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By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
June 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Not so long ago, getting a crown involved two dental appointments. Thanks to dental crownsCEREC, an innovative new restoration technology, you can receive your crown in just one visit. Our Baltimore, MD, cosmetic dentists, Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Wetzel and Dr. Stephen Levy of K. Michael Murphy and Associates, explain how the CEREC process works.

No more waiting

Porcelain crowns are made in a dental laboratory, while CEREC crowns are milled in our Baltimore office. If you choose a porcelain crown, it will take about two weeks for the lab to complete your restoration. When you choose a CEREC crown, you'll only wait about 15 minutes for your crown to emerge from the milling machine.

Temporary crowns are unnecessary

After your tooth is reduced in size in preparation for your new crown, you'll have to wear a temporary crown if you will be receiving a porcelain crown. Although it's possible to chew with a temporary crown, you'll have to avoid hard foods that can break the crown or sticky foods that can dislodge it. Because you'll receive your crown shortly after your tooth is prepared, you'll never have to wear a temporary crown when you opt for the CEREC process.

CEREC crowns use 3D technology

No matter what type of crown you choose, we'll need to make an impression of your mouth. If your new crown will be made of porcelain, the impression will be created using a soft putty. Some people find the putty impression process a little uncomfortable, particularly if they're prone to gagging. The CEREC process uses digital images instead of putty. After a picture of your mouth is taken with a digital camera, it's converted into a 3D image, which is used to design your CEREC crown. After the design is complete, we'll press a button and your new crown will be sent to our in-office milling machine. In just a few minutes, the machine will create the crown from a block of ceramic or resin.

Would you like to find out if a CEREC crown is a good choice for you? Call Baltimore, MD, cosmetic dentists Dr. Murphy, Dr. Wetzel and Dr. Levy of K. Michael Murphy and Associates at (410) 235-1233 to schedule an appointment.

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
May 04, 2017
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

For those with obstructive sleep apnea, you may wake up from sleep without actually getting any quality sleep. This sleep disorder obstructs the airway due to excess tissue causing the airway muscles to collapse and relax during sleep. This causes the patient to stop breathing periodically throughout the night. Our Baltimore, Maryland dentists from Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Associates can evaluate each patient and suggest treatment options for their sleep apnea.

Treating Sleep Apnea

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include waking up suddenly gasping for air, daytime fatigue, loud snoring, and restlessness. When an apnea occurs, it signals the person to wake up allowing them to restart their normal breathing. If someone wakes up at least 30 times, they are diagnosed with sleep apnea disorder.

This disorder must be diagnosed and treated by professional. Thanks to the help of our Baltimore, Maryland dentists from Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Associates, we can do just that for patients of all ages. Oral therapy is the best way to treat most cases of sleep apnea. They work best for mild to moderate cases. They reposition the tongue and lower jaw forward to allow the airway to stay open during sleep.

For more severe cases, the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is used. This uses a nosepiece or mask to supply the patient with constant air. These masks come in a variety of sizes and styles to fit every patient right. If a patient cannot tolerate the CPAP, they are treated with an oral appliance instead.

Obstructive sleep apnea is not something that you should have to deal with. Our Baltimore, Maryland dentists from Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Associates can help you get the sleep you deserve once more. To schedule an informative consultation, call our office today at 410-235-1233 to learn about treatment options for your sleep apnea.

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
February 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants offer the only complete tooth replacement option available. Dr. K. dental implantsMichael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Wetzel and Dr. Stephen Levy, your Baltimore, MD, dentists at K. Michael Murphy and Associates, share information about the implant process.

What are implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that look like screws. They replace your tooth roots and are designed to fuse to your jawbone during a process called osseointegration. Once your implant is fully fused in the jawbone, your Baltimore dentist connects a crown to the top of it. Implants offer several unique benefits. They offer excellent biting power, feel just like the tooth you lost and may prevent jawbone loss that can occur after tooth extraction,

The first step

Your dentist will take X-rays of your mouth to ensure that your jawbone is deep enough to support a dental implant. If it's been a while since you lost your tooth, the jawbone underneath may have started to shrink. Fortunately, a bone graft can restore depth. Although adding a graft is a crucial step if you lack sufficient jawbone depth, it may lengthen the implant process.

The implant process starts when a small hole is drilled in your jawbone. Before the procedure begins, you'll be given local anesthetic to ensure that you don't feel any pain.

Your dentist will place the implant in the opening and covers it with gum tissue. During the next three to six months, the implant will gradually bond to the bone.

The second step

When osseointegration is complete, your dentist will open the gum covering your implant and add an abutment to the top of it. The abutment is a tiny post that supports the dental crown. You won't receive a new crown immediately, as it will take a few weeks for your gums to heal.

The third and fourth steps

During the third step of the process, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth. A dental laboratory will use the impression to create your new crown. Two or three weeks later, you'll receive the permanent crown and the implant process will be complete.

Restore your smile with dental implants. Call Dr. Murphy, Dr. Wetzel and Dr. Levy, your Baltimore, MD, dentists at K. Michael Murphy and Associates, at (410) 235-1233 to schedule your appointment.

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
December 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health Care
Tags: Dentures  

Find out which dentures is the right one to restore your missing teeth.

Dentures have been around for many centuries now and even today they provide many patients new smiles after tooth loss. While there are so many options now for replacing missing teeth, dentures offer a simple and inexpensive approach to treating tooth loss. If you’re interested in getting dentures from our Baltimore, MD dentists--Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel  --find out which one might be right for you.

Dentures are removable dental prosthetics that are designed to take the place of teeth. There are two different kinds of dentures to choose from in Baltimore: complete and partial. As you may already have guessed, complete dentures are recommended for patients dealing with complete tooth loss, while those only needing to replace some of their teeth can turn to partial dentures to do the trick.

When it comes to getting complete dentures you also have choices. You can choose to have dentures immediately or you can choose to have traditional dentures. If teeth need to be extracted the mouth will need time to properly heal before conventional dentures are placed (usually about eight to twelve weeks after the teeth have been extracted). However, immediate dentures can be placed over the gums as they heal.

Of course, as gums and bone shrink during the healing process immediate dentures will need to be refitted often to accommodate the changes occurring in your mouth. This makes them a less popular option. However, immediate dentures are usually just a temporary solution to replacing missing teeth until your mouth has fully healed and traditional dentures can be made.

Whether you have questions about dentures or you want to schedule a consultation to find out if dentures are right for you, the dental team at Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates in Baltimore, MD is always here and ready to help.

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!

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