Park Dental acquired

Oct. 6, 2011
Former IMTEC founder and owner Ronald A. Bulard, DDS, has acquired all shares of Park Dental Research, and was appointed CEO and president.

Former IMTEC founder and owner Ronald A. Bulard, DDS, has acquired all shares of Park Dental Research, and was appointed CEO and president.

Established in 1967, Park Dental Research is one of the oldest dental implant and technology companies in the world. The revamped company was scheduled to begin operations Oct. 1, 2011, in Ardmore, Okla.

Founded and presided over since inception by Dr. Jack Wimmer, Park Dental Research is a dental implant company established to research, design, develop, manufacture, and market dental specialty products. Park Dental offers a line of dental specialty products, and plans to commence with 10 employees in the Ardmore headquarters in addition to a New York City sales office.

“I started IMTEC Corporation 20 years ago with one employee,” Dr. Bulard said. “The company was sold to 3M three years ago, and our company, Park Dental Research, is fully prepared to replicate IMTEC’s success.”

The business of mini implants

Over two decades, IMTEC offered products in all 50 states and virtually all abroad with 48 distributors. At one time, IMTEC employed more than 300 employees, most based in Ardmore.

“We’ll be utilizing some of the former IMTEC employees,” Dr. Bulard said. “We expect Park Dental to grow quickly because of the demand for the type of products we’ll be offering, at great values.”

A core product for Park will be the Lew MDI (mini-dental implant), said Park Dental COO Stephen J. Hadwin.

“The Lew MDI o-ball implant offers a refinement upon the standard mini-dental implant design,” Hadwin said. “It’s a golden anodized o-ball abutment implant with reverse buttress threading that will result in a cost-effective method of implant treatment.”

Added Dr. Bulard: “I only wish that we could reveal some of the other projects in our products pipeline at Park Dental. We see so many opportunities for this company to offer effective technologies to dental professionals and as a result, improve tooth replacement outcomes for dental patients.”

The company will aggressively market its new product line through professionally organized training seminars planned to commence in early 2012 at locations across the country.

“We’ll be training doctors in major cities across the U.S. in addition to offering courses at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in Oklahoma City,” Dr. Bulard explained. “It’s an ambitious undertaking, but we’re prepared to get our high-quality, cost-effective products in doctors’ hands so they can see the difference from the competition.”

Dr. Bulard noted that he believed in the responsible advocacy of implantology science as an inclusive discipline in dentistry.

“Implants have improved and enhanced the lives of thousands of people,” explained the board-certified 1985 graduate of the Oklahoma University College of Dentistry. “We’re excited about Park Dental Research Corporation and its potential to be a growth-oriented company.”

Dr. Jack Wimmer will remain with Park Dental Research in an advisory role. A Holocaust survivor, Wimmer began his career by practicing dentistry in Germany but moved to the United States to open a dental laboratory.

Dr. Wimmer was instrumental in the pioneering of dental implants with Drs. Gustov Dhal, Victor Sendax, Aaron Gershkoff, Norman Goldberg, Isaiah Lew, Leonard Linkow, Raphael Chercheve, Jack Lemmons, Norman Cranin, Carl Misch, Charles Babbush, Kenneth Judy, Burton Balkin, Robert James, Bob Baier, and Professors Muratori and Yanagisawa.

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