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. ROBERT M. GRILLO earned a B.S. in chemistry from Georgetown University before graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. A student mentor for the UConn Dental School and The L.D. Pankey Institute, Dr. Grillo concentrates on comprehensive restorative, cosmetic and implant dentistry. Patients’ needs come first at his practice, he says. Every new patient gets a complete oral exam, including oral cancer and TMJ screening, digital X-rays and study molds of the mouth for a customized treatment plan that will ensure a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Dr. Grillo has taken thousands of hours of continuing education. As early as 1984 he attended the First International Symposium on Porcelain Veneers and uses them extensively in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. “Porcelain veneers are almost like fake fingernails” and “as smooth as glass,” he says, noting that they are strong and durable as well as beautiful. His new state-of-the-art office has won awards for exceptional design and features overhead televisions and headphones.
Practice Name: Robert M. Grillo, D.M.D.
Dental School: University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
Professional Affiliations: American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association, Hartford Dental Society, American Prosthodontic Society, Academy of Sports Dentistry