Hello, San Jose smiles! Do you have a missing tooth that is detracting from your otherwise beautiful teeth? Let Wesley P. Yemoto DDS fill the gap for you and help you get your remarkable smile back! A dental bridge could be the perfect answer for your missing tooth and help you chew and speak properly.
A bridge includes two or more crowns on either side of the gap created by your missing tooth. These two anchoring teeth allow a false tooth to be held in place where the missing tooth should be. The false tooth that is placed in the gap is called a pontic. Bridges can contain one or more pontics. A pontic can be matched to the surrounding teeth if you settle upon a porcelain material. If you’d like, a pontic can also be created using gold or an alloy.
Dr. Yemoto will work closely with you to be certain that your bridge has a precise fit. Then one of our skilled hygienists will show you how to clean under and around the bridge to ensure that no tooth decay develops in the nooks and crannies.
Dr. Yemoto has been successfully restoring smiles since 1980. Thousands of patients have trusted Wesley P. Yemoto DDS with their dental health.
Come see us at Wesley P. Yemoto DDS to bridge the gap and love your smile again!
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 408-266-9957.
A crown can return your tooth to all its former glory as a smiling, glowing, expert chewing machine.
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 408-266-9957 today.
Today’s post looks at the complex process required to engineer a dental crown. Dental crowns can be constructed with metal, ceramic (porcelain), plastics, or varying combinations of these. We will describe the process used to create a porcelain crown, though the steps are similar to those used for other materials.
Modern porcelain crowns are a technological and artistic marvel that make successful reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry possible. This picture shows three crowns attached to two implant posts. While the most advanced California dental lab techs and proficient ceramists can’t make a tooth as strong as Mother Nature can, they are getting pretty darn close.
As far as beauty goes, today’s high-quality crowns are just as pleasing and natural looking as actual teeth. (A crown that looks like a white Chiclet and sticks out like a sore thumb is not a high-quality crown from Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry.)
When one of our Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry patients needs a crown, a dental assistant makes an impression of all the teeth. The impression is sent to a laboratory where the plaster teeth are separated. The individual tooth mold in need of restoration is scanned into a computer to have the perfect dimensions to send to the factory.
The cutting-edge factory has a computerized machine that will then pour plaster into cylindrical molds, forming blanks. Once hardened, the process of making the tooth from the plaster blanks begins.
The machine then takes the scanned data from the impression and begins milling out the contours found in the scan. The finished tooth is not to scale, being 20% to 30% larger than required. This enlargement is to allow for material shrinkage that will later occur.
The machine then dips the plastered tooth into liquid ceramic. The ceramic hardens and gives the tooth a glossy, natural finish that is indistinguishable from a genuine tooth. The machine then starts a new process of orienting the tooth with others. This time, ceramic powder is poured into new molds over the plaster tooth. The molds are put on a rod and then plunged into a water-filled chamber. Once the chamber lid is closed, water pressure increases, solidifying each ceramic tooth.
The restoration is then chiseled to perfectly match the plastered tooth that is inside. This tooth becomes the ceramic shell of the crown and is easily lifted off the plastered tooth.
This shell, or coping, will then be exposed to a high temperature for increased durability. It also shrinks to the proper size when exposed to the high temperature. Once finished, a plastic replica of the original tooth is created from the computer scan. The new shell is then tested for precise fitting over the tooth.
The shell then leaves the factory for the lab, where layers of colored porcelain are painted on it. A skilled ceramist – an artist in every sense of the word – may apply up to 15 layers of porcelain to perfectly match the variations in the surrounding teeth. This labor-intensive process accounts for much of the cost of a high-quality crown.
The crown is then fired to making the porcelain more dense throughout. More hand contouring follows, as needed, and then is finished with a clear, ceramic gloss.
All of this work results in an outstanding crown for one of our patients!
If you have a broken tooth or old, unattractive crown, or want information about smile transformations, call 408-266-9957 to discuss the possibilities.