Implants Prevent Denture-Related Health Problems

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of adults over 65 have no remaining teeth. Many individuals with missing teeth or no teeth at all choose dentures. This is understandable. It’s challenging to eat and speak with no teeth in the mouth. And a toothless mouth is not an attractive look for anyone.

13 Problems With Dentures

1. Dentures usually fit properly at first, but the mouth changes as you age. Normal wear and tear take their toll. Eventually, the dentures will need to be relined or replaced. But even quality dentures that fit properly cause issues, both physical and mental.

2. The human body is designed to have teeth that are anchored in the jaw. But dentures move around in the mouth.

3. Ill-fitting dentures can aggravate gums and cause inflammation. Inflammation contributes to additional health problems.

4. Dentures can change a person’s bite which impacts the temporomandibular (jaw) joint. This, in turn, can bring about pain in the face, neck, and head.

5. Dentures trap particles of food. This can result in gum disease. Partial dentures can increase the risk of decay in remaining teeth.

6. Dentures can make food taste different or mask the taste entirely. This can result in insufficient nutrition.

7. Some individuals with dentures start eating smaller meals which can lead to weight loss.

8. Dentures can take the pleasure out of eating. This can influence emotional health. (Enjoying a meal is often the best part of the day, don’t you agree?)

9. Inadequate calorie consumption lowers energy levels. This influences the ability to work, travel, and participate in hobbies and recreational activities.

If you are retired, you should be able to enjoy your golden years to the fullest. If you are working, you should be able to enjoy your career to the fullest.

10. Dentures handicap chewing capacity. Many denture wearers stop eating nuts, high-fiber foods, and raw vegetables. All of these are part of a healthy diet.

11. Reduced chewing power can cause the denture wearer to swallow bigger chunks of food. This often causes digestive problems. It also increases the risk of choking.

12. Dentures can interfere with speaking. When speaking ability is diminished, some individuals avoid social situations and are at a greater risk for depression.

13. Missing teeth eventually lead to bone loss. When the jaw no longer has tooth roots, it shrinks and recedes.

We can explain these problems in detail if you come in for a no-pressure consultation.

Dental Implants Prevent (All Of!) These Problems

Since this is the blog for the best tooth implant in La Mesa, you know where this article is going. It may sound far-fetched, but dental implants can enable you to avert each one of these health conditions. The wonders of modern dentistry!

Why Are Dental Implants Better Than Dentures?

Can you place a value on physical and mental well-being?

Dental implants may be the best investment you make when it comes to health and happiness. Schedule a consultation with Dr, 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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Why It’s Crucial To Replace Missing Back Teeth

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Some people who lose a posterior tooth question whether to replace it. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to take over the chewing functions. Why not avert the expense to replace it and save some money? Actually, there are several important reasons to replace a back tooth with a tooth implant if possible:

1. The adjacent tooth (or teeth) may start shifting.

If a tooth tips, moves or rotates, it can affect the bite. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or TMJ pain.

2. The underlying bone will eventually pull back.

Without the tooth root, the jaw bone pulls back. This changes the dimensions of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a reduction in supporting bone. The vertical shortening progresses and becomes more pronounced as you get older.

3. There will be extra stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions.

This can bring about excessive wear, fracture, or pain.

If you have a missing posterior tooth and want to learn about dental implants, call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry at 619-754-9144 to schedule an appointment.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

 619-754-9144

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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How Are Dental Implants Priced?

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Looking into how much dental implants cost and getting a fairly simple answer can be frustrating. But there is a reason for that.

It can be confusing to research the cost of getting a dental implant and finding nothing solid online. Let’s take a moment to explain why most dentistry sites don’t publish the cost of tooth implants.

1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than it Should
The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Tooth implant dentists want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes a relatively simple consultation to review dental history, evaluate needs and construct a treatment plan. This could mean a more efficient surgery with fewer implants.

2. There Might Be Something Better For Your Mouth
While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the technique won’t be what you thought it was going to be, or maybe you aren’t a good candidate for the service.

3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

A ballpark number might be possible to post on the internet but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees make it impossible to guarantee an exact price for full mouth dental implants. Dentists who offer implants can accurately calculate dental implant surgery costs based on current prices when you come in for a consultation.

Please make an appointment to quickly and accurately get these answers. Call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry at 619-337-7700 for more information.

 

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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Why Is An Implant Better For Oral Health?

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What Is A Dental Implant?

A complete dental implant restoration includes three components:

  • Post
  • Abutment
  • Crown

A dental implant is a permanent anchor (post) that is inserted into the jawbone at the site of an extracted tooth. In the months after implantation, it integrates with the jawbone. This is called osseointegration.

The post becomes a strong and stable base for the visible restoration (abutment) above the gum line. A crown is then attached to the implant to replace the missing tooth.

Your jawbone and blood circulation treat the post as if it’s a natural tooth root.

Why Is It Better Than Dentures Or A Dental Bridge?

With a dental bridge, your dentist removes tooth structure from the adjacent teeth to attach the bridge (false tooth). It compromises the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth.

A permanent dental implant doesn’t cause any damage to the adjacent teeth. In fact, it helps the adjacent teeth.

The implant prevents bone recession and stimulates blood circulation. An implant is better for your oral health than an extraction followed by no restoration.

Dentures make it hard to eat, taste, and talk. It’s more onerous to consume a nutritious diet with dentures.

Dentures don’t prevent bone recession. And they can irritate the soft tissues of the mouth. Plus they reduce self-confidence and quality of life.

How Long Does A Tooth Implant Last?

If your mouth is otherwise healthy and you take proper care of a tooth implant, it can last a lifetime.

A traditional dental bridge lasts from 7-10 years. Dentures last from 5-7 years.

Now, denture wearers have an amazing new tooth replacement option.

 

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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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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