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

 


Go Back In Time

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So you’ve lost some teeth and now are unwilling to smile because of the gaps. If only you could go back in time and reclaim that full-toothed smile you once had. Guess what? You can with dental implants from Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry serving LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego.

For most patients, a tooth implant is the perfect replacement for both the root and crown of a tooth. They feel so real that implant recipients forget that they ever lost a tooth in the first place.

A tooth implant is anchored into the jawbone with a strong metal post. It doesn’t move around like dentures, and unlike a dental bridge, it guards healthy jawbone and prevents bone recession. After the post is completely enmeshed with the jawbone, the supporting device (called an abutment) and beautiful crown are firmly attached to the post. Some patients are able to undergo all three parts of the procedure at once.

Our team offers a variety of options when it comes to replacing missing or broken teeth. None are as effective and durable as dental implants. If you’ve lost several teeth, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures. Talk to us to learn more.

Another way to go back in time is to whiten your teeth to the bright color they were when you were a teenager. There are several different types of tooth whitening systems, from same-day procedures to at-home treatments. Again, speak with our team about your goals and budget.

Have you ever wished your smile looked like it did before you had any tooth decay? (Many of us can’t remember that far back!) Talk to us about tooth-colored fillings. White fillings match your teeth, and dramatically improve your smile without crowns.

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:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Replace Old Silver Fillings

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Superficial cuts in the skin subside without a trace, infections are eradicated with antibiotics, broken bones mend, and inflamed tissues recede. Our teeth, unfortunately, can’t regenerate. Decay can be halted in its progress, but scientists are still years away from actual enamel regeneration. That’s why the team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry strongly emphasizes preventative dentistry.

MAINTAIN GOOD DENTAL HYGIENE

Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day. These simple habits provide the first line of defense against dental issues like gum disease and tooth decay. They also prevent the need for costlier cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures later in life.

You need a second line of defense against bacteria, plaque and calculus buildup. Regular teeth cleanings with one of our dental hygienists here in San Antonio provide that second line of defense and will help you achieve and maintain good oral health. Be proactive about your oral health, schedule a teeth cleaning with us!

OLD SILVER FILLINGS

Modern fillings have many advantages over those in years past. There are stronger and more natural-looking materials. A filling can return structure and stability to a tooth while helping to relieve tooth pain. Many of our patients are not aware that white fillings are available. You can even replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings and give your mouth a makeover!

If you’d like to get rid of your silver fillings, schedule an appointment with us. 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

 


Peace Begins With A Smile

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Mother Theresa once said “Peace begins with a smile.” Perhaps that peace should start with the person who is smiling. How do you feel about your smile? Are you at peace with it? Do you believe it is beautiful? Does it express your best self? At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry serving LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego, we’d like to talk about your smile and cosmetic dentistry.

Bright eyes and bright smiles are best served clear and clean. Regular check ups  can prevent decay and pricey corrections. Stay at peace with your smile by scheduling regular dental visits to avoid any future oral health problems.

Rest assured that there are ways to redo what nature has given you or cosmetically remedy problems that have affected your once-pleasant smile. Talk to us to learn how you can achieve a smile you can be at peace with.

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.

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-567-2999

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942


How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease?

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A healthy smile needs decay-free teeth and healthy gums. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry serving LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego, we’ve seen a variety of issues in our patients’ gums.

Which of the items below are risk factors for gum disease (periodontitis)?

a. Pregnancy
b. Overbite
c. Diabetes
d. Heredity

All of the above. Pregnancy, menopause, or any other condition that causes hormonal changes is a risk factor as is any type of malocclusion.

Which of the following are possible signs of gum disease?

a. Teeth that appear longer
b. A change in the way dentures fit
c. Bad breath
d. Sore gums

All of the above. Note: some patients don’t see any symptoms.

Which of the following are possible health problems linked to untreated gum disease?

a. Asthma
b. Low birth weight babies
c. Parkinson’s disease
d. Stroke

a,b, and d are all possible health problems.

4. What percentage of people age 65+ have gum disease?

a. 5%
b. 12%
c. 25%
d. 50%

C. 25%

5. Which of the following procedures are used for gum disease?

a. Scaling and root planing
b. Soft tissue grafting
c. Flap surgery
d. Flip surgery

A, b, and C.

If you suspect you might have gum disease, schedule an appointment with us. 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

 

Sources:

John Donavan, “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth,” WebMD, December 15, 2015, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-your-teeth#3, accessed March 20, 2017
“Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments,” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm, accessed March 20, 2017
“Diseases and Conditions Periodontitis,” Mayo Clinic, February 4, 2014, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/periodontitis/basics/risk-factors/con-20021679, accessed March 20, 2017


Using Nature As Our Guide

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The team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in LaMesa performs complete smile re-designs that turn ordinary teeth (or even teeth with significant problems) into stunning smiles. If you have been considering a smile makeover, you probably want to confirm if you will still look like yourself.

The answer is “Yes! Only better!” You see, we use nature as a guide – nature at its best – when improving smiles. It is essential to bring multiple components into harmony when designing a a wonderful smile makeover. Here are a few:

  • Tooth Shape – includes proportion and alignment
  • Teeth Size – this also includes the unique dimensions of the spaces between the teeth
  • Tooth Color – hue, value, intensity, and color variations between teeth
  • Bite – how upper and lower teeth fit together
  • Gumline – shape and color
  • Face Shape and Bone Structure
  • Skin Tone
  • Lips – color, shape, size
  • Age
  • Gender

This list is not complete but gives you an idea of the complexity of smile makeovers. Though advanced cosmetic dentistry is multifaceted, it follows the esthetic principles expressed in naturally beautiful smiles.

