The Dangers Of Oral Infections

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“It’s just a small sore, it will go away.”
“I’m too busy right now, I’ll go to a dentist later.”
“A little sensitivity is no big deal.”

It happens to most La Mesa residents at least once in their life. Your teeth become sensitive to cold drinks. A tooth develops a dull ache. A sore on the gums doesn’t heal up. An injured tooth darkens. A pain develops in your lower sinus area.

This is definitely not a situation where the “ignore it and it will go away” mentality is wise. If the pain is the result of a dangerous infection, there are grave consequences of postponing treatment. Oral bacterial infections can destroy teeth, gums and jawbone and even lead to life-threatening sepsis. In fact, prior to the 19th century, tooth decay-related infection was a leading cause of death.

An oral infection doesn’t always cause pain. Bad breath, fever, swelling in the gums, glands or jaw, or a strange taste in the mouth can indicate the presence of an infection.

If an infection is caught and treated early, there may be no additional problems. However, usually the infection is the result of a dental trouble that needs to be treated. If the infection is caused by tooth decay, the decay will have to be removed and the tooth filled. If the decay has penetrated to the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be required.

The infection may be the result of a pocket of undrained pus called an abscess. Pus is a by-product of the immune system’s efforts to fight infection and consists of dead white blood cells.

Mouth sores have various causes including an infection or virus. White patches in the mouth can indicate thrush (an oral yeast infection). All of these conditions can be treated – but you need to see your dentist.

I am Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. If you have any signs of oral infection, or haven’t had a dental exam in the past year, I encourage you to meet with me. To schedule an appointment, call my office 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

 


3 Ways To Minimize Candy Intake At Parties

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1. Lock yourself in a closet.
2. Sew your mouth shut.
3. Wear a shock collar that’s sensitive to sugar particles.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we understand how hard it is to avoid sweets altogether at Halloween and other sugar-filled holidays. We encourage both unfettered joy and healthy living for all of our La Mesa patients.

Moderation in candy intake can help with the prevention of dental caries, but so can consistent brushing and flossing and regular cleanings and check-ups at your San Diego family dentist. Keeping the mouth clean and being meticulous are strong indicators for a happy mouth.

We’re not here to tell our La Mesa and Alpine patients to avoid sugar altogether. We’re not even here to tell you just to sneak a little. Eat as much as your child will let you, just be sure and brush thoroughly – same as any other time of year. Keep in mind that eating a candy bar and then brushing is better than sucking on a lollipop for a half hour.

When it comes to caring for La Mesa, California’s teeth and cosmetic dentistry needs, Dr. Jeff Gray works tirelessly to make quality Invisalign, dentures, and teeth whitening available to this entire California community. Services such as laser dentistry and porcelain veneers really set us apart from the competition. If we can help you with cosmetic dentistry or dental implants, then we’ve done our job!

 

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

 


Test Your Cosmetic Dentistry IQ

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Are you up on the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures offered at Jeff Gray, DDS Sedation and Cosmetic Dentistry? Take our quiz and find out!

1. This popular treatment uses a dental composite that resembles enamel. This composite is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted, and then hardened and polished.

A. Veneers
B. Flossing
C. Defanging
D. Bonding

The correct answer is D, bonding.

2. This procedure, which can be done by your dentist or at your La Mesa, California area home is very common and its main purpose it to lighten the color of one’s teeth.

A. Teeth Bleaching
B. Teeth Whitening
C. Inlays and Onlays
D. Buffing the Ol’ Pearly Whites

The correct answer is B, teeth whitening, though it is also called teeth bleaching.

3. These thin, porcelain coverings are custom-made for each mouth and are usually used to close gaps or cover discolored teeth.

A. Wax lips
B. Bleaching trays
C. Veneers
D. Tooth socks

The correct answer is C, veneers, however, tooth socks do sound cozy!

4. Which dentist serving the San Diego area can skillfully perform state-of-the-science cosmetic dentistry procedures to give you a celebrity-caliber smile?

