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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.

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279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah


Gummy Smile?

Gummy Smile? Many Murray cosmetic dentistry patients with a gummy smile undergo crown lengthening surgery to bring proper balance and symmetry to their smile. Gum tissue and, in some cases, bone is removed to expose more of the visible part of a tooth. It is a safe procedure that does not affect healthy tooth structure.

A ‘gummy smile’ is a term used to describe a smile with teeth that appear too short because an unusual amount of bone and soft tissue hide part of the crown. Our Murray cosmetic dental patients who have opted for crown lengthening love how their new perfect smile looks and feels. Some of our Murray crown lengthening patients also choose teeth whitening for an extra-dazzling smile!

Crown lengthening is not used solely for cosmetic reasons. When a tooth is injured and breaks at the gum line or if a filling or crown comes off a tooth that contains decay, crown lengthening makes additional tooth structure accessible for further restorative work. It is also used to treat some types of periodontal disease.

At Salt Lake Dental Care, we perform cosmetic and restorative crown lengthening for patients in the Murray, Sandy and Taylorsville area. The surgery can be performed by a general dentist, periodontist or oral surgeon.

If you are interested in crown lengthening or other cosmetic dental procedures and live in the Salt Lake City, area, schedule an exam by calling 801-938-8855. We are conveniently located at 279 E 5900 S Ste 202 in Murray. When you come in, we can show you before and after photos of Utah cosmetic dentistry patients who are enjoying their new smiles.

Clint Blackwood DDS
Salt Lake Dental Care


A Youthful Smile At Any Age

A Youthful Murray Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

Declining health, limited mobility, financial strains – clearly, aging is not for whimps. Though some challenges Salt Lake City seniors face can’t be avoided, others can. Dental issues, for instance. Many dental problems common among Salt Lake City retirees such as missing teeth, gum recession, tooth damage, and yellowed enamel, can be remedied.

With modern cosmetic dentistry, mature Salt Lake City folks can have a smile that looks as young as they feel (or wish they felt!). Regardless of your age, it is not too late to improve your smile – even if you have some missing teeth.

At Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray, we pamper our patients from 2 to 90. We offer comprehensive general and cosmetic dental services including wisdom teeth removal and dental implants.

If you live in Murray, Murray UT, Salt Lake City, or Salt Lake City, call 801-938-8855 to schedule an exam and consultation. We can discuss porcelain crowns and veneers, tooth-colored fillings, implant-supported dentures, invisible braces, and teeth whitening.

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Affordable Murray Cosmetic Dentistry

Affordable Murray Cosmetic Dentistry Will your Utah dental insurance cover Murray cosmetic dental procedures? Many Salt Lake City dentistry clients assume their dental insurance won’t cover any cosmetic dental procedures. This is probably true for tooth bleaching in Murray UT or first time dental bonding. However, many Utah dental insurance plans and dental supplemental plans cover orthodontia and any treatment needed to repair damage from an injury. Medical insurance and worker’s compensation plans may also cover injury treatment.

Some Salt Lake City dental insurance plans cover replacement porcelain veneers in certain circumstances. Check with your carrier for benefit specifics if you need replacement veneers due to deterioration. We can then discuss dental treatment options such as replacement veneers or porcelain crowns. When the work is completed, we may be able to help you submit your dental claim form if your plan requires one.

If you are in need of any kind of dental treatment, from a cleaning to major restorative work, come in to Salt Lake Dental Care on 279 E 5900 S Ste 202 in Murray. You can meet our high-quality team, undergo a thorough evaluation and discuss financing options. Even if you do not have Utah dental insurance, let’s talk. Top quality Murray dental treatment is a wise investment and may be more affordable than you think.

Dr. Clint Blackwood of Salt Lake Dental Care has been proudly serving Murray and Salt Lake City residents since 2005. Salt Lake Dental Care is a network dental provider for many Utah dental insurance plans.


