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German Digital Dental Solutions Market, Forecast to 2020

Improved Accuracy and Workflow Efficiency Drives the Demand for Digital Dental Solutions
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Published: 27 Jul 2018

Dental practices and dental laboratories in Germany have recognized the importance of adopting digital dental solutions. These solutions see substantial growth and are expected to continue their market expansion as business models and significant value offerings keep evolving in tandem with the fast-paced world of connected health. Digital dental solutions are also increasingly being utilized in diagnosis and restorative dentistry, especially in implants and oral treatment planning. Despite their higher efficiency and clinical effectiveness, the high cost of these solutions has been one of the key restraints for market growth, especially in solo practices. Dental practices and laboratories are moving towards digitization of their practices in order to improve the efficiency of their workflow and increase the accuracy. This drives the demand for digital dental solutions such as CAD/CAM solutions and digital imaging systems. On their part, vendors are launching new devices/scanners that will meet the needs of different types of dental practices and their workloads. Digital dental solutions also enable dental practices to decrease the turnaround time of devices manufactured in dental laboratories and improve diagnosis and impression accuracy while saving on costs in the long term. The biggest challenge for the market though is the high cost of digital dental solutions compared to the existing ones. As more than 75% of all dental practices are solo practices, affordability becomes a key criterion for adopting digital solutions. Moreover, software platforms of digital systems should be compatible with each other, enabling dental practices and dental laboratories to achieve a smoother workflow. The high investment cost and capital expenditure involved in procuring the hardware will continue to be the biggest challenge for adoption in the near term (3-5 years). The adoption of digital platform by patients for education and communication is growing rapidly. On the other hand, the adoption by dentists or dental professionals is slow compared to patients/public. The demand for digital platforms from patients is likely to push dentists to adopt more digital technologies to reduce waiting times and improve the existing aesthetic options provided in the field of dentistry.

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