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, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-228-0
  • Number of Pages: 100
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2020
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The global dental X-ray market size was valued at USD 1.5 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.7% from 2022 to 2030. Dental X-rays are the images of a person’s teeth and the surrounding structures that are used to evaluate oral health. A low level of radiation is used for capturing these images. An increase in preference of people for better aesthetic and oral care and a rise in the burden of dental disorders has led to an increase in the frequency of dental X-ray procedures, which is, in turn, boosting the market growth.

U.S. dental X-ray market size, by product, 2020 - 2030 (USD Million)

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 84.9% of children aged between 2 and 17 years, nearly 64.0% of adults from 18 to 64 years of age, and nearly 65.6% of adults aged 65 and above have had at least one visit to a dentist. The routine checkups mainly include crowns, root canals, maxillofacial procedures, bonding treatments, and dental fillings. Thus, regular dental checkups are anticipated to fuel the growth of the dental X-ray market.

Moreover, dental esthetics is an increasing concern, leading to a surge in demand for cosmetic procedures, which is reported to have doubled in the past 5 years. According to a survey carried out by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in 2018, 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 a flawless appearance on social media is the major trend nowadays and this is expected to boost the market growth.

The rapid adoption of cosmetic dentistry, increasing dental disorders, the introduction of innovative imaging solutions, and the rising geriatric population are the key factors propelling the growth of the market. The dental digital X-ray market has been experiencing many technological advancements. One such path-breaking innovation is the Cone-beam Computed Tomography System (CBCT). CBCT has provisions for fast, accurate, and 3-D imaging of the patients to examine dental disorders. This system has successfully surmounted the conventional 2-D X-ray imaging pitfalls of aiding precision studies and effective diagnostics of dental diseases.

COVID-19 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


COVID-19 has affected all the markets including the dental industry as there was a complete lockdown imposed by the governments as a precautionary measure. The pandemic has caused a huge disruption in the supply chain of the overall medical device industry including the dental X-ray industry. The coronavirus outbreak negatively impacted the market due to the decline in the number of dental treatments after the second quarter of 2020. However, this temporary slump is expected to decline and the demand for dental X-rays is likely to increase post-pandemic. Rising awareness for oral care and rising dental problems will also drive the market growth.

Product Insights

The analog segment held the largest revenue share of 59.6 % in 2021. However, this market share is expected to decline in the next few years. The slow growth can be attributed to the need for multiple x-rays for an image of decent quality, which causes repeated exposure to radiation. This exposure exceeds the digital systems. Apart from the risk of high radiation exposure, the system entails increased consumption of time & chemicals, and developing the x-rays requires trained staff.

However, the digital type is going to see a drastic change in the growth of its market due to technological advancements and digital innovation and the expansion of companies. This segment is estimated to retain its position in the market owing to the speeding adoption of digital sensors. the increasing adoption rates of the digital sensors are credited to the factors such as lower operating time and excellent quality imaging.

Speedy adoption of cosmetic dentistry and the eventual rise in radiography needs is driving the market growth. Moreover, the widening application area of the dental digital X-ray in diagnostics, therapeutics, cosmetics, and forensics is spurring the growth of the market. On the contrary, the poor reimbursement norms are somehow believed to affect the adoption of digital radiography techniques, impeding its growth.

Type Insights

The intraoral type held the largest revenue share of 52.5 % in 2021. Intraoral radiology equipment provides detailed images, allowing dentists to spot cavities and monitor the general health of teeth & jawbones. Intraoral x-ray imaging is the most widely used diagnostic method in the field of dentistry. Intraoral imaging is utilized for an assortment of procedures, such as diagnosing caries & checking endodontic file location. Intraoral x-ray equipment is expected to show high growth due to the exceptional spatial and contrast resolution offered by these devices.

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 scans provide a more thorough view of the maxilla and mandible, allowing the amount and displacement of fractures in both the upper and lower jaws to be determined.

