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By Gordon Family Dental
August 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures provide an excellent way to restore your smile if you've lost all or most of your teeth. Choosing the best dentures for your needs denturescan be overwhelming if you're not familiar with the various types available. Dentist Dr. David Gordon of Gordon Family Dental offers several types of dentures in his Lehi, UT, office.

Choosing Dentures

Your dentist will discuss denture options during your visit to his Lehi office and recommend types that will work for your situation. Denture choices include:

  • Full Dentures: Most people picture full dentures when they think about dentures. The removable restorations consist of a row of artificial teeth attached to a pink base that resembles gum tissue. Full dentures are worn after your mouth has healed completely from a tooth extraction. They may need to be rebased or relined occasionally, due to natural changes that occur in your mouth after tooth loss.
  • Immediate Dentures: There's no waiting period involved with immediate dentures. They're placed in your mouth immediately after your teeth are extracted. If you choose immediate dentures, you'll never need to go through a toothless period while your mouth heals. Immediate dentures also reduce bleeding after extractions and make speaking easier. Your immediate dentures will need to be relined after your mouth heals completely or replaced with full dentures.
  • Partial Dentures: If you still have some remaining teeth, your dentist may recommend partial dentures. The removable dentures are held in place by small connectors that clasp over teeth on either end of the gap in your mouth.
  • Overdentures: Do you have a few tooth remnants in your mouth? If the roots of these teeth are strong and healthy, your dentist may recommend overdentures, a restoration designed to fit over broken teeth. Keeping your roots intact will help you avoid bone loss in your jaw, a common problem after you lose your teeth.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures offer improved comfort and better biting power than other types of dentures. They're supported by dental implants, titanium posts that bond to your jawbone and act as artificial tooth roots. Implant-supported dentures may be connected directly to implants or attached to a metal framework connected to the implants.

Restore your smile with dentures. Call Lehi, UT, dentist Dr. David Gordon of Gordon Family Dental at (801) 766-6344 to schedule your appointment.

By Gordon Family Dental
June 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Closing the gaps in your smile is an important factor when considering the overall health of your teeth. Missing teeth can have ill effects dental implantsand cause other lasting issues. Dental implants are the most realistic option you have to restore your natural teeth, with an almost indistinguishable, natural appearance and the same functionality as your actual teeth. What can dental implants do for your smile? Find out more about dental implants with Dr. David Gordon at Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT.

How do dental implants work?
Dental implants have three main parts: the fixture, the abutment, and the prosthetic. The fixture is surgically placed into the jawbone below your missing tooth to replace the tooth’s root. After the bone heals around the fixture, anchoring it into place, your dentist opens the gum tissue on top to place the abutment, which connects the fixture and prosthetic. With the abutment in place, your dentist will then place the prosthetic tooth, which is normally a crown or bridge, which will replace your missing tooth.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
A missing tooth causes a condition called bone atrophy, which causes the bone in the area of the missing tooth to degrade and break down. The dental implant requires enough bone in the area to securely hold it in place. Good candidates for dental implants should have minimal bone atrophy and a healthy smile free from teeth decay and gum disease. Additionally, a good candidate for implants is in good general health and able to undergo the implant procedure.

What can I expect from the process for dental implants?
Your implant process occurs in two phases. The first phase involves placing the fixture into the bone and taking an impression of the mouth. The design of your prosthetic is based on this impression to ensure that the teeth fit into your existing smile seamlessly. Phase two begins after the bone and gum tissues have healed completely. Your dentist will place the abutment and prosthetic onto the fixture to complete your implant.

Dental Implants in Lehi, UT
Dental implants are a revolutionary procedure which can permanently, effectively, and functionally replace your missing teeth and renew your smile. For more information on dental implants or how they can renew your smile, please contact Dr. David Gordon at Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT. Call (801) 766-6344 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gordon today!

Closing the gaps in your smile is an important factor when considering the overall health of your teeth. Missing teeth can have ill effects and cause other lasting issues. Dental implants are the most realistic option you have to restore your natural teeth, with an almost indistinguishable, natural appearance and the same functionality as your actual teeth. What can dental implants do for your smile? Find out more about dental implants with Dr. David Gordon at Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT.

