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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
October 05, 2017
Category: Oral Health Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea   oral appliance  

Like most people, you may think that your dentist only deals with repairing cavities,sleep apnea teeth cleanings, and other common dental issues. However, most dentists also specialize in other conditions more related to the jaw and neck than the teeth themselves. Sleep apnea, which can be potentially life-threatening, can be a scary diagnosis to receive. Luckily, your dentist can help you manage your sleep apnea with non-invasive dental appliances. Learn more about sleep apnea with Dr. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel, and Dr. Stephen Levy at Baltimore Uptown Dentist in Baltimore, MD.

What is sleep apnea? 
Sleep apnea is a condition affecting a patient’s breathing while they sleep. Though breathing is normal during awake hours, sleep apnea causes apneas, or pauses in breathing, during sleeping hours. The apneas occur due to one of three types of sleep apnea: obtrusive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea (CSA), or a mixture of both, called mixed sleep apnea. OSA the more common version of this condition and occurs when an obtrusion blocks the airway. CSA occurs when the brain and lungs fail to communicate, causing apneas. Mixed sleep apnea occurs when a patient suffers from both OSA and CSA.

How can my dentist help with my sleep apnea? 
While the most common treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine worn while sleeping, it is not the only treatment. In more mild cases, your dentist may suggest a more conservative treatment called a dental appliance. Worn while sleeping, the appliance fits into the mouth and pulls the bottom jaw forward, eliminating the obstruction of the airway and allowing the patient to breathe normally.

Sleep Apnea Treatments in Baltimore, MD
Dental appliances come in all shapes and sizes. Your dentist is your best source of information for which style appliance will best work for your needs. If left untreated, sleep apnea can be a potentially life-threatening condition. If you notice that you snore excessively, wake during the night gasping or choking, suffer from insomnia, or awake feeling like you barely got any sleep at all, you should ask your dentist about sleep apnea and its treatments.

For more information on sleep apnea, please contact Dr. Murphy, Dr. Welzel, and Dr. Levy at Baltimore Uptown Dentist in Baltimore, MD. Call (410) 235-1233 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
December 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health Care
Tags: Dentures  

Find out which dentures is the right one to restore your missing teeth.

Dentures have been around for many centuries now and even today they provide many patients new smiles after tooth loss. While there are so many options now for replacing missing teeth, dentures offer a simple and inexpensive approach to treating tooth loss. If you’re interested in getting dentures from our Baltimore, MD dentists--Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel  --find out which one might be right for you.

Dentures are removable dental prosthetics that are designed to take the place of teeth. There are two different kinds of dentures to choose from in Baltimore: complete and partial. As you may already have guessed, complete dentures are recommended for patients dealing with complete tooth loss, while those only needing to replace some of their teeth can turn to partial dentures to do the trick.

When it comes to getting complete dentures you also have choices. You can choose to have dentures immediately or you can choose to have traditional dentures. If teeth need to be extracted the mouth will need time to properly heal before conventional dentures are placed (usually about eight to twelve weeks after the teeth have been extracted). However, immediate dentures can be placed over the gums as they heal.

Of course, as gums and bone shrink during the healing process immediate dentures will need to be refitted often to accommodate the changes occurring in your mouth. This makes them a less popular option. However, immediate dentures are usually just a temporary solution to replacing missing teeth until your mouth has fully healed and traditional dentures can be made.

Whether you have questions about dentures or you want to schedule a consultation to find out if dentures are right for you, the dental team at Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates in Baltimore, MD is always here and ready to help.