Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, LLC

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Baltimore, MD 21218

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By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
September 17, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Replacements  

Your dental health clock is ticking - don't delay in replacing your missing teeth.

If you're in danger of losing one of your teeth, you're probably not experiencing the same excitement you had as a child when you Dental Implantsnoticed one of your baby teeth was loose. Unlike the teeth we lose in childhood, adult teeth are meant to stay put, and can cause a host of problems when even one of them is missing! K. Michael Murphy and Associates in Baltimore often suggest opting for dental implants to replace missing teeth. So why are dental implants the tooth restoration of choice?

Dental depletion

Many people assume that the aging process necessarily means losing teeth. This is a common misconception; trauma to the teeth or advanced decay are usually the culprits behind loose and missing teeth. Poor dental hygiene over a period of years can cause irreversible decay, while car or sports accidents can cause trauma to the teeth. However, when consulting patients about dental implants, your Baltimore dentist has seen bad habits like smoking or grinding result in the loss of one or more teeth. Occasionally teeth will become loose as a symptom of auto-immune diseases or cancer.

Smile statement

Beautiful, healthy smiles make great first impressions. A full set of healthy teeth also reflects positively on your personal hygiene. Gaps from missing teeth often have an unwanted negative effect; many people take steps to hide their dental problems by holding back a smile or conversation, which can make them seem unapproachable.

Physical predicaments

You might be surprised to learn that even the healthiest of teeth aren't fixed in place. Using the mouth to chew or talk generates movement from the roots of the teeth, which in turn causes the jawbone to strengthen to keep these movements as slight as possible. Without teeth to encourage the growth of the jawbone, however, it weakens. The remaining teeth move more than they should in an attempt to "locate" other teeth to push up against. The facial muscles also droop without a strong jawbone to support them, leading to premature wrinkling and sagging of the skin. It also becomes increasingly difficult to eat certain foods such as meat or raw vegetables, so people with missing teeth may not be getting proper nutrition.

Fortunately, your Baltimore dentist can treat all of these problems before they start with dental implants. If you're missing one of your teeth or several, Drs. K. Michael Murphy, Alexandra Welzel, and Dawn Merguerian have the expertise necessary to restore your smile with dental implants. Renew your smile and your health by contacting one of these dentists in Baltimore today!

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
August 12, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Find out how this imaging machine can improve the accuracy of dental implant placement.

Interested in getting dental implants? Find out how your Baltimore prosthodontists at Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates can offer the Dental Implantsmost accurate and reliable dental implants through the use of Cone Beam CT imaging.

What is 3-D Cone Beam CT imaging?

This special dental X-ray is often employed by your prosthodontist when traditional facial X-rays just aren’t enough to really look at the teeth, nerves, bone and soft tissue of the mouth in just one scan. This CT scan creates 3D images of several different structures and tissues within the mouth in a single scan. The process is quick and completely painless.

Why should I get Cone Beam CT imaging if I’m considering dental implants?

Dental implants can be a great way to replace one or several missing teeth for the long-term. Unfortunately, this treatment isn’t right for everyone. This is where Cone Beam CT scanning comes in. These scans can help your prosthodontist in Baltimore determine if there is enough bone to place a dental implant or whether you’ll need a bone graft beforehand.

This imaging can also help us determine a more precise location for placing an implant. This is particularly important for a patient that requires multiple implants. This data we collect from your scan can then be uploaded onto our computer where our software will help us note the best spots to place your implants.

Aside from assisting in the placement of dental implants, a CT scan can also detect infections and decay and help us find the source of dental pain or other symptoms you are experiencing. These high-quality scans make it easier to diagnose issues and create more effective treatments.

Are you interested in dental implants? Want to take the next step to restoring your smile? Then it’s time to talk to your prosthodontist in Baltimore to learn more. Call Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, LLC.

By Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, LLC
July 10, 2015
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Conebeam Imaging  

More precise medical and dental diagnostic tools produce better patient outcomes. This is the philosophy behind why Dr. K. Michael Murphy and his associate dentists, Andrea Welzel, DMD and Dawn Merguerian, DDS, choose 3D Cone Beam CT Imaging for Flat X-Rays visualizing the teeth, jaw bone and soft tissues of the face and neck for a wealth of information on a patient's oral health.

Advantages over Flat X-rays

Old-style dental x-rays were simply more laborious than modern Cone Beam CT imaging. Patients were repositioned several times to produce a few flat images of the teeth, roots and bone structure. It took time to develop the films, office space to store them and much effort to transfer results to other dentists or specialists.

All that has changed with Cone Beam CT scans. The machine uses a precise, focused and low-dose beam of radiation to produce multiple images in just 24 seconds. The Baltimore dentists can view the individual's:

  • teeth
  • root structure
  • gums
  • soft tissues
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and jaw bone

The National Institutes of Health state that this detailed information allows dentists to assess soft tissue problems such as periodontal infections and abscesses and also view hard tissues from multiple angles. Health care professionals praise 3D Cone Beam CT Imaging because it aids them in making more accurate diagnoses and more detailed treatment plans. Less guess work makes for excellent dental services and increased patient comfort.

Uses of 3D Cone Beam CT Imaging

Before a dental implant procedure, the Baltimore dentists can use Cone Beam Imaging to see if the bone is dense enough and wide enough to accommodate the implant device or if grafting procedures are necessary. Also, he or she can use the imaging system to help guide the implant device into the proper place within the jaw.

