Dr. Backer grew up in Chesterfield, MO and graduated from DeSmet Jesuit High School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University. He then completed his Master’s Degree in Medical Physics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Backer earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Midwestern University in 2012, and then completed his 4 year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. While in school, Dr. Backer was a board member for the American Student Dental Association. After many years out of state, Dr. Backer is excited to be returning home to start practicing oral surgery.
Dr. Backer’s surgical expertise includes wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, bone grafting, dentoalveolar surgery, corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery, TMJ surgery, maxillofacial pathology, and maxillofacial trauma and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Backer has also been trained in minor cosmetic procedures such as Botox and Juvederm. Dr. Backer has been extensively trained to use computer technology and 3D printing to aid in creating and executing treatment regarding implant, orthognathic, TMJ, and facial reconstructive surgery. Such tools are used for immediate upper and lower jaw prosthetics placement known as the All-on-4 or All-on-6 implant/prosthesis treatment.
Dr. Backer is a member of American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, Greater St. Louis Dental Society, St. Louis Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Backer dedicates most of his off time to his family. He is the father of his son Ben, 3, and his newborn daughter, Madison. His wife Jennifer is also a local St. Louisan having been raised in Wildwood and graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy and Fontbonne University. She is currently a freelance journalist.
Being a local kid, Dr. Backer is an enthusiastic Blues and Cardinals fan to say the least. Dr. Backer completed flight training and earned his private pilot’s license when he was 17. He continues to enjoy flying with his father, and eagerly anticipates when his children can co-pilot with him. Dr. Backer also enjoys playing hockey, water skiing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, tennis and golf.
"Dr. Michael Backer is an exceptional oral surgeon. He extracted my wisdom teeth yesterday. He has a great bedside manner and had me out of there in a hour. He followed up with me after office hours to make sure that I was doing well. I am going back to work this afternoon. I recommend Dr. Backer highly." - Susan C.