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By Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates, LLC
May 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth loss  

People with missing teeth experience various negative effects. These effects are physical as well as emotional. Fortunately, dental implants can help you restore your smile and oral health. If you need dental implants and live in Baltimore, MD, Dr. K. Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Wezel, and Dr. Joel Danziger can help you with all your dental needs.

At Baltimore Uptown Dentist, our experienced and friendly staff can help you achieve a brighter, healthier smile. Read on to learn about the negative effects of tooth loss and why you should consider dental implants.

Your Appearance

Missing teeth negatively affect your appearance. It makes you feel less confident, unwilling to show your smile to the world. It may even cause you to avoid social situations because you feel unattractive.

Jawbone Loss

Missing teeth cause jawbone loss. Teeth help to support and stimulate the jawbone. When you have missing teeth, your jawbone is no longer supported and begins to deteriorate. As a result, the skin around your mouth may begin to sag, making you look older.

Shifting Teeth

When you have missing teeth, your other teeth shift toward the gap. They become crooked. Since your teeth are crooked, it becomes more challenging to chew your food. It becomes more difficult to speak as well. Missing teeth cause you to struggle to pronounce certain words correctly. Not only are you embarrassed because of your missing teeth, but you're also embarrassed because of the way you talk.

Gum Disease

If your teeth have been missing for a long time, you have a higher risk of developing gum disease. This is because the space where your tooth used to be is vulnerable to bacteria. Periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease, often leads to more tooth loss, bone loss, and the destruction of your entire jaw.

Treatment for Missing Teeth

Dental implants are a smart choice if you live in Baltimore. These artificial tooth roots are shaped liked screws and are attached to your jawbone so that they bond with your bone. Dental implants serve as a permanent foundation for artificial teeth known as called crowns.

They're comfortable and improve your appearance as well as your speech. They make it easier to eat and last for many years. With proper care, some dental implants can last for the rest of your life. Unlike dentures, they don't require adhesives because you never need to remove them.

If you would like to have dental implants and live in Baltimore, schedule an appointment with Dr. K. Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Wezel or Dr. Joel Danziger. Our experienced dentists can help you determine if dental implants are right for you. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 410-235-1233.

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!