General Dentistry Irvine, CA
Dr. Ursula Levine, DDS | Levine Dentistry, Inc.
General dental care forms the basis of oral health and is the foundation for a beautiful smile. General dentists are responsible for advising you and caring for your oral health, aiming to prevent problems as well as treat any that do arise. Every person deserves the attention of someone who will listen to their needs and concerns, and respond in a respectful and compassionate manner. Dr. Ursula Levine treats every single patient in this way.
As an Irvine general dentist, Dr. Levine is highly educated and trained in all dental procedures. She takes pride in providing exceptional general dentistry services and helping her patients enjoy excellent oral health. If any problems arise, Dr. Levine is also highly skilled in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry.
Professional Exams and Cleanings
Professional exams and cleanings are important for everyone, no matter how good their home oral hygiene may be. Regular exams ensure that any problems are identified in their early stages, when they are more easily treatable. Additionally, professional cleanings can remove bacterial growth that home care is unable to reach. Dr. Levine recommends a dental exam and regular cleanings, the frequency of which varies according to individual patients’ needs and goals.
During a routine dental hygiene visit, a highly skilled dental hygienist uses special instruments and techniques for a thorough cleaning. This removes bacteria from parts of the mouth that a toothbrush and floss simply cannot reach, such as below the gumline.
Next, Dr. Levine performs an exam to check for signs of cavities, gum disease, or other problems that could threaten oral health. X-rays and digital photos are used for screening for decay in areas that aren’t visible, as well as diagnosing and managing problems. Dr. Levine also speaks with her patients about their at-home oral hygiene, diet, and lifestyle, offering her recommendations and answering any questions.
A dental filling restores a tooth that has been damaged by decay. Even with excellent oral hygiene, small cavities may form. After the decayed tooth material has been removed and the tooth has been disinfected, the tooth is filled with a composite resin. This prevents the entry of additional bacteria into the space and restores the appearance and function of the tooth. If the decay is more widespread, affecting a large portion of the tooth, a crown may be used to strengthen the tooth.
Dr. Levine avoids amalgam fillings, as she believes that they are a health hazard and also can negatively affect the aesthetics of the smile. This Irvine general dentist prefers metal-free fillings, which look more natural and do not contain toxic mercury.
A root canal is a procedure used to treat a tooth that has developed inflammation or infection inside of the pulp (i.e., the soft tissue on the inside of the tooth, which contains important structures like blood vessels and nerves).During a root canal, the infected dental pulp is removed. The inside of the tooth is disinfected and then filled with a special material. The opening is then sealed off, usually using a crown to strengthen the tooth and restore normal function. With careful care, a tooth that has had a root canal will last for many years.
General Dentistry Irvine, CA
If you are seeking a caring and sensitive general dentist in Irvine or the nearby areas, you have found one of the best in Dr. Ursula Levine. Please call 949-727-9600 or email our practice to set up a consultation and discuss your particular dental needs.