The Super Dentists Selection Process

Super Dentists are selected in a thorough, stepwise process that combines peer nomination, peer evaluation by practice area, and independent research and examination. Health care consumers can use the resulting list of the best and brightest in their field as a resource to find a dentist or to learn more about their current dentist.

Survey of Dentists

  • First, we create a pool of candidates. Each year Super Dentists invites dentists to nominate colleagues they know to be exceptional in their specified field. Dentists are asked to consider the following question: "If you needed care in one of the following specialties, which dentist would you choose?" Numerous safeguards are in place to prevent ballot manipulation and dentists may not self-nominate.

Candidate Search

  • Our research staff also contributes to the pool of candidates by searching medical databases, online sources, and publications for dentists who have attained certain credentials, honors or professional achievements - what we term 'Star Search Credentials.' This process also includes dentists in less visible or highly specialized medical treatment areas.


  • Next, each nominee in the candidate pool is evaluated by our research staff, using a set of 10 established indicators with varying point values. Dentists are evaluated on the indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement including:
  • Years of experience
  • Fellowships
  • Professional activities
  • Leadership positions
  • Academic achievements/positions
  • Board certifications
  • Publications, lectures & presentations
  • Honors and awards
  • Other outstanding achievement

Blue Ribbon Panel Review

  • Nominees are then grouped into specialties. Dentists, in each area, who have the highest scores from the nomination and evaluation steps are invited to serve on a "blue ribbon panel." Each panelist is asked to review and evaluate a list of nominees from his/her area of focus.

The Final Selection

  • The last step is to total the points received from nominations, research, and blue ribbon panel review. Only the highest-scoring doctors are included on the Super Dentists list. The Super Dentists list is limited to 10% of the dentists within the respective state or region.

Before Publishing

  • Each candidate is contacted to verify the dentist's professional information. Dentists are asked to verify they have not been subject to disciplinary or criminal proceedings. The research staff also independently reviews the discipline record of each candidate before publication and verifies that the dentist is active and in good standing.

Even if selected, a candidate's name will not be published on the Super Dentists list unless all information is confirmed prior to publication. Licensed and active dentists are eligible to register.

Super Dentists reserves the right to remove candidates and selectees if we determine that they do not meet eligibility, research, or review criteria.  These reasons include, but are not limited to the following:  retirement, change in practice/specialty, provider availability, disciplinary issues, negative patient or physician feedback.  Being removed from the listing does not necessarily infer anything negative about the doctor or their practice.

What is Super Dentists?
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Super Dentists identifies top dentists as selected by their peers and the independent research of MSP Communications.

Super Dentists is published online and also in print as a special advertising section in leading newspapers and city and regional magazines.

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