Implants or Traditional Dentures? Ask Yourself These Questions When Choosing

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If you want to restore your smile due to extensive tooth loss, you have a decision to make. Should you choose ordinary dentures or go with state-of-the-art implant dentures, like those at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa?

One of the biggest disadvantages to ordinary dentures is a greatly reduced ability to bite and chew food. The reason for this is that they rest on top of the gums. Implant dentures are secured directly to the jaw.

In fact, most people who switch from traditional to implant-supported overdentures say their ability to bite, chew, and taste is greatly improved. Most wearers also say that implant-supported dentures are a lot more comfortable.

In case you haven’t heard, dental implants are metal posts that are placed in the jaw, where they fuse with the bone. Multiple implants can anchor a full dental arch. They also help to preserve bone mass, because by chewing they stimulate the bone enough to prevent bone recession.

Implant dentures from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa are state-of-the-art. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee come to our office for them, and take advantage of all our advanced dental care. Call us to schedule an appointment 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 Rate of Bone Loss After Extraction Can Be Slowed or Stopped With an Implant

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Bone loss is an unfortunate consequence of the loss of a tooth, whether from extraction or some other reason. Dental implants, like those available from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa, can slow and even stop it.

Bone loss, or recession, occurs because the bone’s density is no longer preserved by the action of chewing. The pressure and stimulation it causes to the bone is what keeps it healthy. When the tooth root is gone, and the stimulation along with it, the bone is actually re-absorbed into the body.

As much as twenty-five percent of the bone around the area of the lost tooth recedes within a year of the loss. Without something being done, the bone continues to recede.

Full or partial dentures will not stop the bone from receding. That’s because they can’t provide the stimulation the bone needs. This ongoing bone loss can lead to another consequence: a sagging or collapsed appearance to the lower part of the face.

How Implants Stop Recession

Dental implants are physically attached to the body. They are titanium posts inserted into the jaw. Within a few months they fuse with the bone, becoming one with it.

One implant can support an artificial tooth. Several implants can support a bridge, or a full dental arch. The implant acts as a replacement tooth root, giving the bone the stimulation it needs to stop the recession.

With dental implants from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa you maintain bone mass, along with the ability to bite and chew normally. They also restore your smile! Find out why patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee come to our practice. We also offer general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with 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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Ask Us About Denture-Stabilization Implants

Alpine tooth implantsFor anyone who has lost all of their teeth, implant-supported dentures from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa may sound like a dream come true: dentures that are attached to the jaw, and surpass traditional dentures in appearance and functionality.

You know what they say: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But set aside any skepticism. Implant-supported dentures are already worn successfully by hundreds of thousands of people.

As you may know, a dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jaw, where it fuses with the bone. A single post can support a single artificial tooth. Multiple posts, strategically placed, can support a set of dentures.

Implant-supported dentures have a number of advantages over traditional dentures:

  • More stable. Because they are attached to titanium posts that have fused with the jaw, people have much greater biting and chewing power.
  • Natural in appearance. They look more like natural teeth, and are easier to care for.
  • Built to last. Because they are physically attached to the jaw, implants are long-lasting.
  • Prevent bone recession. With traditional dentures, the bone around missing tooth roots begin to deteriorate. The titanium posts replace some of the tooth roots, so the bone is preserved.

Implant-supported dentures can transform your life, and they are available at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee also come to us for complete general dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with 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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A Missing Tooth Can Lead to Bone Loss

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Dental implants from Espire Dental | Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa support teeth so lifelike, patients have been known to forget some of their teeth aren’t real. That’s now natural their look and function is.

Those simple facts are enough to make most people choose dental implants if they need to replace one or more of their teeth. Then they learn that in addition to those benefits, implants can actually preserve and promote healthy bone mass in their jaws.

Dental Implants and Bone Loss

An unfortunate consequence of losing teeth is that the bone surrounding the lost tooth begins to atrophy. This begins almost immediately, and is usually noticeable within a year or so. The person’s face takes on a shrunken or sagging appearance. The more teeth that are missing, the more pronounced it is.

This happens because of the missing tooth root. But because dental implants are physically attached to the jaw, they mimic the root. The natural biting and chewing motions stimulate the bone and encourage new tissue to grow around the implant.

One dental implant can support one artificial tooth, and several can support a bridge, and even a full dental arch. At Espire Dental | Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa we have placed them in patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee. They also come to us for complete general dentistry. Please give our office a call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Espire Dental | Jeff Gray DDS:

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 Possible Dental Implant Complications?

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Dental implants from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa are state-of-the-art, with a success rate in the area of ninety-eight percent. That number is a testament to implant technology. But like any medical or dental procedure, there are risks. In this post, we will consider possible complications of a dental implant.

  • Infection. Any surgical procedure poses an infection risk. That’s why we often prescribe an antibiotic beforehand. Beginning the second day post-surgery, the implant site should also be rinsed with a salt water solution.
  • Slow healing. A patient is more likely to experience slow healing if they have another medical condition. Possible conditions include gum disease, diabetes, cancer, alcoholism, or poor circulation due to smoking. We take preexisting conditions into account.
  • Sinus problems. Upper implants are placed very close to the floor of the sinus. Because of this proximity, an implant can perforate the floor of the sinus cavity. This is rare.
  • Implant failure. If an implant fails to integrate with the surrounding bone, it is usually due to insufficient blood supply. Teeth grinding, smoking, and the medical conditions discussed previously can impair blood circulation.
  • Nerve damage. Nerve damage occurs in a very small percentage of implant procedures. Patients may have pain, tingling or numbness at the implant site.

