Call us!

Click to call Salt Lake City dentist Dr. Clint Blackwood
801-506-6009

Cosmetic Dentistry

04
AUG
2017

Teeth Look Too Short? Lengthen Them!

fix gummy smile Murray

Most Murray people who are considering cosmetic dentistry are aware of the cosmetic dental procedures that are frequently advertised in the Salt Lake City area.

There are porcelain veneers: a custom made wafer-thin covering permanently attached to the front of a tooth to make it stain-free and perfectly shaped. Veneers can repair small chips and crack in teeth that are free of decay. Many Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS patients get minimally invasive veneers on their top six teeth for a dramatic improvement.

Orthodontia has received a lot of attention in Utah in the past twenty years with the introduction of invisible and short-term braces. And braces are not only for ‘tweens and teenagers. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we have seen more adults straighten their teeth to achieve beautiful smiles with discrete orthodontic treatment.

Porcelain crowns have been around for generations but continue to restore decayed or damaged teeth while providing beauty, strength and natural function. Porcelain crowns are also used with state-of-the art dental implants to restore missing teeth.

A cosmetic dental procedure that is lesser known in the Murray area is crown lengthening. If you feel that your teeth appear too short or that your smile exposes more gum than you would like (a ‘gummy smile’), you may be interested in crown lengthening.

Crown lengthening surgery is a safe and effective procedure that exposes more of the visible part of the tooth while minimizing the vertical length of exposed gum tissue.

When a gummy smile is corrected, our Murray crown lengthening patients are often surprised at how it positively affects their whole face. They love their new smile which reveals pleasing, symmetrical portions of their upper teeth that have been hidden under gum tissue their whole life.

Sometimes, crown lengthening is used when a tooth is fractured at the gumline. The surgery makes tooth structure accessible for the needed restoration.

Digital imaging helps Salt Lake City dental professionals perform crown lengthening with exactness. A highly-detailed, 3-D image of tooth and bone structure allows the cosmetic dentist to contour a gumline to the patient’s exact specifications.

If you would like to find out if crown lengthening is right for you, schedule a consultation by calling Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS at 801-506-6009. We are located at 279 E 5900 S Ste 202 in Murray. We look forward to showing you photos of crown lengthening patients who are enjoying their new look.

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

comment : Off
28
JUL
2017

Is Your Smile In A World Of Hurt?

full mouth reconstruction Salt Lake City

Do you have severe tooth damage, bone loss, or few or no teeth still intact? This post is for Salt Lake City area residents whose mouths are in a world of hurt.

First off, we feel for you. We understand how severe dental troubles impact you every day of your life.

Whatever the cause of the condition – chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, severe mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health – there is hope.

Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, beautiful smile or give you the unforgettable smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally. How would that influence your life?

Replacing missing teeth and adding bone through grafting restores underlying facial structure, improving or preventing that “sunk-in” look that ensues when teeth are gone and the jawbone recedes.

Full mouth reconstruction (sometimes called full mouth restoration) is a term which refers to a combination of dental procedures that restore a smile for people with numerous damaged or missing teeth. Treatment may include any combination of the following procedures: crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, white filling replacement, tooth implants, porcelain veneers, implant-anchored dentures, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, and tooth whitening.

Dental implants are ordinarily the best tooth replacement for Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS patients with missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. If there is not enough bone to anchor an implant, bone grafting may be handled to augment existing bone. The post integrates with the bone to provide a strong foundation for the abutment and beautiful crown. Dental implants are indistinguishable from former teeth in both form and function.

If you currently have dentures, communicate with us about implant-anchored full or partial dentures. Significant improvements can be made even if you only get two or three tooth implants.

Crowns (sometimes called caps) are used when there is enough viable tooth structure that the tooth doesn’t need to be extracted. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured. A crown can repair a bite misalignment and is usually needed after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS offers a full menu of cosmetic dental services including total mouth reconstruction. Cosmetic dentistry may be more cost-effective than you think. Talk to us about financing or a multi-procedure treatment schedule that allows you to pay as you go. Restoring a healthy smile may be the best investment you ever make.

