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Tooth Filling Materials Market Size By Material (Composite, Silver Amalgam, Glass Ionomer, Gold Filling), By End-use (Dental Clinics, Hospitals), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Development Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2022 – 2030

  • Report ID: GMI816
  • Published Date: Jul 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Tooth Filling Materials Market size was valued at around USD 1.9 billion in 2021 and is estimated to register over 6.6% CAGR between 2022 and 2030. This market growth is primarily owing to the increasing prevalence of dental caries and rising awareness associated with oral ailments.

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The rising prevalence of dental caries and decay owing to unhealthy lifestyle globally is set to accelerate the market growth. According to the Scientific Reports, in 2019, the untreated carious lesions was amongst the most profound condition affected significant proportion of populace worldwide. The same study reported approximately 33,000 cases per 100,000 individuals in Germany, making it one of the most prevalent dental conditions. Thus, the surging prevalence of dental conditions is the prime impact rendering factor fueling the tooth filling materials market expansion.

Tooth filling materials are primarily employed in repairing tooth cavities, decay, and cracks to restore and enhance the shape & capacity of the teeth. Tooth filling materials interact with the oral components to treat, repair, restore or replace the tissue function. A wide range of tooth filling materials are composed using glass ionomers, composite resins, gold fillings, silver amalgam, and others.

However, several complications concerning the use of certain tooth filling materials, i.e., dental amalgams may negatively impact the global industry growth. Dental amalgams are composed of metals such as zinc, mercury, and others. The release of mercury from the dental amalgam vapour form is inhaled by the patient and absorbed by lungs.

This development may lead to a critical impact on brain and kidney, thus affecting the patient health. Also, the toxicity of silver amalgams and several incidents of mercury poisoning might reduce the adoption of tooth filling materials and hinder market growth. Moreover, the U.S. FDA categorizes dental amalgams as a class II device that must comply with several compliances and regulations to gain pre-market notification or 510 (k) approval before marketing the product. Thus, the growing side effects associated with silver amalgam that hampers the brain and kidney health along with stringent regulatory compliances may impede the growth of tooth filling materials market. 

The COVID-19 pandemic affected the economy and disrupted multiple industrial sectors with immense financial adversities. Due to the pandemic, the medical services were directed towards catering to COVID-19 patients and emergency services only, further affecting other elective medical practices. Dentistry was amongst the key healthcare practices that was affected to a significant extent owing to its elective nature.

Multiple governing associations including the British Dental Association and American Dental Association (ADA) among other organizations issued guidelines. These guidelines and suggestions focused on catering to only emergency procedures and postponing non-emergent dental services, including tooth filling procedures that negatively impacted the tooth filling materials industry growth, during the initial phase of 2020.

Research surveys have reported substantial reduction in patient influx at dental care facilities. As per the Oral Health article, in 2020, the dental practices in Canada were impacted significantly with the drop in revenue. With dental professionals unable to practice during the initial phase of lockdown, approximately 46% of the dentists reported reduced revenues. The estimates by the Patient Safety Network, in 2020, reported that around 198,000 active dentists and dental specialists in the U.S. were shut down during the pandemic.

The interrupted dentistry practice and reduced patient volume at dental clinics might reduce the demand for elective dental procedures including tooth filling procedures. The shutdown of dental practices and access to only emergency services reduced the tooth filling procedures, thereby negatively hampering the sales of tooth filling materials and impacting the market outlook.

Although, the reducing number of COVID-19 patients and resuming dental services are projected to uplift the market. As per 2020 research article, around 25% of the dentists feel confident regarding their production levels and expected them to be higher as compared to 2020. Thus, the COVID-19 pandemic affected the market growth; however, reducing COVID-19 patients, and adoption of safety protocols by the dentists whilst providing dental services is set to uplift the industry growth to pre-pandemic level.

Increasing prevalence of dental caries is expected to drive the market growth significantly

The increasing prevalence and incidence suffering from dental caries is anticipated to accelerate the tooth filling materials market in coming years. This surging prevalence of dental diseases is projected to boost the demand and adoption of dental filling, thereby providing notable growth stimulus to the dental filling materials market.

As per the Global Burden of Disease 2017 study, unaddressed dental conditions are amongst the increasingly profound health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, in 2020, stated that more than 530 million children were affected with dental caries of primary teeth. Another study, conducted by the International Journal of Dentistry, in 2020, reported that the prevalence of dental caries among school children was 46.7% in Ethiopia. The lack of parents’ insistence, dearth of oral health education, and poor habit of mouth wash are some of the major factors promoting the prevalence of dental caries.

Also, there is a notable correlation between socioeconomic status and the prevalence & severity of oral disorders. Factors including high consumption of sugar, poor diet, excessive use of tobacco, and alcohol further proliferate the burden of oral diseases in developing countries.

