Welcome to Gary K. Clark, D.M.D.

Gary K. Clark, DMD, and staff are committed to treating patients with the compassion and respect that they deserve.  Their office believes in providing affordable and comprehensive care that addresses both your short and long-term dental needs. They are committed to providing exceptional services to care for you and your family.  

Dr. Clark has been in the dental business for over three decades and enjoys being a dentist.  He became interested in becoming a dentist due to the influence of a close family friend who was also the family dentist.  His brother and uncle, who were also dentists, also had a great influence on him.

Dr. Clark is a perfectionist at work and gives a 100% effort to ensure that his work is done well.  He feels it is his duty as an honest and hardworking dentist to keep integrity in his work and will not advise or perform an unnecessary treatment.

Dr. Clark and his staff have only your best interest in mind.  They are flexible with scheduling and accept all emergency visits.  They work with most insurance plans and offer free consultations to all new patients.

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Our Services

Emergency Care

Dental emergencies can be painful, stressful, and are often poorly timed. Fortunately, Gary K. Clark, D.M.D. is your go-to emergency dental care practice. We are prepared to handle any situation and repair any kind of damage to your teeth or the teeth of a loved one. When you experience a dental emergency in Sandy, remember to call Gary K. Clark, D.M.D. immediately. We’ll get to work on alleviating your pain and repairing your teeth right away.

When you or someone in your family has an accident that affects your teeth or smile, you will most likely need emergency services. Some dental injuries are worse than others, but regardless of the severity of the injury, we can fix it. The emergency dental services available at our Sandy practice include:

Treatment for Toothaches and Other Tooth Pain:

  • TMD/TMJ treatment for swollen or painful jaw joints
  • Repair of cracked or chipped teeth
  • Tooth replacement, with dental implants and crowns
  • Re-cement current crowns or replace lost crowns
  • Root-Canal treatment, surgery, and therapy
  • Common & surgical tooth extraction
  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Replace lost or broken fillings

Symptoms of Emergency Dental Care:

  • Pain in one tooth or several teeth
  • A Recurring toothache or jaw pain
  • Broken, chipped, or knocked-out-teeth
  • Loose or lost permanent teeth
  • Loose crowns
  • Lost of loose fillings
  • Temperature sensitivity in your teeth
  • Bleeding, swollen, or inflamed gums
  • Swelling of the face or neck

Kids Dentist

Your children’s primary teeth are crucial to their development. As a parent, you need to make sure that they retain these teeth and maintain their optimum health as long as possible. However, oral health issues can be common among children. Tooth decay is the number one dental problem that affects the health of your children’s primary teeth. Luckily, there are ways to restore the damage. A simple tooth filling can restore the health and appearance of your children’s teeth.

To start the restorative dental process, Dr. Clark removes the decayed part of the tooth, its accompanying debris, and the immediate area is cleaned. He then places the filling material into the cavity to seal and preserve it from further infection or inflammation. By closing the cavity off, it prevents bacteria from entering. A tooth filling is also helpful in stopping further decay. If your children suffer from tooth decay, you may want to consider this restorative dentistry option.

If you are unsure which filling material to choose or if you wondering what works best for your children’s oral health care needs, Look to Gary K. Clark, D.M.D. He offers superior-quality filling solutions. While there is no particular type of tooth filling that is best for anyone, Dr. Clark can help you determine which one is right for your children’s teeth. The common filling materials used include porcelain, composite resin, amalgam, and gold. He will conduct a thorough checkup of your children’s mouth, determine the full extent of the damage caused by tooth decay, identify any problems, and make other necessary considerations. These considerations include what type of fillings should be used, whether or not your child may have allergic reactions to certain filling materials, and where to position the tooth that needs filling.