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

comment : Off
23
JUN
2017

The Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS Guide To Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth And Your Murray Dentist Wisdom teeth are the last of the molars (grinding teeth) to erupt from the gum. They usually appear in the late teens and early twenties. Not all people develop these teeth while some have from one to four.

Though some Murray dental patients never experience any problems with these extra molars, many times wisdom teeth can create serious dental complications. If the wisdom teeth do not have the room to develop and erupt normally, they are referred to as impacted wisdom teeth. An impacted tooth may never emerge from the bone and gum, emerge only partially, or come in sideways.

Impacted teeth can damage the adjacent molar, cause infection or trigger gum disease. Sometimes these problems cause no noticeable symptoms for a period of time. To prevent these serious complications, wisdom teeth are often removed.

Wisdom teeth symptoms include pain when opening mouth, gum swelling, bad breath, and pain when chewing. These indicators can be constant or intermittent.

To learn more about wisdom teeth extraction, call 801-506-6009 to schedule an exam at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS. Our high-quality dental team can recommend the best course of treatment.

Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS provides comprehensive dental care for Salt Lake City area families since 2005.

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

comment : Off
16
JUN
2017

Not Happy With Your Gums? Ask About Contouring

Gum Contouring In Murray

Some Salt Lake City and Murray dental patients who are interested in a full smile makeover might want to consider gum contouring. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is helpful for people who feel that their gums rest too low or too high on their teeth.

If you feel that your gums cover too much of the surface of your teeth, it may seem that your teeth are too small and out of proportion with your mouth. For Sandy, Taylorsville, and Draper residents who have teeth that appear too long, gum contouring may help with your appearance, but your Murray dentist may also feel that it is necessary to counteract gum recession, a condition that can lead to periodontal disease.

Talk to your Salt Lake City area dentist about gum contouring. Many periodontists in the Murray area perform this procedure, as well as some general dentists.

I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood, and I’ve been practicing dentistry in Murray since 2005. One of the most rewarding things about my job is seeing my Sandy, Taylorsville, and Draper patients gain renewed confidence in themselves after undergoing simple cosmetic dentistry procedures.

We are currently accepting new patients, so if you are looking for quality dental care in the Murray area, call us today at 801-506-6009 for an appointment!

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

comment : Off
09
JUN
2017

It’s Not About Vanity

Draper cosmetic dental and tooth implants

Since 2005, Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS has been providing confidence and dignity to our amazing Salt Lake City and Murray patients through general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.

Many Murray people seem to have it all together with bright eyes and great smiles. We want you to be on the same footing as your friends, colleagues and customers. Wanting to look your best and feel your best is not about VANITY, it’s about reality in the Salt Lake City professional community. An unforgettable smile creates a favorable first impression and demonstrates polish and attention to detail. These are advantages for Murray people in every field of work.

Popular ways to achieve such a worthy goal might be found in the services we offer at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS in Murray. We offer wisdom teeth removal, Invisalign, and sedation dentistry as ways to improve your confidence and security. Don’t hesitate to ask us about teeth whitening, veneers, sedation, dental implants or any other questions that might be gnawing at you. We’ve got the answers and Dr. Clint Blackwood can set you up with a dental treatment plan that will make your jaw drop!

No matter your age, 2 to 90 – no matter your location from Sandy to Taylorsville to Draper – we invite you to see our high-quality staff and take the step toward that impressive smile you deserve.

A phone call away at: 801-506-6009. Book a consultation today!

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

comment : Off
26
MAY
2017

Inlays/Onlays: Less Invasive Than Complete Crowns

cosmetic dental Murray

Restorative dentistry has advanced significantly over the years and there are now several effective ways to correct decayed teeth. In today’s post, we are going to concentrate on two similar types of restorations: dental inlays and onlays.

