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April 30, 2008 at 12:31 PM EDT

DENTSPLY International Inc. Reports Record 2008 First Quarter Sales and Earnings

  Sales Increase 18.6%

               Earnings Per Diluted Share Increase 18.4%

YORK, Pa., April 30, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DENTSPLY International Inc. (Nasdaq:XRAY) today announced record sales and earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2008. Net sales in the first quarter of 2008 increased 18.6% to $560.8 million compared to $472.9 million reported for the first quarter of 2007. Net sales, without precious metal content, were $496.2 million, a 17.2% increase compared to 2007. Net sales, in the first quarter of 2008, were positively affected by strong internal growth, acquisitions, and from the strength of international currencies against the U.S. dollar.

Net income for the first quarter of 2008 was $68.2 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, an increase of 18.4% compared to $0.38 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2007. No meaningful adjustments on a non-GAAP basis occurred in either quarterly period. For a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measure to earnings per share calculated according to GAAP, see the attached table.

Bret Wise, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased to report a strong start to 2008, reflecting the benefits of both our broad product portfolio and geographic platform, as well as continued execution against our strategic initiatives. The long-term prospects for growth, in the global dental market, remain attractive and we are accelerating investment in several areas, despite softer economic conditions in the United States. Our first quarter sales and earnings performance provide us with increased confidence in our full year 2008 guidance of 5.5%-6.5% internal growth and earnings per diluted share of $1.83 to $1.88."

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

A conference call has been scheduled for Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 8:30 AM Eastern Time. A live broadcast is available through Shareholder.com by accessing DENTSPLY's website at www.dentsply.com. The Conference ID # is 8546355. If you would like to participate in this call, dial (800) 239-9838 (for domestic calls), and (913) 312-0392 (for international calls). An on-line rebroadcast, as well as a transcript of the call, will be available to the public following the call at the DENTSPLY website: www.dentsply.com. A replay will be available for one week following the conference call at (888) 203-1112 (for domestic calls) and (719) 457-0820 (for international calls), Pass-code # 8546355.

DENTSPLY designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of products for the dental market. The Company believes that it is the world's leading manufacturer and distributor of dental prosthetics, precious metal dental alloys, dental ceramics, endodontic instruments and materials, prophylaxis paste, dental sealants, ultrasonic scalers, and crown and bridge materials; the leading United States manufacturer and distributor of dental handpieces, dental x-ray film holders, film mounts and bone substitute/grafting materials; and a leading worldwide manufacturer or distributor of dental implants, impression materials, orthodontic appliances, dental cutting instruments, infection control products, and dental injectable anesthetics. The Company distributes its dental products in over 120 countries under some of the most well-established brand names in the industry.

DENTSPLY is committed to the development of innovative, high quality, cost-effective new products for the dental market.

The DENTSPLY International Inc. logo is available at http://www.primenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=4306

This press release contains forward-looking information (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) regarding future events or the future financial performance of the Company that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results may differ materially from those in the projections or other forward-looking information set forth herein as a result of certain risk factors.

These risk factors include, without limitation; the continued strength of dental markets, the timing, success and market reception for our new and existing products, uncertainty with respect to governmental actions with respect to dental products, outcome of litigation, continued support of our products by influential dental professionals, and changes in the general economic environment that could affect our business. Changes in such assumptions or factors could produce significantly different results. For an additional description of risk factors, please refer to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and its subsequent periodic reports on Forms 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

DENTSPLY believes that the non-GAAP financial information provided in this release may be useful to investors for comparison purposes because the Company has historically provided similar information. The non-GAAP financial information should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

                     DENTSPLY INTERNATIONAL INC.
                  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
                (IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)

                                                  THREE MONTHS ENDED
                                                       March 31,
                                                   2008         2007
                                                 ---------   ---------

 NET SALES                                       $ 560,782   $ 472,864
 NET SALES - Ex Precious Metals Content            496,248     423,266

 COST OF PRODUCTS SOLD                             275,539     226,586

 GROSS PROFIT                                      285,243     246,278
  % OF NET SALES                                      50.9%       52.1%
  % OF NET SALES - Ex Precious Metals Content         57.5%       58.2%

 SELLING, GENERAL & ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES        184,002     164,077

 RESTRUCTURING AND OTHER OPERATING (INCOME) COSTS      204         990
                                                 ---------   ---------

 INCOME FROM OPERATIONS                            101,037      81,211
  % OF NET SALES                                      18.0%       17.2%
  % OF NET SALES - Ex Precious Metals Content         20.4%       19.2%

 NET INTEREST AND OTHER NON OPERATING (INCOME)
  EXPENSE                                            6,139      (2,255)
                                                 ---------   ---------

