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12
MAY
2017

Mini Implants May Be Right For You

How Mini Dental Implants Can Help Your Smile in 84107 I’m Clint Blackwood of Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS in Murray. Today’s topic is mini dental implants, sometimes called “immediate implants”.

Though they are not as well known as traditional dental implants, mini implants are also being used successfully in the Murray area to improve smiles. Like their larger diameter counterparts, mini implants can support a restoration for one or more missing teeth or replace a bridge or fixed denture. Denture wearers benefit significantly from these slip-free dental implants that are anchored securely in the jaw bone.

In some cases, a patient is unable to receive traditional full-size dental implants due to insufficient bone thickness. There are also Salt Lake City mini implant patients who are not able to undergo dental implant surgery due to health issues. These patients are often excellent candidates for the mini version.

The placement of toothpick-size mini dental implants can sometimes be done in one dental visit. The placement usually requires no incisions or stitches. Recovery time, if necessary, is ordinarily very short. Most patients are able to eat dinner that evening.

Don’t let the word “mini” fool you; your smile can receive a maximum upgrade with mini dental implants. Call Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS at 801-506-6009 to schedule a consultation.

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04
NOV
2016

Getting Ready For A Dental Implant In Murray, Utah

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Dr. Clint Blackwood at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS in Murray, Utah, believes every patient deserves a remarkable smile whether it takes sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, or wisdom teeth removal.

Today’s post will address the preparation needed for dental implants. Consider calling 801-506-6009 today for your own personal consultation and to receive one-on-one information specific to your needs.

Getting ready for a tooth implant includes understanding what it is, whether you are a candidate, how to prepare for the surgery, precautions to take throughout the healing process and what to expect once the implant is complete.

What is a dental implant?
Simply stated, a dental implant is a permanent post fused to the jawbone with attached abutment and artificial tooth. A tooth implant can also support a dental bridge or denture.

Who can benefit from dental implants?
Ideal candidates for dental implants include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, adequate bone structure, and proper health for bone healing. Our patients in Salt Lake City, Draper, Sandy, and Taylorsville come from all backgrounds and have a wide range of dental troubles. For many, dental implants are an exceptional solution.

What preparation is needed?

An initial visit with Dr. Blackwood at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS 279 E 5900 S Ste 202, Murray, Utah 84107 is the first step. For this evaluation be sure to bring pertinent medical information, current medication list, and questions you have about the process. Dental implants take multiple visits and the process is different for each person so be sure you understand all the vital details. If we determine that you don’t have enough bone structure at the implant site, bone grafting may be required.

How do I ensure successful healing?
Avoid drugs or medications not approved by your dental caregiver. Eat soft foods for a while to give your mouth time to heal between surgeries. Keep the mouth cleaned properly around site. Follow the instructions given at each visit. Stay healthy by eating a nutritious diet and getting proper rest. Avoid smoking or other tobacco products.

How do I care for dental implants?

Caring for implants is not much different than caring for natural teeth. Be sure to avoid damaging, harmful habits such as chewing hard items (ice or candy), and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is a problem for you. See your dentist regularly. Keep the implants and gum tissue around the implants clean just as you (hopefully) do with your natural teeth.

The complete process can take months from consultation to complete healing and placement of the abutment and artificial tooth. At your initial consultation, we can discuss the cost of dental implants and think about financing options.

Visit http://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/meet-dr-blackwood/ for more specifics about our practice and services including invisalign braces, gum contouring, veneers and teeth whitening. Our high-quality staff is ready to offer general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and many other general and cosmetic procedures.

Visit Us Once and You’ll Be A Patient For Life

 

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, UT
84107

 

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21
OCT
2016

What’s Your Dental Plan In Murray, Utah?

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To achieve the utmost in oral health and a stunning smile, you need a strategy. If you’re in Murray, Utah looking for a smile makeover and need cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, dental implants or any number of dental restoration procedures done, your strategy should be: “Contact my professional neighborhood dental practice.” Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS is at your service.

Dr. Clint Blackwood has been serving the Draper, Sandy, and Taylorsville communities since 2005. Our valued patients in Murray will tell you they can’t get over the way Clint Blackwood and staff repaired and transformed their most vital feature into a unforgettable smile. We would love the chance to thrill you, as well.

If you’re worried about how pricey the work you need could be, don’t worry, you might be pleasantly surprised about the bottom line. Especially, if like many of our nearby Salt Lake City patients with dental coverage, your insurance picks up a significant portion. But even without insurance, the procedures can be affordable. We have competitive pricing and work to keep the costs reasonable when it comes to sedation dentistry, teeth whitening and wisdom teeth removal. And, before you ask, porcelain veneers and Invisalign are included in that list. Let us transform your smile into one that will light up the world.

