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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:

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!





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