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Dentsply Sirona History

More than a century of storied history and innovative leadership

For more than a century, DENTSPLY and Sirona have set a global standard for dental manufacturing, technology development, digital treatment and clinical education. Throughout our history, we have been at the forefront of innovation to improve and advance dentistry.

Dentsply Sirona traces its roots to humble beginnings – DENTSPLY International was founded as Dentists’ Supply Company in 1899 in New York City and the company that became Sirona Dental Systems was founded in 1877 in Erlangen, Germany. Through the transformative merger in 2016, Dentsply Sirona has grown to become the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies with approximately 16,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries worldwide and a sales presence in more than 120 countries.

Throughout the last century as separate companies, DENTSPLY and Sirona have each invested significantly in innovation, new product development – from the first dental drill to the first reciprocating root canal file to of course the first chairside CAD/CAM system – and the broadest clinical education platform in the industry. Both companies recognized early on that the advantages of digitization are not in the individual device, but in the seamless interaction of hardware, software and devices creating an innovative solution for dental practitioners and dental patients.

At the heart of Dentsply Sirona is our unwavering commitment to innovation. As a result, our impact is significant: Every year our products and solutions reach 600,000 dental professionals who treat over 6,000,000 patients daily! Which translates to a billion patients each year. Practitioners rely on the quality and clinical safety of our products and on the company's more than 100 years of experience. We are committed to continue to earn the trust of dental professionals for the next 100 years.

  1. 1899 - Dentsply - New York

    New York Dr. Jacob Frick Franz, John Sheppard and Dean Osborne meet at the offices of Lewis Fawcett, Commissioner of Deeds of New York City, and create a 50-year incorporation of a new company, The Dentists’ Supply Company, with $10,000 in capital.

  2. 1914

    The Dentists’ Supply Company becomes the first to establish a systematic facial shape and size relationship that accurately applies to denture tooth form.

  3. 1931

    Introduction of new Trubyte Teeth, beginning one of the most successful and lasting denture brands in the industry.

  4. 1950s

    The Dentists’ Supply Company invents the Airotor, an air-powered turbine operated handpiece that could rotate at 2,500 rpm, which revolutionized the practice of dentistry. The Company is also the first in the U.S. to offer a comprehensive dental plan to associates and their families, and establishes the ADA/Dentsply Student clinician program (SCADA).

  5. 1960s

    DENTSPLY (new name of The Dentists’ Supply Company) assumes the exclusive responsibility for marketing and serving the Cavitron 30-B, a groundbreaking ultrasonic scaling system, and launches the innovative IRM (intermediate restorative material), which is designed for intermediate restorations intended to remain in place for up to one year. IRM is used during the Vietnam War to avoid unnecessary extractions and provide field screenings for troops. Furthermore, in 1963, L.D. Caulk becomes a division of DENTSPLY, providing the opportunity to expand global reach.

  6. 1990s

    Between 1993 and 1998, DENTSPLY acquires and merges with several companies, including conventional and digital X-ray provider Gendex, Tulsa Dental Products LLC and Maillefer Instruments S.A, CeraMed Dental, the leading supplier of bonegrafting materials and hydroxylapatite plasma-feed coating materials for dental implants. Further acquisitions include Ceramco, a subsidiary focused on dental porcelain used in the fabrication of crowns, and GAC International, bringing innovation and clinical support to the orthodontic market. These acquisitions in the 90s further cement DENTSPLY’s market leader position in endodontic technology.

  7. 2000s

    DENTSPLY launches several new products, including Aquasil Ultra, capturing reliability and retaining the finest detail, and ProTaper Universal, which provides an ideal choice for daily practice as a solution for rapid and high quality canal shaping. Moreover, DENTSPLY launches SureFil SDR- progressing composite based dentistry for clinicians. Further new product innovations include GuttaCore obturator that extends the Company’s Thermafil line, the Qmix dual-action irrigant and the LoFric Sense female catheter. Moreover, a further partnership deal is closed in 2008, with DENTSPLY partnering up with Zhermack S.p.A., a leader in impression material and related products.

