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Methodology

How the Top Dentists list is put together.

This list is excerpted from the 2014 topDentists database, which is created from peer evaluations and includes listings for more than 700 dentists and specialists in Colorado alone. To create 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 others who may not be on those lists.) Respondents considered 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.


Specialty Legend

Endodontist

Treats issues related to nerves and the inner portions of the tooth, such as root canal therapy.

General Dentist

Performs preventive dental care and basic upkeep, including cleanings and X-rays.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Removes impacted teeth (such as 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 coaxes 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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