Dental implants have continued to advance in their capacity to restore health and vitality to smiles affected by missing teeth. These small fixtures lie beneath the gums, but they make all the difference when it comes to stability, comfort, a natural feel, and functionality. We are pleased to offer this standard of care to our patients.
While the result of dental implant treatment is well worth it, one of the aspects of care that may cause apprehension is being without teeth while the implants heal into the jawbone. The process of osseointegration can take several months. During this time, one would normally be expected to be without teeth. Not at Levenson Smile. On the same day, we can extract and replace teeth from root to tip, letting you leave our Worcester office with renewed confidence.
To fully restore your smile in a day takes three phases:
Initial consultation. Dr. Levenson begins care by conducting a comprehensive consultation visit with you. Before evaluating your teeth and gums, he wants to know about your concerns and your expectations. By understanding what you wish to accomplish, he can perform an examination to determine the most appropriate treatment. If same day restoration is suitable, diagnostic imaging will be done to prepare temporary tooth replacements for the day of surgery.
Tooth replacement. Treatment is performed with local anesthetic. If necessary, unhealthy teeth will be extracted. Guided by computer simulation, implants will be inserted into strategic positions to support your chosen restoration. Implants may be used to stabilize a crown, bridge, or denture.
Recovery. Although our streamlined process restores your smile in just one day, it will take time for the implants to fuse with the bone. This occurs over a few months.
Dr. Levenson has served his local community with quality dental care since 1987. Since that time, he has also continued his own educational journey, becoming one of only a few hundred dentists in the country to achieve Fellowship with the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics.
Your teeth serve a functional and esthetic purpose that affects your overall well-being. See how we can help you protect, restore, or replace them. Call (855) 849-8255.
Though over-the-counter whitening methods are available for patients in the Worcester area who want to brighten and rejuvenate their smile, many of these solutions provide minimal results. Whitening with trays, strips, and toothpastes may work for some, but will not provide anything dramatic in the long-run. Instead, Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile may suggest patients consider professional teeth whitening from a cosmetic dentist instead.
Professional teeth whitening products are proven to work. These products are stronger concentration of the ingredients necessary to dissolve and break up stains and discoloration on tooth enamel. As with anything professional-grade, the ingredients used to lighten teeth enamel are stronger and therefore much more effective at providing desired results.
Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile in Worcester offers three types of whitening to brighten the smile.
In-office bleaching is done during one visit and can provide up to eight shades of lightening of the natural tooth enamel. Dr. Stanley Levenson can complete this treatment for patients who want to quickly and easily rejuvenate their smile in just one trip to the dental chair. This particular method of whitening uses whitening gel that is light-activated to bring forth a more beautiful smile!
Patients can come to the practice of Levenson Smile and have a series of impressions made to create custom whitening trays for use at home by patients. These custom whitening trays are sent with patients along with whitening gel to be used specifically within these trays for gradual whitening results.
The KoR Deep Bleaching system is a special combination of both in-office power whitening and take-home whitening. Both are used together for optimum effects in a shorter period of time. Dr. Stanley Levenson prefers this over most other whitening solutions when patients are considered appropriate candidates.
At Levenson Smile, we believe in helping patients achieve an unforgettable look with a beautiful, healthy smile for life. We encourage new and existing patients in the area to contact our practice and book a consultation appointment to learn more about whitening methods and which treatment options are best for one’s specific needs, budgets, and desires.
Are you wondering what is Sleep Apnea? Worcester Dentist has answers and treatment.
People around the world lose sleep on a regular basis. Many of them snore; some quite loudly. Even in such instances, however, the question of sleep apnea rarely comes up. Many individuals who suffer from sleep apnea are unaware of it. Sleep apnea is more than a pesky problem; this condition can be quite dangerous if not treated.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of the disorder. Episodes of apnea occur when throat muscles relax and block the airway.
Central sleep apnea is when the brain doesn’t send the proper signals to muscles that control breathing.
Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obtrusive and central sleep apnea.
