Know The Facts About Oral Piercings

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Body piercings are a common form of self-expression seen around San Jose and across the country. This post from Wes Yemoto Aesthetic and Holistic Dentistry is for anyone with an oral piercing or who may be considering one.

Since this is a dental blog, you expect all sorts of alarms warning about the dangers of piercings. You are correct. Unfortunately, these piercings and the jewelry they accommodate can lead to serious issues not only with your teeth and mouth, but your entire body. They can lead to tooth damage, dental caries, periodontal disease, tooth loss, bone recession, compromised immune system function and, in rare cases, death.

In general, any oral piercing is going to open you up to an array of dangerous oral infections and complications. The mouth is full of germs and introducing foreign objects permanently is not natural for your body’s health.

A tongue piercing can cause difficulty chewing with unnatural chewing patterns that may lead to swallowing troubles. The jewelry produces excess saliva from the salivary glands, which throws off the natural balance of your oral cavity. Permanent nerve deterioration, excessive bleeding, and allergic reactions can also develop.

Metal jewelry also can easily come in contact with your teeth, leading to cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth. Your teeth are built to last a lifetime. Chips, cracks, and enamel erosion compromise their durability and shorten their life span.

Complications with some piercings ensue by the introduction of hepatitis and herpes simplex viruses, and even more complications have occurred with bacteria entering the bloodstream and eventually lodging in the heart valve. In rare cases, such infections are fatal.

Though not technically a piercing, some people drill small holes in their teeth to place rhinestones or other jewelry. Drilling into a tooth is dangerous for many reasons, including damage that can make a root canal necessary. The jewel also can attract bacteria that can directly go into the drilled cavity of the tooth.

At Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry, we discourage oral piercings. However, if you already have one and plan to keep it, have regular dental cleanings and check-ups at in our San Jose office. We provide a full range of general dentistry services.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


How To Choose A Dentist

Choosing A Dentist In San Jose Wes Yemoto DDS, an Esthetic and Holistic dentist in San Jose, would like you to consider him as your dentist. As you ponder the decision, he shares American Dental Association guidelines for how to choose a dentist. Here are some things you should think about:

Convenient Location?

Location is always a factor when selecting a dentist. There are lots of dentists and many options. While location plays an important role in convenience, many people are willing to drive a little farther for a better experience.

Do You Feel Comfortable?

Chairside manner is an important factor. Your dentist should be approachable and make you feel at ease when you are in the dentist chair. After all, your dentist will be working very closely with you to help you achieve and maintain oral health; you most certainly will want to have a comfortable relationship with your dentist and the staff.

Specialty?

Specialty is another factor. Some dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Others specialize in orthodontia. Depending on your need, you may elect a local dentist who can solve your immediate concern. Bear in mind, however, that it is good to have a general dentist who can maintain your dental history and provide ongoing general dental care.

We are accepting new patients at Wes Yemoto DDS Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry in San Jose. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to make an appointment today.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


You May Have Gingivitis

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Everyne’s mouth is a cozy home for over 600 types of bacteria. If you are dedicated to oral hygiene and have healthy gums, these microbes usually don’t affect your health. But as the team at Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry warns, if you have gum disease, bacteria can enter your bloodstream through your gums and cause trouble.

The first sign of gingivitis is swollen, sore gums.

It is vital for people to understand that it is not normal for gums to bleed when they are brushed or flossed. Sore, swollen, or bleeding gums are a signal that something is not right.

If you haven’t had an oral examination in a while and live in the San Jose area, call Wesley P. Yemoto DDS at 408-266-9957.

DoctorYemoto will perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums and take time to discuss the results and recommendations with you.

Wesley P. Yemoto DDS is a full-service dental practice at 4860 Cherry Ave Ste F in San Jose. We provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry for patients who live in San Jose and the nearby communities of Los Gatos, Cupertino and Campbell.

During your dental consultation, we can discuss any cosmetic or restorative procedures in which you are interested. Some of the procedures that we use to achieve stunning smiles are porcelain veneers, orthodontics, dental implants, and tooth bleaching.

If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in a while, we invite you to schedule a comprehensive cleaning. Our hygienists are skilled professionals who complete the ultimate in dental deep-cleanings.

Oral health and overall health go hand in hand. Schedule a dental consultation today by calling 408-266-9957.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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Today’s post focuses on professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning from your San Jose CA dentist, if you already practice dental hygiene daily at home.

The answer is yes! Both processes are vital because they work in tandem to maintain oral health.

At Wes Yemoto Esthetic  and Holistic Dentistry, we encourage patients to practice preventative dentistry by brushing and flossing after each meal, and seeing us every six months for a cleaning and checkup.

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate, regardless of daily brushing and flossing. In fact, when plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

A hygienist will first use a vibrating ultrasonic tool to dislodge the largest pieces of tartar. This process may tickle a bit. The hygienist will then use tools with finer attachments to remove the smaller pieces of calculus. When all plaque and tartar is gone, polishing is the final step in the cleaning process.

The goal is to make your tooth surfaces as smooth as possible, to prohibit food particles from lodging in small spaces that are difficult to clean. If you are having an exam during the same visit, your technician may take dental x-rays. X-rays can reveal cavities while they are small and can be easily filled.

Let your hygienist know if your teeth are sensitive so he/she can make your cleaning as comfortable as possible. After the cleaning, a fluoride treatment may be given to help strengthen your teeth.

