Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

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Do you know that the most frequent cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? Severe gum disease is called periodontitis. Regular check-ups with your dentist are critical, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

Signs of Gum Disease

  • Gums that bleed frequently
  • Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  • A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
  • Receding gums
  • A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
  • Loose or separating teeth

If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to your dentist today. Since plaque causes gum disease, removing plaque through regular flossing is the key to healthy gums.

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry treats all forms of gum disease. We take pride in caring for our patients and we want them to have healthy, beautiful smiles that they can be proud of. Our practice specializes in:

gum disease treatment
Invisalign
sedation dentistry
TMJ treatment

Have You Lost Teeth To Gum Disease?

Contact us at 619-717-8560 and a member of our friendly staff can make an appointment for you.

During your consultation, you can speak with Dr, Gray about tooth restoration with 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

 

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Let That Winning Smile Shine

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Everyone in La Mesa wants a winning smile. But as we age, it can get harder and harder to keep your smile dazzling.

Grappling with yellowed, discolored, stained, or even multi-colored teeth? Teeth whitening might be the answer.

These irregularities are usually simple to correct.

A Brighter, Whiter Smile

The friendly staff at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry have been brightening smiles since 1986. Let’s review the current state of your smile and guide you to a brighter, whiter look.

Specializing in sedation dentistry, dental crowns, and smile makeovers. See https://www.dentalimplants-sandiego.com for more information.

A home tooth whitening kit is certainly a cheap tooth whitening option. Meet with Dr. Jeff Gray and we’ll work the math with you. How many kits would it take to achieve the same results as same-day teeth whitening?

Keep in mind that there’s more to a great smile than just whiter teeth. Here are key parts of a spectacular smile:

Smooth, consistent color
Straight, uniform positioning
Proportional tooth size
Gum appearance
Lack of chips and cracks

Would you like to improve one of these characteristics?

Get clear, accurate information about veneers, teeth whitening, clear braces, tooth implants, crowns, and fillings. If you want to know how much dental work will cost, just ask the experts at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry! We have financing options.

Though our office is located in La Mesa, we serve patients from San Diego as well as Santee, Alpine, and El Cajon.

For dependable, quality cosmetic dental care, Dr, Gray DDS is ready. Let’s discuss the most effective steps to light up your happy, genuine smile. You deserve to shine.

 

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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How is an Oral Surgeon Different Than a General Dentist?

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Let’s discuss the similarities and differences between a general dentist and an oral surgeon.

Undergraduate Studies

To start, you need a four-year undergraduate degree. Few dental schools require a specific discipline, but many aspiring dentists major in a scientific field such as biology, chemistry, or anatomy.

How Do You Get Into Dental School?

To get into dental school, you must take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). Then you start applying to dental schools. Being accepted into a dental program is no small achievement. You need a high college GPA and a good score on the DAT.

Dental school usually takes four years. To graduate, a student must pass a series of exams at the national and state level before earning a dental degree.

Depending on the state, a dental school graduate may need to pass an additional clinical exam.

DDS or DMD

When a dentist graduates, they either earn a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of (Medicine in Dentistry).

You Need Even MORE School to Earn a Specialty

When a dentist graduates from dental school, they can pursue a specialty degree.

The American Dental Association (ADA) certifies the following specialties:

  • Oral surgeon
  • Pediatric dentist
  • Endodontist
  • Orthodontist
  • Oral radiologist
  • Oral pathologist
  • Prosthodontist
  • Public health dentist

What is an Oral Surgery Residency?

Dental specialty programs run from two years to six years. This type of training is called a “residency”. While a DDS or DMD is undergoing specialty training he/she can practice general dentistry.

Some six-year oral surgery residency programs provide a medical degree as well as an oral and maxillofacial certification.

Oral surgery residencies are offered through teaching hospitals. The training occurs in a hospital setting. This is a critical difference between dental school and a specialty residency. Dental school instruction does not occur in dental practice.

Let’s Do The Math

When an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is finished with schooling, he/she has from 8 to 10 years of post-college instruction!

Some General Dentists Provide Surgical Procedures

Many general dentists provide surgical procedures such as tooth extractions. However, many will refer a patient to an oral surgeon if the extraction involves an impacted wisdom tooth or another complication.

Some general dentists, cosmetic dentists, and periodontists provide implant services.

However, an oral surgeon has the most training and experience in dental implants and all other types of oral surgery.

The American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to recognize and treat a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. They are also trained to administer anesthesia and provide care in an office setting. The American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

 

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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Toothache? Broken Braces? Knocked-Out Tooth?

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Let’s consider three dental issues that may require immediate treatment.

Toothache

Most of us experience a toothache at some point in our lives. Even one day with oral pain can seem like an eternity.

A toothache could be a symptom of an abscess. If an abscess progresses, it can destroy the root of the tooth. It can even destroy the surrounding bone.

Possible causes of a toothache are tooth decay, an injury to the tooth, a broken crown, an infection, and TMD (temporomandibular disorder).

