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By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
January 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

A broken or damaged tooth can leave you with an unsightly, painful, and irritating situation. However, with help from a dental crown, your dental crownsdentist can restore your tooth and its biting surface ensuring that you can eat and speak normally. Find out more about dental crowns, what they are, and what your dentist can use them for with Dr. Jeanette Murphy at her practice in Monroe, MI.

What is a crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-colored dental restoration which fits over a tooth in order to protect it. However, dentists also use crowns for other purposes. A crown on either side of a dental bridge holds it in place. A crown can also cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. In addition to cosmetic improvements, crowns can also stabilize a tooth with a large filling, restore the biting surface of a worn tooth, or ensure that your cracked tooth does not become further damaged.

What is the procedure for a crown like?
Crowns usually require two separate visits. First your dentist will prepare your tooth to receive the crown by removing small parts of enamel from its outer edges. This makes room for the crown and aides in the bonding process. Then, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth and sends it to a dental laboratory who, in turn, uses it as a guide to design and create your dental crown. Your second appointment will be about two weeks later after the lab has had time to customize the crown. At your second appointment, your dentist will fit and adjust your crown to the tooth and permanently place it into the mouth using dental cement. Your dentist will make a temporary crown to protect your prepared tooth between visits.

Dental Crowns in Monroe, MI
If you think you need a dental crown, you should consult with your dentist. For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Murphy in Monroe, MI. Call (734) 242-4744 to schedule your appointment for a consultation or examination with Dr. Murphy today!

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
January 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about the fastest approach to getting a visibly whiter smile.teeth whitening

From the brightly colored sugar cookies and the mulled wine to the dozens of coffees you drank to keep awake after all those late-night holiday festivities, it’s not just your energy levels that have fallen flat; so has your smile. If you are dealing with a yellow, dulling smile our Monroe, MI, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jeanette Murphy, can easily get your smile back on track.

Whether you are just tired of DIY whitening tricks that don’t seem to work or you have a special occasion coming up, there are many reasons our patients turn to our Monroe dentist for professional whitening. After all, home whitening isn’t as powerful or offers results as quickly as ours. If you want to see whiter results in just one session then professional in-office whitening is the way to go.

Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Whitening Kits

One major difference between professional teeth whitening and at-home whitening kits is that the whitening gel we use has a much higher percentage of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, the two most common active ingredients known to break up stain molecules and actually brighten the shade of your teeth.

The whitening gels within at-home kits don’t contain a high percentage of active ingredients, so while you will notice results over time with continual use you won’t be able to achieve results as quickly as you would with professional whitening.

What happens during professional in-office whitening?

First, we will need to clean your teeth to make sure that there is no plaque or tartar buildup. Once teeth are thoroughly cleaned we will place a dental dam in your mouth, which will protect your lips and gums and prevent them from coming in contact with the whitening gel.

Next, we will apply the whitening gel to the front of your teeth and leave it on your teeth for several minutes. In some instances, a special dental light is directed over the teeth to speed up the whitening process. One whitening session usually involves multiple whitening gel applications to get the results you want.

If you are ready to get that brighter, dazzling smile then look no further than our professional in-office whitening system here in Monroe, MI. You’ll be amazed at the results and you’ll feel more confident in your appearance. We know it!

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
December 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

If your smile has flaws, you are probably familiar with the way these imperfections can make you feel about your appearance. However, cosmetic dentistryyou can renew the appearance of your smile and have a look you feel proud of with dental veneers. In just a few visits to your dentist, veneers can improve the appearance of your smile and ensure that you look and feel great. Find out more about dental veneers with Dr. Jeanette Murphy at her practice in Monroe, MI.

What is a veneer?
A veneer is a porcelain dental restoration which improves the appearance of your tooth. Your dentist uses permanent bonding materials to attach the veneer to the tooth. Before the bonding process, your dentist prepares the tooth by removing a super-thin layer of enamel from its surface. A dental laboratory designs, creates, and customizes each veneer specifically for your mouth based on a plaster or 3D impression of your teeth. This process takes about two weeks. Depending on the veneer system your dentist chooses, you may or may not need to wear temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth.

What makes porcelain a good material for dental restorations like veneers? 
Porcelain is tooth-colored and easily customizable, ensuring that your veneer blends into your natural smile without standing out. This material also reflects light in a similar way to natural teeth, further locking in the veneer’s natural appearance. Porcelain is strong and durable, withstanding the test of daily use and time to last many years before requiring maintenance or replacement. In fact, veneers often last up to 20 years with the proper care.

Can veneers help my smile? 
Veneers are a versatile dental treatment which can produce a myriad of results depending on your preferences. Veneers are often used to treat cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth, but can accomplish much more than these simple repairs. Veneers can easily change the shape of the tooth, evening out the smile, correcting over- or under crowding issues, or even helping your dentist correct slight misalignments without the need for orthodontic care.

