Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, LLC
Call (410) 235-1233
3900 N. Charles St, #112
Baltimore, MD 21218
Before development of dental implants, removable dentures were the only alternative to Baltimore patients for replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
Dental Implants are titanium cylinders that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. If removable dentures are worn by the patient, the implant roots can receive attachments to anchor the existing or new dentures. An implant can be used to replace a single tooth that is lost, instead of a three tooth fixed bridge that attaches to teeth that have to be crowned on each side of the space.
Most people are candidates for implants. The main requirement is adequate bone for the implant to be placed. When a tooth is lost sometimes much of the supporting bone is gone in several years making it difficult to place an implant without a minor bone grafting procedure. Bone grafting procedures are a routine part of placing implants.
A pretreatment conebeam CAT scan helps to determine if sufficient bone is available.
Certain patients are not candidates for dental implants such as patients that smoke over one pack per day, uncontrolled diabetes, patients on chemotherapy, patients unable to perform routine oral hygiene procedures.
Dental Implants are surgically place using the same type of local anesthesia used to remove a tooth. There is very little risk of infection and antibiotics are not required generally post surgically unless bone grafting has been done. There is usually no post-op pain with the placement of one implant. When three or more implants are placed some minor swelling can be anticipated and some minor discomfort relieved by ibuprofen (Advil). Narcotics are routinely prescribed but rarely used except possibly at bedtime.
The success rate for implants is in the 90-98% range depending on many conditions.
Dr. Murphy has been placing implants for over twenty years and attends continuing education regularly to stay on top of new developments. The addition of new PRGF/PRF growth factor protocols has increased the success rate in more difficult situations.
For your comfort oral or intravenous sedation is available for your implant placement.
All patients are able to return to work the following day. Most patients report that they wish they had done the implants years before. Schedule a consultation to see if dental implants can help you.