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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.

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
May 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

How dental crowns can give you an outstanding smile
 
Today’s dental crowns can take care of many dental problems. Are you wondering if dental crowns can help your smile? Dr. Jeanette C. dental crownsMurphy in Monroe, Michigan offers dental crowns that are the perfect answer to repairing your smile.

Dental crowns are the right choice for dental problems like these:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Severe loss of tooth structure
  • Worn down, eroded, aging teeth
  • Protecting teeth after root canal treatment

Crowns are a strong dental restoration. They cover the entire visible surface of your tooth above the gumline. When your tooth is covered completely, the force of biting and chewing is spread out evenly across your entire tooth surface, protecting your tooth.

Dental crowns are also an excellent choice if you want to enhance the beauty of your smile. They can give you a naturally beautiful smile. That’s because porcelain and zirconium are often used as the perfect crown materials since they reflect light and resemble natural tooth enamel. Full porcelain or zirconium crowns are an excellent choice for front teeth or teeth that are visible when you smile.

You can also choose porcelain which has been fused to a metal underlay. This type of crown is known as a PFM (porcelain-fused-to-metal) crown. PFM crowns combine the strength of metal with the beauty of porcelain. PFM crowns are the perfect choice for back teeth where extra strength is needed for chewing.

To read more detailed information about dental crowns, please visit the Dental Crowns section on the website at https://www.mymonroedentist.com/dental-crowns.html
Dental crowns are right for many dental problems, and they can help your smile too. To find out more about what dental crowns can do for your smile, call Dr. Jeanette Murphy in Monroe, Michigan today. Call at (734) 242-4744.

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
February 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

How Invisalign Treatment from our office in Monroe, MI, can help your smile

You want a straight smile, but you don’t want to wear a mouth full of metal. Well, now you choose an orthodontic treatment that’s discreet, comfortable, and works fast! It’s called Invisalign and it can give you the straight, beautiful smile you deserve. Dr. Jeanette C. Murphy in Monroe, Michigan, offers Invisalign orthodontic treatment to help you and your smile!

 

More about Invisalign

Invisalign works differently than other orthodontic treatments—instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses plastic trays known as aligners. These aligners offer a host of features, including how...

  • They are made of clear plastic, so they are discreet and virtually invisible
  • They are smooth, so they are comfortable, with no metal parts to poke your tissue
  • They are removable, so you can remove them to eat the foods you love
  • They straighten your smile fast, with the average length of treatment between nine and fifteen months

You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth, so it’s easy to keep your smile healthy. In contrast, traditional brackets and wires often make general oral hygiene rather difficult to practice.

You receive your first set of aligners and wear them for two weeks, after which you move on to a new set of aligners which you wear for another two weeks. You continue progressing to a new set of aligners every two weeks as your teeth gradually move into the correct position.

Invisalign is a great choice to correct many of the same issues as conventional brackets and wires including overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. The system can close up gaps between your teeth and reposition rotated, twisted, poorly erupted teeth.

 

Interested? Give Us a Call!

If you want to straighten your smile discreetly and comfortably, Invisalign is for you! For treatment, call Dr. Murphy's Monroe office at (734) 242-4744 to set up your appointment today!

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth WhiteningDo you have healthy teeth and gums, but dental stains ruin your self-confidence? Professional teeth whitening from your Monroe, MI, dentist, Dr. Jeanette Murphy, proves an effective, quick, safe and economical way to a dazzling, bright smile. Interested? Then, read on about the many advantages of this popular cosmetic treatment and how it can help you look and feel your best.

How Dental Stains Develop

There are many ways teeth become dark, dull, and yellow. Tobacco use, unfortunately, remains a leading cause of dingy smiles despite the many warnings about the deleterious effects of cigarettes and chewing tobacco. Additionally, poor oral hygiene allows plaque and tartar to collect on tooth surfaces, at the gum line, and in interdental spaces. This organic matter contributes to tooth discoloration.

Finally, teeth stain because of oral injury and the use of some pharmaceuticals including certain antibiotics, blood pressure medications, and antihistamines. These stains are the most stubborn and difficult to eliminate.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Dr. Murphy and her team in Monroe, MI, offer both in-office and at-home whitening treatments. These fully supervised procedures use powerful hydrogen peroxide gel to literally lift staining materials out of tooth enamel.

Your doctor carefully examines prospective whitening patients to ensure their teeth and gums are healthy before recommending whitening or any other cosmetic dental treatment. People with decay, gum disease, exposed tooth roots, sensitive teeth, or extensive restorations are not good candidates for whitening.

However, if your mouth proves healthy enough for whitening, you'll find the process amazingly easy. The in-office option takes about an hour while the at-home version takes a week of daily gel applications via custom-fitted whitening trays. Either way, your teeth will brighten by several shades of color and stay white for up to five years or more with good oral hygiene and professional cleanings with Dr. Murphy and her team.

The Biggest Advantage

Professional teeth whitening offers older teens and adults something priceless: an improved self-image. After all, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that almost 100 percent of Americans have said that an attractive smile is a great asset in both professional and personal environments. So, if you and Dr. Murphy decide teeth whitening is right for you, expect to look great and feel confident with your new and improved smile!

Contact Us

To learn if teeth whitening services from Dr. Jeanette Murphy are a good fit for your smile, call her office team today to set-up a cosmetic dentistry consultation. You'll receive all the information you need for an informed decision when you phone us at (734) 242-4744.

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
August 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

A root canal is a dental procedure which removes infected tissue and helps you avoid a tooth extraction or more serious infection.root canal Understanding how a root canal works and when you may need one can help you determine if this is the best treatment for you. Find out more about root canal therapy with Dr. Jeanette Murphy at her practice in Monroe, MI.

What is a root canal? 
A root canal is a dental procedure that allows your dentist to clean the decay from a tooth, remove its infected soft tissues, and seal it back in with a material such as a resin to restore its natural structure. A root canal allows you to avoid a full tooth extraction and ensures that you do not experience bone atrophy or other issues which result from a missing tooth.

Do I need a root canal? 
In cases of less advanced cavities, a simple dental filling can repair the tooth. However, a root canal repairs a tooth which has decay or damage so advanced it has begun affecting the nerves or has infected the soft tissues. If you have one or more of the following symptoms, you may require a root canal:

  • a toothache
  • sensitivity to hot or cold, especially sensitivity that is lasting
  • unexplained bad breath
  • unexplained bad taste in the mouth
  • discoloration of the tooth itself
  • swelling or abscess on the gums around the tooth

What can I expect during a root canal? 
First, your dentist will numb the area of the root canal. Then, they will create a small access hole on top of the tooth to reach its inner pulp chamber and nerves. After removing the decayed portions of the tooth’s enamel and inner tissues, your dentist will scrub the inside of the tooth to ensure that no infection remains in the tooth. Then, they will fill the tooth using composite resin materials and in many cases, place a dental crown over the tooth to protect it from damage in the future.

Root Canal Therapy in Monroe, MI
Caring for your smile is a crucial part of your overall health. Do not put off investigating your tooth pain. For more information on root canal therapy, please contact Dr. Jeanette Murphy in Monroe, MI. Call (734) 242-4744 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Murphy today!





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