Implants Prevent Denture-Related Health Problems

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of adults over 65 have no remaining teeth. Many individuals with missing teeth or no teeth at all choose dentures. This is understandable. It’s challenging to eat and speak with no teeth in the mouth. And a toothless mouth is not an attractive look for anyone.

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 that fit properly cause issues, both physical and mental.

2. The human body is designed to have teeth that are anchored in the jaw. But dentures move around in the mouth.

3. Ill-fitting dentures can aggravate gums and cause inflammation. Inflammation contributes to additional health problems.

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. Dentures 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 result in 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 influences the ability to work, travel, and participate in hobbies and recreational activities.

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.

10. Dentures handicap chewing capacity. Many denture wearers stop eating nuts, high-fiber foods, and raw vegetables. All of these are part of a healthy diet.

11. Reduced chewing power can cause the denture wearer to swallow bigger chunks of food. This often causes digestive problems. It also increases the risk of choking.

12. Dentures can interfere with speaking. When speaking ability is diminished, some individuals 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.

We can explain these problems in detail if you come in for a no-pressure consultation.

Dental Implants Prevent (All Of!) These Problems

Since this is the blog for the best tooth implant in La Mesa, you know where this article is going. It may sound far-fetched, but dental implants can enable you to avert each one of these health conditions. The wonders of modern dentistry!

Why Are Dental Implants Better Than Dentures?

Can you place a value on physical and mental well-being?

Dental implants may be the best investment you make when it comes to health and happiness. Schedule a consultation with Dr, Gray.

 

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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Are All Clear Aligners Alike?

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If you are researching orthodontics, you have probably heard about clear aligners. They offer several advantages over traditional metal braces. The most popular benefit is the fact that they are nearly invisible.

Millions of men and women have straightened their teeth with aligners in the past twenty years since they were introduced.

We’re here to help with your research. Note that your orthodontist may not offer all types of clear aligners. This post is for informational purposes only.

Invisalign

Invisalign pioneered clear aligner orthodontics. Established in 1997, Invisalign has shaped more than 6 million smiles throughout the world.

Invisalign (as with the other types) uses virtual modeling software to create custom aligners formed specifically for your teeth.

First, you’ll start with a consultation where an orthodontist will inspect your teeth. They will work with you to determine which Invisalign treatment plan will work best for your teeth, lifestyle, and dental goals. Then, they will set you up with aligners that are individually-constructed for you.

It’s vital to note that you will never be left on your own to figure out what step is next. Your orthodontist will be with you every step of the way. Finally, you just live your life, while sticking to the guidelines set out for you by your doctor.

ClearCorrect

This is how the company describes their product: Clear. Simple. Friendly. Made of polyurethane, these aligners can straighten your smile discreetly and effortlessly.

ClearCorrect is run by a team of highly trained professionals. They have added many innovations to the diagnostic and treatment process. Many orthodontists believe it’s the most convenient system for both patients and doctors.

Over 10,000 doctors use ClearCorrect. Many ClearCorrect providers offer flexible payment plans.

SmileDirectClub (And Other At-Home Systems)

Though we don’t suggest this system, let’s talk about the “mail-order orthodontics” products. We are including an explanation of SmileDirectClub and other at-home systems so you’ll be aware of their potential problems and limitations.

SmileDirectClub provides custom clear aligners without regular office visits. They advertise an average cost savings of 60% of orthodontist-administered Invisalign and similar systems. They report that the average length of treatment is 6 months.

All aligner systems require a 3D image of your teeth. With Invisalign and ClearCorrect, your orthodontist creates the scan in their office.

With SmileDirect, you can visit one of their “SmileShops” for a scan. There are SmileShops in every U.S. state but you may have to make a long trip. They also offer you the option of taking your own impression using their at-home kit.

Your treatment is supposedly supervised by a dentist or orthodontist—but you don’t visit them in person. Your dentist doesn’t take X-rays or examine your progress.

Because of this, we don’t recommend these types of systems. Your smile is too important to use a DIY approach. Your teeth could end up worse than before! The problems could be expensive to correct. In a worst-case scenario, you could experience irreversible damage.

The American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists have published warnings against at-home orthodontics.

Schedule a consultation at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry to determine which system is best for you.

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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Into the Thick of It – The Skinny on Toothpaste

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Welcome to our blog, La Mesa! I’m amazed with how much I have to share with you about toothpaste and oral hygiene in the short time we have together. Enjoy!

Why does toothpaste seem gritty?
The abrasive nature of toothpaste is to aid in removing dental plaque and food from the surface of the teeth. Rough brushing becomes unnecessary for La Mesa dental patients when the abrasives in the toothpaste can snag the mouth’s lingering food particles and polish the enamel at the same time.

What’s with the strong minty options?
Minty flavorants are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, effective toothpaste alone is not designed to cure halitosis (bad breath) for La Mesa men and women affected. While unflavored toothpastes exist, the world has also seen such flavors as peanut butter, iced tea, and ginger. To treat halitosis it is best to avoid periodontal disease and to also brush bacteria from far back on the tongue. Removing the source is critical and more effective than covering it up with minty flavorings.

What is fluoride’s place in a toothpaste?
Fluoride occurs in small amounts in plants, animals, and some natural water sources. It is championed by health-conscious San Diego residents for preventing tooth decay and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride-containing compounds are present in many toothpastes to add another vital dimension to the oral hygiene regimen for preventing decay.

How are toothpaste and flossing related?

Flossing regularly in conjunction with tooth brushing helps with averting bacterial growth, tooth decay, and plaque buildup by simply removing chunks of food or substances that could break down the tooth.

Finally, what about the relationship between toothpaste and mouthwash?
The use of mouthwash cannot replace regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash simply adds yet another powerful layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.

Dr. Jeff Gray and the staff at Jeff Gray DDS want to encourage a committed, consistent approach to dental hygiene.

Located at:
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California 91942

If you need information about dental implants, restorations, veneers or crowns, call us today. If  dental implants
sound like something you would like to consider call us today. If cosmetic dentistry and sedation dentistry have crossed your mind, we’re here.

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How To Avoid A Cracked Tooth In Jamul

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Ouch! No San Diego dental patient wants the pain and inconvenience of a cracked tooth, so today in the Jeff Gray DDS dental blog we are going to focus on how to avoid this preventable problem.

The first thing to remember is that avoiding a cracked tooth is not rocket science; you should steer clear of chewing on hard things if you don’t want a cracked tooth! This includes ice, hard candy, and (sorry Santee cinephiles) popcorn.

Also, protect against any impact to the mouth that could be experienced during sporting events. If you are a member of a local Alpine or Jamul rec center basketball, ultimate frisbee, or flag football league, get fitted for a performance mouthguard at your local San Diego dental office.

Tooth grinding is never a good thing, and it can even lead to a cracked tooth or temporomandibular conditions. Talk to your dentist, doctor, or physical therapist and try some stress reduction techniques to keep your jaw nice and relaxed.

Be sure to keep your regular checkups with your San Diego dentist, because your dentist can spot possible problems that could predispose you to a cracked tooth, such as an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth.

If you have a cracked tooth, you’ll want to pursue the correct course of treatment and, if needed, explore some cosmetic dentistry procedures to fix any visible damage such as veneers, a porcelain crown, or a dental implant.

Hi. I’m Dr. Jeff Gray of La Mesa, where I practice general and cosmetic dentistry. My dental practice offers the following services:

Invisalign
Porcelain veneers
Teeth whitening
Laser dentistry

If you are in the Alpine, Jamul, or Santee area and are in need of dental care or have questions about teeth whitening or smile makeovers, please give us a call at (619) 337-7700.