Meet Dr. Emil

My name is Emil Tetzner and I want to welcome you to my practice.

Education and Experience

I spent most of my early life in Ocean City, NJ, and developed an interest in dentistry while attending Fairleigh Dickinson University. After graduating Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1978, I attended dental school at the University of Pennsylvania. There, I graduated with honors and Magna Cum Laude in 1982, with my Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD).

I was then selected for advanced training in a general practice residency program in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, I had the opportunity to work in and learn about all specialties in dentistry.

It was through the Air Force that I had the opportunity to attend a specialty training program in Periodontics at the University of Maryland Dental School. In 1990 I completed a Certificate in Periodontics and then, in 1992, a Master of Science in Oral Biology.

I was assigned to Dover Air Force Base in 1992 and served there until 1994, when I separated from the Air Force with an honorable discharge.

My Practice

I have been blessed to provide compassionate and excellent care to many patients in both of my offices and have been rewarded with their satisfaction, compliments and – best of all – their heartfelt smiles.

I have a passion to help people address and rectify oral conditions and keep their teeth and oral cavity healthy. In order to provide the highest quality care and treatment options, I attend numerous continuing education gatherings and complete multiple specialty courses throughout the year.

If teeth are lost, dental implants are an excellent way to replace them. I like placing implants, but as a periodontist, my main treatment emphasis is to save teeth. I am most excited about the Laser Periodontal Therapy I provide. It greatly reduces patients’ fears and eliminates the lengthy recovery period and side-effects associated with conventional periodontal surgery.

I am the only periodontist or dentist offering the LANAP or LAPIP procedure in lower Delaware or the Maryland Eastern Shore. Laser dentistry can also be used to treat other oral conditions with reduced discomfort, side-effects, and expense.

Personal Life

My home life is very family-centered. My loving and caring wife, Denise, is a nurse practitioner in gastroenterology, working in a Sussex County medical practice. We have been blessed with three wonderful sons: Shaun, Scott, and Derek. None of them chose to become a dentist, but they all have a passion for helping others and for surfing.

I believe it is important to support and serve others, wherever the need arises, and have participated in multiple mission trips to Central America since 2006. Locally, I support and participate in many charity functions, including Catholic Heart Work Camps and Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, my office has participated in the Give Kids a Smile program.

Final Thoughts

Most patients with periodontal disease will need to see a periodontist, periodically, for the rest of their lives. I hope I can exceed your expectations for treatment, restore functional and health, and improve your quality of life.

I truly look forward to meeting you.