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.
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.
In a perfect world, each of your precious teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. The truth is, however, that most California men and women will need to restore a tooth at some point.
A tooth can be compromised by dental caries, enamel erosion, a chip or crack, gum disease, or injury. Sometimes old restorations break and need to be replaced or root canals performed decades ago develop an abscess.
Dental Bonding Bonding, officially called direct composite veneers, is used to fix minor cosmetic troubles – small chips, cracks, discoloration, and spaces between teeth. A skilled cosmetic dentist applies moldable tooth-colored composite resin and shapes as desired. The resin is then cured with a special light to harden and adhere tightly to the tooth. Composite bonding is frequently the most economical option for improving healthy teeth with minor cosmetic issues.
Porcelain Veneers Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth. They are used when the underlying tooth is structurally sound and free of tooth decay. A beautiful veneer can cover a chip or crack or correct the alignment of a tooth that appears slightly off kilter as compared to surrounding teeth.
Fillings Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. A minimally invasive filling at Wesley P. Yemoto DDS leaves you with more of nature’s optimal dental material — your own enamel and dentin. We can also replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings. This makes your teeth look a lot better every time you open your mouth. Get rid of all that metal!
Inlays and Onlays A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are produced in a dental lab, they are usually called indirect fillings. A less invasive inlay or onlay may be used instead of a traditional filling or, in some cases, a crown. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are usually smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.
Crowns A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, durability, and function. A crown is generally required for a tooth that has had a root canal, a tooth with acute decay, or as the replacement tooth in a dental bridge. Attaching a crown to the abutment is the final step of a tooth implant procedure. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.
Soft Tissue Grafts Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to prohibit further damage. Gum surgery is also completed for cosmetic reasons such reshaping a gumline to eliminate a “gummy” smile.
Dental Implants What if a tooth has to be extracted because it is beyond saving? For many Wesley P. Yemoto DDS patients, a dental implant anchored into the bone is the optimal solution. A tooth implant consist of a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and beautiful crown. A dental implant had many advantages over a dental bridge. They are stronger, provide virtually natural function, prevent bone recession, and do not impact the surrounding teeth. For patients with multiple missing teeth, customized implant-anchored dentures can be developed in any configuration required.
For more details about any of these procedures, call Wesley P. Yemoto DDS at 669-255-2764. Thanks for visiting the Wesley P. Yemoto DDS blog. We appreciate your interest in our San Jose dental practice.
Even some San Jose people with top notch oral health want to improve specific components of their smile. Though proper brushing is critical for healthy teeth, it won’t re-contour a gumline or repair a chipped tooth. A cavity-free mouth may still have stained or slightly misaligned teeth.
If you want to correct the smile elements that can’t be improved with diligent oral hygiene, call 669-255-2764 to schedule a smile makeover consultation with Doctor Wes Yemoto at Wesley P. Yemoto DDS. During your consultation, we will speak with you about:
Cost Each smile makeover is completely unique, therefore the price varies from patient to patient depending on the specific procedures performed. During your consultation, Doctor Yemoto will give you an estimate for your cosmetic dental smile makeover.
Function Proper function is priority one. Your smile redesign will maintain or improve your ability to talk, eat, and smile.
Beauty This is probably the main reason you are choosing to transform your smile. Doctor Yemoto will describe the cosmetic improvements you can expect and the technical details about the procedures.
Sedation If your smile redesign requires several hours of treatment, or if you have dental anxiety, you may want to examine sedation. Doctor Yemoto will explain your sedation options and the associated costs.
Health If you have existing tooth decay or gum disease, these issues need to be addressed prior to your cosmetic concerns. It may be possible to combine needed restorative procedures with your cosmetic work.
Do you have extreme tooth damage, bone loss, or few or no teeth still intact? This post is for San Jose area residents whose mouths are in a world of hurt.
First off, we feel for you. We understand how severe dental issues affect you every day of your life.
Whatever the cause of the condition – chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, severe mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health – there is hope.
Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, pleasing smile or give you the beautiful smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally. How would that impact your life?
Replacing missing teeth and adding bone through grafting restores underlying facial structure, improving or preventing that “sunk-in” look that ensues when teeth are gone and the jawbone recedes.
Full mouth reconstruction (sometimes called full mouth restoration) is a term which refers to a combination of dental procedures that restore a smile for people with multiple damaged or missing teeth. Treatment may include any combination of the following procedures: crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, white filling replacement, tooth implants,porcelain veneers, implant-anchored dentures, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, and tooth whitening.
Dental implants are commonly the best tooth replacement for Wesley P. Yemoto DDS patients with missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. If there is not enough bone to anchor an implant, bone grafting may be completed to augment existing bone. The post integrates with the bone to provide a durable foundation for the abutment and beautiful crown. Dental implants are indistinguishable from original teeth in both form and function.
If you currently have dentures, communicate with us about implant-anchored full or partial dentures. Significant improvements can be made even if you only get two or three tooth implants.
Crowns (sometimes called caps) are used when there is enough viable tooth structure that the tooth doesn’t need to be extracted. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured. A crown can repair a bite misalignment and is usually needed after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.
Wesley P. Yemoto DDS offers a full menu of cosmetic dental procedures including total mouth reconstruction. Cosmetic dentistry may be more economical than you think. Talk to us about financing or a multi-procedure treatment schedule that allows you to pay as you go. Restoring a healthy smile may be the best investment you ever make.
There is no doubt that a healthy, pleasing smile positively influences one’s life. It lets us convey confidence and friendliness in business and social settings. A beautiful healthy smile also influences our personal relationships. When we smile, we appear (and feel!) younger and more attractive.
Research has shown that smiling also helps reduce stress, increase productivity, and express empathy.
