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

 


How Dental Implants Are Changing Dentures

How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in La MesaIf you are one of the many patients wearing dentures in La Mesa, you know that they are not the ideal solution for missing teeth. Denture problems include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we can help discuss dentures vs implants, and also how they can work together.

MODERN RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

The good news is that modern dental implant technology offers a better tooth restoration solution:

  • chewing ability becomes similar to natural teeth
  • implants can prevent bone recession
  • overall dental health is improved.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

How about a thick T-bone at your favorite La Mesa steakhouse? In addition to being able to enjoy your favorite meal, you’ll avoid the embarrassment of having dentures rattling. Before you pay for another denture reline, ask us about the possibility of dental implants. There is life after dentures with tooth implants!

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa is skilled in dental implants. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call us today for an appointment!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-550-4035

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942


3-Tooth Solution For A 1-Tooth Problem?

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At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry serving LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego, we can answer your questions about improving your smile.

  • Do you have a missing tooth?
  • Are you considering the types of tooth restorations available?
  • Does a dental bridge seem to make the most sense financially?

If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your mouth, you should examine the differences between a dental bridge and a dental implant.

Dental bridges have replaced teeth for generations of people. However, they are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem. The teeth next to the missing tooth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.

Why does a dental implant have key advantages over a dental bridge?

  • 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
  • Usually stronger.
  • Lessen the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
  • Easier to keep clean which results in a lower risk of decay.
  • Lasts longer.
  • Eventually, could support a denture or partial denture.

If you need to replace a tooth, talk to us about all of your treatment options. If you select a dental implant, it will probably be less pricey in the long run and will certainly feel bette

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa is skilled in dental implants. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry. Our entire dental care team is dedicated to providing you with our “Five-Star” service.

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

 


Replace a Missing Tooth

Dentists are always reminding their patients to brush and floss their teeth. It’s the best way to ensure healthy teeth and gums. But we know that in spite of everyone’s best efforts, some of our patients are going to lose a tooth. When that happens, Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa recommends dental implants as the best solution.

In the past, if a patient in La Mesa had a missing tooth or a severely damaged tooth, dentists would suggest dental bridges or dentures, because they were the best options at the time. These days, state-of-the art dental implants have proven to be superior. They can also replace dentures or anchor dentures for some patients.

ADVANTAGES

A dental implant provides many advantages over a dental bridge or dentures:

  • Longevity – Dental implants are tough and permanent, and with proper care they can last ten years or more.
  • Seamless – Fabricated to have the same shape, size and color of the original tooth, the implant will blend seamlessly with all the other teeth. We can fix any aesthetic issues the original tooth might have had.
  • Function – A dental implant functions like a natural tooth allowing for normal eating and speaking.
  • Convenience – Implant crowns don’t need adhesives, rinsing, or removal, unlike dentures.
  • Independent – We will treat the dental implant individually. And, unlike bridges, we leave the adjacent teeth alone. Your dental implant is easier to clean since you can treat the implant  like a “real” tooth.

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa is skilled in dental implants. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry. Our entire dental care team is dedicated to providing “Five-Star” service.

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

 


The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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Today’s blog post from Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry serving LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego focuses on missing teeth and dental implants.

Our teeth have many important functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to loosen. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes, kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is constantly regenerating itself. This essential process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulates this process of regeneration. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have an unappealing gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness—it poses serious health risks. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get proper nutrition. Mental health can also be influenced when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology delivers a tooth restoration solution that preserves healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For people missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with a permanent dental implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support a tooth implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely carried out with success. If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures.

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa is skilled in dental implants. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry. Our entire dental care team is dedicated to providing you with our “Five-Star” service.

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