Where possible, an inlay or an onlay can be a less-invasive replacement for a complete crown and either one is usually more affordable than a porcelain crown procedure.

Inlays/onlays are “indirect fillings,” meaning that they are fabricated in a lab and placed whole on the tooth. A traditional “direct filling” is applied to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shaped by the dentist.

An inlay is used to repair the surface of a damaged tooth, ordinarily to fill a small cavity or a natural pit that is at risk for decay.

Typically porcelain or composite resin are used for inlays; these materials are substantial and look very natural because the color can be matched accurately to the surrounding teeth. An inlay is accurately fitted to your tooth and looks, feels, and functions like the original tooth.

An onlay covers a larger part of the tooth. Because they cover such a large area of the tooth, they are often referred to as partial crowns. Onlays are typically applied to the biting surface of the tooth. Just like inlays, they are accurately fitted to the damaged part of the tooth. Composite resin and porcelain are also the main materials used to create an onlay. As mentioned before, inlays and onlays serve an essential role in restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we provide first rate dental care including inlays and onlays. If you have one or more teeth that has a cavity, crack, or excessive wear, call 801-506-6009 to make an appointment today.

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

comment : Off
19
MAY
2017

White Fillings

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Salt Lake City Hello! Welcome to the Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS dental blog. If this your first visit, we hope you find useful information about our outstanding Murray dental practice. If you have read some of our previous articles, we are glad you checked back with us. We post new articles regularly.

My name is Clint Blackwood, DDS. I have been practicing dentistry in Murray since 2005. Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS is a full-service dental office located at 279 E 5900 S Ste 202 in Murray. In addition to providing comprehensive examinations and deep cleanings for patients in the Salt Lake City area, we perform all types of tooth restorations.

When a tooth has decay or has been damaged, a dental restoration is needed to restore the tooth to its previous intact condition. A dental filling is one of the most common and well-known types of restorations. A dental filling is used to repair decayed or damaged tooth surfaces. Most people have a few fillings in their mouth.

If you have old silver amalgam fillings, we can replace them with nearly-invisible fillings that are tooth colored. These fillings are made out of a strong composite resin. Many of our cosmetic dentistry patients have replaced their old silver fillings with fillings matched to their teeth. You can improve your smile instantly and relatively inexpensively by getting rid of the metal.

If you would like to replace your amalgam fillings, call us at 801-506-6009 to schedule a consultation. We are currently accepting new patients and would be happy to show you around our Murray dental office and introduce you to our friendly team.

Smile – it increases your face value!

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

comment : Off
05
MAY
2017

Go Back In Time

cosmetic dental and implants Salt Lake City

So you’ve lost some teeth and now are reluctant to smile because of the gaps. If only you could go back in time and recover that full-toothed smile you once had. Guess what? With dental implants, you can!

For most patients, a tooth implant is the ideal replacement for both the root and crown of a tooth. They feel so real that implant recipients forget that they ever lost a tooth in the first place.

A tooth implant is anchored into the jawbone with a sturdy metal post. It doesn’t wiggle around like dentures, and unlike a dental bridge, it protects healthy jawbone and inhibits bone recession. After the post is completely enmeshed with the jawbone, the supporting device (called an abutment) and beautiful crown are firmly attached to the post. Some patients are able to undergo all three parts of the procedure at once.

If you’ve lost numerous teeth, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures. Talk to Dr. Blackwood to learn more.

Another way to go back in time is to bleach your teeth to the brilliant color they were when you were a teen. There are several different types of tooth whitening systems, from same-day procedures to at-home treatments. Again, talk to Dr. Blackwood about your goals and budget.

Have you ever wished your smile looked like it did before you had any dental caries? (Many of us can’t remember that far back!) Talk to us about tooth-colored fillings. White fillings match your teeth, and completely improve your smile without crowns.

