Often when dental patients think about improving the appearance or health of their mouth, they focus on their teeth. There’s no shortage of whitening products on the market and cosmetic treatments such as adult orthodontics and professional teeth whitening gain popularity all the time. However, teeth are not the only variable in the health of your mouth.
Your mouth is also made up of gums, bone, and tissue along with bacteria, tartar, and food particles. Keeping the gums, teeth, and tissue free from those miniscule particles of food and the plaque it can cause is key to keeping your mouth healthy. The first, and most effective, way to keep your mouth healthy is to be consistent about brushing and flossing. However, most patients have hard to reach spots – like between the molars all the way in the back of your mouth that are nearly impossible to reach at home. These spots are the perfect environment for gum disease to grow.
Periodontal disease is quite common. Also known as gum disease, it begins as gingivitis, causing gums to become swollen, red, or even bleed. While this stage of gum disease is reversible, if gingivitis is left untreated, pockets can begin to form between the gums and the teeth, which can lead to further complications. These complications include further damage to the gum, loss of bone, and decay of the tissue that support the teeth. If the gum disease is not treated, the teeth can become loose and need to be extracted.
It’s important to note that gum disease can not only be prevented with excellent at-home oral health care and regular dental visits, it can also be treated. If patients in the worcester area find themselves dealing with gum disease, they can turn to Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile for treatment. Several treatment methods may be offered, including deep cleaning, prescription medication, and surgery.
Deep cleaning is often the first step to treating gum disease. This procedure takes place in Dr. Levenson’s office where the dentist and his team use special instruments to remove pockets of plaque from above and below the gum line. Sometimes prescription medication or mouth rinse is also used to control bacteria or treat further gum infection. Finally, sometimes, oral surgery is needed to treat gum disease. This surgery involves lifting the gums away from the teeth to remove all of the infection. The gums are then sutured tightly to ensure that the infection remains clear.
The exact treatment plan for you will depend on your individual progression of gum disease. If you’ve noticed the early signs of gum disease, call Dr. Levenson’s office today to schedule an appointment. As with most dental problems, the earlier you seek treatment the easier your path to oral health will be.
Levenson Smile offers options for orthodontic treatment to suit every lifestyle, budget, and need, from modest spacing issues to extensive bite problems. Invisible Aligners in Worcester MA are more than a cosmetic alternative to braces. Invisalign is comfortable, and easy to clean, because aligners can be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating.
Invisalign starts with a consultation. If Dr. Levenson determines this treatment is appropriate for you, an impression of your mouth will be taken. This is used to make the aligners or dental appliances that do the straightening. The impression is digitized, so you see how your teeth will look post-treatment. This digital model serves as a treatment map. You’ll view how the aligners straighten your teeth through every step of treatment.
For successful outcomes, it’s important to follow Dr. Levenson’s instructions.
Wear trays all day, every day, except when cleaning your teeth and gums or eating
Replace each aligner with the next tray in the series, about every two weeks
Return to the dentist as advised so your progress can be monitored, and any problems can be addressed quickly
The importance of compliance can’t be overstated. To shift your teeth into proper position, the trays must be allowed to place consistent, low pressure on your teeth. Each tray corresponds with a different step in treatment. Failure to wear the trays as advised interferes with the incremental repositioning of your teeth.
Levenson Smile is confident you won’t have problems wearing these smooth, transparent plastic aligners. The team is always available to address your concerns. Dr. Levenson may also suggest other alternatives for effective straightening, such as Six Month Smiles, a system designed similarly to conventional braces only with transparent brackets and tooth-colored wires, and with a focus on straightening teeth in your smile zone exclusively.
Invisalign is a cost-effective alternative to braces, but Levenson Smile goes a step further to remove financial barriers that stand in the way of a lasting, healthy, and beautiful smile. Dr. Levenson and his team offer Invisalign deals in Worcester, including discounts for members of the military and their families through A Soldier’s Smile.
Levenson Smile offers choices for financing for out-of-pocket expenses not covered by your insurance policy. If your plan has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign is covered similarly to conventional braces. The office works with your insurance provider to secure benefits due to you.
