Are Dental Implants Experimental?

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No. Tooth implants have been placed in millions of men and women. Some studies have revealed a success rate as high as 98%.

Dental implants have been perfected and tested

If you don’t follow the dental industry, you may not be aware that dental implants have been used since the 1960s. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 3 million Americans have received implants.

The dental implant market is estimated to reach $5 billion by 2022.

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of implant dentistry. As part of its commitment to top quality patient care, research, education and excellence, the AAID created a program to credential professionals in implant dentistry.

When do you think the American Academy of Implant Dentistry was established?

  1. 1974
  2. 1998
  3. 1951

The answer is 1951. Surprised?

Dental implants have been studied since the 1970’s

On the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website, you can read analysis about tooth implants from the 1970s. Complete with images of old school film X-rays.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a titanium post that serves as a tough substitute for the root of a missing tooth. Modern teeth implants are very versatile in restorative dentistry. They can anchor a replacement tooth, a set of replacement teeth (dentures), or a dental bridge.

In case you are unfamiliar with tooth implants, first let’s describe what they are.

A permanent dental implant is a permanent replacement tooth root. It is anchored into the jaw and eventually meshes with the jawbone. This provides a durable, sturdy base for a porcelain crown or denture.

What are the benefits of tooth implants?

Implants:

  • Are sturdy and unmovable
  • Blend perfectly with your natural teeth
  • Help you speak and eat normally
  • Prevent bone loss that can occur when a tooth is extracted
  • Prevent the dilemmas connected to dentures

Dental implant success rates

Now let’s discuss success rates.

Have you heard that dental implants have a high failure rate? This is simply not true. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, our success rate for tooth implants is nearly 100%.

If properly cared for, a tooth implant can last for the rest of your life.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Patient-Centered Dental Care

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At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are committed to providing patient-focused dental care of the highest standard.

We are here to help you. You could be our next success story!

What is patient-focused care?

A check-up with no cavities? A dazzling smile? A dental crown that looks as natural as the surrounding teeth?

It could mean all those things and many more.

For a child, dental success could be defined as a childhood free of cavities. Learning proper oral hygiene. Plus gaining an understanding of why it’s important.

What about a local La Mesa adolescent who is hesitant to smile because of crooked teeth? The solution is a successful course of orthodontic treatment. The result is a beautiful smile that boosts self-assurance.

What about the La Mesa man who suffered dental trauma in an accident? Patient-focused care could be dental implants that restore oral health and tooth function.

For a woman with tetracycline stains but otherwise healthy teeth, patient-centered care may be as simple as quick in-office same-day tooth whitening.

Consider someone with several missing teeth who can only eat soft foods. Patient-focused care could mean natural-looking implant-anchored dentures that allow the patient to eat steak for the first time in years.

We serve your specific dental needs

What are your goals for your smile? What is the current state of your oral health? Schedule a consultation with Jeff Gray.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Is A Tooth Implant The Same As A Dental Crown?

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What’s the difference between a tooth implant and a crown? The relationship between a dental implant and a crown can be confusing. They can be combined in one procedure. And both can be used with other dental restorations.

Let’s clear up the confusion.

1. A tooth implant can act as a foundation for a crown.

A complete tooth implant/crown procedure incorporates a strong metal post (artificial root), the abutment (connecting piece), and a beautiful crown.

2. A crown can be used to protect a weakened tooth.

Removing tooth decay weakens the tooth. Once the decay is removed, a filling may not be enough to restore the necessary strength. Likewise, after a root canal procedure, the remaining tooth may need strengthening. A crown may be used in both of these scenarios. A strong, natural-looking crown protects the remaining tooth and functions like a natural tooth

3. A crown can be attached to a dental bridge.

When a tooth has been extracted, a dental bridge may be used to restore part of it. The reason we say ‘part’ is because a dental bridge does not restore the root of the tooth. A crown can be used with a dental bridge to restore the visible part of the missing tooth. A dental bridge used to replace one tooth requires the removal of tooth structure from adjacent teeth. With a bridge, it warrants three crowns to replace one missing tooth!

Do you think there can be dilemmas with this type of restoration? You are correct. A dental implant makes much more sense for most patients. Talk to Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry for more details about why this is true.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Let That Winning Smile Shine

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Everyone in La Mesa wants a winning smile. But as we age, it can get harder and harder to keep your smile dazzling.

Grappling with yellowed, discolored, stained, or even multi-colored teeth? Teeth whitening might be the answer.

These irregularities are usually simple to correct.

A Brighter, Whiter Smile

The friendly staff at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry have been brightening smiles since 1986. Let’s review the current state of your smile and guide you to a brighter, whiter look.

