Top Dentists 2012



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Keeping Your Smile in Top Condition

If you're like many adults, you probably inherited your dentist from your parents. Maybe you've known your dentist since you cut your baby teeth. Perhaps he or she filled a few cavities, or bonded your front tooth after a fall in gym class. Your childhood dentist knows a lot about you — but at some point, the quest for a new dentist is thrust upon you.

Where do you begin? Finding a good dentist is important for you, and perhaps your offspring, as well. That said, it can be difficult to find a person who will be with you for the long term.

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. If your new dentist works with you to develop a treatment plan to enhance, protect, and maintain your dental health, then you're off to a good start. 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, and dental X-rays annually. This will help to detect any decay in the tooth and in between the teeth, which would be difficult to detect during a visual examination. During these checkups dentists will also measure your gums, to make sure they are healthy and free from any periodontal disease.

With several top dental schools in southeast Michigan, metro Detroit is home to scores of excellent dentists, orthodontists, periodontists, and prosthodontists. Knowing that Hour Detroit readers want the best for themselves and their family, we poll dental professionals to help us determine the top professionals in their field.

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, are the results of this survey. A dentist's inclusion is based on the subjective judgment of his or her peers. While there are outstanding dental professionals who are not listed here, Hour Detroit hopes that you will take this opportunity to find a dental professional who will fit your needs and give you something to smile about for years to come.

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 treatments, cavity fillings, and root canals. Dentists also make recommendations 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, retainers, and other devices help correct and straighten patients' teeth. Orthodontists primarily treat younger patients, while they are growing 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 treatment 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 periodontal 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.