By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
September 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal   dental pain  

Why would a damaged tooth require root canal therapy? Why not just extract the tooth? Well, even a sickly tooth deserves a second tooth achechance, particularly when you think about the disadvantages of losing a tooth. Dr. Frank Gordon, experienced endodontist in Flint, MI, performs root canals that are comfortable, quick and effective. He can tell you if your tooth is a candidate for this reliable procedure.

Just what is a root canal?

Actually, a root canal is located inside your tooth and contains soft, innervated pulp. In addition, it holds important blood vessels and connective tissue that anchor and develop your tooth during adolescence. In adulthood, your tooth does not need this interior pulp to stay strong and functional. There can be up to four root canals in a large tooth such as a molar.

Also, a root canal is the nickname for the procedure that cleans and seals these interior chambers after injury, extensive decay or a dental abscess occurs. Endodontists and other dentists perform about 15 million root canal treatments annually in the US, says the American Association of Endodontists, and the majority succeed.

Rather than causing discomfort, root canals relieve it and the other symptoms (swelling, drainage, red gums, bad breath) associated with a dental abscess or fracture. Plus, you keep your tooth, avoiding costly replacements or the gum and bone deterioration that happen with tooth loss.

Can you get a root canal in Flint?

If you are in good health, you probably can. Much depends on what damage was done to your tooth and underlying bone. To determine if your tooth is a candidate, Dr. Gordon will examine your tooth and take digital X-rays to look at the roots and bone. If he feels the tooth would be viable, he'll recommend root canal therapy. Typically, the procedure takes two visits, and most patients need only local anesthesia.

How does the procedure go?

Don't worry. Root canal therapy is painless and straightforward. After ensuring your tooth is numb and installing a protective dam around it, Dr. Gordon drills a hole into the first root canal. Using tiny files, he removes the pulp and smooths the walls of the canal. After placing antimicrobial medication, he fills the chamber with a sealant called gutta-percha. This material supports and protects the tooth from the inside.

After all canals are treated, the dentist covers the tooth with a temporary filling or crown. You go home to heal, eating a soft diet for a day or two. In about a week, you return to Dr. Gordon's office where he removes the temporary restoration and installs a custom-made porcelain crown. With that, the root canal is finished, and that tooth will function for years to come.

Concerned about a tooth?

Please contact Dr. Gordon's office in Flint, MI for an appointment. You may need a root canal or other restorative treatment to keep your smile intact and healthy. Call (810) 230-0990.

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
July 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Endodontist  

Endodontists, also known as root canal specialists, treat inflamed or infected teeth, helping you avoid tooth loss. Flint, MI, endodontist Dr. endodontistFrank Gordon explains how you can benefit from the services of an endodontist.

What do endodontists do?

Endodontists remove tooth pulp during root canal therapy. Without the therapy, inflamed or infected teeth will eventually need to be pulled. Root canals relieve pain and prevent tooth loss. Endodontists are dentists who specialize in root canal treatment. In order to become an endodontist, dentists must complete two years of additional training after finishing dental school.

What are the benefits of seeing an endodontist?

Visiting an endodontist offers several advantages, including:

  • Expert Care: Thanks to their training, endodontists have the skills needed to address any issues that may arise during a root canal. Whether your case is simple or complex, they can provide treatment that will address your pain and save your tooth.
  • The Latest Technology: Because endodontists only offer root canals, they've invested in the latest technology and equipment to ensure that your treatment is successful.
  • Efficiency: After years of performing root canals, endodontists have perfected the root canal technique. You may spend less time at their offices than you would if you had a root canal at a general dentist's office.
  • Experience: Your teeth are as unique as you are. Luckily, endodontists have seen many different types of teeth during their years of practice and can handle easily handle any variations that may make the procedure slightly more complicated.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

Call our Flint, MI, office if you notice any of these potential root canal signs:

  • Pain: Constant or intermittent pain can be a sign of an infection or an inflammation in your tooth. Chewing on the affected side of your mouth may be very painful.
  • Swollen Gums: Inflammation around your tooth can cause your gums to redden and swell.
  • Sensitivity: Your teeth may hurt when exposed to hot and cold temperatures.
  • Abscess Symptoms: Fever, facial swelling and swollen lymph nodes can develop if you have a dental abscess. The infection is considered a dental emergency.

Endodontists help you avoid tooth loss. If you concerned about tooth pain or other root canal symptoms, call Flint, MI, endodontist and periodontist Dr. Frank Gordon at (810) 230-0990 to schedule an appointment.

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
June 05, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothache  

Does your toothache or throb? Our Flint, MI, endodontist and periodontist, Dr. Frank Gordon, discusses treatment options for toothaches.toothache

Caring for your toothache at home

Although toothaches should be evaluated by a dentist, there are a few things you can do to ease your pain until it's time for your appointment. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, can decrease pain. Applying ice and rinsing your mouth with warm salt water may also provide temporary relief of pain.