But if you are troubled by dental problems, then you may feel insecure about your smile. A smile makeover is the solution to your problems.
When you visit Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry, you will find Doctor Yemoto to be very empathetic about how you feel about your teeth. Together the two of you make a plan to help you gain the stunning smile that you have been missing in your life.
One question to consider before going in is: What changes do you want to see in your smile?
There is no need to feel helpless. There is always a solution. Straightening teeth, fixing chips, replacing missing teeth, re-shaping teeth, and bleaching teeth are only some of the changes that Doctor Yemoto can perform. If you have a problem, your dentist will help you find the solution.
If you are worrying about the cost of a smile makeover, remember there is a way to make it happen. When you and your dentist decide on your smile transformation plan, budgeting becomes part of it. Together, you will figure out how to perform your smile makeover in a timely, cost-effective manner.
If you feel that a smile makeover can improve your life, book an appointment with Doctor Yemoto at Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry in San Jose by calling 669-255-2764. We will give you the brilliant smile that you can be proud of.
Hello San Jose friends! Have you ever noticed someone who refuses to flash a genuine smile? Even in a family picture, they stay tight-lipped. Even if they’re laughing at the funniest joke ever, they cover their mouths. Maybe this person is you and maybe you need a smile makeover.
Don’t be embarrassed! Here at Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry we provide the most advanced cosmetic dentistry care for our San Jose area patients. There are many reasons a dental patient could be shy about their smile, such as injury, tooth discoloration, poor spacing, or missing teeth. But chances are, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help.
Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have the confident smile you’ve always wanted?
Many patients start with teeth whitening. Other procedures include dental implants, veneers, crowns, enamel shaping, bonding, and more! We can also refer you to an orthodontist if required.
I’m Doctor Wes Yemoto and I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy teeth and brilliant smiles. If you would like to know more about smile transformations, give us a call at 669-255-2764 and our experienced staff can schedule an appointment.
Call today to get a smile you’ll never want to hide!
Have you ever wished your San Jose cosmetic dentist could glue new pearly white covers on your existing teeth as easy as you paint a wall in your house? Guess what? With porcelain veneers, it’s possible. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth.
Unlike a crown procedure, your San Jose dentist does not need to remove tooth structure to place the restoration. If the teeth in question have decay, come see us immediately.
Call 669-255-2764 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
At Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry in San Jose, veneers are used alone and in combination with other cosmetic dental procedures to create complete smile makeovers. Because they can correct cosmetic tooth misalignment in one visit, veneers are sometimes referred to as ‘instant orthodontics’.
Do veneers look like natural teeth? Skilled San Jose cosmetic dental lab artists create porcelain veneers with the color, reflective properties, and translucency of natural teeth: perfect natural teeth, that is. In addition, porcelain veneers can be made in any size or shape. Are veneers at Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry strong? Porcelain veneers are fabricated out of extremely durable material. If you have questions about whether a veneer or dental crown is the best choice for you, talk to Wes Yemoto. Doctor Yemoto will consider the size and condition of the tooth and its position in the mouth.
How long doveneers last? Some Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry smile makeover patients have veneers they received over 15 years ago. (And they still look terrific!) If properly cared for, veneers can last as long as dental crowns. Are porcelain veneers affordable in San Jose? The cost of cosmetic dental veneers at Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry is competitive with other premium cosmetic dental practices in the San Jose area. We use what we believe is the top California dental lab to create our veneers and a significant portion of the cost of veneers goes to the lab. Porcelain veneers are often less expensive in San Jose than crowns and orthodontia. For questions about the cost of porcelain veneers, call our office at 669-255-2764
In need of a crown? At Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry, we can provide the singular experience you deserve with the dental care necessary. Get discolored teeth brightened and chipped teeth corrected. Receive one critical procedure or full smile transformations. Your wish is our command.
Dr. Wes Yemoto has been serving noble lords and ladies with the royal treatment since 1980. We crown patients with beautiful restorations and empower them with the confidence of a regal smile fit for a king.
Call us at: 669-255-2764. We are located in San Jose and also serve Campbell, Los Gatos, and Cupertino.
Many people believe that cosmetic dentistry refers to services designed solely to beautify the looks of your smile as opposed to procedures such as fillings that repair a structural problem. However, there is much overlap. For example, the use of white fillings takes care of the cavities and makes your smile more beautiful. Other procedures used in cosmetic and general dentistry are veneers, Invisalign clear braces, teeth whitening, and tooth implants.
We want you to experience the transformation that comes from cosmetic dental care carried out by a true artist. Whether you need veneers, crowns, or whitening, we have an imperial seat ready for you to dictate from.
We look forward to making your acquaintance, your highness.
Distinguished Dentistry in San Jose -Dr. Wesley P. Yemoto
No one disputes the fact that bright and healthy smiles are more attractive. Everybody in California likes to see a great smile, and having a great smile is not only healthy for your mouth, but healthy for your self esteem as well.
I’m Wes Yemoto, DDS, a Doctor serving the San Jose community with dental services including porcelain veneers. We call our practice ‘Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry’, and we are located in San Jose, California. I provide dental services to the greater San Jose area from our comfortable and friendly dental office.
If you are looking for a dentist in the San Jose area, including Los Gatos, Cupertino, or Campbell, please contact us. I am currently accepting new dental patients and would love to serve all of your dental needs including prepless veneers, sleep apnea/snoring, and dental implants.
There are many affordable procedures that will allow you to achieve a bright and healthy smile. Ask us about sleep apnea/snoring and general dentistry. At Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry, we focus on high-quality personal dental care in a relaxing, attractive environment. To schedule a consultation, exam, or cleaning, call us at 669-255-2764 today – Dr. Wesley P. Yemoto
Some of the most popular procedures done in our office are: