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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
September 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

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. Atfillings 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.

By Gordon Family Dental
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss can be caused by extensive decay, trauma/accident or congenital defects. Advanced gum disease or periodontitis, however, dental implantsis the number one cause of tooth loss in adults in America. Dr. David Gordon of Gordon Family Dental is experienced with offering treatment options such as dental implants in Lehi, Utah, to patients of all ages.

More about Dental Implants

These synthetic structures are placed in the area of the tooth occupied by the root before. They are secured to the jawbone or framework on the bone and act as a foundation for a tooth or a bridge. In some cases, they can even be used to attach dentures. Not everyone in Lehi, Utah, is a great candidate for dental implants, however. For dental implants to be successful, a patient must have a strong immune system and the right bone density. For them to remain healthy, strict oral hygiene must occur.

Dental implants in Lehi, Utah, are designed by Dr. Gordon to look and feel like natural teeth. They are made of either metal or ceramic, both durable options. Surgery is necessary in order to prepare the area for the implant and to plant it into the mouth. A period of time is needed after this procedure for the implant to take hold in the mouth successfully. After the healing process, a post is put on the implant and a porcelain crown is placed in order to finish this dental restoration. Also, because this is a surgical procedure, anesthesia is administered.

Dental implants can last a lifetime. They do not move or decay. The only threat to them is peri-implantitis, which is an infection similar to advanced gum disease. It comes from poor health or dental hygiene or smoking or chewing tobacco. However, with a good at-home oral hygiene routine as well as preventative dental visits at Gordon Family Dental, this can be avoided.

If you’re looking to repair your smile today and want to learn about dental implants in Lehi, Utah, contact Dr. Gordon at 801-766-6344 to schedule this important appointment.

By Gordon Family Dental
September 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have tooth loss, you might be a candidate for dentures. Whether you are missing just a few teeth or suffer from total tooth loss, denturesdentures can help you achieve normal tooth functioning once again. Dr. David Gordon, your experienced dentist in Lehi, UT, can help you determine if dentures are right for you.

Tooth Loss and Dentures

Many people mistakenly believe that the loss of just a few teeth does not necessarily call for dentures since they still have the majority of their natural teeth. However, if you are already missing teeth, your remaining teeth are at greater risk of needing to be replaced someday. More strain is put on them daily as they compensate for the missing teeth when chewing, for instance. By filling in for any missing teeth, dentures take some of the strain off of your remaining natural teeth, which can help them last longer.

Risk Factors for Tooth Loss

The Academy of General Dentistry reports that gum disease is a primary cause of tooth loss in adults, affecting as many as three out of four adults at some point. Poor oral hygiene can result in the development of gum disease, which puts you at risk of tooth loss. As gum disease progresses, teeth might fall out on their own or require extraction by a dental professional. Your Lehi dentist will likely replace your missing teeth with dentures.

Signs of gum disease include inflamed gums that are red and swollen and bleed when brushing or flossing. Teeth that have either become loose or shifted out of place can also be a sign of advanced stage gum disease. Again, this can lead to tooth loss and the need for dentures. Toothaches are another sign of potential tooth loss. Major aches often signal tooth decay that, if left untreated, can result in tooth loss.

Preventing Tooth Loss

According to a survey administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17% of adults over age 65 have had their teeth all removed at some point. Removal can be due to excessive tooth decay that is beyond repair. When the natural teeth are removed, dentures are needed to continue normal functioning.

The best way to prevent tooth loss or removal, is by practicing good oral hygiene daily and by visiting the dentist every six months. Dentists are trained to identify potential problems and correct them before they result in extensive tooth decay or gum disease.

If you have experienced tooth loss, dentures can help you regain normal tooth functioning. To find out whether or not you need dentures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gordon, your Lehi, UT dentist, by calling Gordon Family Dental at (801) 766-6344.