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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
September 26, 2016
Category: Dentistry
Tags: root canal  

What your general dentist in Vallejo wants you to know about root canals


If you’ve been told you need a root canal, chances are you are a little nervous about it. Thanks to modern dental techniques, root canaltechnologies, and materials, you don’t need to fear a root canal any longer. Today’s root canal therapy is quick and effective, with little to no discomfort. Dr. David Gordon in Vallejo, California wants to calm your fears about root canals.

Root canals, also called endodontic procedures, are today’s answer to eliminating dental pain and still allowing you to keep your tooth. Thanks to root canals, you can still maintain full chewing function and don’t have to think about replacing a tooth with an implant or dental bridge. You can keep your natural teeth!

Your general dentist in Vallejo wants you to know the reasons why you might need a root canal. Root canal therapy might be needed on a tooth that is:

  • Deeply decayed into the tooth pulp
  • Badly damaged from an accident or trauma
  • Extremely painful and can’t be restored with other treatment
  • Abscessed and infected to the point it is affecting your bone, gums or other teeth

The only way you will know for sure if you need a root canal is if you visit your dentist. Your general dentist in Vallejo, California will take x-rays and perform some vitality testing on your tooth to determine if you need a root canal.

Don’t be afraid of a root canal, because Dr. Gordon will do everything needed to ensure a comfortable appointment. He offers nitrous oxide sedation, in addition to state-of-the-art numbing techniques.

Don’t fear a root canal, because root canal therapy is an excellent way to remove pain while keeping your smile intact. Don’t wait to restore your tooth; take care of your dental pain so you can enjoy your life. Call Dr. David Gordon in Vallejo, California to find out more about root canal treatment. Call today and protect your smile!

By Dr. David M. Gordon
July 21, 2016
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants not only restore your smile, but offer several other important benefits. Dr. David Gordon, your Vallejo, CA dentist, dental implantsexplains several advantages of dental implants.

Dental implants keep your jawbone strong

The roots of your teeth constantly stimulate your jawbone and help keep it strong. When you lose a tooth, the section of your jawbone underneath the lost tooth no longer receives any stimulation. Eventually, the jawbone begins to recede and weaken. If you've lost several teeth, the problem can become more pronounced. A receding jawbone may even lead to facial sagging and additional tooth loss if the bone can no longer support your remaining teeth.

Dental implants replace the roots of your teeth and help keep your jawbone strong. Your Vallejo dentist places a titanium implant in a hole in your jawbone during the first step of the implant procedure. During the next three to six months, the implant bonds to your bone in a process called osseointegration. Once the implant is fully osseointegrated, it's as as strong as your natural tooth roots. Your dentist then connects a crown to the top of the implant to replace the visible part of your lost tooth.

Dental implants help you avoid cavities

Your teeth help keep surrounding teeth straight and upright. When one tooth is extracted, the surrounding teeth begin to overlap as they drift toward the opening. It's difficult to remove plaque from overlapping teeth, which can increase your risk of tooth decay. Dental implants keep your teeth in position and help you avoid cavities.

Implants make eating easier

It's harder to bite and chew when one or more teeth are missing. Implants restore your ability to eat normally after tooth loss. If you've lost an entire row of teeth, you might think that full dentures are your only option. While dentures effectively replace lost teeth, they reduce your biting power, making it impossible to eat some hard foods. Thanks to advancements in dental technology, just two to four implants can support an entire row of implant-supported dentures. Since the dentures are attached to implants, they're more secure than traditional dentures and make eating a much more pleasant experience.

Are you ready to restore your smile with dental implants? Call Dr. Gordon, your Vallejo, CA dentist, at (707) 557-2200, to start the process. Improve your smile with implants!

If you're like most people, you don't put much thought into brushing your teeth. Unfortunately, if you don't use the proper technique, you could harm your teeth and gums or fail to remove enough plaque. Dr. David M. Gordon, who practices general dentistry in Vallejo, CA, shares a few tooth brushing tips that will help you keep your smile bright and healthy.Flossing

Improve your angle

Do you brush your teeth in a side-to-side motion? Although this method may be effective at cleaning the top portions of your teeth, it can irritate your gums and cause them to recede. Instead, hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and work on one or two teeth at a time using a circular motion. Keeping the brush at a 45-degree angle makes it easier for the bristles to reach between teeth and also helps ensure that you clean your gums without damaging them.

Don't miss a spot

Because brushing removes cavity-causing plaque from your teeth, it's important not to miss a spot. Brush the tops, fronts and backs of your teeth to thoroughly remove plaque. If you have space in your mouth after your last set of molars, be sure to brush the sides of the teeth too. Don't neglect your tongue. Brushing your tongue removes bacteria that can cause bad breath.

Use a soft bristle brush

Brushing with a hard bristle brush may seem like the best choice to remove plaque, but hard bristles can erode your gums and wear away tooth enamel. Soft bristle brushes are very effective at removing plaque and food debris and are gentler on your teeth.

Don't hurry

Vallejo dentists recommend that you brush for at least two minutes. If you finish sooner, you may not be doing a thorough job.

Make flossing a daily habit

Flossing is an important addition to your oral hygiene routine. Toothbrush bristles can't reach the areas between teeth where plaque can accumulate. Flossing daily removes plaque in those hard-to-reach areas, reducing your risk of tooth decay.

Whether you need a dental exam, cleaning or other general dentistry services, your Vallejo, CA dentist, Dr. David M. Gordon, can help you care for your teeth. Call him at (707) 557-2200 to schedule an appointment. Brush and floss daily to prevent tooth decay!

By David M. Gordon, D.D.S.
March 21, 2016
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Dental Bonding  

What you need to know about dental bonding

You’ve probably heard about dental bonding and you’re wondering if it can help your smile. The answer is YES! Dental bonding can correct a number of cosmetic issues with your teeth. It is also much less expensive than other cosmetic treatments. Dr. David Gordon in Dental Bonding Vallejo, California wants to help you explore what dental bonding can do for you.

Dental bonding is a technique using a tooth-colored liquid resin material known as composite. Dr. Gordon can match the color of composite perfectly to your existing teeth, creating a perfectly natural and beautiful smile.

Dr. Gordon wants you to know about the many uses of composite dental bonding. Composite bonding can be used to correct dental problems including:

  • Small cracks and chips in your teeth from trauma or overuse
  • Excessively worn teeth from aging or a poorly aligned bite
  • Closing small spaces or gaps between your teeth from genetics
  • Cosmetically changing the look of slightly overlapped or rotated teeth
  • Cosmetically changing the color of stained, yellowed or discolored teeth

Usually, composite bonding doesn’t require any anesthetic because it is a non-invasive procedure. Your dental bonding treatment begins with Dr. Gordon preparing your tooth with an etching solution, which forms tiny holes in your tooth’s surface to retain the composite. Dr. Gordon will apply the composite material and harden it with a special LED light. To finish your bonding treatment, Dr. Gordon will shape and polish your new composite bonding to blend and enhance your smile. The end result is a seamlessly beautiful smile. People around you will notice your smile, not your fillings!

Dental bonding is the modern way to correct cosmetic issues with your smile. You can have a new smile quickly and painlessly. Dental bonding with composite is a great solution to enhance your smile. Call Dr. David Gordon in Vallejo, California and discover how to get the smile you deserve with cosmetic dental bonding. Call today!

General Dentistry in Vallejo
David Gordon D.D.S.
23 Rotary Way
Vallejo, CA 94591
(707) 557-2200

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