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By Gordon Family Dental
April 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental emergency  

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 dental-emergencydentist, 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.

By Gordon Family Dental
February 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

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.


A Toothache

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.


Tooth Sensitivity

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.


Swollen Gums

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.


Darkening Tooth

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.

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.