La Mesa’s Noteworthy Dental Experience

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When Dr. Jeff Gray walks into the room, you usually feel the atmosphere kick up a notch.

Here at Jeff Gray DDS we see patients for anything from fillings to cosmetic dentistry to cleaning requests. Having your teeth cleaned can be just as critical as addressing cavities and taking care of cosmetic dentistry needs. Dr. Gray treats every patient like a celebrity to be valued for just being themselves and doing their best with oral hygiene.

Well versed in teeth whitening, dentures, Invisalign, laser dentistry, porcelain veneers, and all things dental we’ll answer your questions about veneers, bridges, crowns, braces, and anything else you want to throw at us. Please visit our website https://www.smilesandiego.com/ourdoctor.html to learn more.

Our dental practice address is 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102, La Mesa, California 91942. Near enough to make the drive from Alpine or even San Diego. We are easy to reach and are certain you won’t regret your visit.

Our outstanding staff work very hard to maintain our reputation as world class, clean and friendly, untarnished and outstanding. We don’t just walk away after our procedure is executed. We follow through with special instructions, follow up appointments and careful monitoring. Your experience deserves to be pleasant.

Botched dental implants or cosmetic dentistry could be painful or harmful and preventing complications is a top priority. Hopefully this blog influences your choice in which La Mesa, California dental practice to contact at 619-717-8560. We know you won’t regret it.


Affordable One-Visit Tooth Fix

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Some San Diego people are unhappy with the way their teeth look but many mistakenly assume that cosmetic dentistry is far too costly to pursue.

Sure, a complete mouth reconstruction can be a steep investment. Consider the cost of dental school and post-graduate training for a master level cosmetic dentist. Consider the expense of individually creating multiple restorations at a high-tech dental lab. Consider the cost of setting up and maintaining a full-service dental practice or laboratory.

Before you give up on improving your smile, however, look at a less celebrated but extremely effective and economical cosmetic dental remedy: dental bonding.

Dental bonding has a wide range of applications for unattractive teeth. Bonding can fix a tooth that is damaged, chipped, short, or discolored. It can can also fix teeth that have gaps in between them.

How does the dental bonding procedure work?

First, your tooth will be slightly (but painlessly) roughed up to help the resin adhere. Your dentist will use a shade guide to identify the precise color of composite to match the existing teeth. Your dentist will apply liquid composite resin on the tooth, layer by layer. He or she will carefully shape and polish it before it hardens.The tooth is then covered with a conditioning liquid that helps with adhesion.

Once the resin is bonded, it is further molded to the precise shape for your bite and appearance. A laser helps speedily bond the resin in place as it hardens. Further shaping and polishing, if required, complete the procedure. The result is a beautiful smile.

Bonding is a simple and cost-effective method for perfecting your smile. Call today at to set up an appointment at 619-717-8560.

We invite you to meet the amazing team at Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa. We are proud of our highly regarded reputation for vital personalized attention and first-rate care. Our friendly and professional team can answer any questions you have about our top services: Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening.

We are now accepting new patients and look forward to meeting you.


Perfect Teeth With Veneers

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Today’s blog post focuses on an effective and versatile cosmetic dental procedure – porcelain veneers.

Veneers are individual covers for the front part of teeth. They are a terrific way to repair a myriad of tooth imperfections such as chips, stains, yellowing, unattractive shape or minimal misalignment.

Have you ever wanted a minimally-invasive facelift for a tooth without getting an entire crown? Veneers are your answer! Super-strong, tooth-colored porcelain laminate is shaped into thin shells and custom-fitted for each patient’s unique set of teeth.

How many veneers should you get? This depends on how many teeth you want to improve and the overall condition of your teeth. Dr. Gray will counsel you on the best strategy.

The thickness, color, alignment, and shape of your teeth impact the outcome as well as whether you have any gum recession. Veneers are matched to your existing teeth so they will blend seamlessly, but if you are planning to treat several teeth, you definitely want to have them created in the same “batch” at the lab.

The first step in the veneer process is to make a model of your teeth to work from. After that, a dental technician will use the model to create the veneers to the specific size, shape, color, and level of translucency. Experienced cosmetic dentists and dental technicians elevate the level of artistry in this painstaking process.

