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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What Is Oil Pulling?

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Today’s Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry dental post looks at oil pulling; an alternative practice that has been generating a lot of buzz around La Mesa. Oil pulling has been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is the practice of swishing oil in the mouth for twenty minutes to benefit the teeth, gums and overall health and well-being. The oils most commonly used are coconut oil, sesame oil, and sunflower oil.

Proponents claim that it detoxifies the mouth, cleans plaque, reduces inflammation, cures bad breath, whitens teeth, kills infection, and boosts the immune system. Some advocates even claim that it “cures” cavities and periodontal disease.

What does the American Dental Association say about oil pulling? Here is an excerpt from a May 2014 article:

“To date, scientific studies have not provided the necessary clinical evidence to demonstrate that oil pulling reduces the incidence of dental caries, whitens teeth or improves oral health and well-being. Based on the lack of currently available evidence, oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice, and certainly not as a replacement for standard, time-tested oral health behaviors and modalities. The ADA recommends that patients follow a standard oral hygiene regimen that includes twice-daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, using ADA-Accepted products. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth help prevent cavities and keep gums healthy.”1

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry cautions patients not to replace brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings/exams with oil pulling.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide top-quality dental care for every member of your family. We serve all of your preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental needs including gum disease treatment, Invisalign, sedation dentistry, TMJ treatment, and implants. Our comfortable, state-of-the-art office is located at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 in La Mesa.

1“The Practice of Oil Pulling,” American Dental Association, May 14, 2014, http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/the-practice-of-oil-pulling, accessed on June 19, 2014

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

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8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
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91942

 

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Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

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Do you know that the most frequent cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? Severe gum disease is called periodontitis. Regular check-ups with your dentist are critical, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

Signs of Gum Disease

  • Gums that bleed frequently
  • Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  • A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
  • Receding gums
  • A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
  • Loose or separating teeth

If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to your dentist today. Since plaque causes gum disease, removing plaque through regular flossing is the key to healthy gums.

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry treats all forms of gum disease. We take pride in caring for our patients and we want them to have healthy, beautiful smiles that they can be proud of. Our practice specializes in:

gum disease treatment
Invisalign
sedation dentistry
TMJ treatment

Have You Lost Teeth To Gum Disease?

Contact us at 619-337-7700 and a member of our friendly staff can make an appointment for you.

During your consultation, you can speak with Dr, Gray about tooth restoration with 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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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.

 

 

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8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
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91942

 

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Gently Now (Protect Your Gums When You Brush)

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Everyone wants nice, pearly whites so, naturally, we should brush our teeth more, right? The only issue with that is many individuals brush their teeth too aggressively, leading to receding gums.  You don’t want that.

Gum recession is when your gum line exposes more of your teeth, or in severe cases, your tooth root. It leads to a pocket of space between your teeth and gum line.  Decay-causing bacteria can grow and fester in that pocket. This leads to serious issues down the line. Even tooth loss.

Longer or Harder?

A common fallacy we hear occasionally at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry is the idea that if you want to brighten your teeth, you should scrub them really hard.

The best way to get pearly whites (and prevent cavities) is to brush longer, not harder. Gently brush your teeth until they’re squeaky clean. Run your tongue over them. Doesn’t that feel great?

When you are finished brushing, it’s time to floss. Be sure to get the floss down into the pocket between the gum and teeth.

Why?

Brushing longer and not harder is the key. When you brush your teeth quickly, you may not be getting all the fragments of food off. You don’t want the fragments of food to turn into plaque.

If you truly desire whiter teeth, make certain you brush your teeth in slow, circular motion for as close to five minutes as you can. Methodically go over each tooth on every surface. Plus your tongue. If five minutes is impossible, make sure you brush for at least two minutes. Set a timer on your phone. Play your favorite two-minute song.

Use a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. That way, you get all the recent gunk off and your teeth get a little bit whiter each time you brush. And the fluoride helps your teeth remineralize after eating or drinking enamel-weakening acidic foods and beverages.

Let’s Review

If you’re not careful, the way you brush your teeth can lead to gum recession. Gum recession can (and most likely will) cause a space to form between your teeth and gum line. This pocket collects bacteria. Bacteria cause cavities. Plus, if the gums continue to recede, the tooth can become loose.

Next, we discussed the proper motion and duration to brush your teeth. Finally, we went over the reasoning behind why all the aforementioned things are so important. Remember, you want a slow, circular motion for two to five minutes.

What If You Already Have Gum Recession?

Come talk to us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. We can talk about your options for reversing it.

What If You Want Your Teeth Whiter Than Whitening Toothpaste Can Make Them?

