Dental crowns & bridges will be a $5.92bn market by 2028, tech being top driver

Jun 20, 2024

Dental technology has witnessed remarkable advancements in recent years, transforming patient care and reducing the time needed for a crown or bridge fitting procedure from weeks to a single day.

The global market for dental crowns and bridges is exhibiting ample growth, fueled by advancements in technology and increasing awareness of oral hygiene. Figures from the "Dental Crowns And Bridges Market - Global Industry Size, Share, Trends, Opportunity, and Forecast, 2018-2028F" report reveal that the industry is well on track to hit $5.92 billion by 2028, recording a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.62% from 2022 onwards, when the market was worth $3.84 billion. And while the aging population's susceptibility to dental problems and the higher focus on preventive dental care are key drivers of this growth, technological innovations and the use of advanced materials are significantly influencing market dynamics as well.

Separate research published by Coherent Market Insights reveals that the global market for stainless dental crowns, or those tooth caps made out of ceramic or zirconia, will expand to $2.03 billion by 2023 from $1.30 billion in 2023. Among the major factors favoring this growth are again modern technologies, which not only enhance the precision and efficiency of dental treatments but have also made stainless steel crowns more readily available and appealing.

Technological breakthroughs that contribute to dental prosthetics' quality and durability

  • CAD/CAM technology    •Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing systems have become the go-to alternative for creating dental impressions that are used for the design and manufacturing of dental crowns and bridges. This technology enables dentists to take digital impressions of a patient's teeth using a small digital intraoral camera, ensuring a precise fit for the prosthetics.
  • 3D printing - is another significant milestone that has completely transformed the way dental crowns and bridges are made, offering unmatched accuracy and customization. With 3D printing, dentists can create highly precise dental crowns and bridges, benefiting from faster production and minimal errors in both fit and performance.

A technology that combines these two innovations is CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. The system spares patients the discomfort of traditional dental impressions, speeds up the design and manufacturing stages for the prosthetics, and comes with its own milling equipment to deliver the speed and convenience of single-visit dentistry to both patients and clinicians. 

"CEREC crowns are one of a kind," Dr. Rebecca Long, the lead dentist at Austin-based dental practice Westlake Hills Dental Arts, says. "They make the experience of undergoing restorative care easier and more convenient."

Future Of Dental Prosthetics

Artificial intelligence is playing a bigger role in healthcare, and could soon aid dentists in achieving a more natural and functional smile for their patients. That's at least according to researchers from the University of Hong Kong, who created an AI algorithm that utilizes 3D machine learning to create custom dental crowns with greater precision than conventional techniques. Clinical trials for using AI as part of the dental crown design stage are now undergoing after a successful training process.

This content is provided in partnership with Westlake Hills Dental Arts and is intended for informational purposes only. The views, opinions, and advice expressed in this article are solely those of Westlake Hills Dental Arts and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of any other individual, organization, or entity.

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