Losing his or her teeth can be an upsetting time for many patients. Not only are the teeth necessary for eating and speaking, but a person's smile is a critical part of his appearance. Dr. Stanley Levenson and the team at Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA, are committed to helping our patients restore their smile and replace their missing teeth. Tooth replacement procedures include traditional dental implants, mini implants, dentures, and crown and bridge appliances.
Mini dental implants are often an effective treatment for patients who want an affordable and less invasive treatment. This treatment provides patients with the stability of dental implants and the cost-effectiveness and convenience of dentures. Like traditional implants, mini implants are inserted into the jawbone and the bone is given time to grow over the implant. Once healed, the denture is placed on the head of the implant. This procedure allows the replacement tooth to fit gently but securely against the gums delivering a stable and comfortable restoration.
The mini implant and denture combination is a comfortable and minimally invasive procedure that doesn't require stitches or a lengthy recovery period. The procedure only takes about two hours to insert the implant and place the denture.
Additionally, unlike conventional dentures, mini-implants and dentures help to keep the mouth and body healthy. The implant itself stimulates the jawbone and prevents bone loss that can occur when teeth are missing. In addition, it helps the face to retain its shape and avoid a sunken look or shifted teeth that can also occur when there is no bone stimulation.
As with conventional dentures, the mini-implant dentures can be removed for easy cleaning. However, they do not need to be held into place with messy adhesives. Therefore, patients can eat and speak without the sore and irritated gums that can be caused from shifting dentures.
To learn more about mini dental implants call Levenson Smile at 855-849-8255 .
Orthodontic treatment often brings to mind years of metal bracket and wire braces. Teenagers and adults often shy away from this method of treatment because they are embarrassed at the idea of straightening their teeth using metal apparatuses. They don't want to be considered a "metal mouth" or "brace face" and may avoid improving their smile for this very reason. Now patients who want to address misalignment of the anterior teeth can achieve results without metal. Six Month Smiles orthodontics can greatly improve the positioning of the smile with tooth-colored brackets and wires that quickly realign the teeth, improving both appearance and health.
Six Month Smiles is effective in providing patients with mild to moderate malocclusion of the teeth a solution that is fast, effective, and affordable, while also being discreet. This method is done at the dental office without the need for an orthodontist. Six Month Smiles typically takes anywhere from three to nine months to provide results, making it one of the fastest methods for rejuvenating the smile. The best candidates are those who are interested in realignment that takes less than a year, fixes mild cosmetic concerns, and is affordable. This makes Six Month Smiles a highly suggested treatment option for individuals ready to make a serious change to the way they look.
Dr. Stanley Levenson and the team of Levenson Smile believe in offering patients a wide range of cosmetic solutions to improve their smiles, and Six Month Smiles orthodontics is just one of many aesthetic treatments used to enhance the natural smile dramatically. If you live in the Worcester area and you have considered orthodontic alternatives such as Six Month Smiles, contact Dr. Stanley Levenson today to book a consultation appointment and learn more about the ways in which this treatment can rejuvenate the smile quickly, easily, and without having a negative impact on appearance throughout treatment.
Sleep apnea is a more common sleeping disorder than many realize. Due to the fact that many of the signs of this condition occur when a patient is sleeping, it can be difficult to diagnose without a sleep study or the concern of a sleeping partner. Gasping for breath and going seconds without breathing during sleep are common signs of obstructive sleep apnea. Patients who undergo a sleep study may receive a proper diagnosis. After a diagnosis has been made, patients can receive sleep apnea treatments in Worcester, MA.
Although there are other forms, obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form. This condition is caused by an obstructed airway. Most physicians recommend CPAP machines for this condition. CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, is a device that is worn by a patient while they sleep. The mask is worn during the night to keep the airways open and reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea, thus allowing the patient to achieve deep, restorative sleep without interruption. However, the mask and air pressure can be uncomfortable and very cumbersome for most. This causes patients to avoid using the device, resulting in non-compliance. Without using a sleep apnea treatment, patients are not addressing the problem.
