Astoria Dentist Explains What you Should Know about Gum Disease

Gum Disease is More Common than You Think

Nearly 80 percent of adults in the United States have some form of gum disease, from gingivitis to severe periodontitis. While certain risk factors may make you more susceptible to periodontal infection, anyone can get gum disease. Aside from poor oral hygiene, other health aspects like hormonal changes, pregnancy, and diabetes can make you more vulnerable to periodontal disease.

Bleeding Gums is Not Normal

One of the most common signs of gum disease is bleeding gums, especially during brushing. Gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease, is also characterized by deep red or purple gum tissue, inflamed gums, or chronic bad breath. As gum disease progresses, the symptoms become more severe and more difficult to treat.

Untreated Gum Disease May Lead to Tooth Loss

Periodontal disease symptoms include a receding gum line. Gingival tissue shrinks away from the tooth root because of an infection between the gums and tooth, called a periodontal pocket. Plaque and bacteria build up in these periodontal pockets causing a greater separation between the tooth and gums, eventually causing the tooth to become unstable in its socket. Because gum disease destroys  connective tissue, periodontitis, the severe stage of this condition, is the main cause of adult tooth loss in the United States.

Gum Disease is Highly Treatable

From the early stages of gingivitis, to severe periodontitis, gum disease treatment can be highly effective. Routine dental cleanings and consistently thorough oral hygiene habits can keep gum disease at bay. Deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, removes gingival infection so that the gum tissue can heal and reattach to the tooth root. (more…)

Astoria Cosmetic Dentist Answers Porcelain Veneers FAQs

What are porcelain veneers?

Your Astoria dentist, Dr. Leibowitz uses porcelain veneers as a method of improving the appearance of your smile by correcting the color, shape, or spacing of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain which are custom-fabricated by an expert ceramist in a dental lab.

How durable are porcelain veneers?

Unlike some other dental restorations, veneers are shaped from hard porcelain instead of molded from a liquid. This method makes porcelain veneers able to stand up to everyday tooth function. Because dental veneers are less porous than teeth that have damaged enamel, and smoother than the composite resin used in dental bonding, veneers can even resist staining. With proper oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings from our Astoria dentist, your veneers can last for decades.

How are veneers attached to my teeth?

Dental bonding that is hardened by a curing light allows porcelain veneers to attach to the front side of your tooth with minimal preparation. Veneers are much more minimally invasive than bulky porcelain crowns and conserve more tooth structure.

How long will veneer placement take?

Your smile makeover will be complete in as little as two office visits. At your first appointment with our Astoria cosmetic dentist, we will discuss your options for completing a smile makeover. After determining your candidacy based on your oral health and facial structure, Dr. Leibowitz will take an impression of your smile so that the veneers can be fabricated to fit optimally to your teeth. Color matching is also an important part of the porcelain veneer process so that your cosmetic restorations will blend seamlessly with your smile. At your second appointment, our Astoria dentist will place the thin porcelain shells individually over each tooth. After a quick polishing, your smile makeover will be complete. (more…)

Get to Know Your Astoria Dentist

Meet Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS

A New York native, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz grew up in the Flushing area of Queens. Dr. Leibowitz has been practicing dentistry in the Astoria area for over two decades. During that time, he has earned the trust of Astoria residents as a compassionate dentist, offering quality dental services. Since receiving his dental degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 1987, he has focused on providing comprehensive family dentistry services in a caring environment. With such a personal approach to dentistry, Dr. Leibowitz has many loyal patients, including those who travel from upstate New York, New Jersey, and eastern Long Island for our exceptional dental care.

Our Caring Dental Professionals in Astoria

At our dental office in Astoria, our office manager, Veronica keeps the atmosphere friendly and changing with the seasons, as she usually decorates with the theme of each upcoming holiday. With her warm and sincere personality, Veronica can help you and your family feel at ease at your dental appointment with Dr. Leibowitz. While you wait, you can enjoy free WiFi and coffee, and when your  hygiene appointment is done, you leave with a goodie bag with toothbrushes and toothpaste trials.

Our Relaxing Astoria Dental Practice

Our intimate dental practice can help you and your family feel truly welcomed and important. For your convenience, we are located within walking distance from the “N” and “R” trains. For patients who prefer to drive, we also have street parking just outside of the office. We understand that investing in our patients is an important part of offering superior dental services. At our dental office in Astoria, we believe in going the extra mile to help you feel comfortable. (more…)

Welcome to our Leibowitz Dental News Blog

Astoria dentist, Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS welcomes you to our newest endeavor for offering comprehensive dental care: a blog for all of your oral health needs.

Increase Your Dental Knowledge

We make patient education a priority at our friendly dental office in Astoria. We believe patients who are more informed about their dental health can make better decisions for treatment, maintenance, and oral hygiene. Our goal is to use this blog as a resource for helping you understand more about the dentistry services and treatments at our Astoria dental office that can give you optimal oral health. This blog can also serve as a communication for what’s new with our family dentistry practice and more.

Your Astoria Dentist Answers Common Dental Health Questions

In addition to offering you relevant, factual, and interesting information about your dental care and your oral health, we hope that this blog will help our current patients, as well as our future patients feel more at ease with our Astoria dental team. Over the next few months, our blog pages will be answering questions like:

  • Who is a candidate for porcelain veneers?
  • Why are dental checkups important?
  • How can I help my kids prevent cavities?
  • Are root canals painful?
  • How can I whiten my teeth?
  • What is a dental implant?
  • How should I handle a dental emergency?

Information from Your Astoria Family Dentist

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Family Friendly Dental Care

See Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz for a compassionate and comprehensive dental exam. You can schedule an appointment with our Astoria dental office at (718) 728-8320, or visit us online at leibowitzdental.com.