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By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
July 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental crowns spare failing or misshapen teeth. They just may be the key to restoring your smile to natural appearance and perfect oral function. Your dentist in Monroe, Dr. Jeanette Murphy, uses various materials to craft these realistic restorations. Learn the details on why she recommends crowns and how they are placed and cared for.
 
What is a dental crown?
 
A dental crown strengthens a tooth compromised by decay, a substantial crack or chip, several fillings, abscess (Infection) after a root canal is completed or odd shape and size. In the past, dentists considered a variety of crown materials (gold or porcelain-fused-to-metal), but nowadays, dentists, such as Dr. Murphy in Monroe, use a strong tooth-colored material in most applications as their material of choice.
 
Known for its lifelike color, sheen and durability, zirconium can be shaded and shaped to replace a substantial amount of tooth structure above the gum line. Your dentist and dental lab technician confer on a treatment plan, including your X-rays and impressions of your mouth, to produce a crown that complements your appearance and which has the resiliency to bite and chew for years to come. In fact, says the American Dental Association, many crowns last at least a decade or even longer.
 
Other uses for crowns
 
Besides restoring a single, decayed tooth, Dr. Murphy may use a dental crown to:

  • Finish and support a tooth saved by root canal therapy
  • Complete a single-tooth dental implant (a titanium root inserted into the jaw to replace a missing tooth)
  • Support fixed bridgework (typically two crowns attach one or more artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth)
  • Build-up a tooth which is healthy but has a less than pleasing color, shape or size

Crowns require more enamel reduction (shaping with a high-speed drill and other instruments) than do restorations such as porcelain veneers. However, crowns also are exceptionally strong because they are three-dimensional and withstand the intense pressure exerted when a person bites and chews (particularly on the back teeth).

Crown care

It's as simple as caring for any other tooth:

  • Brush twice daily.
  • Floss once a day.
  • Get your six-month cleanings and examinations with Dr. Murphy.
  • Watch what you chew (no taffy, peanut brittle or non-food items)
  • Wear a custom-fit bite guard if you habitually grind or clench your teeth

Obviously, then, you'll be protecting your crown from plaque and tartar at its margins and from excessive wear and tear.

A beautiful smile that lasts!

Together, you and Dr. Murphy will work toward that goal. If you have a worrisome tooth, a dental crown could help. Look into the possibilities at a consultation with Dr. Murphy and her team. Call the office, and we'll be happy to give you a convenient appointment to learn more: (734) 242-4744.

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
April 13, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign  

Find out what Invisalign treatment could offer your crooked smile.

Tired of having a visible gap between your front teeth? Want a smile that will make you feel confident? If so, then you may be wondering what kind of braces would work best for you. If you are a teen or an adult, your Monroe, MI, dentist, Dr. Jeanette Murphy, understands that you’re probably looking for an easy treatment that fits into your lifestyle and doesn’t require you to make a lot of adjustments to your routine. If you are nodding your head right now, then read on to learn more about the top benefits of Invisalign treatment:

Eat What You Want

No, this isn’t a license to chow down on a bunch of junk food and sugary treats; however, one of the benefits of Invisalign treatment is that you can easily remove your aligners prior to meals, effectively eliminating dietary restrictions. Just remember to brush your teeth thoroughly after eating and before putting your aligners back in your mouth.

Clean Teeth and Gums with Ease

Another benefit of being able to remove your aligners is that you can take them out to easily brush and floss your teeth. As long as you were doing a good job keeping your teeth and gums healthy before, you won’t need to make any changes to your oral care routine with Invisalign. Our Monroe, MI, dentist can also show you how to keep your aligners clean so they stay transparent and stain-free.

Potentially Faster Results

If you are an adult who is only dealing with minor issues such as a small gap between two teeth or a slightly crowded smile you may be relieved to hear that you probably won’t have to wait very long to see results. In fact, the average adult gets results with Invisalign in about one year; however, it’s also possible to achieve full results even earlier. This is something that our dental team would be happy to discuss during your consultation, so you know how long you’ll need to undergo Invisalign treatment to achieve the smile you want.

If you are interested in getting Invisalign, then the next step is to visit our Monroe, MI, dental team for a consultation. We can examine your teeth and easily determine if Invisalign is right for you. Call us at (734) 242-4744 for an appointment.

Find out whether veneers from our cosmetic dentist could hide those smile flaws that you hate so much.

