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By Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, LLC
June 11, 2019
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: Dentist   Dental Implants  

Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Baltimore, MD dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
 

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
 

Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?

The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
 

Who Can Get Dental Implants?

Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
 

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.


Contact your Baltimore, MD Dentist

Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Baltimore, MD dentist to schedule an appointment.

 
By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
March 07, 2019
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: Dental Implants  

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
February 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants offer the only complete tooth replacement option available. Dr. K. dental implantsMichael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Wetzel and Dr. Stephen Levy, your Baltimore, MD, dentists at K. Michael Murphy and Associates, share information about the implant process.

What are implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that look like screws. They replace your tooth roots and are designed to fuse to your jawbone during a process called osseointegration. Once your implant is fully fused in the jawbone, your Baltimore dentist connects a crown to the top of it. Implants offer several unique benefits. They offer excellent biting power, feel just like the tooth you lost and may prevent jawbone loss that can occur after tooth extraction,

The first step

Your dentist will take X-rays of your mouth to ensure that your jawbone is deep enough to support a dental implant. If it's been a while since you lost your tooth, the jawbone underneath may have started to shrink. Fortunately, a bone graft can restore depth. Although adding a graft is a crucial step if you lack sufficient jawbone depth, it may lengthen the implant process.

The implant process starts when a small hole is drilled in your jawbone. Before the procedure begins, you'll be given local anesthetic to ensure that you don't feel any pain.

Your dentist will place the implant in the opening and covers it with gum tissue. During the next three to six months, the implant will gradually bond to the bone.

The second step

When osseointegration is complete, your dentist will open the gum covering your implant and add an abutment to the top of it. The abutment is a tiny post that supports the dental crown. You won't receive a new crown immediately, as it will take a few weeks for your gums to heal.

The third and fourth steps

During the third step of the process, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth. A dental laboratory will use the impression to create your new crown. Two or three weeks later, you'll receive the permanent crown and the implant process will be complete.

Restore your smile with dental implants. Call Dr. Murphy, Dr. Wetzel and Dr. Levy, your Baltimore, MD, dentists at K. Michael Murphy and Associates, at (410) 235-1233 to schedule your appointment.

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
August 12, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Find out how this imaging machine can improve the accuracy of dental implant placement.

Interested in getting dental implants? Find out how your Baltimore prosthodontists at Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates can offer the Dental Implantsmost accurate and reliable dental implants through the use of Cone Beam CT imaging.

What is 3-D Cone Beam CT imaging?

This special dental X-ray is often employed by your prosthodontist when traditional facial X-rays just aren’t enough to really look at the teeth, nerves, bone and soft tissue of the mouth in just one scan. This CT scan creates 3D images of several different structures and tissues within the mouth in a single scan. The process is quick and completely painless.

Why should I get Cone Beam CT imaging if I’m considering dental implants?

Dental implants can be a great way to replace one or several missing teeth for the long-term. Unfortunately, this treatment isn’t right for everyone. This is where Cone Beam CT scanning comes in. These scans can help your prosthodontist in Baltimore determine if there is enough bone to place a dental implant or whether you’ll need a bone graft beforehand.

This imaging can also help us determine a more precise location for placing an implant. This is particularly important for a patient that requires multiple implants. This data we collect from your scan can then be uploaded onto our computer where our software will help us note the best spots to place your implants.

Aside from assisting in the placement of dental implants, a CT scan can also detect infections and decay and help us find the source of dental pain or other symptoms you are experiencing. These high-quality scans make it easier to diagnose issues and create more effective treatments.

Are you interested in dental implants? Want to take the next step to restoring your smile? Then it’s time to talk to your prosthodontist in Baltimore to learn more. Call Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, LLC.

By K. Michael Murphy and Associates
April 17, 2014
Category: Implant Surgery
Tags: Baltimore   Dental Implants  
You watch as the dentures fly across the dining table into the mashed potatoes. You laugh hysterically dentureswhen the dog gets ahold of grandma’s chompers. How many times have you seen this kind of scene played up by Hollywood?
 
Denture “incidents,” such as the ones you see on TV, are dramatized and not the reality.  Modern technology has improved the look and fit of dentures and other prosthetic dental placements.
 
However, there are still some people that are looking for something a little more permanent. That’s where dental implants come into the picture. In dentistry, implants take the lead part because the advantages are so—well—advantageous for the patient.
 
Once the screw-like implant finishes attaching to the jawbone, its permanent. For this reason it’s the perfect restorative procedure, but it’s also one that makes patients quite nervous. If it’s permanent, you want it to look perfect.
 
You don’t want to walk out of the dentist office upset with the final outcome. We also don’t want that to happen. To ensure your implant compliments your teeth’s function and esthetic, K. Michael Murphy and Associates offer computer guided implant surgery.
 
What is computer guided implant surgery?
With the assistance of digital imaging, Baltimore dentist, Dr. Murphy and his associates, are able to recreate your smile and determine the best steps for your implant treatment.
 
List of equipment used:
  • Conebeam CT scan – assists in the reconstruction of dental anatomy, and it detects any abnormalities in the jaw, face and teeth.
  • Diagnostic models – a design that will show the exact position of a restoration amongst the natural teeth
  • Cosmetic teeth setups –Along with your digital X-rays and diagnostic models, cosmetic teeth setups are scanned into the 3D software
The 3D software analyzes the information and creates a surgical guide for placing the implants.
 
Advantages of computer guided implant surgery
  • Saves time
  • Precise placement of restoration
  • Improves function of implant and crown surrounding by your natural teeth
  • Lessens any discomfort during the procedure
Do you want to know more about dental implants or computer guided implant surgery? Talk to our prosthodontist in Baltimore at K. Michael Murphy and Associates by calling (410) 235-1233.