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Serving Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Draper and Nearby Areas of Utah

January 25th, 2018

dental implants salt lake city utah dentistWhen it comes to cosmetic dental issues missing teeth is one of the most embarrassing. For people who have one or more teeth missing, they may smile less and feel self-conscious when they talk and laugh. At Warr Dental, we want everyone in our community to feel great about their smile, that's why we offer dental implants as a permanent solution to replacing lost teeth.

Whether you lost your teeth due to an impact to your face or through dental problems, a missing tooth is more than just a blemish on your smile. It also increases the risk for many oral health issues that can lead to future dental work and serious health concerns. The oral health risks that can stem from missing teeth include:

  • Shifting of teeth: The teeth surrounding your missing tooth may shift to fill the empty space
  • Bone decline: Teeth help keep your jawbone strong and missing teeth actually lead to bone deterioration and weakening
  • Gum disease: Missing teeth have shown to increase the risk of gum disease, which can lead to more tooth loss and other health issues
  • Sunken facial appearance: Missing multiple teeth can cause your face to lose it shape

For decades, the solution to this cosmetic problem was to replace missing teeth with dentures. While dentures do help, they don't permanently fix the issue and are known to slip at times when eating and speaking.

Dental implants offer many benefits to those who need to replace one or more missing teeth. By using a titanium implant that is placed into the jawbone, the implant actually fuses with your bone, effectively making it a part of your jaw and creating a long-lasting, secure tooth replacement. The many benefits of dental implants include:

  • Over 95 percent success rate
  • Longest-lasting tooth replacement option
  • Improves eating ability
  • Improved speech compared to dentures
  • Optimal stability allowing you to smile with confidence
  • The restorations connected to the implant match the color of your natural teeth
  • Extremely durable when properly cared for
  • Improves your oral health
  • Offers convenience over having to take out and clean dentures

Just as with any dental or medical procedure, it's important to make sure that you're a candidate for the treatment. Dental implants require sufficient bone density in the jaw to allow for the implant to fully integrate into the bone. One must also have healthy gums and be in good overall health. Our dentists will go over all of the qualifications with you further during your initial consultation so that the best treatment will be used to give you a beautiful, healthy smile.

If you'd like to learn more about dental implants and if they are right for you, please contact Warr Dental today at 801-216-3713 to schedule your consultation. We've been proudly serving those in the Salt Lake City area for over 60 years.

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December 27th, 2017

dental hygiene salt lake city utah dentistAs you end the year with family and friends at holiday gatherings, it’s more than likely you’ll be having your fair share of delicious foods and drinks. This time of year also means plenty of cookies and sugary drinks like hot cocoa and flavored coffees to help you stay warm. Unfortunately, these tasty treats can be bad for your oral health, that’s why with the coming New Year it’s the perfect time to reintroduce proper dental hygiene to you and your family’s routine.

At Warr Dental, we’ve been providing exceptional dental care services to the Salt Lake City area for over 60 years. While we’re here to help you with any dental needs you may have, we also want to promote proper dental hygiene practices to help you avoid any potential dental issues and prolong the health and beauty of your smile.

As you make your resolutions, keep dental health in mind with these daily oral hygiene tips:

  • Brush twice a day: At least twice a day, use a soft-bristle toothbrush with circular motions. Do this along the gum line while using fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. Brushing after each meal also helps to remove food particles in teeth.
  • Floss once a day: Flossing at least once a day, especially before bed, helps remove food between teeth that your toothbrush may miss. You should move the floss up and down between teeth and down to the gums to remove plaque buildup and leftover food. Always floss between each tooth, especially those hard to reach teeth in the back of your mouth.
  • Avoid sugary foods: When you eat sugar, bacteria in your mouth breaks it down and creates acids that can erode tooth enamel and even lead to tooth decay. Carbonated drinks also cause this to happen.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash: Using an antibacterial rinse after brushing helps prevent tooth decay and gum problems.
  • Chewing gum after eating: Believe it or not, chewing gum helps promote the production of saliva in the mouth, which naturally washes away and neutralizes acids in your mouth.
  • Abstain from tobacco products: Smoking, chewing, or using smokeless tobacco can lead to stained teeth and may greatly increase your risk of gum disease and oral cancer.
  • Eating Healthy: A healthy diet is critical for both your oral and overall health. Sugar and starch-filled foods can stick to your teeth which produce acids that can lead to tooth decay.
  • Regular dental visits: Visiting your local dentist at least twice a year is recommended because a professional cleaning helps to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth. Regular dental checkups can detect changes or issues with your teeth or gums to prevent problems from becoming worse.