Specializing in sedation dentistry, dental crowns, and smile makeovers. See https://www.dentalimplants-sandiego.com for more information.

A home tooth whitening kit is certainly a cheap tooth whitening option. Meet with Dr. Jeff Gray and we’ll work the math with you. How many kits would it take to achieve the same results as same-day teeth whitening?

Keep in mind that there’s more to a great smile than just whiter teeth. Here are key parts of a spectacular smile:

Smooth, consistent color
Straight, uniform positioning
Proportional tooth size
Gum appearance
Lack of chips and cracks

Would you like to improve one of these characteristics?

Get clear, accurate information about veneers, teeth whitening, clear braces, tooth implants, crowns, and fillings. If you want to know how much dental work will cost, just ask the experts at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry! We have financing options.

Though our office is located in La Mesa, we serve patients from San Diego as well as Santee, Alpine, and El Cajon.

For dependable, quality cosmetic dental care, Dr, Gray DDS is ready. Let’s discuss the most effective steps to light up your happy, genuine smile. You deserve to shine.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Do I Floss My New Tooth Implant?

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Do I need to change my flossing technique for a tooth implant?

Before you got a dental implant, hopefully, you were brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. If you wear dentures, you should have been cleaning them with a denture paste and brushing the soft tissues in your mouth.

A dental implant requires brushing and flossing as well. This area is especially vulnerable to plaque and inflammation if not cleaned regularly. The flossing technique for your tooth implant is a bit different.

Criss-Cross Shoe Shine

Insert the floss behind the implant and bring both ends through to the front. Cross the strings, and trade hands so your hands aren’t crossed. Now move in a shoe-shine motion to clean all around the implant.

Some patients prefer the tape-style floss over the conventional type.

Gentle and Thorough

When brushing, use a soft toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste. Too-forceful brushing can damage the soft tissues in your mouth and result in gum recession.

Manual, Electric, or Sonic Brush?

You can use a manual brush, electric, or sonic type. If it is tough for you to brush with a manual brush, try an electric or sonic style.

Some patients are advised to use an interproximal brush to clean around the implant area.

You may also be prescribed an antimicrobial mouth rinse. This is a measure of protection if you have restricted mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.

 

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Total Mouth Reconstruction Is Now A Reality

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Dentistry has evolved to a point where total mouth reconstruction is possible!

Have you had several teeth extracted? Do you have other oral problems like bone or gum recession?

Implants Can Be Used In Many Ways

Dental implants are strong, functional, and naturally-looking restorations with roots permanently anchored into the jaw bone.

Dental implants have been used for many years to replace one or two missing teeth. They can now be used to provide a foundation for bridges and anchored dentures!

Missing Teeth, Bone Recession, Gum Recession, and Broken Crowns

Every cosmetic dental smile makeover patient requires a unique combination of cosmetic dental procedures, but let’s talk about a hypothetical case involving numerous restorations:

‘Margaret’ was a 67-year-old woman with a mouthful of troubles. She had undergone extensive radiation for cancer several years earlier. The radiation therapy damaged soft tissues in her mouth and exacerbated tooth decay.

Eventually, most of her back teeth top and bottom had to be extracted. Four of her remaining teeth were cracked and her gums had regressed revealing the metal bases of two old crowns.

Margaret was also missing bone structure due to a recession after the extractions. To build a stable site for the implants, she received bone grafts.

To restore a pleasing smile, she received eight tooth implants. The implants anchored partial dentures for her upper and lower back teeth.

Gum grafts applied to exposed tooth roots protect teeth from continuing gum recession and decay and reduce tooth sensitivity. After soft tissue grafts, her front teeth received a combination of porcelain crowns and veneers.

The outcome? A brilliant smile and renewed confidence! Plus no more dentures masking the taste of food and moving around in her mouth.

This case is representative of many of our patients who have a combination of problems and multiple missing teeth. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we solve problems that many patients thought were impossible.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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A Youthful Smile At Any Age

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Declining health, limited mobility, financial strains – clearly, aging is not for wimps. One issue that seniors can avoid is having an aging smile. You can keep your toothy grin with proper care and treatment from Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry serving LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego.

Many dental problems common among retirees include missing teeth, gum recession, tooth damage, and yellowed enamel. Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry serving LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego can help with these dental issues.

With modern cosmetic dentistry at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, mature men and women can have a phenomenal smile that looks as young as they feel (or wish they felt!). Regardless of your age, it is not too late to improve your smile – even if you have some missing teeth.

Dental implants are available for a variety of procedures. Our team can place one tooth implant to anchor a single missing tooth, or we can use multiple dental implants  to hold in bridges and dentures. Also, unlike other procedures that need multiple replacements over time, dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime.

