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15
JAN
2021

The 411 on TMJ

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Do you have unexplained pain or clicking sounds in your jaw? They can be the result of a serious jaw condition.

Some conditions with the jaw and the muscles that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But it’s also frequently called TMJ, because that’s the acronym for the name of the joint. Technically, that’s not correct. 

“Temp-or-o-man-di-what?!

Let’s talk about what this means. The word temporomandibular (pronounced ‘temp-ur-o-man-di-bye-ler) is defined as ‘of, relating to, being, or affecting the joint that connects the temporal bone and the mandible.’ 

(We are not betting people, but if we were, we would bet that you did not foresee an anatomy lesson from your dentist.) The temporal bones are located at the sides and base of your skull, and consist of five parts, the squama, the petrous, mastoid, tympanic parts, and styloid process. The mandible is the lower jaw, and, anatomically speaking, holds your whole face together.

What are the signs of TMD?

If you have jaw problems, either due to a collision, arthritis, misalignment of teeth or jaw, teeth grinding and clenching, poor posture, or chewing gum, you may experience: 

  • tooth grinding or clicking 
  • jaw pain
  • earaches
  • popping sounds in your ears
  • headaches
  • stiff or sore jaw muscles
  • locking of the jaw joint
  • pain in the temple area

Quite often, TMJ symptoms will go away on their own. Some people who suffer from TMD notice flare-ups when they are under a lot of stress.

TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of issues, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. An accurate diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.

If your TMD symptoms don’t go away on their own, seek professional help. Chronic TMD can be debilitating and your dentist can help. Dentists that treat TMD work hand-in-hand with a network of specialists including ENT specialists, neurologists, and physical therapists. Talk to a healthcare professional.

 

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

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279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
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08
JAN
2021

How Tooth Grinding Can Damage Your Smile

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What is Tooth Grinding?

Tooth grinding (or bruxism in doctor-speak) is a common behavior among individuals of all ages. It is when a person involuntarily clenches their jaw or rubs their teeth together. Tooth grinding can occur during the day or night and can affect children and adults. Some people grind their teeth intermittently when they are going through periods of unusual stress. For other people, it becomes a habit over a period of time. 

Regardless of the cause, tooth grinding can be painful and damaging to your smile. It can also have a long-term impact on physical and mental health.

The Dangers of Teeth Grinding

  • It can bring about loose teeth
  • It can cause physical pain in the teeth or face 
    • Headaches
    • Jaw pain
    • Ear pain
    • Tooth pain
  • It can break teeth
  • It can wear down enamel 
  • It can cause problems with the alignment of the bite

Tips/Ways to Help Stop Grinding Your Teeth

  • Wear a mouthguard to bed
  • Botox (injections of Botox into the jaw muscles can prevent the muscles from contracting in some people)
  • Biofeedback
  • Physical therapy
  • Stress relief exercises
  • Avoid caffeine 
  • Avoid alcohol

Resources to Help Stop Grinding Your Teeth

  • Speak with Dr.Blackwood  about a custom night guard or splint
  • Talk to your primary care physician about possible underlying medical factors
  • Talk to a sleep medicine specialist
  • Speak with a medical professional who is experienced in using Botox to treat medical conditions–these include dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, TMD specialists, and some dentists

If you grind your teeth, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blackwood. We can discuss creating a custom night guard to help protect your teeth. We can also refer you to other specialists that can help you overcome the underlying reason for the .

Do You Already Have Tooth Damage from Bruxism?

If you have already damaged your teeth, let’s discuss options for correcting the dilemmas. These might include porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or full crowns to protect against further damage.

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

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Murray, Utah
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01
JAN
2021

It’s A Great Time To Have Ugly Teeth!

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Huh? Yep, it’s true. It’s a great time to have ugly teeth because unprecedented cosmetic dentistry provides several procedures to turn ugly to unbelievably beautiful.

Teeth whitening can benefit almost every adult. Years of staining can be magically erased in a day at your dentist’s office or over a few months with an economical at-home kit. This popular treatment gives you a lot of bang for your cosmetic dental buck.

If your teeth are slightly crooked or have small chips or cracks, minimally-invasive porcelain veneers could be the answer. A veneer is a translucent, wafer-thin cover that is permanently attached to the front of a tooth. Many people get veneers on the upper front teeth for a fabulous smile renewal. Call Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS at 801-506-6009 to learn more about marvelous veneers.

Have your gums receded and thereby exposed the metal base of an old dental crown? Soft tissue grafts and/or crown replacement can repair this common problem. Call Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS at 801-506-6009 to schedule a gum-contouring consultation.

A missing tooth detracts from your smile, even if your other teeth look great. Many individuals have benefited from dental implants. 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 natural-looking crown. Dental implants can also anchor full or partial dentures and significantly improve life for denture wearers.

If your teeth have acute alignment problems, we encourage you to think about braces. Dental patients of all ages are undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth and transform their smile. The newest braces are faster, less noticeable, and more comfortable than ever before.

