Are There Drawbacks to Dental Implants?

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Dental implants might sound like some futuristic solution to missing teeth. But they’ve become part of mainstream dentistry, and are available at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa.

Most patients have a lot of questions about dental implants, once they seriously begin to consider them. Are there any drawbacks to implants? Are they safe? Experimental? Painful?

Like we said, they are considered mainstream. Dental implants as we know them today have been around for decades. Humans have actually been tinkering with permanent replacement teeth for thousands of years. Modern implants were made possible by the discovery that titanium fuses with bone. Once that happens, the post – which is the actual implant – provides a rock-solid support for one or more replacement teeth.

As to safety, dental implants have a success rate of greater than ninety percent. Cases of rejection are rare. Future generations of implants are expected to be even better.

The majority of patients report being comfortable during the implant procedure itself. It involves minor surgery, though, and mild discomfort afterward is common. We can prescribe medication to manage it.

Most patients are delighted with, and even amazed by, their dental implants from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee are enjoying restored chewing ability and restored smiles. We also offer complete cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Why is the 4-Step Tooth Implant Timeline Necessary?

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Dental implants from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement.

The process for getting an implant can take several months, but don’t let that discourage you. Each stage of the procedure is important. It’s not a drawback; it is indicative of the permanent nature of an implant.

The Dental Implant Timeline

1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment

A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the post or root replacement, the abutment, and the final restoration (crown, denture, bridge, or partial denture).

It all starts with a consultation. We’ll take X-rays and analyze your mouth and examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If you don’t have adequate bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting.

2. Placement

The first step is to insert the titanium implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is. It usually takes one to two hours.

Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough for post-surgery discomfort. Most people can go back to work after the surgery.

3. Osseointegration

The key to implant placement is called osseointegration, which means the titanium post fusing with the bone. In most cases it takes three to six months for this to happen. Once it does, you’ve got a rock-solid foundation for the implant.,

4. Placing the Final Restoration

The final step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.

Teeth supported by dental implants from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa are life-changing. We’ve placed them in patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee. We also offer complete cosmetic dentistry services, and much more. Please call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:

619-337-7700

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. At Jeff Gray DDS Espire Dental in San Diego, we have cosmetic dentistry solutions for your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry refers to a group of procedures that, individually or collectively, create positive changes to your smile. One procedure, such as teeth whitening, will go along way toward upgrading your smile. Two or more gives you a complete smile makeover.

Cosmetic Procedures

The term “cosmetic dentistry” means different things to different dentists. One practice might call a dental implant cosmetic, while another will consider it restorative.

With that in mind, here are some of the more common cosmetic dentistry procedures:

  • Teeth whitening. Nothing you buy at the store can can compare to teeth whitening from a cosmetic dentist. The bleaching ingredients may be the same, but professional strength whitening far surpasses anything over-the-counter. You’ll get a dazzling new smile!
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Made to match existing teeth, they can hide cracks, gaps, and other imperfections.
  • Crowns and Bridges. Dental crowns are used to repair damaged teeth by covering them like a cap. This restores them to their natural shape. A dental bridge fills the space left by a missing tooth.
  • Dental implants. Implants are state-of-the-art tooth replacement. Strictly speaking, it’s a titanium post inserted into the jaw to replace a missing tooth root. A replacement tooth is attached to the post. They look and function like natural teeth.

At Jeff Gray Espire Dental in San Diego we use cosmetic dentistry to complement the smiles of each patient. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee also come to us for our complete general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Aesthetic Dental Transformations

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More and more people are enjoying the lasting benefits of cosmetic dentistry, available at Jeff Gray DDS Espire Dental in La Mesa.

When you first look in the mirror in the morning while brushing those gleaming babies, you remember; “Oh yeah, I fixed my teeth and they look incredible!”

We have talked about different cosmetic dentistry procedures in previous blog articles, but let’s review the most common.

  • Teeth whitening is the one of the most popular and least invasive procedures. Sure, there are plenty of over-the-counter whitening products, but none can match the power of professional teeth whitening.
  • Porcelain veneers are glass-like, wafer-thin covers that adhere to teeth. They correct chips, stains and misaligned teeth that do not require orthodontia.
  • Dental crowns correct more extensive problems. They have many uses, such as the final restoration following a root canal or to restore teeth weakened by decay, injury, or gum disease.
  • Dental implants are state-of-the-art replacements for one or more missing teeth. A metal post is placed in the jaw, where it fuses with the bone to become a foundation for one or more replacement teeth.

At Jeff Gray DDS Espire Dental in La Mesa we’ve improved countless smiles with cosmetic dentistry. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee also come to us for complete general dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Tooth Color

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Most of us would like to have white teeth and a great smile. But discolored or just plain yellow teeth is common, especially in a world of tea and coffee drinkers. At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, we can fix that.

Tooth enamel is a little like skin. It has pores that can get clogged and discolored. The most common habits that work against you are:

  • Tobacco and other smokable substances
  • Sodas and other dark colored drinks, i.e. coffee, red wines, and teas
  • Not practicing daily oral hygiene
  • Not having proper dental care

If you want to lighten your teeth, the above will consistently work against you.

We advise kicking these habits to the curb if you want the whitest teeth possible. (There are other good health reasons, too.)

If, in spite of your best efforts, your smile is still dull, professional teeth whitening from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa can revive it. People throughout San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee trust us with their smiles! We also offer complete restorative dentistry, and much more. Call today to find out what we can do for your smile!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Why Fluoride Is Essential For Your Child’s Oral Health

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Fluoride is a mineral that helps your teeth stay strong. It is found in some foods and water and makes toothpastes more capable at fighting cavities.

