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By Gordon Family Dental
October 15, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Contouring  

It’s possible that your teeth might not be the exact shape or size that you wish they were and that can cause you to lose some of your confidence and not feel totally comfortable showing off your smile in public. If you’re unhappy with the overall look of your smile, there are options out there for you! Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Nate Criddle, your cosmetic dentists at Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, can explain how dental contouring can help rejuvenate your smile and give you a perfectly shaped smile you can be proud to show off!

Reshaping Your Smile with Dental Contouring

Dental contouring is a procedure performed by your cosmetic dentist in Lehi, UT, to reshape your teeth by removing some of the enamel that may cause your teeth to look misshapen. This procedure alters the shape, length, or overall appearance of your teeth to give you a whole new smile.

Dental contouring can also help fix any cracked, chipped, crooked, or misaligned teeth. This helps protect your smile from any further damage from bacteria and can make it easier to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Fixing the shape or misalignment can make it easier to clean between teeth and keep your gums free of built-up plaque. This procedure can also help improve any damage that may have been caused by grinding your teeth over the years. Dental contouring is often combined with dental bonding, which is why you’ll be able to fix any cracked teeth, and overall, it can give you the even smile that you’ve always dreamed of!

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist Today!

If you’re unhappy with your smile, there are ways to make it better! Contact Dr. Gordon and Dr. Criddle, your cosmetic dentists at Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, to learn more about dental contouring and how it can improve your smile today! Call for more information at (801) 766-6344.

By Gordon Family Dental
August 31, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Have you gotten dentures recently? Are you wondering how to take care of your new dentures in the best possible way? Regular dental visits to your dentists, Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Nate Criddle of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, will keep your dentures clean and healthy for the longest possible period.

Dentures are custom-made artificial teeth and gums used to replace lost teeth and restore their original appearance and functions. Dentures are removable and are used to replace a few teeth as well as an entire teeth row on the bottom or top gum line.

In order to get your dentures in Lehi, UT, you may need several dental appointments. After evaluating your teeth and making the appropriate diagnosis, your dentist will take your oral impressions and send them to the dental laboratory to produce your custom-made dentures. When your denture is ready, your dentist will check its fit and color to make sure that it suits you. If everything looks good, your dentist will give you your dentures and teach you how to use and maintain them in the best manner.

How to take care of your dentures?

Caring for your dentures and cleaning them routinely are necessary to avoid their damage and elongate their lifespan. The cleaning routine for your dentures must contain a daily brushing with a soft brush and an effective denture cleanser. You must take the dentures out after each meal, clean your mouth, and clean the dentures as well to make sure that the food debris won’t accumulate, causing problems. Also, make sure to remove your dentures at bedtime and soak them in the denture cleanser overnight for at least six hours. This practice will help in improving your oral health and maintaining your dentures. When you remove your dentures, soak them in the dentures cleanser or warm water to keep them clean and sterilized.

Contact us

Visit your dentists, Dr. Gordon and Dr. Criddle of Gordon Family Dental, to learn more about dentures in Lehi, UT. Call us at (801) 766-6344 to schedule your appointment.

By Gordon Family Dental
June 09, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental emergency  

Dental emergencies are bound to happen every once in a while, and you must know what to do in a situation. When you’re prepared, you’re more likely to be able to keep your healthy smile in the end and stop future issues from happening. Your emergency dentists, Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Nate Criddle, at Gordon Family Dentistry in Lehi, UT, are here to help you be prepared for any emergency that may come your way.

What To Do in a Dental Emergency

Depending on what your emergency is, there are different steps that you should follow. The one thing you should do no matter what the emergency is is to see your emergency dentists in Lehi, UT, as soon as possible to avoid any further damage from happening.

If you fall while participating in a sport or physical activity and knock out or damage a tooth, the first thing that you should do is retrieve the tooth and rinse it with water. While rinsing your tooth, you should be sure not to remove any of the tissue attached to the tooth. Next, you can gently attempt to place the tooth back in its socket and if that doesn’t work, you should be sure to place the tooth in a small glass of milk or saltwater before getting to your emergency dentists as soon as possible.

