What is the Recovery Time for a Dental Implant?

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Once one of our patients at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa decides to go ahead with a dental implant, one of the first things they want to know is: how long is the recovery time?

Our answer? Recovery is difficult to predict, because every case is different. There are various factors that go into the process, but not all of them apply to each case.

Some of the issues include:

  • Any failing teeth? In addition to the lost tooth the dental implant replaces, patients sometimes have unhealthy teeth that need to be removed before the implant goes ahead. That extends the entire process.
  • Bone grafting? If there has been significant bone recession, we’ll need to boost the patient’s bone mass. This is usually done with a graft, which promotes new bone growth.
  • Osseointegration. This is a big word that means, quite simply, the process of the implant post fusing with the bone. We usually allow for about two months, but sometimes it’s faster and sometimes slower. Once the post has fused, it is strong enough to support a replacement tooth.

These are the main variables. It may sound like a lot, and sometimes it is. But it’s worth it! A new dental implant looks and functions like a natural tooth, restoring not only your smile, but your ability to bite and chew.

At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa dental implants can replace a single tooth, or support a full dental arch. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee are confident in our advanced dental care. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:

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 Worth It?

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Dental implants have been hailed as one of the greatest advances in dentistry, but that doesn’t mean deciding to get one is easy. There is much to consider, but at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental, we believe they are worth it.

One of the things that makes a lot of people think twice about implants is the cost. There’s no way around that; even the best dental insurance policies only cover implants up to a point.

It’s important to remember that implants are made the same materials used in surgeries like hip replacement. Bone grafting may be required, if the patient doesn’t have enough healthy bone mass.

Issues like that must be weighed against the purely pragmatic. Can you place a value on the ability to eat and chew food normally? Because they are physically attached to the jaw bone, dental implants function like natural teeth. That’s true whether it’s a single tooth replacement, or whether the implants are anchoring a dental arch.

And then there is your smile, of course. Teeth are one of the first things we notice about other people. No one wants to go around hiding their smile.

A full set of teeth is priceless, and with dental implants from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental, you can have one. Patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee have benefitted from them, as well as from our general dentistry. Call for an appointment 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

 


How Do Implant Dentures Work?

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Dental implants are an ideal tooth restoration. They can restore anywhere from one to all missing teeth. Dental implants are available at Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the patient’s jaw. What makes implants so unique is that they actually fuse with the bone, to provide a solid support for one or more artificial teeth.

The implant acts as a replacement tooth root. Because of this, they help to prevent bone recession and, in turn, support the patient’s facial structure.

What Are Implant Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are attached to the titanium posts. It takes from four to six to support a full dental arch.

The titanium posts are usually inserted into the front part of the patient’s mouth. That’s because there tends to be greater bone mass there. It’s essential to have enough healthy bone to support the post. Even if the patient doesn’t, though, bone grafting can promote new growth, enough to support the implant.

Implant-supported dentures from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa transform lives! People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee call us about implants and other restorative dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment 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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Making The Cost Of Dental Treatment Palatable At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry

cost of dental crowns San DiegoA healthy smile is priceless and superior dental care is a worthwhile investment in your quality of life. But the cost for treatment and precision restorations can sometimes be prohibitive. Knowing what to expect price-wise can make your dental visit more palatable.

Obviously, the cost of some procedures such as crowns versus fillings is dependent upon unknown factors. X-rays can show the basic problem but sometimes the extent of the damage isn’t clear until we get in there. Our caring staff works to offer estimates based on best-case and worst-case scenarios.

Nailing down the cost is much easier once the overall treatment plan is established. Dr, Jeff Gray performs an oral exam, reviews the patient’s dental history, and consults with the patient before creating an estimate. The price is influenced by the patient’s current condition, cosmetic goals, and long-term functionality.

Usually, the cost of treatments such as teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, denture fittings, and the price of cosmetic dentistry can be explained at the initial consultation with Dr, Gray. We encourage our patients to take some time to review the options before they decide on which elective procedures to pursue. We never pressure our patients to make a quick decision about something as vital as dental treatment.

Here at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to customized patient-focused care. Often the treatment plan will be extended over several visits to allow healing and adjustment in the mouth before doing more work.

With restorations, the most conservative treatment is always preferred. The cost is weighed with priority for adequate eating and speaking functionality. Personal confidence in appearance is also taken into account and given priority.

Dr, Gray has been practicing friendly dentistry since 1986. If you are in the market for TMJ treatment or Invisalign but are worried about how much it will set you back or whether your insurance company covers the procedure, then call 619-337-7700 today and let us look into it for you.

Feel free to shop around and compare our economical prices to other dentists in the area – but be wary of bargain-basement dental advertisements. Many ads present a false picture of the actual cost of the treatment. And, do you really want to trust your smile to the lowest bidder?

Thank you for visiting our blog.

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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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Some of the most common concerns of Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee dental patients pertain to cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening.

Because many dental products such as toothpaste and mouthwashes say they can brighten your teeth, it’s natural to think about changing your brand of toothpaste.

Whitening toothpaste works by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. However, these substances can only remove stains that are on the surface of the teeth. This commonly results in whitening by roughly one shade.

On the other hand, plenty of La Mesa dentists offer speedy in-office teeth whitening procedures that can frequently improve your teeth anywhere from three to eight shades. That is quite a difference!

Once you see the dramatic changes that can happen with in-office whitening, why not go for the whole smile makeover? Using unprecedented cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, crowns, inlays, braces, dental implants, bonding, gum contouring, San Diego dentists are helping patients get the remarkable look they desire.