Types of Fillings

  • Gold Fillings have been shown to be the best material to use, although it can be more expensive. These fillings can last up to 20 years and they are made-to-order.
  • Amalgam fillings are inexpensive but they are more noticeable because of its dark hue. Because of their dark appearance, these fillings are not recommended for the front teeth or in other visible areas.
  • Composite Resin fillings are made to match the color of the teeth.  They are one of the better fillings to use for cavities located in the front of the mouth. However, while they create a more natural appearance, they tend to discolor with tobacco and coffee use and only last up to 10 years.
  • Porcelain fillings are bonded to the tooth and are designed to match the teeth’s color and resist discoloration. Its cost, however, is about the same as gold fillings. If you need help deciding what materials to choose, Dr. Clark would be happy to help. He offers a wide selection of high-quality tooth fillings and would be able to offer great advice to match your specific needs.

When it comes to tooth fillings, make Dr. Clark your number one choice. Contact our office today at (801) 572-1130  for more information.

Whitening

Healthy white teeth can give you a brighter, more attractive smile which, in turn, can give you the confidence you need. Dr. Gary K. Clark, D.M.D. is offering the kind of teeth whitening patients highly recommend. Our facility promotes several kinds of teeth whitening, all of which are safe and are used in order to remove stains on teeth and give them a whiter, more dazzling appearance.

Custom Tray Whitening

If you do not have the time for an in-office teeth whitening, you may also consider an at-home whitening kit. This kit is available at the dental practice of Dr. K. Clark, D.M.D. With this system, clear whitening trays are custom-made using dental impressions. These whitening trays are worn so that your teeth can soak in the special bleaching gel that is included in the kit. Generally, this procedure is supposed to be done for at least half an hour, one hour at most. The bleaching process is done twice daily so that at the end of the treatment period, you can expect to see the brightest smile you have ever had. This whitening technique lasts for a year and is our most effective long-term solution for whitening.

TresWhite Supreme Teeth Whitening Kit

The inexpensive Opalescence TresWhite Supreme Teeth Whitening Kit is a great way to quickly and conveniently whiten teeth. These kits have proven to be more effective than stips you can buy in the store. Each kit contains 8 custom-fitting, adaptable, pre-filled bleaching trays that make it easy to whiten teeth on the go. We have these kits readily available to take home and are a great option for extra sensitive teeth.

In-Office Whitening

Our In-office whitening is suited for people who have just enough time for an hour-long dental bleaching procedure. The process of in-office whitening involves the use of a special gel that erases stains and whitens your teeth. The special gel is made more effective with the use of light activation.  A home touch-up kit is included with this procedure & can be used when needed. The results of in-office whitening treatments can last for many years, making it very cost-effective.

Teeth whitening is just one way to improve the appearance of your smile. Visit the practice of Gary K. Clark, D.M.D. or call us today at (801) 572-1130  for more information!

Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues.  There are two types of dentures available, including partial and complete dentures.  Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, while complete dentures are used to completely replace all teeth.  Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change in your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile!

This restoration method is used to restore your smile and mouth function if all your teeth have been lost.  Dentures are custom created to resemble and take the place of your natural teeth.  Complete dentures are removable and may require adjustments in order to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth.

A fixed partial denture, also known as a bridge, is a device used when one or more natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw.  They usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base which is held in place in the mouth.  A fixed partial denture acts the same as a removable denture, but it is cemented into place using adjacent teeth for support. Sometimes implants are used to help stabilize dentures.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the last molars or “third molars” that develop on each side of the jaw.  Wisdom teeth usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-20.

Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned.  However, problems often develop that require their removal. When the jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned). Wisdom teeth may also grow in sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure.  The dentist will numb the area in your mouth with a local anesthesia or use IV sedation so you are asleep during the procedure.

After the tooth is removed, we will provide care instructions to ensure proper healing.  Some pain and swelling may occur but will normally subside after a few days.  You should call your dentist if you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or a fever.

Root canals

Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is necessary when an untreated cavity reaches all the way to the pulp of the tooth.  Treatment may also be needed when deep restorations or trauma to a tooth cause nerve damage.  Once the pulp becomes infected, it can begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is known as an abscess).  If the pulp is infected, not only is it painful but it will require treatment as it cannot heal on its own.

