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By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
March 07, 2019
Category: Dental Implants
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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 12, 2015
Category: Dental Implants
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Until recently, the most common dental solution suggested by dentists for missing teeth was dentures. Modern dental technology has given us better solutions that are more permanent and reliable. If you have missing teeth or teeth that you need to replace, consider a dental implantation procedure. Dental implants from Baltimore cosmetic dentist Dr. K. Michael Murphy can give you a more secure and beautiful smile that will last for a lifetime.

About Dental Implantation
To understand the idea of dental implantation, equate it to gardening carrots. Carrots grow down into the dirt and stay there securely until they're removed. If you were to implant a grown carrot back into the dirt, eventually it would again become incorporated into the ground. Getting a dental implant is much like re-inserting a carrot into the ground and waiting for the ground to "re-accept" and hold it in place. 

The Procedure
The process of getting a dental implant is pretty straightforward. Baltimore cosmetic dentist Dr. K. Michael Murphy inserts a dental appliance (titanium metal screw) into your jawbone that will support a dental restoration (custom-designed crown) and allows it time to heal. A temporary artificial tooth is inserted as a fill-in so that a permanent one can be created in a laboratory. After a few weeks, you must come back into the office to have the permanent restoration attached to the implant.

The Healing Process
You can assist and hasten the healing process of your dental implant by prioritizing good oral care. Commit to twice a day or more brushings, flossing before bed and gargling to remove food particles. Also, be mindful of the food and beverages that you consume. Try a daily health smoothie full of milk and vitamins to help strengthen the bone around your new implant. Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables and antioxidant rich foods to support your immune system.

Set up a Dental Implants Consultation Today
It's time to contact Baltimore cosmetic dentist Dr. K. Michael Murphy for a dental implantation consultation. His practice is committed to solving your dental problems with friendly, caring, quality care. Visit his website at or call (410) 235-1233 to confirm a time with one of Dr. Murphy's friendly staff members.

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
May 07, 2014
Category: Dental Implants
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If you have a missing tooth or are missing several teeth, a dental implant can replace this tooth without the need for alterations of your surrounding teeth. Dr. K. Michael Murphy has offered dental implants in Baltimore for more than 20 years. 
If you have questions or concerns regarding dental implants, Dr. Murphy offers free dental implant consultations so his patients can have their questions answered and learn if dental implants could enhance their smiles.
Dental implants aim to recreate your natural tooth structures. The implant itself is a titanium, screw-like device that Dr. Murphy implants in your jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root. A connecting device called an abutment is placed over the implant. Dr. Murphy will then create a custom crown to replace your missing tooth and attach it over the abutment. For more in-depth information regarding dental implants, you can visit Dr. Murphy’s Baltimore dental practice website pages related to implant dentistry.
Your Dental Implant Questions Answered
 At a dental implant consultation at Dr. Murphy’s Baltimore office, you can ask questions regarding the implant process and if you would be a candidate. Examples of questions Dr. Murphy can answer at your dental implants consultation include:
  • What technology do you use to determine if I’m a candidate for a dental implant?
  • What can I expect a dental implant to look like?
  • What are some of the benefits of dental implants versus traditional tooth replacement methods?
  • How will I know if I’m a candidate for dental implants?
  • What is your success rate for dental implants?
Even if you have experienced significant jawbone loss in an area where you are seeking tooth replacement, Dr. Murphy offers additional treatments that can enhance the likelihood of a dental implant’s success.
If you have ever thought of a dental implant as a potential tooth replacement option for you, scheduling a free, no-obligation dental implant consultation at Dr. Murphy’s Baltimore office can set you on the road to smile an even, full smile again.