David Molen, D.D.S., M.D. was born in Seattle and raised in the South King County community of Auburn, graduating from Auburn High School. After going to college in Utah, he returned to Seattle to attend the University of Washington School of Dentistry, from which he graduated with honors. After dental school, he was accepted directly into a residency program for training as a specialist.
Dr. Molen completed a six-year residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Some of the first orthognathic (jaw) surgery and dental implant surgery procedures performed in the United States were done at the Mayo Clinic by the pioneers in these fields from Germany and Sweden, and the doctors they trained were some of Dr. Molens instructors. While at this respected and cutting-edge institution, Dr. Molen was trained in the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, managing a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions.
Dr. Molen is a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, which places him in an exclusive category of oral surgeons. To become board certified, Dr. Molen was required to demonstrate extensive training, experience and knowledge in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in order to qualify for oral examination by the certifying board. Very few oral surgeons fulfill the requirements to be examined by the board, and successful completion of this process by Dr. Molen means that you are assured he is extremely competent in all aspects of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Molen practices the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, with expertise ranging from corrective jaw surgery and wisdom tooth removal to esthetic facial surgery. He can also diagnose and treat facial injuries and TMJ disorders, and performs a full range of dental implant procedures and bone grafting.
He also received intensive training in the administration of anesthesia, functioning exclusively as an anesthesia resident for 4 months, and administering anesthesia to his own patients in the Mayo Clinics outpatient Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery clinic.