Whether you need a bi-annual cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS assists in a variety ways with your dental needs:

 

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

 

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08
APR
2016

The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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Hello. I am Dr. Clint Blackwood. Thanks for visiting my blog. Today’s post focuses on missing teeth and bone health.

Our teeth have many important functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is continually regenerating itself. This vital process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movements of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

Murray people with missing teeth not only have an unattractive gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness – it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence in themself or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.

Modern Murray dentistry to the rescue. Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely performed with success in the Salt Lake City area and can be done with your own bone, synthetic bone material or bone from a cadaver.

If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Tooth implants can provide a sensational smile! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Clint Blackwood by calling 801-506-6009.

 

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, UT
84107

 

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01
MAY
2015

Are Dentures Inevitable?

Implant Anchored Dentures in Murray Are you one of the fortunate Salt Lake City people with healthy teeth? Would you like to keep them healthy for the rest of your life? Some Murray residents believe that keeping their teeth healthy into the golden years is unlikely if not impossible.

At Salt Lake Dental Care, we are happy to assure you that this is a myth. With proper dental hygiene, regular dental exams and cleanings, and a healthy lifestyle, your teeth can serve you throughout your life.

At Salt Lake Dental Care, we help patients of all ages, including those in their seventies and eighties, maintain their beautiful smiles. Dentures are not inevitable. Even if you already wear dentures, don’t give up.

You can improve your smile and your life with new implant anchored dentures.

These new fixed dentures won’t slip and slide in your mouth, so you can start eating confidently again.

Our office is friendly and relaxed. You don’t need to worry about being embarrassed if your teeth have not seen a dentist or hygienist for a while. We can treat your dental problems with expertise and put you on the path for better oral health in the future.

Remember, without dental health, you are never truly healthy. Call 801-938-8855.

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APR
2015

Implants Make Life Better For Murray Denture Wearers

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The condition of your teeth has a significant impact on your quality of life. Salt Lake City denture wearers understand this all too well. The path from healthy teeth to a toothless mouth is downhill. Tooth decay and gum disease are painful. Treatments such as fillings and root canals are costly and inconvenient. If the teeth can’t be saved, tooth extraction brings more physical and psychological pain. Extraction is usually followed by bone recession.

While dentures are certainly preferable to having no teeth at all, they come with a host of issues. They can irritate gums and make breathing, eating, tasting food, talking and laughing difficult. And dentures are not a once-and-your-done solution for missing teeth. As the jaw shrinks, they require relines.

But there is hope! Dental implant technology can significantly improve the quality of life for Salt Lake City people who have been wearing traditional dentures. To a certain extent, implants halt the downhill progression of declining oral health due to tooth loss.

Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a stable base for an over denture.

Did you know that some Murray denture wearers retain only ten percent of their chewing ability? Implant-supported dentures can stop bone recession and restore near-normal chewing ability. Improved chewing function with implants can result in better nutrition and overall physical health. The psychological benefits are equally valuable. When Salt Lake Dental Care patients are free of embarrassing denture-slipping, they are happier, more confident, and socialize more often.

Before you spend money on another denture reline, talk to your Murray dentist about denture-stabilization implants.

Salt Lake Dental Care provides unprecedented dentistry including sedation dentistry, wisdom teeth removal, and Invisalign. Our caring team is dedicated to improving the lives of our valued patients.

Call 801-506-6009 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Clint Blackwood. Salt Lake Dental Care provides technologically-advanced general and cosmetic dentistry including sedation dentistry, wisdom teeth removal, and Invisalign. Our cheerful team is passionate about oral health and brilliant smiles.

12
SEP
2014

Murray Tooth Restoration: Dental Implants And Dental Bridges

dental implants Salt Lake CityWhen my Murray patients ask me about tooth restoration, I usually tell them about fixed (or ‘traditional’) dental bridges or tooth implants. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth which replaces a missing tooth. The false tooth (called a ‘pontic’) is fused to porcelain crowns on either side of the missing tooth.

Tooth replacement has been a highly requested procedure at my Murray dental practice. Patients from the Taylorsville area and Draper area have expressed concern about tooth replacement for many years. Most of my questions in the Salt Lake City area have to do with the strength and durability of the tooth replacement.

Dental implants are also popular in Salt Lake City. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

After the post has bonded with the bone (it usually takes three to six months), a smaller post is attached which extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then attached. The entire process takes several months, but consistently yields terrific results for Murray tooth restoration patients.