Look Younger With A Smile Makeover In Murray

Look Younger With Sandy Utah Cosmetic Dentistry

Welcome to the Salt Lake Dental Care dental blog! I am Dr. Clint Blackwood. Perhaps you have heard that cosmetic dentistry procedures can totally transform a smile. You may be a little skeptical of the claims, after all, the promise of total transformation is a tall order. Are smile makeovers really possible? Absolutely! At Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray, we work miracles with modern cosmetic dentistry.

The success of smile makeovers in Murray depend upon the skill of the cosmetic dentist, the procedures performed, and the quality of the materials. At Salt Lake Dental Care, we deliver our best to our valued Murray, Murray UT, and Sandy cosmetic dental clients every day.

If your smile has several problems including cavities, stained teeth, chipped teeth, old silver fillings, or misaligned teeth, you may suppose that a smile makeover would take many hours and several visits. The truth is, the smile re-designs I perform currently are quicker and easier than ever before. We offer dental veneers, porcelain crowns, dental bonding, and tooth-colored fillings. Ask us about sedation dentistry, invisible braces, dental implants, and crown lengthening.

There are few physical features that bring continual long-term pleasure and satisfaction like a perfect smile.
My Salt Lake City smile makeover patients feel younger, more attractive, and more self-confident with their dramatic smile transformations. To book a cosmetic dental consultation at Salt Lake Dental Care today, call 801-938-8855 or visit


The Dangers of Oral Piercing

Aoviding The Dangers of Oral Piercings With Your Murray Dentist If you live in the Murray area and are considering puncturing your lip or tongue, read this:

Your mouth is full of bacteria. Any opening in the tissue carries the risk of infection. The germs from your tongue and mouth can easily get into your bloodstream. Murray dentists and doctors are continually treating serious infections caused by oral piercings. Oral infections can be a real problem, and should be a major consideration before getting an oral piercing.

Tooth Damage
It should come as no surprise that having a piece of metal bang around in your mouth can easily chip tooth enamel. Though tooth enamel is amazingly strong, once it’s chipped or cracked, it can only be restored with artificial material. Fortunately, Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray offers many tooth restoration options such as dental crowns and fillings, but our advice is to avoid the problem if you can.

Prolonged Bleeding and Swelling
The blood vessels in the tongue are often damaged when the tongue is pierced, causing prolonged bleeding and possible build-up of scar tissue. In some cases, the tongue swells up enough to block the airway.

Gum Recession
A number of periodontal disease studies have shown that wearing oral jewelry is linked to periodontal disease which can result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease, or ‘gum disease’, can cause gum recession and exposes the root of your teeth, potentially causing hyper sensitivity and pain. Again, our advice is to avoid the problem right from the start.

These are just a few of the dangers. Cosmetic dentist Clint Blackwood at Salt Lake Dental Care can give you more information about the risks of oral piercings. If you already have damage, call 801-938-8855 to schedule a consultation.


Tooth Whitening Dentistry In Salt Lake City

Tooth Whitening Dentistry In Salt Lake City

Tooth whitening has really taken off in Salt Lake city. It has become a popular dental procedure and can provide excellent results if done properly.

There are a lot of options when it comes to tooth whitening. You can choose from a selection of over-the-counter options that you can get at your local pharmacy, or can go to a professional to get a complete tooth whitening solution.

It is a good idea to consult with your dentist before a tooth whitening, regardless of whether you choose to use an over-the-counter product. Your dentist will be able to help you understand the results you can expect, and can help recommend a product that will work for you.

There are many variables when it comes to tooth whitening. The color of your teeth at the beginning of your treatment will make a difference for your ending result. Different tooth whitening treatments will each produce a different result. Your Murray dentist has experience with tooth coloration and the types of treatments available.

In many cases, your Murray dentist will be able to provide you with a tooth whitening solution that you can take home with you. In some cases, your Murray cosmetic dentist may recommend a professional treatment that is done at the dentist’s office.

Professional tooth whitening can produce dramatic results in a single treatment, and is often done over a few treatments.

Tooth whitening is less expensive than it was in the earlier days of tooth whitening technology. Today, tooth whitening treatments are very affordable, and don’t take the time they used to.

