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What’s the Difference Between a Root Canal and Tooth Extraction?

Root canals and extractions are performed routinely. Either one will improve your oral health by removing decay. Learn the difference between the two below. Your natural teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, teeth sometimes become so decayed or damaged that advanced dental treatment is needed. But the good news is your dentist has

Why It’s Crucial To Replace Missing Back Teeth

Some people who lose a posterior tooth question whether to replace it. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to take over the chewing functions. Why not avert the expense to replace it and save some money? Actually, there are several important reasons to replace a back tooth with a tooth

Why Is An Implant Better For Oral Health?

WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT? A complete dental implant restoration includes 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

Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad…Dentist?

People that suffer from ‘dental phobia’(Dentophobia) may feel better knowing that this is a fairly common treatable condition. Know that the medical community takes this disorder seriously. Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia: (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be problematic, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on a

What’s the Difference Between Silver Fillings and White Fillings?

In today’s post, we discuss fillings. WHAT IS A COMPOSITE FILLING? Composite fillings are fabricated with a mixture of glass or quartz and resin which results in a natural tooth-colored material. They are extremely durable when bonded to the tooth with adhesive. WHAT IS AN AMALGAM FILLING? Amalgam fillings are also called “silver fillings” though

What Is Oil Pulling?

Today’s Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry dental post looks at oil pulling; an alternative practice that has been generating a lot of buzz around La Mesa. Oil pulling has been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is the practice of swishing oil in the mouth for twenty minutes

What is an Orthodontic Pacifier?

Infants are born with a natural sucking reflex, and it is common for this reflex to evolve into a comforting behavior. Pacifiers can soothe a crying infant. However, parents often worry that a pacifier is harmful to a baby’s teeth. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents that pacifiers are generally safe for babies

What Does Your La Mesa Dentist Need To Know?

For optimal dental health, all La Mesa, residents should be visiting their dentist twice a year for scheduled cleanings and exams. This is a good time to make sure that you are brushing and flossing properly. It is also essential that you discuss issues related to dental health. Make sure to tell your dentist about any

The Not-So-Obvious Benefits Of A Smile Makeover

A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa is transformative for anyone who has been embarrassed by their smile for years. But it’s not just about looking younger and more attractive—though it most certainly will do that. It can improve your life in ways that many people might not guess. How

Smile Makeovers? Yes, We Do Those, Too!

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are known for emergency dental care. This includes extractions, root canals, and treatment for a knocked-out tooth. Our patients appreciate the fact that we take walk-ins. We are also open late on weeknights and even have weekend hours. If that were not enough, we also