The North American dental lasers market, valued at $58.4 million in 2014, is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.2% and reach $90.7 million by 2019, according to market research firm MicroMarket Monitor (Fort Worth, TX).
Dental lasers have several advantages over the traditional dental drill. They can be used in surgical and diagnostic procedures, thus reducing treatment time. The devices are used to remedy gum diseases and to preserve teeth that may have been lost with standard treatment. They regenerate bone and ligament tissue; eliminate gum cutting, bleeding, and other surgery discomforts; and seal periodontal pockets, for instance.
Technological advances are driving growth: The laser systems that were previously bulky are now small, portable, handy, and convenient to use. Some are available in a structure similar to that of a dental handpiece; new models make use of modern fiber-optic delivery systems.
The dental lasers market is growing similarly around the world. Global drivers are rising middle-class and aging populations, increasing awareness for oral hygiene, reduced treatment time and operating cost, increasing disposable income, and demand for cosmetic dentistry.