All types of sleep apnea produce the same effect. During an episode, air flow stops and oxygen level in the blood decreases. The response in the body is that sleep is disrupted enough to prompt breathing. A person with sleep apnea may be disturbed hundreds of times a night while never waking enough to realize he or she has stopped breathing. Consequently, it’s important to be aware of the signs of sleep apnea. These include:
Loud, chronic snoring
Gasping, snorting, or choking sounds
Pauses in breathing
Sleepiness during the day, regardless of how many hours of rest one receives
Restlessness or fitful sleep
Irritability or depression
Waking often during the night
All forms of sleep apnea are treatable. The most common treatment is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy (CPAP). A CPAP machine increases air pressure in the throat so the airway does not collapse when a breath is taken. Most CPAP machines feature a mask that is worn over the nose; or prongs that fit into the nose.
There are also dental alternatives to treating sleep apnea. Dr. Levenson is skilled at recognizing and treating obstructive sleep apnea Worcester with a customized dental appliance. If you’re ready to get the sleep you need, schedule a consultation to determine if you may have sleep apnea.
There are times when patients may be faced with tooth loss. Not everyone plans for this, and often it is a result of poor oral hygiene, aging, disease, or trauma. Missing teeth can have a negative impact on the appearance of the smile and can affect the way a patient speaks and eats. This is why Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile in Worcester helps patients in the area decide when dentures are needed.
Once one or more teeth are missing, patients are encouraged to visit a dentist for an evaluation. In some cases, other teeth within the smile that are loose may benefit from extraction if they are beyond repair. Determining an effective treatment plan is done in a dental office with a professional whom patients already known and trust.
Dr. Stanley Levenson will then discuss with patients the options they have for tooth replacement. Patients who are missing one tooth may do well with a dental implant or a dental bridge, while patients missing several teeth within the dental arch require a partial denture, which can replace them with a single appliance. However, there are times when patients may need to consider a full denture, and this is when all of the teeth in the dental arch are missing or removed. Full dentures are the only way of achieving a smile that is not only beautiful but functional.
Full dentures have come a long way over time. No longer do full dentures need to look fake or fall out of place at inopportune times. Many patients may consider full dentures with the use of dental implants for added stability and strength. Additionally, Dr. Stanley Levenson provides one of the most advanced types of dentures in his practice known as Fountain Of Youth Dentures. Fountain Of Youth Dentures help in maintaining the neuromuscular structure of the mouth and cheeks to keep patients from experiencing that “sunken in” appearance that often plagues patients who use full dentures for mouth restoration.
[Disclaimer: The Fountain Of Youth Dentures services are in no way related to Dr. Sam Muslin's exclusive Facelift Dentistry® treatment.]
Have you noticed that a loved one snores loudly and may stop breathing periodically during his or her sleep? Has someone shared that concern about you? These symptoms could be caused by sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous medical condition characterized by intermittent pauses in breathing during sleep. It not only interferes with quality sleep, but it also contributes to a host of safety and health concerns during the day, including concentration, irritability, and fatigue. Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA, says that if left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk for serious health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, or heart disease.
It’s estimated that about 25 million U.S. adults have obstructive sleep apnea, which is the most common type of this condition. It occurs when your throat muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block your airway. This leads to lapses in breathing that often disturb your sleep. Symptoms include but are not limited to:
Breathing cessation anywhere from five times an hour to more than 50 times an hour
Choking or gasping for air
Snoring that disturbs your sleep or the sleep of others
Tossing and turning while asleep
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Waking up feeling unrefreshed
Problems with memory and concentration
Morning or nighttime headache
Waking up often to urinate
Sweating or chest pain during sleep
Did you know that many dentists are trained to help diagnose and manage a patient’s sleep apnea? As a member of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Levenson can do a full evaluation to screen you or a loved one for sleep apnea. Once determined that you have sleep apnea, Dr. Levenson can recommend an oral appliance that you wear overnight such as a custom-fit mouthpiece rather than a traditional-yet-clunky CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine to help relieve symptoms and improve your quality of life.
If you live in or around the Worcester area and are concerned that you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, don’t suffer needlessly one more night. Call Levenson Smile at (855) 849-8255 to make an appointment.
