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How Oral Inflammation Affects Your Health

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Welcome to Dr. Wesley Yemoto, DDS dental blog.  Today, we’re taking a brief look at periodontal disease.

Swollen and painful gums are symptoms of  inflammatory gum disease. Swelling occurs from an auto-immune response of the body reacting to an infection. Symptoms include pain, redness, and warmth. If the infection is left untreated, bone near the teeth may be affected. The body’s immune system wants to rid the bone of the dangerous material the bacteria is creating. Over time, bone loss occurs.

Inflammation in the gums also is associated with atherosclerosis, the occurrence of fatty deposits inside of the body’s arteries. It coincides with an increase of the blood protein CRP (C-reactive protein), produced by the liver. The more swelling there is, the more the liver produces CRP, which contributes to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and similar issues. CRP production is also related to arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and intestinal issues.

Scientists are currently looking into the relationship between periodontal inflammation and CRP level and the effects outside of the oral cavity. They’ve established links between periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

If inflammation is left untreated, gums can develop pockets that provide the perfect breeding ground for infection. The longer the infection persists, the more likely bone loss will arise, eventually causing tooth loss.

It is vital to practice preventive dental care daily at home and visit your dentist regularly. Dental appointments should include an exam, cleaning, and full mouth x-rays, along with the important knowledge and instruction on how to properly care for teeth and gums at home. Call Dr. Yemoto promptly if a tooth suddenly becomes sensitive or you observe any other changes.

Thanks for visiting our blog. For more details about inflammation or periodontal disease, give us a call at 669-255-2764.

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS: 669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Live Better With Dental Implants

San Jose Implant Dentistry Ill-fitting dentures can cause more problems for denture wearers than they solve. If you live with loose dentures, you probably regard them as a necessary evil. Though they certainly look better than a toothless mouth, they leave much to be desired because they affect two essential activities: eating and talking.

Missing Out on Life?

Unfortunately, some denture patients stop dining out with friends and participating in social activities because they are afraid their dentures will slip. Implant dental procedures empower former denture wearers to re-engage in life. Consider the benefits:

  • Stable. The implant is anchored in the bone.
  • Fixed. It will not move around in your mouth.
  • Prevents bone loss.  This sometimes occurs when teeth are removed.
  • They eliminate the necessity of regular denture relines.
  • They do not aggravate gums.
  • No denture adhesive is necessary.

Patients who have replaced their traditional dentures with implant overdentures enthusiastically say that the dental implant cost was more than worth it.

Get Your Life Back

Do you want to eat normally again? Can you put a price on confidence?

For more information about dental implants, call 669-255-2764 to schedule a consultation with Wes Yemoto. Wesley P. Yemoto DDS is located at 4860 Cherry Ave Ste F in San Jose. We have been providing unmatched dental care since 1980.

“Distinguished Dentistry in San Jose”

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS: 669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Don’t Like Your Teeth? 5 Great Reasons To Get A Smile Makeover!

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Hello, San Jose! When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? If the answer is, ‘Not really,’ then you may want to consider these 5 reasons to make some small improvements or undergo a complete smile re-design.

5. A little goes a long way. Some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as teeth whitening and tooth-colored fillings are simple but have dramatic results.

4. It’s more affordable than you think. Speak with us about the varying costs of cosmetic dentistry. You may be surprised at the prices (in a good way!).

3. Your dentist will keep you comfortable. Many people worry that the procedures are painful, but we’ll help you stay relaxed and free from discomfort whether you’re getting tooth-colored fillings, dental implants, veneers, or a complete smile makeover. Ask your dentist about oral sedation.

2. You will look and feel younger!

1. Regardless of your dental problems, chances are, we can help you. Some Campbell residents believe they have to live with stained, chipped, cracked, crooked, or missing teeth, but today’s dentists have the tools and procedures to fix all of these dental problems and more.

If you are in the San Jose area and are looking for a dentist, I would love to serve you. My name is Doctor Wes Yemoto. I have been practicing quality dentistry in a San Jose, California since 1980. Please call 669-255-2764 for an appointment.

Wesley P. Yemoto DDS offers the following services:

sleep apnea/snoring
general dentistry
teeth whitening
dental implants

We are accepting new patients and would love to serve you.

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS: 669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


3-Tooth Solution For A 1-Tooth Problem?

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Do you have a missing tooth?
Are you considering the different types of restorative dental procedures available?
Does a dental bridge seem to make the most sense financially?

If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your mouth, it is essential to examine the differences between a dental bridge and a tooth implant.

Dental bridges have replaced teeth for generations of San Jose dental patients. However, they have some drawbacks:

  • They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem – the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
  • It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
  • A dental bridge does not protect against bone recession at the extraction site.

Why does a tooth implant have advantages over a dental bridge?

  • It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
  • It is usually stronger.
  • Will diminish the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
  • It is usually not as difficult to clean as a dental bridge – lower risk of decay.
  • They ordinarily last longer.
  • Dental implants can support a denture or partial denture.