Let Dr, Gray take care of you. You will quickly be back to pain-free eating, speaking, and sleeping. What a relief!

Call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry if you have a toothache.

Broken Braces

What if one of the wires on your braces comes loose? It can damage your teeth or gums. If this happens and you cut the inside of your mouth, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry if a wire on your braces breaks. We have extended hours for when an oral problem can’t wait.

Knocked-Out Tooth

We hope this never happens to you. But we are here in the unfortunate event that it does. And it’s not the end of the world.

If a tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done quickly. Make sure you hold the tooth only by the crown. Never touch the root!

If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water. Be wary not to brush off any tissue attached. If you can, reinsert the tooth into its socket. (This may not be possible with younger children.)

These are just a few of the urgent-care issues we treat at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. But we are also a full-service dental office.

We perform:

  • Root canals
  • Tooth extractions
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • CEREC same-day crowns
  • Same-day teeth whitening

Save our number in your contacts on your phone. If you have a dental emergency, you can call without delay.

 

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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Do I Floss My New Tooth Implant?

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Do I need to change my flossing technique for a tooth implant?

Before you got a dental implant, hopefully, you were brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. If you wear dentures, you should have been cleaning them with a denture paste and brushing the soft tissues in your mouth.

A dental implant requires brushing and flossing as well. This area is especially vulnerable to plaque and inflammation if not cleaned regularly. The flossing technique for your tooth implant is a bit different.

Criss-Cross Shoe Shine

Insert the floss behind the implant and bring both ends through to the front. Cross the strings, and trade hands so your hands aren’t crossed. Now move in a shoe-shine motion to clean all around the implant.

Some patients prefer the tape-style floss over the conventional type.

Gentle and Thorough

When brushing, use a soft toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste. Too-forceful brushing can damage the soft tissues in your mouth and result in gum recession.

Manual, Electric, or Sonic Brush?

You can use a manual brush, electric, or sonic type. If it is tough for you to brush with a manual brush, try an electric or sonic style.

Some patients are advised to use an interproximal brush to clean around the implant area.

You may also be prescribed an antimicrobial mouth rinse. This is a measure of protection if you have restricted mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.

 

 

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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Gently Now (Protect Your Gums When You Brush)

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Everyone wants nice, pearly whites so, naturally, we should brush our teeth more, right? The only issue with that is many individuals brush their teeth too aggressively, leading to receding gums.  You don’t want that.

Gum recession is when your gum line exposes more of your teeth, or in severe cases, your tooth root. It leads to a pocket of space between your teeth and gum line.  Decay-causing bacteria can grow and fester in that pocket. This leads to serious issues down the line. Even tooth loss.

Longer or Harder?

A common fallacy we hear occasionally at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry is the idea that if you want to brighten your teeth, you should scrub them really hard.

The best way to get pearly whites (and prevent cavities) is to brush longer, not harder. Gently brush your teeth until they’re squeaky clean. Run your tongue over them. Doesn’t that feel great?

When you are finished brushing, it’s time to floss. Be sure to get the floss down into the pocket between the gum and teeth.

Why?

Brushing longer and not harder is the key. When you brush your teeth quickly, you may not be getting all the fragments of food off. You don’t want the fragments of food to turn into plaque.

If you truly desire whiter teeth, make certain you brush your teeth in slow, circular motion for as close to five minutes as you can. Methodically go over each tooth on every surface. Plus your tongue. If five minutes is impossible, make sure you brush for at least two minutes. Set a timer on your phone. Play your favorite two-minute song.

Use a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. That way, you get all the recent gunk off and your teeth get a little bit whiter each time you brush. And the fluoride helps your teeth remineralize after eating or drinking enamel-weakening acidic foods and beverages.

Let’s Review

If you’re not careful, the way you brush your teeth can lead to gum recession. Gum recession can (and most likely will) cause a space to form between your teeth and gum line. This pocket collects bacteria. Bacteria cause cavities. Plus, if the gums continue to recede, the tooth can become loose.

Next, we discussed the proper motion and duration to brush your teeth. Finally, we went over the reasoning behind why all the aforementioned things are so important. Remember, you want a slow, circular motion for two to five minutes.

What If You Already Have Gum Recession?

Come talk to us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. We can talk about your options for reversing it.

What If You Want Your Teeth Whiter Than Whitening Toothpaste Can Make Them?

Whitening toothpaste can make your teeth a shade or two lighter. Professional in-office teeth whitening can make your teeth several shades whiter. In one visit, you can have a stunning white smile.

 

 

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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Beautiful Teeth Without Breaking The Bank

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At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, our smile makeover patients believe that life-changing cosmetic dentistry is a valuable investment. Indeed, for most people, the value of a healthy, attractive smile cannot be measured in dollars. We agree, however, that cosmetic dentistry is not cheap.

Do you have to spend thousands of dollars to improve your smile? Actually, no. Today’s post focuses on the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures.

Dental Bonding
In many cases, dental bonding can be used to fix a tooth that has been chipped.

