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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.

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.

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