“If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?”

This is the question asked to thousands of dentists to help 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. Pittsburgh Magazine’s annual list, which in 2021 contains more than 420 dentists and specialists, includes three McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty members:


  • Herbert Ray, Jr., DMD, Associate Professor of Endodontics and the Department Chair and Director, Graduate Endodontic Residency Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • William Chung, MD, DDS, Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
  • Bernard Costello, MD, DMD, FACS, Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Chief of Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and a surgeon with the Cleft and Craniofacial Center

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 the list.

topDentists was started 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.  topDentists has over fifty years in combined experience compiling peer-review referral guides in the legal, dental, and medical fields. Using this experience along with the input of several prominent dentists in the United States, topDentists has created a selection process that has been refined and improved over previous superlative guides. Because dentists must be voted in strictly by their peers, and virtually every dentist is given an opportunity to participate, and listings cannot be purchased (and no payment is required to be listed), inclusion in topDentists is considered a distinct honor.

Congratulations, all!