Latest Technological Advances in Dentistry

Advancements in any technology offer better solutions for traditional problems. Dentistry is no exception. The dental field is constantly evolving to best suit the needs of anticipating customers. Since we, at Dental Courses in Delhi are always on a lookout for latest advancements and emerging technologies, here is our take on the different dentistry technologies that are evolving throughout the globe:

1. Digital X-rays: Besides reducing the exposure to radiation, digital x-rays also allow images to be projected on a computer screen just in a matter of seconds. With this enriching feature of zoom in and zoom out, dentists can now easily assess and educate the patients regarding their teeth, mouth and jaws.

2. Intraoral Camera: Intraoral cameras provide the dentists with high-quality imagery that can be used to gain precise, well-defined pictures that are otherwise hard to locate. It’s a fine tool that promotes patient education, increases case acceptance, and improves dentist-patient communication.

3. Laser Dentistry: Lasers potentially improve the procedural efficacies and eliminates the pain that is otherwise prevalent in most of the dental procedures. It’s a much less invasive alternative to traditional procedures and can be used for benign tumors, crown lengthening, removing tooth decay, dental fillings, speech improvement, teeth whitening, etc.

4. VELscope: VELscope is an oral assessment system that applies tissue fluorescence visualization to detect oral abnormalities. This is a relatively new form of technology and is used mainly to detect early stages of oral cancer.

5. CAD/CAM: Computer Assisted Design or Computer Assisted Manufacture technology is software used for designing and manufacturing products. In dentistry, it’s used for the construction of Prosthodontics and helps design and manufacture dental restorations including crowns, inlays, veneers, fixed bridges, implant restorations, dentures, inlays and onlays, and other orthodontic appliances.

6. Invisalign: Perhaps most of you would be acquainted with this technology, but for all those new to the term, these are practically invisible braces providing a comfortable, hassle-free way to straighten teeth. There is no restriction on food intake, and are much more convenient than traditional braces.

7. Dental Implants: This is a fine technological advancement and a fine replacement for traditional root structures. These are particularly effective for replacing teeth wherein the patients do not have to compromise with the look and feel of the teeth.

8. Oral Sedation Dentistry: It is safe, effective, and is being utilized by more and more dentists across the globe. As compared to Nitrous Oxide and traditional IV sedation, no needles are involved and the patient stays in a semi-conscious state, responding well to the dentist. This procedure is particularly helpful for anxious patients.

Dental Filling Market to Exceed 1.4 billion USD by 2024

Dental filling is a type of dental procedure used to repair minor to moderate tooth fracture, decay and other damaged surface on the tooth. To even out the surface and enhance the chewing and biting abilities, dental filling materials are used.

In 2015, the dental filling market was estimated over 1073 million USD. If the research by Global Market Insights is to be believed, it’s expected to exceed 1.4 billion USD by the end of 2024.

The growing occurrences of dental disorders are driving the demand for dental fillings. Tooth decays and cavities are a fairly common sight. According to World Health Organization (WHO), around 60-90% of children and almost all of the adults are suffering from dental cavities worldwide. The numbers are expected to rise over the coming years, further fuelling the demand for dental fillings.

A fair estimate informs how only 21% of adults regularly visit the dentists for checkups, while only 42% use toothbrush for oral hygiene.

The increase in the number of cosmetic and dental procedures as well as continuous advancements in technology would further contribute to the dental fillings market growth.

Based on the filling type, the market is divided into 2 categories:
– Indirect filling
– Direct filling

Based on the materials used, the global market is classified into:
– Silver/Amalgam fillings (High durability and demand in cosmetic dental procedures)
– Gold fillings
– Glass ionomer (Used mainly for children with big cavities)
– Ceramic/Porcelain fillings
– Composite fillings – glass/plastic

Regional outlook

Due to rising preference for aesthetic dentistry, North America is serving the maximum demand for dental fillings. The well-developed healthcare infrastructure and high per capita income helps them propel the demand for dental filling material.

However, owing to its vast geriatric population, Asia Pacific is estimated to witness the best growth rate among all the geographic regions in the world, growing at the highest Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR).

Besides the vast and growing population, improving awareness and healthcare infrastructure and rise in disposable income can also be credited for the growth.

The European market ranks third, and is majorly dominated by Germany, who holds over 26% if the dental fillings share in the European region. By 2024, it’s anticipated to surpass 83 million USD.

The global report is an all-inclusive overview of the prevalent scenario and is based on several factors influencing the demand for dental fillings. The report has been methodologically prepared based on proven research and includes data from authoritative, valuable sources.