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3 Point Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation

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Looking for a dentist in La Mesa because you’re losing the battle with plaque build-up, chipped teeth, tooth pain, stains, or dental caries? I’m Dr. Jeff Gray with Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Today’s post offers 3 steps to take before you arrive at our office for a consultation.

The state of your mouth is critical to your energy both emotionally and physically. Everyone wants to make a winning impression when they smile or speak. We understand that.

The look, the odor, the feel, the functionality of your biting surfaces are so important to your everyday experience that we recognize our vital role in finding solutions to these issues.

Of course, your very first step is making contact. Please call 619-717-8560 or visit us at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 La Mesa or online at http://www.SmileSanDiego.com/.

After you schedule a consultation with our friendly and professional team members here at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, please take a moment to review the following checklist for a productive appointment experience:
1. Understand your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why? We can review your habits and determine what is holding you back, if anything.
2. Identify pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
Persistent or intermittent? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? Living with pain is unnecessary with the technology and expertise available these days. Sometimes there are simple solutions to seemingly big pains. Let us address all your aches.
3. What do you want your smile to look like?
If you can describe your ideal smile, we can review how to obtain it. There are numerous possibilities for a terrific smile redesign as well as dental maintenance care. Cosmetic dentistry runs the gamut from teeth whitening to veneers to dental implants.

We anticipate you’ll have questions about the cost of porcelain veneers, cost and time commitment for dental implants, possibility of invisible braces, the price of filling a cavity or placing a crown. We will have answers for you. We are equipped and trained in procedures perfect for your concerns and needs. We see patients for teeth whitening, dentures, Invisalign, laser dentistry, or porcelain veneers.

When it comes to looking for a dentist in La Mesa or the neighboring Santee, Alpine, or Jamul communities please know that you will be in capable hands with me, Dr. Jeff Gray, and my friendly and professional team.

We Bring Smiles To Life

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Crown Or Veneer?

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I am Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa.  Jeff Gray DDS offers multiple cosmetic dental procedures for creating beautiful smiles. Two of the most popular procedures are dental crowns and porcelain veneers. Many patients don’t understand the difference between the two. Generally, a crown strengthens a compromised tooth while a veneer is used mainly for cosmetic improvements.

A dental crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth. A veneer is an ultra-thin layer for the front of a tooth. Veneers are made with several layers of extremely strong ceramic laminate. Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, or gold. Both crowns and veneers are affixed to the tooth with special adhesive. Crowns and veneers are durable and can last many years if properly cared for, though they are not stronger than natural enamel.

Both of these procedures improve the tooth aesthetically, but dental crowns are usually a better solution for a tooth that has been compromised by decay, damage, or a root canal. Veneers can fix the shape of a tooth, correct a minor crack, cover stains, or straighten the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned.

The success of a crown or veneer procedure depends on experienced professionals at the lab and in the dentist’s office. Your cosmetic dentist must prep the tooth, create a precision mold, and submit an accurate order to the lab.

The role of the La Mesa dental lab technician is equally important.  Highly skilled lab technicians fabricate custom dental crowns and veneers to the specifications of the cosmetic dentist. They must have the ability to meet the precise standards required for successful restorations.

Consider the myriad characteristics of a restoration: the specific shape, the exact size, the precise color, and the proper placement in the mouth. This is a case of all or nothing – each variable must be right on the mark or it must be redone.

The team at Jeff Gray DDS and the outstanding staff at our dental lab work together to provide the highest quality dental restorations for our valued patients.

If you would like more useful details about crowns, veneers, and other cosmetic dental procedures, I invite you to contact us to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. I can help you achieve a smile that is both healthy and stunning. Call us today!

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS:

(619) 894-7393

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Are Floss Picks As Good As Regular Dental Floss?

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Floss picks vs regular floss? While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to note that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. Dr. Gray recommends traditional floss or dental tape. Here’s why:

A floss pick holds just a small segment of floss stretched in a straight line. Looking down, a tooth is shaped somewhat round or oval, with occasional irregularities. A straight length of floss just doesn’t make sense geometrically because it doesn’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional floss used correctly. By wrapping the floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can more efficiently clean that all-important area around and just below the gumline. And your fingers are much more nimble than a piece of plastic.

We have seen patients who are dutiful floss pick users who developed decay due to a a minuscule crack the floss pick missed day after day.

Here is a review on correct flossing:

  • Cut a strip of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  • Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  • Thread the floss between two teeth.
  • Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s vital to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  • Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface – especially those that your brush can’t reach. You can use a “shoeshine” method if you like. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to grant a clean piece for each tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new length.
  • Some people find it smoother to start on one end of the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side, and then repeat for the lower arch. Whatever method you settle upon, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the rear molars.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding commonly stops within a week or two.

Call us to schedule your exam and cleaning, or to book a consultation for cosmetic dentistry including veneers, teeth whitening and dental implants.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Stay Out Of The Dental Danger Zone

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You would never consider running a red light on a busy La Mesa street or crossing over a lane of orange construction cones on the freeway, but you might be doing some everyday things that are a real danger to your oral health.

