A Wise Investment That Pays Off Every Day

You may not sport a sparkling 3-carat diamond on your finger or zip around town in a shiny Ferrari, but you can flash a celebrity-caliber smile. Cosmetic dentistry from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA is an investment in you, and it pays off every single day.

Cosmetic dentistry has been called part science and part art. That’s a pretty good definition. It uses sound dental techniques to bring positive changes to your smile!

Possibilities include:

  • Teeth Whitening: Professional teeth whitening surpasses any whitening product you’ll find at the store.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are used to cover chips, cracks, and gaps in your smile, or replace eroded tooth enamel. They give you a brilliant smile!
  • Clear Braces: These modern orthodontic appliances are a big improvement from old-fashioned metal braces. They align your teeth and improve your smile subtly; most people don’t realize you’re even wearing them.

At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we use cosmetic dentistry to improve smiles every day. Patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee also come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

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The Mark Of The Perfect Dentist

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Looking for a new dentist? It’s easy to find one. A quick Google search, an online review or two, and you’ll have a short list of possibilities. The trick is finding the right dentist – one you’re happy with, and that you will stick with for years to come. At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA we’re proud to have lots of happy patients and positive online reviews.

Everyone would like to find the perfect dentist. Are there certain qualities you should you look for? Many factors†come into play. Do you choose the dentist nearest your home? By experience and education? Or maybe because a friend recommended the practice?

What To Look For

It may not be an exact science. But here are some of the things we think you should look for when trying to find a dentist:

  • A Good Listener: Whether it’s a general dentist, a pediatric dentist, or some other specialty, a good dentist will listen to your concerns and address any issues you might raise.
  • Sharing Information: A good dentist is always ready to explain what’s going on with your dental health. Any issues you might have should be explained in plain language.
  • Conservative Treatment: Not every smile needs to be corrected; not every cavity needs to be filled right away. A good dentist will take a conservative approach to treatment, and always do what is best for you.
  • Continuing Education: Dentistry is complex, and always changing. A good dentist is committed to staying on top of innovations and developments. A desire and willingness to improve is a trait to look for.

At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we want all our patients to be happy with our work, and strive for excellence in dentistry every single day. Our patients come from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee for our general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942


Looking for a Long-Term Tooth Whitening Solution?

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Are your teeth yellowish or gray? Have you tried a whitening product without success? Do you have tetracycline stains? At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we see patients with these problems every day.

The goods news? You don’t have to live with a subpar smile. Porcelain veneers can transform your teeth and create a breathtaking smile that will delight you for years to come.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells made from durable, translucent porcelain or composite resin. They are custom-made for each patient and are used to improve the appearance of teeth. Veneers can be made any shade whiter than your remaining teeth.

How is a Veneer Different than a Dental Crown?

Unlike a dental crown, which covers the entire visible portion of a tooth, a veneer covers just the front part of the tooth. When your veneer is affixed to your tooth, your dentist only removes a tiny bit of enamel–unlike a crown, which requires the removal of more tooth structure. Therefore, veneers are the most conservative long-term tooth whitening procedure.

Not only do veneers brighten your teeth, they are also used to repair teeth that are chipped, cracked or slightly crooked!

How are Dental Veneers Made?

The veneer procedure is similar to that for any restoration. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth. Next, a dental technician will use the model to fabricate the veneers, so you can be sure of a custom fit. You will work with your dentist to choose an appropriate color for your skin tone.

Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA offers all the services you need to attain a a breathtaking smile. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee come to us for this and other cosmetic dentistry options. If you are looking for a dental team that is informed and prioritizes direct communication, contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

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More Ways To Fight Decay

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We tend to associate cavities with children, but the truth is that you can get a cavity in one of your teeth at any age. You can minimize the risk, and even prevent cavities, with daily brushing and regular checkups at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA.

Most people have at least one cavity by the time they reach adulthood. Cavities means the plaque on your teeth has converted to acid from food debris. These acids eat through the tooth enamel and create a hole, or cavity. We treat cavities by cleaning out the surrounding tooth area and filling it.

Proper Brushing

Most of us have been brushing our teeth since we were kids, and know what we’re doing. But there is always room to improve, so here are a few basics about the right way to clean your teeth.

  • Floss: Begin by flossing. String floss is preferred over one of those little floss picks. Work a strand between each tooth and its neighbor to remove any food debris.
  • Brush: Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and plenty of toothpaste. Get all of it nice and wet. Then brush your teeth in a slow circular motion. Be sure you get along the gumline and all surfaces of the tooth – the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces. Brush for at least two minutes!
  • Swish and Spit: Rinse out any remaining toothpaste.

Some people prefer to floss after brushing. It’s one of those six of one, half a dozen of the other situations. Just be sure to floss!

Daily brushing and regular checkups at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA are the best ways to prevent tooth decay. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee come to our practice for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

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Tooth Implant Placement: Before, During, After

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Dental implants are rapidly becoming the tooth replacement option of choice. Millions of Americans have chosen implants, like those available at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA.

Once the decision is made, patients usually want to know what’s involved every step of the way.

Before the Procedure

It begins with a consultation and preliminary exam. We’ll take X-rays of your teeth and jaw to make sure you have enough healthy bone structure. If you don’t, we may recommend bone grafting.

We’ll also inspect your gums for any signs of gum disease. Healthy gums are essential for a successful implant.

During Implant Surgery

After administering anesthesia, a guide hole is drilled into your jaw and a titanium post – which is the actual implant – is screwed in. The process takes about an hour.

