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. ALAN P. FRIEDLER graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and did postgraduate training at the L.D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education. He has been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry for 32 years. An instructor at Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Hospital of Saint Raphael, he served as past chairman of ethics for the New Haven Dental Association and is an examiner for the association’s peer review committee. Dr. Friedler helps patients become more self-confident by helping them “look better and smile comfortably and proudly. This directly contributes to their self-image, how they feel as they go out into the world and how they’re received in the world.” Patients can preview their “after” smile before the permanent dental process begins with FutureSmile by Friedler, a process during which Dr. Friedler can sculpt a new smile using advanced tooth-colored materials in as little as 30 minutes. At his solo practice, he offers digital radiography, CAD/CAM technology, intraoral cameras and LASER caries detection for early detection of tooth decay. He uses a variety of pain-reduction techniques including conscious sedation, and coordinates care with other specialists. “By combining my education and experience with an innate sense of ethics and responsibility, I ensure that my patients will understand their treatment options and feel comfortable with their decision to have me perform their dental care,” he says. “We provide clear communication with our patients to ensure that their needs are heard and met, and to provide a supportive environment with personalized attention to all aspects of their experience—from the moment they call, through their dental rehabilitation and maintenance.”
Dental School: University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
Professional Affiliations: American Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Connecticut State Dental Association
Other Office Locations: 588 Boston Post Road, Madison