Canadian Dental Services Outlook Beyond 2016

Jose Villamor 2016-10-18 17:00:00

Over the last few decades, diverse factors have combined to cause a rise in the demand for dental services not just in Canada but globally. The wide availability of dental health and insurance programs, increases in preventive dental hygiene efforts in schools, and the general rise of problems associated with dental and oral health among the public have significantly boosted the number of people visiting the dentist. Today, the dentist is more focussed on oral health screening, repairs, disease screening, maintenance and dental hygiene than on tooth extraction. If you want to learn more, you may be interested in checking out the resources at Prosthodontic Associates.

Rising Demand for Dental Services

The dentists industry has over the past five years exhibited fast growth largely due to a rise in per capita dental expenditures. A burgeoning elderly Canadian population over the coming years is going to spur demand for orthodontic, cosmetic, restorative, and periodontal care. As this demographic group endeavours to retain their natural teeth for longer using new dental technologies, it is bound to boost the industry.

The Number of Dentists

The number of dentists over the past couple of years has shown significant increases, mainly due a rising demand as well as general labour pool growth. Even though these services’ demand is likely to increase at a slightly slower pace than in the past, the actual number of new dentists’ entrants is likely to keep on exceeding by far the number required to cover attrition (deaths and retirements).

Because practically there is no unemployment in the Canadian dental services sector, nearly all vacancies will be filled by immigrants and fresh graduates in the years ahead.

Growth of Venture Capital

A major trend being seen in Canada is the rise of venture capital—being channelled towards funding the dental laboratory sector. It would normally be expected that laboratory business consolidation would be coming exclusively as a result of the rising digital manufacturing cost, but the rising trends towards corporate dentistry may mean larger labs becoming even bigger to meet the scale of demand coming from the commercial dentistry sector.

More Digitalization

Perhaps among the most significant dental services trends in Canada and globally is the increasing digitalization of the industry. This is evident in 3-D intraoral scanners, digital impressions, CAD/CAM units, 3-D printers, digital radiography, high-definition (HD) cameras, bulk-fill composites, caries detection devices, as well as smart equipment -sterilizers, vacuums, and compressors.


The dental services market in Canada will continue witnessing improved growth in technology, consumables, and equipment fuelled by rising patient education and demand. There will be increased acceptance and recognition of the medical community, which will in turn allow for increased collaboration in aspects such as oral cancer, sleep problems, periodontal health, and facial aesthetics. The dental service professional will be looking beyond the patient’s mouth alone, appreciating the close links between oral health and whole body health in the pursuit of new approaches. If you want to learn more, you may be interested in checking out the resources at Prosthodontic Associates.

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