5 Ways To Restore A Tooth

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There is more than one way to fix a tooth. If you are the fortunate owner of perfectly healthy teeth, you may never need any of these procedures. However, if you are like most La Mesa residents, you will need to restore a tooth eventually. Today’s post looks at six restoration procedures offered at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry that are used routinely to repair a damaged tooth:

1. Dental Bonding

Bonding, officially called direct composite veneers, is used to repair chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. It is also sometimes used to fill cavities. A skilled cosmetic dentist applies the pliable composite resin and molds it to the exact shape needed. The resin is then hardened with a special curing light.

2. A Porcelain Veneer

These wafer-thin covers can hide a chip or crack or repair the alignment of a tooth that is slightly crooked.

3. A Filling (Inlay or Onlay)

A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are created in a dental lab, they are ordinarily called indirect fillings. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are generally smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth. If you have old silver amalgam fillings, you can replace them with white fillings.

4. A Dental Crown

A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, strength, and function. Dental crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with severe decay, the replacement tooth in a dental bridge, and the visible portion of an implant. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-ceramic, or all resin.

5. Dental Implants

A tooth implant is often a great restoration for a tooth that has been extracted. It restores the entire tooth—both root and crown. Most dental implant recipients report that the implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Dental implants are used in a variety of applications such as anchoring dentures and dental bridges.

For more information about any of these procedures, call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry at 619-717-8560.

 

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

 

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Dental Implants: Too Good To Be True?

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You’ve probably come across dental implant hype.

  • Dental implants are as good as natural teeth!’
  • ‘Tooth implants can anchor dentures so they don’t slip around!’
  • ‘Dental implants are far superior to dental bridges!’

Those are bold claims. However, individuals with dental implants understand that they aren’t exaggerations.

A tooth implant is the strongest natural-looking restoration for a missing tooth. It works and feels like your original tooth.

Let’s discuss two lesser-known reasons that dental implants are the best tooth restoration option. These issues don’t receive as much attention, but they should.

Why Are Dental Implants Revolutionary?

A dental implant is a permanent metal tooth root that is inserted into the jawbone. It replaces a missing tooth. In the months following 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. The beautiful crown is attached to the post and abutment.

Why Are Implants Better Than Dental Bridges?

When you get a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth, your dentist removes tooth structure from the adjoining or ‘abutment’ teeth. This is so your dentist can attach the bridge (false tooth) securely to the adjacent teeth. Think about that. It compromises the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth. That’s why dental bridges are often called ‘A three-tooth solution to a one-tooth problem.’

Dental Bridges Are More Susceptible to Tooth Decay

It’s challenging to keep the area under a dental bridge clean. Food bits accumulate in the small spaces. This creates plaque buildup. Tooth decay under dental bridges is a common problem.

Remember, these teeth have been adapted to hold the dental bridge. If decay happens, the bridge has to be removed. The decayed teeth are filled or crowned. If the decay is severe, the teeth may need root canals.

Dental Bridges and Dentures Don’t Stimulate Bone Growth

When a tooth is removed, the root is removed. This reduces blood circulation in the bone at the extraction site. Tooth roots help keep your jawbone healthy. When a tooth root is no longer there, the bone shrinks and recedes

Since dental bridges and dentures don’t replace tooth roots, they can’t protect your bone structure.

If you are missing teeth, we invite you to set up a consultation to discuss your dental goals.

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

 

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Ready To Smile Again?

Are You Ready to Smile Again, La Mesa? Most San Diego residents have plenty of things to smile about.

However, there are some men and women who refrain from smiling at all costs. Are you one of those people who covers their mouth when they laugh? Do you keep your mouth closed when someone takes a picture of you? Have you been hiding unappealing teeth for years?

It’s time to take care of those teeth troubles and get a new lease on life.

Jeff Gray DDS at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry can make it happen!

If you are missing one or more teeth, talk to us about dental implants. A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that includes both root and crown. Because it is anchored into the jawbone, it looks and feels like a natural tooth.

We look forward to developing a custom treatment plan to transform your smile. 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

 

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Are Dental Implants An Option If I Have Receding Gums?

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Dentists have to make a lot of judgment calls. Implant dentists are no exception. A dental implant specialist must determine which patients are good candidates for implant surgery. Dental implants have a high success rate when done correctly.

Success depends on many factors.

A key consideration is whether the patient has enough healthy bone to support the implant. Healthy gum tissue is also vital. Without healthy gum tissue, the implant is partially exposed. This isn’t ideal for the implant nor the crown it supports. An implant needs a secure foundation of bone and tissue. Receding gums should be treated prior to dental implant placement.

If you are contemplating a dental implant but have receding gums, there are some options. We invite you to schedule a dental implant consultation by calling 619-717-8560.