Symptoms that indicate the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain from biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth.  However, sometimes no symptoms are apparent and you may be unaware of any problem until a checkup.  A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth.  An alternate treatment would be to extract the tooth.  Once the infection is resolved, the canal is filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually, a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy.

Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth. Sometimes implants are used to stabilize & make more retentive removable dentures. Compared to dentures, bridges, and crowns, dental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, failing teeth or chronic dental problems. Because they fit, feel and function like natural teeth, dental implants are quickly becoming the new standard in tooth replacement.

Dental Implants Typically Have Three Parts:

1) The implant: A screw that serves as a root for your new teeth. This is what permanently attaches to your jaw.

2) The abutment: A permanent, but removable by your doctor, connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth.

3) The crown (or prosthetic tooth): This is the part of the tooth that you can see. It’s usually made of zirconium or porcelain for durability and aesthetics.

What makes dental implants feel completely comfortable and secure? Dr. Clark uses a medical-grade titanium implant fixture that, over time, actually fuses to the living bone cells of the jaw. This union forms a strong and durable anchor for your new teeth, meaning there’s no slippage or movement (which can sometimes happen with dentures). You can also look forward to having no problems eating with dental implants, no need to repair them regularly and no more worrying about smiling freely and openly.

Check up

Gary K. Clark, D.M.D. and his accommodating professional staff are committed to helping you improve your dental health. Dr. Clark is among the dentists Sandy residents can count on for superior dental care at a reasonable price. We perform a wide range of dental procedures with precise care and skill.

It is recommended to have a checkup every six months for preventative oral care. During your 6 month check-up, a professional will clean, polish and examine your gums.

During one of your 6-month check-ups, an x-ray will also be taken. X-rays are a critical part of the examination to alert your dentist of any underlying issues that are not easily seen. Xrays are a focused beam of x-ray particles passed through bone which produces an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed.  This provides the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and disease.  Without an x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.

The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene: 

In addition to routine check-ups, maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being. Daily preventative care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help prevent problems before they develop.

In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. These steps include:

  • Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals
  • Use dental products which contain fluoride, including toothpaste
  • Make sure children under the age of 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoride area
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleaning and oral exams
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months

The Following are Indications of Good Oral Hygiene:

  • Your teeth are clean and free of debris
  • Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss
  • Bad breath is not a constant problem

Meet Our Doctor

Gary K. Clark

Dentist

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What Our Patients Say About Us

The staff is extremely kind and caring for any type of person. They are very serious with your dental work and care immensely for your well being and comfortability. This is only the beginning of my treatment and I thank them deeply for the immediate repair and restoration of my dental health, and the friendliness their office offered to a complete stranger. I will come back for the remainder of my life in the valley!

Hailie W.

Best Dr. I know willing to go over to his office in the middle of the night for emergency patients tooth pain jaw pain abscessing teeth cavity’s emergency extractions as well. He is never unwilling to help everyone who walks through the door.

Kellee D.

These people are great! They make you feel like family from the moment you walk in. Very personable they even called us after a wisdom tooth removal just to make sure we were doing ok. Highly recommend this place!

Nadia R.

Dr. Clark cares about his patients. I feel like he really listens and is great at figuring out what your care plan needs to include. He does amazing work and I would highly recommend him!

Jennifer L.

Dr. Clark really listens to what you have to say. He is gentle and makes you feel very comfortable. I have been going to him for a number of years and he is by far the best dentist I’ve ever had!

Joe U. Sandy, UT

Dr. Clark and his staff are great to work with! Dr. Clark really takes care of his patients and if you have an emergency he’ll see you right away, no matter what time it is. He really cares!

Dylan D. Herriman, UT

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Gary K. Clark D. M. D.
9730 S. 700 East
Sandy, UT 84070