Smile Makeovers? Yes, We Do Those, Too!

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At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are known for emergency dental care. This includes extractions, root canals, and treatment for a knocked-out tooth.

Our patients appreciate the fact that we take walk-ins. We are also open late on weeknights and even have weekend hours.

If that were not enough, we also provide cosmetic dentistry—even complete smile transformations.

If you are not happy with the way your teeth look, you may be considering a smile makeover. We hope you don’t overlook our practice. We provide excellent cosmetic dental care.

Let’s talk about jaw-dropping smiles.

What makes up a perfect smile? White teeth? Straight teeth? Teeth with pleasing proportions relative to one another? A stunning smile is more than the sum of its parts. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe that your perfect smile also contains another element—your unique personality.

What is a smile makeover? It is a combination of procedures that remedy any problems with your existing smile.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer all the state-of-the art treatments available. On the least invasive end, we have dental bonding and inlays/onlays. These can often be completed in just one visit. Porcelain veneers can fix small tooth imperfections like chips. A veneer can also correct the shape of a tooth that is misaligned.

If you have teeth that are not structurally sound, you may need a dental crown. The crowns we provide at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry blend perfectly with your existing teeth.

Maybe your greatest need is to fix prior dental work that was performed elsewhere. We can remove old silver fillings and replace with natural tooth colored fillings. We can also replace broken dental crowns.

Give us a call to schedule a smile makeover consultation.

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

 

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Same-Day Tooth Pain Relief

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When you have a toothache, that’s all you can think about. It makes it challenging to handle your everyday tasks.

If the tooth starts hurting after business hours or on the weekend, you may resign yourself to waiting until a traditional dental practice opens.

When others are closed, Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry is here for you. We treat walk-in dental emergencies. That means you don’t need to make an appointment.

We will determine the cause of the tooth pain and take care of you.

Is A Toothache A Dental Emergency?

Yes. Here’s why. Tooth pain may be a symptom of an urgent ailment. We are equipped to treat many causes of tooth pain. Your tooth pain may be caused by one of the following:

Decay

Eventually, cavities can reach the tooth nerve. Ouch! The earlier the issue is addressed, the better your chances of saving the tooth.

Gum disease

Gum disease (or the more serious periodontitis) may cause pain. It should be treated immediately before teeth loosen. At that point, you risk losing them.

Damaged Tooth Pulp

When the inner nerves down in the root of the tooth become infected, an emergency root canal can allow you to save the tooth. Plus it ends the pain!

Maybe It’s Not Your Tooth

Everything’s connected, right? Problems with surrounding systems can cause tooth pain along with a plethora of other symptoms. Your tooth pain may be caused by an ear or sinus infection.

Whether it’s a condition with your tooth, or something else, let’s get it taken care of.

 

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

 

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Suffering From Jaw Pain?

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At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we treat several causes of pain in the oral area. In today’s post, we will discuss jaw pain.

Sometimes it’s difficult to identify the cause of jaw pain.

Here are some of the possible causes:

Infection

A localized infection can trigger or aggravate jaw pain. An infection puts your tooth and jaw bone at risk, so swift intervention is essential for many reasons. If your jaw starts swelling, call us immediately. This could indicate a severe, fast-moving infection.

Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorder (TMD)

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge-type joint that allows you to open and close your mouth. Chronic TMD can be debilitating. Teeth clenching or grinding can cause or exacerbate TMD. It can also be caused by injury or arthritis. Some men and women who suffer from TMD notice flare-ups when they are under a lot of stress. If stress is the only cause, stress-reducing habits can help you prevent it or reduce the severity. But the first step is diagnosing the cause.

Sinusitis

Sinusitis is inflammation of the tissues that line your sinuses. Inflammation commonly happens with a cold or allergies. When these tissues are inflamed, it can generate pressure in surrounding sites. Thus, inflammation from a cold or allergies can bring about jaw pain.

Heart Attack

A heart attack can generate pain in some surprising places, including the jaw. If jaw pain comes on suddenly and is accompanied by shortness of breath, chest pain, or dizziness, call an ambulance promptly. Be especially concerned about pain only in the left jaw joint.