Those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may stop breathing hundreds of times each night and not even realize it. This situation inhibits restorative sleep. Since sleep affects every aspect of your well-being, OSA is a destructive condition. It’s associated with:
High blood pressure
Dr. Levenson treats OSA, and is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). A member of the AADSM, Dr. Levenson offers sleep remedies in Worcester MA that improve your quality of life.
Conventionally, sleep apnea is treated with CPAP therapy. These machines are generally bulky, uncomfortable, and loud. Some people never get used to them. The oral appliances that Dr. Levenson provides are easy-to-wear. They resemble lightweight, transparent plastic aligners designed to straighten teeth, and are worn like a sports mouth-guard or retainer. The difference is, these customized appliances move the jaw forward and the tongue out of the way, so your airway remains open and unobstructed. You breathe healthy and without interruption throughout the night.
Levenson Smile patients also appreciate these well-fitting appliances because they’re:
Easy to pack
Dr. Levenson is often on the front lines of detecting sleep apnea and related problems. If he suspects this condition is to blame for symptoms such as snoring, he’ll refer you to a sleep specialist for evaluation. With accurate diagnosis, you’ll return to Levenson Smile and discuss options for treatment.
As with other types of dental appliances, your sleep apnea device will be made from information collected via models of your mouth. During routine, follow-up appointments, the doctor checks the device for proper fit and will make adjustments as needed. Restore sleep and a whole lot more. Call 855-849-8255 to schedule your appointment.
Dr. Levenson reveals your unforgettable smile comfortably with sedation dentistry that relaxes patients, from the slightly anxious to those who have delayed necessary visits due to dental phobia in Worcester MA.
Depending on where you look online, 9 to 36 percent of the population identifies as dentally anxious. The variation is often attributed to patients with dental anxiety and phobia being lumped together, though they are wholly different conditions. Anxious patients may be uneasy or stressed about potential problems that may be uncovered.
Those with dental phobia may panic at the thought of even routine cleanings. Treatment is often sought only when an infection hurts so bad that they rush to urgent care or the ER. Because of this, their oral health is often significantly poorer than the health of their friends or family members whose fear or anxiety isn’t great enough to keep them away from the dentist’s office. Patients with dental phobia are at greater risk of serious infections, such as abscesses that can be life-threatening should they spread.
A member of Doctors for Oral Conscious Sedation, Dr. Levenson’s calming sedative options surpass the standard nitrous oxide. He has completed the rigorous training required to offer oral conscious sedation. Medication is customized to unique factors such as your medical history, for your safety. You will follow Dr. Levenson’s instructions about taking the pill, which allows you to be calm and unconcerned during treatment yet it doesn’t knock you out. You remain awake, able to respond to instructions. Afterward, the amnesiac effect helps eliminate memories of common sources of dental phobia, such as clinical sounds, smells, and sensations.
Don’t let another day pass without scheduling an appointment at Levenson Smile. The doctor will discuss sedative options, including a medication-free approach: NuCalm®
When patients are faced with the idea of realigning their smile, many patients fear the idea of having to visit a traditional Worcester area orthodontist for treatment with conventional metal bracket and wire braces. Many teenagers and adults despise the idea of conventional orthodontia because it can be painful and unattractive. However, there are alternatives including Invisalign.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic trays for realignment. These trays are fabricated using impressions of the natural teeth before treatment. A computerized system designs several trays based off of the current alignment and the desired alignment. Each tray is worn for two weeks and then the next tray in the series is worn. Over several months, teeth will gently reposition themselves with the low forces achieved with the trays.
Patients love the idea of Invisalign. The primary benefit of this treatment is the aesthetics. Instead of having metal covering the smile over the course of months or years, patients can use these discreet trays for effective realignment. They are worn at all times but removed when eating and drinking, while also taking them out to brush and floss the teeth. Invisalign allows patients to enjoy better oral health while also improving the alignment of their smile.
