2013 Top Dentists: Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about the 2013 Top Dentists list:

Q. How do dentists get on the list?

A. There are two ways: They are either voted onto the list by their peers or they are nominated by our Professional Advisory Board.

Q. How many votes does a dentist need to appear on the list?

A. It depends. Most categories have a standard threshold based on the number of dentists responding to the survey. We lower the threshold for certain specialties and for regions of the state with fewer practitioners. Click here to view our methodology.

Q. I notice that many dentists advertise in this issue. Is that a factor in appearing on the list?

A. Absolutely not. Only after the list has been finalized are dentists notified. At that point, they can choose to purchase advertising to promote the achievement. Many of these ads appear in the Special Advertising Section in the July issue of New Jersey Monthly. All of the pages in that section are identified as “Special Advertising Section.”

Q. I have a great dentist. How come he or she is not on the list?

A. Unfortunately, we do not add dentists to the list based on reader suggestions. The list is based purely on balloting by licensed New Jersey dentists and the professional advisory board. Our advice: If you are happy with your dental practitioners, stay with them.

Q. Why do some areas of the state have so few dentists on the list?

A. Eight of the state’s 21 counties each have fewer than 2 percent of the state’s total licensed dentists. In these counties, it’s difficult for any dentist to get a statistically significant number of votes. This is particularly true in some of the thinly populated counties in South Jersey. However, the more populous southern counties, like Camden and Ocean, are well represented on the list. In all, the eight southern counties have 77 dentists on the list, or 17 percent. That’s up from 60 dentists from the southern counties on the 2012 list.

Q. I seem to see the same names on this list every year. Does it ever change?

A. Look closer! This year’s list has 145 names that were not on last year’s list. That’s 32 percent of the total 441 Top Dentists.

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