HOW OUR WINNERS ARE CHOSEN: For 2012, we sent questionnaires to every dentist licensed in Connecticut—over 2,800—asking them to recommend a dentist to whom they would send a loved one for care in seven categories. We received 550 completed questionnaires (20 percent), a very good return rate. Thus, every dentist listed has been recommended by a significant number of his or her peers—indeed, the only way to make the list is through these peer recommendations. We like to say that every dentist who makes the list is a good one, or at least a recommended one, but not every good dentist makes the list. You should use it as a reference, not the final word, as you search for someone to help you with your dental needs. You must ultimately do your own due diligence in order to decide which dentist is right for you or your loved ones.
DR. STEVEN M. BALLOCH EARNED A B.S. IN BIOCHEMISTRY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE before graduating with honors from Georgetown Dental School. After his residency in general dentistry, he served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps and won numerous awards and commendations for his work in fixed prosthetics. Dr. Balloch credits his “fabulous staff” for helping him achieve his goals at his spa-like practice. They treat everyone like family and play a large part in creating an atmosphere of comfort and trust. Pain control is one of the pillars of his practice. He has developed techniques for painless injections and performs sleep dentistry with a dentist anesthetist for those who need sedation. He focused on appearance related dentistry in 1985, and stopped placing mercury fillings in 1989. He has a holistic, natural approach that considers the systemic as well as the dental health of the patient. He has extensive training and experience in cosmetic dentistry and has won numerous awards for his work, ranging from smile makeovers to full mouth reconstruction.
Practice Name: Steven M. Balloch, D.D.S., PC
Dental School: Georgetown Dental School
Professional Affiliations: American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Connecticut State Dental Association, American Dental Association, Hartford Dental Society, Pierre Fouchard Academy