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By Dr. David M. Gordon
October 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out Whether or Not Dental Implants Are the Best Way to Replace Your Missing Teeth.

Dental ImplantBefore you decide which restorative dentistry procedure is the best option for treating your tooth loss, it is essential to understand the options out there. With so many adults turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth, you may have questions about this procedure. We are here to answer all of these questions for you, and once you have all the facts, Dr. David Gordon of Vallejo, CA, can expertly perform these procedures following a consultation.

Q. What Are Dental Implants?

A. Dental implants are the only way to replace the missing tooth roots of a tooth. The implant itself is a small tapered metal post (usually made from titanium) that is placed into the jawbone to support a dental crown or dentures. There are many styles and sizes of dental implants and our Vallejo, CA, implant dentist will work with you to figure out which one is best for your smile.

Q. How Is a Dental Implant Placed?

A. Since implants are designed to replace missing tooth roots, it’s necessary for us to place the implant into the jawbone. This requires minor surgery in which we open up the gums, drill a small hole into the jawbone, and place the implant exactly where your missing tooth used to be. From there we will give your mouth several months to fully heal. During this healing phase, the implant and jawbone will also naturally fuse together.

Q. How Long Does It Take to Get Dental Implants?

A. To place a single implant the process takes about one hour. It usually takes 3-6 months for the bone to fuse together with the implant. Once that’s complete, you’ll come in so that we can place the other parts of the implant (the abutment and the dental crown), which are usually performed in two separate appointments. All in all, it can take anywhere from 6 months to one year to get your implant.

Q. How Long Does an Implant Last?

A. The great news is that an implant is designed to last a very long time. After all, it does fuse together with natural bone and tissue. This means that with the proper oral care, your implant could last you the rest of your life. Of course, the dental crown may need to be replaced every few years.

Q. Who Is a Good Candidate for Implants?

A. Most healthy adults who are missing one or more teeth can benefit from getting dental implants. We will examine your smile and perform X-rays to make sure that your jawbone is healthy and strong enough to support an implant. Once we have deemed you a good candidate for implants we can begin the process of getting you a full smile again.

Are you interested in getting dental implants in Vallejo, CA? If so, call our office today at (707) 557-2200 and schedule a consultation with us. Let us restore your smile and boost your confidence!

By Dr. David M. Gordon
July 11, 2018
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Dental Visits  

Dental VisitsPreventative dentistry is one of the most important ways to keep your smile healthy and Dr. David Gordon in Vallejo, CA, can help you keep up with that by having you see him twice a year.

The reasons why we see the dentist

Yes, from toddlerhood on up, we all should see the dentist at least semi-annually for complete oral examinations and professional cleanings. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends this schedule so that teeth and gums stay as healthy and possible, avoiding tooth decay, gum disease, destructive bite issues, deterioration of fillings and crowns and much more.

Also, the ADA maintains that oral health impacts approximately 125 systemic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes. If someone has an autoimmune or inflammatory disease, they may have gum disease or other dental issue.

In these cases, your dentist in Vallejo, CA, may reccomend an individualized treatment schedule. For instance, someone may need periodontal maintenance three times a year to stay healthy. Pregnant women and cancer patients also require close monitoring.

Additionally, Dr. Gordon cites other situations where a trip to his office is warranted:

  1. Oral injury resulting in a laceration, displaced, loose or lost tooth, dental fracture, or object caught between teeth
  2. Lost or damaged restoration
  3. Toothache
  4. Broken denture or bridgework
  5. Loose tooth
  6. A sore which does not heal
  7. Any mouth or jaw pain

Your dentist and his staff are available for over the phone questions and same-day appointments to address your most pressing dental matters.

Putting on appearances

Besides oral health, smile aesthetics help people function well socially and professionally. If you desire a better looking and functioning smile, book a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Gordon. He offers services which improve the color, shape, and arrangement of teeth so when you smile, people react positively.

Dr. Gordon's cosmetic dentistry services include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Composite resin bonding
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Porcelain veneers

You can schedule your smile analysis with your routine exam and cleaning or at another time convenient to your schedule. Either way, you'll enjoy a visit which opens up the world of cosmetic dentistry to you and allows you to explore the possibilities of a renewed smile.

Time for a check-up?

Please contact Dr. Gordon's office to book your six-month professional cleaning and exam. We have convenient office hours so getting your preventive care is easy. Call (707) 557-2200 for an appointment in Vallejo, CA.

By Dr. David M. Gordon
May 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

We have some good news and bad news. The bad news: teeth are the one part of the body that can't heal itself after damage occurs. TheDental crowns good news, however, is that dental restorations fix these problems. One of the most common restorations are crowns, which reconstruct the way an imperfect tooth looks and functions. If you're in need of a crown, Dr. David Gordon in Vallejo, CA, is here to answer questions you may have about them.

What is the purpose of a crown?

A crown is a dental restoration made for a tooth that has sustained damage from an accident or decay. It allows you to eat and smile comfortably, as well as ensure that an extraction will not be necessary to fix the dental issue. Crowns are typically made from a ceramic material or porcelain; the type you need will depend on the location of your affected tooth and your Vallejo dentist's recommendations.

