GVR Report cover Dental X-ray Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Dental X-ray Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Analog, Digital), By Type (Intraoral, Extraoral), By Application (Medical, Cosmetic Dentistry, Forensic), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Published Date: Jan, 2021
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2020
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-228-0
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2019
  • Number of Pages: 115

Report Overview

The global dental x-ray market size was valued at USD 536.5 million in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.6% from 2021 to 2028. Increasing adoption of cosmetic dentistry, the introduction of innovative products, and the rising prevalence of dental disorders are driving the market. Due to the increasing prevalence of dental caries and periodontal diseases, severe dental impairment has been reported in developed and developing countries. According to 2019 CDC statistics, 92% of the U.S. population aged 20-64 years reported dental caries. In addition, periodontal diseases are considered a public health concern with a rise in their prevalence among adolescents as well as adults. The various risk factors associated with this disorder include poor oral hygiene, diabetes, stress, and smoking. Hence, a rise in the number of cases with oral diseases is expected to fuel the market growth.

U.S. dental x-ray market size, by product, 2016 - 2028 (USD Million)

The COVID-19 pandemic had a great impact on the dental industry due to the significant decrease in elective procedures, many of which are being postponed or canceled so that hospitals can focus their resources on treating patients with COVID-19. Major countries like the U.S and India procure raw materials and electronic components from China, which has disrupted the supply chain of many dental equipment and product manufacturers. Countries effectively shut down their manufacturing plants, which has negatively impacted the medical device manufacturing companies.

 COVID19 impact: 66.0% decline in demand

Pandemic Impact

Post COVID Outlook

The dental X-ray market declined by 66% from 2019 to 2020, as many dental practices were forced to close down, as these procedures were deemed elective

The market is expected to recover completely in 2021 as dental practices are opening and patient volume is recovering faster than anticipated

Commercial operations of DENTSPLY Sirona in China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Italy were critically affected from the supply chain as well as demand perspective and the company’s sales were predicted to fall by a cumulative USD 60 to USD 70 million in the first quarter of 2020

In the U.S, 27 states allowed dental offices to open for elective care by May 2020, and by June around 48 states opened for elective dental care and as a result, employment at dental offices has rebounded

The cost of reopening amidst the COVID 19 outbreak (Q3 onwards) was very high as they had to adhere to stricter guidelines and protocols, which in turn lead to an increased fees.

The ADA predicts that dental expenditures will grow and recover either fully to post-pandemic projected levels or 80 percent of pre-pandemic levels and that this will happen either by October 2020 or January 2021


Moreover, dental esthetics is an increasing concern, leading to a surge in demand for cosmetic procedures, which is reported to have been doubled in the past 5 years. According to a survey carried out by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in 2017, the primary factor influencing people to opt for cosmetic dentistry procedures was improving their physical attractiveness and self‐esteem (86%), followed by restorative and health reasons (46%). Exhibiting flawless appearance on social media is the major trend nowadays and this is expected to boost the market growth. Therefore, the use of x-rays for dental cosmetic procedures is likely to increase significantly and fuel the growth of the market.

Product Insights

Analog devices dominated the market in 2020 with a share of 59.9% due to the fact that these devices are still used by experienced dentists who are familiar with the system. The high cost involved in switching to digital systems and low inclination for shifting to advanced systems might affect existing practices as digital systems require higher investment. This is anticipated to be a major factor driving this segment.

However, the slow growth of the analog systems can be attributed to the need for multiplex-rays for an image of decent quality, which causes repeated exposure to radiation. This exposure exceeds that of digital systems. Apart from the risk of high radiation exposure, the system entails increased consumption of time and chemicals, and developing the x-rays requires trained staff.

The dental x-ray market has witnessed a sudden shift from analog to digital systems. Digital technology is slowly becoming a global trend and its adoption has increased in the market. The adoption of digital sensors in digital x-ray systems enables easy storage of x-ray images onto an imaging software, which can be easily accessed and is a better alternative to films that necessitate developing and safekeeping for future viewing. In 2015, a survey conducted by the National Library of Medicine stated that 80% of patients preferred the digital procedure to the analog procedure because of better convenience and less shortness of breath, and fear of repeating the process.

Type Insights

Intraoral technique accounted for the largest share of 52.7% in 2020 due to exceptional spatial and contrast resolution offered by these devices. It has additional advantages including cost-effectiveness and low maintenance costs. Based on different aspects of the teeth that are imaged, intraoral x-rays are categorized into periapical, bitewing, and occlusal. According to an article published by IData Research, over 1.4 billion dental X-rays were performed last year in the U.S., with procedures including intraoral and extraoral X-rays, and among these, over 90% fell under the intraoral category.

The main objective of the periapical x-rays is to capture the image of a root tip on a film, which helps visualize the whole tooth and the condition of the surrounding bone. Bitewing x-ray images focus on the buccal surface of the teeth at a perpendicular angle to capture images of crowns of the maxillary and mandibular teeth. The occlusal x-ray images yield a more comprehensive view of the maxilla and mandible, which enables the determination of the extent and displacement of fractures in both upper and lower jaws.