Perhaps you have chipped a tooth. We have several solutions to repair that problem as well. Talk to us about your goals for your smile. We look forward to creating a custom treatment plan to perfect your smile. Call today!

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

comment : Off
28
APR
2017

Is Mouthwash A Must?

Taylorsville after hours dental

If you’ve ever walked the aisles of any Murray, Utah drugstore, you know that there are many different types of mouthwash. Some tout their germ-killing abilities, others emphasize their fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath. These are all great benefits, but will they make or break your dental health?

Many folks in the Murray area wonder if daily mouthwash should be part of their dental routine. Brushing and flossing are the two important habits that have the greatest influence on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash necessary?

I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood of Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS in Murray. When my dental patients ask about mouthwash, I tell them that as long as they follow the directions on the bottle, mouthwash may slightly benefit dental health, even if it doesn’t live up to every promise as advertised. Rinsing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride can’t hurt your teeth, but allowing a bit of diluted toothpaste to stay on tooth surfaces after brushing probably has the same benefit.

People who suffer from bad breath often believe that mouthwash can solve the issue. Actually, mouthwashes that contain alcohol can worsen the trouble because they can cause dry mouth – a condition that can contribute to bad breath. Mouthwashes without alcohol are often more effective for freshening breath. These products are usually called flouride rinses.

If you have chronic bad breath, however, you should have your teeth checked for plaque build-up. No amount of mouthwash can remedy a mouth full of plaque. If your teeth and gums are healthy and you still suffer from bad breath, it’s important to determine the cause. Bad breath can be an indication of a physical condition, so see your doctor soon.

Bottom line? Never substitute mouthwash for proper brushing and flossing. And if you use mouthwash, settle upon a brand that contains fluoride and no alcohol.

Thank you for visiting the Murray dental blog. We like to tackle important issues such as dental products, cosmetic dentistry procedures, over-the-counter teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, invisible braces, pediatric dentistry, oral care habits, and more!

My practice, Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, provides first rate dental care to our valued patients. If you are interested in making an appointment, please call us at 801-506-6009. A member of my high-quality staff can answer any questions you have about our services.

Call today!

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

comment : Off
21
APR
2017

Smile More, Live Better

cosmetic dentistry Salt Lake City

If you feel that you have an unattractive smile, you probably don’t smile very often. Perhaps you make a deliberate effort to make sure you don’t smile in social and professional settings.

Do you think frequent smiling has a significant effect on your life? You bet it does.

In addition to simply making us happier, smiling improves our quality of life in a host of ways.

1.  Look Younger and More Attractive

It doesn’t take a scientific study to substantiate this fact. No matter your age, you always look better with a smile on your face.

2. Smiling Reduces Stress

When you smile, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that lessen your stress level.

3. Smiling Bolsters Your Confidence

Who doesn’t want to reap the benefits of more self-assurance?

4. Smile For Success

Researchers have demonstrated several ways smiling can improve the chance of a good outcome in personal and professional pursuits. These benefits stem from the fact that smiling impacts your behavior as well as the behavior of the men and women with whom you interact.

5. Help People Trust You

Authentic smiles that involve the mouth, cheeks, and eyes, convey honesty and trustworthiness.

How would your life improve if you loved your smile?

Even small cosmetic changes can yield compelling improvements in the attractiveness of your smile. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we offer everything from tooth whitening to complete smile redesigns. Let’s explore the possibilities for your smile. Call 801-506-6009 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

Sources:
Horn P.W. Scharlemann, Catherine C. Eckel, Alex Kacelmik, Rick K. Wilson, “The value of a smile: Game theory with a human face, “ScienceDirect, October 2001, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167487001000599, accessed April 4, 2017
Ronald E. Reggio, PhD, “There’s Magic in Your Smile,” Psychology Today, June 25, 2012, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile, accessed April 4, 2017
“10 Hidden Benefits of Smiling,” Psyblog, http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/06/10-hidden-benefits-of-smiling.php, accessed April 4, 2017

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

comment : Off