How are crowns attached?

After applying local anesthetic your Vallejo dentist will prepare the tooth. This shape will correspond with your crown, which looks like a tooth but is hollow on the inside. The crown fits on top the prepared tooth and is cemented in place after any adjustments are made to ensure a perfect fit.

How long do crowns last?

Dental crowns aren't meant to be a permanent restoration, but improvements in dental products and techniques mean that they're lasting longer than ever before. If you care for a crown properly - keeping your gums healthy and steering clear of biting down on hard candies or ice - you can expect it to last about 15 years. Some patients have crowns for two or three decades before they'll need to be replaced or reattached.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gordon, contact our dental office in Vallejo, CA, at (707) 557-2200 today.

By Dr. David M. Gordon
April 19, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Keeping good oral hygiene habits is the key to avoiding conditions like teeth decay and gum disease which can eventually result in seriousoral hygiene complications or even tooth loss. However, many people may not realize that their oral hygiene routine simply does not hold up. Learning the best daily and long-term habits to successfully maintain your smile can prevent tooth loss and ensure that your teeth remain healthy for years to come. Find out more about strong oral hygiene habits with Dr. David Gordon in Vallejo, CA.

How should I care for my teeth on a daily basis?
No matter your dental condition, the American Dental Association recommends brushing with a soft toothbrush for at least two minutes twice daily. They also recommend flossing between each tooth and behind the last molars at least once a day. Though mouthwash isn’t necessary, if you use it, be sure not to rinse your mouth with water afterward to allow the mouthwash to remain on the teeth.

How can I ensure good long-term health for my smile?
Seeing your dentist for routine examinations and cleanings can help keep your teeth healthy for years to come. Dental examinations consist of a thorough physical examination of the head, neck, mouth, oral tissues, and teeth. Your dentist can find and treat minor dental issues like cavities during your visit and prevent them from becoming a more complex condition requiring a more invasive procedure later. Additionally, professional cleanings remove any plaque or tartar on the teeth, stopping decay in its tracks and ensuring it cannot eat through the tooth to become a cavity. Additionally, issues with the oral tissues like gum disease can be addressed while regular flossing can still reverse the symptoms and potentially avoid a periodontal “deep” cleaning.

Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits in Vallejo, CA
Your oral health is an important aspect of your overall health and keeping your teeth in good shape ensures that you have a strong smile you can feel proud of. Regular dental examinations paired with a strong at-home oral care routine can ensure that you properly maintain your teeth for years to come.

For more information on good oral hygiene or going the extra mile to ensure the good health of your teeth, please contact Dr. David Gordon in Vallejo, CA. Call (707) 557-2200 to schedule your routine examination and cleaning with Dr. Gordon today!

By Dr. David M. Gordon
January 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Emergency  

Have you ever had an oral injury or a bad toothache and not known the best course of action? Sure, we all have had emergency dental emergencysituations, but your Vallejo, CA, dentist, Dr. David Gordon, wants you informed about pressing dental needs so together, you can optimize the result.

What is a dental emergency?

Just like a medical emergency, it's something that cannot wait. The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that non-traumatic dental emergencies seen in hospital ERs rise in number annually in the US, making an unnecessary burden on hospitals and their staffs.

Instead, if you experience an urgent dental issue, call Dr. Gordon's office for immediate and compassionate advice and a same-day visit as needed. Dr. Gordon treats everything from lost restorations to knocked out teeth, toothaches and more.

However, before you see your Vallejo dentist, there are stabilization measures you can take for yourself or a loved one in need.

First aid for dental problems

Here are common dental emergencies and appropriate first aid measures for each.

Tooth avulsion A knocked out tooth may be replanted and saved if your dentist treats it within an hour of injury. Before seeing Dr. Gordon, try replacing the tooth by grasping it by the crown and putting its roots back in the empty socket. Hold it in place while going to the dental office, or if you cannot, put the tooth in a sealed container with water, milk or over the counter tooth preservative and bring it to Dr. Gordon. Most replanted teeth survive for many years.

Cracked tooth Save any fragments and bring them to Dr. Gordon who may be able to restore the tooth using composite resin. A severely cracked tooth may require root canal therapy and/or a crown. Also, if you lose a filling or other restoration, bring the pieces with you. Cover any jagged tooth edges with orthodontic wax or denture adhesive to avoid oral irritation.

Jaw dislocation or profuse bleeding These really are medical emergencies and require a trip to the hospital ER. Dr. Gordon will follow-up with your injury after you are stable.

Foreign object stuck in between teeth A toothpick, piece of bone or some food may lodge between tightly spaced teeth. Gently rinse your mouth with warm water, and use waxed dental floss to work around the material to remove it.

Dental abscess This infection exhibits symptoms of throbbing toothache, drainage, redness and swelling of the gums and drainage. Call the office for an appointment. In the meantime, apply ice to the jaw, take over the counter pain relievers as necessary, and rinse the mouth with salt water.

We're here to help

Never hesitate to contact Dr. Gordon, your Vallejo, CA, dentist, when you are concerned about your dental health or that of a loved one. Your well-being is of utmost importance! Call (707) 557-2200 for a quick response.





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