Dental Veneers in Monroe, MI 
If you think dental veneers could be the best treatment for you, you should consult with your dentist at a dental examination. This consultation will ensure that you have realistic expectations for your results and understand the ins and outs of the procedure itself.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Murphy at her practice in Monroe, MI. Call (734) 242-4744 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Murphy today!

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
December 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental crowns from Monroe, MI dentist, Dr. Jeanette Murphy strengthen and enhance the appearance of damaged teeth. Typically, teeth dental crownswhich require these tooth-shaped jackets are decayed, cracked, filled multiple times, or are infected. Do you have an ailing tooth and wish to avoid the problems associated with extraction? Then, read here about dental crowns and how they may help your oral health and personal appearance.

What Causes a Tooth to Fail?

Decay is the most common cause of tooth loss, says the World Health Organization (WHO). However, dental health also may be compromised by repeated fillings, resulting in weak tooth structure leading to fracture. A dental abscess and oral trauma severely compromise the integrity of teeth both above and below the gum line, too.

How Dental Crowns Can Help

Custom-crafted from precious metals, such as porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM) or zirconia (the most natural looking), crowns fit right over the top of remaining healthy tooth structure. Dr. Murphy inspects the tooth in question and also X-rays it to visualize its internal structure and roots below the gum line.

If most of the tooth and interior pulp are viable, she can remove the fractured or decayed portions and then shape the remaining enamel to receive a crown. Choice of materials depends on patient preference, budget and where the tooth is located. Front teeth benefit from the beauty of zirconia crowns. Molars, however, may function best with PFM restoration because chewing creates tremendous physical forces in the back of the mouth.

The Crown Process

It's simple. First, the doctor will make you comfortable with an injection of local anesthetic. When the tooth and the area around it are numb, she'll prepare and shape the healthy portion to accept a crown. Some teeth need a post or other augmentation to support a crown.

Dr. Murphy takes impressions, or molds, of your mouth, so the dental lab knows how to fashion the new restoration. While you wait for your crown (a week or so), you'll wear a temporary crown so you can eat and speak normally.

On your return visit, you'll receive the crown. Dr. Murphy gently will take off the temporary crown and then, using a special adhesive, bond the new one in place. Most crowns bite well with the first try-on, but the dentist may have to make some simple adjustments to ensure a perfect fit.

Other Uses of Crowns

Besides saving individual teeth, dental crowns restore dental implants and anchor conventional bridgework. These tooth replacements successfully fill gaps and confer excellent oral function and smile aesthetics.

Don't Wait

If you are concerned about the health of a particular tooth, please contact Dr. Murphy's office staff in Monroe, MI to arrange a consultation. A crown could save your tooth and your smile. Call (734) 242-4744.

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
October 05, 2017
Category: Dentist
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

If your teeth are slightly crooked or out of place, you can straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign. Unlike braces that rely on hard invisalignmetal or ceramic brackets and wires to move and realign teeth, Invisalign uses soft, comfortable plastic aligner trays to straighten your smile. In addition to being comfortable, Invisalign offers so many other advantages. The trays are discreet, removable and effective. In Monroe, MI, Invisalign is available through the dental office of Dr. Jeanette Murphy.

What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a modern method for straightening your smile. With Invisalign, teeth are moved via soft trays that fit directly over the top and bottom rows of teeth. Every week or two your existing set of trays are replaced with a new set. The positioning of the teeth will vary slightly with each new set, which gently guides the teeth into the desired position over time. The trays are all custom created specifically for each individual patient based on either an impression or a digital scan of your teeth. In Monroe, Invisalign is available at the office of Dr. Murphy.

Advantages of Invisalign
Invisalign offers several advantages over other teeth straightening options. For instance, the trays are soft, clear and removable whereas traditional metal braces are hard, readily visible and permanently affixed with dental cement. Since Invisalign trays are clear, they are barely noticeable. They can be removed as needed, such as when brushing to achieve a more thorough cleaning. The many advantages of Invisalign include:

  • Clear aligner trays are discreet and virtually unnoticeable.
  • Comfortable aligner trays are made from a soft plastic material.
  • Unlike traditional braces, there are no metal brackets or wires to irritate the mouth and gums.
  • Aligner trays can be conveniently removed at mealtime to prevent food bits from getting stuck.
  • Removable trays can be taken out for more thorough brushing and flossing.
  • Aligner trays protect against excessive wear and tear for patients who regularly clench or grind their teeth.

With Invisalign, it is possible to straighten your smile discreetly. Most people you encounter won’t even realize you are wearing the clear aligner trays. To learn more about Invisalign and how it can help your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Murphy, your dentist for Invisalign in Monroe, MI, by calling (734) 242-4744.





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