How Dental Implants Are Changing Dentures

How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in La Mesa If you are one of the many La Mesa denture wearers, 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.

The good news? Modern dental implant technology offers a better tooth restoration solution. If you currently wear traditional dentures and are not happy with them, implant anchored dentures 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.

How about a thick T-bone at your favorite San Diego steakhouse? In addition to being able to enjoy your meal, you will avoid the embarrassment of having your dentures rattle around in your mouth in public.

Before you pay for another denture reline, ask our team about the possibility of dental implants.

 

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-Tooth Solution For A 1-Tooth Problem?

Alpine cosmetic dental and tooth implants

Do you have a missing tooth?
Are you considering the different types of restorative dental procedures available?
Does a dental bridge seem to make the most sense financially?

If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your mouth, it is essential to examine the differences between a dental bridge and a tooth implant.

Dental bridges have replaced teeth for generations of La Mesa dental patients. However, they have some drawbacks:

  • They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem – the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
  • It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
  • A dental bridge does not protect against bone recession at the extraction site.

Why does a tooth implant have advantages over a dental bridge?

  • It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
  • It is usually stronger.
  • Will lessen the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
  • It is usually not as difficult to clean as a dental bridge – lower risk of decay.
  • They ordinarily last longer.
  • Dental implants can support a denture or partial denture.

If you need to replace a tooth, talk to your La Mesa dentist about dental financing options. If you choose a dental implant, it will probably be less pricey in the long run.

If you want to learn more about dental implants, I invite you to call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry at 619-717-8560. I am Dr. Jeff Gray, and I am passionate about restoring smiles for my San Diego area patients with beautiful permanent restorations. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation at my La Mesa office.

 

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

 


Is Grandpa Smiling?

elderly oral health La Mesa

How are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of the 65+ population?

The Good News:

The rate of tooth decay in the elderly has decreased in the past thirty years.1

The Bad News:
25% of persons age 65+ have no remaining teeth2
Nearly 20% have untreated cavities3
10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease.
There is evidence to suggest that advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease
Most older Americans don’t have dental insurance

Clearly, there is room for improvement. What critical factors will improve the oral health of age 65+ Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three required components:

  • Improved oral health education for the elderly
  • Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
  • Increased access to dental care1

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, we are enthusiastic about providing our elderly patients with comprehensive oral health education and attentive care that addresses the special challenges that affect seniors. These challenges include difficulty brushing and flossing due to arthritis, dry mouth caused by prescription medications, tooth sensitivity, bone recession, and complications due to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

We want our elderly patients to not only have a healthy smile, but a beautiful one as well. Many of our senior patients have elected to improve their smiles with procedures such as crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and tooth whitening. The majority of our smile redesign patients are thrilled with their new smile and report that it has improved their life immensely. They feel happier, more attractive, and more confident in social settings.

The friendly and professional team at Jeff Gray DDS on La Mesa provides the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services for La Mesa area patients of all ages. Since 1986, Jeff Gray DDS has provided distinctive general and cosmetic dental services including teeth whitening, dentures, Invisalign, laser dentistry, and porcelain veneers.

1“Periodontal Disease in Seniors (Age 65 and Over),” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/GumDisease/PeriodontaldiseaseSeniors65over.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

2Oral Health for Older Americans,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/factsheets/adult_oral_health/adult_older.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

3Dental Caries and Tooth Loss in Adults in the United States, 2011–2012,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db197.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, CA
91942

 


Tooth Replacement For The 21st Century

Alpine tooth implant supported dentures

Not everything was better back in the “good old days.” Take dentures, for instance. Dentures have been around for generations and have certainly improved the lives of thousands of La Mesa people who have lost many or all of their teeth.

However, Grandpa’s traditional false teeth are not the prime tooth replacement. Traditional dentures can impede many critical oral functions: chewing, tasting, swallowing, talking, and smiling.

You may know denture wearers who have stopped attending social activities because they are embarrassed by dentures that are far from inconspicuous. Some have even stopped eating their favorite foods because their dentures reduce their ability to taste and/or chew.

I have amazing news for La Mesa residents with missing teeth: Dentures have evolved!

Implant-anchored or implant-supported dentures are far superior than old-school dentures for many patients. So much better, in fact, that there really should be another term for this industry-leading tooth replacement system – a term that doesn’t include the word “denture.” (If you can think of a good name, let us know.)

There are two types of implant anchored dentures; removable and permanent. No adhesive is needed for either system. With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable. Furthermore, they are usually less expensive than replacing each missing tooth with an implant. (The cost varies depending on the number of implants necessary and other factors.)

