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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.

By Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, LLC
February 19, 2015
Category: General
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisible BracesFind out if getting clear braces in Baltimore could give you a more ideal smile.

From your choice in clothes, to your hairstyle, to the evenness of your grin, your appearance says a great deal about you. We often make assumptions about people based on their appearance. While this isn’t altogether fair, one study found that a straighter smile was perceived more positively than a crooked smile.

Roughly two-thirds of Americans say they are more likely to remember appealing features, like a nice smile, than unattractive ones. So what does your smile say about you? Are you looking to get a straighter set of pearly whites without metal mouth? Your Baltimore dentist has the answer.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the clear, discreet way to straighten your teeth without dealing with the metal brackets and wires that traditional braces require. Instead, you put on a set of clear aligners that go over the upper and lower teeth to shift teeth into the proper position.

How do I know if Invisalign is right for me?

Invisalign can treat everything from mild to more severe cases, depending on what your goals are and what you are looking to improve. Invisalign can fix crooked teeth, gaps and overcrowding, bad bites (also referred to as malocclusions) and protruding teeth.

What should I expect when I get Invisalign?

During your consultation, your Baltimore dentist will sit down with you to map out a treatment plan based on your specific goals. From the impressions we take, a lab will fabricate your personalized Invisalign aligners. The number of aligners you wear will depend on the length of your treatment and which issues you are looking to correct.

Once your aligners are ready, we will fit you with the first of your series. You will wear them for about two weeks and then swap them out for the next set in your treatment.

How long will I wear my Invisalign aligners?

This will depend on many factors, including the severity of your case and which teeth need to be shifted. The more hours you wear your aligners each day, the faster your treatment will be. We recommend that you wear them for 20 to 22 hours each day, and only removing them to brush your teeth and eat.

Is Invisalign right for you? The best way to find out is to schedule an orthodontic consultation with your Baltimore dentist at K. Michael Murphy and Associates. Call us to find out more!

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
February 04, 2015
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Porcelain Veneers  

Brand New Smile From Porcelain Veneers

A smile is one of the first features that other people notice. So, what does your smile say about you? While you want a healthy beautiful smile, not everyone is lucky enough to have one naturally. Maybe you are dealing with severe discolorations, or unsightly chips or cracks. While these minor imperfections can keep you from the smile you deserve. Dr. Wyman Martin, your cosmetic dentist, can now recommend a dental treatment that will have you leaving our office with a brand new smile.
 

About Porcelain Veneers

Also known as dental veneers, these thin shells made from porcelain are fitted to the front of your teeth to hide minor problem Porcelain Veneersareas and imperfections. Veneers are ideal for those looking to hide serious stains and discolorations, chips and cracks, crooked or misshapen teeth, and minor overlapping or gaps between teeth. Veneers are also a great option for someone looking to enhance their smile without invasive or complicated dental treatments.
 

Getting Porcelain Veneers

Before applying your veneers Dr. Martin will need to make a little extra room for them so your smile isn’t bulky. This requires us to remove a small amount of natural tooth enamel.  We do want our patients to be aware that once your natural tooth enamel is removed, this procedure is considered irreversible.
Once the tooth preparation is complete, we will match the shade of the veneers to your smile to choose a set that’s right for you. Dr. Martin will have you look over and approve the veneers prior to permanently applying them. Then we will place a specialized cement between the veneers and your natural teeth and shine a light beam over the veneers to harden the cement and adhere the veneers to create a new smile.
 

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

This is a minimally invasive way to improve the overall appearance of your smile. With only minimal tooth prep and no anesthesia you can get an improved set of teeth. Furthermore, since these veneers are made from porcelain, you won’t have to worry about them developing cavities. Veneers are also stain-resistant; however, you may want to keep your smile bright by avoiding certain stain-producing foods and beverages. Veneers also do not require special care, so your brushing and flossing routine won’t have to change. Just treat your veneers the same way you would your natural teeth and you’ll continue to maintain a more beautiful smile.
 
