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Welcome to Gregory D. Perkins, D.D.S.

Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Our Family Dental Practice is Now accepting new dental patients. Our office is conveniently located in the Fort Union area, bordering Sandy and Cottonwood Heights. We are always open to new patients who are ready to receive the best in dental care. With our array of dental services, it’s no surprise we are regularly expanding our family of patients.

We pride ourselves in our ability to provide superior care and treat patients from all dental backgrounds.  During your treatments, we make every effort to ensure your appointment is as comfortable & relaxing as possible.  Come and see us at Gregory D. Perkins, D.D.S., where our goal is to get you looking and feeling your best!

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Our Services

Cosmetic

Veneers

Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only applied to the part of the tooth that is visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding. The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory.  At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks when the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporary covering is removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic and are very aesthetic. The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less of the tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally more comfortable. Crowns are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure left.

Bonding

Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front of the tooth. This is performed to repair damage caused by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for other cosmetic purposes. First, the surface of the tooth is scuffed in order to accept the bonding.  A gel is applied to the resin will adhere to the surface of the tooth.  The composite is then placed on the tooth and the bonding agent hardens with intense light. The last step is shaping and polishing to give a lustrous finish.

Dental Cleaning

A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take approximately 45 minutes.  Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup.  Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay.  During your routine cleaning, we will remove excess plaque and polish your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Healthy white teeth can give you a brighter, more attractive smile that can give you the confidence you need. Dr. Gregory Perkins, DDS is offering the kind of teeth whitening Sandy Utah patients highly recommend.
Our facility promotes two kinds of teeth whitening, namely in-office whitening and tray whitening. Both of these bleaching processes are safe and are used in order to remove stains on teeth and give them a whiter, more dazzling appearance.

Night Guards & Mouth Guards

Custom designed mouthguards and nightguards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouthguards are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where there is a high chance of impact.  Guards also protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.  Nightguards are recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night as a way to protect their teeth and bite.

If you have decided a guard is right for you, we will take an impression of your teeth for a perfect fit. The impression will then be sent to a lab to make a custom guard.  In most cases, you can choose from a variety of colors and styles. On average, a guard will last between 3 and 10 years.

 

 

 

Family Dentistry

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.

Today, all over the world, doctors carry out restorative dental procedures on a daily basis in children. There have been many remarkable developments in restorative dental health care over the last decade. These include the introduction of many various filling materials that promises esthetics, relief from tooth pain, durability, and much more benefits. With many options to choose from, restoring and maintaining the look and health of your children’s teeth has never been this easy and convenient.

To start the restorative dental process, Dr. Perkins 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 Gregory D. Perkins D.D.S. He offers superior-quality filling solutions. While there is no particular type of tooth filling that is best for anyone, Dr. Perkins 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. Perkins 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. Perkins your number one choice. Contact our office today at (801) 255-4870  for more information or would like to speak with Dr. Perkins directly.

Whitening

Healthy white teeth can give you a brighter, more attractive smile which, in turn, can give you the confidence you need. Dr. Gregory Perkins, DDS 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. Gregory Perkins. 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 Dr. Gregory Perkins, D.D.S. or call us at (801) 255-4870   for more information today! 

Preventive Care

Dr. Perkins and his accommodating professional staff are committed to helping you improve your dental health. Dr. Perkins is among the dentists Salt Lake City 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.

Check-ups

It is recommended to have a checkup every six months for preventative oral care. During your 6 month check-up, Dr. Perkins 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
  • Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse if advised to do so
  • 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

 

Extraction

Tooth Extractions

Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have a major impact on your oral health and appearance.  Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still sometimes necessary occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted.  A tooth may need to be extracted for the following reasons:

  • Severe decay
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Infection or abscess
  • Orthodontic correction
  • Malpositioned teeth
  • Fractured teeth or roots
  • Impacted teeth

After careful examination and treatment, the dentist may advise having a tooth extracted.  Before a tooth is removed, the dentist will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone.  Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to a specialized oral surgeon.

For a simple extraction, we will first apply a local anesthetic to prevent pain and discomfort. The tooth will be loosened with a tool called an elevator and then removed with dental forceps. Once the procedure is complete, the area may be closed with one or two stitches.  We will then provide you with care instructions to alleviate discomfort and ensure proper healing.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last molars or “third molars” that develop on each side of the jaws.  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 & Implants

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 to 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.  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 good looks.

What makes dental implants feel completely comfortable and secure? Dr. Perkins 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). There are also no problems eating with dental implants, no need to repair them regularly and no more worrying about smiling freely and openly.

Crowns & Bridges

Crowns and bridges are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged or to take the place of missing teeth. A crown (also referred to as a cap) is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth.  A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, and alignment.

Crowns may be used to:

  • Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

A bridge is an ideal method to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support. This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth.  Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science since the tooth replacement is both functional and cosmetic. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color.  The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and aesthetics.

It is important that a missing tooth is replaced as soon as possible.  If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward and they can also fall into the open spaces. This may worsen the bite because of the changes in pressure and can eventually result in problems with the jaw such as TMJ.

Bridges and crowns are made by first taking an impression of your mouth.  The impression is sent to a dental lab where your crown or bridge will be custom made to match your natural tooth color and fit your mouth.  A temporary crown or bridge will be placed into your mouth until your permanent crown or bridge is ready and cemented into place. Bridges and crowns are very durable and can last a lifetime with extra care and good oral hygiene.

Dentures

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.

 

Meet Our Doctor

Greg Perkins

Gentle Dentist

What Our Patients Say About Us

He is a superb dentist–personable and does excellent work!

Esther Smith Sandy

He’s the best dentist….Congratulations for your job…

Reyna Garcia Sandy

Dr. Perkins is an outstanding person. He is honest, is a perfectionist and is friendly.

Brad McLeese Sandy

I have never had a dentist go so far out of his way for me. The work was painless, speedy and with the results above and beyond my expectations! Best dentist I’ve had and won’t be looking for a new one.

Ron Jensen Sandy

Dr. Perkins and staff were so patient, understanding and knowledgeable. I was with my former dentist for over 10 years and am now switching to this doctor.

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7430 South Creek Road Suite 100
Sandy, Utah 84093
(801) 255-4870