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:

619-785-3602

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942


Replace A Missing Tooth With A Durable Dental Implant

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Dentists are always reminding their patients to brush and floss their teeth. It’s the best way to ensure healthy teeth and gums. But we know that in spite of everyone’s best efforts, some of our patients are going to lose a tooth. When that happens, Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa recommends dental implants as the best solution.

In the past, if a patient in La Mesa had a missing tooth or a severely damaged tooth, dentists would suggest dental bridges or dentures, because they were the best options at the time. These days, state-of-the art dental implants have proven to be superior. They can also replace dentures or anchor dentures for some patients.

Advantages

A dental implant provides many advantages over a dental bridge or dentures:

  • Longevity – Dental implants are tough and permanent, meaning with proper care they can last ten years or more.
  • Seamless – Fabricated to have the same shape, size and color of the original tooth, the implant will blend seamlessly with all the other teeth. If the original tooth had aesthetic problems, these can generally be fixed with the implant crown.
  • Function – A dental implant functions like a natural tooth allowing for normal eating and speaking.
  • Convenience – Unlike dentures, no adhesives, rinsing, or removal is needed.
  • Independent – Like the missing tooth, the dental implant is treated individually. No damaging of adjacent teeth is required, as with dental bridges. This independence allows nearby teeth to remain intact. Cleaning is easier than with most dental bridges which can require the threading of floss under and around the artificial tooth.

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, we offer dental implants and a wide range of general dentistry procedures. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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How Dental Implants Are Changing Dentures in La Mesa

How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in La Mesa If you are one of the many patients wearing dentures in La Mesa, you know that they are not the ideal solution for missing teeth. The problems with dentures include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, bone loss, and inability to taste food due to a covered palate. Clearly, dentures do not feel and function like natural teeth. Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can help you avoid the need for dentures later in your life, but other factors can make dental replacements an inevitability.

Modern Restorative Dentistry

The good news is that modern dental implant technology offers a better tooth restoration solution for those with dentures in La Mesa. If you currently wear traditional dentures and are not happy with them, implant anchored dentures in La Mesa may dramatically change your life. Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again. Implant dentures can also prevent bone recession that occurs after having missing teeth, meaning that implant dentures in La Mesa also improve overall dental health.

What Are You Waiting For?

How about a thick T-bone at your favorite La Mesa steakhouse? In addition to being able to enjoy your favorite meal, you will avoid the embarrassment of having your dentures rattle around in your mouth or slip out in public. Before you pay for another denture reline, ask your La Mesa dentist about the possibility of dental implants. There is life after dentures with tooth implants! Come see us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 in La Mesa, 91942 for more information about dental implants and implant-dentures. We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942


6 Ways To Remedy an Imperfect Tooth

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In a perfect world, each of your priceless teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. The truth is, however, that most men and women will need to restore a tooth at some point.

A tooth can be compromised by dental caries, enamel erosion, a chip or crack, gum disease, or injury. Sometimes old restorations break and need to be replaced or root canals performed decades ago develop an abscess. Here are 6 different options for repairing a damaged tooth:

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth. They are used when the underlying tooth is structurally sound and free of tooth decay. A beautiful veneer can cover a chip or crack or fix the alignment of a tooth that appears slightly off.

Fillings
Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. A minimally invasive filling at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry leaves you with more of nature’s ideal dental material — your own enamel and dentin. We can also replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings. This makes your teeth look a lot better every time you open your mouth. Get rid of all that metal!

Inlays and Onlays
A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab, they are usually called indirect fillings. A less invasive inlay or onlay may be used instead of a traditional filling or, in some cases, a crown. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are often smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.

Crowns
A dental crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, stability, and function. A crown is frequently necessary for a tooth that has had a root canal, a tooth with acute decay, or as the replacement tooth in a dental bridge. Attaching a crown to the abutment is the final step of a tooth implant procedure. Crowns can be made of all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.

Soft Tissue Grafts
Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to prohibit further damage. Gum surgery is also performed for cosmetic reasons such reshaping a gum line to eliminate a “gummy” smile.

Dental Implants
What if a tooth has to be extracted because it is beyond saving? For many Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry patients, a dental implant in La Mesa anchored into the bone is the ideal solution. A tooth implant consists of a strong metal post, abutment , and beautiful crown. A dental implant in La Mesa had many advantages over a dental bridge. They are stronger, provide virtually natural function, prevent bone recession, and do not affect the surrounding teeth. For patients with several missing teeth, custom implant-anchored dentures can be developed in any configuration required.

For more details about procedures such as a dental implant in La Mesa, call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry at 619-337-7700. Thanks for visiting the Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry blog. We appreciate your interest in our La Mesa dental practice. Our team looks forward to hearing from you!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942