3M, St Paul, Minn, has signed a definitive agreement to acquireIMTEC Corp, a manufacturer of dental implants and cone beam computedtomography (CBCT) scanning equipment for dental and medical radiologyheadquartered in Ardmore, Okla.

"Our combineddigital products and expertise will enable a digital ‘totalrestorative’ approach with more options thanever, including IMTEC implants, 3MTM ESPETMLavaTM crowns, and 3M’sadvanced digital workflow solutions," saidJeffrey Lavers, vice president and general manager of 3M ESPE. "Together,we will have an end-to-end implantology solution, making the processeasier, faster, and better for dentists everywhere."

IMTEC is best known for its mini dental implants, which aresmall-diameter, single-unit dental implants that don’trequire invasive surgery so bone trauma is minimal and patientdiscomfort is limited. Mini dental implants are primarily used fordenture fixation, but are also appropriate for orthodontic anchorage.

"We are looking forward to the reputation,resources, and worldwide reach that 3M brings to help us build thisbusiness," said Ron Bulard, DDS and chairmanof the board of IMTEC. "Its overallstrength in oral care with both the 3M ESPE and 3M Unitek divisionsmakes them a particularly good partner for us."

One of the world’s largest suppliers to thedental industry, 3M manufactures and markets a wide range of productsand services used by dental professionals worldwide to improve oralhealth. IMTEC employs approximately 230 people located at its operations inArdmore; Los Alamos, NM; and Boulder, Colo. The transaction isexpected to close in the third quarter, subject to customary closingconditions.