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By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
August 08, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

For those with badly shaped, stained or crooked teeth, veneers may be theVeneers answer. At K. Michael Murphy and Associates in Baltimore, MD, we improve teeth by covering their imperfections. These thin pieces of porcelain can change the color or shape of the teeth instantly.

About Veneers in Baltimore

Veneers are commonly used on uneven surfaces or unevenly spaced, crooked, chipped or discolored teeth. Little or no anesthesia is needed. They have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding and resist stains. They are made by a dental lab tech that works with a model provided by a dentist. They are irreversible as it is necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from the teeth to accommodate the veneers.

Veneers can mask defects such as injury, discolored fillings or other unsightly things. Patients with gaps in between their front teeth or those with worn or chipped teeth are great candidates for this cosmetic dentistry procedure. The veneer process requires a few appointments. First, diagnosis and treatment planning takes place, next preparation and lastly the bonding process. The teeth are lightly buffed in order to add the thickness of the veneer itself. A mold is taken of the teeth, which is sent to a lab to create the veneers.

During the bonding visit, the veneers are placed on the surface of the teeth. The fit and shade/color are checked too. A special cement is used with a laser to harden the material. A two-week adjustment period follows. After this period of time, a follow-up appointment occurs to make sure you are satisfied with your veneers.

To learn more about veneers in Baltimore, MD, schedule an appointment at our dental office by calling 410-235-1233 today.

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 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 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.
By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
September 09, 2014
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Veneers   Veneers  

If you admire the smiles of celebrities like Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta-Jones, you aren’t alone. But you may be surprised to find out that their smiles are actually the product of their cosmetic dentist. Both of these big-time movie stars (and many others) wear dental veneers that conceal dental imperfections.

At our Baltimore, MD dentist office, we offer dental veneers to give you the same results as top movie stars. Dental veneers are a cosmetic dentistry intervention that involves applying a tooth-colored “shell” to the outside of the teeth to make them appear brighter, less damaged and more even.

Veneers are custom-made to suit your goals for your smile and how white you would like your teeth to appear. You may be a good candidate for veneers if your front upper teeth are crooked, slightly gapped, misshapen, stained or broken.

Many of Dr. Murphy’s Baltimore dentist patients opt for dental veneers because they require minimal changes to your existing teeth, yet offer significant benefits to the wearer. Getting veneers typically takes about three office visits.

The first office visit involves discussing veneers and their application. Dr. Murphy may also “prepare” the teeth for veneers by removing a small portion of the dental enamel. This helps the veneers to sit naturally against the teeth and helps them better adhere to the teeth. Dr. Murphy will take a mold of your teeth, which is sent to a dental laboratory to create your personal veneers.

Before application, veneers look like small, tooth-colored shells. Think of them as a more permanent version of artificial or “press-on” nails. However, unlike false fingernails, dental veneers can last anywhere from 5 to upwards of 20 years. Dr. Murphy bonds them to the teeth using a special cement that ensures the veneers look natural and well-fitting.

While veneers can chip, they do not stain. You can avoid chipping by avoiding using your teeth as “openers” for opening packages or “tearers” in biting your fingernails. You should not have to make any food choice changes beyond avoiding what is already bad for your teeth (such as chewing ice).

In a very short time, veneers can give you the smile you wish you were born with. For more information on dental veneers at the office of Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Associates, please call our Baltimore dentist’s office at (410) 235-1233.