About Our Dental Office
DR JOHN KRAMER, D.D.S., F.A.G.D., P.C.
Dr Kramer is a 1973 graduate of the University of Iowa School of Dentistry. Upon completion of his dental education he served two years in the United States Navy where he rotated through multiple dental disciplines which further prepared him for private practice. In 1975 he began caring for patients in Dubuque and continues to enjoy over 35 years of practice here.
Dr Kramer is a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry, from which he received his fellowship award given to clinicians who pass a comprehensive examination and complete 500 hours of continuing education.
Dr. Kramer is proud to include his daughter, Dr. Anna Miller, to his practice. In his spare time he enjoys spoiling his grandchildren and spending time on the golf course, tennis, fishing and guitar.
Welcome to Kramer Family Dental. Understanding that your smile is a big investment, we strive to make your visit the most comfortable and relaxing as possible. Dr. Kramer (Dr Jake) and Dr. Miller offer personalized care and are experienced in the latest technology. From cosmetic treatments to daily care, our dentists will ensure that you are not only comfortable with your smile, but love it. Kramer Family Dental provides comprehensive family dental care in conjunction with regular checkups and cleanings. Our focus is on providing excellent dental health and aesthetic results. Treatments range from oral health management and education to complete smile restoration. We are one of the only dentists in Dubuque offering a revolutionary process called Cerec. It allows us to complete fillings, crowns, and veneers in a single setting.
If you're new to Dubuque or just in search of a new care facility you will receive the best care from the doctors and staff at Kramer Family Dental.
Each of our staff is located to the right. Please take time to read each of their stories and get to know them. Each of them are here to assist you anytime during, before or after your visit.
DR ANNA MILLER, D.M.D.
Dr. Anna Kramer Miller D.M.D., completed her undergraduate education at Loras College in Dubuque Iowa, where she obtained a bachelor in Science. She completed her dental school education at The University of Pennsylvania. There she was awarded by the American Academy of Craniofacial pain for outstanding student in both clinical participation and research for the academy. She is dedicated to treating each patient with an excellent level of care, kindness, and compassion as if they were her own family member. She is devoted to continuing education and expanding her knowledge in all dentistry's continually evolving concepts. Dr. Anna is currently pursuing her masters in cosmetic dentistry from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Miller is member of the American Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association
Dr. Miller and her husband Chris love spending time with their three children. They reside in Dubuque, and where they enjoy running, tennis, and golf.
Dr. Meghan Brown Monroe D.D.S.
Dr Monroe is a native of Dubuque. She graduated from Wahlert High School and obtained her Bachelor of Science from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. She completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Through internships, research and participation in dental organizations, she has gained exposure to all branches of dentistry. Dr. Monroe is committed to continuing education and strives to stay up to date on the newest advances in dentistry. She is so excited to be practicing in her hometown and is eager to demonstrate her positive attitude and gentle demeanor. Dr. Monroe has been active in sealant programs, Mission of Mercy events, and Give Kids a Smile campaigns. Dr. Monroe is a member of the American Dental Association and Iowa Dental Association. Dr. Monroe and her husband Brandon are proud parents of two young children who bring so much joy and laughter to their lives. In her free time, Dr. Monroe enjoys cooking, running, DIY home projects, and spending time with her loved ones.
Sue is a registered dental hygienist with a B. S. degree. Sue has over 32 years experience, of which 30 years have been spent with Kramer Dental. Sue helps treat each patient and creates lasting relationships with many wonderful people.
Sue's priority is to educate each patient so they are equipped to make informed choices regarding their dental treatment. As partners, Sue and the rest of the staff can accomplish optimal periodontal health, excellence in restorative procedures, and achieve the fabulous smile that everyone deserves.
Sue's free time is spent with her husband of over 30 years, and her two sons.
Sharon came to our office in May 1977. She is a mother of four daughters and a grandmother of nine. She loves to spend time with her family and also enjoys helping others at work and her church. In her free time she likes to travel, sew and garden.
Over the years, Sharon has seen many new techniques in cosmetic dentistry and watched many patients overcome their fears of dentists and enjoys beautiful bright smiles. She has built many relationships with our staff and patients. Kramer Dental has been a very rewarding experience and a special part of her life.
Joyce graduated from NICC dental assisting program in 1988 and the expanded function program in 2005. She has worked at Kramer Family Dental for over 20 years. Some of her interests include spending time with family, quilting and knitting.
Wende has been in the dental field, on and off, for over 20 years. As a dental hygienist for nine years, with the last four at Kramer Family Dental, she is ready to help you in any way. Prior to my hygiene career, Wende was a certified dental assistant for over 10 years.
Wende is married and the proud mother of three kids.
Amanda has been a dental hygienist in our office since 2002 after graduating from Hawkeye Community College. Her peppy personality and friendly smile helps put patients at ease. She enjoys seeing the improvements made by her patients on their return visits after teaching them new techniques in caring for their dental health. On her days off, Amanda can be found spending time with her wonderful husband and two adorable kids, playing volleyball, decorating cakes, and gardening in the summer.
Angie has worked at the office since 1999. She is certified as well as registered in the State of Iowa as a dental assistant. Angie has also taken additional training and is certified in expanded functions.
Angie is married and has three kids. She enjoys her time off spending time outdoors, camping, and hiking.
Alissa has been a dental assistant since 2001. She started with Kramer Family Dental in March 2011. She likes meeting and talking with patients and promoting a positive dental care experience.
Alissa has 3 children of whom she enjoys spending time with. She also enjoys making jewelry, & playing cards.
