Dr. Matthew Karban is an oral surgeon with The Dental Specialists. Watch as Dr. Karban shares his background and how he arrived at his current position, discusses a few of the many treatments he performs at his practice and his philosophy about offering each patient a quality experience throughout their procedure.

Education:

  • BS Human Biology (1999) University of Wisconsin
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (2005) University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Doctor of Medicine (2009) Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency (2011) Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Professional Activities

  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • American Dental Association
  • Minnesota Dental Association

Verified Patient Reviews

4.4 out of 5 (386 Reviews) (135 Comments)

Overall patient ratings are based on the average score given by The Dental Specialists patients who voluntarily complete a satisfaction survey from Press Ganey, a nationally recognized firm dedicated to improving patient experience. Click to learn more about our patient ratings.

5 out of 5
November 4, 2022
Wonderful place to get dental work done.
5 out of 5
October 20, 2022
Clear instructions, friendly manner. Talked me through the whole process. Very good surgeon.
5 out of 5
October 6, 2022
Dr. Karban is a very good dentist. He listens and also explains the upcoming procedure. I would recommend him to anyone that needs care.
5 out of 5
September 23, 2022
Dr. Karban and his Assistant are outstanding.
5 out of 5
September 23, 2022
Great experience
5 out of 5
September 16, 2022
Dr Karban and staff are terrific
5 out of 5
August 9, 2022
Everything went great
5 out of 5
July 28, 2022
Attuned to my needs. Honest about not needing an implant.
5 out of 5
July 8, 2022
Very clear, was in great care
5 out of 5
July 8, 2022
So relieved to get taken care of , everyone involved was absolutely awesome, I was in excellent care. Thank you very much
5 out of 5
July 7, 2022
Great service, professional and friendly.Excellent care.
5 out of 5
July 6, 2022
Uses easily understandable terminology and very thorough and description of process and after treatment.
5 out of 5
June 30, 2022
I was calmed by the way he explained things through out the tooth extraction precedure
5 out of 5
June 27, 2022
I was SO impressed with Dr.Karpan! And so grateful.
5 out of 5
June 27, 2022
I really enjoyed my visit as far as how much you can enjoy an "extraction." Dr. Carbon is a wonderful doc and I appreciate him greatly, My last extraction about a month ago was extremely painful, this one there was no issue at all, only took Tylenol twice and the next day was totally uneventful.
5 out of 5
June 27, 2022
I would never hesitate to give anyone a recommendation for this office, the staff and my dentist
5 out of 5
June 23, 2022
Very relaxing
5 out of 5
June 23, 2022
Great
5 out of 5
June 2, 2022
Dr. Karban was very good about explaining my options to me.
5 out of 5
May 31, 2022
Was very happy with the service, they fit me in with no issues
5 out of 5
May 28, 2022
Dr. Matthew Karban and his assistant are an exceptional team. I wish to thank them for the excellent service.
4.8 out of 5
May 27, 2022
I liked how the dentist described what was happening; for example, the cracking sound. He didn't introduce himself.
4.5 out of 5
May 12, 2022
Oral surgeon excellent
5 out of 5
May 9, 2022
Assistant and Doctor were very patient with me well I was not responding to anesthesia well. Helped me feel comfortable and they got the job done.
5 out of 5
May 2, 2022
Dr Karban was wonderful, he took great care of me and so did the rest of the staff. He explained the risks and also put me at ease. I liked that that gave me a call the next day after my procedure to see if I was doing okay. I highly recommend TDS!
5 out of 5
April 22, 2022
Appreciated dr karban's manner... Very calming, understanding & patient.. Am sure I asked the same questions a few times, but, he answered each time with the same clarity.
3.1 out of 5
March 31, 2022
Dentist's knowledge about the presenting problem appeared adequate
3.1 out of 5
March 31, 2022
Dentist offered little to no empathy during entire procedure; dental assistant was caring and helpful regarding pain level and anxiety about the procedure.
5 out of 5
March 25, 2022
The dentist was very very kind and concerned with my well being.. Each step in extracting my tooth he was kind and explained everything he was doing..
5 out of 5
March 25, 2022
I would certainly come to Dr Karbon again... He really knows how to treat a patient ..
5 out of 5
March 24, 2022
I needed a tooth extraction on this visit. This was not good news, and something I dreaded a little bit. However, Dr Karban did a great job helping me understand the process and the procedure went extremely well. I highly recommend Dr Karan to anyone else who needs this service.
5 out of 5
March 24, 2022
Everything was right on time.
5 out of 5
March 23, 2022
Very clear with all information
5 out of 5
March 21, 2022
Gave me options, which I like :)
5 out of 5
March 21, 2022
Dentist assistant went above and beyond for knowing about my teeth before and the recovery.
5 out of 5
March 9, 2022
Service was Excellent!