Other cosmetic dental procedures available at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS in Murray are inlays/onlays, dental crowns, and white fillings. If you have an ugly smile, our team of exceptional dental professionals is enthusiastic about making it brilliant. Call 801-506-6009 today!

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801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

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18
DEC
2020

Are Dental Veneers Reversible?

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When individuals seek cosmetic dentistry to improve their smile, porcelain veneers are a popular option. Unlike a crown that completely covers the tooth, a veneer is a super thin layer of a very substantial porcelain, composite bonding, or ceramic. When bonded to a tooth, the veneer creates a natural, translucent, and new surface. It improves the appearance of the visible portion of your tooth instantly.

To begin, you will need a consultation with your dentist, who should have skill in cosmetic procedures. You should examine what you do not like about your smile and ascertain how you want it improved. Veneers may not be optimal for you. Other cosmetic dental procedures are available that may be a better fit for the characteristics you wish to change.

Porcelain veneers can repair many minor to moderate problems, including the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Gaps between teeth can be filled, as well as the lengthening or shortening of teeth to complete your attractive smile.

Your dentist will also discuss both types of veneers: traditional veneers and prepless veneers. Before a traditional veneer is put on the tooth, the dentist first removes a very thin layer of enamel. Enamel cannot be replaced, which is one reason this technique is irreversible.

The second service is called ‘no-prep’ or ‘prepless.’ With this type, enamel removal is typically not required. When no enamel is removed, the treatment can be reversible. However, this technique has specific criteria.

Furthermore, it is possible to use both types of veneers for multiple teeth, depending on the condition of each tooth.

Your dentist will help you analyze your unique needs and counsel you on how to reach your goals. Once you and your dentist have created a dental plan, your dentist will work with a laboratory and dental team to assure everything is carried out as discussed.

If you do not have a dentist, we invite you to visit our singular practice at 279 E 5900 S Ste 202 in Murray. Clint Blackwood is a celebrated smile makeover artist. Experience is a critical consideration. Call 801-506-6009 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

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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04
DEC
2020

The ADA: Promoting Dental Health Since 1859

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Hello, thank you for visiting the Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS blog. I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood. Along with my fantastic team, I have been providing unmatched dental care since 2005.

Today’s article is about the American Dental Association. You have probably seen the ADA symbol on toothpaste and floss—but what else do you know about this dental institution?

The ADA’s self-proclaimed objective is to improve the level of public oral health by supporting the dental industry through not-for-profit federal, state, and local societies. It was formed in 1859 and is run by its members, which currently total over 160,000.

The ADA Seal of Acceptance is not an endorsement of a product per se, but rather is a confirmation of the claims made by said product. Companies who want the ADA credential for a product must submit proof of rigorous scientific testing. Once submitted, the ADA re-tests the product to further verify results. There are currently over 300 products with the ADA credential.

The ADA does more than evaluate dental products. Here are some other ways the ADA works to perform its mission:

  • Provides resources to support dentists and their practices
  • Educates the public about oral health
  • Works to increase access to dental care
  • Offers guidance on important issues that influence the dental industry
  • Cooperates with other organizations on scientific research projects and public health initiatives
  • Offers scholarships to dental students

For more information about the ADA, visit http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada

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http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada

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27
NOV
2020

How is an Oral Surgeon Different Than a General Dentist?

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Let’s discuss the similarities and differences between a general dentist and an oral surgeon.

Undergraduate Studies

To start, you need a four-year undergraduate degree. Few dental schools require a specific discipline, but many aspiring dentists major in a scientific field such as biology, chemistry, or anatomy.

How Do You Get Into Dental School?

To get into dental school, you must take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). Then you start applying to dental schools. Being accepted into a dental program is no small triumph. You need a high college GPA and a good score on the DAT.

Dental school generally takes four years. To graduate, a student must pass a series of exams at the national and state level before earning a dental degree. 

Depending on the state, a dental school graduate may need to pass an additional clinical exam.

DDS or DMD

When a dentist graduates, they either receive a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of (Medicine in Dentistry).

You Need Even MORE School to Earn a Specialty

When a dentist completes dental school, they can obtain a specialty degree.

The American Dental Association (ADA) certifies the following specialties:

  • Oral surgeon
  • Pediatric dentist
  • Endodontist
  • Orthodontist
  • Oral radiologist
  • Oral pathologist
  • Prosthodontist
  • Public health dentist

What is an Oral Surgery Residency?

Dental specialty programs run from two years to six years. This type of training is called a “residency”. While a DDS or DMD is completing specialty training he/she can practice general dentistry. 

Some six-year oral surgery residency programs provide a medical degree as well as an oral and maxillofacial certification.

Oral surgery residencies are offered through teaching hospitals. The training transpires in a hospital setting. This is a critical difference between dental school and a specialty residency. Dental school instruction does not take place in a dental practice.

Let’s Do The Math

When an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is finished with schooling, he/she has from 8 to 10 years of post-college instruction!

Some General Dentists Provide Surgical Procedures 

Many general dentists offer surgical procedures such as tooth extractions. However, many will refer a patient to an oral surgeon if the extraction involves an impacted wisdom tooth or another complication.

