Heartland Dental Fortifies Its Footprint with iTero® Element Intraoral Scanners

Effingham, IL, July 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Heartland Dental, the nation’s largest dental support organization, today announced its  multi-year agreement with Align Technology to extend iTero® Element intraoral scanners to its supported dentists and teams nationwide. The endeavor represents the industry’s single-largest scanner deployment and investment in supported dental offices and the patients they serve.

“Intraoral scanning technology is revolutionizing dentistry. The impact it’s having on oral health cannot be denied,” said Pat Bauer, Heartland Dental President and CEO. “Healthcare has gone digital and dentistry is no exception. Today’s modern dental patients expect convenience and efficiency. We feel strongly that our partnership with Align, and our investment in its scanning technology, further positions our supported dentists to deliver cutting-edge care to their dental patients.”

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Heartland Dental Opens Support Office in Indianapolis

Effingham, IL, Aug. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Heartland Dental, the largest dental support organization in the country, today announced the opening of a support office in Indianapolis for non-clinical, accounting positions. Open since Jul. 16, Heartland Dental is actively recruiting for open positions at this location.

“Our growth trajectory demands that we increase the level of assistance that we provide to our supported dentists,” said Patrick Bauer, Heartland Dental President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to announce our first regional support office outside of our Effingham headquarters. Indianapolis is the first additional office, and we may add others. But no timetable has been set.”

Since its inception in 1997, Heartland Dental has grown to support more than 850 dental offices, 1,200 dentists, and 11,000 employees. The company’s Strategic Plan calls for increasing the number of supported dentists and dental offices that comprise the Company’s operations. Therefore, a regionalized model for administrative support functions, like accounting for example, was most suitable. No timetable has been set for opening additional support offices in other cities.

“It’s incredibly gratifying to be positioned to build upon the value that we create for supported dentists,” said Rick Workman, DMD, Founder and Executive Chairman of Heartland Dental. “Indianapolis is the first installation of regional support outside of our headquarters. But Effingham is where it all started, and it will continue to be the ‘heart’ of Heartland Dental.”

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Smile Brands Continues to Expand Its Network of Affiliated Practices

IRVINE, Calif.Aug. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Smile Brands Inc., one of the nation’s leading dental support organizations (DSO) with nearly 400 affiliated offices across 16 states, is pleased to announce its latest partnership with Carmel Plaza Dental & Orthodontics in San Diego, California.

Smile Brands will provide full-service administrative support to the practice, including; purchasing, payroll, accounting, IT, billing, facilities management and marketing. Practice staff will remain in place and the business will continue to operate under the Carmel Plaza Dental brand.

Dr. Frank Rafail has been practicing dentistry for 32 years. He has owned and operated Carmel Plaza Dental & Orthodontics since 2005 providing exceptional dental and orthodontic care to local residents.

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Heartland Dental provides free digital oral health scans

Heartland Dental, the largest dental support organization in the country, recently helped over 220 members of the Effingham community and team members at the company’s headquarters receive free digital oral health scans as part of Scan the ‘Ham.

On July 26 and 27, Scan the ‘Ham took place during Heartland Dental’s Dr. LEADS event. During both days, team members from Heartland Family Dental Care and Heartland Dental doctor mentors provided free scans using the iTero Element intraoral scanner. From the scans, team and community members learned valuable information about possible oral health issues and opportunities to advance their smiles.

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Heartland Dental Continues to Expand Its Network of Supported Dental Offices

Effingham, IL, July 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Heartland Dental, the nation’s largest dental support organization (DSO), is pleased to welcome our newest supported offices representing communities in Surprise, Ariz.; Lakeville, Minn.; Austin, Texas; Oliver Springs, Tenn.; Everett and Spokane Washington; Colorado Springs and Aurora Colorado. These additions take the cumulative total for newly added supported dental offices to 39 year-to-date.

With more than 850 supported dental offices operating in 35 states, Heartland Dental is the largest DSO in the country in terms of newly constructed dental offices and transition pathways (or affiliations) for existing ones. Following a majority investment by KKR earlier this year, the company expects even more growth acceleration in the months ahead.

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Dental Associates Reaccredited by AAAHC

Dental Associates’ dental centers have been reaccredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), marking the third consecutive time the company has received accreditation. The company was originally accredited in 2012, but is required to undergo a survey and reexamination at least every three years.

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American Dental Hygienists’ Association Supports the Elimination of a Patient Procedure-Based Single Encounter Clinical Licensure Examination

Newswise | American Dental Hyngiensts’ Association | 6/27/18

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) House of Delegates announced its support for the elimination of the patient procedure-based, single encounter clinical examination for candidates who are graduates of Commission on Dental Accreditation accredited dental hygiene programs and who are eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.

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Private Equity is Pouring Money Into a Dental Empire

Bloomberg | Will Mathis and Tom Metcalf | 6/28/18

One of the richest dentists in the U.S. hasn’t seen a patient for more than two decades.

Richard Workman, 63, stopped practicing in 1996 to build his company, Heartland Dental, into a kind of Walgreens for the dentistry business. He scooped up one dentist office after another, and today Heartland has more than 800 in 36 states, making it the largest dental management company in the country.

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Dental distribution and supply trends: An interview with DC Dental’s David Charnowitz

June 26, 2018 By Zachary Kulsrud, Chief Editor, Apex360
What do you think about your dental supplier? If you’re like most dentists and office managers, you’re demanding technology efficiencies, product expertise, and lower prices. That’s a tall order, but it’s why companies like DC Dental are rising to the top of the dental distribution game. DC Dental understands that to keep up in the age of Amazon Prime, you have to invest in your product. That’s why the company recently put $2 million into automation improvements at its Baltimore, Maryland, distribution center. What does that kind of money buy you? To find out, we talked to Dan Charnowitz, CEO of DC Dental. Charnowitz also identified key trends that he sees shaping the dental market. Read our exclusive interview to learn more.
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The Disappearing Solo Practice Model in Dentistry

June 26, 2018 by Marc Cooper, DDS

A model disappears when it becomes obsolete. A model becomes obsolete when it reaches the end of its life cycle. I assert that the life cycle of solo practice in dentistry is ending. (1,2)

The definition of obsolete is “no longer in use or no longer useful; of a kind or style no longer current.” (3) According to this definition, solo practices are becoming obsolete. Many of those in solo practice won’t believe this. They will deny, disclaim, and strongly resist the idea that they are the last of their kind. But solo are like pen and paper, hard drives, car keys, checkbooks, landlines, passwords, desktop computers, cabs, portable music players, and retail stores—all things that are are becoming obsolete.

When you examine the obsolescence phenomenon, there are many clear indicators that it’s happening in dentistry. One sign of impending obsolescence is bad forecasting. (4,5) Solo practitioners are, of course, forecasting their longevity. Why is this? One reason is that many in solo practice don’t see the tremendous shift in consumer demands.

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