Category Archives: Cosmetic Dentistry

Restore Your Smile With Comfort & Ease

Restore Your Smile With Comfort & Ease

Watch this video or read the transcript below to see how Dr. Lebowitz was able to restore this patient’s smile back to eating and talking with comfort. Call 602.264.2905 today for your restorative dentistry!

Steve Gigous (Patient) : “I was just driving down the road, next thing I know I was getting pulled out of the trunk. They thought I was dead, they were covering my face.”

Narrator: “It was a usual day on the job, when a tire blew, flipping the semi, Steve Gigous was driving, shattering his face and body. He was in a coma for 10 days.

Dr. Lebowitz: “He was on feeding tubes. He could not brush, and decay became ramped. The teeth become the last thing they worry about. You don’t die from your teeth, but from the other injuries you could.”

Narrator: “Gigous pulled through and finally saw Dr. Michael Lebowitz’s care, for his teeth, but being scared of going to the dentist all his life, his mouth was neglected long before the accident.”

Dr. Lebowitz: “He needed someone to come and manage in order to get him comfortable and healthy again.”

Steve Gigous:  “When I was in the navy they made me visit the dentist but ever since then I just don’t like going to the dentist because they always hurt and I’m always in a lot of pain.  With Dr. Lebowitz it was nothing. He pulled five teeth and before I even knew it, he was done. “

Dr. Lebowitz: “We cleaned up his decay, and removed his broken teeth. Whether the parts were related to the injury or not related to the injury, there was more treatment in just gaining trust and gaining that relationship to actually accomplish the treatment, then the treatment itself.”

Steve Gigous: “I can eat better now. My jaw doesn’t hurt anymore. I can open my mouth all the way again.”

Narrator: “Feeling blessed to be alive, now it’s the little things that give Gigous the most joy.”

Steve Gigous: “Eating peanuts when I’m out watching the baseball game”

What Causes TMJ Pain?

TMJdentistIf you’ve heard anything about a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, you likely know it involves your jaw and it involves a lot of pain. It’s actually a bit more complex than that, as there are a wide variety of common TMJ problems. And while the disorder can develop naturally over time, did you know the vast majority of TMJ disorders are caused by trauma?

There are two basic forms of trauma that contribute to TMJ disorders: minor trauma that happens repeatedly over time and major trauma that is usually the result of an accident or injury. If you’re aware of these types of trauma that can cause TMJ, you can seek treatment earlier or even avoid it altogether.

Minor Trauma Causes of TMJ

TMJ disorders can develop by themselves due to certain habits or natural degeneration. Here are some examples of minor trauma that may contribute to TMJ disorders:
• Habitually clenching or grinding your teeth
• Participating in contact sports such as football, basketball or hockey
• Developing a form of arthritis
• Tension due to stress
Many of these forms of minor trauma involve a lot of tightening and clenching of the muscles, which leads to fatigue and overworking them. All increase the possibility of TMJ disc erosion or dislocation, which leads to a TMJ disorder.

Major Trauma Causes of TMJ

Major trauma is the more unexpected cause of TMJ disorders and isn’t as preventable. But recognizing it can help you seek treatment as early as possible. Here are some examples of major trauma that may contribute to TMJ disorders:
• Sports injuries, such as a tackle to the head in football or an elbow to the face in basketball
• Automobile accidents, specifically ones that involve an impact to the head
• Some roller coasters or other activities with sudden changes in speed that cause whiplash
• Anything else involving a strong blow to the head
There is likely more than one factor involved in developing a TMJ disorder, so your risk may be higher if you’ve experienced multiple forms of minor or major trauma.

If you’d like suggestions on how to avoid TMJ disorder causes – or if you think you might have already developed it and would like treatment – schedule a consultation with Lebowitz Dental today.

Faster Braces With PROPEL Orthodontics

As an adult, you’re probably so busy that a perfect smile is low on your list of priorities. Who has time to spend months or even years in braces? Fortunately, there is now an innovative orthodontic procedure that can speed up time in adult braces by 30, 40 or even 50%! It’s called PROPEL orthodontics and involves a simple three-step procedure that can be done at the dental office in mere minutes.

How Does PROPEL Ortho Work?
PROPEL uses a revolutionary device that is ready to use, sterile and disposable. Any orthodontist can use it with minimal training and it doesn’t cause any pain for the patient. Basically, the device stimulates the bone in your mouth to produce an inflammatory response that accelerates the tooth movement associated with orthodontic treatments.
Specifically, the procedure – called Alveocentesis™ – involves adjusting the device’s depth dial to the desired tip depth to micro-invasively stimulate the bone. Tissue is kept taught the whole time and covers the tip, while the LED stop indicator light illuminates to prevent the tip from penetrating deeper than needed. That means your dentist or orthodontist can provide quicker, more accurate results.

Features and Benefits of PROPEL Ortho
So why is Propel orthodontics better than traditional orthodontic methods? It’s all about the patented device, which has a variety of innovative features to benefit both the patient and the dentist. Here are some of them:
• LED Depth Stop Indicator – this lights up when the set depth length is reached, minimizing or eliminating errors.
• Micro edge with a patented pitch – for extra precision.
• Surgical steel construction – state-of-the-art, professional design.
• Packaged and reusable – so you have peace of mind each procedure has maximum efficiency.
• Ergonomic design – lets your dentist have ultimate control.

These are just a few of the innovative features Propel ortho offers. Schedule a consultation with Lebowitz Dental today to find out if Propel can get you the smile you deserve!

Welcome to Lebowitz Dental

Comprehensive care for all your dental needs

There’s no sense running all over town for different dental services when you can find them all at Lebowitz Dental Associates (LDA). We offer the most comprehensive array of dental services in the area and use the most advanced technology to meet your family’s smile needs. These services include teeth whitening, crowns, root canals, dentures, periodontal (gum) therapy and dental implants. We can help you with snoring, TMD and sleep apnea as well as many other challenging dental problems.

We also offer the latest orthodontic technology for a straight, beautiful smile – and to help promote a lifetime of healthy smiles for yourself, your child or your teenager.
Cosmetic care to brighten your smile: Veneers & whitening, tooth-colored fillings, Invisalign® “invisible” aligners

Restorative care to repair your smile:

  • CEREC same-day crowns
  • Crowns & bridges
  • Implant restorations/Teeth in a Day™
  • Full mouth reconstruction

Comprehensive care to make you smile:

  • Cosmetic, family & implant dentistry
  • Advanced reconstructive, endodontic & periodontal care
  • The latest in cosmetic smile design
  • TMD/TMJ treatment
  • Sleep apnea solutions

When you need exceptional and comprehensive smile care, trust Lebowitz Dental Associates. Call us at 602.264.2905 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your cosmetic consultation with us.