You may be a good candidate for soft tissue grafts. Tissue grafts augment your existing gums. If the soft tissue grafting is successful, you may be able to support a dental implant. Provided, of course, that you have enough healthy bone structure. Your implant dentist may also counsel bone grafting surgery in addition to the soft tissue grafts. This procedure augments natural bone.

Receding gums should not be ignored. You may have gum disease or periodontitis. This is a serious oral health problem on its own. Whether or not you are considering a dental implant. Receding gums can lead to cavities and tooth loss. Healthy gums are as important as healthy teeth. Talk to your dentist about treating gum recession to restore oral health.

 

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

 

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Why Does Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation and Cosmetic Dentistry Get So Many Patient Referrals?

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Dr. Gray serves the La Mesa, California community. This includes Santee, Alpine, and the surrounding San Diego areas.

Why Do So Many People Recommend Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry?

Finding the top implant dentist in La Mesa is easiest with a personal recommendation.

When you ask a friend or neighbor ‘Who is your dentist?’, the answer is usually followed up with an explanation about whether or not your friend likes their dentist and whether they would recommend them.

Patients evaluate a dental practice on the dentist’s chairside manner, experience, skill, the services offered, location, atmosphere, wait times, and availability of dental financing.

We invite you to set up a consultation to discuss each of these factors.

You can also check out the testimonials on our website. Our valued patients give us high marks all around! (Thanks, everyone!)

Word Gets Around!

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry many of our new patients come to us by word-of-mouth referrals and patient testimonials.

It is our goal to deliver such an exceptional dental experience that you will be compelled to tell your friends about your experience.

We offer comprehensive general and implant dentistry including implant-supported dentures.

We invite you to schedule a consultation. Come see why word-of-mouth advertising is working for us.

 

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

 

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How Do Implant Dentures Work?

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Many individuals know that a permanent tooth implant is an ideal tooth restoration. Some don’t realize, however, that two or more can support a partial or full denture. This can be a less expensive option than having multiple implants while still providing many benefits as compared to traditional dentures.

Today’s article answers the most prevalent questions about implant dentures.

Two kinds of implant dentures are available – an “implant-supported” denture which is removable, and the other one is called an “implant-retained” denture and is not.

What Are Implant Dentures?

Like standard dentures, implant-supported dentures replace missing teeth. The difference is that they are attached to titanium posts which are surgically inserted into the jawbone.

Each post is called an implant. The implant fuses with the surrounding bone structure to create an incredibly stable restoration. These posts are similar to the implants that hold a crown, except instead of a crown, they have a clip that attaches to the denture, partial denture, or metal bar that holds the denture connectors. Implants can be used for both upper and lower dentures.

Bar-Retained and Ball-Retained Systems

Two types of implant stabilization are available – bar-retained and ball-retained. In both cases, the denture is made using a gum-colored acrylic for the base to which false teeth are attached. The denture requires a minimum of two implants for stabilization.

With a ball-retained version, each post holds an attachment that fits into an adjacent connector on the denture. These are sometimes called “stud-attachment.”

With the bar-retained version, a metal bar is fixed to several implants. The bar holds the clips that connect to the denture.

If you are currently wearing traditional dentures, take to us about superior options.

 

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

 

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We Solve Problems To Restore Smiles

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Have you ever been told that your smile is beyond repair? That may not be true. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry we perform dental miracles every day. Here are some tough dental problems we routinely solve:

Issue One: Not Enough Bone for Dental Implant
Solution: Bone Grafting

As a replacement for a missing tooth, a dental implant has many advantages as compared to a dental bridge. However, there must be adequate bone to support the titanium post (screw) that is surgically implanted.

Many implant patients require some level of bone grafting and the procedure has a high success rate. Disinfected, processed donor bone is inserted at the implant location where the bone needs structural strengthening. The grafting material is in granular form that can be packed into the contours. It activates growth, and eventually, the patient’s newly-generated bone replaces the donor bone material.

If you have had another dentist tell you that you don’t have enough bone to place an implant post, talk to Dr. Gray. The team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry has completed many bone grafting procedures for dental implant placement.

Issue Two: Drastic Tooth Loss
Solution: Full Mouth Restoration

If it feels like your dental issues are beyond repair because you have few or no teeth left, take heart. Regardless of the cause—chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, extreme mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health—there is hope.

Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, pleasing smile or give you the remarkable smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally.

Full mouth restoration is comprised of a combination of dental procedures as needed according to the patient’s particular situation. These can include dental implants, implant-supported bridges, orthodontia, crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, and teeth whitening.

By listening carefully, asking the right questions, communicating clearly, and counseling with you, Dr. Gray can fully analyze your seemingly impossible dental dilemma and deliver a solution. Call us today at 619-717-8560.

 

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

 

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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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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

 


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