What’s The Difference Between An Inlay And An Onlay?

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If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew with your back teeth, the surfaces may be damaged. One option for restoration is the use of an inlay or onlay made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain.

Inlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has taken place.

An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. In other words, an inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth, while an onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its former dimension.

The procedure begins with a comprehensive evaluation, oral x-ray, and an impression. The damaged area will be removed and then the inlay or onlay will be formed to precisely fit your tooth and bite. While it is being made, your tooth will have a temporary restoration piece to cover and guard the vulnerable area.

Finally, the inlay or onlay will be placed and permanently bonded to the tooth. Since the procedure requires removal of damaged tooth material, restoration fabrication at the lab, and the placement on the tooth, it will take a few appointments to perform the process.

Inlays and onlays safeguard the tooth from further degeneration, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous.

Dr. Wes Yemoto has been restoring teeth since 1980 for patients of all ages. Wesley P. Yemoto DDS is located in San Jose. We provide a range of general, cosmetic, and family dentistry services. Make your appointment today!

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Relax. Your Teeth Will Thank You.

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Most individuals have been warned about the physical effects of stress. Our doctors remind us to protect ourselves from the dangers of unmanaged stress by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep.

We know that we shouldn’t try to relieve stress with overeating, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, or uncontrolled spending. (Even though many of us are guilty!)

Stress that is not sensibly managed can affect the heart, nervous system, immune system, and digestive system. It can also affect—you guessed it—your teeth.

The obvious oral health risks are teeth grinding, jaw clenching, smoking, and the overconsumption of sugary foods. But did you know that stress can also intensify plaque creation, trigger canker sores and increase the risk of periodontal disease? Another problem is that when people are under excessive stress, they often neglect basic oral hygiene.

If you’re concerned about the impact stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment with Wes Yemoto at Wesley P. Yemoto DDS today. We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including sleep apnea/snoring, general dentistry, teeth whitening, and dental implants.

It’s ironic, but for some San Jose residents, dental visits cause major anxiety. What if the thought of visiting a dentist sends your blood pressure through the roof? Talk to us about sedation dentistry.

Relax. We can help you get the dental treatment you need.

 

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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


What’s New At Your San Jose Dentist Office?

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Hello, friends of Wesley P. Yemoto DDS, today we’re talking about the modern dental office. Dentistry is a field of continual innovation. There are always new and improved ways to help San Jose residents have the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible.

Many dental offices have found that switching to digital X-rays makes for more efficient appointments. Also, the dental images can more easily be stored in a patient’s computer file and compared with past images.

Diode lasers are innovative instruments that allow your dentist to detect bacteria levels in your mouth as well as find and treat cavities.

For patients interested in cosmetic or restorative dentistry, CAD (computer-assisted design) technology can allow procedures that involve crowns and bridges to be done in fewer appointments.

If you are considering a full smile makeover and want veneers, the newer, thinner veneers are just as strong and beautiful, but more of the original tooth is left intact.

I’m Doctor Wes Yemoto. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. My practice, Wesley P. Yemoto DDS, is located at 4860 Cherry Ave Ste F, and our experienced dental team is always ready to welcome new patients. We offer the following services:

sleep apnea/snoring
general dentistry
teeth whitening
dental implants
prepless veneers

Call 669-255-2764 today to schedule an appointment!

The following online article was used as source material for this blog: “Advances in Dental Care: What’s New at the Dentist,” WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/advances-in-dental-care-whats-new-at-the-dentist, accessed on February 1, 2012

 

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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Less Is More In Dentistry

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There are significant new developments in California dentistry: stronger, natural-looking materials; improved techniques; more effective diagnostic methods; and more precise instruments. Combine these with the experience and expertise of Doctor Wes Yemoto and you’re left with less of what used to make people dread going to the dentist.

Less Pain
Improved painkillers, lasers, and unprecedented techniques take the pain out of dental procedures.

Less Inconvenience
Laser dentistry, which employs powerful beams of light, has significantly reduced the time required to complete dental treatment.

Less Time Needed To Heal
Laser dentistry lessens recovery times for procedures such as dental implants, root canals, smile redesigns, and other types of oral surgery.

Less Risk
The overall success rate of many dental procedures, including dental implants, has increased.