Screw retentions require enough bone thickness to allow the implant to securely mesh with the existing bone. Unfortunately, some patients who have been missing teeth for a long period of time have experienced bone recession. For patients who lack the needed amount of bone, mini-implants may be an alternative.

Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment which allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type because they can remove them at night for cleaning. Countless La Mesa patients who have traded in their traditional dentures report that their implant anchored dentures have significantly improved their life.

The outstanding benefits of implant-supported dentures include:

Increased comfort
Natural appearance
Normal tooth function
Improved strength
Better bone retention
Denture relines not
needed
Minimal gum irritation
No denture adhesive needed

For more details about dental implants, call 619-717-8560 to schedule a consultation with Jeff Gray. Jeff Gray DDS is located at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 in La Mesa. We have been providing quality care and personal attention since 1986.

We Bring Smiles To Life

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, CA
91942

 


Implants Make Life Better For La Mesa Denture Wearers

dental implants La Mesa

The condition of your teeth has a significant impact on your quality of life. San Diego denture wearers understand this all too well. The path from healthy teeth to a toothless mouth is downhill. Tooth decay and gum disease are painful. Treatments such as fillings and root canals are costly and inconvenient. If the teeth can’t be saved, tooth extraction brings more physical and psychological pain. Extraction is usually followed by bone recession.

While dentures are certainly preferable to having no teeth at all, they certainly come with a host of troubles. They can irritate gums and make breathing, eating, tasting food, talking, and laughing difficult. And dentures are not a once-and-your-done solution for missing teeth. As the jaw shrinks, they require relines.

But there is hope! Dental implant technology can significantly improve the quality of life for San Diego people who have been wearing traditional dentures. To a certain extent, implants halt the downhill progression of declining oral health due to tooth loss.

Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a stable base for an over denture.

Did you know that some La Mesa denture wearers retain only ten percent of their chewing ability? Implant-supported dentures can stop bone recession and restore near-normal chewing ability. Improved chewing function with implants can result in better nutrition and overall physical health. The psychological benefits are equally valuable. When Jeff Gray DDS patients are free of embarrassing denture-slipping, they are happier and more confident, and they socialize more often.

Before you spend money on another denture reline, talk to your La Mesa dentist about denture-stabilization implants.

Jeff Gray DDS provides industry-leading dentistry including teeth whitening, Invisalign, and porcelain veneers. Our courteous team is dedicated to improving the lives of our valued patients.

Call 619-717-8560 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gray. Jeff Gray DDS provides technologically-advanced general and cosmetic dentistry including sedation dentistry, instant orthodontics, and emergency dentistry. Our helpful team is zealous about oral health and dazzling smiles.


Alpine: Is Your Low-Carb Diet Giving You Dragon Breath?

Alpine: Is Your Low-Carb Diet Giving You Dragon Breath?

Many residents in the Alpine, Jamul, and Santee area mistakenly believe that all bad breath is linked to insufficient brushing. The truth is that there are myriad causes of halitosis. Your La Mesa dentist can help you identify the cause of your problem and discuss how to cure bad breath.

What you eat may have something to do with it. Because foods begin to be digested the second they enter your mouth, and because they are absorbed and distributed throughout the body, you probably will be able to smell strong foods like onions and garlic long after you’ve eaten them.

Therefore, using a mouthwash from your local La Mesa drugstore will only mask the smell. Constantly sucking on breath mints is also not a good idea. This may bring additional oral problems – especially if the mints have sugar. If you want real relief, you may need to avoid the strong foods altogether.

Also, many dieters in and around San Diego find that their diet regimen is making it harder to keep their mouth fresh and clean. Low-carb and no-carb diets promote fat burning, but the side effect of bad breath can be caused by the chemicals released during this process. Increasing water intake can help alleviate this.

Lastly, flossing regularly is often the key to truly fresh breath. Many Jamul folks don’t realize how much food can be stuck between their teeth, and this food can cause halitosis if it isn’t removed. More importantly, the food particles turn into plaque which causes cavities and gum disease.

I’m Dr. Jeff Gray of La Mesa
. My practice provides general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to residents in the San Diego area. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible, and that includes fresh breath. I also want them to love their smile, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, give us a call at (619) 337-7700.

Jeff Gray DDS offers:

Invisalign
porcelain veneers
teeth whitening
laser dentistry


Raise Your Dental IQ In La Mesa

Raise Your Dental IQ La Mesa and Avoid Expensive Dental Implants

There are many simple things that the average La Mesa area resident can do to raise their Dental IQ and improve their oral health. One simple lesson involves bacteria, and everyone’s mouth has a lot of it.

But, don’t worry, bacteria per se isn’t the problem. Dental problems occur for San Diego patients when the balance of bacteria becomes unhealthy. This is where brushing and flossing might come into play. Another precaution you can take to guard against the wrong kind of bacteria is to keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the lid of the toilet before you flush.

