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.
Find out how this simple cosmetic treatment could enhance your smile’s appearance quickly.
Our Lehi, UT, family dentist Dr. David Gordon understands how much your smile impacts your appearance and your confidence. Even the smallest imperfections such as chips, stains, and cracks are problematic when you feel like everyone around you notices them every time you smile.
Fortunately, simple imperfections such as these don’t require lengthy or expensive cosmetic treatments. In fact, dental bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to hide these flaws and improve your smile.
What is dental bonding?
Bonding is a non-invasive cosmetic technique that involves applying a tooth-colored resin over the area or areas of your smile that are flawed. This resin is the same material that’s used to fill a cavity. It’s moldable, which allows us to shape the resin over the flaw to improve the shape, size, or color of a tooth. Our Lehi, UT, cosmetic dentist will also choose the proper shade of resin to match your tooth.
How is bonding performed?
First our dentist will need to perform an oral exam to make sure that your teeth are healthy enough for cosmetic dentistry. Any active gum disease or tooth decay will need to be treated before getting dental bonding. We will also talk to you about the issues you want to treat with cosmetic dentistry to make sure that bonding is the appropriate option. We offer a range of cosmetic dentistry options that can be tailored to your needs.
Once we’ve determined that bonding is right for you, we will clean the tooth, dry it, and then apply a special solution over the tooth. This solution will roughen the surface of the tooth, making it easier for the bonding resin to stick to the enamel so we can shape and contour it. Then the solution will be rinsed off.
Next, we will choose the appropriate shade of resin and then apply it over the tooth where we will trim and shape it. It isn’t until we direct a UV light over the tooth that the resin will permanently hardened to the tooth in a matter of seconds. The last step is to polish the tooth so the resin offers the same sheen as the enamel. This process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 45 minutes per tooth and can be performed in just one session.
Do you have questions about dental bonding or any of the other cosmetic treatments we offer here in Lehi, UT? It’s never too late to have a smile that you feel confident in. Call Gordon Family Dental today and let us know that you’re interested in getting dental bonding.
If your child cracked a tooth or you had a horrible toothache, would you know what to do? At Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT your dentist, Dr. David Gordon, and his team deliver accurate, fast and compassionate emergency dental care. Plus, they want their patients to know what to do first before coming to the office. Minutes count when an oral health problem is pressing.
What is a dental emergency?
Basically, it's any oral health problem involving serious pain, or loss of tooth structure or dental work. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), being prepared for sudden problems helps avoid tooth loss. In fact, research from the American Association of Endodontists shows that an avulsed, or knocked out, tooth can be successfully replanted if a dentist acts on it within one-half hour of injury.
Your dentist in Lehi asks his patients to contact Gordon Family Dental right away (keep us in your phone contacts) in a dental emergency. His staff will give further instructions to stabilize your condition and give you a same-day appointment as the situation warrants.
Examples of emergencies and what to do
Avulsed tooth If you or a loved one loses a tooth in an accident, rinse the tooth with clear water and replace it, roots down, in the empty socket. If this will not work, put the tooth into a closed container with milk, water or saliva to keep it moist until you get to Gordon Family Dental.
Toothache The throbbing pain and swelling associated with a toothache cannot wait. Call the office right away for an appointment. Take over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain, and if your jaw is swollen, ice it (ten minutes on and ten minutes off). You also may rinse with warm salt water.
Cracked tooth, filling, crown or veneer Save the pieces, and bring them to the dental office. Dr. Gordon will evaluate the damage and repair as needed. He may use composite resin bonding to repair the tooth.
Broken or dislocated jaw This is a serious injury and requires immediate attention at a hospital emergency room.
Oral laceration Apply direct pressure with 4x4 gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes, go to the closest ER.
Call us first
Your oral health is of the utmost importance to Dr. Gordon and his caring team. Never hesitate to call the office if you are in pain or are worried about the condition of a tooth. We're here to help no matter what. Our phone number is (801) 766-6344.
Could your dental issues be trying to tell you that you need a root canal?
We know that everyone wants to maintain a healthy smile. Of course, issues can set in that can affect the health and integrity of your teeth. When decay is left untreated or a traumatic injury damages the inside of the tooth, our Lehi, UT dentist Dr. David Gordon will recommend getting root canal treatment to protect the damaged or infected tooth.
So, how do you know that you may need root canal treatment? Well, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms then it’s time to visit our Lehi, UT, emergency dentist as soon as possible.
While dental pain can arise for many reasons, one thing is certain: a toothache is a warning sign of decay of something more serious like such as inflamed or infected dental pulp. Both of these issues will require immediate dental treatment. The pain you experience may get worse when biting down or putting pressure on the tooth. This is a telltale sign that the dental pulp is affected.
Along with dental pain, another warning sign is lingering tooth sensitivity. While many people deal with sensitivity on a regular basis, if you experience severe or prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks, you might be dealing with inflamed dental pulp. This could also be a warning sign of a cracked tooth.
While widespread gum inflammation is usually an indicator of gum disease, if you notice that the gums are red, swollen, or tender to the touch around a certain tooth, it is very possible that there is an infection. If a pimple-like growth, known as an abscess, forms on the gums near the tooth, this is also a large warning sign. These signs require immediate attention from your dentist.
If you notice that the tooth that has been causing you discomfort has also started to get darker in color, there is a strong possibility that the roots of the teeth are starting to die. Again, this is a major warning sign that should not be dismissed.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
If you are dealing with a toothache or any of the other listed warning signs, it’s time for you to call Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, right away. After all, the sooner we can treat the problem the better. Call us today at (801) 766-6344.
Are you in need of a dental implant?
Dental implants are not just a restorative procedure that beautifies your smile, but they strengthen your jawbone as well. If you are thinking of undergoing implant treatment, Dr. David Gordon of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, is here to help and advise you!
More About Dental Implants
If you're suffering from tooth loss, it's vital to deal with this problem as soon as possible. Tooth loss can lead to the deterioration of your jawbone without the support it needs. If you decide to get a dental implant, here's what you need to know about the process:
- A local anesthetic is applied to the area that will undergo the procedure.
- Your dentist places a titanium post into the jawbone. This titanium post then acts as the new tooth root and is biocompatible, so there is no worry of tissue rejection.
- The doctor will surgically close the area and allow it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months. During this time the process of osseointegration takes its full course.
- When you return, your Lehi dentist will re-open the area, insert an abutment, and place a crown on top of it that will match the rest of your teeth.
Advantageous of Dental Implants
- Implants can have a high success rate, reaching 95 percent, compared to other dental restorations
- They can last a lifetime if cared for properly, so make sure you brush and floss every day
- They are used to fill a single gap in your teeth, a few gaps, or all of your teeth
- Dental implants look natural and can give you a beautiful smile
- You won't have to worry about being able to bite into and chew your favorite foods
- They don't slip out of place like dentures, making them both comfortable and practical
- They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink
If you have questions or concerns, Dr. David Gordon can help you out. Call our office in Lehi, UT, at (801) 766-6344 to make an appoint today!
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