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By Gordon Family Dental
April 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Replacement  

If you are missing teeth, it can harm your appearance, and that’s not all. Missing teeth also affect your ability to chew your food, which impacts your digestion and your overall health. Fortunately, you can reclaim both your smile and oral functionality thanks to today’s tooth replacement options. Available from Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Spencer Hill of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, read on to learn about our different tooth replacement treatments.

One of the most popular tooth replacement options is dental implants, which look and function just like natural teeth. Firmly embedded in the bone so they don’t move around, implants are convenient in that you never have to remove them and you maintain them just as you would natural teeth (i.e. brushing and flossing). Dental implants also help you create and conserve bone, which gives you a firm jawline and a more youthful face, free of facial sagging.

You may want the convenience of dental appliances. If you need to replace a few missing teeth, you want a partial denture. If you need to replace an entire arch of teeth, you want a full denture. You can choose a sturdy, conventional dental appliance that is created after your tissue has healed at around 6 to 8 weeks. You can also choose a transitional or immediate dental appliance that is meant as a temporary tooth replacement if you want dental implants later, or if you want to wear an appliance immediately after your teeth are removed.

Dental bridges are another option to replace missing teeth. They consist of prosthetic teeth known as pontics which are suspended over the space where you have missing teeth. The teeth on both sides of the space are crowned and the dental bridge is cemented to them. You can brush a dental bridge and floss underneath the bridge using floss threaders.

Choosing a tooth replacement option is an important decision you should make with the help of an expert. To learn more about dental implants, dental appliances, or dental bridgework, call Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Spencer Hill of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, at (801) 766-6344. Call today!

By Gordon Family Dental
April 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Replacement  

If you are missing teeth, it can harm your appearance, and that’s not all. Missing teeth also affect your ability to chew your food, which impacts your digestion and your overall health. The good news is you can get your smile back along with your chewing function, thanks to today’s tooth replacement options. Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Spencer Hill at Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, Utah, offer a wide range of tooth replacement options for you to choose from.

One of the most popular tooth replacement options is dental implants, which look and function just like natural teeth. They are firmly embedded in the bone so they don’t move around. They also offer the convenience of never having to remove them. You keep your smile healthy by brushing and flossing the dental implants just like natural teeth. Dental implants also help you create and conserve bone, which gives you a firm jawline and a more youthful face with less facial sagging.

You may want the convenience of dental appliances. If you need to replace a few missing teeth, you want a partial denture. If you need to replace an entire arch of teeth, you want a full denture. You can choose a sturdy, conventional dental appliance that is created after your tissue has healed at around 6 to 8 weeks. You can also choose a transitional or immediate dental appliance that is meant as a temporary tooth replacement if you want dental implants later, or if you want to wear an appliance immediately after your teeth are removed.

Dental bridges are another option to replace missing teeth. They consist of prosthetic teeth known as pontics which are suspended over the space where you have missing teeth. The teeth on both sides of the space are crowned and the dental bridge is cemented to them. You can brush a dental bridge and floss underneath the bridge using floss threaders.

Choosing a tooth replacement option is an important decision you should make with the help of an expert. To find out more about dental implants, dental appliances, or dental bridgework, call Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Spencer Hill of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, Utah, at (801) 766-6344. Call today!

By Gordon Family Dental
February 21, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Fix damaged teeth and improve your smile’s appearance with dental crowns.

Most dental problems are a result of injury or cavities. While there are many restorative dentistry options available to fix any problem you face, our Lehi, UT, dentists Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Spencer Hill may recommend placing a dental crown to restore a weak or damaged tooth.

What is the purpose of a dental crown?

A crown is a custom-made tooth-shaped cap that fits over the tooth and is cemented into place at the gumline. Crowns are generally used in situations where a tooth is weak or damaged and needs restorative dentistry to stabilize and strengthen the tooth. By placing a dental crown we can prevent further damage to the tooth. A crown may be placed over a tooth that,

  • Is severely decayed
  • Has a large, worn filling that needs to be replaced
  • Is cracked or fractured
  • Requires root canal treatment

By placing a crown over the tooth not only do we nearly restore it back to its full strength but we can also improve the overall appearance of the tooth. Did the same damaged tooth also stick out from the rest of your smile because it was a bit misshapen, larger than the rest of your teeth or discolored? If so, placing a crown can completely alter the shape, size and color of a tooth. That’s right; crowns offer both restorative and cosmetic benefits!