Make sure to wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!

When it comes to a good toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, tooth decay, as well as bad breath.

If you can avoid decay, it’s less likely that you will need more extensive dental work such as San Diego dental implants and crowns.

I’m Dr. Jeff Gray and I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. If you would like to know more about a custom smile makeover in the San Diego area, give us a call at (619) 337-7700 and a member of our friendly and professional staff will answer any questions you have and schedule a consultation at your convenience.

Call today!

Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
(619) 337-7700
https://www.smilesandiego.com/meet-dr-jeff-gray/


What Does A Missing Tooth Say About You?

Talk To Dr. Gray About La Mesa Dental Implants When you meet someone in La Mesa who is missing a front tooth, what does that say to you? Do you wonder if they were in an accident? Do you automatically start making assumptions about their income, level of education and overall physical health?

Though it is extremely unfair, we are often judged (and misjudged) by our appearance. Even if a person is impeccably dressed and groomed, a missing front tooth detracts from the overall pleasing impression.

Here is a personal story from a woman who lost a tooth:

I lost my job and along with it my dental insurance, then a month later, one of my front teeth. It has been very hard to find work…. and I know the missing tooth has cost me several jobs.”

A missing tooth can be a big deal.

Dental implants not only restore oral health, they restore self-confidence. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Studies have shown that after more than 20 years, the vast majority of dental implants placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons continue to function at peak performance. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Dental implants are one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we routinely perform at Jeff Gray DDS to help our San Diego area clients regain the beautiful smile they once had. Not all cosmetic dental procedures are as extreme as teeth implants. There are many minimally-invasive remedies for unattractive smiles.

Porcelain veneers instantly provide a perfect, gleaming tooth surface for La Mesa clients with broken or discolored teeth. Tooth whitening is a quick and affordable dentistry procedure that achieves dramatic results without requiring the removal of any tooth structure. Call Jeff Gray DDS at 619-717-8560 for more information about smile design and restorative dentistry.

– Dr. Jeff Gray


A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth In La Mesa

La Mesa Permanent Tooth Replacement Are you one of the many La Mesa men and women who has had a tooth extracted? If the tooth had been bothering you, it may have been a relief. Unless, of course, the tooth was in the front of your mouth and now the gaping hole shows every time you smile. Ignoring it is impossible because your tongue can’t leave it alone.

Once the tooth has been pulled, you have many decisions to make. Can I afford a dental bridge? Do I want to damage two healthy teeth to anchor the bridge? Should I go with a partial denture? What about bone loss?

What if you could have a fresh start? What if you could have a permanent, natural looking tooth replacement that would restore your smile and retain the healthy bone and gum tissue around the tooth root?

With a dental implant from Jeff Gray DDS, you can. A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. A dental implant consists of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

The Titanium Post
—Inserted directly into the jaw bone
—Extremely strong
—Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue (also used in knee and hip replacement surgery)

The Abutment
—Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
—Permanently attached to the post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)

The Restoration (Dental Crown)
—Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
—Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth
—Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced

Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades. It has been performed by La Mesa dentists and prosthodontists for over twenty years. To schedule a dental implant consultation, call 619-717-8560.

Jeff Gray DDS
619-717-8560
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California 91942
https://www.smilesandiego.com


It Doesn't Take A Lot Of Time To Beautify Your Smile, La Mesa

Are you a busy La Mesa resident who can’t find the time to improve your smile? My name is Dr. Jeff Gray and my staff and I at Jeff Gray DDS believe finding the time to restore missing, cracked, or discolored teeth is the most important thing you can do with your time.

You may think that hiding your smile as you zip around the La Mesa area running errands or dropping kids off will make your dental problems disappear. Think again. At Jeff Gray DDS we have been treating the residents of La Mesa since 1986 and have seen the results of neglected teeth and gums. Don’t let your smile deteriorate any longer-call me today at 619-717-8560 to begin restoring your smile.

One of our specialties at Jeff Gray DDS is La Mesa dental implants. Whether you have damaged or lost your tooth due to injury or periodontal disease, we have custom treatment plans to restore it. Our happy La Mesa dental implant patients have discovered that implants look and feel like their own teeth.

Dental implants are great for producing a foundation for dentures, supporting a bridge, or replacing a damaged tooth without disturbing the surrounding teeth. Since dental implants interface into the anatomy of your jaw they help reduce bone loss and gum recession.

My staff and I at Jeff Gray DDS would love to have a consultation and develop a comprehensive treatment plan for you. Your smile is our number one priority, make it yours as well and you will be healthier and happier.

We provide advanced general and cosmetic dentistry including laser dentistry, sedation dentistry and Invisalign clear braces.