Top Dentists. The List. 2014.

Represents Fairfield County's Finest Practitioners



Here’s a list to brighten your smile.

“If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?”

To assemble and vet the top names in the practice of dentistry, including specialists, the database compilers at topDentists TM sought the answer to this question from a logical group of peers—other dentists. Evaluators were drawn from all dentists listed online with the American Dental Association and other local dental societies, allowing virtually every practicing professional an opportunity to participate in the nominating pool.

Voting for those whose work they know, dentists and specialists were asked to consider experience, continuing education, use of new technologies, patient care and results. Drawing a list from the top of the compiled average scores, additional attributes such as status in various dental academies, as well as past awards, factored into the final decisions. All this information has been tempered with a final check for current licensing and good standing.  

It’s a list you can trust and refer to with confidence. On the following pages, we present contact information for 189 of Fairfield County’s finest dentists, along with some of their useful pointers for keeping your smile at its dazzling best.

Pick up the July/August 2014 issue of Stamford Magazine to see the Top Dentist List 2014


Tips From The Pros

Did you know?

Gum disease is inflammation of the attachment apparatus of the teeth, the bone and gingiva, and it can lead to bone loss. Breaking up the plaque on a daily basis is the most effective tool to avoid gum disease.  
—Barbara Devine, general dentistry

Some patients who are diagnosed with sleep apnea following a sleep study, and are prescribed a CPAP machine to use at night, find the CPAP too uncomfortable to use successfully. They can wear an oral appliance as alternative. The appliance holds the lower jaw forward, which opens the airway and prevents the impairment of their breathing and sleep.  
—Jeffrey Warren, general dentistry

On average, endodontists perform nearly twenty-five root canal treatments a week, while general dentists perform less than two. Because endodontists limit their practice solely to endodontic treatment, they are efficient and precise. This equates to positive experiences and faster healing.  
—Brian Amoroso, endodontics

Whitening strips are relatively safe because of the lower level of hydrogen peroxide, but if any whitening agent is applied incorrectly it can irritate or cause damage to the soft or hard tissue.
—Elke Cheung, general dentistry

In my office, one out of every five patients is an adult. Leaving misaligned teeth untreated may lead to other dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease, as well as abnormal wearing of tooth enamel and difficulty in chewing.
—Scott L. Kesselman, orthodontics

Over the past thirty-nine years of practice I have noticed how important it is for people to be aware that ... minor dental disease [can] go undetected until major treatment is needed. Full mouth radiographs are a great tool in detection of dental disease that could remain silent for years until detected due to pain.
—Joe Miceli, general dentistry

New Technologies

Digital Dentistry is becoming an increasingly valuable component of practicing dentistry, as it eliminates our need to take impressions in many cases. No longer will you have to have impressions taken to fabricate crowns, bridges and inlay/onlays. Following scanning of the mouth, a digitalized format is sent electronically to the lab. The most noteworthy improvement is that they are more accurate, and greater accuracy means things will fit better and last longer.  
—David Wohl, general dentistry

The digital age has impacted dentistry in big ways. Take matching a color of a tooth for a crown. Now we have a digital camera system that can match a tooth’s color and give a technical analysis of that color for the dentist and technician to see. I use it routinely for when I am having crowns made or determining if a tooth whitener is working for that patient.
—Maryann Lehmann, general dentistry

Modern, cutting-edge dentistry is all about minimally invasive, conservative tooth preparation
and newer, stronger and longer-lasting ceramics.  
—Paul D. Harbottle, general dentistry

Braces

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child get a checkup with an orthodontist at the first recognition of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age seven. By then, a child has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to determine whether a problem exists or is developing. Putting off a checkup with an orthodontist until a child has lost all baby teeth could be a disservice. Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found early.
—Scott Kesselman, orthodontics

It is never too late to straighten teeth. So long as the teeth and supporting bone are in good health, smiles can be beautified and bites corrected at any age.  
—Peter Feibish, orthodontics

Myth Busters

Fiction: My wisdom teeth have caused my front teeth to shift. This is a common plight of many a young adult returning home from their first semester away at college. It is even propagated by some unknowing dentists.
Fact: If you don’t wear your retainers, your teeth will move.  
—Peter Feibish, orthodontics

Fiction: Root canal treatment is painful.
Fact: Root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain; it relieves it. With modern technologies and anesthetics, root canal treatment is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed. Most patients see their dentist when they have a severe toothache. The toothache can be caused by damaged tissues in the tooth. Root canal treatment removes this damaged tissue from the tooth, thereby relieving the pain you feel.  
—Brian Amoroso, endodontics

Fiction: A good alternative to root canal treatment is extraction.
Fact: Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. If your dentist recommends extraction, ask if root canal treatment is an option.  
—Brian Amoroso, endodontics

Caring for Your Teeth

Sensitive formula toothpastes are clinically proven to work, and they are worth the extra expense if you suffer from sensitivity—temporary discomfort caused by exposure to cold or hot. You should have a dental exam first to make sure your discomfort is not coming from decay or infection. If teeth are otherwise healthy, then try a sensitive formula. Its active ingredient, potassium nitrate, takes up to two weeks to take effect, so use it exclusively for the extent of the tube.  
— Maryann Lehmann, general dentistry

Clean between your teeth daily with floss. There are bacteria that still linger between teeth and under the gum line where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from these areas. The bacteria in plaque release acids that attack tooth enamel.
—Elke Cheung, general dentistry

We recommend electric or sonic toothbrushes.
The action of the brush actually drives fluid between teeth and under the gum line to gently remove plaque.  
—Elke Cheung, general dentistry

Mouthwashes can do more than just freshen breath. In combination with brushing and flossing,
antibacterial mouthwash can reduce plaque and help prevent gingivitis.
—Elke Cheung, general dentistry

Call Your Dentist

A symptom that should not be ignored is dry mouth; left untreated it can lead to a burning sensation, tooth decay, bad breath and other oral health problems. Saliva cleanses the mouth and begins the digestive process as foods are chewed. When saliva is reduced, harmful organisms grow in the mouth. Dry mouth is usually a side effect of certain medications.
—Elke Cheung, general dentistry

Before shopping for over-the-counter teeth whiteners, including whitening strips, consult your dentist, who can let you know if there are any pressing oral health problems that need to be treated first. Then he/she can advise you on the different whitening options and the one that would work the best for you based on the cause of your discoloration.  
—Elke Cheung, general dentistry

If there is swelling because it often means [there’s] an infection, or a lesion in the mouth is not healing.
—Barbara Devine, general dentistry

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