COMPREHENSIVE AND PREVENTATIVE CARE
Dental Screenings, xrays, fluoride, prophy, and sealants.
Scaling and root planning, electro-surgery and/or laser for minor pocket elimination and cosmetic contouring, antibiotic therapy for periodontal disease.
Composite Resin Fillings (white)
Crowns, veneers, bridges, fixed and removable partial dentures, full dentures, implant restorations, gold and porcelain inlays and onlays.
Root canals using rotary endodontic instruments.
Spring retainers for minor rotated and tipped teeth and occlusal guards.
TEMPROMANDIBULAR JOINT EVALUATION
Diagnosis and treatment with splint therapy.
One hour in office bleaching and/or take home custom trays
COMPREHENSIVE AND PREVENTATIVE CARE
Preventive dental care is all the things you do (or should do) to help take care of your teeth and gums: brushing, flossing, eating a healthy diet, and going to the dentist regularly to help avoid dental disease.
Pediatric Dentistry and your Child:
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend that a child’s first visit to the dental office occur at approximately six months or when the first tooth erupts. If teeth do not erupt by the end of your child’s first year, you should see a dentist.
Parents should wipe an infant’s gums and teeth after each feeding, using a moist washcloth or gauze Pad. When one or more teeth appear, parents should brush child’s teeth with a children’s toothbrush and water. Unless it is advised by your dentist, do not use fluoridated toothpaste until age 2-3. Once your child is preschool-age, start using fluoride toothpaste. Don't cover the brush with toothpaste; a pea-sized amount is just right. Young children tend to swallow most of the toothpaste, and swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste can cause permanent stains on their teeth.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, also known as “early childhood caries,” is caused by prolonged contact with almost any liquid other than water. Milk, formula, juices, and other sweet drinks such as soda all have sugar in them. Sucking on a bottle filled with liquids that have sugar in them can cause tooth decay.
To help prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay:
Never put your child to bed with a bottle. By 7 or 8 months of age, most children no longer need feedings during the night. Children who drink bottles while lying down also may be more prone to getting ear infections. Only give your baby a bottle during meals. Do not use the bottle as a pacifier; do not allow your child to walk around with it or to drink it for extended periods. These practices not only may lead to Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, but children can suffer tooth injuries if they fall while sucking on a bottle.
Teach your child to drink from a cup as soon as possible, usually by 1 year of age. Drinking from a cup does not cause the liquid to collect around the teeth, and a cup cannot be taken to bed. If you are concerned that a cup may be messier than a bottle, especially when you are away from home, use one that has a snap-on lid with a straw or a special valve to prevent spilling.
Don’t put your child’s pacifiers, spoons, or other things in your mouth. Infants acquire bacteria and germs in their mouths from other people. When you clean off your baby’s pacifier or other item in your own mouth, you transfer bacteria directly it which then gets into your baby’s mouth. This bacteria makes the baby’s teeth more susceptible to tooth decay.
Fluoride is a substance used to prevent or reverse the early signs of dental caries (tooth decay). Research has shown that there are several ways that fluoride achieves its decay-preventative effects. It makes the tooth structure stronger so teeth are more resistant to acid attacks. Acid is formed when the bacteria that live in the plaque on your child’s teeth breaks down sugars and carbohydrates from your child’s diet. Repeated acid attacks can break down the tooth structure, which causes caries. There are many communities that have fluoride in their water supply. Water fluoridation can reduce the incidence of tooth decay by about 20 to 40%. You can ask your local water company if they add fluoride to the water in your community. A dentist may recommend fluoride supplements if fluoridated water is not available in your community.
Sealants are substances used in the prevention of tooth decay. It has been shown to be a very effective method to prevent cavities on the occlusal surface (biting surface) of teeth. While fluorides have been influential in the decline of decay on smooth tooth surfaces, sealants are very effective in the prevention of decay on pit and fissure (“nooks and crannies”) surfaces of the teeth. They are thin, clear or tinted plastic coatings painted on the biting surfaces of permanent posterior teeth. Sealants are particularly important for children who have a high risk for decay. The frequency for sealant placement will vary by the individual, but some standards for application of sealants are: Applied mainly on permanent molars (1st and 2nd);Teeth should be non-restored;Once per tooth every 5 years up to the age of 19.
Ask if sealants are appropriate for your child.
JARAMEE, DUBUQUE, IA
My kids are actually excited to go to the dentist! Dr Jake and Dr Anna along with their staff are great with kids! They want to brush twice a day at home so they can sing the special "sugar bugs" song they learned.
MAX, DUBUQUE, IA
I love to visit Dr Jake and Dr. Anna because they let me play with all of their cool tools for teeth! Dr Anna always reminds me to scrub the sugar bugs off my teeth. Dr Jake and Dr. Anna are THE BEST!
LEAH, DUBUQUE, IA
Thanks to Kramer Family Dental, I can't stop smiling! Not only do I love to show off my beautiful smile, I look forward to each regular check-up because the staff treats me like family. The friendly, professional, and talented staff as well as the ambiance at Kramer Family Dental makes each visit a pleasure!
JENNIE,MIKE,TOMMY AND WILL, DUBUQUE, IA
Our family continues to have positive experiences at Kramer Family Dental. Having lived in various areas of the country, we have been to many general dentists and pediatric dentists... There is no comparison with Kramer Family Dental when it comes to service and comfort - Dr. Kramer and Dr. Miller are dedicated to providing our family with exceptional professional care. The convenience in having your entire family seen by the same dentist; now, a trip to the dentist for our children is fun. We would highly recommend anyone looking for an enjoyable dental experience to Kramer Family Dental.