Call our office today to schedule a consultation with The Martin Dental Center for Oral Health and Aesthetics. We would be happy to talk to you about this procedure and find out whether dental veneers are right for you. Don’t continue to be disappointed in your smile. Take the plunge and say yes to a new and improved smile.
By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
January 12, 2015
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: Untagged

Until recently, the most common dental solution suggested by dentists for missing teeth was dentures. Modern dental technology has given us better solutions that are more permanent and reliable. If you have missing teeth or teeth that you need to replace, consider a dental implantation procedure. Dental implants from Baltimore cosmetic dentist Dr. K. Michael Murphy can give you a more secure and beautiful smile that will last for a lifetime.

About Dental Implantation
To understand the idea of dental implantation, equate it to gardening carrots. Carrots grow down into the dirt and stay there securely until they're removed. If you were to implant a grown carrot back into the dirt, eventually it would again become incorporated into the ground. Getting a dental implant is much like re-inserting a carrot into the ground and waiting for the ground to "re-accept" and hold it in place. 

The Procedure
The process of getting a dental implant is pretty straightforward. Baltimore cosmetic dentist Dr. K. Michael Murphy inserts a dental appliance (titanium metal screw) into your jawbone that will support a dental restoration (custom-designed crown) and allows it time to heal. A temporary artificial tooth is inserted as a fill-in so that a permanent one can be created in a laboratory. After a few weeks, you must come back into the office to have the permanent restoration attached to the implant.

The Healing Process
You can assist and hasten the healing process of your dental implant by prioritizing good oral care. Commit to twice a day or more brushings, flossing before bed and gargling to remove food particles. Also, be mindful of the food and beverages that you consume. Try a daily health smoothie full of milk and vitamins to help strengthen the bone around your new implant. Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables and antioxidant rich foods to support your immune system.

Set up a Dental Implants Consultation Today
It's time to contact Baltimore cosmetic dentist Dr. K. Michael Murphy for a dental implantation consultation. His practice is committed to solving your dental problems with friendly, caring, quality care. Visit his website at http://www.baltimoreuptowndentist.com or call (410) 235-1233 to confirm a time with one of Dr. Murphy's friendly staff members.

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
September 09, 2014
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Veneers   Veneers  

If you admire the smiles of celebrities like Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta-Jones, you aren’t alone. But you may be surprised to find out that their smiles are actually the product of their cosmetic dentist. Both of these big-time movie stars (and many others) wear dental veneers that conceal dental imperfections.

At our Baltimore, MD dentist office, we offer dental veneers to give you the same results as top movie stars. Dental veneers are a cosmetic dentistry intervention that involves applying a tooth-colored “shell” to the outside of the teeth to make them appear brighter, less damaged and more even.

Veneers are custom-made to suit your goals for your smile and how white you would like your teeth to appear. You may be a good candidate for veneers if your front upper teeth are crooked, slightly gapped, misshapen, stained or broken.

Many of Dr. Murphy’s Baltimore dentist patients opt for dental veneers because they require minimal changes to your existing teeth, yet offer significant benefits to the wearer. Getting veneers typically takes about three office visits.

The first office visit involves discussing veneers and their application. Dr. Murphy may also “prepare” the teeth for veneers by removing a small portion of the dental enamel. This helps the veneers to sit naturally against the teeth and helps them better adhere to the teeth. Dr. Murphy will take a mold of your teeth, which is sent to a dental laboratory to create your personal veneers.

Before application, veneers look like small, tooth-colored shells. Think of them as a more permanent version of artificial or “press-on” nails. However, unlike false fingernails, dental veneers can last anywhere from 5 to upwards of 20 years. Dr. Murphy bonds them to the teeth using a special cement that ensures the veneers look natural and well-fitting.

While veneers can chip, they do not stain. You can avoid chipping by avoiding using your teeth as “openers” for opening packages or “tearers” in biting your fingernails. You should not have to make any food choice changes beyond avoiding what is already bad for your teeth (such as chewing ice).

In a very short time, veneers can give you the smile you wish you were born with. For more information on dental veneers at the office of Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Associates, please call our Baltimore dentist’s office at (410) 235-1233.





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