Why Is An Implant Better For Oral Health?

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What Is A Dental Implant?

A complete dental implant restoration consists of three components:

  • Post
  • Abutment
  • Crown

A dental implant is a permanent anchor (post) that is inserted into the jawbone at the site of an extracted tooth. In the months after implantation, it integrates with the jawbone. This is called osseointegration.

The post becomes a strong and stable base for the visible restoration (abutment) above the gum line. A natural-looking crown is affixed to the implant.

Your jawbone and blood circulation treat the post as if it’s a natural tooth root.

Why Is It Better Than Dentures Or A Dental Bridge?

With a dental bridge, your dentist removes tooth structure from the neighboring teeth to attach the bridge (false tooth). It compromises the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth.

A dental implant doesn’t cause any damage to the adjacent teeth. In fact, it helps the adjacent teeth.

The post prevents bone loss and diminished blood circulation that almost always occurs after a tooth is extracted. An implant is better for your oral health than an extraction followed by no restoration.

Dentures make it challenging to eat, taste, and talk. It’s harder to consume a nutritious diet with dentures.

Dentures don’t prevent bone recession. And they can aggravate the soft tissues of the mouth. Plus they lessen self-confidence and quality of life.

How Long Does A Tooth Implant Last?

If your mouth is otherwise healthy and you take proper care of a dental implant, it can last a lifetime.

A traditional dental bridge lasts from 7-10 years. Dentures last from 5-7 years.

Today, dental patients with missing teeth are fortunate to have a tooth replacement choice that is far better than both traditional dentures and dental bridges.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

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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At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we want to help you with your dental implant questions.

Do I need to change my flossing technique for a dental implant?

Before you got a tooth implant, hopefully, you were brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. If you wore 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 prone to plaque and inflammation if not cleaned regularly. The flossing method 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 switch hands so your hands aren’t crossed. Now move in a shoe-shine motion to clean all around the implant.

Some people 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 lead to gum recession.

Manual, Electric, or Sonic Brush?

You can use a manual brush, electric, or sonic type. If it is not easy 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.

We may also prescribe an antimicrobial mouth rinse. This is an measure of protection if you have limited mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.

Dental implants may be the best investment you make when it comes to health and happiness. Schedule a consultation with the team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. We’re skilled in dental implants. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


You Have Nothing To Lose Except Loose Dentures

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Today’s dental technology has solved the issue of irritating loose-fitting dentures with an outstanding tooth replacement option. The team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa helps denture wearers quite often by placing implants.

Our team can use dental implant posts to anchor full or partial dentures. The dentures are secure enough to allow the wearer to eat an apple, chew a thick sandwich, or share a hearty laugh with boldness.

If you are missing a single tooth, many teeth, or all of your teeth, we invite you to learn more about cutting-edge implant-anchored dentures.

Implants can anchor either removable or fixed dentures.  Implants usually fit better than traditional dentures. Dentures anchored with implant posts are comfortable, functional, and nice.

Dental implants can also help prevent bone recession that often occurs after teeth have been extracted.

If you want an attractive smile, call us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry.  We can consult on whether dental implants and cosmetic dentistry are right for you. Learn about the possibilities for your smile and call today.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Is A Tooth Implant The Same As A Dental Crown?

tooth implants and crowns La MesaAt Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we would like to clear up the confusion surrounding dental implants and crowns. Many people wonder what is the difference between an implant and a crown.

Let’s clear up the confusion.

 A dental implant can work as a foundation for a crown.

A complete dental implant/crown procedure includes a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and a beautiful crown.

A crown can protect a weakened tooth.

Removing decay weakens the tooth. Once we remove the the decay, a filling may not be enough to restore necessary strength. Likewise, after a root canal procedure, the remaining tooth may need strengthening. We can use a crown in both of these scenarios. A strong, natural looking crown protects the remaining tooth and functions like a natural tooth

We can attach a crown to a dental bridge.