I’m Dr. Jeff Gray, a dentist serving the Jamul and Santee area, and I want to share with you some common habits that could be detrimental to the health of your teeth.

Crunching ice between your teeth might be refreshing on a clear day in La Mesa, but the soft tissue inside your teeth won’t appreciate it. Once this tissue gets irritated, you’re more likely to get toothaches and have increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods.

Participating in your favorite sport without proper mouth protection is a risk that no one in La Mesa should take. If there is a chance that a mouth injury could occur (and there is with most sports) then get to the nearest San Diego sporting goods store and purchase an inexpensive mouth guard or, better yet, ask me about a custom mouthguard.

Using your teeth to open anything is a bad idea. Every time your teeth come in contact with foreign objects there is potential for chipping and cracking.

Now that you know how to avoid these risks, what can you do if you’ve already damaged your teeth from these activities or similar ones? Make an appointment with our friendly and professional staff and we’ll see how we can help.

If you’ve had chipping or cracking problems, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that might help you. If you have overly-sensitive teeth, I may be able to prescribe a prescription toothpaste to relieve the pain.

We can also answer any questions you have about veneers, gum contouring, or teeth whitening in La Mesa. We hope to hear from you soon, but in the meantime, keep those pearly whites safe and sound.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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Today’s post focuses on professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning if you already practice dental hygiene daily at home.

The answer is that both processes are essential because they work in tandem to maintain oral health.

Dr. Jeff Gray encourages patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

Brushing
Flossing
Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
Regular dental cleanings
Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate regardless of daily brushing and flossing. In fact, when plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

A hygienist will first use a vibrating ultrasonic tool to dislodge the largest pieces of tartar. This process may tickle a bit. The hygienist will then use tools with finer attachments to remove the smaller pieces of calculus. When all plaque and tartar is gone, polishing is the final step in the cleaning process.

The goal is to make your tooth surfaces as smooth as possible, to prohibit food particles from lodging in tiny spaces that are difficult to clean. If you are having an exam during the same visit, your technician may take dental x-rays. X-rays can reveal cavities while they are small and can be easily filled.

Let your hygienist know if your teeth are sensitive so he/she can make your cleaning as comfortable as possible. After the cleaning, a fluoride treatment may be given to help strengthen your teeth.

Before your hygienist leaves, you may want to ask if there are areas you can improve. Your hygienist can tell you which tooth surfaces had the most build-up. If the back teeth are presenting a problem, you can talk to Dr. Gray about sealants.

If you have braces, you may want more frequent dental cleanings because food can easily lodge between the wires.

Call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry at 619-717-8560 to schedule a professional cleaning today! Your smile will thank you.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Tooth Bleaching Fact And Fiction

La Mesa Teeth Whitening and Veneers You have probably seen ads for bleaching products contain terms such as “white brite,” “22 carbamide peroxide” and “peroxide teeth.” How do you separate tooth bleaching fact from fiction?

Some tooth whitening dentists will guarantee fantastic results for any patient that desires a whiter smile. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we only recommend tooth bleaching for patients that are good candidates for the process. We invit you to speak with Dr. Gray, DDS at our La Mesa office. Not all teeth whitening systems are appropriate for every person.

Don’t be fooled by smile whitening hype and risk poor results. If you have existing cosmetic dental work such as crowns, bonding, partial dentures or bridge work, it is essential to talk to an experienced professional about worry-free teeth whitening.

If you have all-natural teeth that are dull or stained, tooth whitening will probably brighten your smile. If you have several crowns in the front of your mouth, veneers, or gums that have receded, conventional tooth-whitening may not be successful.

Porcelain veneers may be a better solution for you. There are several brands of veneers such as Lumineers by Cerinate, da Vinci and Mac. The vast majority of La Mesa veneer recipients are amazed with the results. Porcelain veneers not only brighten your smile, they can provide many other improvements.

Veneers are sometimes called “instant orthodontics” because they can fix tooth misalignment and gaps as well as provide instant teeth whitening.

Schedule a consultation by calling 619-717-8560. I look forward to meeting you and discussing your unique smile.

For more specifics about our services including: Invisalign, porcelain veneers, or teeth whitening, call 619-717-8560.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, CA
91942

 


You Can’t Afford Cheap Dental Work

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Have you ever gotten a bargain on a used car that turned out to be a lemon? After a couple years of continual repairs, you realized that it ended up costing as much as a new vehicle would have. And after spending all that money, you still have a a lemon.

The same is true of substandard dental work. You have probably received sleek postcard ads that advertise amazing prices on cosmetic dentistry: porcelain veneers, crowns, white fillings, and dental implants. The prices may be enticing, but make sure you do plenty of research before committing. We aren’t trying to imply that all dental practices that proclaim low procedure prices in their ads provide inferior work – we are just cautioning patients not to pick a cosmetic dentist based on price alone. Unlike a car, you can’t sell your smile and buy a new one.

