Get to Know Dr. Rick Brar, Your Friendly South Elgin, IL Dentist
Dr. Rick Brar knew what he wanted to do with his life from the time he was a teenager. It was during that time while undergoing dental treatment himself that he noticed the kind of impact a dentist has on the quality of life for their patients. Dr. Brar wanted to be able to help people get the kind of smiles they could be proud to show off and gain the confidence he thinks we are all entitled to. That early brush with the world of dentistry launched him on a path that sent him to the University of Washington. Dr. Brar graduated with his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Washington in 1986.
His quest to become the best dentist he could be did not stop the day he walked across that stage. He has continued to search out continuing education courses to expand his understanding of the way our mouths work. Some of the courses he has taken include:
- Three Implant Dentistry Courses
- Two Years of Training Under Dr. Carl Misch
- Two Dental Sedation Course
- CEREC Same-Day Crown Training
- Three Years of Full-Mouth Rehab Training
- Three Years of Sleep Apnea Training
- Three Years of Orthodontic Training
- Two Years of Smile Makeover Training
- Two Years of Periodontal Treatment Training
I'm a trained dentist from Washington University Dental School in St. Louis, Missouri. Over there, I spent four years. After that, I pursued clinical excellence by doing surgical courses and invested millions of dollars in continuing education that made me a very skilled professional and well adept in the intricate procedures which we do in this office. The continuing education is the core of my competency. What we do in this office is smile makeovers, full mouth rehabs, and implants. It's all based on my clinical education, which I've done for years and years—to be exact, 30 years I've been doing this. It's involving doing residencies in oral surgery and doing surgical training for at least 30 years has got me where I am right now.
Dr. Brar has held the highest standard of excellence in everything he has ever done, and he will accept nothing less for his patients. He has spent the last 25 years in private practice providing life-changing dental services to the people in the greater Chicago area. Dr. Brar likes to say he is changing lives one smile at a time. He will help you get a great smile, too – what you do with it afterward is up to you.
Dr. Brar on his educational background
Meet Dr. Keith Bram
Dr. Bram earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona in 1985 and was granted a Chancellor’s Scholarship to attend University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School.
Dr. Bram graduated in 1990 with DDS degree from UMKC earning a distinction in dental radiology and then went on to complete a one-year general practice residency in Cleveland, OH, at the MetroHealth Medical Center in 1991.
Dr. Bram then completed an oral and maxillofacial surgery externship at Mt. Sinai hospital in New York City.
Dr. Bram has 25 years of experience practicing general dentistry and hundreds of hours of continuing education courses. His skills include, but are not limited to, general, cosmetic, dental implant dentistry, oral surgery, root canal therapy, periodontal surgery, and sleep appliances.
Dr. Bram moved to Chicago in 2009 with his wife and son, Ben, who attends Prospect Elementary School. They reside in Clarendon Hills.
I've developed a passion for dentistry over the past 25 years starting out as an undergrad. I enjoyed science, and I volunteered at hospitals. I knew I wanted to be in healthcare. I worked as a nursing assistant while I was studying at the University of Arizona. I just enjoyed the whole climate of healthcare and the fellowship, and I wanted to be a provider.
I started in 1986, and each day I just feel more and more blessed, and so settling in after almost 30 years of practicing, there's a certain sense of freedom when you feel really, really comfortable to be able to restore somebody's quality of life and their self-esteem and their self-confidence. It's powerful when people hear they get compliments on their smile. They don't have to be cautious when they're at a restaurant and look in a menu. They can enjoy social functions around the holidays. The reward is the gratification from the patient, referring a patient, “Hey, go see Dr. Brar. I was full of fear and anxiety, trepidation. I was embarrassed, and now I feel my confidence is back and referred my whole family there.” That's pretty powerful. That's what motivates me.
In addition to his work at Pro Dental Care, Dr. Bram has completed dental missionary work all over the world, including Israel, Fiji and China.
His interests include running in fundraisers, scuba diving, underwater photography, and coaching his son’s soccer team for AYSO Hinsdale U-9.
Dr. Bram participated in the Soldier Field 10 Miler on May 28, 2016, with over 9,000 runners. He finished in 01:45. He then competed in the Daisy Dash Father’s Day 5K which he finished in 29:15.
Dr. Bram recently earned a momentous distinction from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. The peer-reviewed advanced credentialing committee awarded Dr. Bram a Fellowship Certification.
Dr. Bram on why he's a dentist