Top Dentists 2011



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About The List

Finding a good dentist may be one of the most important decisions we ever make — and it also may be one of the most difficult.

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a dentist for yourself and your family. We at Hour Detroit believe the listings on the following pages will be helpful in that search.

In finding a dentist or specialist, it is vital to find someone who takes the time to listen to you and learn about your concerns, and who then designs a treatment plan that’s tailored to your needs. Most dentists pride themselves on educating their patients on treatments and procedures, in an effort to help patients understand exactly what is being done — and why.

The American Dental Association recommends a checkup and proper cleaning every six months to ensure everything is going well and there are no issues going on in your mouth. During these checkups, dentists will also measure your gums to make sure they are healthy and that you are free from any periodontal disease. About once a year, X-rays of your teeth should be taken. This will help to detect any decay in the tooth and in between the teeth that would be hard to detect during a visual examination.

We at Hour Detroit know our readers look to us to know who’s the best. With that in mind, we recently polled local dentists to help us determine the top professionals in their field.

More than 4,000 general dentists, orthodontists, periodontists, and other specialists were asked which local dentist they would choose for a member of their immediate family. Once the ballots were returned, each nominee was carefully evaluated on the basis of the survey results, the legitimacy of their license, and their current standing with the Michigan State Dental Board.

On the following pages, listed by specialty, you will find the results of our survey. A dentist’s inclusion is based on the subjective judgments of his or her peers.

There are many outstanding professionals who are not listed here. The following is merely intended as a sampling of southeast Michigan’s great body of talent.

Need your teeth cleaned? Does your child need braces? Do you want a brighter smile? Whatever your dental needs, you can choose from a number of professionals across metro Detroit who will provide first-rate, quality service. Below is a brief overview of the specialty fields of dentistry. All of these dental professionals work together to provide oral care and dental health maintenance services, from cleanings to more specialized procedures and surgeries.

General Dentists (DDS):

A general dentist is similar to a primary care doctor. The general dentist provides cleanings, as well as general dental health care prevention and maintenance including teeth cleaning, fluoride treat- ments, cavity fillings, and root canals. Dentists also make recom- mendations for specialized treatment.

Orthodontists:

Orthodontists specialize in jaw alignment and the positioning of the teeth. They utilize a variety of methods and oral appliances to help straighten and realign crooked or misaligned teeth. Braces, retain- ers, and other devices help correct and straighten patients’ teeth. Orthodontists primarily treat younger patients, while they are grow- ing and the teeth are easier to move, but patients of all ages may consult an orthodontist.

Endodontics:

An endodontist deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the dental pulp and tissues surrounding the root. Endodontic procedures include root canal therapy, surgery, treating cracked teeth, and administering treatment to patients who have suffered dental trauma.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons:

These specialists correct a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws, and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.

Pediatric Dentists:

Dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years, pediatric dentists care for a young person’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood. They can provide early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite (orthodontics), repair tooth cavities or defects, and diagnose oral conditions associated with diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Periodontists:

Periodontists are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, and treat- ment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. This branch of dentistry is dedicated to studying the soft tissues and bone supporting the teeth, researching new techniques for treating periodontal diseases, and replacing teeth lost to peri- odontal disease with dental implants.

Prosthodontics:

These specialists are focused on the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance, appearance, and health associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial (jaw and face) tissues, using biocompatible substitutes.