As a modern and versatile alternative to conventional fixed metal braces, Invisalign is customized to your needs, which may range from minor crowding to more severe problems with how your upper and lower teeth come together such as an overbite. Depending on your needs, treatment time may be less than half that of traditional orthodontic treatments. Generally, the longer the treatment time, the more costs add up.
Consider savings associated with appointments. Since you have control over straightening, via aligners that can be switched out at home, the number of appointments is minimized. With Invisalign, the dentist only sees you every six weeks or so to make sure treatment is progressing as planned. With conventional fixed braces, the doctor is the only one who can adjust the wires so treatment can progress.
With proper treatment, you avoid complications caused by poor bite and misalignment that result in the need for costly restorative treatments such as:
Temporomandibular joint disorders
Tooth decay due to difficulty cleaning between crowded teeth
What price do you put on an unforgettable smile? Call (855) 849-8255 to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Levenson and the team of Levenson Smile in Worcester are proud to offer a variety of periodontal treatments to suit the needs of patients. Periodontal disease is a condition that can develop due to poor oral health care, heredity, or hormonal fluctuations, and it needs to be addressed as soon as possible to avoid allowing it to progress further. Using our state-of-the-art equipment and a board certified periodontist, Dr. Shih, the team of Levenson Smile can provide comprehensive care for those who have developed periodontal disease.
There are several ways for patients to address their condition. However, the treatment chosen is determined based on the severity of the disease. The beginning stages, known as gingivitis, are characterized by red, bleeding gums, which may be inflamed and sore. At this point, many patients benefit from a professional deep cleaning. This allows us to remove the plaque, tartar, and bacteria from all surfaces of the teeth and gums to allow the mouth to heal. At this point, the condition can be reversed. However, if allowed to progress into later stages of periodontal disease, the problem can only be controlled with professional assistance.
When periodontal disease advances, patients may be at the risk of needing scaling and root planing. This is a deeper cleaning that cleans even the roots of the teeth to target bacteria deep within the mouth. Antibiotics may be used and pocket reduction procedures may even be discussed. Inflammation needs to be addressed to ensure the condition is maintained and not allowed to develop into the further, more severe stages.
Dr. Levenson is happy to help patients in and around the Worcester area with their dental health needs, and works hard to ensure patients have access to quality periodontal treatment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation visit and learn about the ways in which periodontal disease can be diagnosed, treated, controlled, or even avoided. By maintaining regular dental visits at Levenson Smile and protecting teeth with brushing and flossing between appointments, patients can reduce their risk of developing gum disease and keep their smile looking great for years to come!
When teeth are missing from the smile, they also affect the bone structure as many denture treatment suffer from gradual bone loss. This, in turn, can reduce the effectiveness of the jaw bone in maintaining a youthful appearance. Patients who visit Levenson Smile in Worcester with concerns about their aging facial structure due to bone loss are often introduced to the idea of having Fountain Of Youth Dentures made.
Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile in Worcester provides treatment with Fountain Of Youth Dentures to avoid the structural changes to the smile commonly noticed with traditional full dentures. This particular line of dentures uses neuromuscular properties for balancing the bite, filling out the lips, and reducing the fine lines and creases that can develop around the mouth. Patients with Fountain Of Youth Dentures often enjoy better fit and function of their restorations than they do with traditional dentures.
Fountain Of Youth Dentures are a desirable solution for patients who are struggling with the signs of aging and do not want dentures to contribute to the sagging appearance of the face. However, many are unsure as to whether or not they want to have these dentures made due to the cost. The cost of Fountain Of Youth Dentures is more than traditional dentures but many patients who understand the benefits they provide often enjoy the investment in not only their smile but their overall appearance. Dr. Stanley Levenson has seen many of his patients transform their aging face while also improving their overall confidence and well-being.
Dr. Stanley Levenson and the team of Levenson Smile can determine if patients are appropriate candidates for these dentures. Most patients are and can enjoy their benefits after having a consultation appointment with their dentist. Patients may also be introduced to other tooth restoration options such as dental bridges and implants if they fit their needs and budget.
