By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
October 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you been diagnosed with gum disease? Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is an infection of the structures around the Dentistteeth. A range of treatments is used to reverse or stop gum disease. In the early stages of periodontal disease, treatment usually involves non-surgical procedures. However, in more advanced stages, surgery from your periodontist may be needed. Dr. Frank Gordon, Jr., who is located in Flint, MI, offers non-surgical periodontal therapy to the patients he serves. Read on to learn about four non-surgical treatment options for gum disease.

Antibiotics/Antimicrobials: Antibiotic or antimicrobial treatments can be used alone or in combination with other therapies to reduce or eliminate the bacteria associated with periodontal disease. Antibiotics are taken by mouth or placed under the gums to treat periodontal disease.

Scaling and Root Planing: Deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease. This procedure from your periodontist in Flint, MI, removes plaque and tartar deposits on the teeth and root surfaces. Scaling and root planing helps to reduce pocket depths and heal gum tissue. In most cases, gum disease can be reversed with a deep cleaning addition to continued daily cleanings at home.

Periodontal Maintenance: Periodontal maintenance involves a cleaning that is deeper than a regular cleaning in a dental office. People with a history of gum disease need deep cleanings because periodontal pockets have developed. Pockets are spaces between the gums and teeth where dental plaque and calculus form. If new or recurring gum disease appears, additional diagnostic and treatment procedures must be considered.

Gingival Irrigation: After your dental provider has completed your scaling and root planing treatment, they may use in-office gingival irrigation to deliver antimicrobials below the gum line. The primary purpose of gingival irrigation is to reduce the amount of bacteria from the between the teeth and under the gum line, therefore lessening the severity of gum disease.

Ready to take charge of your oral health? You need to take control! Call your periodontist at (810) 230-0990 today to schedule a dental consultation in Flint, MI. We will help you reverse gum disease once and for all. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S.

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
September 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

Have you been experiencing a persistent toothache and bad breath? If so, your dental pulp may have become inflamed or infected, a Root_Canalcondition that can cause mass damage to both your dental and general health. Fortunately, here in Flint, MI, periodontist Dr. Franklin Gordon Jr. gives people the precise care they need in this situation. Read on to learn more.

 

Frequently asked questions about root canal therapy

What is a root canal? Root canal therapy is a treatment that removes any damaged dental pulp from a tooth's central interior chamber and its adjoined roots. A sealant called gutta-percha is then used to seal the canals and inner chamber, with a porcelain crown afterward being used to cover and reinforce the remaining tooth structure above the gum line.

Does a root canal hurt? Performed with local anesthetic here at our Flint practice, this in-office procedure is comfortable and completely free of discomfort. As you heal at home afterward, you may eat a soft diet for a few days and take over-the-counter pain medication if the site is a bit sore. Despite a sometimes negative public perception, most of Dr. Gordon's patients find relief of all their symptoms relatively quickly.

What tells the dentist I need a root canal? Your symptoms, X-ray evidence, and the findings from a complete oral examination determine if the procedure is right for you.

Will my tooth look and feel normal? Yes, your tooth will look great and blend in with the color and shape of your other teeth. You'll be able to bite and chew well, and while the tooth may be a bit sensitive to pressure, this will normalize relatively quickly.

Can I brush and floss my restored tooth? Yes, please do! The American Dental Association recommends twice-daily brushing and once-daily flossing to keep all of your teeth and gums free of harmful plaque and tartar. Also, see your dentist semi-annually for a professional cleaning and check-up.

 

Bring other questions to Dr. Gordon

He'll be happy to answer them. If you are worried about a particular tooth, please call our office in Flint, MI, right away at (810) 230-0990.

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
May 30, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Show your gum disease who’s boss. Here’s how to handle this common oral disorder.

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when plaque builds up under the gums. As the plaque hardens it causes the bacteria inside gumdiseaseof it to multiply, which leads to inflammation and other potentially serious issues if left untreated. From the office of our Flint, MI, periodontist Dr. Frank Gordon, Jr., learn more about your treatment options and how to prevent gum disease from happening to you.

How do I know that I have gum disease?

Symptoms may be barely noticeable in the beginning; however, you may notice that your gums are inflamed, puffy, or tender to the touch. You may also notice that your gums bleed whenever you floss or brush your teeth. Bleeding gums is a classic warning sign that shouldn’t go ignored. If you are experiencing bleeding gums it’s time to schedule an appointment with our Flint, MI, periodontist.

How is gum disease treated?

