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By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
January 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Know exactly what to expect when you get dentures from your Baltimore dentist.

Millions of Americans are dealing with tooth loss. Our Baltimore dentists Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra T. Welzel and Dr. DawnDentures Merguerian will do everything possible to help return your smile back to a healthy state. This means replacing your missing teeth and preserving as much of your smile as possible. Those with complete tooth loss may be weighing the pros and cons of getting dentures. Find out what to expect when you opt to get dentures in Baltimore, MD.

What are dentures?

These oral prosthetics are designed to look just like natural teeth and can be a great option for those looking to replace all of their missing teeth. But it is important to note that while dentures are made to look like teeth they will not function the same way as healthy, natural teeth.

Dentures are made from plastic and sit on top of the gums. While not attached to the gums they can be held in place with denture adhesives.

What should I expect when getting my dentures?

It can take several weeks for a lab to make your dentures and you’ll have to go through multiple appointments before you actually leave with your brand new set of teeth. Here are some important things to note about dentures that will hopefully make your new transition a bit easier:

Eating

Because dentures can never really replace the durability and function of teeth you’ll find that it will take a few weeks to get used to chewing with your dentures. Even once you retrain your mouth you may find that certain foods still pose a challenge.

Speaking

One of the major reasons patients opt for dentures is that it gives them the confidence to smile in public without worrying about a toothless smile. But it’s important to note that your dentures may come loose or make noise while you are talking. If you are finding it difficult to get used to your dentures consult with your Baltimore, MD cosmetic dentist about ways to help make the transition to living with dentures a bit easier.

Your jawbone

Since your natural teeth are gone the tooth roots are no longer stimulating the jawbone. Without this stimulation from your tooth roots, your jawbone will start to lose density and shrink. Because of this, you may find that your dentures won’t fit as well as they once did. Therefore, you’ll need to replace your dentures every few years in order to maintain the proper fit.

Take charge of your tooth loss today by scheduling a consultation with our Baltimore, MD cosmetic dentists. Let the experts at K. Michael Murphy and Associates restore your smile and determine if dentures are right for you.

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
October 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Fear of dental work is a real and pressing concern for many patients. When the fear of treatment becomes greater than the fear of developing problems, you may find yourself unwilling to seek care at all. Sedation dentistry is the solution to this overwhelming anxiety.

Sedation is accomplished with medications of varying strength that put you into a relaxed state for your dental visit, allowing you to Sedation Dentistryreceive the treatment you need without the trauma you fear.

Who should visit a sedation dentist?

Many patients seek out sedation dentists for their regular dental needs, including fillings, root canals, cosmetic restorations, routine cleanings, and more. Reasons include:

  • Generalized anxiety
  • History of traumatic dental experiences
  • Strong gag reflex
  • Difficulty feeling numb with local anesthesia
  • Fear of needles
  • Extremely sensitive teeth
  • Extensive restorations

 

What will my visit be like?

Your dentist will choose from medications of varying strength to help you relax. Light sedation is usually accomplished with nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”. Conscious sedation is slightly deeper and may be accomplished with nitrous oxide or IV medications. These are the most popular options for routine dental work. Deep sedation, in which the patient is completely unaware of their surroundings, is used for more involved surgical procedures.

Regardless of the type of sedation you receive, it’s likely that you won’t have a clear memory of the details of your visit. This means you’ll leave the office with healthier teeth, and no painful or panic-inducing memories.

Is it safe?

Sedation is a common procedure that is safe for most patients. Our dentists are always prepared to treat you promptly in case of an emergency, but the vast majority of patients have a pleasant and uneventful visit. Your Baltimore sedation dentists at K. Michael Murphy and Associates are experienced in administering these medications appropriately.

Baltimore Sedation Dentist

If you’re looking for a sedation dentist in Baltimore to offer you a more relaxed experience, call (410) 235-1233 today. Our skilled and compassionate dentists will listen to your concerns and make sure you get the safe, peaceful treatment you need.

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.





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