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.

Applications Insights

The medical application segment held the largest revenue share of 61.3% in 2020 because it allows you to see the full extent of certain diseases like cavities, tumors, and fractures Dental radiographs are used to assess the level of tooth decay and to look for additional oral issues such cysts or abscesses.

Based on applications, the market is segmented into medicals, cosmetic industry, and, forensic. Dental radiography is a valuable tool that enables diagnosis and treatment planning, as it helps view the extent of various conditions, such as cavities, tumors, and fractures.

Cosmetic dentistry is expected to exhibit a significant CAGR over the forecast period. Dental esthetics is gaining global popularity, leading to a surge in demand for cosmetic procedures, which is believed to have doubled in recent years. The demand is fueled by an increase in aesthetic operations such as whitening, teeth contouring, and cavity filling.

In cosmetic dentistry, intraoral and extraoral radiographs are essential since they are commonly taken before any dental procedure. To assess dental roots, intraoral x-rays are required, which is necessary before undertaking any cosmetic operation. Radiographs are used to prepare inlay or Onlay restorations because they help evaluate specific criteria such as periodontal support, decay extent, and tooth closeness to the nerve.  

Regional Insights

In 2021, North America dominated the market with a revenue share of 37.9% 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 2021 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 population. Oral diseases are also prevalent among the young population in Europe, thus driving the demand for the devices.

Global dental X-ray market share, by region, 2021 (%)

The 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. Moreover, India and China are currently the largest tobacco-producing and consuming countries having the lowest smoking awareness.

The government in developing countries like India, and China are taking extensive efforts to improve the healthcare infrastructure owing to which the adoption of innovative solutions for diagnostics and therapeutics increased. On the contrary, the high costs associated with the dental digital X-ray are the reason for retarded growth of the market.  These are the factors that are expected to drive the Dental X-Ray market in the region.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is highly competitive and includes both small and large manufacturers. These companies have established key business strategies such as strategic partnerships & collaborations, product innovation, new product launches, joint ventures, contracts, and new service launches, to build their market standard along with gaining a huge chunk of the market share.

One of the key factors driving competitiveness among market players is the rapidly advanced technology in the field of restorative dentistry. For instance, In October 2020, Dentsply Sirona launched Xios AE intraoral sensor. This Advanced Exposure technology of the Xios AE sensor has a resolution of 33 lp/mm* with optimized data read-out and innovative filtering to maximize the dentist’s diagnostic potential.

In 2018, Dentsply Sirona launched Azento, a single tooth replacement in one box solution which can be customized to meet the demands and timeframes of the patients as well as dental professionals. Furthermore, many manufacturers are collaborating to develop technologically advanced products to introduce them faster in the dentistry market. Some prominent players in the global dental X-ray market include:

  • Dentsply Sirona

  • Planmeca OY

  • Dentsply Sirona

  • Danaher Corporation

  • Institute Straumann

  • Zimmer Biomet Holdings

  • 3M Company

  • A-Dec

  • Align Technology, Inc.

  • Biolase, Inc.

Dental X-Ray Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2022

USD 2.7 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 5.3 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 8.7% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Product, type, application, end-user, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; China; Japan; India; Australia; South Korea; Mexico; Brazil; Argentina; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; UAE

Key companies profiled

Dentsply Sirona; Planmeca OY; Dentsply Sirona; Danaher Corporation; Institute Straumann; Zimmer Biomet Holdings; 3M Company; A-Dec; Align Technology, Inc.; Biolase, Inc.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global dental X-ray market report based on product, type, application, end-user and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Digital

    • Analog

  • Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Intraoral

    • Extraoral

  • Application Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Medical

    • Cosmetic Dentistry

    • Forensic

  • End-User Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Dental Hospitals & Clinics

    • Dental Diagnostic Centers

    • Dental Academic & Research Institutes

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • India

      • Japan 

      • Australia

      • South Korea

      • China

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • UAE

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