San Diego Tooth Restoration: Dental Implants and Dental Bridges

San Diego Dental Implants and Dental BridgesWhen my San Diego clients ask me about tooth restoration, I usually tell them about fixed (or ‘traditional’) dental bridges or tooth implants. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth which replaces a missing tooth. The false tooth (called a ‘pontic’) is fused to porcelain crowns on either side of the missing tooth.

Tooth replacement has been a highly requested procedure at my San Diego dental practice. Patients from the La Mesa and greater San Diego area have expressed concern about tooth replacement for many years. Most of their questions have to do with the strength of the tooth replacement, and durability.

Dental implants are also a popular concern for my San Diego tooth replacement patients. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

After it has bonded with the bone (it usually takes three to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then attached. The entire process takes several months, but consistently yields terrific results for San Diego tooth restoration patients. My California cosmetic dentistry patients appreciate the fact that I stay up to date on the latest advancements in tooth replacement procedures.

Both smile restoration options preserve or restore facial contour and allow you to talk and eat normally. Tooth replacements prevent adjoining teeth from gradually shifting and can help correct bite problems, too. Tooth implants and dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth. Many San Diego area dental patients have been treated successfully with these tooth restoration alternatives.

Call Jeff Gray DDS to schedule an evaluation for California tooth restoration.


Let's Talk About Your San Diego Smile

I’m Dr. Jeff Gray. My office is located at 8555 Fletcher Parkway #102, La Mesa, CA 91942. One of the best things about being a San Diego area dentist is interacting with my patients. During initial dental consultations, I listen carefully to my patient’s short and long term dental goals.

I enjoy discussing options and developing effective treatment plans tailored specifically to each person. Some of my clients desire a total smile makeover. I explain in detail the treatments available including teeth whitening, dental veneers, orthodontia, crown restoration, and dental implants.

Let’s Talk About Your Smile If a client is nervous about undergoing treatment, we discuss oral conscious sedation. Oral conscious sedation, sometimes called oral sedation dentistry, is a great option for anxious patients. Dental visits do not have to be painful!

After the treatment has been completed, it is very gratifying for me to see my patient’s reaction to their new smile.

I never get tired of creating dramatic smile transformations for the best clients in California!

If you have been considering a smile makeover, let’s talk about your smile. Call Jeff Gray DDS to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation.


Common Myths about San Diego Family Cosmetic Dentistry

Myth #1: Cosmetic Dentistry is Never Necessary for a Healthy Smile

Many so-called San Diego cosmetic dental procedures are not solely cosmetic.  Dental procedures such as tooth replacement are smile-enhancing and, more importantly, prevent many potential problems such as tooth movement, bone loss and difficulty chewing and speaking.

Myth #2: A San Diego Dental Bridge is the Only Way to Replace a Missing Tooth

Dental bridges are an San Diego dental cosmetic procedure that have been used for many years with success. However, dental implants are often a better choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants have many advantages for  dental patients. They feel like natural teeth, they are stronger, and they are easier to clean than dental bridges. California tooth implants can also be used to anchor dentures or partial dentures.

Myth #3: At-Home Kits are as Effective for La Mesa Tooth Whitening Than a Professional Dental Solution

At Jeff Gray DDS, we offer our dental patients teeth whitening treatments that provide a much greater level of whiteness than at-home kits. At-home kits may remove surface stains, but they do not provide optimum results and can often lead to uneven coloring.

Myth #4: Dental Bonding is the Best Way to Fix a Chipped Tooth.

Dental bonding can restore the shape of a tooth, but may not be the best long-term solution. If you have a damaged tooth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Call us at 619-717-8560 to set up an appointment so we can determine the best solution for you.

Myth #5: La Mesa Braces are the Only Way to Straighten Teeth

Braces are often part of a transforming dental makeover for our teens and adults alike. However, if your teeth are only slightly crooked, porcelain veneers can reshape your teeth and dramatically improve your smile. And the best thing about veneers? They offer instant results!

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Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Parkway, Suite 102
La Mesa, California 91942
https://www.smilesandiego.com/
619-717-8560


How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in San Diego

If you are one of the many San Diego denture wearers, you know that they are How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in Fremontnot 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 is making dentures a thing of the past.

At Jeff Gray DDS we have information and expertise that can help bring hope to denture wearers through dental implant technology. There are a variety of effective denture/implant tooth configurations.

Call Dr. Jeff Gray DDS at 619-717-8560 to book an implant overdenture consultation. We can help you understand your options and can recommend options.

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.

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Attention San Diego denture wearers: there is life after dentures with tooth implants!

Come see us at Jeff Gray DDS at 8555 Fletcher Parkway, Suite 102, in La Mesa, California 91942 for more information about dental implants.