Replace Old Silver Fillings

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Superficial cuts in the skin subside without a trace, infections are eradicated with antibiotics, broken bones mend, and inflamed tissues recede. Our teeth, unfortunately, can’t regenerate. Decay can be halted in its progress, but scientists are still years away from actual enamel regeneration. That’s why the team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry strongly emphasizes preventative dentistry.

MAINTAIN GOOD DENTAL HYGIENE

Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day. These simple habits provide the first line of defense against dental issues like gum disease and tooth decay. They also prevent the need for costlier cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures later in life.

You need a second line of defense against bacteria, plaque and calculus buildup. Regular teeth cleanings with one of our dental hygienists here in San Antonio provide that second line of defense and will help you achieve and maintain good oral health. Be proactive about your oral health, schedule a teeth cleaning with us!

OLD SILVER FILLINGS

Modern fillings have many advantages over those in years past. There are stronger and more natural-looking materials. A filling can return structure and stability to a tooth while helping to relieve tooth pain. Many of our patients are not aware that white fillings are available. You can even replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings and give your mouth a makeover!

If you’d like to get rid of your silver fillings, schedule an appointment with us. At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also specialize in dental implants, Invisalign invisible braces, and sedation dentistry. Call us today.

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

 


Peace Begins With A Smile

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Mother Theresa once said “Peace begins with a smile.” Perhaps that peace should start with the person who is smiling. How do you feel about your smile? Are you at peace with it? Do you believe it is beautiful? Does it express your best self? At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry serving LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego, we’d like to talk about your smile and cosmetic dentistry.

Bright eyes and bright smiles are best served clear and clean. Regular check ups  can prevent decay and pricey corrections. Stay at peace with your smile by scheduling regular dental visits to avoid any future oral health problems.

Rest assured that there are ways to redo what nature has given you or cosmetically remedy problems that have affected your once-pleasant smile. Talk to us to learn how you can achieve a smile you can be at peace with.

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry serves LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego. We take pride in caring for our patients and we want them to have healthy, beautiful smiles. Our practice specializes in:

We hope to hear from you soon! Call us today for an appointment.

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-567-2999

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942


How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease?

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A healthy smile needs decay-free teeth and healthy gums. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry serving LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego, we’ve seen a variety of issues in our patients’ gums.

Which of the items below are risk factors for gum disease (periodontitis)?

a. Pregnancy
b. Overbite
c. Diabetes
d. Heredity

All of the above. Pregnancy, menopause, or any other condition that causes hormonal changes is a risk factor as is any type of malocclusion.

Which of the following are possible signs of gum disease?

a. Teeth that appear longer
b. A change in the way dentures fit
c. Bad breath
d. Sore gums

All of the above. Note: some patients don’t see any symptoms.

Which of the following are possible health problems linked to untreated gum disease?

a. Asthma
b. Low birth weight babies
c. Parkinson’s disease
d. Stroke

a,b, and d are all possible health problems.

4. What percentage of people age 65+ have gum disease?

a. 5%
b. 12%
c. 25%
d. 50%

C. 25%

5. Which of the following procedures are used for gum disease?

a. Scaling and root planing
b. Soft tissue grafting
c. Flap surgery
d. Flip surgery

A, b, and C.

If you suspect you might have gum disease, schedule an appointment with us. At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also specialize in dental implants, Invisalign invisible braces, and sedation dentistry. Call us today.

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

 

Sources:

John Donavan, “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth,” WebMD, December 15, 2015, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-your-teeth#3, accessed March 20, 2017
“Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments,” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm, accessed March 20, 2017
“Diseases and Conditions Periodontitis,” Mayo Clinic, February 4, 2014, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/periodontitis/basics/risk-factors/con-20021679, accessed March 20, 2017


Using Nature As Our Guide

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The team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in LaMesa performs complete smile re-designs that turn ordinary teeth (or even teeth with significant problems) into stunning smiles. If you have been considering a smile makeover, you probably want to confirm if you will still look like yourself.