Fluoride plays an essential role in your son or daughter’s oral health. Your youngster should start using fluoride toothpaste when they are old enough to spit while brushing. Start with a tiny pea-sized dab, gradually increasing the amount as they grow.

Periodic kids’ fluoride treatments help teeth by making them stronger and more resistant to the detrimental acid formed by bacteria.

Fluoride Treatments at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide fluoride treatments during routine check-ups. The fluoride is applied directly to your child’s teeth.

The fluoride used in in-office treatments comes in either a gel or foam and is available in several flavors.

Fluoride treatments are a straightforward and painless way to fortify your child’s teeth and help them keep a healthy smile.

Does Your Child Need Fluoride Supplements?

If you wonder if your child is getting enough fluoride, meet with Dr, Gray about fluoride supplements. Dr, Gray will let you know if they are required and identify the precise dosage.

Too Much Fluoride Can Be Dangerous

Don’t give your child fluoride supplements without our guidance. Too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis which discolors teeth and, ironically, can make teeth more susceptible to tooth decay.

Fluoride-Adjusted Municipal Water

A factor that impacts the amount of fluoride your youngster is receiving is where you get your drinking water. Your youngster may not need fluoride supplements if they drink tap water from a fluoridated California municipal water supply.

Warning About Bottled Water

If your family only drinks bottled water without fluoride, you may want to think about supplementation. Keep in mind that the FDA does not require bottled water companies to list the fluoride content on the bottle label. Many brands sold in La Mesa do not contain fluoride.

Talk to Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry about your child’s fluoride needs.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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The Tea And Teeth Question

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Dr. Jeff Gray DDS can help you achieve a beautiful smile in San Diego, La Mesa, or El Cajon. Something that might concern you about your smile is stained teeth. You might wonder if you should investigate tooth whitening.

A common cause of tooth staining: dark beverages including tea. Over time, tea (and the tannins in tea) builds up on the tooth enamel. The darker the tea color, the greater chance it has of staining teeth.

If you want to minimize staining from tea beverages, add some  milk or drink through a straw. Also, rinse your mouth with water. These tips will help reduce future damage.

Good oral hygiene can help reduce stained teeth – but that may not be enough. First, have your teeth professionally cleaned. If that doesn’t help, Dr. Jeff Gray DDS offers a variety of teeth whitening products and procedures. Call us today to get your whiter, brighter smile.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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The Not-So-Obvious Benefits Of A Smile Makeover

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A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa is transformative for anyone who has been embarrassed by their smile for years. But it’s not just about looking younger and more attractive—though it most certainly will do that. It can improve your life in ways that many people might not guess.

How can a smile makeover transform your life?

1. It alters the way you are perceived by others.

A man or woman who smiles often and easily is generally regarded as a forward-thinking problem solver.

2. It brightens the atmosphere in social settings.

When you openly smile, it is contagious. It enhances the mood in any setting and eases tension when required.

3. You will feel more self-assured.

When you quit dwelling on making sure you hide your teeth, you have the strength to focus on ways to realize success in personal and professional pursuits.

A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa is an investment in yourself. It begins with a smile analysis, and keeps getting better from there. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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How To Get The Whitest Teeth

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Most people would like to have whiter teeth. You’ve probably noticed that teeth tend to get yellow and dull with the passage of time. If you are one of those who would like whiter teeth, then Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa can help. This blog post has some tips on teeth whitening and what we can do for you.

Don’t Forget to Brush
The first tip seems like a no-brainer, but many people still overlook it. We are talking about daily tooth brushing. Brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean and prevent tooth decay. Often our teeth become discolored or stained because of what we consume (drinks, food, etc.) but when we brush our teeth, it decreases the damage.

After brushing teeth, another tip is using a fluoride rinse to finish the cleaning job. Fluoride helps get into the cracks where bacteria can be hiding away. When the bacteria is killed, it prevents it from spreading and discoloring your teeth. When you are shopping for a fluoride rinse, check the labels. Some ordinary mouthwashes don’t contain fluoride.

Sometimes the discoloration is too extreme to be reversed by home remedies. That’s why we at Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa offer other powerful care to improve your smile. We provide in-office and take-home teeth whitening. Each method provides effective teeth whitening, which among the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Not All Smile Makeovers in Santee Are Created Equal

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Welcome to the Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry dental blog. Let’s talk about smile redesigns and smile makeovers in Santee. Some patients wonder if the term is synonymous with general cosmetic dentistry. For examples, is the placement of four veneers considered a smile makeover? Well, yes and no. If your smile is attractive and healthy except for some chips in your upper front teeth, veneer placement may remedy the few cosmetic problems and result in a stunning smile.

Generally, however, a complete smile redesign combines several carefully-chosen cosmetic dentistry procedures performed at the same time for a complete smile transformation. In other words, the sum is greater than the parts. For example, one treatment plan could include crown restorations, porcelain veneers for teeth that are misshapen but otherwise healthy, tooth-colored filling replacement for old amalgam fillings, and professional teeth whitening for the crowning touch.

At our office, we have been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry in La Mesa, California since 1986. Performing successful smile redesigns makes my profession extremely fulfilling. Patients who plan to receive a smile makeover should take their time choosing a dentist to perform it. We invite you to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your needs and wishes. During the consultation, our team can tell you about my extensive experience and show you before and after pictures of satisfied patients.

When we design custom smile makeovers in Santee, we study several elements in addition to the teeth. After all, the teeth are just one component of the patient’s face. The gum line, lips, mouth, facial shape, facial structure, coloring, and patient’s age affect the scope of the design. This comprehensive approach to smile makeovers in Santee achieves fantastic results and sets our practice apart. If you are interested in learning more about smile transformations, call us today at 619-337-7700.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942