Joel F. Levy DDS
Phone: (914) 265-6581
2039 Palmer Ave #101
Larchmont, NY10538

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New York City, NY 10017
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By Joel F. Levy D.D.S.
December 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Are you unhappy with the way your smile looks, particularly due to gaps between your teeth? Cosmetic dentistry is a specialized field in dentistry that primarily aims to improve the appearance of your teeth. However, in most cases, cosmetic changes to your smile can also enhance the function of your teeth, as well your overall confidence in the way that you look and feel. If you are looking for cosmetic dentistry in Larchmont, and New York City, NY, to fix gaps in your smile, consider reaching out to Dr. Joel Levy.

How Does Cosmetic Dentistry Work?

There are many different types of cosmetic dentistry procedures, each with its own benefits depending on what problem you are trying to fix in your smile. If you have gaps between your teeth, cosmetic dentistry in Larchmont and New York City, NY, such as dental bonding, crowns, and veneers may all be options used to restore the seamless look of your smile.

Dental bonding works by having your dentist cover the tooth with a resin that hardens through the use of a UV light. Once the resin is hardened, it can cover the appearance of gaps between your teeth with a similar color and texture to your real teeth.

Dental crowns are another option for closing gaps between your teeth. While most commonly used to cover cracked or chipped teeth, crowns can also be custom-made and fitted over a tooth that is next to a gap in your smile, effectively covering up the gap with a synthetic tooth made of composite material.

Lastly, dental veneers are another solution used in cosmetic dentistry to cover the gap between teeth. Veneers are a thin material that your dentist can apply to the surface of your teeth to hide imperfections, including gaps.

Which Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure Is Right For Me?

Because there are many options to consider when choosing the right cosmetic dentistry procedure to fix the gaps between your teeth, it is important to consult with a cosmetic dentist first to get specific recommendations and treatment options from an expert. If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry in Larchmont, and New York City, NY, call Dr. Levy for a consultation today. Appointments at the Larchmont office can be made by calling (914) 265-6581. For appointments at the NYC office, please call (212) 986-2287.

By Joel F. Levy D.D.S.
November 17, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Today, many people place a lot of importance on appearance, and a person’s smile is a significant component in how people feel they look. Therefore, it is essential to maintain a healthy smile by brushing twice daily, flossing, and visiting the dentist for routine cleanings. Those in Larchmont, NY, wanting a brighter smile can receive teeth whitening services from cosmetic dentistry offices. Dr. Joel Levy has one location for his Laser-Assisted, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry office - Larchmont, NY.

Comprehensive Dental Exam

Before undergoing a teeth whitening treatment, it is best to clean your teeth thoroughly and have a comprehensive dental exam. The exam identifies any tooth decay and cavities that can be repaired before getting whitening treatment. In addition, clean teeth, free of debris, such as plaque and tartar, can help ensure a thorough whitening treatment.

In-Office Whitening Services

There are several methods used to whiten teeth, including both in-office and at-home treatment programs. Those looking for a whitening treatment should consult with a dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry in Larchmont, NY, to learn more about the options available. 

One whitening method used in dental offices involves a hydrogen peroxide solution being applied to your teeth. This process can be done during the same appointment as a routine dental cleaning or a separate appointment. However, depending upon the severity of tooth discoloration, multiple appointments may be needed. 

At-Home Whitening Services

Patients are in control when they use an at-home whitening treatment plan. This type of treatment involves using trays to put the hydrogen peroxide solution in and place it over your teeth. As a result, patients can whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own homes with the assistance of their dentist’s supervision. 

Teeth whitening helps brighten a smile by eliminating staining and creating a more brilliant smile. Dr. Joel Levy at Laser-Assisted, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry in Larchmont, NY, offers patients with various cosmetic dentistry treatments, including teeth whitening. Call to schedule your consultation today at their Larchmont, NY, office at (914) 265-6581.

AsAntetokounmpoKnowsEvenanNBAStarCanBeSidelinedbyaToothache

The NBA's reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo may seem unstoppable, but he proved no match for a troubled tooth. Antetokounmpo, the self-proclaimed “Greek Freak,” missed one of the final three 2020 regular season games for a dental issue that resulted in last-minute oral surgery. According to a Milwaukee Bucks spokesperson, the star underwent “a root-canal like procedure.”

Root canal therapy, often simply called “a root canal,” may be needed when there is an infection inside the tooth. When dental pulp becomes inflamed or infected, excruciating pain can result. Pulp is the soft tissue that fills the inside of the tooth. It is made up of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. During root canal treatment, the pulp is removed, the space inside the tooth is disinfected, it is filled with a special material, and then the hole is sealed up.

A root canal is nothing to fear. It relieves pain by getting rid of infection and is so effective that over 15 million of them are performed in the U.S. each year. This routine procedure generally requires only local anesthetic, and your mouth should be back to normal within a day or two after treatment. Antetokounmpo can attest to that, as he returned to play the next day.

