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. JEFFREY O’CONNELL earned his d.m.d. degree from the university of medicine and dentistry of new jersey, where he completed a three-year postdoctoral residency in prosthodontics, the restoration and replacement of missing or broken teeth. At his state-of-the-art practice, Dr. O’Connell uses digital radiology, soft-tissue laser, cavity-detecting intraoral cameras, 3-D imaging for presurgical planning of dental implant placement and CAD/CAM technology (CEREC) to fabricate porcelain crowns in one visit. He takes the time to understand patients’ chief complaints and specializes in complicated cases that involve crowns, bridges and dentures. He considers himself the “architect” of his patients’ treatments and thrives on the challenge of restoring dream smiles with the newest, proven procedures and superior materials that make teeth look natural and lifelike. His entire dental team is comprised of friendly, knowledgeable people who are dedicated to making every patient feel comfortable and relaxed.
Practice Name: Park Avenue Smiles, LLC
Dental School: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Professional Affiliations: American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association, American College of Prosthodontics, Bridgeport Dental Association