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By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
August 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

An innovative technology can help your body grow bone and heal soft tissues when you have periodontal surgery or need a bone graft before you undergo a dental implant procedure. Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel and Dr. Bio-TechnologyDawn Merguerian, your Baltimore, MD dentists at K. Michael Murphy and Associates, explain how you can benefit from growth factor bio-technology.

What is growth factor bio-technology?

Growth factor biology uses platelets and plasma from your own blood to concentrate growth factors essential for soft tissue and bone healing. Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) and Plasma Rich Growth Factor (PRGF) are two common protocols used to accelerate healing and promote bone growth.

How is the growth factor obtained?

The procedure to obtain your growth factor is no more difficult than undergoing a blood test. Several tubes of blood will be drawn from a vein in your arm. The blood is placed in a centrifuge, which concentrates the plasma and platelets. Your plasma contains fibrin, a protein involved in blood clotting that is responsible for initial healing throughout your body, while your concentrated platelets contain more than 10 of your own growth factors.

How can growth factor bio-technology in Baltimore help me?

A strong healthy jawbone is essential for the success of a dental implant. Unfortunately, once when you lose a tooth, the area of bone underneath begins to shrink and weaken. If the bone recedes too much, it won't be able to support your implant. Adding a bone graft builds up the bone and makes it strong enough to anchor an implant. The problem becomes worse the longer a tooth has been missing. Combing bone grafting with growth bio-technology not only helps speed the healing process, but also helps ensure that you grow high quality bone to replace the bone you lost when your tooth was extracted.

Are you interested in learning how growth factor bio-technology can help you? Call Dr. Murphy, Dr. Welzel and Dr. Merguerian, your Baltimore, MD dentists at K. Michael Murphy and Associates, at (410) 235-1233 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Associates
July 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Bonding  

If you’re looking for some good, honest information about the benefits of dental bonding in Baltimore, MD, consider making an appointment with Dr. K. Michael Dental BondingMurphy and Associates, LLC.

Dental bonding is one of the easiest, painless, and frequently done dental procedures available today. Dental bonding is especially effective for fixing problems in your smile such as chipped or discolored teeth, fillings, spacing issues, and cracks. Bonding can even be an option for protecting the roots of teeth that have become exposed due to receding gums.

In fact, most dentists such as Dr. Murphy and his staff will usually want to try less invasive and complicated procedures such as bonding whenever feasible.

In a dental bonding procedure, your Baltimore dentist will use a tooth-colored, easily sculpted resin material to fill cracks or cavities, close small gaps, repair minor teeth, or other such issues. The procedure takes very little time and does not require the dentist to file down, shave, or otherwise drill or remove existing tooth enamel. Bonding is painless; a patient doesn’t need anesthesia unless the dentist is doing something in conjunction with bonding, such as filling a cavity.

However, dental bonding yields the best results for simple procedures. The bonding material is not as strong and therefore doesn’t last as long as a crown or a veneer. We can determine if you will benefit from this procedure, or if you might need a more complex procedure.

In a small percentage of cases, bonding material can actually cause further damage to a tooth; in rare cases it can actually cause a tooth to break. This is why you need to make the decision to undergo dental bonding with the help and insight of a qualified dentist such as Dr. Murphy.

To find out more about the benefits of dental bonding in Baltimore, contact Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Associates, LLC, at 410-235-1233.

What you need to know about periodontal treatment and microscopes

You’ve been told you have periodontal disease and you need periodontal treatment. You’re worried about what’s involved and whether periodontics treatment can help you. You saw a microscope on the counter and wonder what that’s all about. Your dentists at Cosmetic, Implant, & Reconstructive Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland want you to know that the phase contrast microscope is the latest technology in the fight against periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in the plaque that attaches to your teeth. This bacteria starts to destroy the hard and soft tissue in your mouth, causing extensive damage to many areas of your mouth, including the:

  • Gum tissue- also known as gingiva
  • Cementum- the hard uppermost layer on the roots of your teeth
  • Periodontal ligament- the strong ligament holding your teeth in place
  • Alveolar bone- the bone housing your teeth

Your dentists at Cosmetic, Implant, & Reconstructive Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland use the phase contrast microscope to test the bacteria in your mouth, determining the amount and type of bacteria and harmful pathogens which might be present.

Once bacteria have been identified, antibacterial rinses and other medications can be used to control bacteria, the underlying cause of periodontal disease. Antimicrobials help reduce inflammation better than just conventional periodontal therapy alone.

Your dentists at Cosmetic, Implant, & Reconstructive Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland combine this antimicrobial therapy with non-surgical periodontal therapy. This includes scaling and root planing to clean out periodontal pockets and smooth tooth roots.

For more severe cases of periodontal disease that don’t respond to non-surgical therapy, periodontal surgery may be indicated. Periodontal surgery is performed to reposition gum tissue and eliminate periodontal pockets.

You are the most important partner in the fight against periodontal disease. You need to make sure you are eliminating plaque thoroughly by brushing after meals and at bedtime and flossing at least once daily. Electric or sonic toothbrushes can be a helpful addition, as well as floss tools and other devices.

Your dentists at Cosmetic, Implant, & Reconstructive Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland want to help you fight periodontal disease by every means available, including phase contrast microscope technology. When it comes to your health, you deserve the best, so call today and get started on great periodontal health!

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
February 23, 2016
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Discover what smile defects could benefit the most from dental veneers.

Wondering how veneers could help improve your smile? Find out how you could finally gain the perfect set of teeth when you turn to our veneersBaltimore, MD cosmetic dentists Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel and Dr. Dawn Merguerian for veneers.

If you’ve ever worn fake fingernails or at least know how they work, then consider veneers the fake fingernails of the dental world. These thin porcelain shells are custom made to fit perfectly over the front of your teeth to change your smile’s appearance for the better. Usually made from porcelain, veneers are designed to improve the shape, position and even color of your smile.

Better yet, you can get just one veneer to improve a single tooth or you can get a full set to improve the overall look of your smile. A veneer can be used to cover teeth that are chipped, cracked, misshapen or severely discolored. Veneers can also close up small gaps between teeth and even cover teeth that are slightly out of alignment to make your smile appear straighter and more even.

What makes dental veneers such a great option for many patients in Baltimore looking to get cosmetic dentistry is that veneers look natural and realistic. You’ll be able to achieve a healthy looking smile without worrying that your smile will look fake. Also, because veneers are so thin, very little tooth preparation is needed. This makes veneers a better option than dental crowns, which often need an extensive amount of enamel removed before the restoration can be placed.

Once some enamel is removed, we can get to work making a mold of your teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental technician who will start creating your unique set of veneers. Your veneers will also be matched to the color of your teeth so your new smile looks completely natural.

Once your veneers have been created, they are ready to be checked and placed. We will temporary apply them to make sure you are happy with your new smile. Once we have your approval your Baltimore dentist will place a dental resin between the veneers and your teeth and use a special light beam to harden the resin. With a quick polish, your veneered smile is now good to go!

Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, LLC is here to give patients the smile they’ve always dreamed of. Call our Baltimore, MD dental office today to schedule your initial consultation.

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:


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.


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.

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