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By Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, LLC
May 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth loss  

People with missing teeth experience various negative effects. These effects are physical as well as emotional. Fortunately, dental implants can help you restore your smile and oral health. If you need dental implants and live in Baltimore, MD, Dr. K. Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Wezel, and Dr. Joel Danziger can help you with all your dental needs.

At Baltimore Uptown Dentist, our experienced and friendly staff can help you achieve a brighter, healthier smile. Read on to learn about the negative effects of tooth loss and why you should consider dental implants.

Your Appearance

Missing teeth negatively affect your appearance. It makes you feel less confident, unwilling to show your smile to the world. It may even cause you to avoid social situations because you feel unattractive.

Jawbone Loss

Missing teeth cause jawbone loss. Teeth help to support and stimulate the jawbone. When you have missing teeth, your jawbone is no longer supported and begins to deteriorate. As a result, the skin around your mouth may begin to sag, making you look older.

Shifting Teeth

When you have missing teeth, your other teeth shift toward the gap. They become crooked. Since your teeth are crooked, it becomes more challenging to chew your food. It becomes more difficult to speak as well. Missing teeth cause you to struggle to pronounce certain words correctly. Not only are you embarrassed because of your missing teeth, but you're also embarrassed because of the way you talk.

Gum Disease

If your teeth have been missing for a long time, you have a higher risk of developing gum disease. This is because the space where your tooth used to be is vulnerable to bacteria. Periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease, often leads to more tooth loss, bone loss, and the destruction of your entire jaw.

Treatment for Missing Teeth

Dental implants are a smart choice if you live in Baltimore. These artificial tooth roots are shaped liked screws and are attached to your jawbone so that they bond with your bone. Dental implants serve as a permanent foundation for artificial teeth known as called crowns.

They're comfortable and improve your appearance as well as your speech. They make it easier to eat and last for many years. With proper care, some dental implants can last for the rest of your life. Unlike dentures, they don't require adhesives because you never need to remove them.

If you would like to have dental implants and live in Baltimore, schedule an appointment with Dr. K. Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Wezel or Dr. Joel Danziger. Our experienced dentists can help you determine if dental implants are right for you. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 410-235-1233.

By Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, LLC
June 11, 2019
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: Dentist   Dental Implants  

Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Baltimore, MD dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
 

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
 

Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?

The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
 

Who Can Get Dental Implants?

Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
 

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.


Contact your Baltimore, MD Dentist

Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Baltimore, MD dentist to schedule an appointment.

 
By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
March 07, 2019
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants are the only dental restorations that are designed to be completelyImplant permanent, so if you have a missing tooth, an implant can completely remake your smile with no hassle. Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Dr. Alexandra Welzel, your dentists in Baltimore, Maryland, offer dental implants to their patients. Read on to learn how these amazing implements are used to completely restore your smile.

Anatomy of a Dental Implant

Dental implants are made up of three separate parts - the post, abutment, and crown. Both the post and the abutment are made of a lightweight yet durable metal that has a very low incidence of allergic reaction, making them an excellent choice for a permanent dental restoration. The crown, the artificial tooth, is made from a high-quality ceramic called porcelain, which is carefully shined, painted, and shaped to the exact specifications of your Baltimore, MA, dentist.

Placement of the Post

The installation of the implant's post is a fairly quick process, which many of our Baltimore, MA, patients compare to a cavity filling in terms of time in the dental chair. Dr. Murphy and Dr. Welzel will make a small indentation in your jawbone where the implant will go; the post is then positioned and you're all finished! Most people do not experience any downtime or lingering discomfort associated with post placement.

Finishing the Restoration

Like the other bones in your body, your jawbone naturally regenerates itself. It will grow around the post over a period of four to six months, at which time your dentist will take X-rays and determine if you're ready for the rest of your dental implant. This includes the abutment, a very tiny segment of metal that will connect the post to the crown. Once everything has been attached, you can care for your dental implant just like the rest of your teeth - no adjustments, removal, or replacements are required.