The answer is “Yes! Only better!” You see, we use nature as a guide – nature at its best – when improving smiles. It is essential to bring multiple components into harmony when designing a a wonderful smile makeover. Here are a few:

  • Tooth Shape – includes proportion and alignment
  • Teeth Size – this also includes the unique dimensions of the spaces between the teeth
  • Tooth Color – hue, value, intensity, and color variations between teeth
  • Bite – how upper and lower teeth fit together
  • Gumline – shape and color
  • Face Shape and Bone Structure
  • Skin Tone
  • Lips – color, shape, size
  • Age
  • Gender

This list is not complete but gives you an idea of the complexity of smile makeovers. Though advanced cosmetic dentistry is multifaceted, it follows the esthetic principles expressed in naturally beautiful smiles.

But you don’t have to worry about midlines and microesthetics because we are devoted to the details. We invite you to schedule a smile design consultation to speak with our team about your current smile and the brilliant smile you desire.

“If you’re looking to change your smile, call us today. At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, your dental health is important. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also specialize in dental implants, Invisalign invisible braces, and sedation dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

 

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

 


Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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A healthy smile needs decay-free teeth and healthy gums, as well as a healthy jawbone. Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we’ve seen a variety of issues in our patients’ jaw health.

Today’s post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other problems. However, it is usually the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus needed for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth

Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prohibit bone recession.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

Gum Infection

A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis, or periodontal disease. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the dangerous infection.

Gum infections can advance undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth

An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if needed.

HOW WE CAN HELP

If you have experienced bone recession due to gum disease, an abscess, an extracted tooth, or any other reason, let’s discuss your options. You may benefit from a dental implant, soft tissue grafts, or bone grafts. Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life and prevent further recession.

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, your dental health is important. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also specialize in dental implants, Invisalign invisible braces, and sedation dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-567-5656

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

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At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we love to talk about teeth. Here are 15 things you might not have known about teeth.

  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as important as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription medication can increase your risk of cavities.
  5. Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19% of little ones between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated cavities.
  7. Heartburn can be harmful for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as damaging for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself, though dentin and cementum (the substances that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
  11. A Harvard-led team used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab. 1
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.

We hope you have found today’s post interesting and perhaps even learned something new about your amazing teeth and some of the lesser-known risk factors for decay. At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

 

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

 


Tall Tales about Cosmetic Dentistry

Common Myths about Bloomington Family Cosmetic DentistryMyths and tall tales about cosmetic dentistry abound. The team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa would like to discuss some of those myths.  We have heard almost all of them.

Myth #1: Cosmetic Dentistry is Never Necessary for a Healthy Smile

Many of the procedures that an aesthetic dentist would perform, including many cosmetic dental procedures, are not solely cosmetic. Dental procedures such as tooth replacement prevent many potential problems such as tooth movement, bone loss and difficulty chewing and speaking.

Myth #2: A Dental Bridge is the Only Way to Replace a Missing Tooth

Dental bridges have been used for many years with success. However, dental implants are often a better choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants have many critical advantages for dental patients. They feel like natural teeth, they are stronger, and they are easier to clean than dental bridges. Tooth implants can also be used to anchor dentures or partial dentures.

Myth #3: At-Home Kits are as Effective for  Teeth Whitening Than a Professional Dental Solution

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer our San Diego dental patients teeth whitening treatments that are typically more effective than at-home kits.. At-home kits may remove surface stains, but they do not provide optimum results and can often lead to uneven coloring. Our team can take a custom approach to in-office teeth whitening at our practice, sometimes referred to as chairside bleaching, to help achieve the desired results.

Myth #4: Dental Bonding is the Best Way to Fix a Chipped Tooth.

Dental bonding can restore the shape of a tooth, but may not be the best long-term solution. If you have a damaged tooth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers, also known as dental veneers, are thin layers of ceramic or resin used to cover the front surfaces of natural teeth. These wafer-thin shells are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth that are aesthetically damaged, allowing our team to match the shape, color, length, size, and even texture of those teeth with extraordinary precision to the surrounding natural teeth to create a more uniform and cohesive appearance.