Crowns also play a role in replacing missing teeth. If you have decided to get a dental implant from our Lehi, UT, family dentists then a crown will be used to cover the implant. If you choose to fill gaps in your smile with dental bridges, crowns will be placed over natural teeth to fix the bridge in place.

Do dental crowns require special treatment?

Since a crown is an artificial structure you won’t have to worry about it developing a cavity; however, you should still treat the tooth the same as you would a natural tooth. This means brushing and flossing each and every day. Avoid bad habits such as nail-biting or ripping open packaging with your teeth, which could damage your crowns. Caring for your crowns is actually quite simple. With the proper care, it’s normal for crowns to last up to 15 years or longer.

Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, offers knowledgeable, friendly and compassionate dentists who are ready to provide you with the preventive, cosmetic and restorative dentistry you’re looking for. Schedule an appointment by calling (801) 766-6344.

By Gordon Family Dental
December 20, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Denture  

Find out how dentures can help you get a full smile again.

When it comes to treating tooth loss, one thing is certain: the sooner you replace your missing teeth, the better. Here at Gordon Family Dental PC in Lehi, UT, your dentists, Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Spencer Hill, help treat this issue with the help of dentures.

While some people might associate dentures with older patients, even young patients who are dealing with tooth loss can benefit from this treatment option. After all, thanks to modern technology, dentures are more natural-looking and comfortable than ever before! When our Lehi, UT, general dentist fits your dentures to your mouth, it ensures that you have a set of teeth that you can wear comfortably and that fit properly.

Here are the different types of dentures from which to choose:

Traditional dentures

Traditional dentures are used to replace the top and bottom row of teeth, whether you need to replace the entire arch or just some of your teeth. These dentures are often adhered to the gums with special denture adhesive. The two most common types of traditional dentures are full and partial dentures.

As the name suggests, full dentures are used to replace all of your missing teeth whether it’s the upper, lower, or both. Partial dentures (sometimes called dental bridges) are used when you still have some natural, healthy teeth left. While some partial dentures are removable, fixed partial dentures are held in place by dental crowns.

Implant-supported dentures

If you are finding it difficult to adjust to dentures or if you are just looking for a more permanent tooth replacement solution, then implant-support dentures may be your best option. Implants are metal posts that are placed into the jawbone where they are designed to support a dental crown or even multiple false teeth. When dealing with significant tooth loss, multiple implants can be placed along the jawbone to stabilize a full or partial set of dentures to fully restore functionality, durability, and chewing strength back into your smile.

Need dental care? Give us a call

Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, is here to provide you with the comprehensive dental care you need, whether you need to restore missing teeth, want a whiter smile, or just require routine cleaning. Call our office today at (801) 766-6344 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.

By Gordon Family Dental
August 22, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Nothing can compare with a natural tooth, however, dental implants can come incredibly close in both look and feel. Not only implants the most comprehensive dental restoration available today, they also help to minimize the risk of oral health problems such as bone loss, which can increase your risk of gum disease and other complications after tooth loss. Have you been wondered if dental implants are right for you? Then read on to learn some of the most commonly asked questions about treatment, and contact Gordon Family Dental here in Lehi, UT, if you are interested in scheduling a consultation.

Q: How do dental implants work?

A: A dental implant consists of two parts: the implant itself, which is a small, biocompatible screw that is surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth, and an abutment, which is placed atop the implant. After the implant has fused with the surrounding tissue in the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration, a cosmetic crown is attached via the abutment.

Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, or a full set of dentures.

Q: How long do dental implants last?

A: It depends on each patient and their individual circumstance, but implants are inherently designed to be a long-term solution to tooth loss, lasting up to 20 years in some cases.

Q: Who should get dental implants?

A: Although most patients qualify for treatment, implants are not the right solution for everyone. In order to qualify, you must be an adult in good general health, with enough bone tissue in the gums to secure the implant. You must also be willing and able to commit to follow-up care, regularly practice good oral hygiene, and maintain proper lifestyle habits in order to ensure success and minimize the risk of potential complications.

Interested? Give our Lehi office a call

For more information about the benefits of dental implants and to find out if you qualify, contact Gordon Family Dental PC in Lehi, UT, today by calling (801) 766-6344 to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Gordon.





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