A. Dr. Jeff Gray at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry
B. Dr. Bertha Bicuspid
C. Dr. Leo Spaceman
D. Dr. Whitey Toothson

The correct answer is A, Dr. Jeff Gray.

Hi, I’m Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. We serve the Alpine, Jamul, and Santee areas with superior experience and care. If you have any questions about our services or about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as tooth whitening or smile makeovers, please contact 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

 


To Chew Or Not To Chew

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Hello gum chewers, today we’re going to talk about that sticky wad of candy in your mouth. You know that it can freshen your breath, but can it really help safeguard your smile from tooth decay?

It really depends on the type of gum. Chewing regular sucrose-based gum can be helpful in removing bits of food from the surface of teeth, but that benefit is negated by the stream of sugar washing over your teeth as you chew.

However, gum with some alternative sweeteners has an added benefit for your pearly whites. Xylitol is a sweetener which not only has fewer calories than traditional sugars, but it also has antimicrobial properties that cut down plaque build-up. This means that xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes dental caries.

So if you’re headed out to a restaurant, bring a pack of sugar-free gum with you and pop it in your mouth when your meal is done. Of course, brushing and flossing are the ideal practices for your oral health, but when you can’t brush, select a sugarless gum with xylitol.

I’m Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. We offer Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening. If you have any questions about how to upgrade your oral health, or if you would like information about any of our unprecedented cosmetic dental care such as teeth whitening, veneers, sedation dentistry, or complete cosmetic dental smile makeovers, give us a call today at 619-717-8560.

Call our friendly and professional team 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

 


Five Fast Ways to Improve Your Smile

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Do you have a special event coming up? Perhaps a wedding, graduation, milestone birthday, anniversary, or reunion? These celebrations usually involve a lot of photographs and, of course, you want to look pleasing. You may not have time to lose 20 pounds, but you can dramatically transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry.

Here are five cosmetic dental procedures that can usually be performed in one office visit.

1. Veneers
Porcelain veneers have been a celebrated treatment for decades but we never fail to be amazed by the remarkable results they deliver. A veneer is a super-thin layer of porcelain bonded permanently to the tooth. A veneer can cover a chip, hide a crack, make discoloration disappear, or repair a misshapen tooth.

2. Gum Contouring
Perhaps your teeth are brilliant and healthy but you have a gumline that is too low or too high and detracts from the presentation. Gum contouring can reshape the gumline and perfect your smile. Book a consultation with Dr. Gray today for a thorough examination and superb advice regarding your gumline.

3. Enamel Shaping
Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade the features of a smile even if all the other teeth have a positive appearance. (Your mouth is no place for a sore thumb, right?) Let us reshape the tooth so it blends in seamlessly.

4. Bonding
Dental bonding just gets better and better as additional state-of-the art materials are developed. Bonding is used in a multitude of applications to repair teeth with cosmetic and structural troubles. The newest prep processes are minimally invasive – leaving you with more of your own tooth structure.

5. Teeth Whitening
Make your smile pop with professional in-office teeth whitening. There is nothing like an exceptional white smile to give you ultimate confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry is an investment that will bless you with increased self-esteem every day. We look forward to getting your smile ready for all those hugs, laughs, and, of course, pictures.

 

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

 


Solving Tough Dental Problems

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Have you ever been told that your smile is beyond repair? That may not be true. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we perform dental miracles every day. Here are some tough dental problems we routinely solve:

Tough Problem 1: Insufficient Bone for Dental Implant

As a replacement for a missing tooth, a dental implant has many benefits as compared to a dental bridge. However, there must be sufficient bone to support the titanium post (screw) that is surgically implanted.

Solution: Bone Grafting

In some cases, implant patients need some level of bone grafting, and the procedure has a high success rate. Disinfected, processed donor bone is inserted at the implant location where the bone needs structural augmentation. The grafting material is in granular form that can be packed into the contours. It activates growth, and eventually the patient’s newly-produced bone replaces the donor bone material.