Myth #5:  Metal Braces are the Only Way to Correct Crooked Teeth

Braces are often part of a transforming dental makeover for our Bloomington teens and adults alike. However, you may prefer a metal-free look when straightening your teeth. We offer Invisalign Clear Braces.

At Jeff Gray DDS– Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-567-3181

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942


3 Tips To Make Brushing Count

Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Brushing TeethAt Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa,  many of our patients want to know if they are brushing correctly. Having patients come for treatment and leave with questions answered—from which toothpaste to buy to proper tools and techniques—is our business. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry  we focus on educating our patients.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

Gentle brushing will accomplish the same results as hard bristle brushing without the abrasive damage to gums and gum line. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes. Better yet, wet the soft bristle toothbrush to be sure the bristles are flexible before brushing.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Split the mouth into fourths and spend a good 30 seconds in each quarter. Hit the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently massage the gums. Be sure to reach the far side of the back tooth that is never visible but can collect food and allow tooth decay to begin. Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening to remove any remnants the toothbrush couldn’t coax out and to clean any build-up.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. Try to bring a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to work for after lunch. Keep it in your desk- your coworkers will thank you for having minty fresh breath.

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, your dental health is important. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also specialize in dental implants, Invisalign invisible braces, and sedation dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

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

 


Just Like Natural Teeth (Naturally Perfect Teeth, That Is!)

Have you been searching for the right dentist to fix your crooked, stained, or chipped teeth? The team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa wants to end your search. We specialize in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers, which are an extraordinary, minimally-invasive solution for cracked, stained, or chipped teeth.

Porcelain veneers are custom-fitted glass-like porcelain shells that are permanently attached to the surface of the teeth that need correcting.

A veneer can transform a tooth’s color, shape, size, or length. You can fix chips and cracks without compromising the healthy tooth structure.The porcelain closely resembles actual tooth enamel so you will look like you were born with a perfect smile. Our veneers are essentially indistinguishable from natural teeth – naturally perfect teeth, that is.

Because we offer porcelain veneers that are customized and fitted perfectly to your teeth, you can fix several issues at once with just one process.

OTHER BENEFITS OF DENTAL VENEERS INCLUDE:

  • Improvement in the shape of your teeth.
  • A brighter and whiter smile.
  • Stronger teeth.
  • A natural look that will blend with your natural enamel.
  • Stain resistance.
  • Better functionality for eating and speaking.
  • Biocompatible material that won’t irritate gum tissue.
  • Long-lasting durability.

When considering porcelain veneers, it’s important that you have them done the right way by a reputable cosmetic dentist. When done the right way, porcelain veneers can stay strong and beautiful for many years.

Here at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, our cosmetic dental team will ensure that your porcelain veneers are done right. Then we will provide you with the information you need so you can keep your sensational new smile!

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-567-3181

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942


Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry

Affordable La Mesa Cosmetic DentistryAt Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we are committed to helping our patients, whether it is in the dental treatment rooms or in our accounting area. Many people assume their dental insurance won’t cover any cosmetic dental procedures. This is probably true for tooth bleaching or dental bonding.

However, many dental coverage plans include orthodontia, crowns and any treatment necessary to repair damage from an injury. Medical insurance and worker’s compensation plans may also cover injury treatment.

Talk to Us, You May be Surprised

Some dental insurance plans cover replacement porcelain veneers in certain circumstances. Check with your carrier for benefit details if you need replacement veneers due to deterioration. We can then examine treatment options such as replacement veneers or porcelain crowns.

If you are in need of any kind of dental treatment; from a cleaning to major restorative work, call us for an appointment. You can meet our friendly and professional team, undergo a comprehensive evaluation and discuss financing options. Even if you do not have dental insurance, let’s talk about options. Top quality dental treatment is a great investment and may be more reasonably priced than you think.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also specialize in dental implants, Invisalign invisible braces, and sedation dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

 

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