Research and Markets, Dublin, has released the "Global Dental Market Report: 2010 Edition." The report breaks the global dental market into two segments: dental consumables and dental equipment.

According to the report, developed markets account for the major share in the global dental industry, with the emerging markets comprising a small share. The global dental market has been dominated by Europe, the United States, and Japan.

Drivers of the global dental industry include an increased desire for aesthetics and a favorable demographic shift, coupled with a desire to retain tooth structure later in life. The high cost of treatments and the stringent rules and regulations have been two of the major issues in the industry.

The report finds that the global dental industry is fragmented, with the top 10 players accounting for not more than 60% of the total market. Dentsply is the largest player in the global market. The report profiles four key players in the global dental industry, along with their business strategies. The companies profiled are Nobel Biocare, Straumann, Dentsply, and Danaher Corp.

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