By Frank Gordon Jr DDS
November 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Endodontist  

Commonly called "root canal specialists," endodontists treat painful inflammation and infection in your tooth pulp. Your Flint, MI, endodontist, Dr. Frank Gordon can help you protect your smile with root canals and other procedures.

What do endodontists do?

Endodontists are dentists who have received several years of additional training in diseases and injuries that affect tooth pulp and roots. The soft pulp is located at the center of your tooth and contains nerves, tissues, and blood vessels. Although essential for tooth formation, the pulp can be removed during a root canal without affecting the function of your tooth.

Your endodontist can:

  • Diagnose the Source of Your Tooth Pain: Cavities aren't the only cause of tooth pain. Sometimes, pulp issues or small cracks or fractures in tooth roots may be responsible for pain in your teeth, face, neck, or head. Because pain isn't always felt in the affected tooth, finding the source of the problem requires specialized skills and extensive endodontics knowledge.
  • Treat Tooth Injuries: A blow to the face or a fall can knock out teeth or cause cracks in the roots. Endodontists reimplant knocked out teeth, stabilize loose teeth after accidents, and treat injuries that affect the roots or the pulp. Root canal therapy is often performed in addition to other treatments for injuries.
  • Offer Root Canal Therapy: Root canals end the pain caused by inflammation or infection in your pulp. If untreated the inflammation or infection will lead to the loss of your tooth. The procedure involves removing the pulp, cleaning the tooth, shaping and cleaning the root canals, and adding a rubber-based filling to the tooth to seal and restore it. In many cases, a dental crown is later added to the tooth to strengthen it.
  • Perform Endodontic Surgery: Surgery may be needed due to severe pain, debris in your roots, or pain after a previous root canal, cracks, the presence of cysts. It may also be needed if root canal therapy isn't an option because your canals are too small or impossible to reach with traditional root canal techniques.

A visit to your endodontist in Flint, MI, can help you avoid tooth loss. Call Dr. Frank Gordon at (810) 230-0990 to schedule your appointment.

By Frank Gordon Jr DDS
June 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health

If you don’t get regular dental check-ups, periodontal disease can sneak up on you and catch you by surprise. Before you know it you need extensive dental work that will cost you time and money. However, if you visit your Periodontist Flint MI regularly and enjoy the benefits of non-surgical periodontal therapy, you can prevent gum disease from taking hold. Dr. Frank Gordon Jr. is an endodontist and periodontist in Flint, MI, where he provides non-surgical periodontal therapy.

What is Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy

Although you may notice subtle signs of the initial stages of gum disease, such as bleeding gums, swollen gums, or persistent bad breath, often periodontal disease is present for several years without symptoms. This is why regular six-month check-ups with your dentist are important, not only so he can examine your teeth and gums, but also so you can get non-surgical periodontal therapy, also known as scaling and planing.

Scaling and root planing remove plaque and tartar below the gum line where periodontal disease begins. Regular cleaning can only eliminate plaque above the gum line as it isn’t sufficient on its own to prevent gum disease.

  • Scaling: This is the first part of the process and it removes plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line.
  • Root planing: This process smooths out any rough spots on the roots that may trap bacteria.

Periodontist Flint MI patients see that these two methods combined prevent gum disease from taking hold. If you have already been diagnosed with periodontal disease, scaling and planing are important to prevent the condition from worsening. In this case, you will return to your Periodontist Flint MI within six weeks after the treatment so he can assess the improvement of your teeth and gum health.

If you live in Flint MI and you would like to find out more about non-surgical periodontal therapy, call Dr. Frank Gordon Jr. today at (810) 230-0990.

By Frank Gordon Jr DDS
April 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, presents a serious threat not only to your oral health but also to your overall health. People with gum disease have two or three times the risk of a heart attack. Dr. Frank Gordon Jr is an endodontist and periodontist based in Flint, MI. He gives the following advice for preventing periodontal disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a severe infection in the gum tissue that hold your teeth in their normal place. It is caused by poor dental hygiene habits. There are two stages of periodontal disease.

Stage one: The initial stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
  • Inflamed gums
  • Bright red gums
  • Sensitive gums
  • Bad breath

At the first signs of gingivitis, Flint residents usually make an appointment with Dr. Gordon.

Stage Two: Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. As well as the above, signs and symptoms include:

  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Gum sensitivity when brushing, flossing or chewing
  • Tooth loss
  • Depletion of bone

At his point, the symptoms of gum disease may be irreversible.

