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Dr. Berning has attended a variety of tongue tie courses from medical professionals who are considered leaders in tongue tie research and education. She has completed courses given by Dr. Larry Kotlow (pediatric dentist), Dr. Bobby Ghaheri (ENT physician), Dr. Soroush Zaghi (ENT physician), and Dr. Richard Baxter (pediatric dentist). For completing Dr. Baxter's comprehensive course, she earned the designation of a "Tongue-Tied Academy" Graduate.

2018 Her favorites dentist

Exceptional Dentistry was voted as Local Favorite Dental Office for the third time by Her Magazine readers.


Dentist Ted Murray, DDS Wins "Best of Show" and Gold Medal in 13th Annual AACD Smile Gallery Competition

Ted Murray, DDS of Dubuque, IA has won the Best of Show Trophy and a Gold Medal with his entry in the 13th Annual American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) Smile Gallery competition. The Annual AACD Smile Gallery Competition is a prestigious competition open to all AACD members. It is designed to find the "Best Of The Best" in clinical cosmetic dentistry. It highlights the dramatic effects of cosmetic dentistry at its finest.

Dr. Ted Murray's "Best of Show" case can be viewed in this article.

Dr. Kristen Berning receives her Mastership Award from the Academy of General Dentistry

The Mastership Award is the AGD’s highest honor and one of the most respected designations within the profession. To earn this award, Dr. Berning passed the fellowship exam and completed 1,100 hours of dental continuing education in 16 specific categories, including at least 400 hands-on participation hours.  She received the MAGD award at the 2015 Annual AGD Meeting.

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Her Readers' Favorite Dentist Award

Exceptional Dentistry was voted "Favorite Dentist" by Her Magazine Readers in 2010.  Her, a magazine for women, is published by our local Telegraph Herald 8 times per year.

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Dr. Ted Murray awarded GOLD Medal at American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Meeting

Dr. Ted Murray exhibited outstanding skill in the direct restorations category where he won a Gold Medal. He was also awarded the "Best of Show" trophy which is given to the one case that particularly stands out as premier casework in cosmetic dentistry, among all the categories at the AACD Annual Meeting.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is the largest international dental organization dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry and encouraging the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care. Founded in 1984, the AACD has nearly 8,000 members in over 60 countries worldwide. The AACD congratulates Dr. Ted Murray for his achievement. For more information on the AACD visit View before and after photos in our smile gallery and view his award winning case in this article.


KB Little Green Book Tongue Tie

See this little green book? A couple of our photos are published inside "The Little Green Book of Breastfeeding Management for Physicians & Other Healthcare Providers." Dr. Anne Eglash MD, IBCLC, FABM asked Dr. Kristen Berning for some before and after tongue tie treatment photos completed in our office. Treating tongue ties can improve a baby's latch and therefore help improve breastfeeding for mothers and babies.

"Cosmetic Dentistry: It can open the door to enhancing one of your greatest features-- the smile."

In the spring of 2015, DBQ Magazine focused on Health topics and published this article on Cosmetic Dentistry.  DBQ Magazine interviewed Dr. Kristen Berning regarding several cosmetic dental procedures.

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Exceptional Family, Exceptional Dentistry

In October 2014, wrote a feature article about Exceptional Dentistry.  This local business magazine is produced monthly by TH Media.  The article explains how two of Dr. Ted Murray's three daughters, Dr. Kristen (Murray) Berning and Dr. Alexia (Murray) Oetken, followed his footsteps and chose careers in dentistry.

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"Does Your Dental Check-Up Measure Up?" and "Look Younger...Feel Better"

In March 2011, The Telegraph Herald published two articles by Exceptional Dentistry. Dr. Kristen Berning describes the services that make up a superior check-up and cleaning. Dr. Ted Murray writes about the benefits of Invisalign treatment.

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"Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Dentistry" and "How to Find a Cosmetic Dentist"

In March 2008, the Telegraph Herald published articles by Dr. Ted Murray and Dr. Berning. Dr. Berning writes about minimally invasive procedures that can be used to improve your smile. Dr. Ted Murray gives advice on how to find a cosmetic dentist.

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"Headaches and Building a Healthy Bite"

Headaches and associated dental problems diagnosed and corrected through Neuromuscular Dentistry.

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"Treatment for a Recovering Meth User"

In this Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry article, Dr. Ted Murray suggests one treatment option available to restore the oral destruction caused by methamphetamine use in the case of a recovering meth user.

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"All he wanted for Christmas was..."

A local dentist and 3 specialists provide $40,000 worth of free restoration for a Divine Word student.

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"Ignore Your Teeth and Face the Consequences"

Managing your dental health over a lifetime.

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"Porcelain Veneers"

Creating your perfect smile - how porcelain veneers can alter the shape, color, size, and spacing of your teeth.

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2018 Favorite Dentist Her Mag 1

We are honored and grateful to be voted local favorite dental office again by Her - a magazine for women readers. Thank you so much to our incredible patients and our exceptional team. Thanks for your confidence in choosing us as your dental family. You are all the reason that we love what we do!

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