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By Gordon Family Dental
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you in need of a dental implant?

Dental ImplantsDental 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:

  1. A local anesthetic is applied to the area that will undergo the procedure.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

By Gordon Family Dental
October 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Do you want a new and improved smile? Cosmetic dentistry could help.

Cosmetic Dentistry SmileDo you feel unsatisfied with the way your smile looks? Do you wish it were just a little straighter or maybe just a bit whiter? Are there some imperfections that are keeping you from the perfect set of pearly whites? If so, our Lehi, UT, dentist Dr. David Gordon can enhance your smile and your appearance with the help of cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry uses a variety of different techniques and restorations to improve the shape, size, color and even alignment of your smile. While cosmetic dentistry may also serve to strengthen teeth and make them more durable, the sole purpose of this type of dentistry is to give your smile the makeover it deserves no matter how minor or significant.

There are many cosmetic dentistry options in Lehi, UT, from which to choose including,

Dental Bonding

We can easily fix small gaps between teeth, improve the length of a tooth or hide minor imperfections such as cracks or chips with this special tooth-colored bonding resin. The resin we use is the same material used to fill a cavity and it is shaped and molded over these flaws and then hardened permanently into place.

Tooth Reshaping

If you have a tooth that is significantly longer or a little wonkier compared to the rest of your smile then this simple non-invasive procedure could help you. We will painlessly shave away very small amounts of enamel from the tooth to alter its length or shape. If you have extremely pointy canines, tooth reshaping may be right for you.

Gum Reshaping

Did you know that we can also reshape and improve the look of your gums? While this might seem like an odd request, you’d be surprised how many people feel self-conscious about their “gummy smiles”. Luckily, we can remove excess tissue and improve the shape and symmetry of the gum line to give you a more attractive and even smile.

Teeth Whitening

This is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments we offer. Imagine walking into our office and using a whitening gel that will get your smile several shades brighter in about one hour. If you want to remove yellow stains from your teeth and instantly brighten your smile without waiting then professional in-office whitening is certainly for you.

Porcelain Veneers

These thin tooth-colored shells are adhered to the front of one or more teeth to greatly improve the look of your smile. Veneers can be placed on all of your visible teeth, giving you a more aligned and perfectly straight smile. Veneers can also hide a variety of imperfections such as crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, discolorations and cracks.

Are you ready to find out how cosmetic dentistry can turn your smile around for the better? If so, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gordon at Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your treatment options.

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
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.