How to Prevent Periodontal Disease

You can avoid gum disease by maintaining the following healthy habits:

  • Brushing teeth twice a day
  • Using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Brushing for two minutes
  • Flossing daily
  • Rinsing with mouthwash
  • Visiting the dentist twice a year

Next time you visit your dentist, discuss your gum health. Ask your dentist to provide you with an oral care plan that is designed specifically for your needs. You should also get your children examined regularly for gum disease. If you experience any warning signs of gingivitis, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

If you are looking for a periodontist in Flint, call Dr. Gordon on (810) 230-0990.

By Frank Gordon Jr DDS
April 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

When you have a toothache, it's important that you call Dr. Franklin Gordon in Flint, MI, right away. You should never ignore a toothache! It won't go away on its own, and it can cause serious health problems if it continues to fester. Untreated toothaches lead to abscesses and other severe infections. When you have a toothache, your dentist may suggest a root canal to relieve it. If you live in Flint, MI, visit Dr. Frank Gordon for root canals. He can care for all your dental needs.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a procedure where the dentist removes infected material from your tooth to relieve tooth pain. There are nerves and blood vessels inside your teeth. If a tooth becomes infected, removing a nerve from the affected tooth relieves toothache.

Why Do Some People Need Root Canals?

You need a root canal when the soft tissue inside your tooth, called the pulp, becomes infected or inflamed. An injured tooth or chips and cracks in the tooth can cause infection or inflammation. Tooth decay may also be caused by repeated dental procedures on the same tooth or crack within the tooth.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

When you live in Flint, MI, and think you need one or more root canals, Dr. Frank Gordon is ready to care for all your dental needs. Here are some signs that tell you if you may need a root canal.

  • Your teeth hurt and are sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages.
  • You experience severe pain when you chew or bite.
  • You have a chipped or cracked tooth.
  • Your gums are swollen or tender near the location of the tooth pain.
  • You have pimples on the gum next to the tooth that hurts.
  • Your tooth or gum is dark.

How is a Root Canal Performed?

  • Your dentist takes an X-ray of the affected tooth to determine the extent of the infection.
  • Your Flint, MI, dentist begins root canals by using an anesthetic to numb the tooth so you feel no pain during the root canal procedure. Then he places a sheet of rubber, called a dental dam, to protect the tooth and keep it dry during the root canal.
  • Your dentist drills an opening in the crown of your tooth. He then removes the damaged nerve and pulp.
  • Your dentist seals the tooth or puts a temporary seal until a permanent crown is made.

If you live in Flint, MI, and think you may need one or more root canals, contact Dr. Frank Gordon, an endodontist and periodontist. Schedule an appointment by calling 810-230-0990. Don't ignore a toothache. Contact us today.

By Frank Gordon Jr DDS
January 10, 2020
Category: Dental
Tags: tooth pain  

Suffering from a toothache? Here at the Flint, MI, office of Dr. Frank Gordon, we can provide fast relief from your aching tooth. Here is what might be causing your dental pain:

Impacted Wisdom Teeth - Wisdom teeth are the third molars at the back of the mouth that don't have enough room to develop normally or emerge. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in tooth pain, damage to other teeth, and other dental problems. The pain may extend to the ears and jaw.

Knocked-Out Teeth - A broken or knocked-out tooth causes tooth pain. Broken or knocked-out teeth can occur from an injury. If you have a broken or knocked-out tooth, you should call your dentist immediately. If your tooth is fully knocked out, rinse it off and put it back in place. If you're not able to get it back in place, put it in a cup of milk or even water and seek dental care.

Dental Cavities - You may experience tooth pain if you have a dental cavity. Dental cavities are damaged areas in teeth that develop into tiny holes. When a dental cavity is just beginning, you may not have any symptoms at all. As the decay gets larger, it may cause symptoms including a toothache, tooth sensitivity, and a mild-to-sharp pain when consuming something cold or hot.

Dentin Sensitivity - Dentin hypersensitivity is a painful condition that occurs when the inner layer of the tooth becomes exposed. This condition can develop as a result of gum recession. It causes a sharp pain that worsens with pressure on the exposed tooth or when drinking cold or hot drinks.

Need Relief? Contact Our Flint Office Today

Don't let tooth pain affect the quality of your life. Call Frank Gordon Jr DDS at (810) 230-0990 today to schedule a dental appointment in Flint, MI.

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