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September 10, 2014

Welcome, Brittany!

We are excited to introduce, Brittany, a hygienist and new team member in our Dubuque Dental Office.   She joined our office in June and it was a seamless transition! Brittany worked her first four years in the dental community as a dental assistant. During this time, she took great pride in helping patients with their dental care. Those first years led her to branch out and find her true passion in dental hygiene. Brittany graduated from Hawkeye Community College in May 2014 with an associate of applied science degree in dental hygiene.  She feels extremely fortunate to join such an “exceptional” team that truly... Read More
July 15, 2014

From a Mommy Dentist:  the challenge of breastfeeding tongue-tied babies

By Dr. Kristen Berning Like many new moms, I thought breastfeeding would come naturally. When my third baby, Ted, was born, I already had 2 years cumulative experience breastfeeding my other children. I planned to exclusively breastfed Ted for at least 12 months. When Ted was just one day old in the hospital, I knew something was different with breastfeeding. I felt he was “chewing” instead of “sucking.” The lactation consultants worked with me on encouraging a deeper latch: I was told to use my finger to encourage him to stick his tongue out further. But he... Read More
July 14, 2014
This month at Exceptional Dentistry in Dubuque, Iowa, we are excited to announce the addition of a new Dubuque dentist! New Dubuque Dentist, Dr. Alexia Murray As a new Dubuque dentist, Dr. Alexia Murray is Dr. Ted Murray’s daughter and Dr. Kristen Berning’s sister.  This further emphasizes the “family” in family dentistry at our Dubuque dental office!  We now have three great Dubuque Dentists to provide general dentistry services to all ages of patients.   Dr. Alexia graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2013.  Dr. Alexia Murray then joined a private practice in Kansas City while her fiancee, Ryan, completed a one... Read More
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
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