What Can Fluoride Do For You?

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This post falls into the category of general dentistry, and focuses on fluoride: what is it, and why is it so beneficial to your dental health?

The Miracle Mineral

Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. Fluoride occurs naturally in different foods as well as in water. Many communities adjust the fluoride content of their water. Fluoride is also added to dental products. This makes it possible for you to apply it to your teeth when you brush or use mouth rinses.

And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it helps to prevent tooth decay. It does this by giving the teeth stronger resistance against the acid attacks brought on by plaque bacteria as well as sugar in the mouth.

Essential for Young Teeth

Fluoride is especially critical for little ones. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, the primary and the permanent teeth come in. Therefore fluoride exposure is extremely useful for setting a foundation for lifelong oral health.

But stay tuned, adults: the enamel-strengthening benefits of topical fluoride are important even for adult teeth. The old view was that fluoride was best for strengthening teeth as they were still developing. But new research shows that it can help fight tooth decay in people of all ages.

Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa can provide you with in-office fluoride treatment. He also performs general dentistry and dental implants, offers Invisalign clear braces, and treats sleep apnea cases.

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

 


Missing Pieces In The Mouth?

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A 500-piece jigsaw puzzle is still easy to recognize with 32 pieces missing. But a 32-piece dental puzzle is just not fully finished without all of the pieces. If you’re missing teeth, consider a dental implant from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is attached to your jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post. Most patients say they are superior to a dental bridge, because they look and function like a natural tooth.

A dental implant is just one option to completing your dental puzzle. Other possibilities include porcelain veneers, professional teeth whitening, and Invisalign clear braces. Let us fill in those missing pieces—there has never been a better time to look into cosmetic dentistry.

From dental implants to all of the above, your lucky smile could be the next puzzle to be put back together beautifully. Visit our smile gallery to see what we can do.

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

 


Dental Sealant Q & A


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One of the best things anyone can do for their beautiful smile, apart from having regular cleanings and checkups, is to have Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa apply dental sealants. But a lot of patients don’t fully appreciate this, so here are some dental sealant basics.

Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to reach.

A. Do sealants really reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can curtail the risk of decay by 70%!

Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. Sealant resin is applied as a liquid, which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is fast, simple and painless.

Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars because they are at the highest risk for decay.

Q. When should sealants be applied?
A. The best time is early – while the teeth are cavity-free. Your dentist will advise you.

Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not at all! Talk to your La Mesa dentist about whether sealants could benefit you.

Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Vigilant oral hygiene is still vital to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.

Jeff Gray DDS provides beautiful smiles in La Mesa with sealants and other procedure,s as part of general and cosmetic dentistry. Other services include 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

 


Teeth Whitening in San Diego: At Home or In-Office?

 

If you want teeth whitening, the first step is to decide on a method. There may seem like a lot of options, but most use a peroxide-based whitening solution. The difference is in the strength of the solution and method of delivery. At Jeff Gray DDS in San Diego, we offer patients a choice.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of DIY and in-office teeth whitening.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Advantages
• Generally less pricey
• Doesn’t require a trip to the dentist
• May cause less tooth sensitivity and pain

At-Home Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
• Takes longer to achieve desired results
• Whitening appliances don’t protect gum tissue
• Solution must be applied many times over a period of weeks

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Advantages
• Same day results
• Administered by a dental professional
• Gum tissue is protected

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
• More expensive

Did you know that in order to maintain the brightness achieved from an in-office teeth whitening treatment, a patient must follow up with at-home touch-ups? Therefore, a combination of in-office and DIY methods is often the most effective solution.

A note about non-professional teeth bleaching kiosks:

A few years ago, during the height of the teeth-whitening craze, whitening kiosks starting popping up in San Diego area malls. Some have closed, but a few remain in business. We urge patients to avoid them. There is little regulatory oversight, and customers have no guarantee of the safety of their services – to say nothing of the qualifications of the providers. As always, it is important to trust your smile to dental professionals.

