For 2014, 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 470 completed questionnaires (nearly 17 percent), a very good return rate for a survey like this. 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. VENU CHIMMIRI graduated from NYU College of Dentistry in 2004 and has been practicing in Connecticut for the past seven years. Within four years of earning his dental degree, he completed additional training to join the seven percent of dentists who are Fellows of the Academy of General Dentistry.
He earned a reputation among his peers for providing comprehensive care that is individualized for each patient. He practices all phases of dentistry, including sedation dentistry to help patients with dental anxiety. He was admitted into College of Sedation in Dentistry in 2006 which is a recognition given to ADSA members who have demonstrated excellence through advanced training in sedation for dentistry and who are committed to safe and effective patient care.
Dr. Chimmiri does not believe in the typical philosophy of “if it’s broken, fix it.” Instead he develops detailed treatment plans based on thorough interviews with patients and provides the necessary treatment to achieve the best and long lasting results. He stresses the “need to be able to forecast the outcome before the treatment begins” and strives “not to see the patient second time for the same problem. When I do something, I want to do it right the first time.”
When patients come to his professionally designed office, they notice a very “non-dental like setting” with an inviting atmosphere of tranquility. He keeps up with the latest advances in dentistry including a computer controlled dental anesthesia injection and has state-of-the-art proven diagnostics, imaging and treatment tools that benefit both the providers and patients. He also offers an in-house dental savings plan for uninsured patients and help small businesses provide dental benefits to their employees without the need for conventional dental insurance coverage.
Dr. Chimmiri is a peer reviewer for manuscripts submitted to the Academy of General Dentistry’s print publication, General Dentistry and participates in the Connecticut Mission of Mercy to provide free dental care to the disadvantaged.
Practice: MERIDEN DENTAL GROUP
Dental School: New York University College of Dentistry
Professional Affiliations: American Dental Association
Connecticut State Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry (Fellow)
International Congress of Oral Implantologists (Fellow)
American Dental Society of Anesthesiology