Do you know a dental emergency when you see one? Our Lehi, UT, dentist, Dr. David Gordon of Gordon Family Dental, discusses common 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.
Not happy with your smile? Cosmetic dentistry could help!
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.
Don’t let dental problems sneak up on you. Know what to look out for!
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:
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.
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!
Tooth-colored fillings are made of strong materials that can last a long period of time. They also help improve the appearance of a smile. At Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT we use this type of filling to seal off holes in a tooth that are caused by cavities or decay. This filling helps prevent decay from spreading further.
About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Our Lehi dentist can examine each patient to decide whether or not they are a viable candidate for cosmetic tooth-colored fillings. They are used to restore the teeth both in function and appearance. For many patients who have the classic silver amalgam filling, they want to improve their smile with white fillings. A composite filling is a great option for individuals that don’t want their fillings to show. This procedure requires less drilling, which is great for those with teeth that already are at risk for cracking. Our Lehi dentist can offer the best options for your oral health situation. We believe in a personalized plan that offers solutions for each patient’s and their needs.
After receiving a filling, you may be more susceptible to cold or hot foods or beverages. If you feel pain after a filling, it can signal a bite problem, so your dentist will need to examine you make an adjustment. It is important not to leave this long as the longer you keep the tooth with an improper height, the more likely your tooth is to crack or break. To learn more about tooth-colored fillings and what they can do to improve your smile, call our office today to schedule an appointment at 801-766-6344. We can’t wait to hear from you.
When it comes to oral hygiene, brushing and flossing are imperative in order to maintain the health of the teeth and the gums in between important examinations and cleanings. Your Lehi, Utah dentist Dr. David Gordon from Gordon Family Dental can offer helpful oral hygiene tips to patients of all ages. A good oral hygiene routine will help the teeth and gums looking and feeling their best for a lifetime.
Oral Hygiene Tips
Brushing is the most effective way to remove harmful plaque and/or bacteria from the teeth and gums. The faster this gets off; the more likely prevention of cavities occurs. Most dental professional suggest brushing two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Use a circular brushing motion. Don’t forget to brush the tongue too to remove plaque and harmful germs there and to reduce the risk of bad breath. Your Lehi dentist can demonstrate the proper way to brush to his patients.
With flossing, at least once a day is recommended. Flossing is done in order to remove bacteria and food particles that the toothbrush can’t reach. This is a great preventative technique against plaque that prevents cavities. This helps prevent cavities, gum disease and other dental problems. It even improves blood circulation to the gums. The loop or spool method can be learned at a visit at Gordon Family Dental during your six-month exam and cleaning appointment.
By learning the proper way to take care of the teeth and gums from home, you can protect your teeth every day. A thorough dental examination and cleaning are needed to learn about any dental issues that need to be remedied. To schedule an important appointment with your Lehi, Utah dentist Dr. David Gordon from Gordon Family Dental, call 801-766-6344 today.
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