 PRE-TAX INCOME                                     94,898      83,466

 INCOME TAXES                                       26,718      24,994
                                                 ---------   ---------

 NET INCOME                                      $  68,180   $  58,472
  % OF NET SALES                                      12.2%       12.4%
  % OF NET SALES - Ex Precious Metals Contents        13.7%       13.8%

 EARNINGS PER SHARE
  -BASIC                                         $    0.45   $    0.38
  -DILUTIVE                                      $    0.45   $    0.38


 DIVIDENDS PER SHARE                             $   0.045   $   0.040


 WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES
  OUTSTANDING
  -BASIC                                           149,945     152,031
  -DILUTIVE                                        152,983     154,564


                     DENTSPLY INTERNATIONAL INC.
                      CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
                           (IN THOUSANDS)

                                               March 31,   DECEMBER 31,
                                                 2008          2007
                                              -----------  -----------
 ASSETS

 CURRENT ASSETS:

  CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS                   $    90,660  $   169,384
  SHORT TERM INVESTMENTS                          254,003      146,939
  ACCOUNTS AND NOTES RECEIVABLE-TRADE, NET        356,629      307,622
  INVENTORIES, NET                                280,932      258,032
  OTHER CURRENT ASSETS                            111,107      100,045
                                              -----------  -----------
   TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS                         1,093,331      982,022

 PROPERTY,PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET                402,009      371,409
 IDENTIFIABLE INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET               76,695       76,167
 GOODWILL, NET                                  1,181,197    1,127,420
 OTHER NONCURRENT ASSETS, NET                     161,773      118,551
                                              -----------  -----------

 TOTAL ASSETS                                 $ 2,915,005  $ 2,675,569
                                              ===========  ===========

 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:

 CURRENT LIABILITIES                          $   297,040  $   312,411
 LONG-TERM DEBT                                   586,811      482,063
 OTHER LIABILITIES                                442,909      304,146
 DEFERRED INCOME TAXES                             68,000       60,547
                                              -----------  -----------
   TOTAL LIABILITIES                            1,394,760    1,159,167

 MINORITY INTEREST IN CONSOLIDATED
  SUBSIDIARIES                                        304          296
 STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                           1,519,941    1,516,106
                                              -----------  -----------

 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $ 2,915,005  $ 2,675,569
                                              ===========  ===========


                     DENTSPLY INTERNATIONAL INC.
                (IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)

 Operating Income Summary:

 The following tables present the reconciliation of reported GAAP 
 operating income in total and on a percentage of net sales, excluding 
 precious metals content basis to the non-GAAP financial measures.

 Three Months Ended March 31, 2008                        Percentage
                                          Operating      of Net Sales,
                                            Income        Ex Precious
                                          (Expense)     Metals Content
                                        --------------  --------------

 Income from Operations                 $      101,037           20.4%

 Restructuring Costs                               204            0.0%
                                        --------------  --------------
 Adjusted Non-GAAP Operating Earnings   $      101,241           20.4%
                                        ==============  ==============

 Three Months Ended March 31, 2007                        Percentage
                                          Operating      of Net Sales,
                                            Income        Ex Precious
                                          (Expense)     Metals Content
                                        --------------  --------------

 Income from Operations                 $       81,211           19.2%

 Restructuring Costs                               990            0.2%
                                        --------------  --------------

 Adjusted Non-GAAP Operating Earnings   $       82,201           19.4%
                                        ==============  ==============


                     DENTSPLY INTERNATIONAL INC.
                (IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)

 Earnings Summary:

 The following tables present the reconciliation of reported GAAP net 
 income in total and on a per share basis to the non-GAAP financial 
 measures.

 Three Months Ended March 31, 2008

                                                   Income     Diluted
                                                 (Expense)   Per Share
                                                 ---------   ---------

 Net Income                                      $ 68,180    $   0.45

 Restructuring Costs, Net of Tax                      129        0.00

 Income Tax Related Adjustments                       637        0.00
                                                 ---------   ---------

 Adjusted Non-GAAP Earnings                      $ 68,946    $   0.45
                                                 =========   =========

 Three Months Ended March 31, 2007

                                                   Income     Diluted
                                                 (Expense)   Per Share
                                                 ---------   ---------

 Net Income                                      $ 58,472    $   0.38

 Restructuring Costs, Net of Tax                      656        0.00

 Income Tax Related Adjustments                      (232)      (0.00)
                                                 ---------   ---------
                                         
 Adjusted Non-GAAP Earnings                      $ 58,896    $   0.38
                                                 =========   =========
CONTACT:  DENTSPLY International Inc.
          William R. Jellison, Senior Vice President and Chief 
           Financial Officer
          (717) 849-4243
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