If you live in or around the Worcester community and believe Fountain Of Youth Dentures; are right for you, contact Dr. Stanley Levenson today to book a consultation appointment. Our team is here to help you decide what is right for your specific dental situation and ensure the cost is within your family budget.
Migraine headaches that continually plague patients in the Worcester area may not always be related to major disorders. In some cases, migraines may stem from a neuromuscular condition that can be addressed by a dentist. By effectively treating these neuromuscular triggers, patients may be able to reduce the severity of their migraines or lessen their frequency.
There are several reasons patients may be dealing with chronic migraines that can be connected to dental concerns, including patients with:
Temporomandibular joint disorder
Malocclusion (misalignment of teeth and the bite)
Bruxism (clenching and grinding overnight)
Not only can these conditions have an effect on one's experience with regular migraines, but they can also affect one's dental health and overall wellness. Sleep apnea has been linked to a number of conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and an increased risk of strokes and heart attacks, while bruxism and TMD can wear down natural teeth and break dental restorations. By addressing these issues, patients may be able to find relief from chronic migraines or reduce their severity and frequency.
Migraine treatment through a dentist such as Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile may vary depending on the source of the problem. If malocclusion or temporomandibular joint disorder is the issue, orthodontics may be able to resolve the problem. In some cases, oral appliances can be used when patients suffer from sleep apnea, bruxism, or TMD.
By speaking to a dental professional, patients can seek an effective migraine treatment by dealing with the tension and stress caused by the jaw and alignment of the natural smile. Addressing these problems can help reduce migraines and allow patients to enjoy a better quality of life.
Patients in the Worcester area are welcome to contact Levenson Smile today to schedule an evaluation and consultation visit with an experienced professional to find a solution to their headache and migraine concerns. With x-rays and an evaluation—as well as a review of one's medical and dental history—Dr. Levenson may be able to target the problem and offer an effective treatment that can provide almost immediate results.
The desire for a beautiful and unique smile is universal. Cosmetic dentistry has made major strides within the last few decades. Many different techniques to achieve straight and white teeth are performed daily, but how do you know which one is the right option is for you? Braces and Invisalign can be costly and time consuming and bleaching doesn’t always reach deep stains. Fortunately, there is an affordable option that not only provides a bright smile but covers minor imperfections in just a few visits. This option comes in the form of porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are thin but incredibly strong facings that the dentist bonds to the front of your teeth. Since they cover your teeth, they cover any flaws as well. No more will you be staring at gaps, chipped teeth, or discoloration, but rather a picture-perfect smile.
The process from start to finish involves a few pain-free steps. A cleaning is performed as well as the removal of a slight amount of enamel to make room for the veneers. Impressions are made of your teeth and then sent to a lab where the veneers are created for a custom-fit. This will ensure that your veneers don’t feel bulky, but rather fit naturally. The dentist will then bond the veneers to your teeth using a specialized dental cement. Depending on the size and shape, your dentist may have to alter the veneers marginally before permanent placement. Then a special light is used to activate the cement and harden it. A follow up visit may be scheduled so the doctor can check the fit, function, and appearance of the veneers once again.
Dr. Levenson and his staff are also trained to use DURAthin veneers, which are even thinner than porcelain and can be bonded to your teeth without altering them in the slightest. They are not as strong as porcelain, but they may be your best bet if you feel as though you may want to have them removed at some point.
If you are unsure as to which type of veneer may be right for you, call today and we’ll set up a consultation to answer all of your questions.
Dental anxiety is a very real problem that keeps millions of people from seeing the dentist. If you have struggled with anxiety related to dental treatment, chances are you have also suffered unwarranted dental pain and stress. How much harder does it get to see the dentist when something is wrong in your mouth? Wouldn't it be nicer to know you can sail through check-ups and cleanings, and prevent painful problems? We think so, and we are happy to help you discover a new appreciation for dentistry by offering NuCalm® during dental treatment in our Worcester office.
We know that one of the biggest obstacles patients face is the fear of discomfort during dental treatments. To date, the NuCalm® system has helped more than 50,000 patients in the U.S. relax into the dental chair, with many of them losing the anxiety that kept them from seeing the dentist. Although it is categorized as sedation dentistry, this 4-step relaxation method is really more of a technique than anything else, which means there is no side-effects and no recovery period.