Jeff Gray DDS Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry advises patients to meet with with us before starting any teeth bleaching regimen. We offer both at-home and in-office teeth whitening, including Zoom! Laser Tooth Whitening. We also provide other cosmetic dentistry services, as well as general 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

 


Eating Got You Down? Dental Implants in La Mesa

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Men and women who have lost one of their natural teeth know it can make chewing problematic, and even painful. Dental implants are an excellent solution to this problem. If you are thinking about dental implants in La Mesa, the office of Jeff Gray, DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry can offer guidance.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically attached to a patient’s jaw. An artificial tooth, along with supporting structure, is affixed to the top of the post. Because they are physically attached to the bone, they function just like a natural tooth.

It’s great to fill the gap caused by a missing tooth, but dental implants are important for more than just cosmetic reasons. They help to maintain the integrity of the jawbone, which would otherwise grow weaker because of the missing tooth root.

Improving a smile cosmetically beyond just the functional needs can also be discussed during an informative consultation. Dr. Jeff Gray offers dependable advice about restoring your smile while still keeping it comfortable in the pocket book. Come explore the possibilities, including the cost of smile redesigns.

Jeff Gray DDS Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry offers many services, including general dentistry. If you have missing teeth, come see our friendly and professional team and let them improve your eating experience. After all, eating is pretty important.

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

 


Beautiful Smiles in La Mesa

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This post is for people in La Mesa who are looking for beautiful smiles.

There are a lot of reasons why so many people would like to improve their smiles. Common issues include yellow teeth, misaligned teeth, too much or too little gum tissue, missing teeth, or broken teeth.

Few individuals are naturally blessed with perfect smiles. By practicing good oral care, you can avoid many of the problems that can hurt your smile over the years. But sometimes, even those who practice daily oral hygiene are unsatisfied with their smiles.

The friendly and professional team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry wants you to know that cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile, regardless of the imperfections. Dr. Gray has the experience and expertise to turn ordinary smiles into extraordinary smiles.

We offer dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental implant procedures, teeth whitening, and other services. And we use the very latest in dental technology.

For a beautiful La Mesa smile, call the office of Jeff Gray, DDS, Sedation and find out what cosmetic dentistry can do for 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

 


General Dentistry in La Mesa: Protect Your Teeth from Enamel Erosion

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Our teeth work hard, and are constantly under attack. It’s no wonder that nature encases them in enamel—the hardest substance in the body. Unfortunately, enamel erosion is common. But with general dentistry and your at-home regimen, you can protect it in La Mesa.

Enamel’s chief enemies are acidic foods and beverages. Others include certain medications, teeth grinding, acid reflux, gastrointestinal problems, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we educate our patients about how to keep their enamel strong and keep erosion at bay.

Here are some quick facts about enamel:

  • Enamel is unlike many other tissues in the body. Once it has worn away, it cannot be regenerated.
  • According to the National Institute of Health, 41% of adolescents already have enamel erosion.
  • Brushing too hard can hurt enamel. We recommend a soft-bristle brush and a gentle hand.
  • Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as dangerous as sugared sodas.
  • Dry mouth can weaken enamel because it results in less saliva which helps keep enamel healthy and strong.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion, it’s vital to take action. There are several dental procedures that can protect teeth that have been compromised. Call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry today.

We also provide cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and use state-of-the-art dental technology.

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

 


Teeth Look Too Short? Lengthen Them!

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Most La Mesa people who are considering cosmetic dentistry are aware of the cosmetic dental procedures that are frequently advertised in the San Diego area.

There are porcelain veneers: a custom made wafer-thin covering permanently attached to the front of a tooth to make it stain-free and perfectly shaped. Veneers can repair small chips and crack in teeth that are free of decay. Many Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry patients get minimally invasive veneers on their top six teeth for a dramatic improvement.

Orthodontia has received a lot of attention in California in the past twenty years with the introduction of short-term and invisible braces. And braces are not only for ‘tweens and teenagers. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have seen more adults straighten their teeth to achieve stunning smiles with discrete orthodontic treatment.