How do dental implants work?
Dental implants have three main parts: the fixture, the abutment, and the prosthetic. The fixture is surgically placed into the jawbone below your missing tooth to replace the tooth’s root. After the bone heals around the fixture, anchoring it into place, your dentist opens the gum tissue on top to place the abutment, which connects the fixture and prosthetic. With the abutment in place, your dentist will then place the prosthetic tooth, which is normally a crown or bridge, which will replace your missing tooth.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
A missing tooth causes a condition called bone atrophy, which causes the bone in the area of the missing tooth to degrade and break down. The dental implant requires enough bone in the area to securely hold it in place. Good candidates for dental implants should have minimal bone atrophy and a healthy smile free from teeth decay and gum disease. Additionally, a good candidate for implants is in good general health and able to undergo the implant procedure.

What can I expect from the process for dental implants?
Your implant process occurs in two phases. The first phase involves placing the fixture into the bone and taking an impression of the mouth. The design of your prosthetic is based on this impression to ensure that the teeth fit into your existing smile seamlessly. Phase two begins after the bone and gum tissues have healed completely. Your dentist will place the abutment and prosthetic onto the fixture to complete your implant.

Dental Implants in Lehi, UT
Dental implants are a revolutionary procedure which can permanently, effectively, and functionally replace your missing teeth and renew your smile. For more information on dental implants or how they can renew your smile, please contact Dr. David Gordon at Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT. Call (801) 766-6344 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gordon today!

By Gordon Family Dental
April 05, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

Do you know a dental emergency when you see one? Our Lehi, UT, dentist, Dr. David Gordon of Gordon Family Dental, discusses dental emergencycommon emergencies and explains how you should handle them.

You experience a blow to the mouth

Blows to the mouth, whether they're caused by accidents, falls or sporting injuries, can cause four common problems:

  • Loose Teeth: Teeth can become loose or even move out of position if you take a knee to the mouth during a soccer game or trip over your dog and fall on your face. Once you determine that your tooth is loose, don't touch it or chew on it during your trip to your emergency appointment. If you notice that a tooth is misaligned after a blow to the face, try to gently push it back into place. If it won't move, don't force it.
  • Knocked Out Teeth: It may be possible to re-implant a knocked out tooth if you act quickly. After you locate the lost tooth, rinse it off, then try to place it back in the socket. If that doesn't work, put the tooth between your teeth and gum, or wrap it in gauze, then put in a container filled with milk or your saliva. Implantation is most successful if it occurs within an hour after your tooth is knocked out.
  • Fractured Teeth: Although teeth are naturally tough, they can break if exposed to strong forces. Broken teeth can be very sensitive and may also cut your mouth. Fortunately, you can reduce your pain by applying a little dental cement, available for sale at drugstores, to the broken edges of your teeth.

Over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs may be helpful in relieving pain caused by any of these injuries.

You have an abscess

Bacterial infections known as abscesses are also dental emergencies. Abscess symptoms are difficult to ignore and typically include severe pain, swollen lymph nodes in under your jaw or in your neck, fever, gum swelling, or pus around your tooth.

Call us immediately if you experience any of these emergencies. Whether you require emergency care or want to make an appointment for a checkup, we're committed to helping you maintain good oral health. Schedule your next visit with Dr. Gordon of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT by calling (801) 766-6344.

By Gordon Family Dental
February 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Not happy with your smile? Cosmetic dentistry could help!cosmetic dentistry

We know how important your smile is to you, so when you have a smile that is lackluster or missing that special something, then it’s time to consider the many ways cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile. Our Lehi, UT, dentist Dr. David Gordon is here to tell you about the wonders of cosmetic dentistry.

Sure, cosmetic dentistry is often considered a strictly aesthetic option; however, you might be surprised to learn that some cosmetic dentistry options also improve the health and strength of your smile, which could mean a healthier smile for the long run.