Along with maintaining good oral hygiene your dentist may also recommend scaling and root planing, the most common treatment option for gum disease. This extreme deep cleaning goes under the gums and even removes plaque from the roots of the teeth. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, scaling, and root planing can be completed in one to two visits. You should come in at least every six months for scaling and root planing to maintain healthy gums.

There are also medicated rinses that your dentist might prescribe for you to use every day after brushing your teeth. Certain antimicrobial rinses, which are used in the same way as regular mouthwash, can reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Sometimes antibiotics may also be prescribed.

During scaling and root planing your periodontist may place little antibiotic fibers into pockets within the gums, which will slowly release antibiotics into these areas to kill the bacteria. Conversely, antibiotics may also be taken orally (for more persistent infections) or applied topically.

If you are looking for a dentist who can help you manage your gum disease or if you are experiencing changes in the health of your gums, don’t hesitate to call our Flint, MI, dental office today.

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
February 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out what your toothache is trying to tell you about the health of your smile.

Are you dealing with a nagging, burning, or sharp pain in a tooth? If so, it’s important that you turn to our Flint, MI, endodontist, Dr. Franklin Gordon, Jr. right away. After all, a toothache is a dental emergency, and the sooner the problem is addressed, the better. If a toothache Woman With Tooth Painisn’t treated you could end up losing the tooth altogether!

 

Why am I dealing with a toothache?

A toothache occurs when the nerves inside the tooth are irritated. This is a telltale sign that there is bacteria present inside the tooth. The tooth’s nerve is housed within a structure known as the dental pulp. While a toothache could simply mean that you are dealing with a cavity, if the pulp is inflamed or infected, it will need to be removed. Luckily, you’ll be relieved to hear that you will no longer feel pain once the pulp is removed. Some patients even experience immediate relief after a root canal!

 

Do I need root canal treatment?

If you are dealing with any of these symptoms, it’s time to visit our Flint, MI, endodontic specialist right away:

  • A severe toothache
  • Dental pain that gets worse when biting down or putting pressure on the tooth
  • Prolonged tooth sensitivity
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Gum swelling or pain around the affected tooth
  • A bump or growth on the gums near the tooth (known as an abscess)

These are all warning signs that you may need root canal treatment and it’s important not to ignore them. The sooner you seek proper treatment and have the affected pulp removed, the better your smile's health will be.

 

What happens during a root canal?

During this treatment, we will go inside the tooth to remove the pulp and to clean out any bacteria inside the tooth and the root canals. Once the tooth has been disinfected, it’s time to seal up the root canals to prevent bacteria from getting inside and causing another infection.

The canals are filled with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. After the tooth has been treated we will fit you with a permanent crown, which will restore functionality and strength back into the weakened tooth.

 

Need relief? Give us a call!

If you are dealing with a toothache, gum disease, or a cracked tooth, we offer full endodontic and periodontic services in Flint, MI, to handle all of your dental needs. Call us right away at (810) 230-0990 to get the immediate care you deserve!

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
November 01, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Gum disease presents a significant risk to a patient’s dental health and could exacerbate other health conditions. Yet and still, close to half of American adults are living with this condition according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Know the dangers of gum disease, treatment options, and how you can avoid this oral health problem with the help of Dr. Frank Gordon in Flint, MI.

What Is Gum Disease?
When most people think of oral diseases that need to be treated by a dentist, they think of the decay and inflammation that can happen inside of a tooth. But another concerning form of oral disease is called gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis). It causes the slow deterioration of the bone tissue and the recession of gum tissue. Most cases of gum disease are caused by poor oral hygiene (namely, lack of flossing) and some dental experts believe it may run in families.

Dangers of Gum Disease
Gum disease, untreated, can eventually cause affected teeth to loosen. The bacteria can eliminate whole areas of bone over time. It can cause the deterioration of several teeth in the quadrants of the mouth, or all of them. In some cases, the dentist will recommend extracting the teeth before the infection can spread.

Gum Disease Treatments
Trust that your Flint, MI dentist will be able to suggest conservative treatments if you visit the office at the first signs of gum disease. Those treatments include:

- Scaling and root planing.
- Periodontal laser treatment (heat from the laser targets bad tissue while preserving good tissue).
- Antibiotic therapies to keep bad bacteria under control.
- Gum and bone grafting (to rebuild bone tissue).
- Dental implants to permanently replace teeth that are beyond treatment.

Schedule a Gum Examination
When you notice the potential signs of gum disease, visit the dentist’s office for a confirmed diagnosis and early treatment. Call (810) 230-0990 today to schedule your visit with Dr. Frank Gordon at his office in Flint, MI.





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