Dental imaging is the use of x-rays to examine a patient’s dental structures. Dental imaging technologies help dentists to diagnose dental disease by providing actual and visual images of dental problem such as hidden dental structure, cavities, bone loss and oral malignant melanoma. Dental imaging technology market includes x-ray systems, dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), intraoral cameras and dental optical imaging. The general x-rays are sub segmented into two sub parts: digital and analog X-ray. Digital x-rays use less radiation and enables dentists to make a diagnosis more accurately. Analog x-ray has only one hard copy, so need to repeat x ray due to low quality of images.
In South Korea, dental practices and dental laboratories are moving from analog to digital radiography. With digital radiography, all process becomes simpler and faster. Digital technology provides dental practitioners with numerous technological and operational efficiencies when operating X-ray systems.
According to study, “South Korea Dental Imaging Market Outlook to 2025” some of the major companies that are currently working in the South Korea dental imaging market are Osstem Implant, Dentium, Neobiotech, DIO Implant, MegaGen, Straumann, Zimmer Dental, DENTSPLY Implant, Nobel Biocare, Vatech Co. Ltd.
The digital dental solutions are increasingly being utilized in diagnosis and restorative dentistry, especially in implant and oral treatment planning. Dental implant is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw to support dental prosthesis such as crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor. It is of two types; endosteal and subperiosteal implant. Oral treatment planning involves radiographic diagnosis, abnormalities of the temporomandibular articulation, tumors of the oral mucous membrane, mouth infections &their relation to systemic disease, and oral manifestations of endocrine dysfunctions.
Basedon the imaging system, dental imaging market is classified into two types; intraoral and extraoral imaging. In intraoral imaging, dental radiographs can be taken inside the mouth. In extraoral imaging, dental radiographs can be taken outside the mouth. Both intraoral and extraoral imaging systems are sub segmented into 2D and 3D imaging systems.
On the basis of end-user, dental imaging market is segmented into hospitals, dental clinics and forensic labs. On the basis of application, dental imaging market is segmented into diagnostic, therapeutic and cosmetic.
The total South Korean market for digital dentistry devices is growing at a rate of 14.3%, it is estimated that the market will almost $245 million by 2024. The dental imaging market is witnessing growth due to major market drivers such as technological advancement, increasing healthcare expenses, growing demand in oral care, rise in the volume of dental fixtures, growth due to geriatric population and premium range of dental imaging market etc.Digital dentistry is the upsurgewith more than 75% of all dental practices. Therefore affordability becomes a key criterion for digital dental imaging systems. The platforms used in the digital dental imaging system for enabling dental practices and dental laboratories to ensure a smoother workflow such as interoperability and software. Due to patient awareness, adoption of these digital platforms is growing rapidly, for education and communication. The demand from patients is likely to push dentists to adopt more digital technologies in order to reduce the waiting time and improve the aesthetic options currently provided in the field of dentistry.
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Ankur Gupta, Head Marketing & Communications