An informed patient makes the best decisions, and at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa we make sure every dental implant patient knows exactly what is involved. Patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee trust us with implants and other restorative dentistry procedures. Call us for an appointment 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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Dental Implants Are Truly Life-Changing

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Patients who are thinking about a dental implant from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa often ask how long they last. An implant is a significant investment, after all. Do they really last a lifetime, like people say? The answer is yes, but an explanation is in order.

A dental implant is not a replacement tooth, but the titanium post that is inserted into the jaw. Titanium is well-suited for implants, and cases of rejection by the body are rare. A big factor in how long the implant lasts comes down to how well you take care of it.

With regular dental checkups (twice a year, just like with natural teeth) and proper hygiene, a dental implant really can last a lifetime. Proper hygiene means adequate brushing and flossing. When you get your implant we will have specific, detailed instructions. For most patients, we recommend brushing and flossing twice a day.

Dental implants like those from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa are the tooth replacement option of choice. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee also come to our office for Invisalign clear braces, and much more. Please schedule an appointment with 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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Are Dental Implants An Option If I Have Receding Gums?

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The best candidates for dental implants are people whose gums and jawbone are healthy. Receding gums are a major roadblock for getting implants, but it is not an insurmountable problem at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa.

Dental implants have a success rate of greater than ninety percent. But in order to success they need enough healthy bone and the gum tissue that helps support it. If an implant was placed into someone with receding gums it would be partially exposed, weaking the support structure of the replacement tooth.

What To Do?

Even if you have receding gums, you can get a successful dental implant. Gum grafting can promote the growth of new gum tissue, which will cover enough of the dental implant. This is usually done before the dental implant is placed, to make sure you have plenty of time to heal.

Once there has been a successful gum tissue graft and recovery, you are good to go.

At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa we place a lot of dental implants. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee also come to our practice for toothache relief and much more. Please call us to schedule an appointment 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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Getting a Dental Implant May Not Take as Long as You Think

teeth implants San DiegoThink you don’t have time to transform your smile? Getting a dental implant from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa
may not take as long as you think.

Each patient is different. But in most cases, complete implant procedures take fewer visits than they used to. We can usually restore missing teeth with just a couple of visits.

Don’t rely on second-hand accounts or outdated information. We invite you to come and get the facts.

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If you are embarrassed by missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures, don’t wait any longer. Completed dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. Implants can serve as a sturdy foundation for dentures, support a dental bridge, or replace a damaged tooth, without disturbing the surrounding teeth

Since dental implants fuse with your jaw bone, they also help prevent bone loss.

If you are missing one or more teeth, please call us at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa and we can discuss your dental implant options. We’ve helped people throughout San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee, who also come to us for complete general dentistry. Schedule an appointment 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 Implant-Stabilized Dentures?

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Imagine being able to replace your missing teeth with dentures that are so stable, they seem more like natural teeth than ordinary dentures ever could. With implant-supported dentures from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa you don’t have to imagine: they’re here.

Anyone who wears orindary dentures knows how difficult it is to keep them secure in the mouth. Everyday things like eating and speaking. That’s not an issue with implant-supported dentures.

The reason for that is that they are secured in the mouth by dental implants, which themselves are part of the jaw. Implants are metal posts that are placed in the jaw. Within a few months of placement they actually fuse with the bone and become a solid foundation for a dental arch.

Patients with implant-supported dentures:

  • Can eat virtually anything
  • Rarely need them adjusted
  • Have more confidence
  • Have an improved quality of life

Millions of Americans have already benefitted from dental implants. At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa we’ve placed them in patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee, who also come to us for complete general dentistry. Please call our office to schedule an appointment 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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Why is the 4-Step Tooth Implant Timeline Necessary?

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Dental implants from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement.

The process for getting an implant can take several months, but don’t let that discourage you. Each stage of the procedure is important. It’s not a drawback; it is indicative of the permanent nature of an implant.

The Dental Implant Timeline

1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment

A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the post or root replacement, the abutment, and the final restoration (crown, denture, bridge, or partial denture).

It all starts with a consultation. We’ll take X-rays and analyze your mouth and examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If you don’t have adequate bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting.

2. Placement

The first step is to insert the titanium implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is. It usually takes one to two hours.

Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough for post-surgery discomfort. Most people can go back to work after the surgery.

3. Osseointegration

The key to implant placement is called osseointegration, which means the titanium post fusing with the bone. In most cases it takes three to six months for this to happen. Once it does, you’ve got a rock-solid foundation for the implant.,

4. Placing the Final Restoration

The final step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.

Teeth supported by dental implants from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa are life-changing. We’ve placed them in patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee. We also offer complete cosmetic dentistry services, and much more. Please call to schedule an appointment with 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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