Dental CAD/CAM Production Outsourcing Jumps 15% Over 2007

According to Millennium Research Group's new Crown and Bridge Marketrack(TM) project, outsourcing is becoming the wave of the future

WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Millennium Research Group's (MRG's) new Crown and Bridge Marketrack(TM) project indicates that 37% of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) production was outsourced in Q2 of 2008. According to MRG's Global Markets for Dental CAD/CAM Systems 2008 report, this represents a 15% increase in proportion over 2007.

Many dental laboratories outsource CAD/CAM crown and bridge production to keep up with demand for CAD/CAM restorations. Outsourcing greatly decreases the capital expenditure for the necessary equipment, requiring a dental laboratory to invest only in a scanner, the cost of which is sometimes as low as 25% of a complete CAD/CAM system. Nobel Biocare and Straumann/etkon -- two key competitors in the CAD/CAM market -- offer exclusively outsourced production. Accordingly, many labs view outsourcing as a more viable and profitable option than purchasing a complete CAD/CAM system.

"The more labs that outsource CAD/CAM restoration, the better," says Kevin Flewwelling, Manager of MRG's Orthopedics and Dental division. "This practice will allow more dentists to meet the increasing patient demand for custom-milled crowns and bridges."

For in-depth analysis and five-year growth forecasts, MRG also offers its Global Markets for Dental CAD/CAM Systems 2008 report, which includes coverage on the US, Europe, and Japan. Coverage of industry competitors includes 3M ESPE, 3Shape, Dentsply, etkon, GC, KaVo, Nobel Biocare, Sirona, U-Best Dental Technology Inc., Wieland Dental Systems, and WOL-DENT.

About the CAD/CAM Production Process

To create CAD/CAM crowns and bridges, dentists create an impression of the site to be restored. The mold of the site is then sent to a lab, where a technician digitally scans the model. Using computer-aided design software, the technician will design a 3D model of the restoration. Technicians will then employ the digitized 3D model and CAD/CAM technology to mill the restoration directly in the laboratory or send the data to a production center for milling. The latter method is commonly referred to as outsourcing.

About Crown and Bridge Marketrack(TM)

US and European Crown and Bridge Marketrack(TM) gathers quarterly data from dental practices and dental laboratories. Marketrack(TM) subscribers receive thousands of data points, including usage (units, average selling price, and revenue) for crowns, bridges, and veneers; procedure volumes; competitor and brand information; as well as installed technology for CAD/CAM systems.

About Millennium Research Group

Millennium Research Group ( http://www.MRG.net), a Decision Resources, Inc. company ( http://www.DecisionResources.com), is the global authority on medical technology market intelligence and the leading provider of strategic information to the health care sector. The company provides specialized industry expertise through published reports, ongoing Marketrack(TM) projects, and customized solutions.

All company, brand, or product names contained in this document may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

    For more information, contact:
    Amy Krohn
    Millennium Research Group
    416-364-7776 x101
    akrohn@mrg.net

Web site: http://www.mrg.net/
http://www.DecisionResources.com/




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