When we remove a tooth, we can use a dental bridge to restore part of it. The reason we say ‘part’ is because a dental bridge does not restore the root of the tooth. A crown can be used with a dental bridge to restore the visible part of the missing tooth. A dental bridge used to replace one tooth requires the removal of tooth structure from adjacent teeth. With a bridge, it requires three crowns to replace one missing tooth!

Dental implants may be the best investment you make when it comes to health and happiness. Schedule a consultation with the team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. We’re skilled in dental implants. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Root Canal vs Dental Implant

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The team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa sees this situation quite often. When a tooth’s nerve and pulp becomes infected, a dentist and patient must make a choice of whether to attempt to save the tooth by performing a root canal or to extract the tooth.

There are several factors that influence this decision. These include whether there is infection in the surrounding bone, the amount and condition of the remaining tooth structure, the strength of the supporting bone, and the presence of periodontal disease.

We remove the nerve and pulp of the tooth during a root canal procedur. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. The dentist or endodontist uses files of various sizes to clean out the canals. Once we clean out the roots and widen them, we will fill them with a special rubber material that seals them off.

The root canal is the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will probably become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown. The crown protects what’s left of the tooth and allows normal function.

A root canal is frequently the most conservative treatment when a root is infected or a tooth has severe decay or damage. We have performed root canals with success for many patients and have a very low failure rate.

But there is always a slight possibility that a tooth with a root canal can have complications down the road. If there was a tiny crack in the treated tooth, it can become re-infected. Teeth with curved roots are more difficult to fill and they can also become re-infected. Occasionally, the tip of a file can break off in a root during the procedure and cause problems.

Because there is always a slight risk that a root canal can fail and eventually require extraction, some patients wonder if they should just get a dental implant in the first place. This is not a black and white decision. Like root canals, dental implants have a high success rate. But there are risks with dental implants, as well.

If you have been told that a root canal or a dental implant is necessary, talk with our team about the pros and cons of each procedure. If you want an attractive smile, call us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry.  We can consult on whether dental implants and cosmetic dentistry are right for you. Learn about the possibilities for your smile and call today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Look As Young As You Feel By Replacing Missing Teeth

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Would you like to look younger? You can with dental implants from Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa.

Gaps In Your Smile?

Anyone over sixty knows that aging isn’t always a picnic. Physical conditions can lower the quality of life. Dental problems can be just as bad as chronic physical conditions. And missing teeth are one of the more prevalent oral issues for older people.

Fortunately, your smile can be attractive and healthy at any age.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we restore missing teeth with dental implants.

Tooth Implants Are The Restoration Of Choice For Active Seniors

Tooth implants help active seniors look as young as they feel. Dental implants are strong, beautiful, and function like real teeth. Restore the youthful smile you once enjoyed with permanent tooth implants.

Avoid Denture Drawbacks

Avoid denture downsides: embarrassing slipping, limited taste, and gum irritation. Dental implants are not just for youthful smiles, they keep your facial shape intact by maintaining jawbone structure.

Perhaps you have missing teeth PLUS problems with remaining teeth. Gum recession, chips, cracks, staining, or tooth decay. There are treatments for every trouble. Dental implants can be combined with cosmetic dental services to beautify every tooth in your smile! Smile makeovers are now a reality.

Dental implants may be the best investment you make when it comes to health and happiness. Schedule a consultation with the team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. We’re skilled in dental implants. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Missing Pieces In The Mouth?

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A 500-piece Eiffel Tower puzzle is still easy to recognize with 32 pieces missing.
But, a 32-piece dental puzzle is just not complete without ALL of the pieces. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we want to help you complete your dental puzzle.

If you’re missing teeth, cutting your mouth on broken edges, or struggling with eating because of your dental puzzle, you should consider dental implants.

A dental implant is a tooth restoration that includes the root and crown of the tooth. Because it’s a complete solution, it offers many advantages over traditional dental bridges and dentures.

To understand the dental implant procedure, sit down today with our team for an informative dental implant consultation.

