Dr. Wilhelm has been in private practice in St. Paul and now Woodbury since 1990. As a prosthodontist, he focuses on cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, advanced restorative dentistry, and dental implants. Over the years, he and his staff have helped thousands of individuals feel a renewed sense of confidence and excitement by improving their smiles.Dr. Wilhelm on his staff Read Transcript
I mean, I grew up in a blue collar neighborhood in Chicago, so I wasn't aware of white collar jobs. I didn't even know what an engineer was or any of that stuff. My dad worked for the power company and everyone either worked at a factory or the phone company or something like that. The reality was that I always had a vision that I could be whatever I wanted to be. When I was a kid, we took one of our few vacations and we went to a lake up in northern Wisconsin and I said, “I want to live here.” So I also knew that I needed to be able to work because… looking around, there's not jobs, I guess.
I was always attracted to science and I had a dentist that encouraged me. I had an orthodontist that encouraged me. I was born with a cleft lip and palate so most of my childhood I spent seeing specialists in that and receiving care for that at North Western University in Chicago. I had kind of a medical influence and my orthodontist and dentist encouraged me to go into dentistry and I didn't see why I couldn't do anything I wanted to do, so I kind of chose that path at a pretty young age.
Which was kind of interesting, but I mean, I don't know how old I was but at least by seventh grade, I decided I wanted to be a dentist. Once I was in dental school, I liked the art part behind prosthodontics because we get exposed to all the different specialties. We have orthodontics, which I had, but I had no interest in endodontics, like doing root canals, which I don't like doing, so I didn't want to do that. The art part, I was always interested in art but never had time to actually study it because of taking science classes and all that in school. Then once I got into prosthodontics, I was actually pretty good at it and I really had a passion for it so you could just say I was drawn to it. Then once I went to grad school, then the rest was history.
After graduating from the University of Illinois, Dr. Wilhelm received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 1985 from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. He continued his education to achieve a Master of Science in Dentistry and completed specialty certificates in Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthetics at Indiana University. In 1989, he accepted a position at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, where he was promoted to full Adjunct Professor and continues to serve as a Consultant. He has also held faculty positions at Indiana University and is a staff member of the Health East Hospital system, including St. Joe’s, St. John’s, and Woodwinds.
Building off his desire to provide high-quality implant services for his patients, Dr. Wilhelm completed extensive training in implant dentistry at the prestigious Misch Implant Institute (Pittsburgh) in 1998, where he achieved Fellowship status. In 2008, Dr. Wilhelm completed coursework at the Kois Center and was awarded Mentor status and a Recognized Specialist. He is also recognized as a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and is an active member of the American College of Prosthodontists, the American Dental Association, and the Minnesota Dental Association.
Regarded by colleagues nationwide for his knowledge, Dr. Wilhelm is an author, consultant, mentor, and frequent speaker to dentists and the public on techniques that enhance oral health. He and his staff present many seminars on implant dentistry and advanced restorative procedures to family and cosmetic dentists in the Minnesota area. Dr. Wilhelm has completed many advanced courses in the United States and beyond to improve his understanding and skill level in implant, restorative, and esthetic dentistry. He also acts as a mentor and Recognized Specialist with the Kois Center.
Dr. Wilhelm resides in Stillwater, Minnesota, with his wife. His three adult children are pursuing their careers in the Midwest. His interests include reading, fishing, church life, and biking.
Why a Prosthodontist?
Prosthodontists are cosmetic dentists who are experts in restoring and replacing teeth – they make smiles look beautiful and function the way they should. After completing four years of dental school, prosthodontists receive an extra three years of specialized training in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate program. Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the ADA.
Many like to think of prosthodontists as the “quarterback” of a dental treatment plan. They regularly lead teams of general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions to your dental needs.