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By Dr. David M. Gordon
December 19, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

Know the telltale signs and symptoms of an infected dental nerve.

In cases where the inner structure of a tooth has become afflicted by decay, your dentist in Vallejo, CA, Dr. David Gordon, can perform root canal treatment to remove the infected tissue and alleviate dental pain. Find out why root canals are performed and the warning signs that point towards your smile needing one.

The Signs and Symptoms of an Infected Dental Pulp

It’s important to recognize that there are many reasons you might be dealing with a toothache, and an infected dental pulp is just one reason; however, here are the top signs that you might be dealing with an infection:

  • Severe dental pain, particularly when eating or putting pressure on the tooth
  • Prolonged and increased tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
  • Swollen, inflamed gums around the tooth
  • Sudden discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • A pimple-like growth on the gums (known as an abscess)

Are you dealing with one or more of these symptoms? If so, our Vallejo, CA, emergency dentist is here to help. Do not ignore any of these problems. The sooner you seek treatment the better.

Reasons for a Root Canal

You may be wondering how something that lies inside a tooth, protected by highly durable enamel, could somehow become damaged. Common reasons for needing a root canal include,

  • Deep decay: If you don’t come in for routine dental checkups, it’s possible that you could have decay and not even know it. If the decay isn’t caught early on, it will continue to damage the outer layers of the tooth until it reaches the root canals.
  • Dental injury: From being knocked in the mouth while playing sports to cracking a tooth on something hard, there are many reasons why a tooth may become fractured or broken. A broken tooth also leaves the inside of the tooth susceptible to infection.
  • Faulty restorations: If you’ve already had a dental procedure in the past or a large filling has been placed on the tooth, it’s possible that over time this can weaken a tooth. When this happens, the filling or old restoration may not be able to fully support the tooth. When bacteria get inside the tooth, your dentist will usually recommend a root canal.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

If you are worried about the health of your smile and need to see a dentist in Vallejo, CA, right away then call our practice today at (707) 557-2200. We would be happy to listen to your concerns and get you in for an immediate dental appointment.

By Dr. David M. Gordon
August 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Porcelain Veneers  

You don't have to be a celebrity or high profile individual in the public eye to want a whiter, straighter, generally more attractive smile. From veneerspersonal satisfaction and confidence to professional opportunities, studies have shown that the shape and color of your teeth can affect everything from how good you feel about yourself to how much money you make (sad but true). As one of our most prominent features, are smiles have become something of a status symbol in an image based society. The good news is that is has never been easier, faster, or more affordable to fix dental imperfections and invest in a smile that you'll love to show off. Dr. David Gordon, a dentist in Vallejo, CA, offers general and cosmetic dentistry services for healthy, beautiful smiles.


Invest in a Brand New Smile with Porcelain Veneers in Vallejo, CA

Porcelain veneers are bonded onto the surface of the tooth and molded to change the size and shape. Veneers are a good option for a number of common cosmetic imperfections:

  • Stains and discolorations
  • Mild to moderate chips and cracks
  • Fractures
  • Gaps and spacing

Maybe your teeth are perfectly healthy, but they're uneven or a different shape than you would like. Veneers can also be used for cosmetic upgrades to your existing smile.


How They Work

The first step is to schedule an appointment for a dental exam. If the dentist finds any problems like cavities or other oral health issues, they will have to be addressed first. The process itself is fairly straight forward. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it to a lab where the veneers are designed. Veneers are made from a razor thin layer of porcelain, so they look and feel just like tooth enamel once in place. The dentist may need to remove a small layer of enamel to fit the veneer.

The process usually takes two dental appointments. With adequate care, veneers can last anywhere from five to ten years, but often much longer.


Find a Dentist in Vallejo, CA

You don't have to settle for a less than perfect smile. For more information about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options available to you, contact our office today by calling (707) 557-2200 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gordon today.

By Dr. David M. Gordon
June 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Filling  

Tooth PainOur Vallejo, CA, dentist Dr. David Gordon has probably told you all too often just how important brushing and flossing are for preventing cavities, right? Unfortunately, decay is still the second most common disease after the common cold. In fact, one in four American adults and half of US teenagers have untreated tooth decay. Are you wondering whether you might need to get a dental filling? Here are the two classic warning signs,

A Toothache

A toothache is your tooth’s way of warning you that something is wrong. Many times a toothache is the result of decay, which our Vallejo, CA, general dentist will need to treat with a dental filling.

Tooth Sensitivity

Sometimes you may not experience any pain but your tooth may become overly sensitive to extreme temperatures, pressure or sweets. This is another indicator that you have a cavity. While there are other reasons why someone may experience tooth sensitivity, if this isn’t something that you normally experience and you notice that one tooth, in particular, is sensitive then it’s time to visit our dental office.

Other Warning Signs

Sometimes you’ll even be able to see the decay for yourself. There may be a brown or dark spot on the tooth or there may even be a visible hole in the tooth. Sometimes you may not be able to see the hole or spot but you may be able to feel it with your tongue.

