Patient Stories

After a terrible accident left Jodi missing four front teeth, she wasn’t sure if dental implants were possible. Not only did Dr. Jeff Gray make it possible, says Jodi, he also saved her smile. In our La Mesa dental office, we have a wide range of treatments to give patients their smile back, including dental implants, veneers, clear braces, teeth whitening and more.

“I’m Jodi and I’ve been a patient of Dr. Gray’s for about a year and a half actually. And Dr. Gray saved my smile. He allowed me to have 4 front teeth back after a terrible accident and I had dental implants done. And he gave me my smile when I, for a brief period of time, had no hope. Thank you Dr. Gray for giving me my smile back! It looked great before the accident, but then I lost my four front teeth and didn’t know if dental implant surgery was possible and he made it possible. And with the help of the ceramist and their team here, just did an incredible job!”

Randy credits Dr. Jeff Gray with completely erasing his fear of the dentist, and changing his life by giving him back his smile and his confidence, something that his family and friends have noticed. “Dr. Gray is the kindest person I’ve ever met; (he) is what every dentist needs to be, and should be,”

“What can I say about Dr. Gray? He is what every dentist should be and needs to be. He is exceedingly professional, he is the kindest person I’ve ever met in my life. He took me, someone who was afraid to go to the dentist, afraid of every aspect of the dentist, didn’t even like the smell of the dentist office, and completely erased that fear. It’s almost like a religious experience, at least that’s what it was for me. Because I came out of here and my smile’s back and my confidence is back, I’ve had friends tell me and my wife tells me that I’m more confident than I used to be. This sounds corny, but if you were to look up ‘dentist’ in the dictionary, in the encyclopedia, Dr. Gray should be there. He’s a god send, he really is. And he’s changed my life. You can look around his office and see that he’s changed the lives of so many other people and it’s got to be the most rewarding job ever.”

Brandon went to La Mesa cosmetic dentist Jeff Gray DDS for dental implants, and is thrilled with not only the results, but the care he received from Dr. Gray and his team. The results have changed Brandon’s life and he no longer hesitates to smile.

“Hi, my name is Brandon and I came to Dr. Gray’s about a year ago. I needed full implants for my entire mouth. It was bad, not a pretty picture, but ever since I’ve been here it’s been amazing. I mean it changed my life! I don’t hesitate to smile anymore. It was a process, but by far one of the best dentist. He’s hospitable, he’s cool, he called to check in on me after my surgery. It was amazing. Life’s changed just in the last year since I came here. Work opportunities, things like that, when you’re able to smile, I mean it’s huge! They’re always able to work around your schedule, really cool, everyone always meets you with a smile. They have a relaxing room, where you can go sit and get a massage if you do have to wait, I mean the longest I’ve ever had to wait here is 5 minutes. All their amenities are amazing. Their chairs are comfortable, you know they’re tempurpedic, it’s nice!”

After visiting a dozen dentists in Southern California, Laura found her dental home the minute she walked into Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental. From the state-of-the-art technology, to the warm and welcoming environment, to the attention, professionalism and quality dental care, Laura says she is here to stay.

“Hi I’m Laura and I’m a patient of Dr. Gray’s. I’ve been here with Dr. Gray for about two years. I’ve probably experienced over a dozen dentists in Southern California and I’m here to stay. From the moment I walked in as a patient, I was greeted and I felt like family. I was given a gift even! Then Dr. Gray comes up and he shakes my hand and says “Hi I’m Jeff” and I’m like “Jeff? Oh, okay!” This is a warm place to be, but even more importantly is the dental care. Having been to so many dentists in my life, I really know what I like and don’t like and almost in every way shape or form this office beats any other office. From the state of the art technology, to the friendliness of the staff, and making me feel so nurtured and comfortable. You are always well taken care of, the staff is an amazing communication with their calm system and I just love the care, attention, and professionalism and quality dental work that is done. I think Dr. Gray is a perfectionist and I love that about him.”

With the help of sedation dentistry, Tom’s visit to Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental for a new smile was painfree, and worth it. He couldn’t be happier with his new smile, and still laughs with joy every time he looks in the mirror and sees his new smile. We love giving patients a reason to smile.

“I brought my wife here a few times for her teeth, she had some work done and she has a beautiful smile now. And she convinced me that it was time for me to have a beautiful smile also. I had an interview coming up at the place of employment that I have and I wanted to be able to smile and now I’m able to smile and it’s very very very nice. Dr. Gray took very good care of me, Karla took phenomenal care of me also and everyone in the office was awesome. I took a couple of pills they gave me the night before I went to bed, I didn’t eat or drink until I came in the next morning. They gave me something to put underneath my tongue and they gave me something to drink and that was the last I can remember until Karla was fitting in my parts and pieces to give me this smile. Yeah it was very awesome. I couldn’t be happier, I really couldn’t be happier. I still laugh when I look in the mirror and see my new smile. It’s only been 10 days, but I’m very very very happy.”

When rheumatoid arthritis started to break up Robyn’s teeth, she turned to Dr. Jeff Gray to extract all of her teeth and replace them with full dental implants. She gets many compliments on her stunning new smile, and loves to others she has a great dentist.

“Hi, I’m Robin. I’ve been coming to Dr. Gray for a couple years, but I’ve know him for a lot of years because of our kids playing baseball. But I have to say that he’s an awesome dentist and he’s the best that I’ve ever had and he has just made my whole life helping me out with my teeth. I had a lot of problems so it’s pretty amazing. And he’s the nicest, most down to earth person I know. The staff is unbelievable. They’re just really friendly and make me feel very comfortable and the whole place. When my work is, it’s not completely done yet, but when it’s completely done, I’ll have to come back and visit and hang out sometimes because I love these guys so much. My teeth were starting to break off because I have Rheumatoid Arthritis so when the front one finally came out I went ‘uhhhh I can’t do this, I’ve got to call Dr. Gray’. So anyways, long story short, they had to extract all my teeth and these are implants, which are awesome. I get a lot of compliments on my teeth. People say “Wow, your teeth are so pretty, they’re so white” and I say “Thank you, I have a very good dentist”.

Twenty years without professional dental care left Paul with poor dental health. What started with talking himself into a visit to Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental turned into what he calls the best dental experience of his life. After 9 fillings and gum disease treatment, Paul decided to give his smile a boost by doing Invisalign clear braces, and says he can’t help but smile every time he seems the new Paul.

“Hi, I’m Paul and I’ve been a patient of Dr. Gray for over 10 years now. Before I came to see Dr. Gray, I hadn’t been to a dentist in probably 20 years. I was a little nervous coming in, I was one of the patients you hear about, I didn’t want to do it, but I finally talked myself into it and it turned out to be the best experience of my life. My initial visit I came up and had about nine cavities, having some gum problems because I wasn’t flossing on a regular basis. That was take care of. Then, as the years went on, I realized I wanted to get my teeth straightened and Dr. Gray spent some time over over that with me and the whole process was just amazing. The whole staff was just amazing throughout the whole process, very supportive and I couldn’t have been happier. It still blows me away just to see pictures of how I looked years ago, They were just showing me a picture of how I looked right before the Invisalign process and it’s just an entirely different person. I can’t help but smile every time I see the new me.”