Porcelain crowns have been around for generations but continue to restore decayed or damaged teeth while providing beauty, strength and natural function. Porcelain crowns are also used with innovative dental implants to restore missing teeth.

A cosmetic dental procedure that is lesser known in the La Mesa area is crown lengthening. If you feel that your teeth appear too short or that your smile exposes more gum than you would like (a ‘gummy smile’), you may be interested in crown lengthening.

Crown lengthening surgery is a safe and effective procedure that exposes more of the visible part of the tooth while minimizing the vertical length of exposed gum tissue.

When a gummy smile is corrected, our La Mesa crown lengthening patients are often surprised at how it positively affects their whole face. They love their new smile which reveals pleasing, symmetrical portions of their upper teeth that have been hidden under gum tissue their whole life.

Sometimes, crown lengthening is used when a tooth is fractured at the gumline. The surgery makes tooth structure accessible for the required restoration.

Digital imaging helps San Diego dental professionals perform crown lengthening with exactness. A highly-detailed, 3-D image of tooth and bone structure allows the cosmetic dentist to contour a gumline to the patient’s exact specifications.

If you would like to find out if crown lengthening is right for you, schedule a consultation by calling Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry at 619-717-8560. We are located at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 in La Mesa. We look forward to showing you photos of crown lengthening patients who are enjoying their new look.

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


Sore Tooth? Don’t Wait!

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Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry patients who wait to have a sore tooth checked end up saying “I wish I had come sooner.” Even with all the various causes of mouth problems, a toothache sends a simple, clear message: “See your dentist!” And it seems like toothaches always get worse on Friday night right before the weekend.

If you wait, the cost to treat it may get more costly as the pain gets more acute. Affordable dental care is available at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. Call us now for a consultation.

Mouth pain is never “normal.” Dr. Jeff Gray will determine the cause of the pain so proper treatment can begin. Possible causes of pain include tooth decay, gum disease, a broken crown, mouth sores, bite issues, and TMD (temporomandibular disorder). Let Dr. Gray take care of you and you will quickly be back to pain-free eating, grimace-free speaking and better sleeping.

Dr. Gray, DDS is also well-versed in the latest cosmetic dental care and is passionate about transforming smiles. Smile makeovers at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry boost confidence and improve a person’s overall presentation. Men and women who have invested in a smile makeover feel that their personal and professional relationships have benefited.

Book a consultation if you have question about dental implants, Invisalign or veneers. Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry offers consumate care when it comes to porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, laser dentistry, dentures, and Invisalign.

Don’t wait to come to Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry if a tooth demands your attention.

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


Say Goodbye To Old Amalgam Fillings

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Remember what your teeth looked like before you had your first cavity? When you opened your mouth to laugh or yawn, the people with you could see only pearly white molars. (Unless, of course, you had been munching Oreos.)

Like many adults, you probably started developing cavities fairly young and had no choice but to get silver amalgam fillings. As the years went by, two fillings became three. If you didn’t drink fluoridated water, three fillings may have became four. Now, when you open wide, others see a mouthful of metal.

Fortunately, people with silver amalgam fillings can regain the smile of their youth. The replacement of silver fillings with composite tooth-colored fillings is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure available at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry that can transform a smile just as dramatically as more extensive cosmetic dental treatment.

Composite fillings are made up of a mixture of glass or quartz, and resin that resembles the color of your natural teeth. They are strong and durable when bonded to the tooth with adhesive.

Hopefully, you don’t have a new cavity. But if you do, you can start off with a white composite filling. In addition to the cosmetic advantages over silver, the preparation requires the removal of less healthy tooth structure. A conservative (as possible) restoration leaves you with more of nature’s superior dental material — your own enamel and dentin.

If you would like to improve your Jamul smile by replacing silver-mercury fillings, schedule a cosmetic dental consultation today by calling 619-717-8560. We will develop a treatment plan to address all areas of concern. If you have your teeth whitened in combination with silver filling replacement, you’ll be amazed with your new brilliant smile.

Ask us about teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, Invisalign and laser dentistry. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 619-717-8560.

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