Let us fill in those missing pieces—there has never been a better time to receive dental implants. Modern cosmetic dental procedures, technologically-advanced materials, and the ability of dentists combine to create truly dazzling smiles.

If you want an attractive smile, talk to us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry.  We can consult on whether dental implants and cosmetic dentistry are right for you. Learn about the possibilities for your smile and call today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Missing Teeth? 5 Things You Need To Know About Dentures

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If you are wearing dentures in La Mesa, you know that they are not the best solution for missing teeth. Denture problems include slipping, gum irritation, and trouble eating. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we can help discuss whether you need dentures or if there’s a better option.

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 better 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 stop bone recession that ordinarily occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can deliver patients the near-normal ability to chew and talk.

2. There are more than one type of denture. Most people 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 original teeth. Partial dentures can be anchored 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. We’ll need to check if you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can strengthen existing bone in some patients. Schedule an appointment with our team to find out if you are a well-suited 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 existing teeth left, you still need twice-yearly dental examination. Good oral health is an important part 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.

Dental implants may be the best investment you make when it comes to health and happiness. Schedule a consultation with the team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. We’re skilled in dental implants. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Dental Implants And Smile Makeovers

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Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry specializes in smile makeovers and dental implants.

What makes a gorgeous smile?

  • White teeth
  • Uniformly-shaped teeth
  • Straight teeth

What problems prevent stunning smiles?

Yellow or gray teeth lessen the appeal of a smile—even one that is perfectly healthy and aligned. Crooked teeth aren’t appealing either.

Beauty, it has been said, is in the eye of the beholder.

There are unique smile characteristics that some people proudly show off and others wish to change. For instance, a gap between the two front teeth can become a trademark. Anna Paquin, Woody Harrelson, and singer Seal have retained their spaces.

Other folks weren’t comfortable with gaps so they transformed their smiles with amazing cosmetic dentistry.

Missing Teeth

Missing teeth detract from a smile. When smiling, talking, laughing, or eating, a missing tooth shows. Even if the original teeth are white, straight, and pleasingly shaped, the eyes fixate on the gap that should hold a tooth.

Dental Implants and Smile Makeovers

The good news? You can restore missing teeth with dental implant procedures! You can fix other problems with cosmetic dentistry. The combination is called a smile redesign.

Cosmetic dentists combine dental implants with additional procedures to create sensational smiles. Great cosmetic dentists are professionals with extensive training. Successful outcomes don’t happen by chance.They use basic design principals in cosmetic dental smile makeovers. These include size, shape, alignment, proportion, and color.

If you want an attractive smile, talk to us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry.  We can consult on whether dental implants and cosmetic dentistry are right for you. Learn about the possibilities for your smile and call today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Implants Prevent Denture-Related Health Problems

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of adults over 65 have no natural teeth. Many men and women with missing teeth or no teeth at all choose dentures. This is understandable. It’s difficult to eat and speak with no teeth in the mouth. And a toothless mouth is not an attractive look for anyone. We can help at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

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 which fit properly cause problems, both physical and mental.
  2. The human body is designed to have teeth that are fixed in the jaw. But dentures move around in the mouth.
  3. Ill-fitting dentures can aggravate gums and cause inflammation. Inflammation often leads to additional health conditions.
  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. They 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 lead to 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 impacts the power to work, travel, and participate in hobbies and recreational activities.
  10. Dentures hamper chewing power. Many denture wearers stop eating nuts, high-fiber foods, and raw vegetables. All of these are part of a healthy diet.
  11. Reduced chewing capacity can cause the denture wearer to swallow bigger chunks of food. This contributes to digestive problems. It also increases the risk of choking.
  12. Dentures can interfere with speaking. When speaking ability is limited, some people 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.

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. We can explain these solutions in detail if you come in for a no-pressure consultation.

Dental Implants Prevent (All Of!) These Problems

Dental implants allows you to avoid each one of these health conditions. The wonders of modern dentistry!

Dental implants may be the best investment you make when it comes to health and happiness. Schedule a consultation with the team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. We’re skilled in dental implants. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942