What Can Fluoride Do For You?

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This post falls into the category of general dentistry, and focuses on fluoride: what is it, and why is it so beneficial to your dental health?

The Miracle Mineral

Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. Fluoride occurs naturally in different foods as well as in water. Many communities adjust the fluoride content of their water. Fluoride is also added to dental products. This makes it possible for you to apply it to your teeth when you brush or use mouth rinses.

And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it helps to prevent tooth decay. It does this by giving the teeth stronger resistance against the acid attacks brought on by plaque bacteria as well as sugar in the mouth.

Essential for Young Teeth

Fluoride is especially critical for little ones. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, the primary and the permanent teeth come in. Therefore fluoride exposure is extremely useful for setting a foundation for lifelong oral health.

But stay tuned, adults: the enamel-strengthening benefits of topical fluoride are important even for adult teeth. The old view was that fluoride was best for strengthening teeth as they were still developing. But new research shows that it can help fight tooth decay in people of all ages.

Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa can provide you with in-office fluoride treatment. He also performs general dentistry and dental implants, offers Invisalign clear braces, and treats sleep apnea cases.

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

 


Dental Sealant Q & A


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One of the best things anyone can do for their beautiful smile, apart from having regular cleanings and checkups, is to have Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa apply dental sealants. But a lot of patients don’t fully appreciate this, so here are some dental sealant basics.

Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to reach.

A. Do sealants really reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can curtail the risk of decay by 70%!

Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. Sealant resin is applied as a liquid, which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is fast, simple and painless.

Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars because they are at the highest risk for decay.

Q. When should sealants be applied?
A. The best time is early – while the teeth are cavity-free. Your dentist will advise you.

Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not at all! Talk to your La Mesa dentist about whether sealants could benefit you.

Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Vigilant oral hygiene is still vital to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.

Jeff Gray DDS provides beautiful smiles in La Mesa with sealants and other procedure,s as part of general and cosmetic dentistry. Other services include 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

 


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

 


Beautiful Smiles in La Mesa

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This post is for people in La Mesa who are looking for beautiful smiles.

There are a lot of reasons why so many people would like to improve their smiles. Common issues include yellow teeth, misaligned teeth, too much or too little gum tissue, missing teeth, or broken teeth.

Few individuals are naturally blessed with perfect smiles. By practicing good oral care, you can avoid many of the problems that can hurt your smile over the years. But sometimes, even those who practice daily oral hygiene are unsatisfied with their smiles.

The friendly and professional team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry wants you to know that cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile, regardless of the imperfections. Dr. Gray has the experience and expertise to turn ordinary smiles into extraordinary smiles.

We offer dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental implant procedures, teeth whitening, and other services. And we use the very latest in dental technology.

For a beautiful La Mesa smile, call the office of Jeff Gray, DDS, Sedation and find out what cosmetic dentistry can do for you.

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


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?

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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?

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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

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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.

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Contact Jeff Gray DDS:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, CA
91942