Endodontic apex locator is an electronic device which is used to determine the length of root canal space. The removal of all necrotic material, pulp tissues, and microorganisms from root canal is essential for endodontic success. Usually, the point of termination for obturation and endodontic instrumentation has been determined by taking radiographs. The progress in electronic apex locator has aided to make the calculation of working length more precise and predictable. Endodontic apex locator measures the length of root canal through the point of apical foramen. Precise length control in endodontics is crucial in painless endodontics. The precision of apex locators can vary between 80% and 96%, but these apex locators are much better than a radiograph. Endodontic diagnostic equipment gives the precision that is necessary for the successful outcomes during cleaning and shaping of canals. An apex locator can obtain perfect root canal measurement irrespective of fluid conductive for the most accurate reading. Accurate working length determination prevents under-instrumentation that might leave tissues and debris in the apical segment and over-instrumentation which can cause patient discomfort, damage periapical tissue, or potentially cause an infection or cyst formation from the placement of the irritating materials beyond the apex. First apex-locator uses direct current, but it had various disadvantages. In order to improve the measurement procedures, direct current was replaced by alternating current and impedance was measured on a single frequency in order to approximate the position of apical constriction. The problem with single frequency apex-locators arises due to the presence of electrolytes in the canal. Thus, the new generation of locators has been introduced now and is measured on two frequencies and the location of apical constriction is calculated from corresponding impedance ratio.
The global endodontic apex locator market is anticipated to register a significant CAGR over the forecast period. The endodontic apex locator market is being majorly driven by the increasing number of dentists and dental practices and rising dental tourism may boost the demand for endodontic apex locator. Increasing dental expenditure along with an increase in disposable incomes also anticipated to propel the demand for endodontic apex locator and drives the global market of endodontic apex locator. Increasing health concerns among people also enhancing the growth of endodontic apex locator market over the forecast period. However, the unfavorable reimbursement scenario for dental procedures, may hamper the demand and restrain the growth of endodontic apex locator market.
The global endodontic apex locator market is segmented on the basis of product type and end user:
Geographically, the endodontic apex locator market is segmented into five key regions such as North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), and Middle East & Africa (MEA). North America has become the lucrative market for endodontic apex locator and is anticipated to emerge as the fastest growing market due to the increasing occurrence of periodontal diseases coupled with increasing disposable incomes of consumers. Europe is expected to register a significant growth over a forecast period due to the growing awareness of dental hygiene along with the increasing number of dental practitioner. APAC region is also expected to register a significant growth in the endodontic apex locator market over a forecast period.
Some of the players operating in the global endodontic apex locator market are J. MORITA CORP., Kerr Corporation, Dentsply Sirona, AMT dental, NSK Dental, Geosoft, Guilin zhuomuniao Medical Devices Co., Ltd., coxotec and others. These companies are highly focused on the development of advanced endodontic apex locator further contributing to the growth of endodontic apex locator globally.
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