Richard A. Urbanek, JR., DDS, MS, PA
Dr. Urbanek was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio where he obtained his undergraduate degree-BS, dental school training-DDS, and four year residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery-MS. He received the freshman scholar award as an undergraduate and the award for outstanding achievement in anesthesiology in dental school. Dr. Urbanek had the good fortune of training under one of the great leaders in this specialty, Dr. Larry Peterson; where he was awarded the position of chief resident in his final year.
Dr. Urbanek is a diplomate of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is also a member of the Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and American Dental Association. He is past-president and member of the local 13th District Dental Society and has begun a second stint this year as president. Dr. Urbanek is on staff at the local hospital, United Regional.
He is board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Urbanek successfully completed recertification for the 2015 cycle. Board certification is the standard for any specialty that should be met by any practitioner. Recertification requires much time and effort, but maintains currency in ever-changing technology.
This summer, the office anesthesia evaluation was completed successfully. Every five years, specialty requirements dictate an in house inspection of anesthetic equipment, emergency preparedness, and techniques.
Dr. Urbanek was selected by his peers as an outstanding practicing dentist in Texas. After an extensive nomination and research process conducted by MSP Communications, the results were published in Texas Super Dentists®, a special advertising section of TEXAS MONTHLY.
A career in the United States Air Force led Dr. Urbanek to Wichita Falls. Along the way, he was Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at The United States Air Force Academy and Sheppard Air Force Base. He brought dental implant technology to the Air Force Academy and was the first to place a titanium dental implant there in 1994.
He began “moonlighting” in Wichita Falls in 1999 while still in the Air Force. His techniques and services with dental implants grew massively. Dr. Urbanek opened his own private practice in 2005 with special emphasis on dental implants.
Dr. Urbanek has placed over 6,000 titanium dental implants over the last 25+ years. The technology for this today is light years ahead of the first dental implant he placed in 1990; one of the original Branemark’s. In 2018, dental implants can be placed more predictably, with fewer and less traumatic surgeries.
“As an oral surgeon, no one is ever happy with having something removed from their body. They may be relieved, but never happy. Dental implants replace a missing part of the body. The patient is happy, and I am happy when we can return something that was lost.”
Dr. Urbanek is married to his college sweetheart, Terri of Columbus, Ohio. They met at Ohio State. Dr. and Mrs. Urbanek have one son, Russ and his wife, Chevon. They also live in Wichita Falls. They have grandchildren Savannah and Skylar.
The Urbaneks enjoy outdoor activities and travel. They are involved with Onelife Community Church, Faith Mission, Woman’s Faith Refuge, the Pregnancy Help Center, Hospice of Wichita Falls, and the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank. They have successfully trained another German Shepherd, Kodi. He is three now and they have added a play buddy for Kodi; Coco, a female Schipperkee born this spring. They get along great.
"I drive over 100 miles from DFW area to see this amazing surgeon. Trust is priceless! Thank you for your excellent care from the entire staff." —Terry F, MetroplexTestimonials
"Dr. Urbanek. I would like to thank you and your great staff for being so great and helpful in getting my dental problems fixed. You and your employees went out of their way to help me. I recommend you to everyone I know. Thank you very much." —GG, Blue GroveTestimonials
"Thank you for the excellent job you did in placing my implants. You did and outstanding job with very little bone to work with. I knew if it were possible to do the implants you would find a way. I really appreciate your skill and knowledge in doing this." —Dr. LTestimonials