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July 14, 2010
It is the time of the year that the state of Iowa sends out the Application for Renewal of Dental License. I was completing Dr. Ted Murray and Dr. Kristen Berning’s forms, and needed to fill in the answer to the question “License renewal requires that you obtain a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education taken between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2010. Write the number of hours you completed… “ Our two dentists each attended 203 hours !! Just another reason on why they are so good at taking care of your smile: their life’s work. Dr. Murray & Dr. Berning are dentists, and passionate ones at that!
May 17, 2010
Dr. Ted Murray & Dr. Kristen Berning attended the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s (AACD) 26th Annual Scientific Session, in Grapevine, Texas from Tuesday April 27- Saturday May 1, 2010. The AACD is the world’s largest international dental organization dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry through responsible esthetics. Both Dr. Murray & Dr. Berning are active AACD members. Contemporary cosmetic dentistry is a comprehensive approach to total oral health care that combines art and science to achieve optimal dental function, health, and esthetics. The annual AACD scientific session is... Read More
May 05, 2010
Dr Ted Murray, an accredited dentist in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry was elected to the Nominations and Leadership Development Committee at the annual meeting of the AACDin Dallas, Texas.
April 26, 2010
Earlier this month, National Public Radio featured the story “As Our Skin Sags with Age, So Do Our Bones.” One of the most important elements in keeping facial bone definition is to keep your natural teeth! David Hunt, a physical anthropologist at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C., was interviewed for the story. He oversees the roughly 30,000 human skeletons in the Smithsonian’s collection. “When you see that many bones,” Hunt says, “You get a pretty good sense of how bone changes over time.” The skulls from the Smithsonian show a range of definition: from minimal loss in bone volume , to moderate and dramatic... Read More
March 11, 2010
Dental Assistant Week is March 7-13. We appreciate the wonderful dental assistants at our office! They do an amazing job helping Dr. Berning & Dr. Murray give our patients beautiful, healthy smiles.
February 25, 2010
This 14 year-old girl was so excited to finally get her braces off to reveal her beautiful new smile. However, there was one thing left to do to truly finish her smile. One of her lateral incisors (right next to her front teeth) was undersized. This is a common tooth that can be smaller than ideal. Cosmetic bondingcan be done to make teeth the correct size or to close gaps. This procedure can be completed in just one visit. BEFORE: AFTER: Everyone was pleased with the result!
December 16, 2009
To celebrate the holiday season and our appreciation for each other, we enjoyed a Team Christmas Party at The Diamond Jo’s Woodfire Grille. Back row, left to right: Dr. Kristen Berning, Melissa, Maureen, Kori, Charity, Talia, Amy, Darlene, & Cliff. Front row: Carol & Dr. Ted Murray.
October 06, 2009
We have 3  painted pumpkins in our office for the Halloween season, thanks to Stacy’s Creations.
October 01, 2009
We see pierced tongues and the damage the metal stud does to teeth. The metal chips teeth. One of our patient’s teeth has been fixed twice, and he still continues wearing the stud, and chipping his teeth. In the October 5, 2009 Sports Illustrated issue is an article on NBA player Chris Anderson, of the Denver Nuggets. The 6’10” Anderson, from Iola, Texas, nicknamed “Birdman” missed a basketball game after breaking a molar while biting down on his tongue stud.
September 17, 2009
The real solution to a patient’s fears, phobias and anxieties was all in one little pill. Today was an amazing day for a Dubuque man, and for Dr. Ted Murray and Amy.  After years of thinking about it, the patient called our office.  He had fears, anxieties and phobias about a dentist looking at his mouth.  Kori invited him to come for a ten minute appointment to meet our dentist and to talk about his fears.  We often hear about someone being worried, frightened and not wanting to have someone look at their mouth.  It was an easy first appointment, so he made an appointment to return for an hour, where Melissa took photos and Amy took xrays... Read More