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January 15, 2014
At Exceptional Dentistry in Dubuque, we are able to use cosmetic dentistry to provide instant orthodontics. What is instant orthodontics? In some cases there are spaces between the front teeth that a person does not like.  Looking to improve his or her smile, an individual may want this space to be closed. Sometimes due to the occlusion (the way the top and bottom teeth fit together), it can be difficult to close the space with braces or Invisalign.  In other cases, some people do not want to spend 1-2 years doing orthodontic treatment.  They are excited about the option of closing this space in just one appointment! Dental bonding using... Read More
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August 07, 2013
In our Dubuque dental office, Dr. Ted Murray and Dr. Kristen Berning and the Exceptional Dentistry team offer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.   This is a great option for patients with dental anxiety, a strong gag reflex, and for young children having dental work for the first time.  Almost anyone who wants to relax more during his or her appointment can use nitrous oxide or laughing gas for anxiety relief.

Nitrous Oxide Safety

Nitrous oxide is a blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide.  In our Dubuque dental office, we use the Safe Sedate Nitrous Oxide system.  The gas is delivered through a mask placed comfortably over the... Read More
July 31, 2013
Cosmetic Dentistry in Dubuque, Iowa The words cosmetic dentistry often makes a person think of porcelain veneers or professional tooth whitening.  Dr. Ted Murray and Dr. Kristen Berning, Dubuque dentists, believe almost every dental procedure has a cosmetic component that needs to be considered.  Our Exceptional Dentistry office is a great place to have cosmetic dentistry done in Dubuque, Iowa. Shown below is an example of single tooth cosmetic dentistry.  It is a direct resin veneer, which is also called dental bonding.  This  is an affordable cosmetic dentistry option that can make a wonderful improvement in the beauty of a smile.  A... Read More
May 08, 2013
Whiter teeth are everywhere! With summer weddings, school graduations, and other events approaching soon, people want to know how they can get whiter teeth now. Many teeth darken over time due to the aging process.  Teeth also stain from drinking coffee, tea, wine, dark sodas, or from eating pigmented foods like berries, spaghetti sauce, etc. Your Teeth Whitening Options In our Dubuque dental office, Dr. Ted Murray and Dr. Kristen Berning offer two options for teeth whitening.  The first is ZOOM whitening which is done in office in less than a couple hours.  The second is tray whitening which can be done at home over the course of a couple... Read More
March 22, 2013
Dental implants are becoming a standard of care in modern day dentistry to replace missing teeth.  Here at Exceptional Dentistry in Dubuque, Iowa, we try to stay up to date on the latest advancements in implant dentistry.  With advancing technology, modern materials, and ongoing research, implant dentistry is an area of dentistry that is always changing and keeps getting better. Attending Continuing Education as a Team Today Dr. Ted Murray, Dr. Kristen Berning, and four of their team members attended a one day lecture given by Dr. Dennis Tarnow at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. Dr. Tarnow is a world-renowned expert on dental implants and... Read More
February 19, 2013
“Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.”   ♥♥ National Children’s Dental Health Month and “Give Kids a Smile” Program February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and it is  “Give Kids A Smile” day in our office today.   And it feels so good for so many reasons.  Wonder why? Well, the American Dental Association (ADA) focuses on children’s dental health during February, and this year is the 10th anniversary of its Give Kids A Smile program!  Through the Give Kids a Smile program, dentists are encouraged to join with others in the community to provide... Read More
February 06, 2013
Dubuque Dentist Team Update In January, 2013 we added a new member to our Exceptional Dubuque dental team! Introducing Stephanee… Stephanee had already been filling in and helping us in our Dubuque dental office for the last few years, so it was a pretty seamless transition. Stephanee began her career as a dental hygienist in 2004 in Illinois after graduating from Parkland College. She has worked in many areas of dentistry, including assisting, giving her 15 years of experience in the field.  She brings lots of knowledge from working in many different offices over the years and holds dental hygiene licenses in the states of Illinois,... Read More
February 01, 2013
Dubuque Family Dentists- Dr. Kristen Berning and Dr. Ted Murray So your little one has teeth?   Congratulations!   February is Dental Health Month, and here is our advice on how to care for  your child’s teeth: Thank you for caring for your child’s dental health!  Our goal is to keep your child on the right track for a healthy smile.  “Baby” teeth need to be kept healthy, clean, and free of cavities to avoid unnecessary pain and infection.  Some of the “baby” teeth are not lost until age 12. Before the first tooth comes in, clean your child’s mouth daily with a clean, damp cloth.  The American Dental Association recommends that children are... Read More
November 08, 2012
Indications for Cosmetic Bonding This young lady came as a new patient to our office based on the cosmetic credentials earned by Dubuque dentists, Dr. Ted Murray and Dr. Kristen Berning.  She was concerned with the space between her front teeth.  Dentists refer to this particular space as a “black triangle.”  If you look closely at the “before” photo below, you will see the front two teeth are actually touching each other toward the bottom.  This means that braces cannot help to improve the situation.  Her teeth are already straight. This is a perfect situation for cosmetic bonding.  At her initial appointment, we did a “cosmetic preview” to... Read More
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October 04, 2012

Laser dentistry in Dental Hygiene- Dubuque, Iowa

On Friday, September 28th, Talia and Melissa, two of our hygienists, attended a continuing education course in Ankeny, Iowa. The course was about two of the instruments that our hygienists use everyday: Ultrasonics and Lasers.  Talia and Melissa wanted to take full advantage of learning new information to share with our patients. Ultrasonics in Dental Hygiene Ultrasonics, or power instrumentation, is something we have been using as part of the professional dental cleaning since Dr. Ted Murray opened his Dubuque dental practice in 1978.  The instrument uses small ultrasonic vibrations... Read More

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