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By Dr. David M. Gordon
May 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

We have some good news and bad news. The bad news: teeth are the one part of the body that can't heal itself after damage occurs. TheDental crowns good news, however, is that dental restorations fix these problems. One of the most common restorations are crowns, which reconstruct the way an imperfect tooth looks and functions. If you're in need of a crown, Dr. David Gordon in Vallejo, CA, is here to answer questions you may have about them.

What is the purpose of a crown?

A crown is a dental restoration made for a tooth that has sustained damage from an accident or decay. It allows you to eat and smile comfortably, as well as ensure that an extraction will not be necessary to fix the dental issue. Crowns are typically made from a ceramic material or porcelain; the type you need will depend on the location of your affected tooth and your Vallejo dentist's recommendations.

How are crowns attached?

After applying local anesthetic your Vallejo dentist will prepare the tooth. This shape will correspond with your crown, which looks like a tooth but is hollow on the inside. The crown fits on top the prepared tooth and is cemented in place after any adjustments are made to ensure a perfect fit.

How long do crowns last?

Dental crowns aren't meant to be a permanent restoration, but improvements in dental products and techniques mean that they're lasting longer than ever before. If you care for a crown properly - keeping your gums healthy and steering clear of biting down on hard candies or ice - you can expect it to last about 15 years. Some patients have crowns for two or three decades before they'll need to be replaced or reattached.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gordon, contact our dental office in Vallejo, CA, at (707) 557-2200 today.

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
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.

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

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