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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.
  • 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

4.6 out of 5 (293 Reviews) (78 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
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.
3.8 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.
1.4 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
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!
3.4 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.
1.7 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.
4.9 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.
4.9 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
2.5 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.
2.6 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.
0.5 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.
5 out of 5
December 6, 2018
When I was finished I actually said man, I wish I would have just had you take them all out! (wisdom teeth)
5 out of 5
November 19, 2018
dr karban great guy and puts you at ease
5 out of 5
November 16, 2018
I didn't have options. I had a cracked root--Dr Karbon removed the tooth--then he did an implant.
5 out of 5
October 1, 2018
excellent service
2.6 out of 5
September 11, 2018
Dr. Karban is very good at what he does procedure wise. It's obvious he knows what he's doing. His bedside manner is pretty non-existent.
5 out of 5
August 24, 2018
Had a very thorough discussion with Dr. Karban and appreciate his knowledge, honesty, and expertise.
4.9 out of 5
August 23, 2018
I am terrified of the dentist and my dr and his nurse were amazing!! they answered every question I had and made me feel comfortable about the surgery that I needed. Dr explained everything in great detail and also explained why this was important for my over all health.
4.4 out of 5
August 3, 2018
I wish they would have offered me nitrous. I was in severe pain and very anxious. I had anxiety noted in my chart but no one asked me about managing it through the procedure.
3.6 out of 5
June 18, 2018
The information provided about the risks of the procedure were a little overwhelming. I almost didn't go through with the procedure because they got me worried. I understanding about needing to know the risks but the way they were communicated raised a lot of worry feelings for me.
5 out of 5
June 16, 2018
The atmosphere of your new facility was exceptional. Dr. Karban and his Assistant were excellent at helping me through an excruciating situation with a broken #10 Left Lateral Incisor. The roughest part of the ordeal was getting numbed up as my pain was high, but they helped me through the process with grace and professionalism. I was impressed.
4.8 out of 5
May 21, 2018
Very competent and calming
2.5 out of 5
May 7, 2018
Felt like I was receiving a lot of information and needed more time to process
5 out of 5
April 30, 2018
had a great appointment
4.8 out of 5
April 15, 2018
everyone was so nice to me, I will be back soon to continue with care for my teeth.
5 out of 5
March 23, 2018
Very clear answers to questions.
5 out of 5
March 19, 2018
Dr. Karban did a great job.
5 out of 5
March 17, 2018
Dr Karban had an assistant present and another staff observing my procedure. He was both professional in explaining steps to me and to her.
5 out of 5
January 29, 2018
He was very good at his job
5 out of 5
January 26, 2018
My primary doctor and the specialist communicating regarding my issues and I am very very lucky to have them
5 out of 5
December 16, 2017
Dr Karban is so great!
5 out of 5
November 14, 2017
Everyone was excellent.
5 out of 5
November 9, 2017
will recommend him
5 out of 5
October 11, 2017
doctor was very knowledgeable and professional.
4.9 out of 5
September 11, 2017
i would definitely recommend anyone I know, needing these kinds of services, to Dr. Karban!
5 out of 5
August 17, 2017
I will and have recommended this surgeon
2.4 out of 5
July 21, 2017
I feel the doctor didn't spend that much time or get to know my background. I wish more time was spent so I feel more comfortable with the procedure.
3.4 out of 5
July 12, 2017
Steps in my treatment plan were covered - but very quickly. I'm sure they're used to saying the same thing over and over, but for me, it was the first time hearing it.
5 out of 5
June 20, 2017
For my wisdom teeth, the doctor and all the other ladies in the room were very comforting and helped ease my anxiety.
2.3 out of 5
May 22, 2017
if there had been a door knob near he would have had his hand on it. I felt very hurried. he needs to work on his, for lack of a better analogy, bed side manner.
5 out of 5
May 22, 2017
Highly recommend Dr Karben. Great experience!
5 out of 5
April 30, 2017
I really appreciated his concern for my unique situation. (former cancer patient with radiation)
4 out of 5
April 22, 2017
doctor was great
4.9 out of 5
March 18, 2017
overall excellent
5 out of 5
March 7, 2017
He was excellent. I was really at ease after talking to him. He and the assistant understood my nervousness about the procedure and answered all my questions. He was very easy to talk to.
4.9 out of 5
February 27, 2017
Would have been very helpful to have written instructions for after care to bring home; immediately following the appointment, my concern was Maddy and it was difficult to listen / retain care instructions
3.5 out of 5
February 20, 2017
The meeting was on the brief side but he was squeezing me in so no complaints.
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