General Dentistry for Lasting Smiles
Prevention is the least costly and most effective way to have a healthy smile for a lifetime. We have seen first-hand the results when people forgo their preventative care due to being busy, losing dental benefits, moving etc. This simple one hour visit will pay dividends towards your dental health. While most people require preventative visits twice a year, some people may only need one and some with challenged dentitions may require more. We will evaluate all of your teeth and restorations, as well as your jaw joints, gum health, and other soft tissues. Your exam also includes a comprehensive oral cancer screening. We will discuss your medical history, medications, and any concerns, such as pain, malocclusion, tooth wear, sensitivity, or a high incidence of breakage or decay. Because every individual has different preventive needs, we customize each client’s treatment and also make appropriate recommendations for home-care programs including Carifree. Keeping your regular preventive appointments can greatly benefit your overall health so be sure to have these visits even if life gets busy or you lose dental benefits!
Your dental health is closely related to the health of your entire body. Dr. Ura and the team at the Center For Dental Excellence believes that this approach to whole-health dentistry allows us to provide the least-invasive and highest-quality dental care. In addition to being a metal-free, mercury-free practice, we use biocompatible materials for fillings and restorations, and our prosthetics are BPA-free. Dr. Ura also provides safe removal of amalgam fillings, for the benefit of our clients and staff. Upon request, blood tests are available to determine whether you are allergic to any of the materials we may use.
For small to moderate-sized cavities, we place tooth-colored composite fillings. These fillings contain no metal or amalgam, so they are safe for all clients. A filling requires a single visit. The doctor cleans the tooth of all decay and infection, then custom-tints composite material to match the tooth’s enamel. After placing the composite in the cavity and shaping it for ideal fit and appearance, we then harden the filling with a special curing light. With proper care and good oral health, a composite filling can last five to seven years, or longer.
TMD stands for temporo-mandibular dysfunction, or misalignment and improper function of the jaw joints and/or muscles. From his initial dental training under two of the legends of TMD treatment, Dr. Ura has further expanded his education at Dawson Academy and Spear Education to thoroughly understand TMD. A careful evaluation of your jaw joints and symptoms will help Dr. Ura determine the cause of your pain, so he can advise treatment. For clients in immediate need, we have treatments available, such as oral appliances or manual manipulation, that can provide relief in a timely fashion.
Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth’s core is made accessible to external bacteria, by way of a deep fracture or cavity, the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. As bacteria grow in the tooth’s inner chamber, pressure against the nerve causes intense, nagging pain. Without treatment, an internally infected tooth can cause extensive bone loss as well as allow the infection to spread. This will result in the loss of the tooth and create more costly treatment.. Root canal therapy allows an infected or badly damaged tooth to be saved instead. Removing the infected tissue, then replacing it with a biocompatible alternative material, can allow the tooth to remain in place, without compromising oral health. With modern dentistry, a root canal is a straightforward and comfortable procedure.
Periodontal (gum) disease appears in stages, starting with gingivitis and progressing to advanced periodontitis without treatment. The condition is most responsible for tooth loss in adults, and is also related to heightened risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes complications, Alzheimer’s disease, and other health conditions. A significant amount of periodontal disease can be treated non-surgically, and our team at The Center for Dental Excellence offers a full complement of nonsurgical periodontal treatments and services. Your treatment may include scaling and root planing, deep cleaning, and topical antibiotic medications to restore your gums to optimal health. Should you require more extensive treatment, we partner with some of the best expert specialists to help you have the optimal periodontal health.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes irregular breathing patterns and loud snoring at night. In addition to affecting the people around you, this disorder can have detrimental consequences on your health. Because it affects the oxygen intake your body needs to recover during sleep, sleep apnea can contribute to a number of serious health conditions. With proper diagnosis, the condition is treatable and Dr. Ura will work closely with you and your physician to deliver a solution. Oftentimes, patients can benefit from a simple oral appliance.