When Jeff Gray repairs a tooth with dental bonding, a pliable resin material is applied to the tooth. Dr, Gray expertly molds the material to create the desired shape. The resin is then hardened using a special light. After hardening, Dr, Gray performs any needed trimming and shaping followed by a final polishing.

Dental bonding is often less pricey than porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Call us at 619-717-8560 to discuss cosmetic dental financing options.

Beware of brand-new San Diego area practices that advertise extremely low prices for dental bonding, veneers, or dental implants. The expertise and artistic ability needed to attain minuscule tolerances should not be undertaken by a beginner. Thoroughly research any new cosmetic dentist you are considering for any cosmetic dental procedures or complete smile redesign.

Tooth Whitening
Most La Mesa people are aware that there are several different tooth whitening procedures. Jeff Gray recommends scheduling a tooth whitening consultation to discuss your options. Even inexpensive OTC tooth bleaching systems can be misused and bring about tooth sensitivity, damage to tooth enamel, and uneven coloration.

Regarding the cost of teeth whitening: if you elect an at-home system from a drugstore, you may have to buy several packages to realize even slight whitening. In-office whitening or a take-home system from our office may be more economical in the long run.

 

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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Not Your Mother’s Jewelry: 5 Reasons Tongue Piercings Are Dangerous

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Let’s get right to it; while tongue, cheek, and lip piercings are “so in” right now, here’s five reasons to keep piercings where they belong—in your ears:

  1. Excessive drooling—YIKES!
  2. Chipped teeth
  3. Infection (some even in places you wouldn’t think can get infected)
  4. Hypersensitivity to metal
  5. Nerve damage

Drooling

Lip and tongue piercings may make you look cool and edgy. They may express your personality and creativity. But they can cause repeated drooling. That may not be the look you’re going for.

Broken Teeth

Another important reason to keep piercings away from your mouth, lips, and tongue, is because having any metal in your mouth can chip your teeth. This can happen while eating, drinking, or sleeping. Or even while playing with said piercing.

Do you already have a tooth that’s broken? Repair these cracks early before more damage ensues.

Small cracks in a tooth can be filled or crowned. But often patients with piercings come in with more serious issues. These may require a root canal or tooth extraction.

Infection

Beware of infection. When it comes to oral piercings, you have to really watch the pierced area. Your mouth is a bacterial zoo, so to speak. Upon piercing anything in your mouth, the bacteria can enter your bloodstream. Neglecting correct brushing habits can lead to infection. As well as touching the piercing with dirty hands.

Hypersensitivity or Allergic Reaction to Metal

Many people love body jewelry. But too much of a good thing (like metal) can be bad. Having metal piercings can lead to hypersensitivity to any metal in your mouth, such as silverware. This is problematic for most people. (Stock up on plastic utensils!)

There is also the risk of an allergic reaction at the piercing site. If you have a sensitivity to certain metals, you can get your piercing in a metal you aren’t allergic to. But you are still in danger of the other risks discussed here.

Nerve Damage

Finally, there’s the risk of permanent nerve damage. If the previous dangers don’t dissuade you, this one should. Experiencing a numb tongue is usually temporary. But in extreme cases, like if you can’t stop playing with the piercing, it can become permanent.

 

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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Small Dental Annoyance Or Serious Problem?

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Today in the La Mesa dental blog we are going to talk about stomatitis. Stomatitis is dental-speak for something very common: non-specific irritations found in the mouth. Stomatitis is commonly caused by cold sores, gum disease, or even from biting the inside of the mouth (ouch!). Any time the membranes in the mouth become inflamed, they are referred to as stomatitis.

Most people have probably suffered from stomatitis and don’t think it’s a big deal. The good news is that these patients are usually right because the majority of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. While they might affect the ability to speak or eat or fall asleep, they are often just a temporary inconvenience.

However, there are cases where a bacterial or a viral infection can occur in these areas of inflammation.

Because of this possibility, your San Diego area dentist should be aware of these issues. Even if you are fortunate and there is no infection present, your dentist can always help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis.

Hi, my name is Dr, Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. I provide the highest quality preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry for my La Mesa area patients.

Source:
“Stomatitis”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/stomatitis-causes-treatment, accessed September 5, 2015

 

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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Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile

Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile In La Mesa! No one likes to settle for less than the best, especially with something as important as your smile. Jeff Gray DDS at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa has the solutions for your smile problems.

You don’t have to live with crooked or chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers are an economical and non-invasive way to correct misshapen or damaged teeth that are otherwise structurally sound. If you have a tooth that is beyond repair, don’t despair—a tooth implant may be the answer.

You don’t have to watch your teeth become duller and more discolored every year, either. Whether you are young, older or somewhere in the middle, professional teeth bleaching works wonders to perk up your smile.

I have been practicing dentistry since 1986. I have noticed that my patients who receive dental makeovers have only one regret; they wish they would have done it sooner! Patients with dazzling new smiles are surprised by how much confidence they gain. Because they love their smile, they smile more often.

Come in and see us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

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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