However, delaying root canal treatment when you need it can have serious consequences. If left untreated, an infection inside the tooth continues to spread, and it may move into the gums and jaw and cause other problems in the body. So, how do you know if you may need a root canal? Here are some signs:

Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. One sign of nerve damage inside your tooth is pain that is still there 30 seconds after eating or drinking something hot or cold.

Intense pain when biting down. You may feel pain deep within your tooth, or in your jaw, face or other teeth. The pain may be hard to pinpoint—and even if it improves at times, it usually comes back.

A chipped, cracked or discolored tooth. A chip or crack can allow bacteria to enter the tooth, and the tooth may darken if the tissue inside is damaged.

A pimple on the gum. A bump or pimple on the gum that doesn't go away or keeps coming back may signify that a nearby tooth is infected.

Tender, swollen gums. Swollen gums may indicate an infection inside the tooth or the need for periodontal treatment.

And sometimes there is no pain, but an infection may be discovered during a dental exam.

Tooth pain should never be ignored, so don't put off a dental visit when you have a toothache. In fact, if a bad toothache goes away, it could mean that the nerves inside the tooth have died, but the infection may still be raging. Also, be sure to keep up with your regular dental checkups. We may spot a small problem that can be addressed before it becomes a bigger problem that would require more extensive treatment.

Remember, for dental issues both large and small, we're on your team! If you would like more information about tooth pain, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!” and “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”

By Joel F. Levy D.D.S.
October 09, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   bridgework  
AreImplantsaNo-GoforYouConsiderTheseOtherRestorationOptions

Our primary aim as dentists is to preserve teeth. There are times, however, when preserving a tooth is no longer worth the effort and we must recommend removing it. Fortunately, extracted teeth can be replaced with a functional and attractive restoration.

Today's top tooth-replacement option is the dental implant. Composed of a titanium metal post imbedded into the jawbone, a single dental implant can replace an individual tooth or a series of implants can support other restorations for multiple teeth. Besides being incredibly life-like, dental implants are highly durable and can last for decades.

But dental implants aren't an optimal choice for everyone. Their cost often matches their status as the premier tooth replacement method. And because they require a minimum amount of bone for proper implantation, they're not always feasible for patients with extensive bone loss.

But even if dental implants aren't right for you, and you want a fixed restoration rather than dentures, you still have options. What's more, they've been around for decades!

One is a bonded crown, which works particularly well for a tooth excessively damaged by decay, excessive wear or fractures. After removing all of the damaged portions and shaping the remaining tooth, we cement a life-like crown, custom created for that particular tooth, over the remaining structure.

Besides improving appearance, a crown also protects the tooth and restores its function. One thing to remember, though, is although the crown itself is impervious to disease, the remainder of the natural tooth isn't. It's important then to brush and floss around crowned teeth like any other tooth and see a dentist regularly for cleanings.

Dental bridges are a fixed solution for extracted teeth. It's composed of prosthetic teeth to replace those missing bonded together with supporting crowns on both ends. These crowned teeth are known as abutments, and, depending on how many teeth are being replaced, we may need to increase the number of abutments to support the bridge.

Although durable, crowns or bridges typically don't match the longevity of an implant. And, implants don't require the permanent alteration of support teeth as is necessary with a bridge. But when the choice of implants isn't on the table, these traditional restorations can be an effective dental solution.

If you would like more information on crown or bridge restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By Joel F. Levy D.D.S.
September 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  
DontIgnoreChronicMouthBreathing-ItCouldDisruptJawDevelopment

Although the air we breathe has one destination—the lungs—it can arrive there via two possible routes: through the nose or the mouth. In terms of survival, it matters little through which path air travels—just so it travels one of them!

In terms of health, though, breathing through the nose is more beneficial than through the mouth, and is our default breathing pattern. The nasal passages filter minute noxious particles and allergens. Air passing through these passages also produces nitric oxide, a gaseous substance that relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow.

On the other hand, chronic mouth breathing during childhood can impact oral health. While breathing through the nose, the tongue rests against the roof of the mouth and thus becomes a mold around which the upper jaw and teeth develop. But mouth breathing places the tongue on the lower teeth, which deprives the upper jaw of support and can lead to an abnormal bite.

So why would people breathe through their mouth more than their nose? Simply put, it's more comfortable to do so. Because breathing is so critical for life, the body takes the path of least resistance to get air to the lungs. If obstructions caused by allergic reactions or swollen tonsils or adenoids are blocking the nasal pathway, the action moves to the mouth.

But chronic mouth breathing can often be treated, especially if addressed in early childhood. This may require the services of an ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT) and possible surgical intervention to correct anatomical obstructions. It's also prudent to have an orthodontist evaluate the bite and institute corrective interventions if it appears a child's jaw development is off-track.

Even after correcting obstructions, though, it may still be difficult for a child to overcome mouth breathing because the body has become habituated to breathing that way. They may need orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT), which retrains the muscles in the face and mouth to breathe through the nose.

Chronic mouth breathing isn't something to be ignored. Early intervention could prevent future oral and dental problems and help the person regain the overall health benefits for nose breathing.

If you would like more information on overcoming chronic mouth breathing, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Trouble With Mouth Breathing.”





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