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By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
October 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether you have lost many or all of your teeth, you may have noticed certaindentures everyday activities like eating or chewing become more difficult and less effective. Additionally, many people with gaps in their smile feel ashamed of their teeth and feel a blow to their confidence. Luckily, losing your teeth doesn’t have to mean losing your smile. With help from your Baltimore, MD dentists--Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel and Dr. Dawn Merguerian--you can look and feel great with dentures.

Types of Dentures Available in Baltimore
For those missing all of their teeth, a set of full dentures can replace all of the teeth on an arch and restore the ability to speak, eat and chew. For patients only missing a few of their teeth with healthy remaining natural teeth, dentists may recommend partial dentures. This type of denture fits over the healthy teeth and uses them as an anchor to stay securely in place. Immediate dentures greatly benefit those who require extraction surgery prior to wearing their dentures. Patients wear immediate dentures directly following their extraction procedure and the denture helps protect the extraction sites while they heal. Implant-supported dentures utilize dental implant technology to stay in place. Strategically placed throughout the mouth, the implants serve as a clasp to hold the denture in place.

What can dentures do for me? 
Dentures do more than just replace your missing teeth. They also provide the proper biting surface for eating and chewing, allowing you to eat nutritious foods you may not have been able to chew before. Additionally, dentures fill in your gaps, filling in your smile and boosting your self-esteem to give you the confidence you were missing.

Your dentist is your best source for finding out more about dentures, which type is best for you, and what you need to do to get the process started. For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Murphy, Dr. Welzel and Dr. Merguerian in Baltimore, MD. Call (410) 235-1233 to schedule your appointment today!

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
August 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

An innovative technology can help your body grow bone and heal soft tissues when you have periodontal surgery or need a bone graft before you undergo a dental implant procedure. Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel and Dr. Bio-TechnologyDawn Merguerian, your Baltimore, MD dentists at K. Michael Murphy and Associates, explain how you can benefit from growth factor bio-technology.

What is growth factor bio-technology?

Growth factor biology uses platelets and plasma from your own blood to concentrate growth factors essential for soft tissue and bone healing. Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) and Plasma Rich Growth Factor (PRGF) are two common protocols used to accelerate healing and promote bone growth.

How is the growth factor obtained?

The procedure to obtain your growth factor is no more difficult than undergoing a blood test. Several tubes of blood will be drawn from a vein in your arm. The blood is placed in a centrifuge, which concentrates the plasma and platelets. Your plasma contains fibrin, a protein involved in blood clotting that is responsible for initial healing throughout your body, while your concentrated platelets contain more than 10 of your own growth factors.

How can growth factor bio-technology in Baltimore help me?

A strong healthy jawbone is essential for the success of a dental implant. Unfortunately, once when you lose a tooth, the area of bone underneath begins to shrink and weaken. If the bone recedes too much, it won't be able to support your implant. Adding a bone graft builds up the bone and makes it strong enough to anchor an implant. The problem becomes worse the longer a tooth has been missing. Combing bone grafting with growth bio-technology not only helps speed the healing process, but also helps ensure that you grow high quality bone to replace the bone you lost when your tooth was extracted.

Are you interested in learning how growth factor bio-technology can help you? Call Dr. Murphy, Dr. Welzel and Dr. Merguerian, your Baltimore, MD dentists at K. Michael Murphy and Associates, at (410) 235-1233 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Associates
July 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Bonding  

If you’re looking for some good, honest information about the benefits of dental bonding in Baltimore, MD, consider making an appointment with Dr. K. Michael Dental BondingMurphy and Associates, LLC.

Dental bonding is one of the easiest, painless, and frequently done dental procedures available today. Dental bonding is especially effective for fixing problems in your smile such as chipped or discolored teeth, fillings, spacing issues, and cracks. Bonding can even be an option for protecting the roots of teeth that have become exposed due to receding gums.

In fact, most dentists such as Dr. Murphy and his staff will usually want to try less invasive and complicated procedures such as bonding whenever feasible.

In a dental bonding procedure, your Baltimore dentist will use a tooth-colored, easily sculpted resin material to fill cracks or cavities, close small gaps, repair minor teeth, or other such issues. The procedure takes very little time and does not require the dentist to file down, shave, or otherwise drill or remove existing tooth enamel. Bonding is painless; a patient doesn’t need anesthesia unless the dentist is doing something in conjunction with bonding, such as filling a cavity.

