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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.