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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
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!

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
February 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you miss your old smile? After tooth loss, it may seem like things will never bedentures the same again. Fortunately, dentures can help restore your missing teeth and boost your self-confidence. Baltimore, MD, dentists Drs. K. Michael Murphy, Alexandra Welzel and Stephen Levy of K. Michael Murphy and Associates discuss denture options you'll want to consider.

Full dentures

Full dentures consist of a row of teeth attached to a pink base that resembles your gum tissue. The removable dentures rest against your gums and are held in place by suction and dental adhesive. Thanks to digital 3D impressions of your mouth, dentures fit better than ever today. The 3D technology allows a more precise fit, which prevents slipping and gum irritation. You'll receive full dentures after your mouth has healed completely following tooth extraction.

Immediate dentures

There's no need to wait for your mouth to heal when you wear immediate dentures. You receive the dentures as soon as your teeth are extracted in our Baltimore office. Prior to your extraction, an impression of your mouth will be made and sent to the prosthodontist who will create your dentures. Immediate dentures ease the transition to denture wear and enhance your appearance. Immediate dentures are often used as a temporary restoration. Once full healing takes place, they may be replaced with full dentures.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are an excellent solution if you've lost several teeth in a row. The removable dentures feature hooks that attach over teeth on either side of the gap.

Implant-supported dentures

Implant-supported dentures are the latest denture option. If you choose this type of restoration, small titanium posts will be placed in openings in your jawbone. The titanium implants bond to your bone, providing an exceptionally stable foundation for your dentures. Implant-supported dentures are connected to the implants via a metal framework. Although you may be replacing all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, you may only need as few as four implants per arch to anchor your dentures. Both removable and fixed implant-supported dentures are available. Implant-supported dentures are very comfortable, and unlike full or immediate dentures, don't reduce your biting power.

Restore your smile with dentures! Call Baltimore, MD, dentists Drs. K. Michael Murphy, Alexandra Welzel and Stephen Levy of K. Michael Murphy and Associates at (410) 235-1233 to schedule your appointment.

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
December 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

If your tooth is painful, cracked and discolored, you know it needs attention. Yet,root canal you worry about what friends say about root canal therapy. Well, rest assured that Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates in Baltimore, MD perform comfortable root canals that cure infection, quell pain and preserve healthy tooth structure. Learn the signs you may need a root canal treatment and how your dentist performs it.

Your tooth is in trouble

If you exhibit the following oral symptoms, the health of your tooth is compromised and requires immediate attention:

  • Bad breath
  • Bad-tasting drainage
  • Throbbing toothache
  • Extreme dental sensitivity to temperature and pressure
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Visible chip or crack
  • Jaw swelling
  • Fever
  • Redness and/or a pimple at the gum line

Be sure to contact your dentist right away because your tooth likely requires immediate restoration.

So what is root canal therapy?

The American Association of Endodontists, dentists who specialize in root canal therapy, says that 15 million of these highly successful procedures save injured, infected or deeply decayed teeth annually. The principle is simple: remove the infected and injured interior tooth pulp and fill the tooth with an inert sealant called gutta percha. After it heals, place a porcelain crown over the tooth.

Could a root canal be that simple? Our dentists say that yes, it usually is. These experienced dentists evaluate their potential root canal patient with visual inspection of the tooth and with digital X-ray imaging. If a tooth is sufficiently intact, root canal therapy is a great option, sparing a damaged tooth from extraction and the many consequences associated with missing teeth (smile gaps, bone recession, poor chewing and more).

The procedure

In a two- to three-visit procedure, your dentist will numb the tooth, drill an access hole and carefully remove the compromised interior pulp. This pulp contains blood vessels, connective tissue and nerves that are unnecessary to adult dental function.

Also, the dentist uses tiny metal files to debride the one to four canals inside the tooth roots. He or she instills antibiotics and fills the chambers with gutta percha. After a week or so, you return to Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, and your doctor will cover your tooth with a beautifully lifelike crown. With routine dental hygiene at home and every visiting our officie six months for professional teeth cleanings, your restored tooth should last for the rest of your life.

Please contact us in Baltimore

Don't wait if you're concerned about a tooth. Give it the second chance it deserves. Contact Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates in Baltimore, MD right away. Quality, comfortable and compassionate care is their specialty. Call (410) 235-1233.