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15
MAR
2019

Are Dental Implants Worth It?

Are Murray Dental Implants Worth It? Are dental implants worth the investment? At Salt Lake Dental Care, your premier general and cosmetic dentistry option in the Murray, UT area, we say absolutely!

A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth. Also known as a tooth implant, it goes in place of a root in order to support dental restorations. It can also act as an anchor for other dental prostheses, like crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Dental implants need to be strong, they are generally made of materials like titanium and are actually placed within the jaw bone.  Within a few months, the tooth implant will fuse with the bone, allowing it to function and feel like an actual tooth. The post meshes with the bone to provide a stable foundation. This is critical because the root replacement post helps prevent jaw bone deterioration that generally occurs after a tooth has been lost.

When the implant has meshed securely with the bone (it can take up to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then attached. Same day implants are available for some patients that fit the criteria. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Blackwood about your situation.

The industry-leading dental implants available at Salt Lake Dental Care are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of configurations. One dental implant can replace one missing tooth. Again, a series of implants can replace more than one tooth or anchor a dental bridge. Denture wearers should know that tooth implants may also serve as a sturdy base for partial or full dentures.When calculating the cost of dental implants, it’s important to compare them to other restorative options such as a dental bridge.

Our team at Salt Lake Dental Care, would be honored to consult with you on dental implants or any other cosmetic or general dentistry services that you may need in the Murray, UT area. Please call us to schedule a visit and to discuss your dental goals and the possibility of affordable dental implants.

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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28
FEB
2019

Your New Smile Makeover Is Within Reach In Murray

cosmetic dental MurrayFew physical improvements can have as dramatic of an impact on  your self-confidence and self-esteem as a smile makeover. Excellent oral health and an attractive smile can contribute to overall physical health and a high quality of life. Our team at Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray is passionate about upgrading your smile through cosmetic dentistry.

During your no-pressure smile transformation consultation we will cover:

  • How you want your smile to look and feel after the makeover.
  • The overall condition of your oral health.
  • The individual aspects of your teeth and gums that you wish to fix.
  • A detailed explanation of each needed treatment (e.g. porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, gum contouring, crown lengthening, tooth implants, braces, or teeth whitening).
  • Showing you before and after pictures of previous smile makeover clients.
  • Your options for how to schedule the procedures (all at once or over time).
  • Information about oral conscious sedation.
  • Answers to any questions or concerns.
  • Cosmetic dentistry expenses and financing options.

If you have ever wondered how cosmetic dentistry could change your life, it is time for you to pick up the phone today to  schedule a consultation with our team at Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray. Remember, your remarkable smile begins with us!

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-938-8855

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

22
FEB
2019

Can You Name All Nine Dental Specialties?

Draper Pediatric and Cosmetic DentistryMost people know what a pediatric dentist is and a few may even know what an endodontist does too, but did you know that the American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes a total of nine dental specialties? This post will put you to the test and  outline the specific disciplines within the fascinating world of dentistry and the years they were formally recognized by the ADA. For an extra challenge, see if you can name all nine before reading through this post. And for the record our team at Salt Lake Dental Care is fully committed to cosmetic and family dentistry in Salt Lake City, but we know them all!

Endodontics (1983): This area focuses on “the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.” So, if you need say a root canal, you might require the services of an endodontist.

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (2003): If you want to straighten your teeth, an orthodontist is in order. Dentofacial orthopedic specialists correct facial deformities using many of the same types of appliances used in teeth straightening therapy.

Pediatric Dentistry (1995): This is an an easy one, short and simple: pediatric dentists provide dental care for infants, children, and teenagers.

Periodontics (1992): Periodontics is the dentistry specialty that encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes. Periodontal specialists perform crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and soft tissue grafts on gums.

Prosthodontics (2003): Prosthodontists provide restorative dental procedures, including dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. They also perform cosmetic dentistry treatments, including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, invisible fillings, and teeth bleaching.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (1991): This specialty concerns “the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions.” It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations.”1

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
(2001): Oral and maxillofacial radiologists analyze radiographic images (x-rays) for issues of the maxillofacial area.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1990): Oral surgeons perform surgery on the teeth, jaw, face, and gums. These include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate correction, bone grafting, dental implants, and impacted teeth.

Dental Public Health (1976): This discipline focuses on “preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.”

General dentists and cosmetic dentists are trained in a wide variety of dental procedures, but sometimes your dentist in Salt Lake City will refer you to a specialist or include a specialist as part of your treatment team. If you have any cosmetic and family dentistry needs in Salt Lake City or the the surrounding areas don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Salt Lake Dental Care for an appointment. We would be honored to provide you with quality dental care.

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

15
FEB
2019

6 Ways To Improve Oral Hygiene in Murray

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It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to improve your oral hygiene in Murray. In fact, you can form a new habit to benefit your oral health in 10 seconds. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we help patients improve their smiles with cosmetic and general dentistry. Today, we offer our patients 6 ways to add essential dental care to each day in 60 seconds or less.

Find a better place for your toothbrush.
Look around. In 10 seconds you can probably find 5 places to set your toothbrush that will allow air drying and can curb the growth of microorganisms that a closed, moist environment would encourage.

