The Middle East and Africa dental intraoral scanners market size witnessed significant growth in the past and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.14% during the forecast period (2022-2030).
Dental intraoral scanners are employed to acquire optical images of teeth, primarily for cavity detection, dental arch scanning, and the facilitation of intraoral scan body placement for implants. The scanners comprise three essential components: the Intraoral Scanning (IOS) Hardware, a Central Processing Unit (CPU), and a Display Monitor. These scanners enhance the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment by providing surgeons with magnified 3D images.
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Periodontal diseases encompass conditions that affect the gums and the supporting bone structure of teeth. The importance of these diseases is increasingly recognized by public and private institutions, which aim to raise awareness about their dental and oral health challenges. The United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) have joined forces to enhance awareness of these diseases among low-income individuals.
More individuals are becoming mindful of the impact of these diseases on their overall health and are actively seeking regular check-ups. This increased awareness and patient demand have led to a rising need for intraoral scanners among dental professionals for diagnostic purposes.
The current cost of dental intraoral scanners starts at USD 20,000 and is expected to increase due to technological advancements. However, there has been a notable decrease in prices, and many organizations offer payment options based on subscriptions. Fixed costs such as CAD model expenses, scan bodies for implants, and collaborative IT systems cannot be altered.
This cost factor presents a significant challenge for emerging economies in adopting these scanners. As a result, they opt for more affordable alternatives, anticipating that the product's price will rise annually with technological advancements. Consequently, this will likely impede the market's growth during the projected period.
Technological advancements fuel market demand for dental intraoral scanners, leading to increased investment in research and development by key players. These innovations are expected to create new opportunities in the market. For example, Align Technology Inc. released the iTero Workflow 2.0 software, which offers improved visualization, faster scanning, and enhanced patient communication tools. Similarly, 3Shape A/S introduced the TRIOS 4, a fourth-generation intraoral scanner with built-in fluorescent technology for detecting dental caries. These advancements drive innovation, improve patient care, and enhance diagnostic capabilities in the dental intraoral scanner industry.
The dental intraoral scanners market is segmented by country: Middle East and Africa. The Middle East dominated the market with a CAGR of 6.35% during the forecast period.
The Middle East and Africa region presents significant dental intraoral scanners market opportunities. Increasing dental awareness, rising disposable income, and a growing population contribute to market growth. Additionally, advancements in dental technology and the presence of key market players further drive market expansion in this region.
As these regions undergo development, the market offers lucrative opportunities for businesses and competitors. In addition, the region is characterized by a changing demographic trend of an aging population and a high prevalence of dental disorders. Consequently, contributes to the region's expanding patient population.
The market of the Middle East and Africa dental intraoral scanners is segmented into application, technology, modality, and end-user.
By application, it is further segmented into dental restoration, orthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics.
Dental restoration dominated the market and is expected to register a CAGR of 6.35% over the forecast period. Intraoral scanning technology is one of dentistry's fastest-growing fields because it enables precise three-dimensional imaging of the mouth, which is required for various procedures, including restorative dentistry and orthodontics. Most of the more than ten intraoral scanning devices designed for applications such as restorative dentistry, orthodontics, and periodontics are commercially available.
Based on technology, it is further segmented into confocal microscopic imaging, optical ward, and others.
Confocal microscopic imaging dominated the market and is expected to register a CAGR of 6.36% over the forecast period. Its adaptability facilitates the scanning of dentition. This imaging technique produces precise images of the plane of focus without disturbing the background fluorescent light. The segmental growth is driven by factors such as the ability to control field depth, the reduction of image degradation, and the capacity to capture serial optical sections.
It is further segmented based on modality into benchtop, standalone, and portable.
Benchtop dominated the market and is expected to register a CAGR of 6.25% over the forecast period. There are many advantages to using a tabletop scanner, including its portability, manageability, and high image quality. Segmental expansion is also anticipated to be aided by an aging population and the associated rise in geriatric diseases and tooth loss/edentulism.
It is further segmented based on end-user into dental hospitals and clinics, dental diagnostic centers, and academic and research institutes.
Dental hospitals and clinics dominated the market and are expected to register a CAGR of 6.25% over the forecast period. The availability of state-of-the-art dental equipment and the provision of a secure clinical setting contribute to the increased utilization of dental treatments within hospital settings. Moreover, a systemic clinical examination is imperative in assessing and managing periodontal diseases and their associated therapies. Consequently, the anticipated growth in the dental sector is expected to be propelled by highly skilled dental professionals working in dental hospitals and clinics.