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

 


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


Relax. It’s Not The End Of The World.

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Today’s Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry post addresses one of the most feared dental procedures: the infamous root canal. If you are told that you need a root canal, don’t panic. Your dentist recommends this procedure when it is better for your tooth than the alternatives.

A successful root canal (or endodontic treatment in dental-speak) can save a tooth and prevent the need for an extraction followed by a dental bridge, dental implant, or gap in your smile.

If, after a thorough evaluation, Dr. Gray determines that a tooth is going to need a root canal, Dr. Gray will explain the procedure and costs that are involved. Root canals are executed to “>save an infected tooth. If not treated, abscesses and complete tooth loss may occur.

During the procedure, your dentist will remove the nerve and pulp, and then clean and disinfect the interior of your tooth – the canal. The next step is filling and sealing the cleaned area with a special rubbery material, and then protecting the restored tooth with a crown or filling.

Root canals have the reputation of being painful, but this is not the case anymore. There are several effective pain management methods available today at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. From local painkillers and numbing agents to oral sedation, we will make sure you are comfortable during the procedure. Once the infected tissue is removed, your dentist will focus on helping the oral site heal, which may require another visit.

If you have a tooth that is bothering you, call Dr. Gray now at 619-717-8560 for an appointment.

In addition to general dentistry, we provide distinctive cosmetic dental services; everything from tooth whitening to complete cosmetic dental smile makeovers.

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


Sparkling Smiles With Safe Bleaching

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One of the easiest ways to enhance your smile cosmetically is through teeth whitening. Whitening teeth is a straightforward, non-invasive method to improve your overall appearance and bring confidence to your daily interactions with people.

Before beginning the procedure of teeth whitening, Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry recommends each patient meet with their dentist for a consultation. A dental consultation will help you determine which whitening method is best for you. We can also discuss foods and habits, such as smoking, that you can avoid to keep your teeth whiter longer.”

While visiting with your dentist, you can also discuss other aspects of your smile you would like to improve. New, revolutionary technology provides methods to correct any dental issue you may have.

During your consultation, decide just how white you want your teeth to be. Depending on the whitening procedure chosen, your teeth can be whitened three to eight shades in just an hour. An in-office procedure produces a degree of lightening that cannot be achieved with a grocery store product. During your treatment, your dentist may apply a coating to protect your gums and roots while the bleaching agent is applied. A laser is then used to make the bleach work faster.

An alternative procedure is to have your dentist prescribe a take-home kit. These kits are customized for each patient. First a mold is made of your teeth. Using the mold, the lab team creates trays to hold the bleach. While this method may take longer, it is more economical and more convenient for many patients. Teeth whitening results from either method can last from six months to two years.

It is vital to know that whitening does not affect existing fillings, veneers, or crowns. It also is temporary and may require follow-up visits to keep them white.

Dr. Gray, of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, has been creating beautiful smiles since 1986. Call our La Mesa office and schedule an appointment today at 619-717-8560.

We offer general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including Invisalign, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and laser dentistry. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, quality care and a comfortable patient experience are our top priorities.

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 Breakthroughs On The Horizon

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At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we use the latest validated dental technology to provide our patients with quality general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. In addition, we keep tabs on the most current dental research that is propelling the industry forward.

Here are some of the intriguing dental technologies currently being evaluated and tested:

Fill and Heal: Bioactive Glass
A new type of filling created from ‘bioactive glass’ has been shown to prolong the life of fillings by reducing secondary decay and replacing lost minerals.

“Bioactive glass, which is a type of crushed glass that is able to interact with the body, has been used in some types of bone healing for decades. This type of glass is only beginning to see use in dentistry, and our research shows it may be very promising for tooth fillings.”1 Jamie Kruzic, professor of advanced structural and biomaterials at the Oregon State University College of Engineering

Stem Cells
Stem cell regenerative medicine is poised to furnish a myriad of exciting discoveries in dentistry.

A research team from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University is applying stem cell technology to dentistry with the development of stem-cell based biomaterials that regenerate tooth dentin.2 The objective is to use them in fillings and root canals to save and regenerate tooth structure. The research is in its early stages, but this technology could one day help preserve millions of smiles for individuals worldwide.

3D Printing
3D printing is already being used in some dental offices to create aligners, retainers, drilling guides for implant placement, and extremely accurate models for restorations. As the printers become faster and less pricey, you will be seeing them in more California  dental offices.

Technology has its place, but experience, skill, and a warm and attentive chairside manner are just as vital. The friendly and professional team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry invites you to welcome the difference at our comfortable dental office. Call today to make an appointment.

Note: The image to the right is a CAD-CAM (Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing) machine used for the production of dental restorations.

1“Tooth fillings of the future may incorporate bioactive glass,” Oregon State University December 22, 2015, http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2015/dec/tooth-fillings-future-may-incorporate-bioactive-glass, accessed on October 24, 2016
2Liz Cass, “Fillings that heal your teeth – how regenerative medicine could change your visit to the dentist,” University of Nottingham, July 1, 2016, https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2016/july/fillings-that-heal-your-teeth.aspx, accessed on October 24, 2016

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


3 Smart Smile Solutions

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In today’s article we will concentrate on three innovative procedures used in smile transformations.

1. Tooth Implants
Tooth implants are transforming the face of dentistry. For most patients, a dental implant is the optimal solution for a missing tooth. A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth that has been extracted. The crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.

When the final crown is placed, the dental implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Dental implants have many vital advantages over dental bridges. If you are missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gray to learn more.

2. Invisible Braces
Invisible braces allow you to straighten your teeth discreetly because it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn. There are a couple of different types of invisible braces including Damon Braces and Invisalign clear aligners.

3. White Fillings
If you had dental caries in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, significantly beautifying your smile without crowns.

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry has been providing unmatched dental care since 1986. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 619-717-8560.

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