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By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
January 12, 2015
Category: Dental Implants
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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.

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
May 07, 2014
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: Dentist  
If you have a missing tooth or are missing several teeth, a dental implant can replace this tooth without the need for alterations of your surrounding teeth. Dr. K. Michael Murphy has offered dental implants in Baltimore for more than 20 years. 
 
If you have questions or concerns regarding dental implants, Dr. Murphy offers free dental implant consultations so his patients can have their questions answered and learn if dental implants could enhance their smiles.
Dental implants aim to recreate your natural tooth structures. The implant itself is a titanium, screw-like device that Dr. Murphy implants in your jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root. A connecting device called an abutment is placed over the implant. Dr. Murphy will then create a custom crown to replace your missing tooth and attach it over the abutment. For more in-depth information regarding dental implants, you can visit Dr. Murphy’s Baltimore dental practice website pages related to implant dentistry.
 
Your Dental Implant Questions Answered
 At a dental implant consultation at Dr. Murphy’s Baltimore office, you can ask questions regarding the implant process and if you would be a candidate. Examples of questions Dr. Murphy can answer at your dental implants consultation include:
  • What technology do you use to determine if I’m a candidate for a dental implant?
  • What can I expect a dental implant to look like?
  • What are some of the benefits of dental implants versus traditional tooth replacement methods?
  • How will I know if I’m a candidate for dental implants?
  • What is your success rate for dental implants?
Even if you have experienced significant jawbone loss in an area where you are seeking tooth replacement, Dr. Murphy offers additional treatments that can enhance the likelihood of a dental implant’s success.
 
If you have ever thought of a dental implant as a potential tooth replacement option for you, scheduling a free, no-obligation dental implant consultation at Dr. Murphy’s Baltimore office can set you on the road to smile an even, full smile again.
By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
April 17, 2014
Category: Implant Surgery
Tags: Baltimore   Dental Implants  
You watch as the dentures fly across the dining table into the mashed potatoes. You laugh hysterically dentureswhen the dog gets ahold of grandma’s chompers. How many times have you seen this kind of scene played up by Hollywood?
 
Denture “incidents,” such as the ones you see on TV, are dramatized and not the reality.  Modern technology has improved the look and fit of dentures and other prosthetic dental placements.
 
However, there are still some people that are looking for something a little more permanent. That’s where dental implants come into the picture. In dentistry, implants take the lead part because the advantages are so—well—advantageous for the patient.
 
Once the screw-like implant finishes attaching to the jawbone, its permanent. For this reason it’s the perfect restorative procedure, but it’s also one that makes patients quite nervous. If it’s permanent, you want it to look perfect.
 
You don’t want to walk out of the dentist office upset with the final outcome. We also don’t want that to happen. To ensure your implant compliments your teeth’s function and esthetic, K. Michael Murphy and Associates offer computer guided implant surgery.
 
What is computer guided implant surgery?
With the assistance of digital imaging, Baltimore dentist, Dr. Murphy and his associates, are able to recreate your smile and determine the best steps for your implant treatment.
 
List of equipment used:
  • Conebeam CT scan – assists in the reconstruction of dental anatomy, and it detects any abnormalities in the jaw, face and teeth.
  • Diagnostic models – a design that will show the exact position of a restoration amongst the natural teeth
  • Cosmetic teeth setups –Along with your digital X-rays and diagnostic models, cosmetic teeth setups are scanned into the 3D software
The 3D software analyzes the information and creates a surgical guide for placing the implants.
 
Advantages of computer guided implant surgery
  • Saves time
  • Precise placement of restoration
  • Improves function of implant and crown surrounding by your natural teeth
  • Lessens any discomfort during the procedure
Do you want to know more about dental implants or computer guided implant surgery? Talk to our prosthodontist in Baltimore at K. Michael Murphy and Associates by calling (410) 235-1233.
By Cosmetic, Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry
February 18, 2014
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dentist  
Here is a fun dental fact about George Washington. Of course, you ought to know who George Washington is. But have you ever heard about his false teeth? For many years people believed his dentures to be made of wood, apparently, that’s not the case. According to anthropologist, Jeffrey Schwartz, and his research team, Washington has at least four sets of dentures, and the one that had been put under the microscope revealed that Washington was sporting dentures made of ivory, gold, lead and human and animal teeth.
 
This mixture of dentures materials might have posed well for the time, but they were kept hidden from the public eye. Many portraits of Washington show him with his head held high and his mouth tightly sealed. Maybe it’s because the dentures weren’t esthetically pleasing.
 
You wouldn’t smile either if you had to wear dentures like that. Luckily, advanced technology and dental materials boost the overall look of dentures, implants, bridges and crowns. In Baltimore, dentures, full and removable partials, are available at K. Michael Murphy and Associates.
 
Do you need consultation for dentures in Baltimore? To schedule for an appointment with our office, call (410) 235-1233. If you have another dental concern, please feel free to check out our services page on the website.




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