Another advantage of Invisalign is that it can be done right in the dental office. Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smile can provide not only general and cosmetic dentistry services but can also guide patients through the Invisalign treatment. Patients can stay with a professional they know and trust throughout their orthodontic therapy and can enjoy fewer check-ups and combined services during dental visits. Cleanings can be done during check-ups along with x-rays to track changes if necessary. Dr. Levenson is already the dentist many patients are comfortable working with which makes him an even more suitable professional to help with orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign.
If you live in or around the community of Worcester and have considered the benefits of orthodontic treatment, contact Levenson Smile today to schedule an initial examination including x-rays and a physical evaluation to see if Invisalign may be right for you.
People who snore may not be aware of their problem. To those who sleep in close proximity of a snorer, this habit is a nuisance. Rarely is snoring considered a medical problem. Obstructive sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder often mistaken for snoring, is definitely more than a nuisance. Those who continue losing sleep due to obstructed breathing find that their overall health and wellbeing is affected, though they may not understand the true gravity of sleep apnea. Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA provides details of sleep apnea, as well as comfortable, effective treatment.
Finding successful treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is vitally important to health and wellbeing. This condition has been linked through research to numerous health issues, including adult asthma, acid reflux, obesity, type II diabetes, and an increased risk for heart disease. For those who are already experiencing such health problems, obstructive sleep apnea serves as fuel to an already-hot fire.
Studies show that people with sleep apnea also suffer more accidental injuries than those who get adequate sleep. The increase in accidents may be due to excessive sleepiness, which leads to a lack of concentration and cognitive skills. The fogginess that comes from severe lack of sleep also leads to slower reflexes, which creates dangerous situations behind the wheel or when operating machinery.
Sleep apnea caused by a physical obstruction in the airway may be treated in a few different ways. Apnea sufferers who are above their healthy body weight can improve their condition significantly by losing extra weight. Dropping unhealthy pounds reduces the pressure on the airway when muscles relax, thereby decreasing the chance of apnea episodes.
Immediate treatments are also available to reduce apnea and restore healthy sleep. The medical solution for apnea has been, for many years, CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure. In this treatment, the patient wears a mask when he or she sleeps. The mask is attached to a hose, which is attached to a small machine that sits by the bed and delivers constant air throughout the night, keeping the airway open. The issues surrounding CPAP's comfort level, however, keep many people from complying with treatment.
The professional team at Levenson Smile offers another alternative for restored sleep. Oral appliances have helped thousands upon thousands of people recover their health, and can help you, too. Contact our office today to learn more about oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.
Veneers for Teeth in Worcester presents a versatile way to reveal an unforgettable smile. These thin yet strong dental materials may be used to improve the appearance of everything from stubborn discoloration to gaps.
Dr. Levenson understands the uniqueness of each patient’s smile, preferences, and goals for treatment. He may suggest DURAthin®, a “no-prep” alternative to the conventional veneers that require the removal of natural enamel.
Not every dentist in Worcester is certified to provide DURAthin® veneers. Dr. Levenson has the training to offer this advanced technique. Thanks to modern materials and approaches, standard veneers require very little removal of the enamel covering that protects your teeth. However, DURAthin® is often compared to a contact lens; designed by a dentist and lab technician, these veneers are so thin that no grinding or shaving of your teeth is necessary! Your tooth structure stays intact.
Since a reduction of the enamel is involved, standard veneers are an irreversible procedure. DURAthin® doesn’t alter the natural tooth, so it is considered a reversible procedure should you opt to have the veneers removed later.
As a technique-specific procedure, the final appearance of your veneered teeth depends on the doctor’s skill. The DURAthin® certified dentist Dr. Levenson creates a smile that looks naturally beautiful, and doesn’t appear bulky or fake. DURAthin® veneers are artistically-shaped and the porcelain is layered in such a way that it is indiscernible in looks, feel, and function from natural, healthy teeth.
DURAthin® may be particularly attractive for patients with narrow smiles, small teeth, or who are concerned about tooth sensitivity associated with tooth reduction. No one type of veneer or type of procedure is suitable for every patient. Call 855-849-8255 today to schedule a DURAthin® consultation.