You May Need Additional Treatment From a Medical Healthcare Provider

Jaw pain can be related to a combination of conditions, both dental and medical.

If the cause of your jaw pain commands an additional medical specialist, we will refer you to a trusted professional. We work with your healthcare team to provide the best possible care.

Jaw Pain Doesn’t Have to Wait Until Monday

If you have a pressing jaw issue in the evening or on the weekend, the team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry can take care of 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

 

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Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad…Dentist?

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People that suffer from ‘dental phobia’ (Dentophobia) may feel better knowing that this is a fairly common treatable condition. Know that the medical community takes this disorder seriously.

Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia: (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be problematic, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on a 747 or riding an elevator to the top of the Chrysler Building.

A person who suffers from dental phobia or dental anxiety is at risk of falling into a vicious cycle of declining oral health.

Fear causes the person to forego dental checkups for years. When a minor dental issue (like a small cavity) progresses until it reaches a nerve and creates pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.

At this point, the needed remedy is an extensive procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The procedure reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some men and women end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.

Experts believe that the scope of dental phobia may be as high as one in four individuals. Are you one of them?

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we want to help apprehensive patients successfully overcome or at least manage their anxiety so they can tolerate twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the only method to protect teeth and gums.

If you haven’t had a dental examination in a while, please schedule a consultation. You can meet with Dr, Gray about the many options available including behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and conscious sedation (sleep dentistry).

If you are afraid of going to the dentist, there is hope. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have successfully treated many patients just like you. Set up a consultation 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

 

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Missing Teeth? 5 Things You Need To Know About Dentures

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1. Dentures are not the only replacement option for missing teeth. Dental implants used alone or in combination with a partial denture is often a preferable option for patients. Whereas a removable appliance replaces only the visible parts of teeth, an implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. This has important implications. Dental implants can avoid the bone recession that ordinarily occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can provide patients the near-normal ability to speak and chew.

2. There is more than one variety of dentures. Most individuals are familiar with the removable denture that replaces a complete upper or lower arch. There are also partial dentures that are used for patients who have some existing teeth. Partial dentures can be permanent in the mouth or removable.

3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures. The important factor is whether or not you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can augment bone for some implant recipients. Schedule an appointment with Dr, Jeff Gray to find out if you are a suitable candidate.

4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice correct oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.

5. Even if you have no remaining teeth left, it’s essential that you have a biannual dental examination. Optimal oral health is an integral component of overall physical well-being. Dr, Gray will examine your mouth for indications of diseases like cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. It is also a good idea for your dentist to examine the condition of your appliance at your visit.

 

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

 

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7 Steps For A Healthy Smile In San Diego

The team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry believes in healthy smiles. The best way to have a healthy smile is by prevention – both in healthy habits as well as visiting us twice a year. As Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventive measures. 

1. Make a habit of brushing your teeth. Do it twice a day for 2 minutes. Be sure to use a soft toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste.

2. Don’t forget the floss! Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy too.

3. Wear a protective mouthguard when participating in contact sports.

4. Don’t smoke, or chew tobacco.

5. Skip piercing your lips, tongue, cheek, or any other part of your mouth. Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection and nerve damage. It’s a risky fashion that you’ll want to avoid.

6. Avoid snacks that have a lot of sugar or starch.

7. Schedule regular dental visits twice a year.

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.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-785-3602

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

 


A Youthful Smile At Any Age

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Declining health, limited mobility, financial strains – clearly, aging is not for wimps. One issue that seniors can avoid is having an aging smile. You can keep your toothy grin with proper care and treatment from Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry serving LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego.

Many dental problems common among retirees include missing teeth, gum recession, tooth damage, and yellowed enamel. Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry serving LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego can help with these dental issues.

With modern cosmetic dentistry at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, mature men and women can have a phenomenal smile that looks as young as they feel (or wish they felt!). Regardless of your age, it is not too late to improve your smile – even if you have some missing teeth.

Dental implants are available for a variety of procedures. Our team can place one tooth implant to anchor a single missing tooth, or we can use multiple dental implants  to hold in bridges and dentures. Also, unlike other procedures that need multiple replacements over time, dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime.