What is involved in getting a dental filling?

After our dentist has removed the damaged enamel it’s important for us to restore and rebuild the tooth so that it’s as strong as possible. In order to do this, we will need to apply a dental filling to the tooth. In most cases, a dental filling is made from a tooth-colored material known as composite resin, which is moldable and putty-like.

We will apply the tooth-colored resin in thin layers over the decay and then harden the layer in place. We will continue to rebuild the tooth with the resin, layer by layer, until it’s complete. A dental filling is placed in one visit, immediately after removing the decay.

Whether you are dealing with symptoms of a cavity or you just need to book your next dental cleaning, you can call Dr. Gordon’s dental office in Vallejo, CA, anytime to ask questions, learn more about the dental services we offer or to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. David M. Gordon
April 10, 2019
Category: Dental Conditions

According to the American Dental Association, about 47 percent of American adults have periodontal disease (i.e. gum disease). When leftgum disease unchecked, this condition is damaging to both your oral and systemic health. However, the good news is that periodontitis can be managed with the help of your dentist in Vallejo, CA, Dr. David Gordon! Read on to learn more about the dangers of gum disease, how to avoid developing it in the first place, and how to go about treating it. After all, you and your smile depend on healthy gums!


What is periodontal disease?

It's an infection of the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. When oral bacteria collects on tooth surfaces and interdental spaces, it results in plaque and hard tartar, both of which can erode gum tissue and the bone surrounding tooth roots.

The resulting signs may not be obvious to the patient at first, but when left unnoticed and untreated, they progress, leading to tooth mobility as well as systemic problems such as Type-2 diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and more.


What are the signs of gum disease?

During an oral examination at our Vallejo office, we can better observe the signs of gum disease. Dr. Gordon always includes a measure of gum pockets (the space between the gums and tooth roots) with every six-month examination and cleaning, resulting in a quick and accurate discovery of the condition.

Signs of mild gingivitis include redness and bleeding on the gums, as well as the development of gum pockets. Luckily, gum disease at this stage can be healed with a thorough cleaning and careful at-home brushing and flossing.

More advanced gum disease shows these symptoms:

  • Mobile teeth
  • Pus at the gum line
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Deep gum pockets (> 3mm)
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Bad breath which does not respond to mouthwash or tooth brushing
  • Extreme dental sensitivity
  • Reddened, tender gums


Treating gum disease

Report any bleeding upon brushing and flossing to Dr. Gordon right away. Advanced problems will require deep tooth scaling, root planing, and the installation of antibiotics. Your dentist will place you on an at-home maintenance plan and schedule follow-up visits to ensure that your gums are healing. Many patients require more frequent in-office cleanings to keep gums healthy.

Of course, prevention is your best cure. To avoid gum problems altogether, be sure to:

  • Eat a healthy diet, low in carbs and high in fiber, low-fat proteins, and water.
  • Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush. Avoid brushing too vigorously.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque.
  • Get six-month cleanings and check-ups with your dentist.
  • Stop smoking, for tobacco contains toxins which damage your soft oral tissues.


Find your best smile

Healthy gums are a big part of the equation. To learn more about periodontal disease, please contact Dr. David Gordon's Vallejo office at (707) 557-2200!

By Dr. David M. Gordon
February 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Preserving your natural teeth for as long as possible is always the best option. But for millions of Americans living with full or partial tooth Dental Implantsloss due to trauma or gum disease, every day activities like eating, having a conversation, or smiling for pictures is an uncomfortable and embarrassing situation. But the good news is that losing one, several, or even all of your natural teeth no longer has to be final, thanks to dental implants. Dr. David Gordon, a general dentist in Vallejo, CA, recommends implants for healthy adults looking to recover from tooth loss with the next best thing to a natural tooth.

Improve Your Smile and Oral Health with Dental Implants in Vallejo, CA

Dental implants differ from other dental restorations in that they replace the root as well as the crown of a missing tooth. This helps to securely anchor the crown in place without the need for a bridge or adhesives, but it also helps to protect your oral health and the stability of the surrounding teeth by preventing the bone tissue in the gums from eroding (a common side effect of tooth loss).

How They Work

The first step is a comprehensive dental exam to determine whether dental implants are a good option for you. In order to qualify, you must be in good general health and have enough bone density in the gums to support an implant.

The actual procedure involves two steps: first, the implant is surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth, where it eventually fuses with the surrounding bone tissue. Once the implant has healed and is solidly in place, the cosmetic crown is attached to complete the procedure. Implants can also be used to support a set of dentures on the upper or lower jaw.

If you qualify for dental implants, you will have to maintain a rigorous oral hygiene routine and regular follow up dental care in order to minimize the risk of complications. With proper care, implants have a very high success rate and function as the closest thing to a natural tooth.

Find a Dentist in Vallejo, CA

Ready to learn more about how dental implants can give you a beautiful new smile and improve your oral health? To find out if implants are the right choice for you, contact our office in Vallejo, CA, today by calling (707) 557-2200 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gordon.

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