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. Marianne Urbanski is a periodontist who specializes in advanced oral surgery techniques including bone and soft-tissue grafting and placing dental implants. Her office is state-of-the-art and completely digital. She brings broad clinical experience to her practice, holding a D.M.D. and M.Sc.D. from the UConn School of Dental Medicine. She has taught periodontics both there and at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Urbanski published Mind and Medicine: In Harmony for Healing in 2009 and currently lectures on the mind/body connection and its relationship to health and healing. Patients seek her out because of her treatment philosophy. “Your thoughts can change so many things, including your health,” she says. “I’ve seen firsthand how my patients’ attitude affects their surgical outcome and I apply this philosophy every day.” Her book mixes inspiring patient stories with a philosophy of how our thoughts affect our entire lives.
Practice Name: Marianne M. Urbanski, D.M.D., M.Sc.D., LLC
Dental School: University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
Professional Affiliations: Academy of Osseointegration, Connecticut Society of Periodontics, Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Dental Association, Academy of Periodontology, Connecticut State Dental Association