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.
DRS. ANTONIO LEPORE, JR. AND ANNEMARIE DeLESSIO-MATTA OF PEDIATRIC DENTAL ASSOCIATES OF SOUTHBURY offer comprehensive oral health care for infants, children and adolescents. Drs. “Tony” and “Mimi” met at dental school and have practiced together for 13 years. Both are Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and members of the College of Diplomates. Dr. Lepore graduated magna cum laude from the University at Albany with a B.S. in biology and earned his doctorate from Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. He completed his residency in general dentistry at Albany Medical Center, where he was an assistant professor of surgery and residency program director. He completed a residency and fellowship in pediatric dentistry at the UConn School of Dental Medicine, where he is a faculty member. He works closely with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s craniofacial team. Dr. Annemarie Delessio-Matta earned her B.S. in biology from Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA and her doctorate from UConn School of Dental Medicine. Dr. “Mimi” completed her residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and her training in pediatric dentistry at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. She is on staff at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury and provides post-trauma care from falls or sports injuries. Drs. Delessio-Matta and Lepore are passionate about preventive care and education and seek to make everyone feel comfortable in their recently renovated state-of-the-art office. They love treating children who have special needs and continue to see them as patients even after they have reached adulthood. They are active in supporting the local chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as well as the Susan B. Komen Foundation. It is important to the doctors and their staff that every child receives individual care. Their goal is “to have our patients excited about coming to the dentist.”