This list is taken from an excerpt from the 2018 topDentists™ list, a database including listings for more than 100 dentists and specialists in the greater Springfield area. The Springfield area list was based on thousands of detailed peer evaluations of dentists and dental professionals in the area. The complete database is available online at usatopdentists.com. For additional information, please call 706-364-0853 or write Post Office Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903 or email email@example.com.
“If you had a patient in need of a dentist, who would you refer them to?”
This is the question we ask thousands of dentists to help us determine this year’s list of topDentists. Dentists and specialists are asked to consider years of experience plus continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies and the physical results.
The nomination pool of dentists includes dentists listed online with the American Dental Association, as well as all dentists listed with local dental societies, thus allowing virtually every dentist the opportunity to participate. Dentists can also nominate dentists they feel should be included in our list. Respondents are asked to put aside any personal bias or political motivations and to use only their knowledge of their peer’s work when evaluating the other nominees.
Voters are asked to individually evaluate each practitioner on their ballot whose work they are familiar with. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion varies depending on the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area. Borderline cases are given a careful consideration by the editors. Comments are also taken into consideration. Past awards a dentist has received and status in various dental academies can play a factor in our decisions.
Once the decisions are finalized, dentists are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board. Then letters of congratulations are sent to all the listed dentists.
There are many fine dentists not included in this list. It is intended as a sampling of the body of talent in the field of dentistry. A dentist’s inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow dentists. While the lists might reward visibility or popularity, we remain confident that our polling methodology largely corrects for biases and that these lists represent the most reliable, accurate and useful list of dentists available anywhere.