Dental care increases after pandemic troughs

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People are back to cleaning and repairing their teeth.

The big picture: The coronavirus almost completely halted the operations of dentists and orthodontists last spring. But since then, sales of dental equipment and supplies have doubled in the past year, with more people getting vaccinated and returning to their dentists.

What they say : Executives at dental distributor Henry Schein said patient trafficking in the United States, Australia and New Zealand was near or above 2019 levels.

  • “We are at or near pre-pandemic growth rates,” Patterson Companies CEO Mark Walchirk said in June. “Dentists continue to invest in their practice.
  • The higher volumes have led dentists and orthodontists to order more dental implants, imaging machines, tools, tooth aligners, software and other supplies.

In numbers : Dental revenues of four dominant manufacturers and suppliers – Align, Dentsply Sirona, Henry Schein and Patterson – stood at $ 2.2 billion at the height of the pandemic, and combined sales are now expected to exceed $ 4.6 billion a year later, according to data analyzed by Axios.

What to watch: The dental industry does not expect a repeat of layoffs and closures if coronavirus cases continue to rise.

  • “Even though the Delta variant is forcing people to shut down, I think the dental community has learned to manage this and proactively contact their patients and keep them safe,” said Don Casey, CEO of Dentsply Sirona, to investors this month.
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