As per the SciELO article, in 2019, the prevalence of untreated dental caries among children in Brazil was approximately 42.9% in 2020. Thus, the rise in the prevalence of dental caries, especially in emerging economies provides lucrative growth opportunities for major players to expand their commercial presence and capitalize maximum market share in untapped geographies.

Growing patient preference for dental composites is projected to promote the market statistics

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Based on material, the market is segmented as composite resin, silver amalgam, glass ionomer, gold fillings and others. The composite resin segment held significant market share in 2021 and is expected to witness 6.8% CAGR from 2022-2030. This substantial segment growth is owing to the surging preference for composite resins. Composite fillings are made of polymerizable matrix that are bond to tooth, further offering additional support. Composite resins provide a versatile range of applications and drive aesthetic appeal.

Moreover, these fillings are durable with enhanced physical as well as mechanical properties. Rapid bonding, high durability, and natural appearance are the key parameters promoting the preference for these fillings in repairing cracks in teeth. Also, composite resins possess limited risk associated with the tooth sensitivity. As a result, owing to exceptional clinical properties and wide range of applications, these fillings are increasingly preferred that is set to benefit the tooth filling materials market expansion.

The surging dental practices is set to accelerate the industry landscape

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Based on end-use, the market is segmented as dental clinics, hospitals, and others. The dental clinics segment accounted for more than 57% of the market share in 2021. This lucrative segment share is primarily attributed to the increasing number of dental practices and surging awareness regarding dental procedures. Consolidation of dental practice is further expected to drive the range of services and preference for these facilities. Several large dental consolidators have benefitted, although smaller independent dental practices have relatively not been able to capitalize in similar terms.

In this macroenvironment, wherein dental practices face certain challenges, with the ever-increasing margins being one of them, consolidation offers an effective solution. As of 2019, there were over 201,000 dentists operating in the U.S. Compared to the previous years, in 2019, the number of dentists practicing in consolidated dental practices increased to around 50%.  Thus, the increasing number of dental practices is anticipated to promote the adoption of tooth filling materials. 

High prevalence of dental conditions in the North America region is anticipated to foster the regional business outlook

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U.S. tooth filling materials market is projected to reach more than USD 1,030 million by 2030. This majority industry share is majorly attributable to multiple factors such as a sizeable number of dental specialists, increased dental visits, and high dental care expenditure in the country. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2017, the prevalence of dental caries accounted for approximately 90% among adults aged 20-64 years. The prevalence surged with age, affecting 96% of the older adults aged 65 years and above.

Also, according to the ADA, approximately 50% of people aged 75 years and older were affected with root caries in 2021. These numbers are reported to be rising steadily from past years and indicate a similar trend in the foreseeable future. Thus, the rapid surge in the prevalence rates of dental caries and cavities is anticipated to propel the demand and adoption of tooth filling materials to treat these conditions.

Strategies adopted by prominent players are projected to spur the industry growth

Some of the major market players operating in the tooth filling materials industry are 3M, SDI Limited, Coltene Whaledent, Dentsply Sirona, GC America, DenMat Holdings, Kerr Corporation, Kuraray Noritake Dental and VOCO GmbH, among others. These major market players are adopting strategic formulations such as new product development & commercialization, commercial expansion, distribution agreements for industry expansion. Moreover, these players are investing heavily in developing products and thereby driving revenue generation.

Recent industry developments:

  • In February 2022, Shofu Dental launched a pediatric self-adhesive flowable composite, Beautifil Kids SA. This product has limited the need for the technique-sensitive bonding procedure in pediatric patients. This product launch will help the company in diversifying & bolstering its tooth filling materials portfolio.
  • In December 2020, 3M launched RelyX Universal Resin Cement and Scotchbond Universal Plus Adhesive. These tooth filling materials are designed to streamline direct and indirect restorative workflows and increase efficiency for clinicians. This launch broadened company’s tooth filling materials portfolio and helped to capitalize on market share.

Tooth filling materials market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2017 to 2030, for the following segments:

By Material

  • Composite
  • Silver Amalgam
  • Glass Ionomer
  • Gold Fillings
  • Others

By End-use

  • Hospitals
  • Dental Clinics
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
Authors: Sumant Ugalmugle, Rupali Swain

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Global market for tooth filling materials market was valued at around USD 1.9 billion in the year 2021 and is predicted to record over 6.6% CAGR between 2022 to 2030.
Composite resin tooth filling market is expected to witness 6.8% CAGR from 2022-2030, given that these fillings are made of polymerizable matrix that bonds to the tooth and is aesthetically appealing.
Companies like 3M, Coltene Whaledent, Dentsply Sirona, SDI Limited, GC America, Kerr Corporation, DenMat Holdings, Kuraray Noritake Dental and VOCO GmbH are some of the leading tooth filling materials suppliers and manufacturers.
The market for tooth filling materials market in the U.S. is projected to reach over $1,030 million by 2030 owing to factors like the availability of many dental specialists, an increase in dental visits, and high dental care expenditure.

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  • Companies covered: 12
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