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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
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.

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
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!