We all know that a visit to the dentist is not always eagerly anticipated. But good dental health is vital, so here’s the $64,000 question: "If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?"

This question is asked of thousands of dentists to help determine who our Top Dentists should be. Dentists and specialists take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies and physical results.

Dentists are also given the opportunity to nominate other dentists they feel should be included. Past awards a dentist has received and status in various dental academies can play a factor in the final decision.

Included 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. As always, there are many fine dentists not included here, but you should be able to walk into the offices on this list with confidence and walk out with a smile.

We’ve partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. to provide information on our region’s top health care providers. We hope you find it helpful as you navigate your health and medical journey. Read more about our methodology here.