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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
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.

By Dr. David M. Gordon
March 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Do you have gum disease? Scaling and root planing, otherwise known as deep cleaning, is considered the "gold standard" of treatment gum diseasefor patients with periodontal disease. Dr. David Gordon in Vallejo, CA, offers a variety of gum disease treatments to his patients. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about scaling and root planing.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, which is also referred to as gum disease, is an infection of the structures around the teeth. The symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen or bleeding gums or pain in your mouth. Healthy, well-cared-for gums should look pink and firm, not red and swollen. Periodontal disease is a progressive disorder that if left untreated will worsen over time. 

What is a Deep Cleaning?

Scaling and root planing, or dental deep cleaning, is one of the most effective ways to treat periodontal disease before it becomes severe. Teeth cleanings focus on the surfaces of your teeth and between teeth above the gum line. Scaling and root planing involved removing tartar, bacteria and debris that has collected under the gum line. If you maintain good oral hygiene after the procedure, the progression of periodontal disease should stop. 

Do You Need a Deep Cleaning?

Scaling and root planing is done when the roots of the teeth have tartar on them or the gums have started to pull away from the teeth. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends dentists offer dental deep cleanings when dental X-rays show bone loss and an examination reveals one or more gum pockets greater than 4 millimeters deep.

How is the Procedure is Done?

During the visit, your dental professional will numb the area to be treated. Your dental professional may use a local anesthetic to numb the roots of your teeth and your gums. After this, your Vallejo dentist will carefully work under the gum line to clean away the debris tartar.

Periodontal disease can wreak havoc on your health. In your mouth, it can erode your jawbone, destroy your gums and lead to tooth loss. Say goodbye to gum disease! Call our dental office at (707) 557-2200 to schedule your appointment.

By David M. Gordon, D.D.S.
March 18, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Whether you have one or several missing teeth, both dental bridges and dental implants can be an excellent solution. Dr. David M. Gordon, your Vallejo dentist, offers a beautifully restored smile you'll be proud to show off. Which one is right for you? Consider the benefits of both.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges replace missing teeth, just like dental implants. The difference, however, is how they are attached. Dental bridges are attached to the teeth on either side of a gap, creating a 'bridge' that holds your replacement tooth in place. 

Dental bridges are very strong and generally more affordable than dental implants. They do, however, carry a slightly increased risk for gum disease and decay if they are not taken care of properly. While they do not require the titanium screw, they do require the two supporting teeth to be filed down slightly to accept the bridge.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants consist of two parts: a tooth-colored crown at the top and a titanium screw at the bottom. Once the dental implant is screwed into the jaw bone, the result is a structure that looks, feels and functions just like a normal tooth. Dental implants are very sturdy, and they are an excellent option for replacing one or more missing teeth. As little as four screws can hold up to an entire set of new teeth in place.

While some people shy away from implants because they involve more in-depth work, implants offer numerous benefits. There is no need to file down the surrounding teeth to support the replacement, for instance, and implants can help to stabilize the jaw by mimicking your now missing tooth root.

Whether you choose dental bridges or dental implants from Vallejo dentist Dr. David M. Gordon, one thing is certain: you will gain a beautiful and fully functional smile you will be proud to show off.

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Vallejo, CA 94591
(707) 557-2200

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