However, dental bonding yields the best results for simple procedures. The bonding material is not as strong and therefore doesn’t last as long as a crown or a veneer. We can determine if you will benefit from this procedure, or if you might need a more complex procedure.

In a small percentage of cases, bonding material can actually cause further damage to a tooth; in rare cases it can actually cause a tooth to break. This is why you need to make the decision to undergo dental bonding with the help and insight of a qualified dentist such as Dr. Murphy.

To find out more about the benefits of dental bonding in Baltimore, contact Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Associates, LLC, at 410-235-1233.

What you need to know about periodontal treatment and microscopes

You’ve been told you have periodontal disease and you need periodontal treatment. You’re worried about what’s involved and whether periodontics treatment can help you. You saw a microscope on the counter and wonder what that’s all about. Your dentists at Cosmetic, Implant, & Reconstructive Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland want you to know that the phase contrast microscope is the latest technology in the fight against periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in the plaque that attaches to your teeth. This bacteria starts to destroy the hard and soft tissue in your mouth, causing extensive damage to many areas of your mouth, including the:

  • Gum tissue- also known as gingiva
  • Cementum- the hard uppermost layer on the roots of your teeth
  • Periodontal ligament- the strong ligament holding your teeth in place
  • Alveolar bone- the bone housing your teeth

Your dentists at Cosmetic, Implant, & Reconstructive Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland use the phase contrast microscope to test the bacteria in your mouth, determining the amount and type of bacteria and harmful pathogens which might be present.

Once bacteria have been identified, antibacterial rinses and other medications can be used to control bacteria, the underlying cause of periodontal disease. Antimicrobials help reduce inflammation better than just conventional periodontal therapy alone.

Your dentists at Cosmetic, Implant, & Reconstructive Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland combine this antimicrobial therapy with non-surgical periodontal therapy. This includes scaling and root planing to clean out periodontal pockets and smooth tooth roots.

For more severe cases of periodontal disease that don’t respond to non-surgical therapy, periodontal surgery may be indicated. Periodontal surgery is performed to reposition gum tissue and eliminate periodontal pockets.

You are the most important partner in the fight against periodontal disease. You need to make sure you are eliminating plaque thoroughly by brushing after meals and at bedtime and flossing at least once daily. Electric or sonic toothbrushes can be a helpful addition, as well as floss tools and other devices.

Your dentists at Cosmetic, Implant, & Reconstructive Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland want to help you fight periodontal disease by every means available, including phase contrast microscope technology. When it comes to your health, you deserve the best, so call today and get started on great periodontal health!

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
February 23, 2016
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Discover what smile defects could benefit the most from dental veneers.

Wondering how veneers could help improve your smile? Find out how you could finally gain the perfect set of teeth when you turn to our veneersBaltimore, MD cosmetic dentists Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel and Dr. Dawn Merguerian for veneers.

If you’ve ever worn fake fingernails or at least know how they work, then consider veneers the fake fingernails of the dental world. These thin porcelain shells are custom made to fit perfectly over the front of your teeth to change your smile’s appearance for the better. Usually made from porcelain, veneers are designed to improve the shape, position and even color of your smile.

Better yet, you can get just one veneer to improve a single tooth or you can get a full set to improve the overall look of your smile. A veneer can be used to cover teeth that are chipped, cracked, misshapen or severely discolored. Veneers can also close up small gaps between teeth and even cover teeth that are slightly out of alignment to make your smile appear straighter and more even.

What makes dental veneers such a great option for many patients in Baltimore looking to get cosmetic dentistry is that veneers look natural and realistic. You’ll be able to achieve a healthy looking smile without worrying that your smile will look fake. Also, because veneers are so thin, very little tooth preparation is needed. This makes veneers a better option than dental crowns, which often need an extensive amount of enamel removed before the restoration can be placed.

Once some enamel is removed, we can get to work making a mold of your teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental technician who will start creating your unique set of veneers. Your veneers will also be matched to the color of your teeth so your new smile looks completely natural.

Once your veneers have been created, they are ready to be checked and placed. We will temporary apply them to make sure you are happy with your new smile. Once we have your approval your Baltimore dentist will place a dental resin between the veneers and your teeth and use a special light beam to harden the resin. With a quick polish, your veneered smile is now good to go!

Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, LLC is here to give patients the smile they’ve always dreamed of. Call our Baltimore, MD dental office today to schedule your initial consultation.

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