Meet Dr. Ernst
Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Ernst is an American Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and has been in private practice in Montville, NJ since 1987. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Fairleigh Dickinson School of Dental Medicine in 1981. He then went on to complete 5 years of post graduate education starting with a first year Dental General Practice internship at St. Joseph's Medical Center followed by 3 years of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training at Woodhull Medical Center. This was then followed by a 5th year of advanced fellowship training at the Staten Island University Hospital and Woodhull Medical Center where he oversaw and participated in the treatment of the most complex cases. Presently Dr. Ernst is an attending surgeon at St. Clare's Medical Center and Dover General Hospital, and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Rutgers School of Health Related Professions "formerly known as UMDNJ". In addition to being a diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Ernst is also a Fellow of the American College of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Fellow of the International Society Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, and Fellow of the International Society of Implant Dentistry. He is a past chairman of the dental department at Saint Clare's Hospital in Denville, New Jersey where he maintains hospital privileges. Dr. Ernst also volunteers his surgical services to those in need through the New Jersey Donated Dental Services program and the community dental clinic at SCMC. Dr. Ernst has been recognized by his peers as a "Top Dentist" in numerous state and national publications including; New Jersey Monthly Magazine, Morris/Essex Health & Life Magazine, Wayne Magazine, Womens' Day, Good Housekeeping, and Redbook Magazines. Dr. Ernst has been named multiple times throughout the years with this honor.
Dr. Ernst's particular area of interest and expertise is in the placement of dental implants and performing the bone and soft tissue grafting that is often necessary for a long term predictable outcome. He has expertise in the use of most advanced CAD, (Computer Assisted Design), dental implant software technology. When a patient presents for a dental implant surgery a dental CAT scan is taken and the DiCom file transferred into the implant CAD program. This enables Dr. Ernst to perform the patient's dental implant surgery and any necessary bone grafting on the computer. He can also replicate the jaws by producing exact 3D steriolithic models with surgical guides if desired. This allows him to perform minimally invasive and as often offer incision less surgery.
Dr. Ernst has extensive experience in all areas of his specialty including in-office intravenous conscious sedation, treatment of facial deformities, traumatic injuries to the teeth and jaws, diagnosis and treatment of jaw tumors, oral cancer diagnosis, painless removal of wisdom teeth and management of serious facial infections, is certified in the use of CO2, YAG, and Candela Lasers.
Philosophy of Practice
The word philosophy (philosophie) derives from the ancient Greek word "philein" which means "love" and "sophia" meaning "information/knowledge", in combination the meaning becomes "love of wisdom, love of knowledge". I have dedicated my life to my profession and committed myself to the process of continuous education and learning in order to provide cutting edge, patient-centered surgical care of the highest quality to patients of my community, the region and beyond.
My philosophy is to practice the art of surgery at its highest level. To do so, a surgeon must possess three foundations. The first is ethics. To be able to practice Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a privilege given to me by society in which I am trusted to care for its members in whatever way is best for them, for their benefit not mine. The second tenet of surgery is knowledge. It is only by possessing a wide breath of knowledge expanded by continuous lifetime of learning that one can make prudent and critical decisions in a rational manner. The third tenet is technical skill. A surgeon is totally dependent on his hands. To be able to effectively perform surgery with exceptional expertise one must possess exquisite dexterity and a fine and delicate touch. My surgical "touch" has been homed from a lifetime of playing the piano and mounting hundreds of butterflies. Few things require a more delicate touch than manipulating butterfly wings into the desired position with dozens of pins fine as human hair.
I view the care of my patients as a journey that we take together. I first need to earn their trust and they must know with absolute certainty that I will be there for them every step of the way. The first step is perhaps the most fundamental. To establish trust, I must listen to the patient very carefully. I will give the patient all the time they need to express their complaints, wants or needs. Once I understand the patient's expectations, in essence where they want the journey to end, I will work backwards and thoughtfully determine the best, most predictable path to take. I will then answer all questions and concerns the patient may have.