If your pain is caused by a cavity, you'll need a filling. Fillings fill the space in your mouth after the decayed part of your tooth has been removed.

Sensitive teeth treatments

Does your pain occur when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages? You may have sensitive teeth. If weak tooth enamel is the cause, a fluoride treatment to strengthen your enamel may be helpful. Pain that occurs due to exposed roots can be treated by applying bonding material to the roots. You may also need gum disease treatment in our Flint office if your exposed roots are caused by receding gums.

Root canal therapy

Toothaches may also be caused by an inflammation or infection in the pulp, the soft core at the center of the tooth. The problem can occur if frequent dental procedures have weakened your tooth, if tooth decay has spread to the pulp or if you've fractured or injured your tooth. Once the pulp is inflamed or infected, the only way to save it is by performing a root canal on the tooth. Infections must also be treated with antibiotics. If they aren't treated promptly, the infection can spread to other parts of your body.

During a root canal, the pulp is removed from your tooth and the root canals, the small canals that reach from the roots to the top of your tooth. The treatment also involves disinfecting the center of your tooth and your canals and shaping the canals with small files. In most cases, you'll receive a temporary filling during your first visit to allow adequate time for drainage. When you return for your second visit, you'll be given a permanent filling to strengthen the tooth. You may also need a dental crown to protect your tooth after the procedure.

Are you concerned about an aching tooth? Call our Flint, MI, endodontist and periodontist, Dr. Gordon, at (810) 230-0990 to schedule an appointment.

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
March 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

When you’re experiencing tooth pain in Flint, MI, it’s important to seek professional dental care immediately. Dr. Frank Gordon Jr. is well tooth painversed in treating patients of all ages. Tooth sensitivity is perhaps the biggest sign that something is off in your teeth and gums.

Tooth Pain Causes

Dental cavities are perhaps the most common cause of tooth pain or toothaches in patients. Gum disease is perhaps the second most common cause of a toothache. However, every one’s situation is different, that’s why it’s important to see a dentist for tooth pain in Flint.

The degree of pain caused by a toothache can vary from chronic to sharp and excruciating. It’s best to not ignore even the slightest pain as it may be a sign of something wrong that lead to infection, severe pain and/or future dental treatments. Sometimes a tooth can be saved early on without the need for root canal or extraction.

Some of the most common causes for tooth pain include:

  • Space between a crown/filling at the gum line
  • Broken tooth
  • Grinding or clenching
  • Tooth decay in the root or at the gum line
  • A crown/filling that is too high / improper bite
  • Cold or hot beverages or foods (tooth sensitivity)

Most dentists can agree that dull tooth pain can be the most serious type as it usually means that the nerve inside the tooth has been damaged in some way. Typically, root canal treatment is required with this situation.

Neglecting tooth pain or a toothache can be catastrophic. It’s best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gordon Jr., your Flint, MI dentist, to have a full examination to determine the cause of your pain. He has years of experience treating a variety of patients and can’t wait to help you to see relief from your pain. To schedule an appointment to discuss your tooth pain, call his office at 810-230-0990.

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
February 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

If your gums are swollen or bleed when brushing, those are signs of possible gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum gum diseasedisease is a bacterial infection of the gums. If left untreated, the infection can spread and weaken the supporting structures of the teeth, which can cause teeth to loosen over time and ultimately require extraction. Gum disease can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene at home, as well as through regular dental checkups and cleanings. Dr. Frank Gordon is your Flint, MI, dentist, here to treat gum disease and help with prevention.

Signs of Gum Disease

There are several signs of gum disease and they are important to notice. Treating gum disease early on can stop the infection from spreading and causing other periodontal problems. If you have developed any of the following signs of gum disease, see a Flint dentist soon. Signs of gum disease include:

  • Swollen, tender or red gums
  • Gums that bleed after brushing or flossing
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Toothaches
  • Bad breath

Causes of Gum Disease

In short, gum disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth. Daily brushing and flossing help prevent gum disease by removing this bacteria. When the bacteria is not removed, plaque forms on the teeth that can lead to tartar buildup. Ultimately, gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, can develop from tartar buildup. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. Only a professional dental cleaning can successfully remove tartar. This is why practicing good oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist regularly are so important for preventing gum disease.

Some conditions are also associated with an increased risk of developing gum disease. These include having a genetic predisposition to developing it, being diabetic, taking certain medications and being a smoker. For women, hormonal changes can also increase risk by increasing gum sensitivity. Individuals with one or more of these conditions tend to develop gum disease more easily. Regular dental visits can help you maintain healthier gums and better manage your risk for developing gum disease.

Don’t ignore the signs of gum disease, such as bleeding or swollen gums. A dentist can treat your gum disease, stop its progression and help you achieve healthier gums. For treatment of gum disease in Flint, MI, contact the office of Dr. Gordon by calling (810) 230-0990.

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