Extraoral x-rays are expected to witness lucrative growth over the forecast period as they enable control over radiation exposure in comparison to intraoral methods. They are most commonly used in the identification of larger disorders, such as temporomandibular joint disorders or wedged teeth. To date, Dentsply Sirona has installed around 100,000 extraoral imaging units globally.

Application Insights

The medical application segment held the largest revenue share of 61.3% in 2020 as it helps view the extent of various conditions, such as cavities, tumors, and fractures. Dental radiographs are employed to evaluate the extent of tooth decay and check for other oral problems, such as cysts or abscesses.

Cosmetic dentistry is expected to exhibit a significant CAGR over the forecast period. Dental esthetics is becoming an increasing concern amongst individuals across the globe, leading to a surge in demand for cosmetic procedures, which is believed to have doubled in recent years. The rise in various cosmetic procedures, such as bleaching, teeth reshaping, and cavity filling, is supporting the demand for these imaging systems. Intraoral and extraoral radiographs are crucial in cosmetic dentistry as they are widely clicked before undertaking any dental procedure. Intraoral x-rays are required to analyze tooth roots, which is essential before undergoing any cosmetic procedure. Restorations with inlay or onlay are planned using radiographs, which help determine certain prerequisites, such as periodontal support, the extent of decay, and tooth proximity to the nerve.

U.K. dental x-ray market share, by application, 2020 (%)

Digital dental x-rays play a significant role in forensics due to their use in timely and rapid victim identification as well as age estimation through assessing the stage of tooth eruption. The use of dental radiographic imaging in forensic dentistry has increased due to efficiency and may also help compare antemortem and postmortem radiographs. Forensic odontology also includes the study of dental anatomy and interpretation of radiographs, pathology, dental materials, and developmental abnormalities. It provides a direct representation of the anatomical features, for instance, the trabecular bone pattern.

Regional Insights

In 2020, North America dominated the market with a share of 38.2% due to the presence of well-established healthcare infrastructure and growing healthcare spending in developed countries, like the U.S. Moreover, favorable healthcare reimbursements and an increase in government initiatives in this region boost the market penetration of these systems.

Europe accounted for a significant share in 2020 owing to the growing geriatric population in this region. The geriatric population is more prone to oral diseases, and hence the demand for dental imaging is high among this group of population. Oral diseases are also prevalent among the young population in Europe, thus driving the demand for the devices.

Asia Pacific is projected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. This is due to the rising awareness in the developing countries of the region regarding various oral problems, thus facilitating rapid diagnosis and treatment. The geriatric population in China is also another major factor driving the market.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Major strategies adopted by the manufacturers include mergers and acquisitions, new product launches, and geographical expansions. For instance, in 2017, KaVo and Kerr collaborated to form KaVo Kerr - a single organization to offer dental care solutions. For instance, in 2019, Dentsply Sirona introduced Orthophos Systems 2D/3D extraoral imaging system that allows the practitioners to capture an image, diagnose, and treat (IDT) for higher case acceptance and expand their treatment procedures into implantology, endodontics, etc. Some prominent players in the global dental x-ray market include:

  • Dentsply Sirona Inc.

  •  Planmeca OY

  •  Carestream Dental, LLC

  •  Danaher

  •  LED Medical Diagnostics, Inc.

  •  Cefla S.C.

  • Vatech Co., Ltd.

  •  Yoshida Dental Mfg. Co. Ltd.

Dental X-ray Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 1.02 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 3.35 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 18.6% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, type, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; Japan; India; China; Brazil; Mexico; South Africa

Key companies profiled

Dentsply Sirona Inc.; Planmeca OY; Carestream Dental, LLC; Danaher; LED Medical Diagnostics, Inc.; Cefla S.C.; Vatech Co., Ltd.; Yoshida Dental Mfg. Co. Ltd.

Customization scope

Free report customization (equivalent to 8 analysts working days) with purchase. Addition or alteration to country, regional & segment scope.

Pricing and purchase options

Avail customized purchase options to meet your exact research needs. Explore purchase options

Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global dental x-ray market report on the basis of product, type, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Analog

    • Digital

  • Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Intraoral

      • Bitewing

      • Periapical

      • Occlusal

    • Extraoral

      • Panoramic

      • CBCT

      • Others

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Medical

    • Cosmetic Dentistry

    • Forensic

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • Japan

      • China

      • India

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • MEA

      • South Africa

Frequently Asked Questions About This Report

gvr icn


gvr icn

This FREE sample includes market data points, ranging from trend analyses to market estimates & forecasts. See for yourself...

gvr icn


We can customize every report - free of charge - including purchasing stand-alone sections or country-level reports, as well as offer affordable discounts for start-ups & universities.

Contact us now to get our best pricing.

BBB icon D&B icon

We are GDPR and CCPA compliant! Your transaction & personal information is safe and secure.