Many patients wonder if veneers are as heavy-duty as their natural teeth. Though the veneer tooth-prep process weakens the tooth slightly, with proper care, veneers can last up to 15 years. Porcelain veneers are more durable than dental bonding, which is sometimes used to repair the same types of imperfections. Dental bonding generally has a shorter life span than veneers, so keep this in mind when comparing the costs of the two procedures.

If you are looking for a dentist with an artistic eye for stunning porcelain veneers, give Jeff Gray DDS a call. My name is Dr. Jeff Gray and I have been serving La Mesa, California since 1986.

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/v/veneers.aspx, accessed on March 5, 2014


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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The Gift Of Oral Health From Your San Diego Cosmetic Dentist

The Gift Of Oral Health From Your San Diego Cosmetic Dentist

Many dental patients in the Alpine, Jamul, and Santee areas may wonder why, with all the advances in dental medicine, we still send you home with a complimentary toothbrush and roll of floss. It’s true, they do seem a little old-fashioned in our high-tech world, but don’t let their simple design fool you. These tools are the best bet to prevent tooth decay, plaque build-up, and gum disease for La Mesa dental patients!

When done properly and consistently, brushing and flossing are an essential part of everyday oral hygiene. Brushing, which should be done at least twice a day, can be done effectively with any type of toothbrush. There is no need to pay a bundle for a fancy electric toothbrush from your San Diego Wal-Mart, just brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes making sure to reach all the surfaces.

Flossing should be done once a day and is important for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot. A wide variety of floss can be found at Alpine, Jamul, and Santee drugstores, so find one you like.

I’m Dr. Jeff Gray, an experienced La Mesa dentist, and I want to help you enjoy your dental visits and adore your smile.

Our friendly and professional staff loves sending our San Diego and Jamul area patients away with a new toothbrush and floss, but we also find it rewarding to see our patients gain renewed confidence with a smile makeover.

We’d love to answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry such as tooth whitening, veneers, dental implants, or any other dental health topic.

Give us a call today at (619) 337-7700!

Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California zip code 91942
(619) 337-7700
https://www.smilesandiego.com/meet-dr-jeff-gray/


San Diego Mouths And Stomatitis

San Diego Mouths And Stomatitis

Ouch! The mouth is not a fun place for injuries, sores, or inflammation. It seems that even the smallest irritation in the mouth can cause serious discomfort for La Mesa dental patients.

These non-specific irritations in the mouth have a name. They are called stomatitis.

A good general definition for stomatitis is the inflammation of the membranes in the mouth. These usually affect a person’s ability to speak, eat, and even get to sleep at night. If you suffer from mouth sores, you know that stomatitis can really impact the lives of San Diego, La Mesa, and San Diego residents.

Some common causes of stomatitis can be canker sores or cold sores, gum disease, biting the inside of your mouth or your tongue, burning your mouth, and irritation caused by braces or broken teeth. Many sores in the mouth will generally clear up on their own in less than two weeks.

However, your San Diego cosmetic dentist can determine if it is caused by a viral or bacterial infection, and they can also advise you on treating the symptoms of stomatitis with pain relievers and at-home remedies such as salt water rinses.

Hi. I’m Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, and I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, give us a call at 619-717-8560.

Common cosmetic dentistry procedures used in smile makeovers include teeth whitening, gum contouring, veneers, bonding, and dental implants.

We hope to see you in our La Mesa office soon!


6 Characteristics Of A Beautiful Smile

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Hello La Mesa! It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however, when it comes to teeth, there are some features that are generally considered pleasing:

1. Bright and stain-free
2. No missing teeth
3. Healthy gumline
4. No chips, cracks or excessive wearing
5. Tooth size and length in harmony with facial features
6. Teeth aligned on three planes

Few La Mesa people have naturally perfect smiles, but those that practice proper oral care can avoid many problems that affect oral health and aesthetics. There are many San Diego men and women, however, who take good care of their teeth but are unsatisfied with their smiles. Perhaps their teeth are crooked, have tetracycline stains, or have yellowed with age.

This article is for the La Mesa residents who fall into this category. The friendly and professional team at Jeff Gray DDS wants you to know that cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile. The increased confidence will have a positive impact on both your personal and professional interactions.

Jeff Gray is an experienced cosmetic dentist who skillfully uses the complete spectrum of cosmetic dental procedures to create the most eye-catching smiles in California.

We offer a full menu of cosmetic dental services including:

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Call 619-717-8560 today to schedule a smile makeover consultation at Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa.


What is a Canted Midline?