All-natural nutraceutical chewable tablets are consumed. This narcotic-free relaxation supplement will not work against other medications you may be taking.
FDA-cleared microcurrent stimulation is delivered via small patches placed behind the ears. This facilitates prompt relaxation.
Soft music is played through noise-cancelling headphones along with neuroacoustic sound waves that promote a relaxed state.
Light-blocking glasses minimize external stimulation to maintain your relaxed state.
The multiple steps involved in the NuCalm® system should not fool you. It can actually relax the body and mind more quickly than oral conscious sedation, which must be metabolized and absorbed over several minutes.
No one likes the unnerving feelings that keep them from getting dental care, and dentists would prefer that patients want to see them. With NuCalm®, this is possible. Not only do our patients find it easy to sit through dental treatment, the relaxation that occurs during their visit causes them to feel renewed and refreshed long after they have left the office.
We care about your oral health, and about your peace of mind. Learn more about relaxation dentistry when you call (855) 849-8255.
Dental treatment while you sleep may sound like a dream come true for many patients. Unfortunately, fear of the dentist prevents many patients from scheduling important checkups or seeking treatment when they experience dental pain. This fear and anxiety can be caused by a previous personal bad experience, hearing about the fears of others, or simply anxiety over having someone in their personal space. Regardless of the reason, dental anxiety is a real problem for many patients.
However, Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA, offers sedation dentistry to help these patients. While patients won't be deeply asleep, as they are during surgical procedure, they will be completely relaxed during dental treatment.
Sedation dentistry can be administered several different ways
Nitrous oxide - For patients who simply need a little bit of help taking the edge off, nitrous oxide is the preferred form of sedation. Also known as laughing gas, this sedation can quickly be turned on and off and has no lingering side effects.
Pill sedation – Patients who have a deeper level of anxiety or who are anticipating a lengthy appointment can take a pill that will put them into a deeper state of relaxation. The pill is typically taken before leaving for the appointment and the effects can last well after the treatment is complete, so it's important to arrange for transportation to and from the dentist's office. During the procedure, the patient will be deeply relaxed and comfortable but able to respond to questions or commands.
While the biggest benefit of sedation is that it allows patients to get the dental care they need, it can also help a patent learn to overcome his or her fears of the dentist. By replacing bad memories with good experiences, the patient can begin to overcome their fears and trust their dental team.
For more information about dental sedation call the Levenson Smile office today at 855-849-8255 .
We would all like to have an unforgettable smile, and whitening is certainly a quick and convenient way to improve the appearance of teeth. This cosmetic solution is so popular that millions of people attempt to find a home remedy that will remove stains. Suggestions for DIY treatment range from commercial strips to the use of easily found products like hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
While we understand the desire for quick, affordable teeth whitening, we want to help our patients avoid the dangers of home treatment. If you live near Worcester and want results through a safe process, contact Levenson Smile.
There is a long history behind the whitening treatments provided by your experienced dentist. Humans have attempted to keep teeth bright for centuries. Ancient treatments involved abrasive and acidic substances like vinegar and pumice. When you think about it, this is not much different from the use of lemon or peroxide with baking soda. If the solution didn't work for ancient Egyptians, it will not work today. Long ago, people learned that the continual use of such materials significantly weakened tooth structure, leaving them vulnerable to decay, fracture, and other conditions.
Alternatively, whitening at home with commercial strips may be only slightly effective. Individuals who have very light surface discoloration may be able to experience adequate lifting with a weaker peroxide solution. Most of our patients, however, want noticeable results that come only from professional grade whitening gel. Yes, this gel contains peroxide. Yes, it has higher amounts than commercial products. However, a precisely measured amount limits risk.
Patients of Levenson Smile in Worcester benefit from personal attention through which optimal results are achieved. We know you want to lift stains as quickly as possible but you also want to protect your teeth at the same time. Working with our team, you can plan in-office treatment, home whitening, or a combination of the two as needed to address your level of discoloration.
It is possible to have an unforgettable smile. See what can be accomplished with professional teeth whitening in Worcester. Call 855.849.8255 to schedule your visit with Dr. Levenson.