Instead, dentists can treat patients with an alternative method of treatment. Dr. Levenson, of Levenson Smile, uses oral appliance therapy to assist patients struggling with this sleeping disorder. Oral appliance therapy uses custom-made plastic appliances that are worn while a patient sleeps. They fit over the patient's teeth comfortably while realigning the jaw and holding down the tongue. This device is just as effective as a CPAP machine, for mild to moderate sleep apnea and often increases compliance due to ease of use.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, and are you considering an alternative to a CPAP machine, contact Dr. Levenson, of Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA today to learn more about oral appliance therapy.
A great many benefits come from straightening crooked teeth. Misalignment affects not only your smile, but also the motion with which you chew foods, the way you speak, and the degree to which oral bacteria can affect teeth and gums. Though the side benefits of correcting misalignment are significant, appearance leads most people to seek Invisalign treatment in our Shrewsbury, MA dental office. For those who prefer to keep dental treatments to themselves, Invisalign is ideal.
Invisalign is a customized treatment that is tailored to each patient's oral structure. Even more importantly, treatment is tailored to patients' desire to keep treatment to themselves. We tend to love sharing news and information about ourselves with others, but we want to do so on our own terms, not because we have no choice. Metal braces cannot be hidden. Tooth-colored braces, even, have a tendency to be somewhat noticeable. The clear plastic trays of Invisalign, on the other hand, are barely perceptible because of their translucency and because they are formed so closely to the teeth. There are no protruding parts to catch the eye, only beautiful teeth.
Photos and special events do not have to be impacted with this form of treatment, either. Based on removable aligners, Invisalign allows you to enjoy life to the fullest by removing aligners for short periods when you wish to show your smile in its most natural state.
Conventional bracket-and-wire braces, even those that are tooth-colored, can slow down your daily routine due to the extra time that goes into properly cleaning teeth around these obstacles. Rushing through brushing and flossing without taking the extra time can lead to marks on teeth around brackets as well as cavities.
Meals are also impacted with conventional braces because there are foods that could damage brackets or wires, or both. Invisalign removable aligners allow you to eat the foods you love, and to keep your smile clean and healthy because there are no obstacles in the way of brushing and flossing.
Your smile can be improved on your terms with Invisalign. Contact Levenson Smile for your smile-perfecting consultation.
Periodontal disease is a serious oral condition that needs to be addressed promptly. It is the primary goal of a dentist to help patients avoid the development of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Periodontal disease can cause irreversible damage to a patient’s smile; it can be caused by a lack of oral health care.
Periodontal disease begins as gingivitis, which is the initial stage of gum disease. This is when the gums may bleed when a patient brushes or flosses his or her teeth. Gum disease treatments in Worcester should be done at this point to keep the condition from progressing. If it does, the gums will begin to pull away from the teeth, bone underneath the gums will dissolve, and the teeth will eventually loosen and fall out of the patient’s mouth. At this point, there is nothing that can be done except to restore the smile with cosmetic restorations, which can be timely and costly to a patient.
The result of severe periodontal disease is the loss of bone, gum tissue, and teeth. Thankfully, Dr. Levenson, of Levenson Smile, provides gum disease treatments in Worcester that can help patients control the problem and for some, reverse the damage that has been done. Gum disease treatments in Worcester are important because it gives patients the ability to take charge of their condition and do everything in their power to keep the problem from progressing and resulting in expensive restorations to address the damage done.
Dr. Levenson recommends that patients follow a strict oral health regimen that involves daily brushing, flossing, and maintaining recall appointments at his practice. This will ensure that patients will enjoy good dental health and reduce their risk for developing periodontal disease. This is a dentist’s ultimate goal with every patient: a beautiful, healthy mouth.
If you believe that you are experiencing the signs of periodontal disease or believe that you are developing other problems with your oral health, it is important that you visit Dr. Levenson, of Levenson Smile, in order to diagnose the problem and seek effective treatment as soon as possible.