Are you embarrassed by your smile? If so, dental veneers may be able to help! Generally made from beautiful porcelain, dental veneers are very thin tooth-colored shells that are used to cover the front of teeth in order to change their size, shape, or color. Whether you'd like to fix a slight imperfection on an individual tooth or drastically change the look of your smile, here are just some of the ways that dental veneers from Dr. Jeanette Murphy's office in Monroe, MI, can help you:

Discolorations

While yellow stains caused by foods and drinks can usually be treated with simple measures such as teeth whitening, deeper stains caused by smoking may not respond as effectively to whitening treatment. In this case, the best option may be to place veneers over the stained teeth to give you a whiter smile.

Chipped and Cracked Teeth

Even though enamel is incredibly strong, teeth can still end up being profoundly damaged. If a traumatic injury has left a tooth chipped or broken, a dental veneer may be able to fix the problem. Each veneer is custom-made based on your exact tooth measurements to ensure that veneers aren’t too large, bulky, or unnatural. By having out dentist bond veneers to the front of your teeth, it’s like the chip or crack never happened!

Oddly Shaped or Misaligned Teeth

Sometimes teeth contain defects that affect their overall shape or size. Sometimes teeth that don’t grow in perfectly straight and there may be gaps between teeth or teeth might overlap. These issues can also be addressed with dental veneers. Veneers have the ability to cover gaps, hide misaligned teeth, and achieve a straighter smile without braces.

Give Us a Call

Do you have questions about veneer treatment? If so, call Dr. Jeanette Murphy's Monroe practice today at (734) 242-4744 to schedule a visit with your cosmetic dentist.

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
February 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

A whiter smile can make you look younger and feel more confident.

From heavy coffee consumption to undergoing the natural aging process, there are many factors that can play a role in the vibrancy of your smile. Fortunately, there are also a few ways to achieve a whiter smile, and depending on the results you are looking for, you may want to turn to our Monroe, MI, dentist, Dr. Jeanette Murphy, for professional teeth whitening. Read on to learn more!

Over-the-Counter Whitening Options

When going the drugstore route for your teeth whitening, you are given two options: toothpastes and whitening strips. Both of these products contain peroxide, a material that breaks up staining molecules in order to gradually whiten smiles. Unfortunately, these OTC products deliver results slowly and often in an uneven fashion.

For a better outcome, you can turn to the following choices:

In-Office Whitening

If you want to achieve visibly whiter results in a short period of time, the best approach is in-office teeth whitening. During this treatment, our Monroe, MI, cosmetic dentist can brighten teeth by several shades in about one hour. Not only will in-office whitening be able to tackle darker and deeper stains, but it can also be adjusted and tailored to your specific needs.

At-Home Professional Whitening Trays

If you'd prefer to whiten on your own schedule, you can still achieve professional results. Available from our Monroe office, this at-home whitening system utilizes custom-made whitening trays and stronger whitening gels than OTC products, thus producing amazing results in as little as one week!

Interested? Give Us a Call

If you feel embarrassed by your smile due to stains and yellowing, our dentist can help. Call our office in Monroe, MI, today at (734) 242-4744 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Murphy.

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
June 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Sealants  

Are you interested in getting dental sealants?

Dr. Jeanette Murphy, of Monroe, MI, uses sealants to protect your teeth. Dental sealants are a protective layer that prevents bacteria from sealantpenetrating teeth and causing decay. Cavity-causing bacteria and leftover food particles produce acids that create holes in teeth, called a cavity or tooth decay.

Sealants are often glass ionomers or resin-modified glass ionomers.  The sealant is applied to the chewing surface of the tooth in a “liquid” form, then hardened (or cured) when a bright curing light is used on the material.

The process of getting a sealant is quite simple and quick. Your dentist cleans your teeth, dries them, and applies an acid gel on the surface of your teeth. Then they'll wait a few moments for the acid to open up already-existing dental pores and rinse it off. Afterwards your dentist will apply the sealant onto the grooves of your tooth and use a special blue light to harden the sealant.

Your Monroe dentist advises you take certain preventative measures to protect your teeth:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day in while holding the soft-bristled toothbrush at a 40-degree angle and brushing in circular motion at the gum.
  • Floss every night and aim at removing foot particles stuck between the edges of teeth and gums.
  • Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.
  • Avoid sticky sugary foods that will increase acid-producing bacteria that decay teeth.
  • Eat a balanced diet, like apples which remove food stuck on the surface of your teeth, such as cheese
  • Use antiseptic and fluoride rinses.
  • Have sealants placed on young permanent teeth.

Do you want to speak with your Monroe, MI, dentist, Dr. Jeanette Murphy, about dental sealants? Just give your dentist a call at (734) 242-4744 today for more information.





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