Rising forms of oral diseases such as gingivitis, periodontitis, thrush and cavities are noticeably prevalent among the general public. Gum diseases are painful and hamper overall appearance of any person. The increasing awareness on gum diseases and its harmful effects has caused people to take early precautionary measures to maintain their oral health and avoid any future grievances. Dental X-rays are diagnostic equipment that enable dentists to detect the presence of dental anomalies.
Sophisticated and high tech equipment are aiding modern medical practice to analyze signs and symptoms and outline the appropriate diagnosis required. Furthermore, the demand for technologically advanced diagnostic imaging products is responsible for contributing to the growth of dental x-rays. Since the employment of digital sensors in digital X-ray systems, it has enabled care givers to easily store X-ray images onto imaging software, which can be accessed remotely when required.
Digital dental equipment has proved to be a better alternative to films that are used in analog X-ray equipment. Films require developing and careful safekeeping for future access. Most importantly, these digital sensors involve a lower risk of radiation exposure due to the use of flat panel detectors. Apart from the technical advantages, digital X-ray systems save additional labor costs.
The dental X-ray segment by type is distinguished into intraoral and extraoral X-rays. Intraoral radiographs are sub-classified into bitewing, occlusal and periapical. Bitewing intraoral radiographs are estimated to account for the largest share in the year 2015 owing to its major use in the therapeutic and diagnostic oral conditions. The bitewing radiographs are also majorly used for early detection of oral conditions offering patient comfort and safety to a large extent. The extraoral radiographs are classified into panoramic and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). The CBCT segment is known to witness highest growth during the study period.
Intraoral X-ray imaging is the most widely recognized X-ray diagnostic method in the field of dentistry. Intraoral imaging is utilized for an assortment of procedures, such as diagnosing caries & endodontic file location. Extraoral radiography focuses primarily on the jaw and skull. The sensor is placed outside the mouth in the extraoral X-ray systems, which produces an image with a larger field of view, concentrating on the entire jaw or bone. Compared to intraoral radiography, extraoral X-ray imaging lacks detail and is not useful in the detection of dental caries or issues concerning individual teeth.
Some key players in this market are Carestream Health, Danaher Corporation, LED Medical Diagnostics, Inc., and Planmeca Oy. Developing cost-efficient and technologically advanced X-ray equipment is the key point of focus for the companies operating in this industry.