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. YOLANDA FRONTERA IS A GRADUATE OF BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND DENTAL SCHOOL. She completed a residency in general practice dentistry at Stony Brook Hospital and became the first resident at the University of Connecticut Health Center to design and complete a dual certification program in oral and maxillofacial surgery and oral pathology. Dr. Frontera considers this specialty “the most exciting and rewarding of all the dental specialties.” She performs dentoalveolar surgery, wisdom teeth extractions, extractions for orthodontic treatment, diagnoses and treats oral pathology. She places dental implants and uses bone grafting techniques. In order to provide an anxiety-free experience Dr. Frontera provides nitrous oxide analgesia and intravenous sedation. Five years ago Dr. Frontera bought West Hartford Maxillofacial Surgery from two well-known oral surgeons who were retiring. She renovated the office and purchased new state-of-the-art equipment. She finds it gratifying to treat even the most anxiety-ridden patients, leaving them feeling relieved and happy. She especially enjoys treating children.
Practice Name: West Hartford Maxillofacial Surgery, PCDR
Dental School: University of Maryland Dental School
Professional Affiliations: American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (Fellow), American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (Fellow), Connecticut Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Connecticut State Dental Association