Whitening toothpaste can make your teeth a shade or two lighter. Professional in-office teeth whitening can make your teeth several shades whiter. In one visit, you can have a stunning white smile.

 

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

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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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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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Same-Day Tooth Pain Relief

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When you have a toothache, that’s all you can think about. It makes it challenging to handle your everyday tasks.

If the tooth starts hurting after business hours or on the weekend, you may resign yourself to waiting until a traditional dental practice opens.

When others are closed, Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry is here for you. We treat walk-in dental emergencies. That means you don’t need to make an appointment.

We will determine the cause of the tooth pain and take care of you.

Is A Toothache A Dental Emergency?

Yes. Here’s why. Tooth pain may be a symptom of an urgent ailment. We are equipped to treat many causes of tooth pain. Your tooth pain may be caused by one of the following:

Decay

Eventually, cavities can reach the tooth nerve. Ouch! The earlier the issue is addressed, the better your chances of saving the tooth.

Gum disease

Gum disease (or the more serious periodontitis) may cause pain. It should be treated immediately before teeth loosen. At that point, you risk losing them.

Damaged Tooth Pulp

When the inner nerves down in the root of the tooth become infected, an emergency root canal can allow you to save the tooth. Plus it ends the pain!

Maybe It’s Not Your Tooth

Everything’s connected, right? Problems with surrounding systems can cause tooth pain along with a plethora of other symptoms. Your tooth pain may be caused by an ear or sinus infection.

Whether it’s a condition with your tooth, or something else, let’s get it taken care of.

 

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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4 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More OftenVisit Jeff Gray DDS-Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, CA for all your dental needs, including general dentistry.

As many as forty percent of Americans see their dentist less than once a year.  Some people will even go as long as five years without seeing their dentist. You should visit your dentist every six months to keep and maintain your healthy smile.

Here are the top 4 reasons to visit your dentist.

1. Oral Cancer Detection

Not many people realize the risk of getting cancer in their mouth or throat, which is a serious problem. While the risk of getting oral cancer is increased significantly for tobacco users, it still exists for non tobacco users as well.

Dentists are trained to spot the signs of oral cancer, and regular checkups can catch issues early. Frequent visits to Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry can increase your chances of having this serious problem detected early.

2. Cavity Damage

Cavities are one of the reasons by most people avoid the dentist because they are associated with pain. But having a cavity detected earlier rather than later tends to mean less invasive treatment and a more favorable outcome.

3. Gum disease

Visiting your dentist more often means keeping an eye on the health of your gums. Your dentist can help you track the health of your gums and can prescribe healthful procedures to avoid or cure gum disease.

4. Bad Habits

Bad habits can have a negative impact on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails and clenching teeth are among the more common.

Don’t let bad habits get in the way of your oral health. It helps to have an experienced professional to help you manage habits so they don’t become destructive.

Schedule a visit with your dentist in La Mesa, Jeff Gray DDS-Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry for your next dental checkup.

Visiting your dentist every six months can help you maintain a healthy mouth and a positive outlook on life.

See you soon!

 

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619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Gum Disease Linked To Alzheimer’s: Keep Those Gums Healthy!

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As if you needed another reason to keep your gums as healthy as possible.

Scientists have found a connection between a bacteria that causes periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Porphyomonas gingivalis is a bacteria that often leads to chronic periodontitis. The bacteria was discovered in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Inflammation from gingivitis can lead to tooth loss, and studies have shown that people with fewer teeth are more likely to have dementia.

In lab research, the Porphyromonas gingivalis bacteria that can cause gum disease was given to mice. The mice developed the protein tangles and neural damage typically seen in Alzheimer’s patients.

The research study, “Porphyromonas gingivalis in Alzheimer’s disease brains: Evidence for disease causation and treatment with small-molecule inhibitors,” can be found at Science Advances.

The researchers concluded:

“Chronic periodontitis and infection with Porphyomonas gingivalis have been identified as significant risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”

Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, periodontal disease is preventable.

Risk factors for periodontal disease include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, genetics, teeth grinding, inflammatory conditions, and poor nutrition.

This study should dispel the misconception that oral health is somehow separate from physical health.

Clinical trials are now underway testing a drug that blocks the main toxins of P. gingivalis, with the hope that it will stop and even reverse Alzheimer’s disease. As always, research scientists are proceeding with caution, since Alzheimer’s disease was previously thought to be inherited.

Whether or not gingivitis leads to Alzheimer’s, the good news is that gingivitis is reversible with good oral hygiene at home and regular cleanings by dental professionals. This is one more thing to think about as you floss your teeth daily.

It is important to see your dentist regularly to keep your gums healthy (as well as your teeth). To schedule a periodontal disease exam, call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in the La Mesa, CA area today at 619-337-7700 or visit our website.

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