Cone Beam Imaging assists dentists with visualizing degenerative processes within the jawbone, jaw joint and the teeth themselves. This technology helps with common wisdom teeth extraction, too.

K. Michael Murphy DDS and Associates

Your dental care is in the hands of experienced, highly trained dentists when you consult Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Associates. In addition to 3D Cone Beam CT Imaging, the doctors deliver an impressive list of modern dental techniques such as:

  • use of microscopes in gum disease therapy
  • CEREC one-day crowns using CAD/CAM technology
  • Growth Factor Bio-technology for implant or periodontal surgery to encourage tissue growth and healing

Get the Best Dental Care

For your best oral and systemic health, get the most advanced dental care in the Baltimore area. Contact Doctors Murphy, Welzel and Merguerian for a one-on-one consultation. Call (410) 235-1233.

By Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, LLC
June 04, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental scientists are always researching new technologies and techniques to provide optimal care to patients. One interesting new development that is now offered by K. Michael Murphy and Associates at their Baltimore office is called 'growth factor bio-technology.' It's a way for prosthodontists to grow bone tissue using your own plasma. The result is a better solution for patients who have periodontal issues, or who need better support for dental implants. Learn more about growth factor bio-technology and how it can help improve your dental health.

What Is Growth Factor Bio-Technology?
Growth factor bio-technology is a method of growing bone tissue from platelets and plasma that come from your own body. In traditional bone grafting procedures, artificial bone tissue is used to strengthen the jawbone, but doctors have found that using tissue sources from the patient may be preferable in many cases. To begin this procedure, your Baltimore prosthodontist places a blood sample in a centrifuge machine so that necessary elements can be removed and utilized. 

How Does this Technology Help Patients?
Human plasma contains a substance called fibrin, which promotes healing in the body. Platelets have what are called “growth factors” that promote the healthy growth of new tissue. When a patient loses bone tissue due to periodontitis or as an effect of having missing teeth for a long period of time, they often need surgery to regenerate and strengthen the bone. Growth factor bio-technology accelerates the growth of bone tissue and results in better bone formation.

Who's a Good Candidate?
Your dentist will do a full exam and medical history to ensure that you’re a candidate for growth factor bio-technology. Generally, you must be in good health to ensure the fast and healthy growth of new bone tissue. Your dentist must also evaluate whether a bone grafting procedure will be successfully for your specific case, whether it’s for periodontal surgery or dental implants.

Call for an Appointment
If you're interested in growth factor bio-technology, call the Baltimore office of K. Michael Murphy and Associates at (410) 235-1233. A qualified prosthodontist will evaluate your case and provide you with all of the information you need in order to proceed.

By Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, LLC
April 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

One of the most common reasons people are embarrassed to speak and eat in public is the poor appearance of their smiles. Cracked teeth, failing restorations, missing one, more or even all their teeth can make people self-conscious and unable to enjoy food and the good oral health that people have.

Why consider dentures?

The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry estimates that more than 30 million people in the United States have or could benefit from Denturesdentures. These are individuals who have lost teeth due to:

  • injury
  • gum disease
  • extensive tooth decay
  • congenital defect

Cosmetic and reconstructive dentists have many ways to treat tooth loss, including conventional (removable) full and partial dentures, immediate dentures (placed right after extractions), and over dentures (supported by implants). All present viable solutions to the problems patients experience when they lose teeth. A quality, well-fitting denture can:

  • stabilize remaining teeth after extraction
  • make speaking and eating easier
  • stop collapse of facial muscles and associated premature wrinkling and aging
  • preserve teeth by spreading out strenuous biting forces which can cause cracking and chipping

The Procedure

A dentist who is experienced in reconstructive procedures and dentures, also called a prosthodontist, is an individual's best resource to decide if dentures are the right treatment. The dentist will take x-rays and use other appropriate imaging to accurately visualize the patient's oral cavity. That being done, and the decision made to proceed with dentures, the doctor will take impressions of the patient's mouth, and a skilled dental lab technician will create a three-dimensional model. The technician will use the model and the dentist's instructions to custom-fabricate the denture out of natural-looking pink and tooth-colored plastic. Some appliances, including partial dentures which are secured to existing teeth by clasps, have a metallic component, too.

Life with Dentures

While dentures are different from natural teeth, they are a great solution to many problems that occur when a person is missing several or all teeth. Facial muscles are supported, giving back a youthful appearance. While it does take some practice to learn chewing and speaking with dentures, people adjust quickly. Patients start out with eating soft foods but then quickly progress to a normal diet.

Dental hygiene and check-ups are very important for the denture wearer. Routinely, they should:

  • Brush or soak dentures with a cleanser approved by the American Dental Association
  • Brush cheeks, remaining teeth, gums, and tongue twice daily with a soft toothbrush to stimulate circulation and remove plaque
  • Visit the dentist twice yearly or as recommended
  • Go to the dentist as needed for adjustments to avoid sore spots

In Baltimore, Maryland, K. Michael Murphy & Associates, LLC are the "go-to" prosthodontists for expert dental restorations. K. Michael Murphy DDS MS, Alexandra T.Welzel DMD FAGD, Dawn Merguerian DDS FAGD, and Adam W. Orgel DDS MS have the highly specialized training and compassionate attitude to help you decide if dentures are the right solution for you. Call their Baltimore, MD office today to set-up a consultation: (410) 235-1233.

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