Valasek, Aaron M.
This list is excerpted from the 2020 edition of topDENTISTS, a database which includes listings for more than 360 dentists and specialists in the tri-state metropolitan area. The Pittsburgh list is based on thousands of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The complete database is available at usatopdentists.com.
SELECTION PROCESS (Methodology). “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?”
This is the question we asked thousands of dentists to help us determine who the topDentists should be. Dentists and specialists are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies and, of course, physical results.
The nomination pool of dentists consists of dentists listed online with the American Dental Association as well as all dentists listed online with their local dental societies, thus allowing virtually every dentist the opportunity to participate. Dentists are also given the opportunity to nominate other dentists that they feel should be included in our list. Respondents are asked to put aside any personal bias or political motivations and to use only their knowledge of their peer’s work when evaluating the other nominees.
Voters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners on their ballot whose work they are familiar with. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and then averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion varies depending on the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area. Borderline cases are given a careful consideration by the editors. Voting characteristics and comments are taken into consideration while making decisions. Past awards a dentist has received and status in various dental academies can play a role in our decision.
Once the decisions have been finalized, the included dentists are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board. Then letters of congratulations are sent to all the listed dentists.
Of course, there are many fine dentists who are not included in this representative list. It is intended as a sampling of the great body of talent in the field of dentistry in the United States.
A dentist’s inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow dentists. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we remain confident that our polling methodology largely corrects for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate and useful list of dentists available anywhere.
DISCLAIMER: This list is excerpted from the 2020 topDENTISTS database, which includes listings for more than 360 dentists and specialists in the Greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area. For more information call 706/364-0853; or write PO Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903; by email (info@usatopDENTISTS.com) or at www.usatopdentists.com. topDENTISTS has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident or any other cause. Copyright 2010-2019 by topDENTISTS, LLC Augusta, GA. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without the permission of topDentists, LLC. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission.