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Your smile says a lot about you. Maintaining or achieving the healthy teeth and smile you want is obtainable and an instant boost in self esteem. Todayís advanced dental treatment options and materials can make a real difference, and the skill, experience and commitment of our practice Ė using a unique combination of science and artistry - can literally redesign your smile. Even a subtle change in your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence, and when you feel good about yourself, it shows.

A patients smile can make them feel self-conscious for different reasons. Some patients just want a brighter smile which can be easily obtained by bleaching, bonding or porcelain veneers.

Sometimes patients will have a tooth or all of their teeth that arenít straight. Making your smile more ďevenĒ can sometimes be accomplished with bonding, porcelain veneers or braces.

The complete makeover can be complex and require several appointments, but the results will be worth it. Often the new you will involve of combination of treatments and several option choices. These may include bonding, veneers, all porcelain crowns, replacing missing teeth with bridges or implants, braces or even dentures. Whatever your needs, Dr. Murphy can give you the smile you want.

Dental Implants

Dental implants have a proven success rate and are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth.

The initial step in reaching a successful result relates to the practitionerís knowledge of a patientís anatomy, function, experience and which techniques to implement. Being assured about your results often starts with your confidence in your dentistís abilities.

Dr. Murphy has twenty years experience placing and restoring dental implants and has also obtained extensive post graduate study at The Pankey Institute. In addition, Dr. Murphy is the only practitioner in our area to have both a Fellowship and Mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry; as well as the only area dentist that has been inducted into the South Eastern Academy of Prosthodontics, and who is an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Dental implants have proven to be a great way for patients to replace missing teeth. Dental implants can provide replacement of missing teeth that look, feel and function like your natural teeth. Whether you are our patient or a referred patient Dr. Murphy will inform you of options available to achieve optimal oral health and esthetics so you can make an informed, appropriate decision based on your needs.

If an implant is your choice of treatment you will not only have your appearance and function restored but confidence that best technology and training was utilized for your optimal long-term success.

Dr. Murphy will complete each patientís case from the beginning to the end; you will not be referred to another office for any part of the implant process. After your decision has been made to proceed with treatment, Dr. Murphy will take a 3D X-ray of the area, measure your bone thickness, locate nerves and sinus level. Your implant will be digitally placed on your 3D X-ray prior to your surgery appointment, providing you a much higher predictability of a successful result.

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. While healing the bone bonds with the implant, creating a strong foundation, (tooth root) for artificial teeth, such as a crown or bridge. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, prevent bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing and keep remaining teeth from shifting. Implants provide patients with many benefits including the ability to brush and floss as you normally would (no flossing underneath like with a bridge), eliminating the need to do any dental work on the adjacent teeth, and prevent shrinkage of the jaw bone.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

Not everyone is candidate for implants. In order to achieve a successful outcome a thorough evaluation is essential. In addition, your implant evaluation determines your expectations and the process to Dr. Murphy will provide you to obtain it.


Initial pre-op of missing front tooth

After Surgical Implant Placement completed

9 months post op: Implant with Crown



Bleaching/Whitening




Bonding

Bonding Before & After

Broken front tooth

After Bonding

Bonding Before & After

Before Bonding

After Bonding



Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers



Crowns

Most dentistry looks like dentistry, our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We replace existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.

Certain conditions to a patientís tooth, such as extreme damage, trauma, root canal therapy or a large silver (amalgam) filling a crown is often the only option for repair. This is an extremely reliable and technique for repairing even severe dental problems.

There are several types of crowns; including gold, Cerec ®, all porcelain, and porcelain with a metal base of gold, platinum and palladium. The type of crown you need is determined by several factors; including where in the mouth the tooth is located, amount of fracture the crown needs to repair, your bite and any destructive repetitive behaviors, such as chewing ice or grinding your teeth.




Cerec




Bridges

All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesnít necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Teeth work together and when a tooth is lost nearby teeth may tilt into the empty space and the teeth above the space may move up or down toward the space. Once the teeth have shifted they become more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease and in time may be lost as well. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.




Nightguard & TMJ

A nightguard is a custom made acrylic appliance designed to fit over your teeth at night. Nightguards are recommended for several reasons. If you have had extensive dental work completed, or crowns or veneers placed on your front teeth, Dr. Murphy will recommend a nightguard to protect your dental work from wear or fractures.

A nightguard may also be recommended if Dr. Murphy notes any patterns of wear on your routine dental visits, or if you have symptoms of bruxism, (grinding and clinching your teeth at night). Clinching and grinding your teeth can be caused by numerous factors and stress, chronic pain and certain medications can intensify the action. Bruxism can lead not only to wear to your teeth but also cracks and fractures. Clinching and grinding your teeth can also cause TMJ (Tempromandibular Joint) pain.




Orthodontics (Braces)

Orthodontics the area of dentistry which focuses on the treatment of malocclusions (improper bites), which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both. Orthodontic treatment can focus on dental displacement only, or can deal with the control and modification of facial growth. Orthodontic treatment can be carried out for purely aesthetic reasons with regards to improving the general appearance of patients' teeth. However, there are orthodontists who work on reconstructing the entire face rather than focusing exclusively on teeth.




Dentures

A denture or a complete denture as it is often called is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips. Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated two different ways.

  • A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.
  • An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture. With this procedure the optimal fit of the denture is instantaneous. As you heal, the tissue will shrink and the denture will continue to loosen, which will necessitate a reline.
  • An upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh colored, which covers the palate (roof of the mouth).The base can also be constructed with metal which is thinner and much less susceptible to breaking. It is the ideal choice for patients who still have their lower teeth.
  • A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.

The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination thereof. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodontically (root canal) treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.

   




Surgical Dentistry

Extractions

You and Dr. Murphy may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), root canal failure, trauma or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.

To avoid these complications, in most cases, Dr. Murphy will discuss alternatives to extractions as well replacement of the extracted tooth. However, for optimal results proper healing time is essential prior to replacing a missing tooth.

Wisdom Teeth


Periodontal

Crown Lengthening

Grafts


Endodontic

Apicoectomy


Diagnostic

Biopsies




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