If you're missing a tooth or several teeth, and are ready to experience a renewed smile with dental implants, contact your Baltimore Uptown Dentists, Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Dr. Alexandra Welzel in Baltimore, MA, at (410) 235-1233 for a consultation today!

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
January 17, 2019
Tags: Sleep Apnea   Sleep Problems  

Sleep ApneaIf you are dealing with obstructive sleep apnea find out how our dentists can help.

If you just found out that your daytime exhaustion and brain fog are due to a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea you may be doing your research to find out ways to manage your symptoms. If so, our Baltimore dentists Dr. Michael Murphy and Dr. Alexandra Welzel may be able to provide you with a simple solution to help you sleep more soundly.

How can a dentist help you sleep better?

Yes, we know the idea of turning to a dentist to handle a sleep disorder may sound a bit odd, but it’s really not when you think about it. After all, obstructive sleep apnea occurs when tissue in the back of the throat collapses, causing an obstruction in the airways that makes it difficult to breathe throughout the night. The goal of sleep apnea treatment is to prevent obstructions in the airways while you are asleep. So, now it may be a bit more obvious that our family dentists in Baltimore have the expertise to address this issue.

How will my dentist treat sleep apnea?

The solution our dentists offer for managing sleep apnea symptoms is a simple oral appliance. This custom-made device sits over the upper and lower teeth and works either by shifting the jaws forward or suppressing the tongue, which both help to keep the airways open and free of obstruction. This device only needs to be worn at night while you are sleeping.

Who is an ideal candidate for oral appliance therapy?

In order to determine if this treatment is right for you, you’ll come to our office for a full consultation. The severity of your sleep apnea is a major factor in determining your candidacy. In most cases, oral appliance therapy is ideal for those with minor sleep apnea symptoms; however, if you have moderate-to-severe sleep apnea this doesn’t mean that oral appliance therapy can’t provide you with some form of relief.

In fact, this device can often be used in conjunction with CPAP therapy to better manage your symptoms. If CPAP therapy alone isn’t giving you the quality sleep you deserve, then it might be time to talk to our qualified dental professional about whether oral appliance therapy is right for you.

If you are dealing with sleep apnea in Baltimore and are interested in finding out whether oral appliance therapy is right for you then call Baltimore Uptown Dentist today to schedule a consultation.

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
October 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal   Toothache  

ToothacheIf you have ever had a decaying tooth, you are well aware of just how uncomfortable the condition can be. However, there is a dental procedure which can repair your damaged tooth, cure the ache, and restore your tooth’s natural structure. A root canal can alleviate your tooth pain and ensure that your tooth functions for many years to come. Learn more about root canals and what they can do for you by reading below, and if you think that the procedure might be right for you, call Dr. Michael Murphy and Dr. Alexandra Welzelof Baltimore Uptown Dentist today!

What Is a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy is a dental procedure which clears decayed or damaged soft tissue and nerves from within a tooth’s hard outer enamel shell. The process takes about an hour and requires a local anesthetic to numb the area of the tooth.

How Does a Root Canal Work?

Your dentist creates a small access hole in the crown of the tooth and uses specialized instruments to remove its inner contents. With the decayed or damaged tissue gone, your dentist scrubs the inside of the tooth clean to ensure that no infection remains. They then fill the tooth using composite resin materials to restore the tooth’s natural structure both above and below the gum line. In most cases, your dentist will suggest a dental crown placed over the compromised tooth to ensure that it stands up against everyday use without taking additional damage.

Root Canal Therapy in Baltimore, MD

If you have a broken/damaged tooth or a toothache, you may benefit from a root canal. For more information on root canal therapy or what it can do for you, please contact Dr. Michael Murphy and Dr. Alexandra Welzel of Baltimore Uptown Dentist today. Just call (410) 235-1233 to schedule your appointment.





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