Urgent Care Dentist vs. Cosmetic Dentist

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Today’s article is for anyone who has a broken dental crown. First off, you REALLY need to have it replaced. That said, you may be wondering which variety of dentists should replace it.

We advise that you contact the dentist who placed the crown. If you have moved or don’t remember where you got it, we invite you to consider Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Why an urgent care dentist instead of a cosmetic dentist?

Urgent care dentists treat dental emergencies. But a dental emergency rarely requires only one procedure. Most necessitate a cosmetic restoration once the initial problem is addressed. For example, a knocked-out tooth, a broken tooth, a chipped tooth, and most root canals all require restoration as the final step.

An urgent care specialist is the dental “jack-of-all-trades”.

Urgent care dentists provide restorative, general, and cosmetic dentistry. In other words, an urgent care dentist has extensive experience with cosmetic procedures. Some even perform tooth implants.

What do you do when your dental crown breaks or comes off?

Don’t swallow it! Carefully take it out of your mouth. If you accidentally swallow it, you will have some extra problems we won’t discuss in this article.

Call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. We will schedule you an appointment ASAP and counsel you on whether you should use temporary cement to re-attach the crown. Your tooth is weakened, so abstain from substances that are chewy, sticky, or crunchy.

The dental professionals at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry have been replacing crowns since 1986. If you have a broken crown, give us a call.

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9 Things To Know About CEREC Crowns

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CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.” The “chairside” refers to the dentist’s chair.

What is CEREC?

  • Dental practices with CEREC technology have a state-of-the-art milling machine that fabricates tooth restorations
  • CEREC dentists use CAD/CAM software to create custom crowns that fit perfectly
  • CEREC crowns are designed, manufactured, and placed in the same day
  • CEREC crowns don’t require messy impressions
  • CEREC crowns are as strong and durable as crowns made the traditional way

Advanced cosmetic and urgent care dentists use CEREC. CEREC restorations provide numerous benefits for patients.

9 Important Things to Know About CEREC Dental Crowns

  1. CEREC emergency restorations don’t require additional treatment after the first emergency visit
  2. CEREC crowns are constructed using durable, high-quality materials
  3. They look exactly like your natural teeth
  4. They work as a standard restoration
  5. You don’t need to insert a tray with messy goo into your mouth to take the impression
  6. They don’t require a temporary crown that may come loose
  7. They can last ten years or longer
  8. Are finished in one dental visit
  9. Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry offers CEREC same-day crowns

We hope you never experience a dental emergency. But just in case, save our Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry phone number to your phone contacts.

When a tooth is injured, immediate treatment can mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth.

 

 

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8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
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91942

 

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The Five Stages of a Cavity

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You may have heard that once tooth enamel is eroded, it’s gone forever. This is partially true, but in the earliest stage of enamel erosion, a cavity can be reversed.

Reverse a cavity before it needs a filling

If you can prevent cavities in young children, there’s a better chance that their teeth can stay healthy through adolescence and into adulthood.

This is because the rate of tooth decay declines as youngsters grow.

Let’s consider the five stages of a cavity.

Stage 1: Attack of the Little White Spots

The tooth begins to show signs of weakening. White spots appear. They are under the surface of the enamel, but you can see them from the outside.

Demineralization will result in these spots. When they occur in children’s molars, it can be easy for parents to miss them. That’s why daily dental hygiene and regular dental exams are vital.

It this stage, it’s possible to halt a cavity before it needs a filling. Dental hygiene can stop erosion. Fluoride can remineralize the enamel.

Can Stage 1 be reversed? Yes!

Stage 2: Enamel Decay

Did you know that decay begins under the surface of the enamel?

The visible enamel is intact for the first part of Stage 2. Then the hole busts through the surface.

Can Stage 2 be reversed? No…but the tooth can probably be saved.

Stage 3: Going Deeper Into the Dentin

The decay drills through the enamel and hits the soft dentin layer that lies below. This is a serious cavity.

The good news?

The decay hasn’t yet reached the pulp. It will, however, start to cause pain.

Can Stage 3 be reversed? No…but maybe the tooth won’t need a root canal.

Stage 4: Ouch! The Decay Hits the Pulp

Hopefully, your son or daughter will never experience stage 4. This is very painful. The infection has reached the pulp where the nerves are located. Unfortunately, a root canal is the only treatment option. Unless, of course, the tooth is extracted.

Remember, childhood cavities are completely preventable.

Can Stage 4 be reversed? No…and it must be treated with a root canal.

Stage 5: Abscess Distress

The decay (and infection) has traveled through the pulp and out the end. In the final stage, it drills through the tip. Now the infection is in the tissue and bone surrounding the tooth root. The area swells up and it’s exceptionally painful.