Leave the floss on the counter.
If you want to build consistency, you need reminders. Deliberately setting out the floss will give you more commitment to using it. And if you see it, you’ll remember that commitment to improve your oral hygiene in Murray.

Swish.
If you’re in 20 seconds already, might as well grab the fluoride rinse and swish away bits of food after flossing and freshen your breath at the same time. 10 seconds is the minimum but 20 is twice as good.

Smile in the mirror.
Check out those chompers. Examine for 10 full seconds. Inspect gums for bleeding or tenderness, missed fragments of food, staining, or other concerns.

Have a water chaser with dark beverages.
Rinse your mouth with a sip of water when drinking cola, tea, or coffee throughout the day. A mere 10 seconds that will curb discoloration.

Call Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS.

Have a short conversation with our team and you can secure yourself a consultation with a high-quality dental practice. We will examine your teeth for far more than 10 seconds and help keep your smile healthy and beautiful. We can also answer questions about how to improve your oral hygiene in Murray.  We offer services such as general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, or dental implants. Trusted since 2005 to promote healthy smiles and educated hygiene, we will take care of all 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
FEB
2019

Take Care of Your Toothbrush and Oral Health in Murray

Salt Lake City Dental Patients Take Care Of Your Toothbrush!

The common household toothbrush. Every Murray home has at least one, and hopefully, all Murray residents are brushing their teeth after each meal. While cosmetic dentistry and a complete smile makeover seem to be all the rage these days, daily brushing is still the most important thing you can do for your oral health in Murray.

It has been said that each toothbrush can contain millions of bacteria. But don’t worry, those bacteria come from our mouths, which harbor equal amounts of bacteria. For a person with a healthy immune system, these bacteria pose no threat to your oral health in Murray.  However, a few common sense tips might keep any unnecessary germs from affecting the toothbrushes of Sandy, Taylorsville, and Draper dental patients.

First, be sure to store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the toilet lid before flushing. Each flush of the toilet releases a spray of bacteria into the air, so it’s best to just eliminate the spray. Next, since bacteria like a moist environment, store your toothbrush upright and without a travel case so that it can dry completely between uses.

The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. Brushing and flossing are the key to good oral health in Murray, and doing both each day will keep dental patients’ risk for gum disease, cavities, and bad breath very low.  Keep your smile bright by visiting Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS regularly and practicing proper oral hygiene. Dr. Clint Blackwood has been a dentist in the Murray area since 2005. We can answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and clear braces. Call to schedule 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

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25
JAN
2019

Have You Considered Sedation Dentistry in Murray?

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Does your heart start pounding at the slightest thought of having a cavity filled? Do you get sweaty palms when you see a dental practice? Many men and women who have improved their smile with cosmetic dentistry or underwent extensive restoration care chose to use sedation dentistry in Murray. Though the terms ‘sleep dentistry’ and ‘oral conscious sedation’ are often used interchangeably, they are not identical. Let’s consider the three main types of sedation used in dentistry.

Laughing Gas
The first level uses Laughing Gas, or ‘laughing gas’ as it is ordinarily called. Laughing Gas has been used in cosmetic dental offices for decades because it is safe and effective. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the process, but wears off quickly after the mask is pulled off. If you need a little help to get through dental services, but don’t want to be knocked out cold, nitrous may be the best option.

Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as swiftly as Laughing Gas, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of tranquility. These medications, however, do not usually bring about complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and Laughing Gas are used in ‘conscious’ sedation. Two of the most prevalent sedatives used by Murray dentists are diazepam and triazolam.

IV Sedation
IV sedation uses medications similar to those used in surgery and results in true ‘sleep dentistry.’ Most patients are oblivious to what is happening in their mouth. IV sedation dentistry in Murray is often used for services such as root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, and multi-procedure smile makeovers. The sedation will wear off shortly after the procedure.

For more information about sedation dentistry in Murray, call Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS at 801-506-6009. We’d be happy to answer any questions.

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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18
JAN
2019

3 Point Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation in Murray

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Looking for a dentist because you’re losing the battle with plaque build-up, chipped teeth, tooth pain, stains, or dental caries? Then it’s time you stop at Salt Lake Dental Care. Today’s post offers 3 steps to take before you arrive at our office for a consultation in Murray.

The state of your mouth is essential to your health both psychologically and physically. Everyone wants to make a pleasing impression when they smile or speak. We understand that. The look, the odor, the feel, the functionality of your biting surfaces are so important to your everyday experience that we recognize our vital role in finding solutions to these issues.

Of course, your very first step is making contact. Please call 801-506-6009 or visit us our office to schedule your next consultation in Murray. After you schedule a consultation with our team, please take a moment to review the following checklist for a productive appointment experience:

1. Analyze your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why? We can review your habits and establish what is holding you back, if anything.

2. Describe pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
Persistent or intermittent pain? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? Living with pain is unneeded with the technology and expertise available these days. Usually, there are easy solutions to seemingly big pains. Let us address all your concerns.

