He acquired his DDS dental degree at McGill University in 1986, graduating at the top of his class and receiving “Top Honors in the Clinical Disciplines”. He also received the Alpha Omega Award as the highest ranking student at the University and several other honors. He then furthered his education with a one-year residency at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, then spent three years in the world renown prosthodontics specialty program at the University of Washington, earning his certificate and Master’s Degree in 1990.
He has published numerous articles in professional journals, and has lectured extensively at meetings across the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Libman serves as an Affiliate Professor in the Restorative Department of the University of Washington Dental School, where he teaches graduate-level prosthodontic students.
Dr. Libman’s #1 goal is to provide the highest quality restorative dental care available. He does not run a “high production” practice. He devotes more than the usual amount of time to each patient and procedure; preferring to control the process rather than delegate it to others. Dr. Libman’s patients experience a personal approach specially tailored to their situation and needs.
Because of his artistic inclination and eye for cosmetics, Dr. Libman did his own technical work for several years, which allowed him to master his skills a dentist artist. His teaching involvement with the University of Washington and with several study clubs and professional meetings keeps him current on the latest science and technology. This means his patients can be confident they’ll receive the latest in proven treatment standards, plus the highest quality results. One more reason that respected Northwest Dentists refer their patients to Dr. Libman.
Dr. Libman and his staff are dedicated to providing every patient with the utmost in comfortable care. He encourages patients to speak openly about any concerns or questions, so he can put them at ease and determine the right approach for their particular situation. Patients are offered coffee, juices, herbal teas, pillows, blankets and headphones. Some patients enjoy relaxing and watching movies or television shows on a computer screen while in the dental chair. Nitrous oxide sedation is also available.
Dr. Libman was named “Top Prosthodontist” by his professional peers in every “Top Dentist” issue of Seattle Magazine and Seattle Metropolitan magazine.
Teeth tend to darken with age, largely from normal consumption of food and beverages. Coffee and red wine are notorious for staining teeth over time, and worn teeth tend to absorb stains even faster. It’s no secret that yellowed teeth make a person look older, and whitening them has the reverse effect. A very safe and effective method of lightening and brightening involves the use of thin unobtrusive plastic trays to hold a professional strength bleaching gel against the teeth. This is done for about a half-hour a day for 1 to 2 weeks and in most cases the results are remarkable.
Old silver amalgam fillings tend to darken over time, and can develop cracks or gaps. If replacement is necessary, many patients are choosing a tooth-colored material to blend invisibly for a brighter, cleaner looking smile. Depending on the situation, composite or porcelain fillings are both durable and beautiful; the best of both worlds.
Cosmetic bonding is a simple way to correct isolated defects, chips and wear; even fill gaps or spaces. The term “bonding” refers to the use of composite resin materials which have the ability to bond with, and add to existing tooth structure. These resins are available in various shades and translucencies to match your natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers can dramatically improve the color, shape, size, spacing and positioning of your teeth. As these photos show, they can provide a dramatic improvement in many smiles. Because veneer facings are very thin, they can be applied with minimal removal of your existing tooth structure. These state-of-the-art porcelain materials are long-lasting and look exactly like the healthiest natural teeth. These cosmetic makeovers of the smile often prove to be life-changing. Dr. Libman is a university certified specialist in rebuilding teeth and enhancing the smile, and has had extensive training and experience in this area.
Crowns or “caps” are custom-fabricated to cover the whole tooth. They are appropriate for teeth that are worn, broken down, weakened by large fillings or need changes to shape and color for improved function or appearance. Depending on the situation, or your preference, crowns can be crafted from gold, porcelain fused to gold, or new, super-high-strength porcelains. The beauty and longevity of crowns is completely dependent on the treatment planning, skills and craftsmanship of the dentist, along with an in-depth understanding of the appropriate techniques and materials. Drawing on his extensive specialty training in crown treatments, Dr. Libman works closely with a team of high quality “Master Dental Technicians” to insure the highest quality results.
Bridges can fill gaps where more than one tooth is involved, or when adjacent teeth can also benefit from improvement. Bridges also work well when there isn’t sufficient bone foundation for an implant. Fashioned from porcelain, or porcelain fused to gold, bridges fill gaps which impair eating and the beauty of a full set of teeth. The beauty and longevity of bridges is completely dependent on the treatment planning, skills and craftsmanship of the dentist, along with an in-depth understanding of the appropriate techniques and materials. Drawing on his extensive specialty training in bridge treatments, Dr. Libman works closely with a team of high quality “Master Dental Technicians” to insure the highest quality results.
Prosthodontists receive extensive training in creating comfortable, natural looking, custom-fitting dentures. “Discount” dentures often cause chronic irritation, mouth sores, impaired eating and speech. Whether a complete denture or partial denture, high quality fabrication offers many benefits to the millions who wear them. Dentures can also be anchored to implants for additional stability and comfort. . Drawing on his extensive specialty training in denture treatments, Dr. Libman works closely with the highest quality “Master Denture Technician” to insure the highest quality results.
Dental implants are anchors for custom-made tooth replacements, embedded in your jaw like the roots of natural teeth. Dental implants became an alternative to dentures or bridges when scientific researchers discovered that bone tissue will form a strong, lasting bond with titanium. Implants are a permanent addition to your mouth: easy to care for, thoroughly comfortable for eating and talking, and aesthetically like natural teeth. Today there are patients who have been successfully wearing implant supported teeth for as long as 40 years.
If complex treatment is required, a comprehensive approach is necessary to replace missing teeth and restore severely worn, damaged or unsightly teeth. Severe deterioration of the teeth can lead to compromised function, loss of facial support and harmony of the smile. As a university trained specialist in this area, Dr. Libman is best qualified to manage these complex treatments.