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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.

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
August 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

InvisalignWhen hard metal or ceramic braces are simply out of the question, Invisalign may be the next best choice for fixing your crooked or gap-toothed smile. Learn what these clear aligning “braces” can do for you so that you can start this orthodontic treatment as soon as possible with a dentist at Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates in Baltimore, MD.

What Invisalign Can Do for You
With Invisalign, you will see a better smile without having to sacrifice its appearance for two to three years of wearing permanent, silver-tinted braces. You get the convenience of not having to be stuck wearing hard metal supports on your teeth that can scratch and tear at the soft tissues in your mouth. Instead, you’ll have a removable, lightweight tray that is clear and comfortable to wear. Only your naturally white teeth are visible when you smile while wearing an Invisalign tray.

Invisalign: Your Responsibility
Because Invisalign aligners are removable, there may be a temptation to take them out frequently and set them aside during the day. It is your responsibility to wear each aligner tray for the minimum number of hours requested by your Baltimore dentist every day if you want to see positive results. You must also take care of your oral health by brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly to avoid dental or gum disease. Though aligners are recommended for adults, a treatment called Invisalign for Teens is also available. It is designed to help older teens stay committed to wearing their trays for the minimum of 20 to 22 hours per day.

Benefits of a Straighter Smile
Americans believe that people who have straighter teeth are more attractive and perceived as more successful in life. These were the findings of a smile survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Perception can be very powerful. You'll also benefit from cleaner teeth and fresher breath when your smile is finally evenly aligned, as crowded teeth are often more difficult to floss and brush.

Fix Your Smile 
Have your crooked or gapped teeth treated with Invisalign braces so that you can finally smile boldly and feel confident about your appearance every day. Call (410) 235-1233 today to schedule a dentist appointment at the Baltimore, MD office of Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel, and Dr. Stephen Levy.

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
July 17, 2018
Category: Oral Health Care
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Need advice from your Baltimore, MD, dentist?oral hygiene

Dental hygiene is essential for your oral health. Dentists can give you tips on how to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent serious dental issues.

Here are some tips your Baltimore dentists advise you do to maintain dental care:

  • Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums over time
  • Flossing at least once before bed will remove food debris
  • Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea
  • Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, at least, while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas

There are several procedures you may need if you don't take care of your teeth:

  • Root canal therapy: A dental restoration needed when someone has an infected or inflamed tooth that needs to be cleaned, disinfected, and sealed
  • Crowns: These are dental caps that fit over weak and/or unsightly teeth to improve your smile and reinforce teeth that are weak.
  • Dental implants: Another restorative procedure that replaces your tooth root with a titanium post when you've suffered from tooth loss.
  • Veneers: These porcelain restorations are similar to crowns but they are cemented on the surface of teeth to hide unappealing issues like crack, dents, and yellowed teeth.
  • Bridges: This restoration is similar to dental implants but it doesn't replace a tooth root, just the gap left from losing a tooth.

If you have any questions, or concerns, about good oral hygiene habits and taking care of your dental restorations, just call your dentists at Baltimore Uptown Dentist in Baltimore, MD, today!

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
April 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Fillings  

Having a tooth filled is a process most people have gone through at least once. fillingsHowever, if you had a tooth filled in the past, you may have a dark filling visible when you laugh or speak. Tooth-colored fillings, now available at your dentist’s office, allow you to restore your damaged or decayed teeth discreetly and without compromising the appearance of your smile. Find out more about tooth-colored fillings, what they are, and how they can benefit you with Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel, and Dr. Stephen Levy at Baltimore Uptown Dentist in Baltimore, MD.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings give your dentist the opportunity to restore your decayed tooth with composite resin materials which match your surrounding natural teeth. The process takes only minutes and almost always lasts less than an hour. Your dentist will remove the decayed parts of a tooth, then fill them back in with the resin material. Afterward, careful shaping with a dental drill and various bits allows your tooth to fit back into your smile’s bite correctly.

How can tooth-colored fillings benefit my smile?

Before tooth-colored fillings, restoring your decay-damaged teeth required that your dentist use darkly-colored materials like metal or amalgam to fill in the missing area of the tooth left behind by decay. This would cause a dark spot in the tooth, visible when patients would laugh or speak. Tooth-colored fillings eliminate this problem with the ability to be color-matched to the surrounding teeth, blending into the smile.

Do I need a filling?

As decay moves through a tooth, it eats away at the tooth’s enamel, leaving behind a hole, or cavity. Dentists remove this delayed portion of the tooth, which leaves behind a large piece of missing enamel, requiring filling materials to restore the tooth’s shape. If you have a cavity, chances are your dentist will fill it with a tooth-colored filling. Decay which has reached a tooth’s inner pulp chamber and infected the tooth’s nerve and soft tissue will require a more complex procedure called a root canal to clean the decay from inside the tooth.

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Baltimore, MD

Fillings are one of the most common dental procedures and most dentists perform several of them every day. If you think you could benefit from a tooth-colored filling, please contact Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel, and Dr. Stephen Levy at Baltimore Uptown Dentist in Baltimore, MD. Call (410) 235-1233 to schedule your appointment for a filling with your dentist today!





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