5 out of 5
March 4, 2022
The doctor was very polite and fast I was very surprised on how fast it went to have a tooth pulled. And I am on day 3 of having the tooth out and things are going very well.
5 out of 5
March 4, 2022
Excellent care, professional, friendly, thoughtful and made me feel very comfortable during the procedure.
5 out of 5
March 4, 2022
Excellent & very thoughtful
5 out of 5
March 4, 2022
Excellent
5 out of 5
February 18, 2022
The procedure was very quick - no problems and no pain.
5 out of 5
February 18, 2022
Excellent care and explanation of each step during procedure! The Dental Assistant was excellent in explaining everything including after-care, as well.
5 out of 5
February 18, 2022
Very pleased with everything including receiving a follow up call the next day after my tooth extraction!
5 out of 5
February 10, 2022
Dr. Karban is an excellent caring dentist. He explains everything in understanding language. I would highly recommend himand the dental assistant I had on my last visit.
2.5 out of 5
February 9, 2022
Things proceeded quickly and efficiently. Very little discussion before or after. Though most had been covered in an earlier consult. My biggest criticism and disappointment is the lack of after care. Very limited information was provided and follow up calls were handled courteously, but dismissively - to the degree that it led to a follow up visit and call to my regular doctor
2.5 out of 5
February 9, 2022
Very prompt with appointment time. Greatly appreciated.
2.5 out of 5
February 2, 2022
Wasn't impressed with how Dr. Karban carried himself. He was rude to a dental assistant and a bit demeaning towards me. Could have been a bad day.
5 out of 5
January 21, 2022
Dr. Karman has a way to make you feel that you are in good hands. And talks to you the whole time he is doing his job.Explaination of everything he does . Thank you
5 out of 5
January 14, 2022
Both dentist and assistant were/are exceptional.
5 out of 5
January 13, 2022
The dentist was very knowledgeable and friendly. He explained everything that he was doing and made me feel comfortable.
5 out of 5
January 13, 2022
The whole experience was good. The check-in was easy. The doctor and staff were friendly and informative.
5 out of 5
December 24, 2021
Dr Karban and his team where awesome and took great care of my son for his wisdom teeth surgery!
5 out of 5
December 9, 2021
Thank you for Making a Treatment that came with some Nerves easy to accomplish with no Judgement.
5 out of 5
December 7, 2021
One comment is that Dr. Karban was very thorough but he did talk very fast. He did clarify the information when asked questions.
5 out of 5
November 15, 2021
The dentist was exceptionally good with me, I have high anxiety and he put me at ease. Very gentle.
5 out of 5
November 12, 2021
I had a molar pulled. I felt absolutely no pain before, during or after my visit.
5 out of 5
November 4, 2021
Appreciated thorough explanations and printed discharge instructions.
5 out of 5
October 28, 2021
Dr karban (sp?) Is very caring. He keeps up a running dialogue and explanation during treatment, which is perfect for me. His whole team is kind and professional.
5 out of 5
October 19, 2021
Dr. Karban provided a running commentary of what was going to happen and what he was doing during my extraction. A reassuring technique.
5 out of 5
October 14, 2021
They were very nice and explained everything
5 out of 5
October 11, 2021
Entire staff was wonderful!
5 out of 5
October 11, 2021
We were very impressed with how thorough the staff was. A special thank you to Dr. Karban, (dental assistant) and (anesthesia).
5 out of 5
September 30, 2021
I was very impressed at the care and compassion I received from my visit and also the follow up call the next day. I felt very well cared for and appreciated the time they took to explain things to me.
5 out of 5
September 23, 2021
I had a great experience. Dr. Carbon (sp?) made me feel very comfortable and talked me through the process of having my tooth pulled.
5 out of 5
September 23, 2021
I was afraid at first but dental assistant was so kind and caring as well as Dr. Carbon (sp?)
5 out of 5
September 6, 2021
Everyone was very nice
5 out of 5
August 23, 2021
I really appreciated the use of gas as I was nervous and it was really efficiently done. Pain was minimal post surgery.
5 out of 5
August 23, 2021
He is an amazing doctor. He is very gentle and explained everything he is doing.
5 out of 5
August 23, 2021
It is a great place!!
3.3 out of 5
August 13, 2021
Like Dr karban very much. Just didn't stay in the room so I could ask a couple of questions. After procedure was done.
5 out of 5
August 12, 2021
Very easy check-in, liked the hygienist and doctor...doctor explained everything very well and gave me time for questions.
5 out of 5
July 22, 2021
Very nice experience.
5 out of 5
July 22, 2021
Very nice experience.
4.8 out of 5
July 1, 2021
I will never go to a different clinic again! After being on the phone for 4 hours calling different clinics for emergency availability, this is the only establishment that seemed to care about us as human beings. It meant a lot to me! The scheduler was an angel and so supportive and helpful! She called around all your locations to fit my son in for an emergency visit. My son got in that same day with great service. We are very impressed!
