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By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
March 11, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures  

Missing teeth are embarrassing for people's smiles. But that's not the only thing. It's detrimental to a person's ability to eat and speak. With Dr. Jeanette Murphy of Monroe, MI, you don't have to worry about feeling embarrassed. She provides her patients with several teeth-replacement treatments like dentures.

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth. This acrylic resin prosthetic device also supports surrounding soft and hard tissues.

Types Of Dentures

  • Complete dentures replace all the teeth. They are also called "conventional" or "immediate" dentures and made using models of the patient`s jaws. Complete dentures don't require temporary dentures during the healing process or phase (6-8 weeks) but may need rebasing because of gum shrinkage.
  • Partial dentures fill in spaces between missing teeth and prevent teeth from moving or changing position. Removable partial dentures consist of teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base. Your Monroe dentist uses metal clasps to attach to natural teeth.

How are dentures made?

It takes about a month and five appointments to get them done:

  1. An initial diagnosis is made and an impression taken using a wax bite. Additional measurements and your tooth color are noted to make sure dentures match the natural shade of your teeth.
  2. The dental laboratory carves a mold out of a wax base and a "wax try-in" of the denture is used at your dentist's office to ensure measurements are accurate and to allow your doctor to make any necessary adjustments.
  3. Finally, the dental laboratory uses the "lost wax" technique to finish making the dentures that are eventually heated to harden and polished so they're ready to wear.

Benefits Of Dentures

  • They replace missing teeth which increases self-esteem
  • Dentures support facial muscles and give you a beautiful smile
  • Dentures improve your ability to speak and eat

Care For Dentures

There are several things to take into consideration when caring for your teeth. Make sure you stand over a sink full of water when removing or wearing dentures so they don't accidentally drop and break. Brush the denture with a denture brush to remove food deposits and use denture cleansers.

Thinking of getting dentures?

If you'd like to speak more about dentures and their benefits, please contact Dr. Jeanette Murphy of Monroe, MI, by calling (734) 242-4744.

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
December 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crowns  

Dental crowns provide a simple solution if you have damaged teeth. The restorations, offered by Your Monroe, MI, dentist, Dr. Jeanette Murphy, improve both the appearance and function of your teeth.

How dental crowns work

Dental crowns are hollow restorations that completely cover the top part of teeth. Commonly called caps, crowns are made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin and are cemented on top of your teeth.

Before you receive a crown, your dentist will make your tooth a little smaller. Reducing the size of the tooth ensures a proper fit for your new crown. During your visit to the Monroe dental office, she'll also make an impression of your mouth. The impression serves as a guide for the dental laboratory technicians who will create your new crown.

Crowns restore and protect damaged teeth

Your dentist may recommend a crown if your tooth has fractured or broken. Appearance isn't the only issue if a tooth breaks. Pain may be a problem when the broken ends of the tooth are exposed to the air. Other issues include difficulty chewing and cuts from the sharp edges of the tooth. Your dental crown will restore your tooth's normal appearance and function and end your pain. Crowns are designed to withstand normal wear and tear and may last 10 to 15 years or longer before they need to be replaced.

A dental crown may also be a good option if your tooth is weak. Teeth can weaken with age or become weaker due to a large filling, root canal therapy, or a crack. Unfortunately, fragile teeth can break very easily. If a break would happen to extend into the tooth root, it wouldn't be possible to save your tooth.

Crowns protect and strengthen fragile teeth, preventing breaks. Biting and chewing require strong biting action that could fracture a fragile tooth. A crown absorbs biting forces and spread them evenly over the surface of the restoration, protecting your tooth.

Crowns can also be used to lengthen teeth, hide discolorations and imperfections, or change the appearance of oddly shaped teeth.

Could dental crowns help your smile? Call your dentist in Monroe, MI, Dr. Jeanette Murphy, at (734) 242-4744 to schedule your appointment.

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
December 23, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers   teeth whitening  

Tooth stains are a common cause of dull, yellow smiles. In addition to visiting your Monroe, MI, dentist, Dr. Jeannette Murphy for dental cleanings and other services, these tips can help you reduce stains.

Watch what you eat

Have you ever struggled to remove red wine from a tablecloth or been unsuccessful in eliminating a popsicle stain from your favorite white shirt? Stains from darkly pigmented foods and beverages are particularly hard to remove, whether they occur on your shirt or your teeth.

Pigments from foods and drinks drift into microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. As the pigments accumulate over the years, your teeth begin to look duller. Avoiding these foods, or at least eating or drinking less of them, can help you keep your teeth whiter. In addition to wine and popsicles, foods, and beverages that can cause stains to include:

  • Cola and other darkly colored soft drinks
  • Dark beer
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Grape juice
  • Sports drinks
  • Blueberries, cherries, and other dark berries
  • Pomegranates
  • Tomato sauce
  • Soy sauce

Use a straw

Drinking dark beverages through a straw may reduce staining. When you use a straw, most of the liquid bypasses the fronts of your teeth. Although it may seem a little strange to drink your morning cup of coffee or tea this way, using a straw can offer a simple solution to staining.

Brush after meals

Brushing immediately after eating can reduce the number of pigments that settle in the pores of your teeth. Although brushing is usually a good idea, don't brush right away if you've been drinking cola or wine or eating or drinking other acidic foods and beverages. Brushing can spread the acids throughout your mouth, increasing your risk of tooth decay. Wait at least 30 minutes to brush after consuming acidic foods or beverages.

Schedule regular dental cleanings

Do you visit the Monroe dental office every six months for checkups and cleanings? Cleanings remove plaque and tartar and also get rid of minor surface stains that can dull your smile.

Consider teeth whitening or veneers

If you're unhappy with your smile, your dentist offers two options that will brighten your teeth. During teeth whitening, a hydrogen peroxide gel breaks up and removes dark pigments, leaving your teeth up to eight shades whiter.

Dental veneers provide a long-term whitening option. The thin porcelain or plastic shells are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. Veneers not only whiten your teeth but also conceal minor flaws.

Are you tired of your dull smile? Teeth whitening or veneers may offer the smile boost you need. Call your dentist in Monroe, MI, Dr. Murphy, at (734) 242-4744 to schedule your appointment.

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.

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