  8. 2010s

    DENTSPLY continues to introduce new products to the market, including WaveOne, e3, Reciproc motor and file system and RDH Freedom. The Company also launches Celtra Duo and LoFric Origo. In 2015, DENTSPLY introduces more than 30 products, such as Cavitron Touch with Sterimate 360 preventative products, Cercon HT: 16 Vita Shades & Concepts prosthetics offering, XSmart iQ, ceram.x Universal. Innovations drive growth: As DENTSPLY’s largest acquisition in its 115-year history, AstraTech, is acquired and successfully integrated to build the Company’s Implants and HealthCare business units and create an extensive new implant platform. Soon thereafter, DENTSPLY Implants launches the Astra Tech Implant System EV, the next step in the continuous evolution of the Astra Tech Implant System.

  1. 1877 - Sirona - Erlangen

    Erwin Moritz Reiniger, a mechanical engineer at the University of Erlangen, begins manufacturing electromedical and physical apparatus in Erlangen, Germany. With two business partners, Reiniger goes on to found a mechanical engineering firm, "Vereinigte Physikalisch-Mechanische Werkstaetten Reiniger, Gebbert & Schall Erlangen - New York – Stuttgart” or “RGS.”

  2. 1880s & 1890s

    William Niendorff, under the direction of an RGS precision engineer based in Erlangen, builds the first electric-powered dental drill, which soon was produced in industrial quantities. Right from the start, the Company was on the lookout for innovations: Just three days after the discovery of X-rays in 1895, RGS co-founder Max Gebbert makes initial contact with Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, the German physician who made the discovery. A few months later, RGS becomes the first company to start manufacturing X-ray tubes and apparatus. RGS produces the world's first commercial X-ray unit.

  3. 1925

    Siemens & Halske acquire a majority stake in RGS.

  4. 1956

    The 1956 launch of the Siemens SIRONA dental treatment unit marks the first use of the "Sirona" brand name. Introduction of the Siemens motorized chair.

  5. 1960s

    Siemens Reiniger Werke AG establishes a production facility at Bensheim, Germany, which until today remains a key production facility and the home of Dentsply Sirona’s Center of Innovation. In 1966, Siemens Reiniger Werke AG incorporates into Siemens AG.

  6. 1980s & 1990s

    The Company proceeds to launch its innovations, such as the CEREC (CEramic REConstruction) dental CAD/CAM system for single visit chairside production of ceramic inlays, and the ORTHOPHOS Plus DS, the first digital panorama X-ray system, followed by ORTHOPHOS Plus DS Ceph, the first digital X-ray-system for Orthodontists. On October 1, 1997, Sirona Dental Systems GmbH is established as Siemens decides to sell its dental systems division to a consortium of institutional investors coordinated through Schroder Ventures.

  7. 2000s

    New technologies are continually introduced, such as the new 3D X-ray imaging system GALILEOS, XIOS intraoral sensor system, and the development of new features for ORTHOPHOS XG. Furthermore, the TENEO premium line of Treatment Centers is launched, combining industry-leading technology, ergonomics and design for a state-of-the-art dental workflow experience. In 2009, Sirona introduces a new digital impression unit, CEREC AC, powered by its new 3D camera CEREC Bluecam. The Company further expands as it merges with Schick Technologies Inc., and Sirona Dental Systems Inc. (Sirona) common stock is listed on the NASDAQ exchange under the ticker symbol SIRO.

  8. 2010s

    The 2010s are a highly busy period for Sirona, as it successfully launches several new products to the market, such as ORTHOPHOS XG 3D, a complete 2D/3D imaging solution and its SINIUS treatment center line for efficient treatment with maximum quality and comfort, the CEREC Omnicam CAD/CAM system, which is powder-free and provides unique 3D-full jaw acquisitions in color with detail and precision, and Schick 33 (XIOS XG Supreme), the most advanced intraoral sensor in dentistry delivering an unparalleled combination of high-resolution images and dynamic image management. Sirona also launches new products in the inLab segment, including inFire HTC Speed and inEos X5. A new line of chairside mills and a new generation of turbines are also introduced, which feature more power and control and significantly decreased noise levels. The INTEGO treatment center is launched in 2014, offering top quality, flexible configuration and enhanced functionality for dental professional