Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

If your tooth requires a root canal, you can rest assured that this procedure is painless and effective. However, properly caring for your root canalteeth after your root canal to ensure the teeth remain healthy is a crucial part of avoiding teeth decay, gum disease, and the need for an additional root canal in the future. Find out more about properly caring for your smile with Dr. Frank Gordon at his practice in Flint, MI.

What makes a root canal necessary in the first place? 
As decay attacks a tooth, it begins on the outside surface and works its way inward, toward the tooth’s inner pulp chamber. This area houses the tooth’s pulp which is made up mainly of blood vessels and nerves. Decay which has not yet infected this inner chamber can be removed and replaced with resin materials during a dental filling. However, once the pulp chamber has become infected, your dentist must remove the contents of the chamber and fill the entire tooth all the way down its roots instead of just the decayed portion of the tooth’s enamel. This process, known as a root canal, cures the decay and restores the tooth.

Avoiding Future Root Canals with Proper Oral Hygiene
Teeth decay begins as bacteria on the teeth which comes from the carbohydrates and sugars in the foods you eat. If allowed to remain on the teeth, the bacteria grows and forms a sticky white substance called plaque. Plaque eventually hardens and becomes a substance called tartar, which then works its way through the tooth toward the inner pulp chamber. Though patients can remove plaque with good brushing and flossing techniques, tartar can only be removed by a dental professional. Since plaque comes off the teeth easily, good oral hygiene can prevent teeth decay from ever beginning, preventing future root canals.

Routine Dental Examinations and Professional Dental Cleanings in Flint, MI 
A good at-home oral hygiene routine should consist of brushing at least twice daily and flossing between each tooth at least once a day. However, this is only one-half of your overall oral care plan. Seeing your dentist regularly for routine examinations and cleanings help your dentist find and treat issues like teeth decay early and ensure that your teeth remain healthy and clean to prevent requiring procedures like root canals in the future.

For more information on proper oral hygiene and routine dental examinations and cleanings, please contact Dr. Frank Gordon at his practice in Flint, MI. Call (810) 230-0990 to schedule your appointment for a regular dental exam and professional cleaning today!

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

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.