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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
December 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out when a dental filling may actually improve the health of your teeth.fillings

We know that most people know what a dental filling is. In fact, many people probably have at least one; however, not everyone understands this restorative dentistry and when it’s necessary. Our Vallejo, CA, dentist, Dr. David Gordon, is here to tell you in which situations a dental filling could just end up bettering your oral health.

Discovering that you have a cavity is never fun. Luckily, if you come in every six months for routine cleanings then chances are pretty good that our Vallejo general dentist caught the issue early enough that it didn’t cause too much damage. Of course, decay will continue to spread further if it isn’t treated. That’s why we need to remove the decayed enamel to prevent the cavity from getting worse.

However, once the decayed enamel has been removed, as you might imagine, the tooth isn’t as strong as it used to be and it won’t look or function in quite the same manner. In order to restrengthen the tooth and also improve its shape and appearance, we will need to place a dental filling.

A dental filling is used to restore the areas that have been drilled away, and there are different kinds of fillings from which to choose. The type of dental filling you will need will depend on what tooth we are treating, the extent of the decay and even the overall expense. Fillings can be made from porcelain or composite resin.

You want a restoration that will blend in with the rest of your smile and won’t be noticeable. This is where composite or porcelain fillings come in. These materials are matched to the shade of your teeth to ensure that you get the results that blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

Do you have questions about dental fillings? Do you need to schedule your routine cleaning? Dealing with a toothache? If so, our Vallejo, CA, dental team is here to provide you with the care you need no matter what’s going on. Call our office today!

By Dr. David M. Gordon
September 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

Tooth aches, bleeding gums and other symptoms can be signs of various oral health problems. Some of these symptoms can be signs you root canalsmay need a root canal. If you develop any of the symptoms associated with needing a root canal, it is important to see a dentist right away for treatment. Undergoing root canal treatment can preserve the problem tooth and prevent the problem from spreading. Dr. David Gordon is your Vallejo, CA, dentist for root canals and other dental procedures.

Root Canal Signs & Treatment

Root canals are needed when a tooth has extensive decay or has been damaged due to injury. In either situation, the soft pulp material inside the tooth becomes infected, which can result in the formation of an abscess below the tooth’s root. Left untreated, an abscess can cause the infection to spread to other areas. There are some signs an abscess has developed and a root canal might be needed. Your Vallejo dentist can tell you if a root canal is needed in your situation. Signs you may need a root canal include:

  • Ongoing pressure or pain in the mouth
  • A severe toothache or other serious pain in the mouth area
  • Sharp pain when biting down, chewing or eating
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages

Root canal treatment can preserve a damaged or decaying tooth so extraction can be avoided. The procedure for a root canal is similar to filling a cavity. The infected material inside the tooth is removed and the area is cleaned out. Once the interior of the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, it is filled in much like a cavity. Filling in the tooth prevents the are from becoming infected again and strengthens the tooth so that it can return to performing normal biting and chewing functions.

Benefits of Root Canals

Root canal treatment provides several benefits. For instance, during the root canal procedure, the infected area is removed so it cannot spread or get worse. Additional benefits of root canal treatment include:

  • Preservation of the natural tooth
  • No need for extraction
  • Removing infection and decay
  • Eliminate the pain and discomfort caused by damage or decay
  • Strengthening damaged or weakened teeth
  • Restoration of normal biting and chewing functions
  • Providing protection for surrounding teeth by reducing strain on them
  • Simple procedure comparable to having a cavity filled

There are various signs you may need a root canal. When you notice these signs, see a dentist immediately. The sooner you seek treatment, the more likely it is the infected tooth can be preserved through root canal treatment. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gordon, your Vallejo, CA, dentist, call the office at (707) 557-2200.

By Dr. David M. Gordon
July 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

While missing teeth are often thought of as an aesthetic problem, there is actually much more than meets the eye when it comes to gaps indental implants your smile. However, dental implants can help you fill in your gaps and provide a natural look. Find out more about why dental implants may be vital to your smile with Dr. David Gordon in Vallejo, CA.

Why are dental implants necessary? 
If you have one or more missing teeth, you could benefit from dental implants. A gap in your smile comes with consequences. Some of the most common side effects include bone atrophy, shifting surrounding teeth, and, of course, diminished self-confidence due to your appearance. Implants prevent these issues from happening, especially when placed soon after losing the tooth.

Can dental implants help my gaps? 
Implants can improve your smile in many situations, including if you have:

  • One missing tooth: A single implant can replace a single missing tooth. The implant stands alone within the jawbone underneath the gap and replaces both the tooth and its root.
  • Several missing teeth: If you have several missing teeth in a row, one implant on either side of a dental bridge-like restoration replaces all the teeth at once.
  • No remaining natural teeth: Patients missing all the teeth on their can replace an entire arch at a time with implant-supported dentures. Held in place by four or more implants spread evenly throughout the arch, implant-supported dentures remain in the mouth and do not require any soaking or extra daily maintenance.

Dental Implants in Vallejo, CA
Due to their design, implants require that patients have enough remaining healthy bone underneath the gum tissue. This ensures that the bone can adequately grow around the implant, a process known as osseointegration which makes implants unique from other tooth replacement options. A good candidate for dental implants should be in good general and dental health and free from any tooth decay or gum disease which could hinder the implant procedure.

A consultation with your dentist can help you determine if dental implants are the best tooth replacement option for you. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. David Gordon in Vallejo, CA. Call (707) 557-2200 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gordon today!

By Dr. David M. Gordon
May 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you curious about these popular restorations and what they can do for your smile?dental crowns

You were sitting outside on your lunch break enjoying your sandwich and a bit of sun when you notice a rather large crunch. It isn’t the sound of your sandwich but it is the sound of your tooth. What do you do? First thing’s first. You don’t want the tooth to become worse or be exposed to bacteria, so coming in to visit our Vallejo, CA, dentist, Dr. David Gordon, right away is key. From there we may determine if this damaged tooth needs a dental crown.

When does a tooth require a dental crown?

This is a great question and one that our Vallejo general dentist will be able to address when you come into the office to treat your damaged tooth. Of course, not everyone will notice that nasty crunch from a broken tooth or find that chipped piece of the tooth so the only way they find out their tooth is even damaged is when they come in for a routine cleaning. Once we examine the tooth and determine the extent of the damage, we can decide whether a crown is the best way to protect it. You may benefit from crowns if:

  • You have a tooth that is fractured, broken or cracked
  • You had to undergo root canal therapy to remove an infected dental pulp
  • You have a tooth that has weakened and been extensively worn down from years of teeth grinding
  • You have a tooth that is severely discolored or malformed
  • You need to support a dental bridge to replace one or more missing teeth
  • You need to cover a dental implant (another option for replacing missing teeth)

Porcelain crowns are designed from a material that is matched to the shade of your teeth. No one will be able to tell which tooth has a crown and which teeth are all natural. In some cases, crowns can be made from both porcelain and metal so that it provides the foundational strength and support of metal with a material that offers a tooth-colored crown.

Whether you have questions about getting dental crowns in Vallejo, CA, or you just need to schedule preventive dental care, Dr. Gordon is here to make sure that your smile gets the care it deserves. Call us today!

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General Dentistry in Vallejo
David Gordon D.D.S.
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Vallejo, CA 94591
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