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What are some examples of corporate dental companies?

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As of 2015, examples of corporate dental companies include Aspen Dental, American Dental Partners Inc., Northeast Dental Management and Great Expressions Dental Services. A private-equity firm owns Aspen Dental's management company. Aspen Dental operates approximately 350 offices in almost two dozen states.

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Northeast Dental Management expanded regionally by purchasing Dental Associates of Northern Virginia with the help of a private equity firm. Based in Massachusetts, American Dental Partners provides management services for dental practices in more than 20 states.

American Dental Partners' affiliations give it a presence in 21 states, with more than 2,400 operatories. With its acquisition of Exceldent Dental LLP, which had more than 18 dental practice locations in the tri-state New York area, Great Expressions Dental Services controls about 170 locations in 16 states.

Corporate management of group dental practices is a developing trend. Reasons for the growth include the costs of financing dental school, along with establishing, managing and insuring a dental practice. Many dentists seek affiliation or employment with corporate dental practice management companies to relieve the various pressures, which creates investment opportunities for private equity firms. Some investors see the trend as a health-care sector hedge against recession. State laws permitting corporate ownership of group dental practices differ significantly, and some states prohibit non-dentists from owning a dental practice directly.

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