COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY MAY 2020
Across the world where private practices offering non-essential healthcare are crumbling, the global Dental Restorative Supplies market will need to navigate short-term challenges to reach a projected US$5. 1 billion by 2027. With the current pandemic ranging like wild fire across the globe causing widespread human and economic devastation, private practitioners are facing new and unfamiliar challenges in delivering care to non-urgent patients. Dentists are especially bearing the brunt as the risk of COVID-19 cross infections is higher in dentistry as saliva plays a key role in human-to-human transmission. Oral procedures involving the use of drills or ultrasonic devices cause aerosol release increasing the risk of inhalation of airborne particles by doctors. Although routine dentistry is suspended in most countries, emergency care still continues to be provided subject to stringent implementation of safety protocols including use of PPE and equipment that reduce droplets or aerosols. Comprising of root canal treatments, fillings, crowns, caps, bridges and implants, restorative dental procedures are predominantly non-urgent, especially asymptomatic cases with carious lesions. Most cases are being postponed with physicians required to triage patient care requests. Even in emergency cases such as dental trauma with avulsion/luxation; severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation; pericoronitis, cavities and pulpit is; abscess & localized bacterial infection, extraction of the pathogenic teeth is being prioritized over restorative rescue. This means lower procedures, and softer demand and orders for dental restoration supplies.
Few of the baseline drivers in the market which are expected to kick back-in in the post COVID-19 period include global prevalence of dental caries and the ensuing increase in the volume of tooth repair procedures to restore and rehabilitate the form or function of missing or damaged teeth. The growth in the market will continue to benefit from increased acceptance of elective cosmetic dentistry treatments supported by health benefits such as better facial aesthetics, improved oral hygiene and reduced risk of dental problems caused by overbite and under bite malocclusion problems. Innovations will re-surface to drive growth especially those related to dental restorative products and solutions aimed at enhancing tooth-blending effect, wear resistance, durable and long-lasting polish ability, and optimized viscosity and no-drip formulations that reduce chair time for the clinician and the patient. A key trend prior to the COVID-19 slowdown was the growing popularity of white composite filings as a welcome alternative to the conventional darker amalgam fillings together with the growing preference for porcelain veneer as an alternative to dental crowns and caps. Europe represents the largest market worldwide supported by aging population and a parallel rise in dental disorders. A key distinguishing trend in the region is the concerted efforts being taken to phase out dental amalgams in restoration procedures and utilize alternatives such as composite resins and glass ionomers. Asia-Pacific including China is a major market forecast to be led by factors such as changing dietary habits, poor oral care in Southeast Asian countries and the resulting increase in the burden of dental diseases; growing disposable income and increasing per capita healthcare spending; rapid growth in the number of dental clinics and easy access to dental care; and spurt in dental tourism and the resulting development of dental clinic and laboratory infrastructure.