ranking awards the leading

200 dentists in the U.S. Dentists from the 20 states with the most residents were included in the survey.

During the survey period from February to May 2022, over 10,000 medical experts (general dentists, specialist dentists and dental hygienists) were invited to an online survey. Over 4,000 national votes were collected and analyzed.

A total score was calculated for each dentist based on the number of recommenda­tions, a quality score, and—if available—membership in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).

In-state recommenda­tions were weighted higher than outof-state recommenda­tions. Most of the awarded dentists work primarily in an outpatient practice where patients can schedule direct appointmen­ts with them.

Scoring Model RECOMMENDA­TION SCORE In-state recommenda­tions (45 percent of total score)

Participan­ts were asked to name at least 10 and up to 25 general dentists. The order in which recommenda­tions were provided was relevant to the ranking; a participan­t’s number one choice got the greatest weighting. Self-recommenda­tions were not allowed and led to disqualifi­cation from the survey. Out-of-state recommenda­tions (25 percent of total score) Participan­ts were asked to name up to 15 dentists. Recommenda­tions were for all 20 eligible states. Recommenda­tions constitute 70% of the overall score. Dentists with a recommenda­tion score of 65% or higher were eligible for the list.

QUALITY SCORE (25 percent of total score)

For each in-state recommenda­tion, survey participan­ts were asked to rank dentists on a scale from 1 (poor) to 100 (excellent) in five areas: 1. Quality of dental procedures (30%) 2. Continuity of care (20%) 3. Patient education (17.5%) 4. Aesthetic procedures (17.5%) 5. Technical equipment (15%)


The rankings are comprised exclusivel­y of dentists that are eligible under the scope described here. A mention in the ranking is a positive recognitio­n based on peer recommenda­tions. The ranking is the result of an elaborate process which, due to the interval of data-collection and analysis, is a reflection of the last 12 months only. Furthermor­e, events following May 11, 2022, were not considered in the metrics. The results of this ranking should not be used as the sole source of informatio­n for future deliberati­ons. The informatio­n provided in this ranking should be considered in conjunctio­n with other available informatio­n about dentists or, if possible, accompanie­d by a visit to the clinic. The quality of dentists that are not included in the rankings is not disputed.

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