Clean and polish: Higher oral health standards are expected to boost demand for dental services

Australia's ageing and growing population has supported the Dental Services industry over the past five years. In contrast with other health services, the Dental Services industry is predominantly privately funded. While most individuals pay for dental check-ups and procedures with their own income, some use private health insurance extras cover to subsidise the cost. Slight growth in private health insurance membership has contributed to the industry's expansion, as patients with private health cover are more willing to visit their dentist regularly and undergo expensive procedures. Consequently, industry revenue is expected to rise at an annualised 1.4% over the five years through 2019-20, to $11.2 billion. This trend includes anticipated growth of 1.6% in the current more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising private health insurance uptake has stimulated industry revenue growth
  • Dental health policy changes have affected the industry’s operating environment
  • Increased competition is anticipated to intensify price pressures in the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Dental Services industry displays low capital intensity. For every dollar spent on wages in 2019-20, industry operators will invest an estimated $0.09 in capital equipment. The large disparity between wage costs and capital outlay is due to the high wages paid to dental practitioners. Dentists are highly educated and command a premium for the services they provide. Wage costs can also be understated in some cases, as sole proprietors often draw their personal income from profit rather than wages. However, capital investment in dental practices remains significant, with practices having to invest in diagnostic equipment, drills, lasers, implements and chairs. The industry's capital intensity is forecast to remain stable over the next five years...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Dental Services Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Dental Services are:

  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Must comply with government regulations
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Private health insurance membership and Population aged 50 and older in the Dental Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Dental Services Industry?

    The industry includes registered general and specialist dental practitioners. The industry also includes dental clinics, through which multiple dentists associate to provide dental services, and dental hospitals that only provide outpatient services.

    Industry Products
  • Restorative services
  • Preventative and diagnostic services
  • Prosthodontics
  • Other specialist services
  • Other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Dental clinic operation
  • Conservative dentistry
  • Dental hospital (outpatient) operation
  • Dental surgery
  • Endodontistry
  • Oral pathology
  • Oral surgery
  • Orthodontistry
  • Periodontistry
  • Prosthodontistry
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Private health insurance membership
  • Population aged 50 and older
  • Real household disposable income
  • Number of dentists per 100,000 people

  • Current Performance
  • Participation and profit
  • Oral health standards
  • Government assistance
  • Private health insurance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Participation and profit
  • Private health insurance
  • Table: Dental Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Dental Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Health Insurance
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Medical and Surgical Equipment Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Preventative and diagnostic services
  • Other specialist services
  • Restorative services
  • Prosthodontics
  • Other services
  • Chart: Dental Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 24 and under
  • People aged 45 to 64
  • People aged 25 to 44
  • People aged 65 and older
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Dental Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Dental Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Dental Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Dental Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Dental Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A dental term referring to tooth decay or cavities.
  • Endodontics
  • An area of specialised dentistry concerned with the pulp and tissue surrounding the root of a tooth.
  • Orthodontics
  • An area of specialised dentistry concerned with correcting irregularities of the teeth and jaw.
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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Dental Services market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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