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Top Dentists 2013

For the sixth year running, 5280 partnered with topDentists to find the 645 very best dentists in Denver and beyond. Turn the page to find a dentist who’s right for you—and tips for keeping your smile healthy at any age.

June 2013

Methodology

How the Top Dentists List is Created

This list is excerpted from the 2013 topDentists database, which is created from peer evaluations and includes listings for nearly 700 dentists and specialists in Colorado alone. To compile this list, topDentists asked dentists and specialists a personal question: “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer him or her to?” The nomination pool consisted of all active dentists listed online with the American Dental Association, as well as with dental academies and societies. (Dentists could also nominate themselves or others who may not be on those lists.) Respondents were asked to consider experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies, and physical results. Once responses were compiled, dentists were checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing. Of course, there are many fine dentists who are not included in this list, and a dentist’s inclusion is based on the subjective judgments of fellow dentists. For more information, visit usatopdentists.com.

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Specialties

Endodontist: Treats issues related to nerves and the inner portions of the tooth, like root-canal therapy.

General Dentist: Performs preventive dental care and basic upkeep, like cleanings and X-rays.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon: Removes impacted teeth (think: wisdom teeth) and performs reconstructive surgeries, like rebuilding broken jaws.

Oral Pathologist: Studies, identifies, and treats oral disease ranging from potentially cancerous leukoplakia to canker sores.

Orthodontist: Modifies your bite or cajoles teeth into alignment using braces and other devices.

Pediatric Dentist: Provides therapeutic and preventive dental care for kids.

Periodontist: Specializes in the periodontium, or supporting tooth structure, to treat gum disease and receding gums.

Prosthodontist: Deals with dentures, implants, and bridges, as well as complex crown work.

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