Lasers will continue to play an expanding role in dental treatment as their global market grows at a 10.71% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2021, according to Research and Markets. This increase will be driven by advances in technology, which have had a particular impact on cosmetic dentistry.
Also, the use of laser technology for hard- and soft-tissue applications has resulted in a high state of refinement with improved care and safety, according to the research company. Most lasers used in dentistry target small-end procedures, and dentists are gaining their benefits in a variety of fields, including oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, and aesthetics.
The prevalence of orthodontic demands and periodontal diseases also are driving the market. In fact, Research and Markets expects the orthodontic supplies market to see an 8.0% CAGR through 2021 to reach $4.71 billion. Meanwhile, the American Academy of Periodontology reports that 47.2% of adults over the age of 30 years in the United States have periodontitis.
However, the high cost of laser equipment and procedures remains an obstacle to greater growth. Though many end users prefer laser systems for treating a wide range of dental disorders, many healthcare institutions classify them as capital items, and procurement often requires budget procedures and allocation considerations.