But you don’t have to worry about midlines and microesthetics because we are devoted to the details. We invite you to schedule a smile design consultation to speak with our team about your current smile and the brilliant smile you desire.

“If you’re looking to change your smile, call us today. At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, your dental health is important. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also specialize in dental implants, Invisalign invisible braces, and sedation dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with 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

 


Tall Tales about Cosmetic Dentistry

Common Myths about Bloomington Family Cosmetic DentistryMyths and tall tales about cosmetic dentistry abound. The team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa would like to discuss some of those myths.  We have heard almost all of them.

Myth #1: Cosmetic Dentistry is Never Necessary for a Healthy Smile

Many of the procedures that an aesthetic dentist would perform, including many cosmetic dental procedures, are not solely cosmetic. Dental procedures such as tooth replacement prevent many potential problems such as tooth movement, bone loss and difficulty chewing and speaking.

Myth #2: A Dental Bridge is the Only Way to Replace a Missing Tooth

Dental bridges have been used for many years with success. However, dental implants are often a better choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants have many critical advantages for dental patients. They feel like natural teeth, they are stronger, and they are easier to clean than dental bridges. Tooth implants can also be used to anchor dentures or partial dentures.

Myth #3: At-Home Kits are as Effective for  Teeth Whitening Than a Professional Dental Solution

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer our San Diego dental patients teeth whitening treatments that are typically more effective than at-home kits.. At-home kits may remove surface stains, but they do not provide optimum results and can often lead to uneven coloring. Our team can take a custom approach to in-office teeth whitening at our practice, sometimes referred to as chairside bleaching, to help achieve the desired results.

Myth #4: Dental Bonding is the Best Way to Fix a Chipped Tooth.

Dental bonding can restore the shape of a tooth, but may not be the best long-term solution. If you have a damaged tooth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers, also known as dental veneers, are thin layers of ceramic or resin used to cover the front surfaces of natural teeth. These wafer-thin shells are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth that are aesthetically damaged, allowing our team to match the shape, color, length, size, and even texture of those teeth with extraordinary precision to the surrounding natural teeth to create a more uniform and cohesive appearance.

Myth #5:  Metal Braces are the Only Way to Correct Crooked Teeth

Braces are often part of a transforming dental makeover for our Bloomington teens and adults alike. However, you may prefer a metal-free look when straightening your teeth. We offer Invisalign Clear Braces.

At Jeff Gray DDS– Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-567-3181

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942


Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry

Affordable La Mesa Cosmetic DentistryAt Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we are committed to helping our patients, whether it is in the dental treatment rooms or in our accounting area. Many people assume their dental insurance won’t cover any cosmetic dental procedures. This is probably true for tooth bleaching or dental bonding.

However, many dental coverage plans include orthodontia, crowns and any treatment necessary to repair damage from an injury. Medical insurance and worker’s compensation plans may also cover injury treatment.

Talk to Us, You May be Surprised

Some dental insurance plans cover replacement porcelain veneers in certain circumstances. Check with your carrier for benefit details if you need replacement veneers due to deterioration. We can then examine treatment options such as replacement veneers or porcelain crowns.

If you are in need of any kind of dental treatment; from a cleaning to major restorative work, call us for an appointment. You can meet our friendly and professional team, undergo a comprehensive evaluation and discuss financing options. Even if you do not have dental insurance, let’s talk about options. Top quality dental treatment is a great investment and may be more reasonably priced than you think.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also specialize in dental implants, Invisalign invisible braces, and sedation dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with 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

 


Don’t Be Afraid, La Mesa! Show Us Your Smile!

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Some people don’t feel that their smile is an asset, so they do their best to keep it hidden. Pictures, funny movies, jokes, hilarious internet videos – none of these can coax a smile or laugh.

If you know someone like this, maybe you need some information about complete smile makeovers. 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.

We provide cosmetic dentistry procedures for our San Diego area patients who have issues such as a previous mouth injury, tooth discoloration, poor spacing, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, or even missing teeth.

Now is the time to get the confident smile that you’ve always wanted!

Many patients start with teeth whitening. This gets them on their way to a brighter smile. It’s a simple procedure, but the results are truly dramatic.

Other procedures that improve the look of your teeth and/or your oral health include dental implants, veneers, Invisalign clear braces, bonding, and more!

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-313-4127

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


6 Ways Dental Crowns Restore San Diego Smiles

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Dental crowns have been around a long time, but they continue to play an important role in cosmetic dentistry. A dental crown, often called a cap, covers the visible part of the tooth. Needing a crown is one of the reasons people visit us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in and around the greater San Diego and La Mesa areas.

Dental crowns are used for several problems common among San Diego cosmetic dentistry patients:

  • An old crown that is damaged or ill-fitting
  • A broken tooth
  • An extremely decayed tooth
  • A tooth that has had a root canal
  • A misshapen or tiny tooth
  • A tooth that prevents a proper bite

A dental crown serves both structural and aesthetic purposes. It protects a natural tooth from additional decay and damage while permitting normal function. In addition, a dental crown often prevents the need for an extraction and the bone loss that can occur with a missing tooth.

San Diego cosmetic dentistry patients who get a dental crown shouldn’t assume that the tooth is now invincible. Crowns need daily cleaning and flossing just like natural teeth. The remaining tooth structure just around the gumline could still become decayed and the soft tissue around the crown can still get gum disease.

Chewing hard foods or using your teeth as a tool can cause a crown to crack or break. (Use scissors to open a stubborn plastic package – don’t bite and pull!) Your La Mesa cosmetic dentist can advise you on caring for your new crown so that it will last as long as possible. Some of our Jamul patients have crowns that are still looking beautiful after ten years.

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-313-4127

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942