If you have had another dentist tell you that you don’t have enough bone to place an implant post, talk to Dr. Gray. The team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry has carried out many bone grafting procedures for dental implant placement.

Tough Problem 2: Severe Tooth Loss

Solution: Full Mouth Restoration

If it feels like your dental troubles are beyond repair because you have few or no teeth left, take heart. Regardless of the cause—chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, acute mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health—there is hope.

Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, attractive smile or give you the unforgettable smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally.

Full mouth restoration consists of a combination of dental procedures as required according to the patient’s particular situation. These can include dental implants, implant-supported bridges, orthodontia, crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, and teeth whitening.

Problem 3: Tetracycline Stains

Solution: Porcelain Veneers

Perhaps as a teen you were prescribed tetracycline to combat acne, and as a result now have discolored teeth. Or maybe the municipal California water you drank growing up had excessive fluoride, another cause of darkened teeth.

We treat severely discolored teeth with beautiful dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain laminates). Veneers not only restore discolored teeth, but they can cover worn, chipped, and cracked teeth. This is done by placing a thin composite of porcelain over the damaged tooth or teeth leaving an attractive, white smile. Porcelain veneers are one of the least invasive forms of cosmetic dentistry, yet the payoffs are stunning.

By listening carefully, asking the right questions, communicating clearly, and counseling with you, Dr. Gray can fully analyze your seemingly impossible dental dilemma and deliver a solution. 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

 


Dental Care For ICU Patients Lowers Infection Risk

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Hi, I’m Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. Today’s post focuses on an interesting article that appeared recently on Science Daily.com. The article describes a study of Brazilian ICU patients that compared infection rates of those who received enhanced oral care instead of routine oral care. The patients who received the more intense dental care were 56 percent less likely to develop a respiratory infection during their stay.

“Enhanced dental care included teeth brushing, tongue scraping, removal of calculus, atraumatic restorative treatment of caries, tooth extraction and topical application of chlorhexidine corresponding to each patients’ needs four to five times a week. Comparatively, regular treatment consisted of mechanical cleansing using gauze followed by topical application of chlorhexidine three times a day.”1

“Bacteria causing healthcare-associated infections often start in the oral cavity,” said Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, MD, lead author of the study. “This study suggests that having a dentist provide weekly care as part the ICU team may improve outcomes for vulnerable patients in this setting.”1

If a member of your family has serious health concerns, you may want to talk to their doctor about the oral health implications of their condition. In unfortunate cases where one of my patients experiences severe health issues, I am happy to work with their medical team to ensure that their dental health is not compromised. Even some manageable chronic conditions can require more frequent exams and cleanings.

Though this study pertains to ICU patients, it is also a reminder to all of us. Receiving consistent quality dental care and practicing proper daily oral hygiene is critical for everyone. Some patients have an inaccurate view of oral health – they seem to have the notion that it exists autonomously. It is actually interdependent with general physical health.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we see ourselves as key members of your healthcare team and are dedicated to your physical, mental, and emotional health. If you are looking for a friendly and professional dental practice in La Mesa, we invite you to schedule a consultation by calling 619-717-8560. You can meet me, Dr. Gray, and my team of dental professionals. Thanks for visiting our dental blog.

1Wanessa T. Bellissimo-Rodrigues, Mayra G. Menegueti, Gilberto G. Gaspar, Edson A. Nicolini, Maria Auxiliadora-Martins, Anibal Basile-Filho, Roberto Martinez, Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues. Effectiveness of a Dental Care Intervention in the Prevention of Lower Respiratory Tract Nosocomial Infections among Intensive Care Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2014; 35 (11): 1342 DOI: 10.1086/678427

 

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 Problem? There Is Always A Solution!

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There is no doubt that a healthy, pleasing smile positively affects one’s life. It lets us convey confidence and friendliness in business and social settings. A beautiful healthy smile also influences our personal relationships. When we smile, we appear (and feel!) younger and more attractive.