Less Loss of Healthy Tooth Structure
Dental procedures such as decay removal, inlays, porcelain veneers, and crown restoration can be performed with less loss of healthy tooth structure.

Wesley P. Yemoto DDS, a well-respected local practice is located 4680 Cherry Ave Ste F in San Jose. We are currently accepting new San Jose area patients to our state-of-the-art facility. We offer advanced general and cosmetic dental procedures. Ask us about dental implants, teeth whitening, sleep apnea/snoring and general dentistry. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 669-255-2764 to schedule an exam, cleaning or consultation.

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Unexplained Headaches Or Jaw Pain?

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Hello! I’m Wes Yemoto, DDS, of Wesley P. Yemoto DDS in San Jose. I have been practicing quality general and cosmetic dentistry since 1980. Today’s post focuses on malocclusion, or bad bite.

Malocclusion is the dental term for a problem in the way your top and bottom teeth come together. The ideal bite is when the upper teeth are slightly forward of the lower teeth. You have probably heard of “overbites” and “underbites” but the two arches can be misaligned in many other ways as well. Crowded teeth can also cause a bad bite, as well as the opposite situation – teeth that are too far apart.

If the misalignment is very slight, there are often no related issues. However, if the malocclusion is moderate to severe, the patient is at risk for many other health issues such as difficulty chewing and speaking, headaches, hearing problems, increased decay, jaw pain, and gum disease.

The domino effect of these problems can get pretty serious. For example, chewing difficulty can trigger ulcers and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Consider also how these problems can impact a patient’s emotional well-being and power to perform their job.

Putting health issues aside, these problems can get pretty pricey to treat.

There are several effective treatments for malocclusion, but first you need a diagnosis. If you suspect that you have a misaligned bite, I hope this post has given you some good reasons to communicate with Doctor Wes Yemoto. Call 669-255-2764 to schedule a consultation and exam.

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Don’t Bite The Dentist!

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Bite down hard, but not on Doctor Yemoto’s hand!

Do you find that biting down hard is painful or awkward? There are ways to find the source of the trouble and there are ways to make it right.

Let Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry in San Jose, California help you with that everyday chewing luxury most of us take for granted. Let us get you back to chewing pleasurably every meal of the day.

As we examine your mouth and survey the damage, we will remain gentle and forthright. We can guarantee an extraordinary view of our ceiling. And if you haven’t already, come check out our caring staff. Call now while you’re thinking about it: 669-255-2764

Wes Yemoto DDS remains the dental provider in San Jose most worthy of your trust. We, of course, offer cosmetic dentistry. When we schedule you for cosmetic dentistry, you can be secure and confident that we’ve got it handled. We also encourage our San Jose friends to consider sedation dentistry as an option with us.

When it comes to dental restoration, improving your smile, instilling confidence, offering gentle care, and generally providing affordable cosmetic dentistry throughout the 95118 area, Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry is going to drill this home every time- Distinguished Dentistry in San Jose

Instead of the dentist, chew on that, San Jose!

 

Contact Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Suite F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Do You Eat A Tooth-Healthy Diet?

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Maintaining healthy teeth is an important concern for our local San Jose dental patients. As your Doctor, I’m committed to helping you care for your teeth and keep them healthy. Everyone knows that maintaining healthy teeth requires thorough daily brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your local San Jose dental practice is also necessary for preventing cavities and maintaining proper dental hygiene.

We typically forget that maintaining a healthy diet can also be beneficial to your teeth. A diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and healthy teeth. Examples of local San Jose foods to include in your diet include foods rich in vitamin B such as breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, usually fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

Saliva is essential to healthy teeth because it aids in maintaining the pH balance in your mouth. Foods high in fiber also encourage saliva production as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth or pull out dental fillings, so always use caution when deciding whether to chew gum.

Just as certain diet choices in the San Jose area can be beneficial to the health of your teeth, others can be dangerous. Foods and drinks that are high in sugars – especially soda and energy drinks – are more likely to form the acids that attack your teeth and result in decay. And while table sugar is often associated with the formation of cavities, other sugars such as glucose, fructose, and maltose are also causes, and are often found in juices and sodas. Limiting the consumption of sugars to mealtimes lessens the amount of time your healthy teeth are exposed.