Periodontal disease is a serious problem. Studies have shown that the inflammation and infection that leads to periodontal disease can affect a person's entire body, and puts them at higher risk for heart disease and strokes, among other medical conditions. Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smiles wants all of his patients to have the most beautiful, unforgettable smile possible, as well as a healthy body and lifestyle.
When a patient does not visit their Worcester dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups, they may be putting themselves at risk for developing periodontitis. Regular brushing and flossing are two ways to help prevent this problem. However, if a patient develops periodontitis, Dr. Levenson will do everything he can to ensure they recover their beautiful smile and find a treatment that helps eliminate the problem in its entirety.
Dr. Levenson offers several different periodontitis treatments. The choice of treatment will be determined based on the stage and severity of the periodontal disease that the patient is dealing with. Mild cases of periodontal disease, called "gingivitis", can often be address with a deep cleaning. Root planing and scaling, as well as pocket reduction procedures, may be required for patients who have more extensive issues with their periodontitis. Perio Protect is also used in periodontal therapy to provide a way for patients to maintain their oral health and fend off periodontal disease after treatment. Antibiotics may be required to rid the mouth of an infection, and inflammation may need to be treated as well. Dr. Shih, a board certified periodontist at Levenson Smiles, is a trained specialist that can provides the best periodontal treatment for your situation.
The consequences of periodontal diseases are extreme. The result of periodontal disease is the loss of teeth, bone structure, and gum tissue. It is, however, reversible if detected, diagnosed, and treated in its earlier stages. This is why regular dental appointments with Dr. Levenson of Worcester are essential to maintaining excellent dental health.
If you live in the Worcester area and are looking for a caring dentist that wants to focus on giving you an unforgettable smile, call Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smiles. With various treatment options and a state-of-the-art facility, Dr. Levenson can provide the best in dental care and periodontitis treatment!
While you may not think of seeing your dentist when you get migraine headaches, you may want to consider the links between headaches and your dental health. Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smile is well aware of the correlation between migraine headaches and dental issues. There are several dental concerns that may be the reason for your headaches, and instead of turning towards prescription medications, it may be time to talk to your dentist about your consistent head pain.
There are many reasons why your dental health may be affecting how often you experience migraine headaches.
Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that can cause a person to become sleep deprived. This condition is caused by a blockage of the airways, by either a misaligned jaw or a lazy tongue that can fall into the throat and interrupt a patient's nighttime sleep. Patients with sleep apnea never get the deep, restful sleep they need to feel awake and alive during the day. Thanks to oral appliances that can realign the jaw and hold the tongue in place, patients can relieve themselves of the symptoms of sleep apnea, one of which is that of migraine headaches.
The clenching of teeth is called bruxism, frequently causing tension and pain on the jaw and in the head. Many patients who deal with migraine headaches or tension headaches may find that they come from clenching and grinding that occurs during the night. Patients can use special oral appliances to protect their teeth from damage and relieve the tension and pain that can cause headaches to occur during the day.
Malocclusion is the misalignment of the teeth. When the mouth is closed and a patient is biting or chewing, it is important that their teeth and bite be well aligned. When they aren't, patients can experience tension headaches. By undergoing dental treatments, patients can realign their jaw and experience fewer headaches than ever before.
Before visiting your physician for medications to treat your migraine headaches, you might want to make your first stop at your dental office. If you are dealing with continual migraine and tension headaches and are ready to find a solution, call Dr. Levenson today to schedule a consultation appointment and examination at Levenson Smile!
Everyone gets a headache at some point in their life, but they might not be sure the exact cause. However, when patients are having regular headaches each and every day, they may be dealing with a more chronic condition. Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile in Worcester is a dentist who offers a way for patients to address headaches without having to take a daily dose of pain medication.
First, patients will undergo a series of diagnostics with Dr. Stanley Levenson to determine the cause of their headaches. Headaches may stem from a number of conditions so it is important for patients to rule out any serious medical problems. If it has been determined that headaches are caused by tension in the mouth such as TMJ/TMD or bruxism, Dr. Stanley Levenson can help.