If you need to replace a tooth, talk to your dentist about dental financing options. In most cases, a dental implant is less costly in the long run.

If you want to learn more about dental implants,we invite you to call Wesley P. Yemoto DDS at 669-255-2764. We’re dedicated to restoring smiles for our San Jose area patients with remarkable permanent restorations. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation.

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS: 669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Tooth Replacement For The 21st Century

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Not everything was better back in the “good old days.” Take dentures, for instance. Dentures have been around for generations and improved the lives of thousands of people who have lost many or all of their teeth.

However, Grandpa’s traditional false teeth are not the prime tooth replacement. Traditional dentures can impede many vital oral functions: chewing, tasting, swallowing, talking, and smiling.

You may know denture wearers who have stopped attending social activities because they are embarrassed by dentures that are far from inconspicuous. Some have even stopped eating their favorite foods because their dentures curtail their power to taste and/or chew.

I have extraordinary news for San Jose residents with missing teeth: Dentures have evolved!

Implant-anchored or implant-supported dentures are far superior than traditional dentures for many patients. So much better, in fact, that there really should be another term for this breakthrough tooth replacement system – a term that doesn’t include the word “denture.” (If you can think of a good name, let us know.)

There are two types of implant anchored dentures; removable and permanent. No adhesive is required for either system. With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable. In addition, they are usually less costly than replacing each missing tooth with an implant. (The cost varies depending on the number of implants required and other factors.)

Screw retentions require enough bone thickness to allow the implant to securely mesh with the existing bone. Unfortunately, some patients who have been missing teeth for a long period of time have experienced bone recession. For patients who lack the necessary amount of bone, mini-implants may be an alternative.

Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment which allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type because they can remove them at night for cleaning. Countless San Jose patients who have traded in their traditional dentures report that their implant anchored dentures have significantly improved their life.

The remarkable benefits of implant-supported dentures include:

Increased comfort
Natural appearance
Normal tooth function
Improved durability
Better bone retention
Denture relines not
necessary
Minimal gum irritation
No denture adhesive necessary

For more specifics about dental implants, call 669-255-2764 to schedule a consultation with Wes Yemoto. Wesley P. Yemoto DDS is located at 4860 Cherry Ave Ste F in San Jose. We have been providing quality care and personal attention since 1980.

Distinguished Dentistry in San Jose

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS: 669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Royalty At Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry In San Jose

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When Dr. Wes Yemoto crowns one of our patients, the coronation is a celebration of a stronger smile.

The necessity of a dental crown is usually readily apparent. Based on how much tooth is available to hold in a filling, sometimes a crown is necessary to add more support and to keep the tooth from falling apart or breaking. Crowns are also needed as a sturdy support for dental bridges.

A crown restores your tooth to normal shape, size and strength, and allows it to resume its proper place as a team player with the other teeth.

Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry has been serving patients throughout California with singular efficiency, expertise and personal attention since 1980. If you live in San Jose, Campbell, Los Gatos, or Cupertino, you could be our next royal to smile and wave for the paparazzi.

Consult with Dr. Yemoto to find out if you are a candidate for innovative restorative procedures. Keep in mind that crowns come in a variety of strong, reliable materials. Matching the natural color of your teeth increases the beauty of your smile. Gold crowns are incredibly strong and have the “bling” factor, but there are plenty of other options.

In addition to restorative services, we would love to meet with you about cleanings, cosmetic services, teeth whitening, braces, veneers, and other smile makeover possibilities.

We are equipped to offer prepless veneers, sleep apnea/snoring, dental implants, general dentistry and a long list of other procedures. Schedule your visit today with our experienced staff at 669-255-2764.

A crown can return your tooth to all its former glory as a smiling, glowing, expert chewing machine.

 

Contact Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry: 669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Suite F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Solving Dental Dilemmas At Wesley P. Yemoto DDS

Cosmetic Dental Solutions in San Jose San Jose cosmetic dentists use dental crowns to solve a number of dental dilemmas. A dental crown is a strong, natural-looking permanent tooth restoration that covers the top of the damaged tooth.

San Jose family dentists recommend crowns to remedy the following problems:

  • A broken tooth with decay
  • An ill-fitting existing crown
  • A decayed tooth that has lost significant tooth structure
  • A tooth that has had a root canal
  • A tooth that is too small or misshapen
  • A tooth that causes a bite problem

Before your Los Gatos dentist can attach the crown to your tooth, we must prepare the tooth. Cupertino family dentists often apply a local anesthetic so you won’t feel pain during the prepping. Your dentist will remove decay, if any, and shape the tooth to receive the crown. Then a mold is taken of the prepped tooth and surrounding teeth.

A temporary crown is then placed on the tooth to protect it until you return to your Campbell dentistry office to receive the permanent restoration. The patient needs to be careful while wearing the temporary crown. Vigorous brushing or flossing can displace the crown or damage the exposed soft tissue. The Los Gatos dental crown patient should also refrain from eating extremely hard foods like nuts or sticky candy.

