For 2013, we sent questionnaires to every dentist licensed in Connecticut— more than 2,800 — asking them to recommend a dentist to whom they would send a loved one for care in seven categories. We received 490 completed questionnaires (18 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.
“In our residency program, one of our mentors said the following: ‘Some of you will continue to practice with the same ideals and standards that we have tried to instill in you, and the rest will slip into mediocrity.’ With that firmly fixed in our consciousness,” says Dr. McAraw (left), “we have always tried to provide every patient with the finest, gentlest and most up-to-date quality care we can achieve.
“In addition to caring for our patients’ periodontal needs,” he adds, “our doctors have a combined 61 years experience in placing thousands of dental implants. We also pride ourselves on working very closely with our restorative doctors in a team approach to total patient care. We believe our staff is one of the finest available. Several of our staff members have been with us for 15 to 25 years. We must be doing something right.”
JAMES (JIM) R. McARAW and I.L. (LEE) CANTNER II (right) both completed their residencies in periodontics at the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry. MATTHEW (MATT) CANTNER (center), completed his periodontal residency at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Directors’ Award for Top Resident and the highest achievement award from the Northeast Society of Periodontics. He received his board certification in 2005.