Virtual reality use in dentistry is increasing

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Virtual reality use in dentistry is increasing, with the global market projected to grow by 18%

Virtual reality use in dentistry is increasing, with the global market projected to grow by 18%. (Image: Shutterstock / berdiyandriy)
Dental Tribune UK & Ireland

Dental Tribune UK & Ireland

Thu. 23 March 2023


The “Dentaverse” aims to reduce the gap between physical and virtual dental care for dental professionals and dental students. A new report conducted by Cognitive Market Research indicates that the global augmented and virtual reality market in dentistry was around USD 550.1 million in 2022, and is projected to reach USD 3,554.5 million by 2030 – a CAGR of 18.4%.

The dental industry is continuously evolving due to the constant innovation of technologies. Computer-aided technology has significantly impacted dental industry, and wide usage of technological tools like AR and VR proves very beneficial for its growth. The research report findings indicate that augmented reality technology is widely preferred in dental surgeries, especially for those performing dental implants, craniofacial surgery, and orthognathic surgery. During these surgeries AR focuses on providing more visibility of the surgical field. Hence, it is primarily used to display dynamic navigation systems in dental implantology, while glasses and headsets used in AR and VR simulate patient reactions.

The demand for AR and VR in training and education has increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as restrictions to prevent the pandemic spread have provided limited learning opportunities to students. Simulation technology is widely accepted for dental education and training, allowing trainers to demonstrate various dental techniques to enhance the manual dexterity of the students. The technology provides high precision during the learning period owing to the direct involvement of every student.

Furthermore, anxiety and fear of pain is common amongst dental patients. In such scenarios, VR helps doctors to transport patients to an artificial environment of pleasant views to divert their minds. Furthermore, if any equipment fails, it is not advisable to wait for a professional to repair it because this might be dangerous for patients. AR technology allows technicians to remotely guide dentists through their headsets so that they can easily fix the dentistry equipment.

The report author suggests “It is not inappropriate to say that the future is here as AR and VR are definitely changing the way of life for dentists and patients.”


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