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November 19, 2018

We are honored and grateful to be voted Dubuque's favorite dental office again by Her Magazine readers.

Thank you so much to our incredible patients and our exceptional team, for you are the reason that we love what we do! Thank you for your confidence in choosing us as your dental family. Your referrals of friends and family to come to our office are the greatest gifts we can receive. 


This was the third year that we have been honored as the local favorite dental office. Below is the interview published in the recent Her Magazine:

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June 12, 2018
Dubuque Dentist, Dr. Ted Murray, honored with Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award Dr. Ted Murray This past weekend at the AGD Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Dubuque Dentist Dr. Ted Murray, was recognized with an achievement that less than 1% of AGD dentists are awarded. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional dental association of more than 40,000 general dentists.  The AGD is dedicated to the advancement of dentistry and oral health through continuing education and advocacy.  Dr. Ted Murray received the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition (LLSR) Award at the convocation ceremony. In order to receive the... Read More
June 09, 2018
Dr. Alexia Oetken Receives Prestigious Fellowship Award from Academy of General Dentistry Dr. Alexia Oetken receives Fellowship Award We are pleased to announce that Dr. Alexia Oetken received the prestigious Fellowship Award (FAGD) during the Academy of General Dentistry’s Convocation ceremony. This ceremony is a commencement celebration that recognizes AGD members' commitment to high-quality, comprehensive dental education. It was held at the AGD’s Scientific Session on June 9th, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Fellowship Award symbolizes excellence in the dental profession and a commitment to providing exceptional patient care by... Read More
May 22, 2018
Dr. Kristen Berning was a recent guest blogger for Compass Counseling and Behavioral Health of Dubuque, Iowa. Compass Counseling and Behavioral Health works with individuals, couples, families and groups to address a wide range of issues. One specialty area is maternal mental health in which they provide counseling and therapy to women in all stages of motherhood. These stages range from trying to conceive, pregnancy, coping with loss, and adjusting to the postpartum phases.   During Maternal Mental Health Week, Compass Counseling shared stories from real moms from Dubuque and Tri-State area. Dr. Kristen Berning shared her personal... Read More
December 19, 2017
We have an exciting award to share... Exceptional Dentistry was voted Favorite Local Dental Office, as announced by the Telegraph Herald's Her magazine.

Thank you to our patients for your votes! We are grateful and thankful for our wonderful patients, who make our work fulfilling. Thank you for choosing us and trusting us as your dental family. We set high customer service expectations for ourselves because we care so much, and we want to deliver high-level, comfortable dental care. We appreciate having awesome patients and an awesome team!  We know that positive energy goes a long way, and there's a lot of smiling in our office for...

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August 31, 2017
When looking for an experienced Dubuque Cosmetic Dentist, many people come to Dr. Ted Murray for their cosmetic, restorative, or sedation dentistry needs. His experience and skills set him at a level that many patients desire. Dr. Ted Murray has been helping to create beautiful, healthy, and natural-looking smiles for more than 40 years. Dr. Ted Murray graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1977. Shown below are photos from his graduation ceremony at Hancher Auditorium. He is pictured with his parents, Betty and Frank Murray; and his wife, Carol, and her parents, Monica and Joe Wagner. He was a member of the Delta... Read More
May 07, 2017

Dubuque Dentist, Dr. Ted Murray, has been committed to his career in dentistry over the years by giving back as a volunteer, mentor, and leader.

Dr. Ted Murray receives Life Membership Dr. Ted Murray was recently inducted by the Iowa Dental Association (IDA) into Life Membership. He was presented a plaque at the 2017 IDA 155th Annual Session by current president and colleague, Dr. Tom Peek, during the House of Delegates on Saturday morning. This year Dr. Ted Murray reaches forty years of practicing dentistry. Dr. Ted Murray graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1977 and then completed a one year General... Read More
June 23, 2016
Dubuque Dentist- another way to Contact Us  Many people love the quick convenience of text messaging. Surveys are showing many American adults prefer text messages to phone calls. At Exceptional Dentistry, we are all about technology and convenience. So we are able to receive text messages at our regular office number 563-556-2711. How awesome is that? You can text your Dubuque dental office!  We will then reply to text messages as soon as possible during our regular business hours. Aw, yeah!  Of course, you can still talk to us in person and we love to hear your voice. Texting works great for short messages; but the phone is always needed... Read More
May 23, 2016
One of the only certainties in life is change.   Change may come on gradually, or when we aren't expecting it!  This is an update on a recent change in our office.   Here is a note from Melissa...  "It is with mixed emotion that I make my resignation announcement after 18 wonderful years at Exceptional Dentistry. My family and I are headed to warm, sunny Arizona. Sharing this news with my "family" at the office has been incredibly hard because while I am excited about my new adventures and looking forward to changes, I am very sad to leave behind the greatest dental team and leaders. I have so much respect for Dr. Ted Murray, Carol, Dr.... Read More
March 23, 2016

Create It Paint Party

The Exceptional Dentistry Dubuque Dental Team spent an afternoon together painting at Create It in Dubuque, Iowa. Create It is a local Dubuque art sudio led by Dubuque artist Sarah Barnes. Located on Locust Street near the Boys and Girls Club in downtown Dubuque, Create It is a beautiful place to gather with friends for a paint party.  Artists Sarah Barnes and her mother, Jeanelle, share their painting wisdom with all who visit their studio.  Sarah and Jeanelle explain how certain paintbrushes, certain brush strokes, and color choices help to develop the desired looks of the various paintings. Sarah walked our... Read More