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By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
February 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants offer the only complete tooth replacement option available. Dr. K. dental implantsMichael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Wetzel and Dr. Stephen Levy, your Baltimore, MD, dentists at K. Michael Murphy and Associates, share information about the implant process.

What are implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that look like screws. They replace your tooth roots and are designed to fuse to your jawbone during a process called osseointegration. Once your implant is fully fused in the jawbone, your Baltimore dentist connects a crown to the top of it. Implants offer several unique benefits. They offer excellent biting power, feel just like the tooth you lost and may prevent jawbone loss that can occur after tooth extraction,

The first step

Your dentist will take X-rays of your mouth to ensure that your jawbone is deep enough to support a dental implant. If it's been a while since you lost your tooth, the jawbone underneath may have started to shrink. Fortunately, a bone graft can restore depth. Although adding a graft is a crucial step if you lack sufficient jawbone depth, it may lengthen the implant process.

The implant process starts when a small hole is drilled in your jawbone. Before the procedure begins, you'll be given local anesthetic to ensure that you don't feel any pain.

Your dentist will place the implant in the opening and covers it with gum tissue. During the next three to six months, the implant will gradually bond to the bone.

The second step

When osseointegration is complete, your dentist will open the gum covering your implant and add an abutment to the top of it. The abutment is a tiny post that supports the dental crown. You won't receive a new crown immediately, as it will take a few weeks for your gums to heal.

The third and fourth steps

During the third step of the process, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth. A dental laboratory will use the impression to create your new crown. Two or three weeks later, you'll receive the permanent crown and the implant process will be complete.

Restore your smile with dental implants. Call Dr. Murphy, Dr. Wetzel and Dr. Levy, your Baltimore, MD, dentists at K. Michael Murphy and Associates, at (410) 235-1233 to schedule your appointment.

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
December 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health Care
Tags: Dentures  

Find out which dentures is the right one to restore your missing teeth.

Dentures have been around for many centuries now and even today they provide many patients new smiles after tooth loss. While there are so many options now for replacing missing teeth, dentures offer a simple and inexpensive approach to treating tooth loss. If you’re interested in getting dentures from our Baltimore, MD dentists--Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel  --find out which one might be right for you.

Dentures are removable dental prosthetics that are designed to take the place of teeth. There are two different kinds of dentures to choose from in Baltimore: complete and partial. As you may already have guessed, complete dentures are recommended for patients dealing with complete tooth loss, while those only needing to replace some of their teeth can turn to partial dentures to do the trick.

When it comes to getting complete dentures you also have choices. You can choose to have dentures immediately or you can choose to have traditional dentures. If teeth need to be extracted the mouth will need time to properly heal before conventional dentures are placed (usually about eight to twelve weeks after the teeth have been extracted). However, immediate dentures can be placed over the gums as they heal.

Of course, as gums and bone shrink during the healing process immediate dentures will need to be refitted often to accommodate the changes occurring in your mouth. This makes them a less popular option. However, immediate dentures are usually just a temporary solution to replacing missing teeth until your mouth has fully healed and traditional dentures can be made.

Whether you have questions about dentures or you want to schedule a consultation to find out if dentures are right for you, the dental team at Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates in Baltimore, MD is always here and ready to help.

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
October 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether you have lost many or all of your teeth, you may have noticed certaindentures everyday activities like eating or chewing become more difficult and less effective. Additionally, many people with gaps in their smile feel ashamed of their teeth and feel a blow to their confidence. Luckily, losing your teeth doesn’t have to mean losing your smile. With help from your Baltimore, MD dentists--Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel and Dr. Dawn Merguerian--you can look and feel great with dentures.

Types of Dentures Available in Baltimore
For those missing all of their teeth, a set of full dentures can replace all of the teeth on an arch and restore the ability to speak, eat and chew. For patients only missing a few of their teeth with healthy remaining natural teeth, dentists may recommend partial dentures. This type of denture fits over the healthy teeth and uses them as an anchor to stay securely in place. Immediate dentures greatly benefit those who require extraction surgery prior to wearing their dentures. Patients wear immediate dentures directly following their extraction procedure and the denture helps protect the extraction sites while they heal. Implant-supported dentures utilize dental implant technology to stay in place. Strategically placed throughout the mouth, the implants serve as a clasp to hold the denture in place.

What can dentures do for me? 
Dentures do more than just replace your missing teeth. They also provide the proper biting surface for eating and chewing, allowing you to eat nutritious foods you may not have been able to chew before. Additionally, dentures fill in your gaps, filling in your smile and boosting your self-esteem to give you the confidence you were missing.

Your dentist is your best source for finding out more about dentures, which type is best for you, and what you need to do to get the process started. For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Murphy, Dr. Welzel and Dr. Merguerian in Baltimore, MD. Call (410) 235-1233 to schedule your appointment today!

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.

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