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Dental implants are one of the greatest advances in the field of dentistry. They are an artificial tooth root that is surgically implanted into the jaw of a patient, to replace a missing root. The implant, in turn, can support an artificial tooth. Dental implants are available from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa.

The idea of a dental implant actually goes back at least a thousand years. But implants as we know them today date back to the early 1950s. One of their great benefits is that they help to prevent bone loss, which is common in people who have lost one of their natural teeth.

In practical terms, the great thing about implants is that they function like a natural tooth. Implant are typically made of titanium, and they fuse to the patient’s jaw. They integrate so well with the bone that the body does not recognize them as a foreign object, and try to reject them.

Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, or they can be used as anchors for dentures. Dentures may be more affordable, but because they are removable, most patients find that they can be unreliably loose. They can also affect the ability to enjoy food. These are not issues with implant-supported dentures.

Dental implants from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa are the closest thing to getting back a natural tooth. Find out more by scheduling a consultation 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


The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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This post from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa focuses on missing teeth, bone health, and dental implants.

Our teeth have many vital functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is continually regenerating itself. This essential process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have an unattractive gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness – it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence in themself or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely performed with success.

If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Dental implants can provide a dazzling smile! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeff Gray in La Mesa 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

 

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Marvel to Mainstream: Dental Implants in La Mesa

Millions of Americans are missing one or more of their teeth. Many of them are self-conscious about it, and seldom smile. If you are one of them, a dental implant from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa may be just what you’re looking for.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically implants into your jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post. Once they are in place, they look and function like natural teeth.

Modern implants have been around for about fifty years. They used to be uncommon, but today they are considered part of mainstream dentistry. With today’s digital technology, dental implants can be placed in the patient’s jaw with nearly one hundred percent accuracy.

One caveat: you need to have enough bone mass to support the implant. Even if you don’t, there is a solution: bone grafting can give you enough.

Most patients who receive a dental implant find that they are stable, and an excellent replacement for their natural tooth. Implants can also be used to anchor dentures. Ask us about All-on-4 Implant Supported dentures.

Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant can transform your life. To find out more, call Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa. Schedule a consultation 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


Dental Implants: A Long-Term Option

At least three million Americans have replaced a missing tooth with a dental implant, and that number grows each year. At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, we are providers of these dental marvels.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post.

One of the things that make dental implants so popular is that they blend in so easily with the patient’s remaining teeth. They look and function like natural teeth, and are therefore an excellent, long-term option.

Another benefit of dental implants is that they prevent bone recession, which is common in people who have lost teeth. The titanium post goes where the tooth root used to be, which strengthens the bone.

For patients missing all of their teeth, implants can be used to anchor dentures, providing a much firmer, more secure fit. Many patients report newfound confidence in  themselves, after years of embarrassment caused by missing teeth.

Dental implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry. To find out more about implants from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, make an 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

 


Missing Teeth and Dental Implants

It’s a deceptively simple idea: replace a missing tooth by attaching an artificial one directly to the patient’s jaw. It’s an idea that has been around for a thousand years or more, but in the last half century, it has become an exact science. Dental implants are one of the specialties offered at Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa.

First, let’s clear up one point: a dental implant refers not to the artificial tooth, but to the titanium post that is embedded in the jaw. It goes where the tooth root used to be, and because of that, helps to prevent bone recession. An artificial tooth sits on top of the post.

A bridge used to be the only real option for people who wanted to replace a missing tooth. Not anymore. The American Dental Association says that dental implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry. They look and function just like a natural tooth.

Even people who are missing all of their teeth can benefit from dental implants. New, permanent styles of dentures can be supported in the jaw by implants. They are far more secure than traditional dentures.

If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants may be just what you’ve been hoping for. Call us at Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa to see if you are a viable candidate. We also provide sedation dentistry, and treatment for conditions like sleep apnea. Make an 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


6 Reasons To Ditch Your Dentures For Dental Implants

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For thousands of years, dentures allowed people to chew foods harder than mashed bananas and flash some teeth when they smile. However, some know how unstable, irritating, embarrassing, and inconvenient they can be. We can remedy that with dental implants at Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa.

Here’s the deal: A super-strong titanium post is anchored directly into the jawbone. A piece called an abutment is attached to the post. Finally, a crown or denture is attached to the abutment.

Dental implants can be used to replace one or two teeth, or as anchors for a full set of dentures. They provide the following benefits:

  • Stability – Implants don’t move around in your mouth.  This permits normal chewing, swallowing, and speech.
  • Bone Retention – The implant prevents bone recession
  • Dental implants prevent jaw muscle dysfunction that can occur when remaining teeth are forced to compensate for missing teeth
  • Implants eliminate gum irritation caused by dentures
  • No need for denture relines
  • No denture adhesive needed. (Remember, they are anchored in your jawbone just like natural teeth!)

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa we provide dental implants, along with general dentistry and other services. Schedule an appointment 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

 

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Missing Teeth? Don’t Miss Out On A Beautiful Smile

La Mesa cosmetic dentistryIf you have missing spaces in your smile due to tooth decay, injury or any other reason, there is hope. If your existing teeth are stained, decayed, or cracked, there is hope. If your teeth have always been misshapen, or crooked, there is hope. Cosmetic dentistry from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa can fix all of those problems.

Here are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry services that we provide:

Dental Veneers
Stunning porcelain veneers offer a relatively reasonably priced approach to cosmetic adjustments – uneven color, size, or shape. These are very thin shells bonded to the front of the teeth. They beautify unsightly, but structurally sound teeth.

Dental Implant
A dental implant is a tooth replacement that includes an artificial tooth PLUS an artificial root (usually biocompatible titanium). The artificial root is actually inserted into the jaw bone where it fuses with the bone tissue. There are three parts to a dental implant: the artificial root, the connecting abutment, and the final crown or denture.

A dental implant is often the best restoration as it offers beauty, strength, natural function, and protection from bone recession that often transpires at the site of a missing tooth.

Dentures
Most La Mesa residents have heard of dentures: a plate holding artificial teeth that can be removed for cleaning. These are individually-constructed and can contain varying numbers of teeth. Sometimes the entire set of upper and lower teeth have to be pulled and a denture created. Modern dentistry offers a myriad of custom dental implant-denture combinations to restore missing teeth.

There is no need to miss out on an attractive smile. Cosmetic dentistry from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa can restore your teeth. We also provide general dentistry. Make an appointment 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

 


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

 


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

 


Bridging The Gap

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Hello La Mesa smiles! Do you have missing teeth that are detracting from your otherwise beautiful teeth? Let Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry fill the gap for you and help you get your remarkable smile back! A dental bridge could be the perfect answer for your missing tooth and help you chew and speak properly.

A bridge incorporates two or more dental crowns on either side of the gap created by your missing tooth. These two anchoring teeth allow a false tooth to be held in place where the missing tooth should be. The false tooth that is placed in the gap is called a pontic. Bridges can contain one or more pontics. A pontic can be matched to the surrounding teeth if you pick a porcelain material. If you’d like, a pontic can also be fabricated using gold or an alloy.

Dr. Gray will work closely with you to make sure that your bridge has a precise fit. Then one of our skilled hygienists will show you how to clean under and around the dental bridge to ensure that no cavities ensues in the nooks and crannies.

Dr. Gray has been successfully restoring smiles since 1986. Thousands of patients have trusted Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry with their dental health.

Come see us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry and you can bridge the gap and love your smile again!

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