Payers, schools, DSOs and more: Dentistry's top players in 2022

Several dental companies have been recognized this year for their growth, performance and footprint. 

Here are the top players of the dental industry in 2022:

Top 10 fastest growing dental companies

Select Dental Management (Florham Park, N.J.)

Spark Dental Management (West Chester, Pa.)

uLab Systems 

Aligned Dental Partners (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)

Beam Benefits

Tusk Partners

Professional Transition Strategies

Operation Dental

Tab32 

Woodstock (Ga.) Dental Care

Top 10 best dental schools

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Harvard University (Boston)

University of California Los Angeles

University of California San Francisco

University of Washington (Seattle)

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

University of Iowa (Iowa City)

New York University (New York City)

Best dental insurers

Best for Major Work: Guardian Direct

Best for Braces: Delta Dental

Best for Variety of Plan Options: Humana

Best for Affordable Dental Care: DentaQuest

Best for No Waiting Periods: Spirit Dental

Best for Short Waiting Periods on Basic Services: UnitedHealthcare Dental

Best for Nationwide Coverage: Cigna

Best suppliers

Best overall: Patterson Dental

Best for large practices: Henry Schein

Best for discounts: Benco Dental

Best for quick shipping: Darby Dental

Best for last-minute orders: Midwest Dental Equipment & Supply

Best for specialties: Pearson Dental Supply

Best for small practices: Safco Dental Supply

Top 10 largest DSOs

Heartland Dental 

Aspen Dental 

Pacific Dental Services 

Smile Brands 

Affordable Dentures & Implants

MB2 Dental 

Dental Care Alliance

Western Dental

Great Expressions Dental Centers

American Dental Partners

Three richest people in dentistry

Thomas Straumann, owner of a 17 percent stake in Straumann Holding, the world's largest manufacturer of dental implants

Christoph Zeller, beneficiary of dental products company Ivoclar Vivadent AG who served as CEO from 1990 to 2003

Heikki Kyostila, president of global dental equipment manufacturer Planmeca

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