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Imagining yourself with a beautiful smile? Let your cosmetic dentist at Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, make that daydream come true. Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Nate Criddle offer premium cosmetic dentistry services to improve your smile appearance and to change how you feel about yourself. Interested? Talk to your cosmetic dentist Lehi today.

For your smile...

Drs. Gordon and Criddle offer individualized cosmetic treatment plans to pinpoint your smile goals and outline how to reach them. At home, think carefully about the improvements you'd like to see. Are your teeth yellow and dull? Does that chip on a front tooth bother you? Are some teeth unevenly sized or poorly shaped?

Then, at Gordon Family Dental, tell your cosmetic dentist Lehi your ideas. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says communication is key to treatment success. Then, he will do a complete exam to assess your oral health, review your medical history, and take X-rays and photos (as needed). Based on his findings and your goals, he'll outline treatments right for you.

What will my treatment plan include?

It may include a single service or a combination of several. Your goals, budget, and time commitment are determining factors.

Services offered at Gordon Family Dental are:

  • Cosmetic contouring: a light sanding and reshaping of small defects such as chips and surface pitting
  • Composite resin bonding: adds a shapable putty to gaps, cracks, and other flaws (also used to repair dental decay)
  • Professional teeth whitening: an in-office or take-home service which brightens stained tooth enamel by up to eight shades of color
  • Porcelain veneers: custom-crafted laminates bonded to the front of teeth to camouflage flaws, odd shape, or deep stains

Also, your cosmetic dentist Lehi offers same-day porcelain crowns and state of the art tooth replacements, such as dental implants, to bolster tooth strength or fill smile gaps caused by tooth loss. Beautifully customized to look real and optimize natural oral function, crowns and dental implants combine the best of restorative and cosmetic dentistry in one outstanding treatment.

Look and feel great

At Gordon Family Dental in Lehi UT, Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Nate Criddle love seeing how patients react to their renewed smiles. To learn more about their cosmetic dentistry services, contact us for a one-on-one consultation: (801) 766-6344.

By Gordon Family Dental
April 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Replacement  

If you are missing teeth, it can harm your appearance, and that’s not all. Missing teeth also affect your ability to chew your food, which impacts your digestion and your overall health. Fortunately, you can reclaim both your smile and oral functionality thanks to today’s tooth replacement options. Available from Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Spencer Hill of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, read on to learn about our different tooth replacement treatments.

One of the most popular tooth replacement options is dental implants, which look and function just like natural teeth. Firmly embedded in the bone so they don’t move around, implants are convenient in that you never have to remove them and you maintain them just as you would natural teeth (i.e. brushing and flossing). Dental implants also help you create and conserve bone, which gives you a firm jawline and a more youthful face, free of facial sagging.

You may want the convenience of dental appliances. If you need to replace a few missing teeth, you want a partial denture. If you need to replace an entire arch of teeth, you want a full denture. You can choose a sturdy, conventional dental appliance that is created after your tissue has healed at around 6 to 8 weeks. You can also choose a transitional or immediate dental appliance that is meant as a temporary tooth replacement if you want dental implants later, or if you want to wear an appliance immediately after your teeth are removed.

Dental bridges are another option to replace missing teeth. They consist of prosthetic teeth known as pontics which are suspended over the space where you have missing teeth. The teeth on both sides of the space are crowned and the dental bridge is cemented to them. You can brush a dental bridge and floss underneath the bridge using floss threaders.

Choosing a tooth replacement option is an important decision you should make with the help of an expert. To learn more about dental implants, dental appliances, or dental bridgework, call Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Spencer Hill of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, at (801) 766-6344. Call today!

By Gordon Family Dental
April 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Replacement  

If you are missing teeth, it can harm your appearance, and that’s not all. Missing teeth also affect your ability to chew your food, which impacts your digestion and your overall health. The good news is you can get your smile back along with your chewing function, thanks to today’s tooth replacement options. Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Spencer Hill at Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, Utah, offer a wide range of tooth replacement options for you to choose from.

One of the most popular tooth replacement options is dental implants, which look and function just like natural teeth. They are firmly embedded in the bone so they don’t move around. They also offer the convenience of never having to remove them. You keep your smile healthy by brushing and flossing the dental implants just like natural teeth. Dental implants also help you create and conserve bone, which gives you a firm jawline and a more youthful face with less facial sagging.

You may want the convenience of dental appliances. If you need to replace a few missing teeth, you want a partial denture. If you need to replace an entire arch of teeth, you want a full denture. You can choose a sturdy, conventional dental appliance that is created after your tissue has healed at around 6 to 8 weeks. You can also choose a transitional or immediate dental appliance that is meant as a temporary tooth replacement if you want dental implants later, or if you want to wear an appliance immediately after your teeth are removed.

Dental bridges are another option to replace missing teeth. They consist of prosthetic teeth known as pontics which are suspended over the space where you have missing teeth. The teeth on both sides of the space are crowned and the dental bridge is cemented to them. You can brush a dental bridge and floss underneath the bridge using floss threaders.

Choosing a tooth replacement option is an important decision you should make with the help of an expert. To find out more about dental implants, dental appliances, or dental bridgework, call Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Spencer Hill of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, Utah, at (801) 766-6344. Call today!

By Gordon Family Dental
June 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Bonding  

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 smilesmallest 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.

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.