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. Kirk Engel graduated with honors from Pennsylvania State University and earned his D.M.D. from Temple University School of Dentistry. During his 21 year career in the Navy, he did a general practice residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital and a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, he is also a certified CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor.
Dr. Engel’s goal is to give patients a “stellar experience” with safe and efficient anesthesia, expert treatment and an uncomplicated recovery. “Given my Naval background, everything starts from the top down,” he says. “In this day and age …medical care is becoming more tech-oriented and our office is state-of-the-art.” He personally calls patients to follow up because he believes that the “human touch in practicing medicine or dentistry” is essential. “We have over 180 positive reviews on the internet…Patients really enjoy coming to our office.”
Practice: East Lyme Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, LLC
Dental School: Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry
Professional Affiliations: American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (Fellow)
American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Diplomate)
National Dental Board of Anesthesiology (Diplomate)
International Congress of Oral Implantology
American Dental Society of Anesthesiology