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article imageDigital dental solutions market shows solid growth

By Tim Sandle     Aug 27, 2018 in Health
Analysis from Frost & Sullivan’s shows how the digital dental solutions market is set for considerable growth. The report finds that global dental practices and dental laboratories have recognized the importance of adopting digital dental solutions.
Digital dentistry relates to the application of dental technologies or devices that incorporate digital or computer-controlled components for the practicing of dental procedures. Such technologies stand in contrast to rather than using mechanical or electrical tools. Examples include photogrammetry-based intraoral scanning; 3D printing; and computer-aided implant dentistry.
Models of teeth  at the Wellcome Exhibition in London.
Models of teeth, at the Wellcome Exhibition in London.
Other technologies include:
Intraoral camera
These are digital imaging devices which are positioned in the mouth, allowing the dentist to look at the area of concern and construct multiple images via a monitor for review the teeth or gums.
Modern intraoral dental system  equipped with a digital camera. On display at the Wellcome Exhibitio...
Modern intraoral dental system, equipped with a digital camera. On display at the Wellcome Exhibition, London.
Intraoral camera image  at the Wellcome Collection exhibition in London.
Intraoral camera image, at the Wellcome Collection exhibition in London.
CAD/CAM milling machines
This is a digital design process process which enables dentists to construct, produce, and insert individual ceramic restorations. The cavity preparation is made and a digital impression is then taken. Following this, the restoration (crown, bridge, inlay or onlay) is milled in a machine in the practice.
Digital X-ray
Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images.
Digital x-rays coming to dentistry. Photograph taken at the Wellcome Exhibition  in London.
Digital x-rays coming to dentistry. Photograph taken at the Wellcome Exhibition, in London.
These types of technologies are driving growth with digital dental technologies. According to Frost & Sullivan the sector has seen substantial growth with the corresponding digital replacement of analog devices. Frost & Sullivan anticipate that digital dental solutions will be advanced to be further utilized in diagnosis and restorative dentistry, such as with implant and oral treatment planning.
Modern dental practice set-up  on show at the Wellcome Collection in London.
Modern dental practice set-up, on show at the Wellcome Collection in London.
According to Brahadeesh Chandrasekaran, Transformational Health Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan: "Dental practices and laboratories are moving toward digitization of their practices in order to develop workflow efficiency, increase accuracy, and remain competitive. This trend is driving the uptake of digital dental solutions...Digital dental solutions also enable dental practices to decrease the turnaround time of devices manufactured in dental laboratories and boost diagnosis and impression accuracy while saving costs in the long term."
Digital training aid for dentists  on display at the Wellcome Collection in London.
Digital training aid for dentists, on display at the Wellcome Collection in London.
In related news. London's Wellcome Collection has an exhibition of dentistry through the ages. The exhibition includes a display of current digital dental technologies. Called "Teeth", the exhibition runs until mid-September 2018.
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