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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”

Avoid Surgery for TMJ Pain

If you have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, you may be hesitant to address it, despite chronic pain and jaw problems. Surgery is not the only option thanks to advances in TMJ dentistry. You can actually effectively treat TMJ disorders without surgery by simply visiting Lebowitz Dental.

In general, you can avoid some symptoms of TMJ disorders by doing things like taking medication, reducing stress, eating soft foods and applying hot and cold packs. But to permanently treat TMJ, you’ll likely need to do more.

Here are some of the non-invasive ways Lebowitz Dental can treat your TMJ disorder:
• Corrective dentistry – TMJ disorders may be often caused by an improper bite, so ensuring yours is normal helps immensely. Corrective dentistry that effectively treats TMJ disorders includes crowns, bridges, braces and even reshaping the teeth to remove interferences that affect the bite. There are various ways to correct your bite and ultimately help correct your TMJ disorder.
• Bite guards – Usually worn at night, these devices fit over your lower and upper teeth to prevent them from coming together. This is because many people with TMJ disorders tend to clench or grind their teeth, which causes problems. Bite guards also help align your bite. The best thing about visiting a dentist for your bite guard is that they can customize one to fit your mouth’s specific needs.
• Oral splints – Similar to bite guards, oral splints are worn all the time. They also align your upper and lower jaw while reducing muscle fatigue and improving your joint health and mouth posture. Your dentist can create a customized oral splint as well, making this a low-risk, reversible option that doesn’t require surgery.
•Physical therapy/counseling – If your dentist diagnoses you with a TMJ disorder, they may advise physical therapy or counseling in addition to an oral device or corrective dentistry. This reduces stress and teaches you exercises and habits that help reduce pain and other symptoms.

Surgery unfortunately is the only option for a select few, but it’s very rare. Most can receive treatment for TMJ disorders with the options listed above.

Schedule a consultation with Lebowitz Dental and enjoy eating, talking and chewing again!

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!

Causes of TMJ

Causes of TMJ
If 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.

New 3D Full-Color Camera for One-Visit Dentistry

Our new Omnicam 3D full-color camera quickly scans your mouth and allows our dentists to restore your smile often in just one visit. Lebowitz Dental now provides you the all-new, full color, video capture intra-oral camera.

The dentists can scan your mouth with the wave of this tiny lens on the camera, viewing your teeth with unmatched precision. CEREC’s OMNICAM offers a full view of your oral cavity with 3D data in full color – an industry first. This new system is completely powder-free, without losing the precision of previous 3D cameras.

Watch Video: Designing Teeth With Omnicam

The slim, round camera tube is easier to scan your mouth and allows our dentists the best positioning anywhere in your mouth. This color scan of your mouth allows crisp clarity and impeccable detail of the oral cavity.
advanced technology omnicam
The OMNICAM also records both 2D and 3D data, captures full-arch and half-arch impressions with record speed and offers anti-shake feature for crisper images. The camera allows an even more precise matching of the natural color of your teeth.
This precision in evaluating and treating your dental needs can speed up your time in the dental chair, allow unmatched accuracy in placement of crowns and dental implants, plus save you money. You can eliminate the need for redundant dental visits with the precision of this camera.
The visualization of your mouth in real time allows our dentists to speed up and treat your needs in less time than ever with amazing results.
Dr. Lebowitz adds this camera to his CEREC technology for integrated restorative planning. You can count on reliable diagnosis, placement and treatment with these 3D images. This integrated system at Lebowitz Dental allows for performing smile makeovers safely and in-house, often with just one visit.
The revolutionary new camera combined with CEREC scans offers precise planning, diagnosis and care from a single dentist. No need for outside labs or X-rays. Everything can be done in one location.
Lebowitz Dental brings you this advanced dental technology – saving you time and money chairside! Now you can get a beautiful smile in less time than ever. Call today to schedule 602-264-2905.


TMJ Symptoms & Causes

Having problems chewing or moving your jaw? It may due to pain in TMJ area. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are often incorrectly referred to as “TMJ”.  TMJ is the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint.  Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ disorders) are used to describe a variety of problems involved with the muscles and joints around your lower jaw. 

There are two basic types of TMD: myogenous TMD (muscle-generated pain) and arthrogenous TMD (jaw joint-generated pain). 

While it takes a thorough dental examination of your physical jaw – and a comparison to your other symptoms and dental history – to know for sure if you have a TMD disorder, it’s helpful to know the symptoms and causes of them.

TMJ Pain Symptoms

So how do you know if you might have a TMJ disorder? For starters, it’s usually experienced by people 20 to 40 years old. It also usually involves a lot of pain or discomfort and can last for years. Here are some other common symptoms of TMJ:

  • Limited ability to chew, talk or open your mouth wide
  • Pain in your face, jaw or around the ears
  • Jaws that “lock” into place or create a sound when chewing
  • Swelling on one or both sides of your face

There are a variety of other symptoms, from headaches to neck aches and ringing in the ears, so it’s important to keep track of symptoms to tell your dentist during your consultation or examination.

TMJ Pain Causes

Since your temporomandibular joint has a hinged and sliding motion, problems can arise when bones, cartilage and other parts interact with it. Basically, if it can’t move smoothly, something’s wrong and you get pain or the symptoms mentioned above.

Here are some specific causes of TMJ disorders:

  • Grinding or clenching your teeth (usually when you sleep)
  • The soft cushion/disk in your TMJ eroding or dislocating
  • A form of arthritis in the TMJ
  • A blow or damage to your TMJ via an accident

The cause of TMJ is often not clear, so it’s important to get a complete dental examination. If you have any of these symptoms or think you might have some causes in your history, schedule an appointment with Lebowitz Dental today at 602.264.2905.

Here’s some treatment options Lebowitz Dental recommends for you!



Missing Teeth & Your Memory

missing teeth

When’s the last time you paid a visit to your dentist? Don’t remember? That may be because of your missing teeth.

According to a study in the 2012 edition of European Journal of Oral Sciences, losing teeth can actually impair your memory. The study showed that people with one or more missing teeth didn’t perform as well in memory tests as those with a full set of pearly whites.

So why do missing teeth affect your memory, exactly? Here are the top three possible reasons, according to the study:

            •           Nervous system inefficiency – Your teeth are connected to the bone in your jaw through connective fibers (aka “roots”). When you lose a tooth, those fibers retract if you don’t replace it. Each of these fibers adds sensory input to your brain through your nervous system, so each time you lose a tooth and its fibers, it damages your memory.

            •           Lack of proper nutrition – People with missing teeth tend to avoid certain foods – like nuts, fruits and meats – because it’s painful to chew them. Nuts and seeds in particular are known for their “brain-boosting power.” Avoiding these foods can deprive your brain of the vitamins and nutrients it needs.

            •           Reduced chewing ability – Believe it or not, chewing is actually a “workout” for your brain. Chewing increases blood flow to the brain and keeps it active. Just like exercising keeps you healthy, chewing keeps your brain healthy. People with missing teeth tend to chew less, which makes your brain inactive.

The study also showed that replacing teeth can help with all of these issues. While not quite as effective as natural teeth, false teeth like dental implants do improve memory. This is because dental implants fuse to your bone over time, keeping those precious connective fibers intact. Full sets of teeth also obviously improve chewing ability, letting you eat the foods you need for proper nutrition.

By replacing missing teeth and maintaining proper mouth hygiene, you can avoid memory loss. Just don’t forget to schedule your next trip to the dentist!

Call Lebowitz Dental today at 602-264-2905.





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.