Hi, I’m Dr, Jeff Gray, a La Mesa dentist. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Alpine, El Cajon, or Santee area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 619-337-7700.

Here at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer gum disease treatment, Invisalign, sedation dentistry, and TMJ treatment.

Call for your appointment 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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Dental Implants Prevent Physical and Psychological Problems

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Do you have missing teeth? Then you are not alone. Even though the U.S. is one of the most advanced countries in the world, tooth loss is commonplace. In middle age, it tends to become more common.

According to Harvard Medical School, the average adult has lost 12 permanent teeth by the age of 50. Tooth loss transpires due to a number of issues including, wear, tooth decay, gum disease, cancer, and injury. Missing teeth can influence our self-esteem, oral health, and function.

Let’s talk about two ways missing teeth impact your life. One is a psychological issue and the other is a physical issue.

Reduced Self Esteem

If you have a missing tooth or teeth you may believe it creates an unattractive appearance or at least an unattractive smile. When you look in the mirror, you may feel you look older and perhaps less attractive. The way you look affects the way you feel. You may smile less because you are self-conscious. You may avoid social activities that can impact your mental health. Dentures don’t prevent bone recession. And they can irritate the soft tissues of the mouth.

Aside from appearance concerns, there are health matters that arise if you don’t replace missing teeth.

Bone Loss

Your jawbone’s health and strength is preserved through the stimulus of chewing. It’s important to understand that missing teeth can cause bone loss, also called bone resorption. It happens when the tooth is missing and the natural roots are not longer in the jawbone. Over time, the jawbone can deteriorate due to bone resorption.

Implants Provide a Variety of Solutions

A tooth implant is an ideal solution for a missing tooth.

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

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

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, nothing gives us more joy than helping people dramatically improve their quality of life. With a new smile, they feel better about themselves. They feel more comfortable in public and socialize more often.

If you are embarrassed by missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures, don’t wait any longer. Call us today at 619-337-7700 to begin restoring your smile.

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 Can I Help My Teen Prepare For Braces?

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Orthodontic treatment using conventional metal braces, invisible braces, or clear aligners is a process that can take up to two years to complete. It is important that your teen prepares for a lengthy and sometimes uncomfortable process if they opt for braces. Choosing the right form of orthodontic treatment is an important initial process that you can help your teen with.

Of course, a healthy smile and straight, beautiful teeth are worth it in the end!

However, whichever type of braces your teen chooses, it will require a period of adjustment.

If your teenager is looking for orthodontic treatment to straighten or align their teeth, call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in  La Mesa for a consultation to discuss orthodontic treatment options.

It is fairly common for teens, parents, and their dentists to choose traditional metal braces. They are often the least expensive option and can correct severe problems that some other systems can’t.

There are a number of things to consider. Diet is a biggie. Your adolescent will need to learn to avoid the following:

  • Gum
  • Popcorn
  • Sticky or hard candies
  • Hard foods
  • Whole apples or other hard fruits or vegetables
    • Apples and other hard or raw foods are okay to eat if they are sliced or cut up into smaller pieces

Getting used to the tools

More often than not, teens with standard metal braces will have to use rubber bands at some point to adjust and align the jaw properly. It is a good idea to stock up on rubber bands when your adolescent is told to use them.

  • Stock up on wax
  • Look into purchasing smaller cleaning tools for your teen’s braces
  • Learning to pack and keep a to-go bag with your tools

It is helpful to keep a small bag or kit with the needed tools for correct tooth care. Some items that should be kept in such a kit are:

  • Floss
  • A toothbrush
  • Rubber bands (if your dentist or orthodontist prescribes them)
  • Dental wax to cover any metal pieces of the braces that are sticking out or irritating the gums

Remember to remain positive and be patient with the process. It can be uncomfortable for your child at times. It takes time and effort to treat the teeth properly and with the best care while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

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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Implant-Anchored Dentures Can Give You Back Your Life

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Are you one of the many denture wearers in La Mesa?

Do your dentures decrease your quality of life? If so, we offer our condolences. For some men and women, dentures are only slightly better than a toothless mouth.

The dilemmas never end…

They make normal eating hard. They make speaking difficult. And they constantly rub against your gums and cause sores.

That’s not all. They can make it impossible to taste the food. You need relines regularly because your mouth shape is changing.

Let’s talk about the collateral issues

When you can’t taste the food, you may lose your appetite. When you can’t chew food very well, you are less likely to eat a variety of healthy foods like raw vegetables. When your gums are sore, it may result in restless sleep.

What about the psychological consequences? Ill-fitting dentures can reduce your self-esteem. You may hesitate to attend social functions because it’s embarrassing when they move around in your mouth.

And they make you feel so…old. 

Attention La Mesa denture wearers: implant-anchored dentures can give you back your life!

There is hope.

Dental implant technology offers a much better restoration solution. If you currently wear conventional dentures and are not happy with them, let’s implant anchored dentures. With implant-anchored dentures, you receive stable posts anchored directly into your jaw bone. Permanent dentures attach to the posts. You get stability, beauty, and near-normal function.

Implant-anchored dentures offer the following:

  • Natural function
  • Stability
  • Self-confidence

Come see us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry for more information about dental implants.

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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Think It’s Not Necessary To Replace Missing Back Teeth?

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Some individuals 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 avoid the expense to replace it and save some money? Actually, there are several vital reasons to replace a back tooth with a permanent tooth implant if possible:

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

If the 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 loosen.

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

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

This can result in 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 619-337-7700 to schedule an appointment.

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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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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