MEET THE DOCTOR
Proudly Serving the Community for Over 20 Years
Rick A. Kava, DDS
Dr. Kava is pleased to offer beautiful smiles to his neighbors in Sioux City and the surrounding communities.
Dr. Kava earned his dental degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry, after earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Before entering private practice, he completed a general practice residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Omaha.
Dr. Kava has taken numerous postgraduate education courses, selecting courses on a wide range of topics to maintain his comprehensive knowledge and skill level. He has completed the coursework at the Peter Dawson Academy for Advanced Dental Study, which emphasized occlusion (your bite), TMJ disorders, and esthetic restorative dentistry. Additionally, he has completed training for orthodontics, CEREC™ restorations, and extractions completed under sedation. In fact, his most recent course in conscious sedation at the Albert Einstein Institute Monte Fiore Hospital in Bronx, NY, allows him to offer a full range of sedation options so his patients can achieve healthy, beautiful smiles in total comfort. He has also completed extensive training in guided implant surgery and functionally esthetic implant restorations for even better results for his dental implant patients.
A teacher as well as a student, Dr. Kava has lectured at the Western District of Nebraska State Dental Association and trained other dentists in soft tissue laser treatment at several venues, including the American Dental Association’s annual meeting. He is a contributing author to the Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry by Robert Convissar and was even featured as the cosmetic dentist for Extreme Makeover, Siouxland Edition.
Dr. Kava is actively involved in the community, providing extensive assistance in the area of animal welfare and serving on the board of directors of the Siouxland Humane Society. He and Kris, his wife of nearly 30 years, have three daughters, and in his spare time, he enjoys working outside, reading, golfing, and spending time with his family.