Connecticut Dentist Recognized as Top Dentist for 12th Year in a Row

Dr. Ana Paula Gomes, owner of Elmwood Dental Group in West Hartford, has been named to the elite 2019 topDentists™ list for the twelfth year in a row. topDentists™ is a national database which includes listings for dentists and specialists in each state. The list of dental professionals selected in the Hartford Metro area is based on thousands of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. 

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by my peers along with the other distinguished dentists,” said Dr. Gomes. “Our practice takes pride in providing each and every patient with quality dentistry in a caring and compassionate manner.”

Dr. Gomes has been listed in topDentists™ since 2007.

Dr. Gomes purchased the Elmwood Dental Group LLC in 2006 as a partnership and took over sole ownership in 2013. Dr. Rupal S. Patel and Dr. Carissa Tanaka are also with the practice. Dr. Gomes graduated with her Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Gomes is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Connecticut State Dental Association, and the Hartford Dental Society.

The selection process for the topDentists™ accolade begins with the question “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?” Dentists and specialists are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies and physical results. Past awards a dentist has received, status in various dental academies (Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Periodontology, etc.) can also play a factor in the decision.

The nomination pool of dentists consists of dentists listed with the American Dental Association as well as dentists listed through their local dental societies. Dentists are also given the opportunity to nominate other dentists that they feel should be included in the 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.

Once the decisions have been finalized, the included dentists are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions and to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board.

topDentists™ began in January 2007 with the intent to identify the best dentists and specialists in the country and is the only list of its kind, chosen by the dental profession themselves. Virtually every dentist is given an opportunity to participate. Because dentists must be voted in strictly by their peers and listings cannot be purchased, inclusion in topDentists™ is considered to be a distinct honor.

Elmwood Dental Group LLC is a full-service dental, cosmetic and restorative practice dedicated to providing comprehensive, quality care with compassion. Since 1982, the friendly, family-oriented practice has proudly served the West Hartford, Newington, and Hartford, CT communities with patient education and oral care services for patients of all ages. The office is located at 1132 New Britain Ave. in West Hartford with convenient hours Monday-Friday and Saturday by appointment. West Hartford. For more information visit or call (860) 331-8748.

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