San Diego Cosmetic Dentists Dr. Jeff Gray considers many factors when designing a smile for a San Diego smile makeover client. One of the smile design elements involved is the facial midline. The facial midline can be determined by drawing an imaginary line from the center of the eyebrows to the center of the two peaks in the top lip (Cupid’s bow).

The skilled San Diego cosmetic dentist considers the length and angle of the facial midline to properly position porcelain crowns, veneers and dental implants. When front teeth restorations do not line up with the facial midline, it is called a canted midline. This is a common mistake found in the cosmetic work of inexperienced San Diego cosmetic dentists.

Most dentistry patients do not realize the level of 3-D engineering required in cosmetic dentistry. In addition to the orientation in relation to the facial midline, there is also the angle and size of the teeth in relation to each other and in relation to the size and shape of the lips and gums.

If you are considering an extensive smile makeover, you do not want to trust your smile to an inexperienced cosmetic dentist. When you have a smile design consultation with Doctor Dr. Jeff Gray feel free to ask probing questions about Doctor Gray’s experience and technical design procedures. We are confident that you will feel comfortable choosing Doctor Gray as your cosmetic dentist for your smile makeover.

Jeff Gray DDS is located at 8555 Fletcher Parkway #102, La Mesa, CA . We offer a full range of general and cosmetic dental procedures. Ask us about veneers, clear braces, tooth whitening and restorative dentistry. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 619-717-8560.

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Q: For San Diego residents: When is the least expensive tooth replacement method really the most expensive?

A: When it ends up costing far more in the long run.

Many La Mesa, Alpine, and San Diego dentistry clients who lose a tooth do not understand the importance of replacing it with a dental implant. They wrongly believe that one missing tooth is not a significant problem. In fact, some people who have an abscessed tooth extracted are so glad the pain is gone that they forget that the extraction is not the solution. When a tooth is lost, the risk of losing the adjacent teeth increases dramatically.

Dr. David Scharf, a Board Certified Periodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon and a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry says:

“Many times consumers will choose to replace a missing tooth with a removable partial denture because it is the least expensive option. In the long run however, removable partial dentures may be more costly due the loss of adjacent teeth and the need for future replacements. Many people opt to replace teeth with dental implants because they do not compromise the survival of the adjacent teeth.”

Dr. Scharf notes…

“With the price of gasoline and food soaring people try to cut back wherever they can. Unfortunately choosing the least expensive options for tooth replacement can have some very costly ramifications down the road.”

If you are missing a tooth, you may still be able to save the adjacent teeth if you receive a dental implant soon. An implant bonds chemically with the jaw bone and helps maintain its stability.

To schedule a dental implant consultation, call Jeff Gray DDS at 619-717-8560. We provide cosmetic dentistry for patients in the San Diego, Alpine, and La Mesa, California area.


Top Reasons To Visit Your San Diego Dentist

Visit Your La Mesa Dentist Top Ten Reasons To Visit Your Local San Diego Dentist:

  1. Check Up; it’s time, and this is the best way to avoid dental problems.
  2. Clean Up; our dental hygienist is ready to give you a super clean smile.
  3. Brush Up; if it has been a while since your last dental visit, it’s probably time to come in to learn about the new options we have for dental care.
  4. Avoid pain; if you have dental pain and have been putting off a trip to the dentist, come in now. We specialize in sedation dentistry and relieving dental pain.
  5. White Fillings; we can find and fill all your dental cavities with white fillings in almost no time at all. This will help you avoid more painful problems down the road, and helps ease some of those sensitivities to hot and cold.
  6. Avoid gum disease; we can assess the health of your gums and suggest treatments or practices that are available to help you improve the health of your gums.
  7. Ready for a whiter smile? We can help. We have tooth whitening options available that will brighten your smile and make your teeth whiter.
  8. Tooth replacement; If you are missing a tooth, we can help restore your smile with the latest in tooth replacement technology.
  9. Cosmetic dentistry is something everyone is considering to make improvements to their smile. We can help you assess the options and learn more about the possibilities of cosmetic dentistry.
  10. Confidence: Nothing brings you more confidence than when you know you have a bright and beautifully healthy smile.

I’m Dr. Jeff Gray, and I am a Doctor in the La Mesa, California community. If you are ready for professional dentistry, please give our office a call.

Give us a call at 619-717-8560, or visit us on our website at https://www.smilesandiego.com