Co. Ltd.