Both Utah smile restoration options preserve or restore facial contour and allow you to talk and eat normally. Tooth replacements prevent adjoining teeth from gradually shifting and can help correct bite problems, too.

Tooth implants and dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth. Many Salt Lake City area dental patients have been treated successfully with these tooth restoration alternatives.

Call Salt Lake Dental Care and ask to schedule an evaluation for Utah tooth restoration with Dr. Clint Blackwood. You can schedule your tooth restoration by calling us at 801-938-8855.

04
OCT
2013

A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth In Murray

A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth In Murray UT With Dental Implants Are you one of the many Murray men and women who has had a tooth extracted? If the tooth had been bothering you, it may have been a relief. Unless, of course, the tooth was in the front of your mouth and now the gaping hole shows every time you smile. Ignoring it is impossible because your tongue can’t leave it alone.

Once the tooth has been pulled, you have many decisions to make. Can I afford a dental bridge? Do I want to damage two healthy teeth to anchor the bridge? Should I go with a partial denture? What about bone loss?

What if you could have a fresh start? What if you could have a permanent, natural looking tooth replacement that would restore your smile and retain the healthy bone and gum tissue around the tooth root?

With a dental implants from Salt Lake Dental Care, you can. A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. A dental implant consists of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

The Titanium Post
—Inserted directly into the jaw bone
—Extremely strong
—Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue (also used in knee and hip replacement surgery)

The Abutment
—Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
—Permanently attached to the post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)

The Restoration (Dental Crown)
—Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
—Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth
—Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced

Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades. It has been performed by Murray dentists and prosthodontists for over twenty years. To schedule a dental implant consultation, call 801-938-8855.

Salt Lake Dental Care
801-938-8855
279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah 84107
http://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/

16
AUG
2013

Attention Murray: Replace Your Dental Bridge Before You Lose Teeth

Attention Murray UT: Replace Your Dental Bridge Before You Lose TeethHello Murray visitors, welcome to Salt Lake Dental Care. Let’s talk about a tooth replacement option common in Salt Lake City: dental bridges.

While dental bridges have restored smiles for thousands of Salt Lake City dental patients, they are not problem free. Many Utah people with bridges find it impossible to keep the small areas around the dental bridge clean. This is not surprising because it is hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.

Of course bacteria has no trouble moving in and taking over without the Murray dental patient even knowing it. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, the person is at risk of losing those teeth also.

That is one reason why dental implants are superior to dental bridges. Most Salt Lake City people with missing teeth are great candidates for dental implants.

A dental implant looks just like the beautiful tooth restoration on a high-quality dental bridge, but the important part is what you don’t see.

A dental implant is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used in Salt Lake City. In a way, a dental implant is a more conservative tooth replacement because it leaves the adjacent teeth intact. The bone and gum tissue mesh permanently with the titanium post that serves as the replacement tooth root.

Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. Of course patients with dental implants need to brush and floss, but cleaning a dental implant is usually no more difficult than cleaning a normal tooth.

Implant dentistry has a far better track record in Utah than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime for smile-smart Salt Lake City folks.

If you currently have a dental bridge, you might consider permanently replacing it with a dental implant before the adjacent teeth are threatened with decay.

At Salt Lake Dental Care, dental implants can replace one or more teeth and can also serve as anchors for full or partial dentures. No more embarrassing slipping!

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, I invite you to call Salt Lake Dental Care at 801-938-8855. I am Dr. Clint Blackwood. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation. A beautiful new smile can be yours with dental implants.

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http://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/
801-938-8855
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12
JUL
2013

Salt Lake Dental Care on Jaw Bone Deterioration

Dental Implants In Salt Lake City To remain dense, your jaw bone requires the continual stimulation and pressure of chewing, biting and talking. Each of your teeth has a root structure attached to the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates the bone to which the root is attached.

When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that previously surrounded the root structure begins to recede. Though tooth extraction is often the only possible treatment for our Murray patients with tooth damage beyond repair, every effort should be made to preserve the root structure.

Fortunately, dental implants provide a new root which keeps the surrounding bone healthy and strong. A dental implant consists of a titanium post which is placed in the jaw bone. It replaces the original root and eventually integrates into the surrounding bone. After the implant has been placed and the surrounding bone has healed and meshed with the implant, a post is inserted into the implant. The new artificial tooth, or crown, is then attached to the post. Implant restoration is a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss.

To learn more about implant dentistry, call Clint Blackwood at 801-938-8855. The friendly professionals at Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray provide world-class dental treatment for patients in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas.

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