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Document and Entity Information
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2012
Apr. 26, 2012
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Mar. 31, 2012  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Trading Symbol XRAY  
Entity Registrant Name DENTSPLY INTERNATIONAL INC /DE/  
Entity Central Index Key 0000818479  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   141,749,263