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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.

By Dr. David M. Gordon
December 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

How dental crowns from your dentist in Vallejo, CA, can remake your smile

Do you want a strong and beautiful smile that stands out in a crowd? If so, it’s time to discover what dental crowns can do for you! Dr. David Gordon in Vallejo, CA, provides dental crowns that can totally remake your smile.

The Benefits of Dental Crowns

There are many important advantages provided by dental crowns that make your smile look great. If you have damaged or broken teeth, dental crowns can protect them from further breaking when you chew. In addition to protecting your remaining tooth structure, dental crowns rebuild your smile, allowing you to have complete, strong teeth once again. With crowns, your entire tooth structure will be restored, giving you maximum chewing ability while also aiding both digestion and your overall health.

Dental crowns can also enhance the beauty of your smile. Modern dental materials like porcelain are translucent and reflect light. Natural tooth enamel is also light-reflective, so your new porcelain crowns will look just like natural teeth, only better! They will stay beautiful too, as porcelain is resistant to staining.

In addition to full porcelain, there are other dental crown materials including porcelain-fused-to-metal, also known as a PFM crown. These crowns are also made to look like natural teeth. They are stronger because of the metal framework, but they also are not light-reflective like full porcelain. People often choose PFM crowns for back teeth and full porcelain for teeth that are visible when you smile. However, the choice is up to you!

Interested? Call Our Vallejo Office Today!

If you want to remake your smile, you need to discover what dental crowns can do. You deserve a smile that stands out and a smile that lasts—Dr. David Gordon can help! Get started on a new smile by calling (707) 557-2200 today.

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!





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David Gordon D.D.S.
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Vallejo, CA 94591
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