You could have your dream smile thanks to cosmetic dentistry options such as:

  • Dental bonding
  • Tooth or gum reshaping
  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental veneers

Are you dealing with small stains, chips, cracks or gaps between teeth?

Dental bonding may be the best option if you only have minor changes to make to your smile. Bonding is the easiest and least expensive cosmetic option out there and our Lehi, UT, cosmetic dentist can easily lengthen teeth, hide gaps and cover small imperfections with this tooth-colored resin.

Are some teeth a little jagged, pointy or uneven?

If you smile you might notice that some teeth look significantly longer than others, which can throw your whole smile out of whack. Perhaps your canines are too sharp or your gums are the first thing you notice rather than your teeth. If you are dealing with one of these scenarios, tooth or gum reshaping can help give you the symmetrical smile you want. By shaving off trace amounts of enamel or removing excess gum tissue, we can give you that more even smile.

Do you have serious yellowing or dental stains?

Whether you used to be a smoker or you just love coffee, there are many factors that can attribute to a fading, stained smile. If you want fast and visible results then professional whitening is the way to go. After a one-hour whitening session, you could walk out of the office with a smile that’s multiple shades whiter. It’s the perfect way to get that radiant smile before a special occasion.

Do you have more moderate flaws or minor misalignment issues?

Are some of your teeth a bit uneven? Are there larger gaps in your smile that bonding can’t handle? Do you have more obvious chips, cracks or other imperfections? If so, this is a job for dental veneers. These thin, porcelain shells are adhered to the front of your teeth to give your smile an instant makeover and to hide a variety of moderate-to-severe cosmetic defects.

Do you have questions about the cosmetic dentistry services we offer here in Lehi, UT? If so, then the next step is to call Gordon Family Dental and schedule a consultation with us. We would be happy to sit down with you to discuss which treatment or treatments are right for you.

By Gordon Family Dental
November 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Don’t let dental problems sneak up on you. Know what to look out for!root canal

Keeping your smile healthy is a top priority for both you and our Lehi, UT, family dentist, Dr. David Gordon. While our goal is to prevent dental problems from happening in the first place, we know that even these good intentions aren’t always enough and sometimes issues happen anyway.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important that you seek immediate dental care from our Lehi dentist to make sure that permanent and irreparable damage doesn’t occur:

Dental Pain

It’s true that there are many reasons why dental pain surfaces. Of course, no matter what is causing your pain it’s important that you get the problem checked out right away since a toothache doesn’t surface without a reason. While a toothache may not necessarily mean that you need root canal treatment it does mean that there is a problem present that needs to be addressed. No matter whether you are dealing with minor or severe pain, or pain when chewing, it’s time to visit us right away.

Tooth Sensitivity

Have you suddenly found that your morning cup of coffee has caused a zinging pain or sensitivity in the tooth? Are you no longer able to enjoy that delicious post-dinner ice cream because the cold is causing sensitivity in your tooth? Tooth sensitivity, particularly to hot or cold, is another sign that perhaps the tooth may require root canal treatment.

A Darkening Tooth

If you’ve also noticed that the tooth that is giving you trouble is also looking darker this is another warning sign that you may require root canal therapy. Why? Even though teeth can become darker due to stains caused by smoking or the foods and drinks we often enjoy, this kind of tooth darkening comes about suddenly because the roots of the tooth have died and turned brown. Once the roots have died the dentin layer of the tooth appears darker, causing permanent tooth darkening.

Along with these dental issues, you may also notice changes to your gums. You may find that the gums surrounding the tooth are swollen, red and tender to the touch. In some cases, a pimple-like growth may also develop on the gums. These are all signs that you need to come into our office right away for treatment.

Don’t ignore any of these symptoms if they happen to you. The sooner you seek treatment the better. A root canal will address the issues and remove pain and other unpleasant symptoms you are experiencing immediately.

Gordan Family Dental in Lehi, UT, is here to provide urgent and efficient dental care whenever you need it most. Don’t let dental pain or other problems ruin your smile. Call us right away!





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