Dr. Ura creates unique full mouth reconstruction plans for patients with deteriorated oral health, impaired function, or pain in the jaw, teeth, or gums. Dr. Ura is an expert in restorative dentistry. With over 2500 hours of continuing education, he has been recognized by the Academy of General Dentistry with several awards including FAGD, (Fellow Academy of General Dentistry), MAGD, (Master of the Academy of General Dentistry) and the LLSR, Life-Long Service Recognition. He continually broadens his knowledge through participation in multiple Spear dental study clubs and his memberships in many respected dental organizations. He believes that careful planning is key, and works to have chewing and speaking ability as a final result. When needed, he takes a multidisciplinary approach that brings in the expertise of specialists to provide the most predictable, longest-lasting results.
Missing teeth compromise health, diet, quality of life, and self-esteem. While dentures, partials, and bridges are effective prosthetics, they rely on existing, healthy oral structures for support and retention. Implants, on the other hand, are self-supporting. One implant can securely hold one replacement tooth, while two to six can anchor a bridge, partial, or full denture. Implant-retained prosthetics give patients the freedom to eat crunchy, sticky, and chewy foods without having to worry whether their teeth will remain stable. Most importantly, implants help preserve bone that is lost when a tooth is removed. Implants are also easy to care for, and they provide many years of predicatable service. Dr. Ura has extensive experience with dental implants, and he has planned and restored thousands of cases.
Crown-and-bridge systems are trusted solutions to replace missing teeth. Crowns can also repair individual damaged teeth by completely covering and protecting the visible portion. A bridge can replace a few teeth in a row, or it can replace a single tooth. Alternatively, both crowns and bridges can replace missing teeth in their entirety, from crown to root, with the support of dental implants. With his extensive background in these versatile restorative methods, Dr. Ura can fully explain your options for crowns and bridges and help you decide on the best solution for your needs.
In some cases a single-visit same day crown is desired. Dr. Ura uses CEREC® technology, a CAD/CAM tool that designs and fabricates all-ceramic dental crowns right in his office, for placement the same day. The procedure involves taking a digital scan of the patient’s prepared tooth, then feeding the data into proprietary software. Dr. Ura works with the software to design a ceramic restoration that will restore your tooth and look beautifully natural. In about one hour, the system’s milling unit produces a high-quality custom restoration. You won’t have to wear a temporary or come back later to have your permanent crown placed.
Also called partial crowns or indirect fillings, inlays and onlays provide greater structural reinforcement than a filling, without the tooth preparation required for a dental crown. Inlays fit between the bumps, or cusps, on the biting surface of a tooth, while onlays cover one or more cusps and can extend down a side of a tooth. Patients who have a failed filling, deep fracture, or substantial cavity may be advised to consider an inlay or onlay rather than an direct (composite) filling or a crown. Our goal is to provide the most conservative, yet sufficient and long-lasting restoration for your long-term oral health.
Most dentures are fabricated with a Linear method that hasn’t changed for over 150 years. However, Dr. Ura uses the Branching technique that is a dynamic concept which can be adjusted to meet the clinical needs of each client. Thanks to this specialized process, you will know what your dentures will look and feel like prior to the final set being made. During this process, Dr. Ura will set your teeth while you are in the office to achieve the best appearance and function, including speech. You can see for yourself and provide input as he designs your smile. A diagnostic denture is then made that allows you to “test-drive” your dentures while it also makes a functional impression. Unlike most denture impressions, the functional impression adapts to your daily life of eating, speaking, laughing, yawning and of course smiling. He also offers implant-supported dentures, which can give you the confidence to eat the foods you desire as well as help preserve your jaw bone for good oral health. Dr. Ura would be happy to explain how his unique approach to dentures can make a real difference in your life.
At the Center For Dental Excellence we offer a variety of options for tooth colored fillings. We offer tooth colored composite as well as porcelain restorations. Dr. Ura and our team approach dental fillings with great care and respect for both the quality of the restoration and the aesthetic results. We take time to create a contaminant-free environment and use full, proper light curing for our restorations. If you want your amalgam fillings removed, ask us about our replacement procedure that supports whole-body health.