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Dental practice rolling out on Long Island after COVID helped rot world’s teeth

Aspen Dental Management, a company that helps dentist deal with their real estate and back-office issues, is rolling out in Long Island.

Working with TCSG partner Steve Gillman, the dental support organization has already signed five leases that will become independently-owned and operated dental practices operating under the Aspen Dental flag.


“I’ve been working closely with Aspen’s senior team for several years and during the pandemic we were able to secure locations that will be great for the doctors,” said Gillman. “Five leases are signed, four are close to getting done, several more are in the works.”

Each of the Long Island locations is roughly 3,500 s/f. The unit at 1750 Old Country Road in Riverhead opened four weeks ago in a Costco anchored center. Nick Andreadis at Brixmor represented the Riverhead landlord.

750 Hicksville Road in Massapequa opens in August. A free-standing location (a former bank), the space was represented by Andrew Aberham of Philips International on behalf of the landlord.

Commack, at 6079 Jericho Turnpike, a free-standing building (former Payless location), will be open by year end or early 2022. Greg Carlin of CBRE represented the landlord.

“I’m focused right now on Long Island and Staten Island,” said Gillman. “I’m also helping Aspen evaluate the potential in the boroughs. It’s a tremendous company with many smiling dentists and patients. It’s been very satisfying getting all these deals done, mostly during the pandemic. We’re all looking forward now to things getting back to some sort of normal.”

Aspen Dental recently opened their 900th location in the United States. They are currently rolling out 75 locations a year in the US.

It’s rapid expansion comes as the world faces what experts call “a dental disaster” in the aftermath of the corona virus on the health of people’s teeth and gums. While untreated conditions were allowed to worsen, lockdowns and work-at-home edicts contributed to shifting daily habits and behaviors, ultimately impacting people’s oral health. The FDI says people fell out of the habit of twice-a-day brushing and began snacking more  while stuck at home.

“Let’s call it for what it is—a dental disaster,” said Dr Gerhard Konrad Seeberger, president of FDI World Dental Federation. “Restrictions have certainly played a part in oral health hesitancy, but they don’t tell the whole story.”

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