Dental Crown Or Porcelain Veneer?

Jeff Gray DDS Sedation and Cosmetic Dentistry offers multiple procedures for improving smiles. Two of the most popular procedures in the San Diego and La Mesa areas are dental crowns and porcelain veneers.

A dental crown covers the entire portion of the tooth that is above the gumline. A veneer is a wafer-thin, covering for just the front of a tooth. Veneers are made with several layers of ceramic laminate. Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, or gold. Both crowns and veneers are cemented in place. Crowns and veneers are durable and can last many years, though they are not stronger than natural enamel.

Both of these procedures improve the tooth aesthetically, but porcelain crowns are usually a better solution for a tooth that has been compromised by decay, damage, or a root canal. Veneers can perfect the shape of a tooth, repair a minor crack, cover stains, or straighten the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned.

It takes a team of experienced California dental professionals to create durable, natural-looking and perfectly functioning crowns and veneers. Your San Diego cosmetic dentist must prep the tooth, create a precision mold, and communicate to the lab technician exactly what is needed. The role of the La Mesa dental lab technician is equally important. He/she must meet the precise standards necessary for successful restorations: the perfect shape, the perfect size, color that blends seamlessly with surrounding teeth, and the proper placement in the mouth. The team at Jeff Gray DDS provides the highest quality cosmetic dental services and restorations.

I am Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS. If you would like more information about crowns, veneers, and additional cosmetic dental procedures, I invite you to come in for a no-pressure cosmetic dental consultation. I can help you achieve a smile that is both healthy and celebrity-caliber. Call (619) 337-7700 today!

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Keep Your Teeth Safe, La Mesa

Keep Your Teeth Safe, Your La Mesa Cosmetic Dentist Can Help

Hopefully you are one of many health-conscious La Mesa residents who is finding ways to get outside or to the gym and get moving. There has been an explosion in the variety of activities offered by personal trainers, all-purpose La Mesa gyms, specialty facilities, and California recreation departments in recent years. With all these exciting ways to exercise becoming commonplace, people in the San Diego, Alpine, and Santee areas may not be aware of the tooth risks associated with them.

I’m Dr. Jeff Gray, a concerned La Mesa cosmetic dentist and fitness enthusiast, and I want to talk to you today about mouth protectors.

You might think that mouth protectors are only for ultimate fighters and football players, but actually mouth guards can and should be used during any activity where a blow to the face is possible.

This includes many common sports such as pick-up basketball games, volleyball, gymnastics, and bicycling. When you have a properly fitted mouth protector, you can prevent broken or lost teeth as well as lip, tongue, and jaw injuries.

Mouth protectors come in three main types: stock, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they rarely fit well. You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at sporting goods stores in the San Diego area. They are to be softened in water and then formed to your mouth (make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions). Custom-fitted mouth protectors can be made by your La Mesa dentist to make sure you have a perfect fit.

The soft tissues that line your cheeks and lips are especially susceptible to injury when you have braces or fixed bridge work, not to mention the damage that can be caused to the orthodontic appliances themselves. For these reasons, a mouth protector is extremely important for San Diego patients undergoing these treatments. Your La Mesa orthodontist may even suggest a mouth protector for your lower teeth as well.

If you have questions about sports dentistry in La Mesa or any other dental issues such as dental implants for teeth whitening, please contact my office and schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting you.

Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa California
619-337-7700
    https://www.smilesandiego.com/meet-dr-jeff-gray/


Does My La Mesa Dentist Care About My Diet?

La Messa Talk About Your Diet With Your Cosmetic Dentist When people in the San Diego area think of diet and oral health, they probably think about the damage sweet drinks can cause to teeth. While it’s true that these sugars cause increased acidity in the mouth and lead to tooth decay, soda and sugary-fruit drinks are only part of the issue.

The typical American diet tends to be high in calories and low in nutrition, even here in La Mesa.

If your body is lacking in certain nutrients, the tissues in the mouth may have trouble resisting infection. These infections can lead to gum disease.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently unveiled the MyPlate graphic to illustrate a healthy diet. Half of our meals should be composed of fruits and vegetables and the rest should be equally divided between lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

While this is an excellent resource, dietary needs change throughout life, so it’s a good idea to call Jeff Gray DDS at 619-337-7700 and schedule a check-up with cosmetic dentist to see if your diet is affecting your teeth.

When you eat a balanced diet and feel your best, you’ll want to look your best, so be sure to ask our friendly and professional staff about the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures such as complete smile makeovers and same day restorations.

At Jeff Gray DDS, our menu of services includes crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, dental implants, tooth colored fillings, sealants, teeth whitening, and clear braces.

Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa California
619-337-7700
https://www.smilesandiego.com/meet-dr-jeff-gray/


Jeff Gray DDS Tooth Tips For Traveling

Tooth Tips From Your La Mesa Cosmetic Dentist

If you live in the San Diego area and are planning to take a vacation or business trip soon, I recommend you coordinate your dental care with your travel schedule. It’s always a good idea to have a checkup with your La Mesa cosmetic dentist prior to leaving on long vacations, especially if your trip is taking you to developing areas without good dental care options. This quick checkup will help you be sure that your mouth is ready to travel.

