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08
MAR
2019

Dead Or Just Sick?

do I need a root canal MurrayIt’s easy to forget that teeth are alive. After all, they don’t grow like hair or fingernails, and the enamel is not made of living cells. We are reminded that they are alive when we have an issue. In serious cases, it may take a root canal from Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray UT to save the tooth.

Like other organs, teeth need a blood supply to stay alive and healthy. Veins, arteries, lymph vessels and nerves live below the enamel and dentin in the pulp of the tooth. When the blood flow is cut off, the tooth eventually dies. What can cause blood flow troubles? Injury, trauma, infection, large fillings, and multiple restorations can impact a tooth’s blood supply.

At Salt Lake Dental Care, we can carry out root canal therapy to save a dead tooth if required. During a root canal procedure the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. The resulting empty space is shaped, then filled with a special rubber material. What’s left is covered with a crown.

Root canals generally last many years, but not always. Inadequate oral hygiene, decay, periodontal disease, an undetected crack, abscess, or degradation of root canal sealing materials can all cause a root canal to fail.

How do you know if you have a dead or dying tooth? It is essential to call Salt Lake Dental Care if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. Keep in mind, sometimes there are no noticeable symptoms. That is why it is so important to have regular checkups.

In addition to root canals, Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray UT offers clear braces, and a wide range of general and family dentistry services. 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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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

11
MAY
2018

The Cure, Not the Cause: Root Canals in Murray UT

Too many people see a dentist’s office as a painful place. At Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray UT, we dispel that with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Even so, when patients hear they need a root canal, a lot of them can’t help getting tense.

It doesn’t need to be that way. Patients need to get a root canal because of an infected tooth. That tooth is usually giving them pain, sometimes a lot of pain. A root canal relieves it, and saves the tooth. The procedure itself is painless.

The term “root canal” comes from the fact that we clean out the canals inside the tooth’s root. We remove bacteria, soft tissue, decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. The tooth is then sealed, and a crown is put in place.

Most root canals are successful, and result in the infected tooth being saved. The only alternative is to have the tooth extracted. As worrisome as it might be to hear you need a root canal, the alternative is worse.

We want root canals, and all other procedures, to be as comfortable as possible. We have several sedation dentistry options: Laughing Gas (also known as laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, which involves taking a sedative beforehand, and IV sedation, which is administered intravenously.

Laughing Gas wears off quickly. But those who get oral conscious sedation or IV sedation will need a ride home afterward.

In addition to root canals, Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray UT provides general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

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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