It’s also important to establish proper dental practices with children early as it teaches good hygiene practices that may last a lifetime.

If you’d like to learn more about good dental hygiene practices or wish to schedule a dental checkup, please give our office a call at 801-216-3713 to schedule your appointment. We proudly provide quality dental care to those who live in and near Salt Lake City, West Valley City, and Draper, Utah.

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December 15th, 2017

tmj tmd symptoms and treatment salt lake city utah dentistChronic pain can cause more than just physical distress; it can be emotionally taxing as well. If you experience constant migraines and headaches or pain whenever you speak, eat, or use your jaw, you may feel hopeless and mentally exhausted from continually trying to alleviate that pain. If you suffer from these symptoms you may have a disorder of the temporomandibular joint, this condition is also referred to as TMJ or TMD.

It can be difficult knowing if you suffer from TMJ disorder, as its symptoms can mimic those of other conditions, leading many people to undergo various forms of diagnosis and treatments before finding the root of the problem.  According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), there is a prevalence of TMJ in 5-12% of individuals in the U.S., with the largest amount in younger persons and twice as likely to appear in women as men.

Because of the large numbers of individuals who may be suffering from the disorder, understanding the symptoms of TMJ can help you determine if you have the condition so that you can get an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment. The most common symptoms associated with TMJ include:

  • Chronic headaches and migraines
  • Piercing neck/shoulder pain
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Clicking/popping jaw joints
  • Depression
  • Chronic facial and/or jaw pain
  • Sensitive and sore teeth
  • Limited jaw mobility or locking jaw
  • Numbness in the fingers and arms
  • Sleep problems
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Fibromyalgia

As you can see, TMJ disorder can lead to a host of symptoms that can cause ongoing pain in many areas of the body. Since it’s not just a matter of jaw pain, you may suffer from TMJ without knowing. The main causes of TMJ disorder are generally linked to malfunctions with the jaw joints. When these joints are misaligned due to genetics or a trauma to the face, TMJ may develop and cause the symptoms listed above.

Fortunately, there are treatment options for this condition. At Warr Dental, Dr. Keith Warr uses neuromuscular dentistry to diagnose and treat TMJ. Dr. Warr will first determine the cause of your TMJ and discuss with you the treatment options available to help you eliminate your pain.

Depending on the severity of your TMJ disorder, we offer the following treatment options:

  • Pain management: For minor cases, Dr. Warr may recommend applying moist heat to the affected areas and/or taking anti-inflammatory drugs to minimize your discomfort.
  • Night guards: TMJ can be caused by the constant clenching or grinding of teeth that put stress on your jaw joints. For those who clench and grind their teeth, wearing a night guard can help minimize TMJ-related pain.
  • Biofeedback: Stress can make your symptoms worsen and could be a contributing factor to your TMJ disorder. Stress management through relaxation training can help alleviate some of your symptoms.
  • Orthodontics: TMJ can be caused by a misaligned bite. Correcting the alignment of your jaw and teeth with orthodontics could ease your pain

During your consultation with Dr. Warr, he’ll evaluate your symptoms to determine the proper course of treatment to help you with your pain. If you’d like to learn more about TMJ treatment options available at Warr Dental, please contact us by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at 801-216-3713 to schedule your evaluation. We’ve proudly been offering quality dental services to those in the Salt Lake City, Utah area for over 60 years.

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November 13th, 2017

porcelain veneers cosmetic dentistry salt lake city dentistNobody likes having imperfections in their teeth. Even minor aesthetic flaws can cause embarrassment in social interactions. With today’s advanced dentistry it’s easier than ever to fix minor cosmetic dental issues. There’s no need to worry about long or expensive dental work, at Warr Dental, we offer porcelain veneers as a solution to enhance and revitalize your smile.