It’s also dangerous for anyone’s health. This is a serious infection that can spread to other parts of the body. Abscesses originating in a tooth can be fatal.

Can Stage 5 be reversed? No…and it’s life-threatening.

Protect your child from decay so they can have a healthy smile for life.

If you see little white dots, schedule an exam and dental cleaning at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

 

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619-337-7700

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8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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How is an Oral Surgeon Different Than a General Dentist?

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Let’s discuss the similarities and differences between a general dentist and an oral surgeon.

Undergraduate Studies

To start, you need a four-year undergraduate degree. Few dental schools require a specific discipline, but many aspiring dentists major in a scientific field such as biology, chemistry, or anatomy.

How Do You Get Into Dental School?

To get into dental school, you must take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). Then you start applying to dental schools. Being accepted into a dental program is no small achievement. You need a high college GPA and a good score on the DAT.

Dental school usually takes four years. To graduate, a student must pass a series of exams at the national and state level before earning a dental degree.

Depending on the state, a dental school graduate may need to pass an additional clinical exam.

DDS or DMD

When a dentist graduates, they either earn a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of (Medicine in Dentistry).

You Need Even MORE School to Earn a Specialty

When a dentist graduates from dental school, they can pursue a specialty degree.

The American Dental Association (ADA) certifies the following specialties:

  • Oral surgeon
  • Pediatric dentist
  • Endodontist
  • Orthodontist
  • Oral radiologist
  • Oral pathologist
  • Prosthodontist
  • Public health dentist

What is an Oral Surgery Residency?

Dental specialty programs run from two years to six years. This type of training is called a “residency”. While a DDS or DMD is undergoing specialty training he/she can practice general dentistry.

Some six-year oral surgery residency programs provide a medical degree as well as an oral and maxillofacial certification.

Oral surgery residencies are offered through teaching hospitals. The training occurs in a hospital setting. This is a critical difference between dental school and a specialty residency. Dental school instruction does not occur in dental practice.

Let’s Do The Math

When an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is finished with schooling, he/she has from 8 to 10 years of post-college instruction!

Some General Dentists Provide Surgical Procedures

Many general dentists provide surgical procedures such as tooth extractions. However, many will refer a patient to an oral surgeon if the extraction involves an impacted wisdom tooth or another complication.

Some general dentists, cosmetic dentists, and periodontists provide implant services.

However, an oral surgeon has the most training and experience in dental implants and all other types of oral surgery.

The American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to recognize and treat a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. They are also trained to administer anesthesia and provide care in an office setting. The American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

 

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91942

 

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Toothache? Broken Braces? Knocked-Out Tooth?

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Let’s consider three dental issues that may require immediate treatment.

Toothache

Most of us experience a toothache at some point in our lives. Even one day with oral pain can seem like an eternity.

A toothache could be a symptom of an abscess. If an abscess progresses, it can destroy the root of the tooth. It can even destroy the surrounding bone.

Possible causes of a toothache are tooth decay, an injury to the tooth, a broken crown, an infection, and TMD (temporomandibular disorder).

Let Dr, Gray take care of you. You will quickly be back to pain-free eating, speaking, and sleeping. What a relief!

Call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry if you have a toothache.

Broken Braces

What if one of the wires on your braces comes loose? It can damage your teeth or gums. If this happens and you cut the inside of your mouth, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry if a wire on your braces breaks. We have extended hours for when an oral problem can’t wait.

Knocked-Out Tooth

We hope this never happens to you. But we are here in the unfortunate event that it does. And it’s not the end of the world.

If a tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done quickly. Make sure you hold the tooth only by the crown. Never touch the root!

If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water. Be wary not to brush off any tissue attached. If you can, reinsert the tooth into its socket. (This may not be possible with younger children.)

These are just a few of the urgent-care issues we treat at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. But we are also a full-service dental office.

We perform:

  • Root canals
  • Tooth extractions
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • CEREC same-day crowns
  • Same-day teeth whitening

Save our number in your contacts on your phone. If you have a dental emergency, you can call without delay.

 

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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Small Dental Annoyance Or Serious Problem?

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Today in the La Mesa dental blog we are going to talk about stomatitis. Stomatitis is dental-speak for something very common: non-specific irritations found in the mouth. Stomatitis is commonly caused by cold sores, gum disease, or even from biting the inside of the mouth (ouch!). Any time the membranes in the mouth become inflamed, they are referred to as stomatitis.

Most people have probably suffered from stomatitis and don’t think it’s a big deal. The good news is that these patients are usually right because the majority of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. While they might affect the ability to speak or eat or fall asleep, they are often just a temporary inconvenience.

However, there are cases where a bacterial or a viral infection can occur in these areas of inflammation.

Because of this possibility, your San Diego area dentist should be aware of these issues. Even if you are fortunate and there is no infection present, your dentist can always help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis.