Some general dentists, cosmetic dentists, and periodontists provide implant procedures.

However, an oral surgeon has the most training and experience in dental implants and all other types of oral surgery.

The American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to recognize and treat a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. They are also trained to administer anesthesia and provide care in an office setting. The American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

 

 

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84107

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20
NOV
2020

Smile Necessities And Possibilities

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With cosmetic dentistry, Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS creates remarkable smiles for patients.

A smile redesign doesn’t just make your smile more attractive. It also builds self-confidence. You will be more comfortable in your professional and personal interactions.

Let’s Talk

Not happy with your smile? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Blackwood.

We’ll discuss what is needed, what is desired and what is possible for your smile. That freely revealed smile of childhood can be restored to you.

Then we will design an individualized plan of action.

Call to find out about the cost of various dental services and to schedule a consultation at 801-506-6009. We have competitive costs when it comes to smile transformations through cosmetic dental procedures and restorative dentistry.

We’ve been around since 2005. Over the years we have completed many procedures involving general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. 

Restorative dentistry ranges from simple fillings to crowns to dental implants. Cosmetic dentistry is complex. There are many variables that require consideration and experience. 

We look forward to meeting your needs on your terms. See you soon!

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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13
NOV
2020

Health Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In today’s post, we will focus on vital behaviors that influence oral health. Of course, effective brushing and flossing are two vital habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to keep a healthy smile.

Diet Do’s

  • Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is required for overall physical health and a strong immune system.
  • Do enjoy calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that are dangerous to enamel.

Diet Don’ts

  • Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar generates the production of detrimental cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to tooth decay.
  • Don’t snack throughout the day. This accelerates plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.
  • Don’t chew on ice. (It really can break teeth.)
  • Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are harmful to teeth.

Other Important Tips

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is smarter to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.
  • Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.
  • Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.
  • If you have children, communicate with Dr. Blackwood about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your children fluoride supplements.
  • Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.
  • If you have an eating disorder—seek professional help immediately. Bulimia and anorexia are extremely damaging to teeth. (Not to mention the toll they take on the heart and other organs.)

We encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that supports dental health as well as overall physical health. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we serve the Murray area with exceptional dental care including general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about wisdom teeth removal, Invisalign, sedation dentistry and porcelain veneers.

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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06
NOV
2020

Tooth Implants: What is All-on-4?

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The “>All-on-4 dental implant method is sold by Nobel Biocare. It’s a brand name of both the actual posts and the implantation technique. Four implants are placed in one jaw (upper or lower). The four dental implants support the anchored (non-removable) denture.

How is the All-on-4 system different than conventional implants?

The main difference is that it uses fewer posts to support an appliance that replaces all the teeth on one arch. To replace all of your teeth (upper and lower) with a conventional set of tooth implants, you would need 16-20. That’s 8-10 per arch. 

The way the posts are set in the jaw bone is different as well. With this service, the rear posts are surgically implanted at an angle.

What are the advantages of All-on-4?

All-on-4 is more economical than a full set of implants.

All-on-4 can often be placed in one day. Because of this, they are also called “smile in a day” or “same day teeth.”

Who is a suitable candidate for All-on-4?

Success with any tooth restoration procedure depends on many considerations. An important decision is whether the patient has enough healthy bone to support the implant. Patients with jaw bone recession in the back of the mouth may only be able to have this type of dental implant procedure.

What are the potential drawbacks of All-on-4?

Not all Murray dentists offer this procedure. There are various reasons. Some believe four implants don’t provide enough strength. It stands to reason that more implants provide more support. Another concern is that if a dental implant fails in the All-on-4 configuration, it may require that all tooth implants be replaced.

Dr. Blackwood is a dental implant specialist. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we have performed hundreds of dental implant procedures. If you are thinking about tooth implants, schedule a consultation. We look forward to discussing your dental goals.

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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Murray, Utah
84107

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OCT
2020

Lighten Up!

Lighten Up In Salt Lake City Hello! Today’s dental article is for people with stained teeth. Do you think your teeth are too stained for teeth whitening to have any effect? Think again. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS in Murray, we are whitening smiles for patients with both intrinsic and extrinsic stains.

Extrinsic stains are caused by dark colored foods and drinks, smoking, and normal aging. Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS cosmetic dentistry patients with extrinsic stains achieve great results from both in-office and take-home teeth whitening systems.

Intrinsic stains form on the inside but can be seen from the outside. Tetracycline, excessive fluoride, trauma, and aging can cause intrinsic staining for unfortunate individuals. Though these stains are harder to remove, many patients with intrinsic staining can whiten their teeth with take-home whitening kits. The process often takes longer, but with persistence, intrinsic stains can be lightened.

In addition to teeth whitening, we provide a full menu of cosmetic dental procedures at our office. With porcelain veneers, you can correct the shape of your teeth in addition to brightening the color. If you are missing a tooth, a dental implant may be the solution. Call 801-506-6009 for a dental implant or smile design consultation.

If you are embarrassed by a less-than-sparkling smile, let the team of dental professionals at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS help you lighten up.

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

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279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

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