If your tooth needs a crown, restoration or replacement, ask someone for a referral and you’ll likely hear the name Dr. Richard Liu. Dr. Liu has been named top prosthodontist for 2016 – the eighth time he has earned this recognition from his peers. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Liu specializes in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Whether working single-handedly or leading teams of specialists, he effectuates teeth that function properly and comfortably for his patients. At his practice, Evergreen Dental Care, in Newington, he uses the latest technological advancements, including 3-D technology, digital X-rays and CAD/CAM crowns. Two days a week he instructs dental students at Harvard and Tufts schools of dental medicine, and he lectures worldwide. Dr. Liu achieves both proper function and aesthetics in his work. “I think people are surprised to learn that dentistry, especially prosthodontics, is actually an artistic field,” the eight-time New Hampshire Magazine award winner said. “It takes an artist’s eye to sculpt the teeth to complement the contours of the mouth. With every patient I aim for a beautiful smile.” The doctor finds it rewarding to see his patients’ self-esteem increase after he has completed his work. “To see the transformation of a person’s smile and self-confidence is very fulfilling,” he said. Dr. Liu enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons when he’s not working.