Meet the Cuspies 2023 semifinal candidates

2017 02 28 11 15 23 956 Dr Bicuspid Dental Excellence Award 400 is pleased to announce the list of semifinalists for the 2023 edition of the Cuspies. The awards celebrate the best and brightest in dentistry, recognizing outstanding people, products, and events over the past year.

The Cuspies semifinal list is directly influenced by the nominations you submitted earlier this year. This year's campaign includes more than 100 candidates across 14 categories, including two new categories recognizing hygiene and dental social media influencers.

Through Sunday, December 18, at midnight PT, you can vote for the semifinal candidates you would like to see in the finalist round. An expert panel will then select the winners from among the finalists.

Dental Educator of the Year

  • Dr. Wael Att -- Tufts University
  • Dr. Travis Campbell -- Speaker
  • Dr. Gordon Christensen -- Speaker
  • Dr. George Mandelaris -- University of Illinois Chicago
  • Dr. Susan Maples -- Speaker
  • Dr. Harold Marioneaux -- Virginia Peninsula Community College
  • Dr. Marielle Pariseau -- Speaker
  • Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez -- University of California, Los Angeles
  • Dr. Brittany Seymour -- Harvard University
  • Dr. Aditya Tadinada -- University of Connecticut

Hygiene Educator of the Year

  • Amber Auger, MPH -- Speaker
  • Valerie Dangler -- Speaker
  • Elijah Desmond -- Speaker
  • Melissa Obrotka -- Bergen Community College
  • Anna Pattison, MSDH -- Speaker
  • Emme Sanders -- Speaker
  • Crystal Spring -- Speaker
  • Kandice Swarthout -- Speaker
  • Kelly Tanner, PhD -- Speaker
  • Jennifer Turner -- Speaker

Best Dentistry Training Program

  • Lincoln Memorial University College of Dental Medicine
  • Texas A&M University School of Dentistry
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry
  • University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry
  • University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Florida College of Dentistry
  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • University of Washington School of Dental Medicine
  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine

Best Hygiene Training Program

  • Collin College Dental Hygiene Program
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene
  • Middlesex Community College Department of Dental Hygiene
  • Rio Salado College Dental Hygiene Program
  • Shoreline Community College Dental Hygiene Program
  • Texas A&M University School of Dentistry Caruth School of Dental Hygiene
  • University of Florida College of Dentistry Certification Courses for Dental Hygienists
  • University of Maine at Augusta Dental Hygiene Program
  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • Vermont Technical College Dental Hygiene Program

Dentist Influencer of the Year

Hygienist Influencer of the Year

Best New Imaging Product

Best New Hygiene Product

Best New Restorative Product

Best New Dental Software

Best New Consumer Product

Most Significant News Event in Dentistry

Scientific Paper of the Year

Hottest Dental Procedure

  • All-on-X dental implants
  • Clear aligner therapy for airway improvements
  • Digital dentures
  • Immediate implant placement in perforated sinus floor membrane
  • Lasers for crown lengthening
  • One-day jaw replacements and implant placements
  • Prosthetic gingival restoration with colored composite resin
  • Robot-assisted dental surgery
  • Surgically facilitated orthodontic therapy
  • Virtual reality for relieving dental anxiety

Vote for your favorite semifinal candidates through December 18, 2022.

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