We will use porcelain veneers as an example. What can go badly if you fall victim to substandard porcelain veneers?

  • The dentist may be inexperienced and make mistakes: improper placement, dissatisfactory color matching, bite complications.
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  • The materials may be deficient: unnatural color, prone to breaking, veneers pop off.
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  • The lab techs that create the restorations may turn out poor quality work: unnatural color, poor fit.


If you are considering a smile transformation, meet with Dr. Jeff Gray at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry first. During your consultation, you will learn about Dr. Gray’s years of experience, techniques, specialty training, number of procedures performed, the most appropriate materials for the restorations, and specifics about the dental lab we use. We can also provide references if requested. And, of course, we will consider how much each procedure will cost. We are certain that you will find that our prices our competitive for the excellent dentistry Dr. Gray performs.

Don’t endanger your smile in an attempt to save some money. You really do get what you pay for.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Smile Makeovers: First Things First

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Hello, I’m Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. Thanks for visiting my blog. In today’s post, we will focus on something that happens occasionally when a patient requests cosmetic dentistry from their La Mesa dentist.

Let me set the stage. The patient comes in for a consultation about a smile makeover. We’ll call him Mr. Jones. The dentist listens carefully as he explains the esthetic problems that he wants to remedy. Mr. Jones wants to fix two chipped teeth, get a dental implant for a tooth that is missing altogether, and whiten his whole smile. He describes what he envisions for his smile after undergoing treatment.

The dentist performs an examination of his entire mouth and takes x-rays. The dentist discovers some additional troubles. There are three teeth with moderate decay, one tooth with severe decay, gum disease, an old crown with a crack in it, and severe bone recession at the potential dental implant site where the tooth was extracted ten years ago.

The dentist explains that these issues need to be addressed before the cosmetic dental smile makeover is performed. Mr. Jones says that the smile makeover is his first priority and plans to deal with the other problems sometime in the future.

How does the dentist advise Mr. Jones? The dentist will probably explain that the lasting success of a cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or tooth whitening is influenced by the condition of the mouth at the time of treatment. There must be a solid, healthy foundation, so to speak, on which to build the smile makeover.

First things first. It makes no sense to attach a veneer to a decayed tooth that may need a root canal. A dental implant may not integrate with the surrounding bone structure if placed at a site where there is bone recession. Tooth whitening will probably not produce favorable results where there is gum disease and exposed tooth roots.

Can Mr. Jones ever have his dream smile? Yes! There are treatments to correct all of the problems mentioned previously. But just like many other things in life, the order of operations is critical.

If you are interested in a smile makeover or simply need a check-up, schedule an appointment by calling 619-717-8560. I look forward to discussing both your oral health and esthetic concerns.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, CA
91942

 


5 Reasons To Schedule A Dental Cleaning Today

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1. Protect Your Gums

It’s not only extreme cavities that can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease that leads to bone loss is just as detrimental. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates pockets of infection between the gums and tooth roots. This leads to periodontitis, gum recession, and eventual bone loss. A professional cleaning gets rid of the plaque before it can cause the gums to pull back.

2. Prevent Cavities

Even if you brush and floss your teeth morning and night, plaque can accumulate. We have many patients who are dutiful brushers but are surprised when our hygienist discovers plaque on their teeth.

3. Check for Oral Cancer

The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this sobering news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour – that’s 48,250 deaths a year.1

4. Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand

Your mouth is not a separate entity from the rest of the body, but many individuals treat it that way. Some get regular preventative services for physical conditions but overlook their teeth. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’ve often wondered about this persistent disconnect. Did you know that the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes appear to increase with poor oral health? Besides, your lifestyle is completely impacted when you have tooth pain, tooth loss, gum disease, or dentures.

5. It May Be Free

Many California dental insurance plans cover twice-yearly dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most cost-effective ways to maintain prime oral health.

Call 619-717-8560 today to schedule a professional dental cleaning at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa.

1http://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942


Pamper Yourself With Professional Teeth Whitening

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Do you ever treat yourself to a few hours of pampering and leave feeling relaxed and refreshed? Perhaps you get a massage or have dinner at a nice San Diego restaurant. Have you ever thought about getting your teeth whitened? You get to relax in a comfy chair and enjoy a bright smile when you leave. Our superior dental practice in La Mesa has a warm, friendly, and relaxing atmosphere.

The proven teeth whitening system used in our La Mesa practice has been thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness. We brighten smiles every day and have hundreds of satisfied La Mesa cosmetic dental patients.

If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry to remedy some problems with your smile, we can also help you with that at Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa. We have beautified countless San Diego area smiles using a variety of common and not-so-common cosmetic dental procedures.

Ask us about invisible braces, crown lengthening treatment, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers and tooth implants. To schedule a teeth whitening or cosmetic dental consultation, call Jeff Gray DDS at 619-717-8560. We are singular dental practice serving the greater San Diego area from our well-appointed La Mesa facility.

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Invisalign
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You deserve to be pampered! Experience a comfortable, relaxing dental visit and receive top quality dental care at Jeff Gray DDS.


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