Hi, my name is Dr, Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. I provide the highest quality preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry for my La Mesa area patients.

Source:
“Stomatitis”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/stomatitis-causes-treatment, accessed September 5, 2015

 

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What Does Your La Mesa Dentist Need To Know?

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For optimal dental health, all La Mesa, residents should be visiting their dentist twice a year for scheduled cleanings and exams. This is a good time to make sure that you are brushing and flossing properly. It is also essential that you discuss issues related to dental health.

Make sure to tell your dentist about any medications that you are taking. If you are using any tobacco products, you should also meet with your dentist about the practice. Your dentist might be able to offer you a program that can help you stop.

Furthermore, let your dentist know if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you have any type of eating disorder, you should also discuss this with your dentist. Ditto if you have a special health issue such as a heart condition. Oral health is an integral part of your overall physical health and cannot be isolated.

Your regular check-up is also the perfect opportunity to inquire about cosmetic dentistry procedures. Many dentists in the San Diego area combine multiple procedures to give you a total cosmetic dental smile makeover. If you have ever wondered what a new smile could do for you, now is the time to find out!

Hello. I’m Dr, Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. At my La Mesa dental practice, we offer comprehensive general and cosmetic dental services including; gum disease treatment, Invisalign, and sedation dentistry

Thank you for visiting our dental blog. Please connect with us today for all your dental needs!

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Suffering From Jaw Pain?

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At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we treat several causes of pain in the oral area. In today’s post, we will discuss jaw pain.

Sometimes it’s difficult to identify the cause of jaw pain.

Here are some of the possible causes:

Infection

A localized infection can trigger or aggravate jaw pain. An infection puts your tooth and jaw bone at risk, so swift intervention is essential for many reasons. If your jaw starts swelling, call us immediately. This could indicate a severe, fast-moving infection.

Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorder (TMD)

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge-type joint that allows you to open and close your mouth. Chronic TMD can be debilitating. Teeth clenching or grinding can cause or exacerbate TMD. It can also be caused by injury or arthritis. Some men and women who suffer from TMD notice flare-ups when they are under a lot of stress. If stress is the only cause, stress-reducing habits can help you prevent it or reduce the severity. But the first step is diagnosing the cause.

Sinusitis

Sinusitis is inflammation of the tissues that line your sinuses. Inflammation commonly happens with a cold or allergies. When these tissues are inflamed, it can generate pressure in surrounding sites. Thus, inflammation from a cold or allergies can bring about jaw pain.

Heart Attack

A heart attack can generate pain in some surprising places, including the jaw. If jaw pain comes on suddenly and is accompanied by shortness of breath, chest pain, or dizziness, call an ambulance promptly. Be especially concerned about pain only in the left jaw joint.

You May Need Additional Treatment From a Medical Healthcare Provider

Jaw pain can be related to a combination of conditions, both dental and medical.

If the cause of your jaw pain commands an additional medical specialist, we will refer you to a trusted professional. We work with your healthcare team to provide the best possible care.

Jaw Pain Doesn’t Have to Wait Until Monday

If you have a pressing jaw issue in the evening or on the weekend, the team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry can take care of you.

 

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
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91942

 

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Missing Teeth? 5 Things You Need To Know About Dentures

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1. Dentures are not the only replacement option for missing teeth. Dental implants used alone or in combination with a partial denture is often a preferable option for patients. Whereas a removable appliance replaces only the visible parts of teeth, an implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. This has important implications. Dental implants can avoid the bone recession that ordinarily occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can provide patients the near-normal ability to speak and chew.

2. There is more than one variety of dentures. Most individuals are familiar with the removable denture that replaces a complete upper or lower arch. There are also partial dentures that are used for patients who have some existing teeth. Partial dentures can be permanent in the mouth or removable.

3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures. The important factor is whether or not you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can augment bone for some implant recipients. Schedule an appointment with Dr, Jeff Gray to find out if you are a suitable candidate.

4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice correct oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.

5. Even if you have no remaining teeth left, it’s essential that you have a biannual dental examination. Optimal oral health is an integral component of overall physical well-being. Dr, Gray will examine your mouth for indications of diseases like cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. It is also a good idea for your dentist to examine the condition of your appliance at your visit.

 

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

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At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we love to talk about teeth. Here are 15 things you might not have known about teeth.

  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as important as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription medication can increase your risk of cavities.
  5. Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19% of little ones between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated cavities.
  7. Heartburn can be harmful for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as damaging for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself, though dentin and cementum (the substances that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
  11. A Harvard-led team used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab. 1
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.

We hope you have found today’s post interesting and perhaps even learned something new about your amazing teeth and some of the lesser-known risk factors for decay. At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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