TMJ/TMD and bruxism are conditions that may result in stress around the jaw area. This tension can cause patients to experience unwanted headaches each and every day. To address this discomfort, Dr. Stanley Levenson may suggest the use of oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliance therapy is a method of treating the source of the problem. Bruxism and TMJ/TMD can result in tension in the oral area, causing muscles to become sore and resulting in the development of chronic headaches. Oral appliance therapy uses a special mouth guard patients wear every day to reduce the tension in the area and therefor reduce the headaches caused by stress tension. The oral appliance is custom-made for the patient using impressions of the smile to create a professional-grade plastic mouth guard suited to their needs. These can also help in realigning the jaw to avoid the need for orthodontics.
If you live in or around the Worcester area and are interested in visiting with a dentist for treatment for headaches and even migraines, contact the team of Levenson Smile today to book a consultation appointment and initial diagnostics with Dr. Stanley Levenson and his team. We can help patients in achieving a smile that makes them proud, confident, and ensures they are comfortable each and every day!
If you’ve noticed a little bit of "pink in the sink" when you brush your teeth, you’re not alone. Gingivitis, the disease caused by infection in the gums, is quite common among dental patients. Fortunately, gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease is easily prevented and can be simple to reverse or treat, if caught quickly.
To understand gum disease, it helps to know how it begins. Simply stated, gum disease is the infection of your gums caused when food particles or bacteria are not removed from the teeth. Frequent brushing and flossing can keep the plaque and bacteria at bay; however, sometimes patients have areas of their teeth and mouth that at home oral care just can’t reach. When the plaque remains on the teeth, it can spread below the gum line and cause inflammation of the gums, redness, and bleeding. It can also cause chronic bad breath.
These are the most common signs of gingivitis. When you first notice these symptoms, it is important to call a trusted dentist. Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile has been helping patients in the Worcester area prevent and treat gum disease for many years. Once your gum disease has been confirmed, Dr. Levenson will help you reverse it. If the gum disease is in the early stages, it is likely that it can be reversed with better at-home care and a professional cleaning. If the gingivitis has progressed to a more advanced stage of gum disease, you may need further treatment such as a deep cleaning, oral surgery, or medication.
It is important to see a dentist if you suspect gum disease. Without proper treatment, the disease may progress and lead to further complications such as loss of the gum tissue, loss of the supporting bone, or teeth becoming loose. Remember that while bleeding teeth may seem common, it is an early sign that you should see a dentist. If you have any reason to believe that you may have gum disease, call the team at Levenson Smile to make an appointment.
Dental implants are a popular option when it comes to tooth restoration. Shrewsbury area patients who are interested in this particular method of repairing their smile are often concerned about the true cost of dental implants.
Dental implants often considered because they have a myriad of advantages, including:
Patients who are proper candidates for dental implants are those with sufficient bone structure and a healthy smile. Patients are welcome to contact the team of Levenson Smile to find out if they are able to have dental implants placed with success. If so, the next topic of conversation typically becomes the cost—is it affordable?
The cost of dental implants is often considered in a different manner than other restorative solutions. Dental implants, at the beginning, cost more upfront than any other restoration including bridges and dentures. In some cases, patients may also have dental insurance which may cover a portion of their cost to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses. However, when it comes to the true cost of dental implants, patients need to consider the value. Dental implants are known to last a lifetime—several decades thanks to the implant technology used and the high success rate of placement. With this in mind, patients need to think of the maintenance cost which is rather inexpensive in comparison to other restorations which need regular readjustments or replacements such as bridges and dentures. The cost of dental implants overall over the course of time is much less per year than any other option.
Dr. Stanley Levenson wants to help patients in the Shrewsbury area enjoy an unforgettable smile! New and existing patients are welcome at Levenson Smile to learn about the ways of restoring and repairing after tooth loss or other damage which may occur to the mouth over the years. Contact his practice today to book an appointment and consult with him and his dental team about the advantages of restorative and cosmetic dentistry.