5 out of 5
June 30, 2021
Both dentist and assistant were amazing. They talked with me like they knew me and explained every step of the process to me. I felt very comfortable in an uneasy situation thanks to them. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing dental services.
5 out of 5
June 11, 2021
Best dental care I have ever received.
5 out of 5
June 11, 2021
Thorough, complete written description of procedures and costs.
5 out of 5
June 11, 2021
very good experience
5 out of 5
June 7, 2021
great experience, Dr was so informative and soothing which made things so much easier with less anxiety
5 out of 5
June 7, 2021
Friendly staff and professional
5 out of 5
May 28, 2021
The doctor clearly explained the risks of having my remaining wisdom teeth taken out and provided me a referral to address issues in a less restrictive/risky manner which i really appreciated
5 out of 5
May 27, 2021
Great experience with everyone.
5 out of 5
May 24, 2021
There should be a category of excellent.
5 out of 5
May 24, 2021
Again there should be an additional response of excellent available to check.
5 out of 5
April 21, 2021
Dr. Karban was great at talking through the procedure and explaining what he was doing which was extremely helpful for me.
5 out of 5
April 19, 2021
the dr was very easy to talk to and follow along with my options
5 out of 5
April 19, 2021
procedure went well
5 out of 5
April 16, 2021
Dr. Karban is amazing! I was pretty apprehensive to have my upper wisdom teeth removed because I had several issues when I had my lower ones done by a different doctor in a different practice. Dr. Karban's calm demeanor, thoroughness of discussing the procedure, and answering any questions had me walking out of the consult confidently. He extracted the teeth today and I was amazed how quickly and painlessly I was in and out of the office! He's amazing and I highly recommend him!
5 out of 5
March 23, 2021
I thought the exam went well, the Doctor explained procedure well so I understood
5 out of 5
February 23, 2021
Amazing gentleness in the whole process which changed from the original plan! I was kept well informed as the plan changed, and am extremely grateful for all that was done for me.
4.2 out of 5
February 22, 2021
I only saw my doctor for about 1-2 min before I was knocked out after about 5 minutes after walking in the door so I didnt exactly meet him for very long
5 out of 5
February 13, 2021
Dr. does a very professional job.
3.8 out of 5
February 8, 2021
this is a very stressful appt. I knew I had to have my tooth pulled I I didn't know what to expect, anticipate pain etc. . the doctor and the nurse were very nice did a good job of explaining my options and the plan . the problem is I was getting so much info so quickly that I forgot what I needed to know for my future dental plan. I got 6 sheets about how much it was going to cost and only one brief sheet after pulling care ( I was told a lot more about do and don't I hope I remembered enough of them) beyond that I am on my own. I feel I don't really know what an implant looks like, what I need to know about the risks/benefits, i forgot the time line. I wish there could be a sheet that actually had info about my implant plan
5 out of 5
January 8, 2021
very kind individual.
5 out of 5
December 18, 2020
Like I told the doctor this was the best tooth extraction i've had.
3.3 out of 5
December 11, 2020
i appreciated the time the the doctor spent with me explainng things. The patient, however, (my 17-year-old daughter), felt that the doctor ignored her and instead focused completely on me, her father. I'm sure there are good reasons for this, but she did feel a bit slighted. (She is, after all, a teenager)
5 out of 5
November 22, 2020
Very Impressed with the Professionalism Shown by the Dentist and Dental Assistant in the Pulling of my Tooth.
5 out of 5
October 30, 2020
Dr. Karban has provided me an excellent understanding of my implant process and timeline.
5 out of 5
October 13, 2020
Doctor is excellent told me step by step through out procedure.
5 out of 5
September 17, 2020
Dr was very professional, gentle & explained everything as he went along.
5 out of 5
September 14, 2020
Dr. Karban was absolutely the best Dentist I have ever had in my life! My only complaint is that I cannot use him for all of my dental work. If all my dental visits were like the care I received from Dr. Karban and his wonderful assistant I would have gone to the dentist on a more regular basis throughout my life.
1.3 out of 5
August 23, 2020
I felt like I was a teenager being talked to, which I am not. Please don't "dummy" down medical terms for example, needle insertion is not "pinch"
5 out of 5
August 20, 2020
Dr. Karban and his care team are the BEST!!
5 out of 5
August 20, 2020
just wonderful
3.8 out of 5
August 13, 2020
He didn't specifically say whether I would need to be put out or use local for procedure. The reception person answered the question. otherwise good explanation and helpful to planning treatment on a 2nd tooth that will need an implant.
5 out of 5
August 3, 2020