If you are interested in a tooth whitening consultation in the Murray area, please call Salt Lake Dental Care and make an appointment to see me. I will be happy to give you a check up, assess your tooth color, and recommend tooth whitening treatments that may be right for you.

-Clint Blackwood, Dr.


How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in Murray

How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in Murray UT If you are one of the many Murray UT denture wearers, you know that they are not the ideal solution for missing teeth.

The problems with dentures include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, bone loss, and inability to taste food due to a covered palate. Clearly, dentures do not feel and function like natural teeth.

Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can help you avoid the need for dentures later in your life, but other factors can make dental replacements an inevitability.

The good news? Modern dental implant technology is making dentures a thing of the past.

At Salt Lake Dental Care we have information and expertise that can help bring hope to Salt Lake City denture wearers through dental implant technology. There are a variety of effective denture/implant tooth configurations.

Call Salt Lake Dental Care at 801-938-8855 to book a dental implants consultation with Dr. Clint Blackwood. We can help you understand your options and can recommend a variety of services.

If you currently wear traditional dentures and are not happy with them, implant supported dentures may dramatically change your life. Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again. How about a thick T-bone at your favorite steakhouse? In addition to being able to enjoy your meal, you will avoid the embarrassment of having your dentures rattle around in your mouth in public.

Before you pay for another denture reline, ask your Murray UT cosmetic dentist about the possibility of dental implants. While tooth implants are a significant investment, the dental implant cost is very reasonable when you consider they can last a lifetime.

Attention Murray UT denture wearers: there is life after dentures with tooth implants!

Come see us at Salt Lake Dental Care at 279 E 5900 S Ste 202 in Murray, 84107 for more information about dental implants.


Stay Out Of The Salt Lake City Dental Danger Zone

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You would never consider running a red light on a busy street or crossing over a lane of orange construction cones on the freeway, but you might be doing some everyday things that are a real danger to your oral health.

I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood, a family and cosmetic dentist serving the Salt Lake City and Sandy Utah area, and I want to share with you some common habits that could be detrimental to the health of your teeth.

Crunching ice between your teeth might be refreshing on a clear day, but the soft tissue inside your teeth won’t appreciate it. Once this tissue gets irritated, you’re more likely to get toothaches and have increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods.

Participating in your favorite sport without proper mouth protection is a risk that no one in Murray UT should take. If there is a chance that a mouth injury could occur (and there is with most sports) then get to the nearest Salt Lake City sporting goods store and purchase an inexpensive mouth guard or, better yet, ask me about a custom mouthguard.

Using your teeth to open anything is a bad idea. Every time your teeth come in contact with foreign objects there is potential for chipping and cracking.

Now that you know how to avoid these risks, what can you do if you’ve already damaged your teeth from these activities or similar ones? Make an appointment with our high-quality staff and we’ll see how we can help.

If you’ve had chipping or cracking problems, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that might help you. If you have overly-sensitive teeth, I may be able to prescribe a prescription toothpaste to relieve the pain.

We can also answer any questions you have about veneers, gum contouring, or teeth whitening in Murray. We hope to hear from you soon, but in the meantime, keep those pearly whites safe and sound.


Sedation Dentistry in Murray

Sedation Dentistry in Murray UT Picture the following scenario: You are stretched out in a chair at your Murray UT dentist’s office holding a remote as you try to tune into your favorite local radio station. An assistant clips a paper bib around your neck. Someone switches on a bright overhead light and you see latex-gloved hands moving toward your open mouth. You close your eyes.

As you read this, does your heart begin racing? Are your palms sweaty?

If so, you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Oral sedation benefits nervous dental patients in Murray UT every day. Moderate sedation is used for all types of Salt Lake City area dental procedures such as root canal therapy, dental implants, and wisdom teeth removal. If you are considering extensive restorative or cosmetic dental work, conscious sedation may allow your cosmetic dentist to complete multiple procedures in a single visit.

Don’t let fear prevent you from getting the dental treatment you need. Schedule a visit with Dr. Clint Blackwood to learn about conscious sedation dentistry.

Clint Blackwood DDS
Salt Lake Dental Care
279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah 84107

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