Aftercare

Some patients experience minor pain and swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough to control it. An icepack can help, too. Most people can resume their usual activities the same day.

At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA we have placed dental implants in people from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee, who also come to us for our complete restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

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What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

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When a wisdom tooth tries to come in but is obstructed by the adjacent tooth, it becomes impacted and can result in such complications as pain, inflammation, or tooth decay. At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA we can extract wisdom teeth.

It’s challenging to clean partially-erupted wisdom teeth. Since they have a high risk of decay, we pay special attention to them. They can also cause decay in the neighboring molars.

For most people, wisdom teeth come in in the late teens or early twenties. As many as 85% of wisdom teeth need to be extracted. It is a routine outpatient procedure; most patients experience minimal discomfort and recover in a few days.

If you or your teenager has wisdom teeth that need attention, please call us at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA to schedule an appointment. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee come to us for complete general and restorative dentistry services. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

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Your Smile Says Keep Trying!

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This message from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA is for anyone who is finding it difficult to improve their dental health. We urge you to keep working at it, and assure you that we’re here to help!

Keep Trying To Floss

Many people are really good about brushing their teeth, but sometimes skip flossing. This is a bad idea. Flossing is the only way to clean food debris and plaque from between teeth.

Failure to floss can lead to cavities, and even gum disease. Our recommendation? Brush twice a day, and floss before going to bed at night.

Keep Trying to Overcome Dental Anxiety

Skipping dental checkups due to anxiety, or even phobia, can have long-term, irreversible consequences. But millions of Americans cope with this condition, and their solution is doing just that: skipping the dentist.

For those whose instinct is to avoid the dentist at all costs: give sedation dentistry a try. We offer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. It’s safe and very effective, and has been used in dentistry for more than a hundred years. It may not make you laugh, but it will relax you enough so that you’ll get the dental care you need.

Keep Trying to Quit Tobacco

Smoking is as bad for your teeth and gums as it is for other parts of your body. If you’ve tried to quit but just can’t, you’re far from alone. Keep trying!

According to the Centers for Disease Control, former smokers now outnumber active smokers. Everyone who has kicked the habit was once right where you are. Keep trying!

Remember, the link between your dental health and overall health is well-established. Patients come to Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942


Tooth Implants: The Role Of The Abutment

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Dental implants, like those available from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, are one of the true marvels of modern dentistry: artificial teeth that look and feel like the real thing.

A dental implant is actually a titanium post that is placed in the jaw. It provides the support for the artificial tooth. A single, implant-supported artificial tooth consists of three components:

  • The implant, also called a post or artificial tooth root
  • The abutment, a connector piece
  • The prosthesis – a dental crown, bridge, or denture/partial denture

In this post, we describe the abutment: the connector piece between the actual implant and the artifical tooth.

A temporary abutment may be used just after the implant is placed. That’s because it takes several months for the implant to fuse with the bone. Once it does, it is a solid foundation, ready for the final abutment.

When healing is complete, most patients report anywhere from eighty to nearly one hundred percent of normal chewing power.

At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA we have placed dental implants in patients throughout San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee, who also come to our practice for complete general dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

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Don’t Like Dental Visits? Go Anyway!

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It’s no secret that many dread going to the dentist. Whether they associate dental visits with shame, pain, or financial drain, they avoid it at all costs. At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we encourage all our patients to see their dentist regularly. This way, you can prevent more uncomfortable dental procedures, like fillings and root canals.

Though it sounds backwards, the truth is that you protect against dental pain by seeing your dentist regularly–even if you hate dental visits!

If you have naturally healthy teeth, you may not realize your amazing good fortune. After all, you can eat whatever you want. You aren’t self-conscious about stained, chipped, or missing teeth. Tooth pain doesn’t interrupt your sleep.

Lucky individuals with great teeth may do fine with limited dental treatment in their twenties and thirties. What we’ve observed, though, is that, eventually, avoiding exams and cleanings catches up with you.

This is especially true for individuals with dental risk factors. These include smoking, recreational drug use, severe alcohol consumption, inadequate oral hygiene, teeth grinding, poor eating habits or crooked teeth.

Notice that some of these things are a conscious choice, and others, like crooked teeth or teeth grinding, may be unavoidable. Regardless, most people who forego dental exams and cleanings eventually experience oral problems.

The first thing that may come to your mind is cavities. While this is an issue for some middle-aged people, it’s actually not the most frequent dental condition. Gum disease earns the dubious honor as the top cause of tooth loss in U.S. adults.

If you have neglected your oral care needs, we invite you to make an appointment at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA. We specialize in general dentistry and oral care. Patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee also come to us for dental implants and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

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Is Tooth Decay Contagious?

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This post from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA is about dental health and tooth decay. Your mouth has a thriving community of bacteria. There are from 200-300 types, but most don’t cause tooth decay.

Bacteria that cause tooth decay are in the mutans streptococcus family. The bacteria mix with sugar to create a powerful acid. The acid reduces the calcium in tooth enamel.

When the bacteria remains on teeth, it produces a yellowish substance called plaque. Plaque is brutally effective at drilling into tooth enamel and causing cavities. Minerals in saliva and fluoride help enamel re-mineralize.

The tooth decay bacteria can spread through saliva. People in close contact with one another are at risk. Sharing spoons or kissing are two avenues. Mothers, fathers, siblings, and caregivers can actually give the bacteria to babies.

Young children whose teeth are forming are at a heightened risk of decay. Daily oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and fluoride protect young teeth.

At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we want all our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. People throughout San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee come to us for comprehensive general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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