Dr. Michael Litvak graduated from Teaneck High School in 1979, and after attending Vanderbilt and Boston Universities received his B.A. in Archeology in 1984. He graduated from the University of Buffalo’s School of Dental Medicine in 1988, completed a General Practice Residency Program from St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospitals in NYC, and then earned his Specialty Certificate in Prosthodontics from NYU. Dr. Litvak also recently completed an implant Fellowship program at NYU. A Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, Dr. Litvak has been involved with organized Prosthodontic groups since his graduation from dental school. These include a fellowship in the American College of Prosthodontics, and the Northeastern Gnathological Society of which he is also a council member. He is also a member of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics and the Academy of Osseointegration. Dr. Livak is also a clinical associate professor in the Advanced Education Programs in Prosthodontics. He has lectured on prosthodontics, aesthetic dentistry, and implants locally and nationally.
Dr. Michael Litvak’s interests outside of Dentistry include his wife Maria and daughter Liana, as well as music, sports (playing tennis at Shelter Rock Tennis Club and golf), and the arts in general.
The procedure to place a dental implant takes 30 to 60 minutes for one implant and only 2 to 3 hours for multiple implants. The number of appointments and time required, vary from patient to patient. The surgeon will bring great precision and attention to the details of your case.
Prior to surgery, you may receive antibiotics and for greater comfort, intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). These options are discussed with you at your consultation appointment. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the dental implant will be placed.
When you are comfortable, the surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the bone, creates space using special instruments, and gently inserts the titanium implant. The top of this implant is often visible through the gum. Sometimes it is better in the early stages of healing to have the implant covered by the gum tissue.