We’ve been providing quality dental care in the Salt Lake City area for 60 years and use that experience to give each of our patients the care they need for a healthy, beautiful smile. Because porcelain veneers are such a great solution to many imperfections in your smile they’re one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in the U.S.

Porcelain veneers are thin coverings which are placed and bonded to a tooth with a cosmetic flaw. Dr. Keith Warr can match the veneers to your existing teeth color to provide a natural-looking appearance that will rejuvenate your smile. Porcelain veneers are great solutions to many cosmetic dental flaws, including:

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Minor gaps between teeth
  • Teeth that are worn down
  • Teeth that have shifted or are slightly crooked
  • Uneven teeth
  • Teeth with discoloration

Dr. Warr uses his extensive experience with porcelain veneers to give you the rejuvenated smile you desire. By closely matching the color and shape of your existing teeth, your veneers will have a seamless appearance helping you look and feel your best. This non-invasive procedure is completed in just two trips to our office.

Not only are porcelain veneers great for a variety of cosmetic imperfections, they’re also a great option for nearly anyone who has aesthetic flaws with their teeth. Nearly anyone can have the porcelain veneer procedure to correct their teeth. However, as with any procedure, there are certain factors that may inhibit you from having this treatment. Some reasons you may not be an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers include:

  • If your teeth are unhealthy
  • If you suffer from gum disease
  • If you don’t have sufficient tooth surface
  • If you have severe misalignment issues with your teeth

Your candidacy will be evaluated during your consultation and dental examination. We’ll make sure that your teeth are healthy enough to have this procedure and that it’s the best solution for your cosmetic dental concerns. If it’s determined that porcelain veneers are not the best option for you, our doctor will work with you to find the best alternative so that you can feel great knowing that your needs have been addressed and your smile looks its best.

If you’d like to learn more about how porcelain veneers can revitalize your smile, please contact us by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at 801-216-3713 to schedule your consultation today. We proudly provide services to those who live in Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Draper, and nearby areas of Utah.

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October 13th, 2017

If you have multiple cosmetic issues with your teeth a smile makeover may just be the solution for you. By combining various treatments in one procedure, a smile makeover can address your aesthetic concerns and help you feel confident showing your smile. Please view our slideshare below to learn more about the smile makeover procedure.

If you’d like to schedule a free consultation with us today, please fill out the form on this page or call us at 801-216-3713. We proudly provide cosmetic dental solutions to those who live in and near Salt Lake City, Utah.

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August 21st, 2017

smile makeover cosmetic dentist salt lake city utah warr dentalCosmetic imperfections with your teeth can be embarrassing. When your smile isn’t as beautiful as it could be—whether due to an accident or neglect—you may hide it from others and limit your expressions so as not to show your teeth. Fortunately, there are options to correct aesthetic issues with your teeth so that you can feel comfortable showing your smile to the world.

At Warr Dental, we offer smile makeovers for those who have more than one cosmetic problem with their teeth. Smile makeovers use a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures to address and fix various types of flaws in your teeth, gums, and even bite alignment. The specific procedures used will depend on the problems at hand and your aesthetic goals. At our office, we can address cosmetic issues such as:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Gaps or unsightly spacing between teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Damaged teeth from injury or decay

Cosmetic imperfections with your teeth are not only aesthetically unpleasing but they can affect your total oral health as well. Missing teeth can cause the other teeth to shift in your mouth and decayed or injured teeth can create infections that may cause other oral concerns. Smile makeovers can help you achieve better overall oral health as well as the improved self-confidence that comes with a beautiful smile.

If you’re interested in learning more about how a smile makeover can help you, call our office today at 801-216-3713 to schedule your free initial consultation. We proudly serve Salt Lake City, Midvale, West Jordan, South Jordan and nearby areas of Utah.

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July 28th, 2017

teeth whitening solutions salt lake city dentistYour smile is often the first thing people notice when you meet. If your teeth are not as white as you would like, you may hide your smile from others and conceal a part of who you are. At Warr Dental in Salt Lake City, we want all of our patients to have a bright, beautiful smile and we offer teeth whitening solutions to those who wish to rejuvenate their teeth.

