Private equity in dentistry: 11 big moves

Several DSOs and dental companies have partnered with or received investments from private equity firms this year. 

Here are 11 notable moves covered by Becker's so far this year: 

1. Toms River, N.J.-based ProSmile sold its SmartArches brand to private equity firm TriSpan.

2. Thurston Group, a private equity investment firm, launched Modis Dental Partners, a dental organization focused on practices with an emphasis on dental implants.

3. Private equity firm InTandem Capital Partners established beBright, a doctor-owned and led pediatric dentistry and orthodontic services organization.

4. Canton, Mass.-based Advanced Dental Brands received a growth investment from an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, a private equity and alternative investment firm.

5. Hudson Dental Partners, a DSO serving the Northeastern market backed by private equity firm Hudson Yards Capital, acquired its first practice.

6. Richmond Hill, Ga.-based SGA Dental Partners, which is backed by private equity firm Thurston Group, added its 100th location. 

7. Oak Dental Partners received a $153 million senior secured credit facility from Comvest Credit Partners. Comvest Credit Partners is the lending platform of private investment firm Comvest Partners.

8. Bluetree Dental received a $32 million investment from private equity firm Clairvest Group.

9. Dentive received an investment from private equity firm HGGC.

10. Dental Care Alliance was acquired by Mubadala Investment Co., a sovereign investor based in the United Arab Emirates, in partnership with private equity firm Harvest Partners.

11. Vancouver, Wash.-based Mosaic Dental Collective partnered with Audax Private Equity, an investment management company.

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