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:

619-785-3602

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942


Advanced Dental Technology At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry

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Dental technology is ever evolving. Dental crowns and dental implants in San Diego look like “real teeth” because of the advances made in lasers, x-rays and other applications. Following are some of the state of the art technology that helps Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry better serve their patients.

CAD/CAM

CAD (computer-aided design) and CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) are used for many restorative procedures. These include same-day inlays/onlays and crowns.

Dentists who offer dental implants can use CAD/CAM technology in every phase of the dental implant procedure.

CAD/CAM is also used in dental laboratories to construct crowns, bridges, implants, veneers, and ceramic braces.

DIGITAL IMAGING

Most dental offices use digital X-rays. Realtime digital images help dentists more easily make diagnosis. Dentists can enlarge and otherwise enhance a digital image to get a clearer picture of what’s going on.

Digital X-rays emit up to 70% less radiation. Plus, they are easier to store and access. Because they don’t require film or processing chemicals, they are more eco-friendly than conventional X-rays.

LASERS

Pinpoint-precise Diode lasers are used in dental procedures including crown lengthening, root scaling, biopsies, root canals, teeth whitening, oral lesion removal, and treatment of decay.

Laser procedures often reduce the need for anesthesia. They cause less bleeding because the laser activates blood clotting. Lasers help sterilize the treatment area, minimizing the risk of an infection.

The latest technology helps our team provide superior dental service to our patients. The future of dentistry is here today at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

At Jeff Gray DDS serving LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego, 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

 


Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

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Flossing is a bit of a chore. It takes a little extra time, and if you haven’t flossed in a while, it can even be painful. We have heard all of the excuses at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry serving LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego. It’s no wonder our team is constantly reminding our patients to ‘brush and floss!’

Flossing is important. You’ll never hear one of us say ‘don’t worry about the flossing.’ It just isn’t going to happen, and for two reasons. Here they are:

1. Bad Breath

Bad breath is something we all worry about. It’s part of our appearance, and we are all aware of how that can impact our relationships. If you meet someone with bad breath – then that’s all you remember about them. No one wants that to be their first impression on someone.

Flossing is a great way to help you avoid bad breath. Flossing helps prevent plaque buildup between your teeth. It also helps flush out pockets of bacteria. Together, plaque and bacteria can create bad breath.

If you don’t want to be caught with bad breath, floss every day.

2. Cavities

When bacteria is allowed to concentrate on your teeth, tooth decay can occur. Plaque buildup is a concentration of bacteria. When plaque is allowed to remain between your teeth it gives bacteria a chance to destroy enamel and damage your teeth. Cavities are damage to your teeth caused by bacteria.

Flossing gets between your teeth where your brush can’t get and cleans away plaque buildup. It also loosens pockets of bacteria that can be removed with a quick rinse. Flossing will help you keep plaque and bacteria from developing between your teeth.

Our team recommends you floss your teeth every time you brush your teeth. At the very least, we encourage you to floss every day before you go to bed. Once a day is your minimum, and nighttime is a good time to floss.

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

 


Let Your Smile Show Who You Really Are

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A smile communicates your emotions more precisely than words can ever do. The absence of a smile also sends a clear message. If problems with your teeth keep you from smiling, cosmetic treatment from Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry serving LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego will help.

Do you ever examine how your close-lipped facial expressions influence other people’s perceptions of you? Do you think it’s possible that your demeanor causes people to get the wrong impression? Perhaps they think you are shy, distant, timid, or unhappy. These adjectives are probably completely off-base – but without a smile, it’s hard to tell. Especially when people meet you for the first time.

Do you think your unappealing smile has affected your career? How about your personal relationships? If you are not comfortable with the way your teeth look, you have probably considered cosmetic dentistry.

This begs the question: “What has prevented you from seeking a cosmetic dental smile makeover?” Is it the cost? Fear that it’s going to be painful? Doubts about whether it will really work? Worry that you will have to take work off for several appointments? Maybe you are just too embarrassed to let anyone look in your mouth.

If you are still reading this post, I suspect you are on the fence regarding this life-changing metamorphosis. You can’t make a wise choice unless you have the  facts, and I want to provide them to you.

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