If you’ve injured your gums, tongue, or cheeks, you may be experiencing pain, swelling, or bleeding. The first thing that you should do is rinse your mouth out with warm water and apply pressure directly to the affected area with a moist gauze or a teabag. If the bleeding continues after thirty minutes, head straight to your emergency dentists for medical attention.

Contact Your Emergency Dentist Today!

If you’re experiencing severe tooth or mouth pain, don’t hesitate to see your emergency dentists immediately. Contact Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Nate Criddle, at Gordon Family Dentistry in Lehi, UT, today at (801) 766-6344.

By Gordon Family Dental
February 08, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Nate Criddle of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, recommend keeping up with regular dental appointments to help protect against tooth decay and gum disease. Biannual cleanings and exams are important for your oral and overall health because you can develop gum disease without ever having glaring or painful symptoms.

Healthy gum tissue is vital for your oral health. When a patient has gum disease, the gums actually pull away from the surfaces of the teeth. Left untreated it can cause teeth to loosen, and even tooth loss!

Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is sticky bacteria left behind on the surfaces of the teeth and when it hardens, it's called tartar. The toxins in plaque irritate and inflame the gums, and they start to pull away from the teeth. Infection can damage the tissue and bone in the area and contribute to tooth loss.

A good brushing and flossing routine is essential for removing plaque before it becomes tartar and causes gum disease. Brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day can keep plaque from building up and keep your gums healthy.

Keep up with your cleaning routine at home, but don't ignore these signs of gum disease. Call your Lehi, UT, dentist if you notice:

  • Gums bleeding when brushing
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Puss in between the gums and teeth
  • Loose teeth

If you do have gum disease, we can help with a special cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. This is a targeted cleaning of the surfaces of your teeth and below the gum line. Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar, and allows your gums to heal back around your tooth. Depending on your case, your dentist may recommend doing this procedure over the course of two appointments.

Regular dental appointments are important to prevent gum disease, but if you do notice any signs of gum disease don't hesitate to contact Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Nate Criddle. Give Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, a call at (801) 766-6344.

By Gordon Family Dental
January 04, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  
Your dentist offers a variety of treatments to help restore and improve your smile. All of these have a history of success and happy patients, and depending on your situation your doctor may advise for them. But for a more permanent solution to problems with your teeth, little comes close to what dental implants can achieve. For more information reach out to your Lehi, UT, dentists, Dr. David Gordon, and Dr. Nate Criddle of Gordon Family Dental.
Traditional Bridgework
Bridges can help to fill a gap in your smile. In their most common application, the process involves reshaping the teeth next to the gap so that they might accept a crown. The bridge is then made with a series of crowns, the ones which will act as support will be attached to your reshaped teeth, and the crown between these will fill the gap.
It's very important to not leave these gaps empty, as it will affect your bite and cause the surrounding teeth to shift and possibly crowd. Traditional bridgework does an excellent job of this. But dental implants can fill the gaps without the need to impact neighboring teeth.
With dental implants, a titanium post is implanted directly onto the bone of your jaw where it will permanently bond through a process called osseointegration. Onto this post is attached your new crown.
Dental Implants in Lehi, UT
Dental implants take a similar approach for replacing full sets of teeth. The implanted posts support the entire denture allowing for a very secure fit. The extra upside is that for dentures, whether full or partial, you don't require as many implants as the teeth you are replacing.
Because dental implants are a longer-lasting solution than traditional dental work they require a larger investment of time. The procedure is a surgical one so it takes longer to heal, months for the bone to fully integrate the implant. But the result is often teeth that look and feel, and act, just like natural ones. To find out if you're a candidate make your appointment today with Dr. Gordon and Dr. Criddle of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, by dialing (801) 766-6344.

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