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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
June 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Not so long ago, getting a crown involved two dental appointments. Thanks to dental crownsCEREC, an innovative new restoration technology, you can receive your crown in just one visit. Our Baltimore, MD, cosmetic dentists, Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Wetzel and Dr. Stephen Levy of K. Michael Murphy and Associates, explain how the CEREC process works.

No more waiting

Porcelain crowns are made in a dental laboratory, while CEREC crowns are milled in our Baltimore office. If you choose a porcelain crown, it will take about two weeks for the lab to complete your restoration. When you choose a CEREC crown, you'll only wait about 15 minutes for your crown to emerge from the milling machine.

Temporary crowns are unnecessary

After your tooth is reduced in size in preparation for your new crown, you'll have to wear a temporary crown if you will be receiving a porcelain crown. Although it's possible to chew with a temporary crown, you'll have to avoid hard foods that can break the crown or sticky foods that can dislodge it. Because you'll receive your crown shortly after your tooth is prepared, you'll never have to wear a temporary crown when you opt for the CEREC process.

CEREC crowns use 3D technology

No matter what type of crown you choose, we'll need to make an impression of your mouth. If your new crown will be made of porcelain, the impression will be created using a soft putty. Some people find the putty impression process a little uncomfortable, particularly if they're prone to gagging. The CEREC process uses digital images instead of putty. After a picture of your mouth is taken with a digital camera, it's converted into a 3D image, which is used to design your CEREC crown. After the design is complete, we'll press a button and your new crown will be sent to our in-office milling machine. In just a few minutes, the machine will create the crown from a block of ceramic or resin.

Would you like to find out if a CEREC crown is a good choice for you? Call Baltimore, MD, cosmetic dentists Dr. Murphy, Dr. Wetzel and Dr. Levy of K. Michael Murphy and Associates at (410) 235-1233 to schedule an appointment.

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
October 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether you have lost many or all of your teeth, you may have noticed certaindentures everyday activities like eating or chewing become more difficult and less effective. Additionally, many people with gaps in their smile feel ashamed of their teeth and feel a blow to their confidence. Luckily, losing your teeth doesn’t have to mean losing your smile. With help from your Baltimore, MD dentists--Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel and Dr. Dawn Merguerian--you can look and feel great with dentures.

Types of Dentures Available in Baltimore
For those missing all of their teeth, a set of full dentures can replace all of the teeth on an arch and restore the ability to speak, eat and chew. For patients only missing a few of their teeth with healthy remaining natural teeth, dentists may recommend partial dentures. This type of denture fits over the healthy teeth and uses them as an anchor to stay securely in place. Immediate dentures greatly benefit those who require extraction surgery prior to wearing their dentures. Patients wear immediate dentures directly following their extraction procedure and the denture helps protect the extraction sites while they heal. Implant-supported dentures utilize dental implant technology to stay in place. Strategically placed throughout the mouth, the implants serve as a clasp to hold the denture in place.

What can dentures do for me? 
Dentures do more than just replace your missing teeth. They also provide the proper biting surface for eating and chewing, allowing you to eat nutritious foods you may not have been able to chew before. Additionally, dentures fill in your gaps, filling in your smile and boosting your self-esteem to give you the confidence you were missing.

Your dentist is your best source for finding out more about dentures, which type is best for you, and what you need to do to get the process started. For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Murphy, Dr. Welzel and Dr. Merguerian in Baltimore, MD. Call (410) 235-1233 to schedule your appointment today!