I had a tooth extracted I wanted to get an implant the doctor told me why it wouldn't be a good idea and I appreciate that very much
5 out of 5
March 2, 2020
Assistant and Dr Karban were absolutely wonderful, I was a bit of a nervous nelly and they were so sweet and caring
5 out of 5
February 16, 2020
excellent!
5 out of 5
February 14, 2020
Dr. Karban is excellent at explaining what he is doing and calming any anxiety I might be feeling. Saying things like "you will feel a tiny pinch" or "you will feel some pressure but not pain" or "I gave you extra Novocain were all helpful in getting me to relax. He is an excellent communicator!
3.8 out of 5
December 22, 2019
During my consultation, the doctor was very patient and thorough when I asked questions about the procedure. During the actual procedure, he was really only there to pull out my wisdom teeth and then left quickly. He didn't really tell me what he was doing either, which alarmed me. However, he was very keen in noticing when I was in pain. The aftercare instructions outlined in the brochure also had some discrepancies based on what the nurse had told me--i.e. the syringe use, salt water rinses, and gargling for example. Still, the nurse was kind and patient when answering my questions and telling me what was going on.
5 out of 5
December 12, 2019
thank you for being so fast but also telling what you were doing it really eased my mind and made this process easier
5 out of 5
November 20, 2019
I was very impressed by the doctor and felt very comfortable with him. seems like a very kind and caring person
5 out of 5
November 8, 2019
Dr. Karban and his nurse were amazing. It was a stressful situation and they made me feel more comfortable.
5 out of 5
October 4, 2019
Dr. Karban was kind, empathetic and thorough.
1.3 out of 5
October 3, 2019
He do not listen as we tried to explain a condition that affects my daughter (and husband) he didn't hear a word we said, talked over us trying to convince us we are wrong. the exact same experience my husband has faced for yrs with dentists and now I fear my dtr will have the same problem. I don't care what you think you know to be true, to be a excellent care giver you need to HEAR your patients.
4.6 out of 5
September 4, 2019
This Dr. is pretty awesome, as far as dentists go :-)
5 out of 5
July 26, 2019
My opinion of surgeon is that Dr. Kanban is very efficient, yet takes time to know you are fully prepared for your procedure.
5 out of 5
July 15, 2019
Dr. Karban is super nice, informative, and always makes me feel comfortable while I am there.
4.6 out of 5
June 20, 2019
Dr. Karban was awesome to work with. I had to get 2 teeth pulled and it was quick and painless!
5 out of 5
May 23, 2019
had wisdom teeth removed. the doctor and nurse were amazing, friendly, caring!
5 out of 5
May 20, 2019
Doctor always explained everything clearly.
5 out of 5
May 2, 2019
Dr Karban and his assistant were awesome! so very kind and understanding. I've seen Dr Karban 2 previous times and he is amazing at his job. Would highly recommend
5 out of 5
May 1, 2019
A kind, careful and professional doctor
2.9 out of 5
April 20, 2019
The doctor took only 5 minutes to talk with us during the consultation time frame. Did not make any attempt to converse with a child that was nervous about the procedure to make him feel at ease.
5 out of 5
April 17, 2019
I shared with them how I hate any type of dental work, they took that information and talked me thru the process and made me feel at ease....
5 out of 5
March 22, 2019
he is by far the best oral surgeon I have encounter! His work shows it!!!!
5 out of 5
February 25, 2019
Dr. Karban put my daughter at ease and spoke directly to her as well as ask if I (mother) had questions or concerns. It's common that doctors will speak directly to parents instead of the child and both my daughter and I were particularly pleased that Dr. Karban spoke directly to my daughter.
2.9 out of 5
February 18, 2019
The doctor didn't give me any time to ask questions, it seemed more like a rehearsed speech and passing me to the next person. he was in and out.
5 out of 5
February 15, 2019
excellent dr Karban and assistant. fabulous staff.
5 out of 5
February 11, 2019
I have never been comfortable with dentist work before in my lifetime!! very happy
5 out of 5
February 2, 2019
Dr. Karbon is extremely good at what he does! Very skilled and shows he cares by taking the time to make sure you understand what to expect and makes sure you're doing okay. Highly recommend!
5 out of 5
January 31, 2019
Dr. Karban is superior in every way. His knowledge, skill, patient care, communication, concern for his patients, treatment of his staff, and humble demeanor put him of the charts. He is an excellent doctor and a super human.
5 out of 5
January 17, 2019
I would recommend Dr. Karban to anyone. I went in to the appt with nerves and apprehension. After only 10 minutes I trust Dr karban.
5 out of 5
January 17, 2019
Dr Karban is vey knowledgeable, and gave a great explanation in detail of his plan for my treatment. He was very kind and patient and put me at ease.He and his assistant were a very efficient team.
0.8 out of 5
January 14, 2019
I really liked the nurse I was with but the doctor seemed rushed and didn't care about what I had to say.