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.
DR. MICHAEL SONICK, a Bridgeport native, is a world-renowned periodontal and dental implant surgeon. He earned his doctorate from UConn School of Dental Medicine and received his degree in periodontics from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He trained in implant dentistry at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Harvard University, and once held an appointment at Yale School of Medicine. Currently, he teaches postdoctorate periodontal residents at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine as well as the international program at NYU School of Dentistry. He gives over 40 presentations a year across the United States and around the world. This year he has already taught on five continents.
Highly regarded as an implantologist, Dr. Sonick has successfully placed more than 10,000 fixtures, including in patients who have undergone bone regeneration and are often considered poor candidates for the procedure. He says that today’s techniques can actually regenerate lost bone and soft tissue as they restore patients to good oral health with new teeth. Dr. Sonick uses an in-office 3AD cone beam scan to evaluate patients for implants. Appropriate candidates can often have implants done immediately. He can also preserve stem cells from dental pulp for cryopreservation for future medical treatment.
“You can have a lot of knowledge,” Sonick notes, but there is no substitution for experience,” His many years of practice have allowed him to perfect his skills in periodontal therapy, bone regeneration, oral plastic surgery and implant dentistry. Throughout the year, he holds “Sonick Seminars,” which feature live surgeries, hands-on sessions. He is the chief co-editor of the textbook Implant Site Development, and contributed to Essential Dental Handbook: Clinical and Practice Management Advice from the Experts and House Calls: How Doctors Treat Themselves and Their Own Families for Common Illnesses and Injuries.
In addition to practicing periodontics and implantology, Dr. Sonick is a frequent traveler and dental volunteer. He participates internationally with Healing the Children and spent two weeks this past year in the Peruvian Amazon treating children.
Practice: Fairfield County Implants & Periodontics, PC
Dental School: University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
Professional Affiliations: American Academy of Periodontology
International College of Oral Implantology (Diplomate)
American College of Dentistry (Fellow)
Pierre Fauchard Academy (Fellow)
Connecticut Society of Periodontics