The mold of your teeth is sent to a California dental lab where your crown is built. Dental crowns are fabricated in three varieties: tooth colored crowns made of resin or porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and solid metal crowns. Each type has its pros and cons. Your San Jose cosmetic dentist at Wesley P. Yemoto DDS will choose the best crown material for your particular tooth.

What if you need a permanent dental restoration for both the top and root of your tooth? A dental implant is your answer.

For more information about complete dental restorations and other cosmetic dental solutions, call Wesley P. Yemoto DDS at 669-255-2764 today.

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Gummy Smile?

Gummy Smile? Many San Jose cosmetic dentistry patients with a gummy smile undergo crown lengthening surgery to bring proper balance and symmetry to their smile. Gum tissue and, in some cases, bone is removed to expose more of the visible part of a tooth. It is a safe procedure that does not affect healthy tooth structure.

A ‘gummy smile’ is a term used to describe a smile with teeth that appear too short because an unusual amount of bone and soft tissue hide part of the crown. Our San Jose cosmetic dental patients who have opted for crown lengthening love how their new perfect smile looks and feels. Some of our Campbell crown lengthening patients also choose teeth whitening for an extra-dazzling smile!

Crown lengthening is not used solely for cosmetic reasons. When a tooth is injured and breaks at the gum line or if a filling or crown comes off a tooth that contains decay, crown lengthening makes additional tooth structure accessible for further restorative work. It is also used to treat some types of periodontal disease.

At Wesley P. Yemoto DDS, we perform cosmetic and restorative crown lengthening for patients in the San Jose, Los Gatos and Cupertino area. The surgery can be performed by a general dentist, periodontist or oral surgeon.

If you are interested in crown lengthening or other cosmetic dental procedures and live in the San Jose, area, schedule an exam by calling 669-255-2764. We are conveniently located at 4680 Cherry Ave Ste F in San Jose. When you come in, we can show you before and after photos of California cosmetic dentistry patients who are enjoying their new smile.

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Beautifying With Bonding

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A cosmetic dentist’s toolkit is filled with capable tools for fixing most types of cosmetic tooth troubles. In the past few years, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and same-day teeth whitening have garnered a lot of attention. In today’s post, we are going to talk about an effective, yet relatively uncelebrated dental treatment that has been used successfully for decades. We’re talking about dental bonding.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is sturdy and natural looking. It is applied to the teeth while soft and putty-like, and then hardened (or cured) with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

Dentists use bonding to correct tooth problems caused by decay, chips, or cracks. Large spaces between healthy teeth can be filled with bonding material, and bonding can guard tooth roots if the gums have regressed.

Discolored teeth can also be lightened with bonding. Since bonding material is easily molded, teeth can be lengthened or re-shaped to more beautiful proportions. Bonding is often used as part of a total smile transformation.

I’m Doctor Wes Yemoto, of Wesley P. Yemoto DDS in San Jose. My practice, Wesley P. Yemoto DDS, offers teeth whitening, prepless veneers, sleep apnea/snoring, dental implants, as well as general dentistry.

If you live in the San Jose area and are looking for quality dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please call my office at 669-255-2764.

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


When It’s Better Not To Brush

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Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the essential job of protecting teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also protects tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly incredible. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

The team at Wesley P. Yemoto DDS encourages our patients to protect their tooth enamel for a lifetime of dental health.

This may seem counter-intuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is useful, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

Some people don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion. The calcium and phosphate in saliva safeguards your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left exposed. Chewing stimulates saliva production but constant snacking is not the answer for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water regularly can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of or upping your calorie intake.

In addition, tooth grinding wears enamel away. If you are one of the many San Jose residents who grinds their teeth at night, it’s important to get a mouthguard straightaway. People who grind their teeth are at a high risk for enamel erosion and the cavities that can follow. Athletes should also safeguard their teeth on the playing field with a mouthguard. For more details, talk to Doctor Wes Yemoto about custom mouthguards.

If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already developed. It may be a hard change to make – but if you are successful – your teeth will thank you for it.

Using teeth as tools can impair enamel, as well. Take a moment to fetch scissors before tearing a package or ripping duct tape with your teeth. Do you really want to take a chance on chipping a tooth just to open a package of lunchmeat?

Chewing ice and hard candy can also hurt enamel. If you simply must have sugar, soft candy is best as long as it is not left to sit on teeth for long period of time. If your molars are packed with gummy candy, it can bring about cavities which erode enamel just as efficiently as chipping it with hard candy. Many of the old-school hard candies we enjoyed as kids now come in soft versions. Enjoy them sparingly because constant sugar is bad for teeth. Period.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion or other dental issues, Doctor Wes Yemoto can help you guard what is left. To schedule a thorough examination, contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS in San Jose at 669-255-2764!

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


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