As we get older, our teeth lose the luster they once had in our youth. This happens naturally over time, but there are certain factors that also accelerate the discoloration process as well. Understanding what contributes to this can help keep your teeth looking their best.

Some of the most common causes of tooth discoloration include:

  • Smoking
  • Dark drinks (coffee, black tea, red wine and cola drinks)
  • Certain medications
  • Minerals in drinking water
  • Hereditary predisposition to early yellowing
  • Onset of gum and tooth disease

If you frequently smoke or drink dark liquids your risk for tooth discoloration is increased. Regardless if you're genetically predisposed to early discoloration, or if your lifestyle contributes to the staining, we offer teeth whitening solutions so that you can feel good about your smile once again.

If your teeth are not as white as they could be and you want to learn more about the whitening options at Warr Dental, give us a call at 801-216-3713 to schedule your dental exam and consultation. Our dentist serves patients in Salt Lake City, West Jordan, Midvale and surrounding areas of Utah.

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June 30th, 2017

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June 23rd, 2017

spectrum award 2017 warr dental salt lake city utah dentistWe are pleased to announce that Warr Dental has been awarded a five-star rating and the Spectrum Award of Excellence in Customer Satisfaction for 2017. Given by City Beat News, an independent research and publishing company, the award highlights small businesses that continually deliver outstanding services and experiences for all of their clients and customers.

City Beat News uses independent and unbiased research to choose exceptional small businesses on an annual basis, with the award only given to a fraction of businesses who earn their highest ratings. The CBN’s mission is to act as a voice for those businesses that go above and beyond the standard of customer care. The Spectrum Award is designed to give consumers guidance on the purchase decisions they make each and every day and to build the trust between consumers and the local small businesses that are the foundation of the community.

For more than 50 years, Warr Dental has been providing exceptional cosmetic and general dental care to people in Salt Lake City and its surrounding areas. Dr. Keith Warr has continued his father’s legacy, Dr. Newell Warr, by focusing on personalized dental care in a comfortable environment. By using advanced methods and state-of-the-art technology, Warr Dental’s aim is to give you a safe and effective solution to your dental issues with amazing results.

If you want to learn more about the services offered at Warr Dental, contact our office today at 801-216-3713 to schedule your free initial consultation. You can read reviews from current and past patients here. We proudly provide services to those in Salt Lake City, Midvale, West Jordan, South Jordan, and nearby areas of Utah.

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February 21st, 2017

Which Professional Teeth Whitening Method Works the Best? When it comes to professional teeth whitening methods, it’s not so much about which treatment works best but rather how long does it take each one to whiten your teeth? Our cosmetic dentist in West Jordan offers Zoom! in-office whitening and customized take-home trays to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home. Both of these whitening options offer advantages, but to find out which will work the best for you, ask yourself, “How quickly do I want to achieve a brighter smile?”

Advantages to Zoom! In-Office Whitening

Some of our Oklahoma patients come in wanting a whiter smile for an upcoming event such as a wedding or graduation—in which case, Zoom! is likely the best option to give you whiter teeth in time for the event.

Some benefits of Zoom! include:

  • Noticeably whiter teeth after just one treatment session.
  • A protective guard is used to prevent tissue damage to your gums and lips.
  • Zoom! evenly whitens the surface of your teeth.

Advantages to Customized Take-Home Whitening Trays

Our take-home trays can also effectively whiten your teeth, but it can take a few weeks to reach your desired results. Take-home trays from our cosmetic dentistry office work exponentially better than over-the-counter whitening products and offer a variety of advantages.

Some benefits of take-home kits include:

  • The kits use consistent whitening agents.
  • Trays are customized to fit over your teeth and prevent damage or irritation to your gums.
  • The trays whiten your teeth evenly.
  • Our take-home kits can be combined with Zoom! in-office treatments.

If you’re interested in teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Warr in West Jordan today at (801) 216-3713 to schedule your consultation. Warr Dental serves patients in West Jordan, Salt Lake City, Midvale and nearby areas of Utah. 

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