Making good diet choices and limiting between meal sugar consumption can improve the health of your teeth and gums. If you would like to learn how to better care for your healthy teeth in the San Jose area, contact Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry at 669-255-2764. We would love to hear from you.

-Dr. Wesley P. Yemoto

 

Contact Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Suite F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Eating Got You Down, San Jose?

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San Jose men and women with missing teeth know that chewing can be difficult and painful. If you are looking at the cost of dental implants in San Jose and feel uncertain whether this is the step you ought to take, come see Wes Yemoto DDS at Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry to learn all about tooth implants. Dental implants are usually the best permanent tooth replacement for San Jose people whose missing teeth make it hard to chew and eat.

Improving a smile beyond just the functional needs can also be explored during an informative consultation with Wes Yemoto. Doctor Wes Yemoto of Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry in San Jose offers the Los Gatos, Cupertino, and Campbell areas straightforward advice about restoring your smile while still keeping it comfortable in the pocket book. Come explore the possibilities, including the cost of a smile makeover. Call to set up a personal consultation today: 669-255-2764

With experience in general dentistry, sleep apnea/snoring, prepless veneers, and even dental implants, Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry serves their new San Jose, and Campbell patients by answering all of their questions without a hard sell approach. The choice has always been with the patient.

If you have missing teeth, come see our experienced team and let them improve your eating experience. (Haven’t you waited long enough?)

 

Contact Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Suite F
San Jose, California
95118

 


A Toothache The Size Of San Jose

San Jose Tooth Whitening Patients often come into our San Jose, California dental practice and complain about ‘a toothache the size of San Jose’. I understand this kind of pain, and realize that when you describe it like that, it really hurts. I can help.

Toothache pain for anyone in San Jose can be unbearable. At the very least, toothache pain can cause you to avoid eating certain foods. Severe toothache pain can be downright debilitating, forcing patients to go to extreme measures to alleviate the pain.

Around San Jose, the most common causes of a toothache include tooth infection, decay, injury, or loss of a tooth. This could mean you need a root canal. Tooth pain can also occur after a tooth has been extracted or following oral surgery.

I can help you better understand the source of your toothache, and in most cases can provide a nearly immediate remedy. In severe cases, I am equipped to council you on possible resolutions.

Of course, the best way to avoid toothache pain is to visit your San Jose dentist often, and to care properly for your teeth including a regular regimen of brushing and flossing. If you are experiencing toothache pain, and just can’t stand it any more, please give me a call; I am standing by to help.

Other procedures that we offer in cosmetic and general dentistry are veneers, Invisalign clear braces, teeth whitening, and tooth implants.

Dr. Yemoto, DDS 669-255-2764

 

Contact Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Suite F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

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You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to auto pilot morning and night and get it done. But are you doing it right?

Actually, many people are making tooth brushing mistakes. You may need to tweak your routine to better support your oral health and protect your smile from dental caries and gum disease.

Here are important tooth brushing tips:

1. Take your time.
It’s understandable. You want to get it over with and go to bed. Proper teeth cleaning takes time and careful attention. Time yourself the next time you brush – you might be surprised at how promptly you finish. The process should take at least take two to three minutes. It can also be helpful to take a different route around your mouth every few days. By changing your process, you approach areas from a different, and possibly, better angle.

2. Don’t forget to floss.
No matter how agile you can be with your brush, it’s challenging to expel the plaque from all those narrow gaps between your teeth. That is where bacteria can easily propagate and start the decay process.

3. Use the right toothbrush.
It is ironic that some people impair their enamel or gums because they brush too forcibly with a stiff brush. Doctor Yemoto advises patients to only use a soft brush. If you’ve had gum grafts, you may want to use an extra soft brush.

4. Don’t keep your tooth brush near the toilet.
This is horrible to think about, but each time the toilet is flushed, bacteria is sent far into the air – even if you close the lid. Keep your toothbrush in a clean place and let it to air dry.

5. Use fluoride toothpaste.
This may seem like a no-brainer but you may be surprised that some oral care products don’t contain fluoride. And you may think it’s only for youth. Not true. Your enamel is consistently under assault from acidic foods and drinks and fluoride helps it remineralize.

 

 

Contact Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Suite F
San Jose, California
95118