3. Define what you want your smile to look like.
If you can describe your optimal smile, we can examine how to obtain it. There are numerous possibilities for an exceptional smile with a smile makeover. With cosmetic dentistry, we can improve your smile using techniques such as teeth whitening, veneers, and dental implants.

We always welcome questions about the cost of porcelain veneers, the price of filling a cavity, or placing a crown. We have answers for you during the dental consultation in Murray. Our team is equipped and trained to help you with your dental needs. We see patients for sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, and wisdom teeth removal, to name a few. When it comes to looking for a dentist in Murray or the surrounding communities, please know that you will be in gentle and capable hands with me, Dr. Blackwood, and our high-quality team.

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, Utah
84107

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04
JAN
2019

Help! My Dental Crown in Murray Came Off!

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You are chewing an apple and hear a strange sound, then something in your mouth feels wrong. You realize that one of your dental crowns has come off. Chances are, the crown can be re-cemented, which could potentially save you hundreds of dollars. What do you do when your dental crown in Murray comes off? It’s vital that you take the following steps:

Don’t Swallow It!
This may seem like a fairly obvious tip, but we are mentioning it because it is essential. Carefully take the dental crown out of your mouth. If you accidentally swallow it, you will have some extra issues that aren’t very pleasant.

Look Carefully
Inspect the crown and your tooth in the mirror. If there is damage to either, Dr. Blackwood and his team of professionals will need that information.

Call Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS
We will schedule you an appointment ASAP and advise you on whether you should use temporary cement to re-attach the dental crown in Murray until you can get into Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS and have it permanently re-cemented.

Clean Gently
Use a toothbrush to very carefully clean the crown and the unprotected partial tooth. Do not put too much pressure on the tooth and be as gentle as possible. You don’t want to cause any damage to the tooth.

Handle With Care
While waiting for the crown to be re-cemented, forego substances that are chewy, sticky, or crunchy. Avoid snacks, candy, chips, and gum. Try to eat things that are soft or that are mostly liquid.

We hope this post has been informative for you. If you would like more information on taking care of your dental crown in Murray, give us a call at 801-938-8855. At Salt Lake Dental Care, our practice offers a variety of dental services such as dental implants, dental veneers, and wisdom teeth extraction. We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-938-8855

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

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14
DEC
2018

Cosmetic Dentistry: Spotlight-Ready Smile in Murray

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A mouth full of unattractive teeth can really distract from a beautiful person’s appearance. Having a red-carpet-worthy smile in Murray can bring you increased satisfaction and confidence in your social interactions with your distinguished A-list friends.

This smile, however, doesn’t have to have a celebrity price tag. Five-star yet affordable cosmetic dentistry and VIP treatment have been available since 2005 at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS. Come see what our expertise and experience can offer you smile in Murray. When you ask about the cost of veneers, don’t forget to ask about the cost of dental implants as well.

What are dental veneers? Veneers are paper-thin shells of durable material, such as ceramic, porcelain, or composite resin, bonded to the teeth to provide strength and add beauty to any smile in Murray. What are dental implants? A wonderful long-term solution for missing teeth, dental implants are artificial roots surgically implanted in the jaw to anchor a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, or denture.

The best way to find out if veneers or dental implants are a possibility is to meet with Clint Blackwood DDS at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS for a smile makeover consultation. We can create a smile you will be proud to flash at all of your public appearances throughout Hollywood or on location in Murray, Draper, or Sandy.

Dr. Blackwood is raising the bar as our practice strives to deliver excellence with every possible service. This list includes sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, wisdom teeth removal, Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and more. Treat your fans to a dazzling smile created at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS. Give us a call today.

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-938-8855

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

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30
NOV
2018

Looking For A Great Dentist in Murray?

Looking For A Dentist In MurrayFinding an extraordinary dentist in Murray is typically achieved with a personal recommendation. The most common way for people to find a dentist is to ask a friend or neighbor ‘Who is your dentist?’ The answer is usually followed up with an explanation about whether or not your friend likes their dentist, and whether they would recommend their local dentist.

Finding a New Dentist in Murray

Patients evaluate a dental practice on the dentist’s chairside manner, dental skill, the services offered, location, dental office atmosphere, wait times, and availability of dental financing. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we are proud to serve not only Murray but the greater Salt Lake City area. Our friendly dental team consists of proud members of the community we serve. It’s worth the trip for the change it will make in your life. Furthermore, we are currently accepting new patients from the Salt Lake City area.

What Are You Waiting For?

We realize that most of our new patients come to us by word-of-mouth referrals and patient testimonials. It is our goal to deliver such an extraordinary dental experience that you will be compelled to tell your friends about how happy you are with our dental service. We offer a large variety of comprehensive general and restorative dental services including:

  • Sedation dentistry
  • Teeth whitening
  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Porcelain veneers

We have been devoted to improving lives with dental expertise since we opened our doors in 2005. Your smile is our priority and we want your personality to shine as brightly as your smile. Our team invites you to schedule a consultation by calling us at 801-938-8855. Come visit Salt Lake Dental Care, where a friendly dentist in Murray looks forward to meeting you.

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-938-8855

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

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