Research has shown that smiling also helps reduce stress, increase productivity, and express empathy.

But if you are troubled by dental problems, then you may feel insecure about your smile. A smile makeover is the solution to your troubles.

When you visit Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, you will find Dr. Gray to be very empathetic about how you feel about your teeth. Together the two of you make a plan to help you gain the stunning smile that you have been missing in your life.

One question to examine before going in is: What changes do you want to see in your smile?

There is no need to feel helpless. There is always a solution. Straightening teeth, fixing chips, replacing missing teeth, re-shaping teeth, and lightening teeth are only some of the changes that Dr. Gray can perform. If you have a problem, your dentist will help you find the solution.

If you are worrying about the cost of a smile makeover, remember there is a way to make it happen. When you and your dentist decide on your smile makeover plan, budgeting becomes part of it. Together, you will figure out how to perform your smile makeover in a timely, cost-effective manner.

If you feel that a smile makeover can improve your life, book an appointment with Dr. Gray at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa by calling 619-717-8560. We will give you the brilliant smile that you can be proud of.

 

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

 


Beautifying With Bonding

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A cosmetic dentist’s toolkit is filled with capable tools for fixing most types of cosmetic tooth problems. In the past few years, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and same-day teeth whitening have received a lot of notoriety. In today’s post, we are going to talk about an effective, yet relatively uncelebrated dental treatment that has been used successfully for decades. We’re talking about dental bonding.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is durable and natural looking. It is applied to the teeth while soft and putty-like, and then hardened (or cured) with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

Dentists use bonding to fix tooth issues caused by decay, chips, or cracks. Large spaces between healthy teeth can be filled with bonding material, and bonding can protect tooth roots if the gums have regressed.

Discolored teeth can also be lightened with bonding. Since bonding material is easily molded, teeth can be lengthened or re-shaped to more beautiful proportions. Bonding is commonly used as part of a total smile transformation.

I’m Dr. Jeff Gray, of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. My practice, Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, offers teeth whitening, dentures, Invisalign, laser dentistry, and porcelain veneers.

If you live in the La Mesa area and are looking for quality dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please call my office 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

 


3 Point Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation

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Looking for a dentist in La Mesa because you’re losing the battle with plaque build-up, chipped teeth, tooth pain, stains, or dental caries? I’m Dr. Jeff Gray with Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Today’s post offers 3 steps to take before you arrive at our office for a consultation.

The state of your mouth is critical to your energy both emotionally and physically. Everyone wants to make a winning impression when they smile or speak. We understand that.

The look, the odor, the feel, the functionality of your biting surfaces are so important to your everyday experience that we recognize our vital role in finding solutions to these issues.

Of course, your very first step is making contact. Please call 619-717-8560 or visit us at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 La Mesa or online at https://www.smilesandiego.com/.

After you schedule a consultation with our friendly and professional team members here at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, please take a moment to review the following checklist for a productive appointment experience:
1. Understand your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why? We can review your habits and determine what is holding you back, if anything.
2. Identify pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
Persistent or intermittent? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? Living with pain is unnecessary with the technology and expertise available these days. Sometimes there are simple solutions to seemingly big pains. Let us address all your aches.
3. What do you want your smile to look like?
If you can describe your ideal smile, we can review how to obtain it. There are numerous possibilities for a terrific smile redesign as well as dental maintenance care. Cosmetic dentistry runs the gamut from teeth whitening to veneers to dental implants.

We anticipate you’ll have questions about the cost of porcelain veneers, cost and time commitment for dental implants, possibility of invisible braces, the price of filling a cavity or placing a crown. We will have answers for you. We are equipped and trained in procedures perfect for your concerns and needs. We see patients for teeth whitening, dentures, Invisalign, laser dentistry, or porcelain veneers.

When it comes to looking for a dentist in La Mesa or the neighboring Santee, Alpine, or Jamul communities please know that you will be in capable hands with me, Dr. Jeff Gray, and my friendly and professional team.

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