More importantly, if you have any dental procedures scheduled before you leave, discuss it with your La Mesa dentist. A large number of dental procedures are actually surgical procedures. This means that your body will need more time to heal than you may realize.

Also, if you’re leaving the San Diego, or La Mesa area by plane, you should be aware that changes in the cabin pressure of the airplane may cause tooth pain or discomfort for patients who have just had oral surgery. In addition, make sure you are aware of any necessary follow-up appointments with your La Mesa dentist or orthodontist before you schedule a vacation.

I’m Dr. Jeff Gray and I want San Diego residents to be informed about their dental care. My La Mesa practice offers:

sedation dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
Invisalign
dental implants
porcelain veneers

If you are looking for general dental care or quality cosmetic dentistry in the San Diego, La Mesa, or San Diego areas, please call us today and let our friendly and professional staff take care of you.

Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa California
619-337-7700
https://www.smilesandiego.com


Dental Crowns at Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa

Dental Crowns at Marcos Ortega DDS in San DiegoDental crowns have been used in dentistry for over 2000 years. There is evidence that the Etruscans experimented with crowns on teeth using ivory and bone as early as 700 B.C. By 200 A.D., they began using gold crowns to construct artificial teeth. Ancient Egyptians fashioned tooth replacements out of seashells and then hammered them into their gums (Oral sedation, anyone?).

Porcelain crowns were first used in the 1800s. With the refining of metal casting methods in the 1900s, crown dentistry advanced significantly.

Today, crowns are strong, comfortable and are made to match your surrounding teeth.

Dental crowns (also called caps) cover the entire visible portion of the tooth and are cemented in place. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down or weakened by decay or injury. Crowns are also used to restore the original shape of a tooth or solely to improve the appearance of a tooth.

The most common types of crowns are:

  • All-porcelain (ceramic)
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • Gold

The material used is determined by several factors. If you suspect you need a crown, want to replace an old crown, or want to learn about other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Dr. Jeff Gray DDS at 619-337-7700. Jeff Gray DDS-Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry is located at 8555 Fletcher Parkway #102, La Mesa, CA 91942. We have been serving clients in the San Diego area for several years. We can recommend the best tooth restoration or cosmetic dentistry option for you.


Celebrity Smiles in La Mesa

Veneers in La Mesa How do celebrities obtain brilliant white smiles always ready for the red carpet or a close-up? Do they avoid coffee? Not likely. Every star-watching magazine is full of pictures of famous people holding Starbucks cups. Do they avoid tobacco? Some probably do, but many actors and fashion models with dazzling white smiles are smokers.

Very few people (famous and non-famous alike) with perfect teeth were born with them. (…Sure, no one is born with teeth, but you know what I mean.) Celebrities have perfect smiles because they have undergone cosmetic dentistry.

Guess what? You can also have a smile like a supermodel or television news anchor because Dr. Jeff Gray at Jeff Gray DDS, Sedation and Cosmetic Dentistry has as much experience and training in advanced cosmetic dentistry as any Hollywood cosmetic dentist.

Dr. Gray has been providing smile makeovers for La Mesa and Santee dental clients since 1986. Tooth whitening is the most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedure in San Diego. Tooth bleaching quickly perks up your teeth and makes you feel like smiling all the time!

Porcelain veneers are used often in Alpine cosmetic dental offices because they correct myriad problems. Veneers remedy misshapen teeth, cracks and chips, and discolored teeth. Teeth that have been worn down extensively can also be repaired with veneers. Preparing a tooth for a porcelain veneer is minimally invasive. The latest veneers do not require the removal of healthy enamel. Another plus: veneers are usually less expensive than complete crowns!

Tooth bleaching and veneers are just two of the many cosmetic dental procedures performed at Jeff Gray DDS. Schedule a La Mesa cosmetic dental consultation today by calling 619-337-7700. At our office, you will always receive VIP treatment, without the annoying paparazzi!

We look forward to helping you achieve a celebrity smile.

(Note that the celebrities pictured above are not affiliated with our site; they just have great smiles!)


Bright and Healthy Smiles

It doesn’t take a great deal of research to understand that bright and healthy smiles are more attractive. Everybody in California likes to see a great smile, and having a great smile is not only healthy for your mouth, but healthy for your self esteem, too.

I’m Dr. Jeff Gray, DDS, and I am a Doctor serving the La Mesa community with dental services including sedation dentistry. We call our practice ‘Jeff Gray DDS’ and we provide dental services to the greater San Diego area from our dental office in La Mesa.

If you are looking for a dentist in the La Mesa area, including San Diego. Alpine, or Santee, please contact us. I am currently accepting new California dental patients and would love to share with you some new and inexpensive ways to improve your bright and healthy smile.

I know the value of a bright and healthy smile, and can help you improve your smile with our California dentistry services including sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and Invisalign; just three of the many dental services we provide at Jeff Gray DDS.

Give me a call today, I am looking forward to hearing from you.