Before your hygienist leaves, you may want to ask if there are areas you can improve. Your hygienist can tell you which tooth surfaces had the most build-up. If the back teeth are presenting a problem, you can communicate with Dr. Yemoto about sealants.

If you have braces, you may want more frequent dental cleanings because food can easily lodge between the wires.

Call Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry in San Jose to schedule a professional cleaning. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


3 Behind-The-Scenes Dental Advances For California

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Campbell dental patients who have undergone a smile redesign are probably aware of the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures popular in the San Jose area. These include metal-free fillings, porcelain veneers, invisible braces, implant-anchored dentures, and inlays/onlays.

This post from Wes Yemoto DDS Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry focuses on some nifty advances that are used behind-the-scenes to benefit dentists and dental patients alike.

Digital imaging is not just for Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest. Many cutting-edge dental offices use digital X-Rays. Realtime digital images help us to more easily spot and treat oral problems including emerging cavities and bone recession. Digital X-Rays require far less radiation exposure and are easier to store and access.

Pinpoint-precise Diode lasers are used in myriad procedures including crown lengthening, root scaling, biopsies, root canals, teeth whitening, oral lesion removal, and treatment of dental decay. Laser procedures are easier on the patient and require shorter healing times.

CAD (computer-aided design) and CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) are used for many restorative procedures in Campbell including in-office inlays/onlays and same-day crowns. San Jose dentists who offer dental implants can use CAD/CAM technology in every phase of the dental implant procedure. CAD/CAM is used in California dental laboratories to fabricate crowns, bridges, veneers, and ceramic braces.

The future of dentistry is here today. To find out more, schedule an appointment with Wes Yemoto DDS in San Jose. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


The Dream Of No Drill

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If you ask dental patients what they hate the most about visiting the dentist in San Jose, chances are that they’ll mention the drill. Just the sound of it is enough to make people cringe.

Many may wonder if there will ever be an alternative to the dreaded dental drill. Guess what? Now there is!

Drill-less dentistry is also known as air abrasion or microabrasion. Air abrasion can be used for common dental procedures such as removing tooth decay or preparing tooth surfaces for sealants or bonding. These instruments work like a little sandblaster that aim a fine stream of particles at the area that would normally be drilled. After the stream of particles strikes and removes the decay, the materials are suctioned out of the mouth.

At Wes Yemoto DDS in San Jose, we keep up with technology, offering laser dentistry for certain procedures. We also offer general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Use Flex Account Funds For Dental Care

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If you have money in your San Jose flexible spending account you may want to schedule some cosmetic dentistry with a dentist in San Jose, before the deadline. Remember, you lose any funds left over after the plan year ends. Why not improve your smile with tax-free dollars?

Even a small change can make a big difference in the appearance of your teeth. You might consider getting a veneer for a chipped tooth or replacing a broken crown. Maybe you want to straighten your teeth with braces or replace amalgam fillings with ones that blend with your natural teeth. Teeth whitening is quick and easy and benefits even the most attractive smiles.

Perhaps aesthetic dentistry is not your first priority. Maybe you have a more pressing dental need such as a cavity that is bothering you or swollen gums. Don’t let these problems get worse and possibly more expensive to treat.

At Wes Yemoto DDS in San Jose, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule a consultation with us today.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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This post from dentist Wes Yemoto DDS in San Jose looks at dental implants. They’re a significant step forward in dentistry.

Looking into how much dental implants cost and getting a simple answer can be frustrating. But there is a reason for that.

It can be confusing to research the cost of getting a dental implant and finding nothing solid on the web. But there’s a reasons why most dental practice sites don’t publish the cost of tooth implants.

1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than it Should
The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Tooth implant dentists want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes an easy consultation to review dental history, evaluate needs and establish a treatment plan. This could mean a more efficient surgery with fewer implants.

2. There Might Be Something Better For Your Mouth
While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the method won’t be what you thought it was going to be, or maybe you aren’t a good candidate for the process.

3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

A ballpark number might be possible to post on the internet but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees make it impossible to guarantee an accurate price for full mouth dental implants. Dentists who offer implants can precisely calculate dental implant surgery rates based on current prices when you come in for a consultation.

Please make an appointment with Wes Yemoto DDS in San Jose to find out more about dental implants. We also provide general dentistry. Call us today.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


What’s Your Dental Plan?

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To get and keep the best oral health, and to possess a brilliant smile, you need a strategy. The most basic part of that strategy is scrupulous oral care: brushing and flossing twice a day, and seeing your San Jose dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and checkup.

If you’re in San Jose, California looking for a smile makeover and need porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry or any number of dental restoration procedures done, your strategy should be: “Contact my professional neighborhood dental practice.” Wesley P. Yemoto DDS is at your service.

After your visit to our office, you’ll leave with more than clean teeth. You’ll have the peace of mind that comes from having had your teeth and gums carefully inspected. Any potential issues with your dental health, from cavities to early signs of gum disease, will have been identified, and a strategy for treatment put in motion.

Many dental problems, unfortunately, don’t give off any obvious signs until they are in more advanced stages. A trained professional can see and diagnose them. These include not only cavities and gum disease, but oral cancer.

Some of our patients are at a higher risk for dental issues than others, and these people may see us as often as every three or four months. High-risk groups include:

  • Diabetics
  • People with gum disease
  • People with greater tendency for cavities or plaque build-up
  • Pregnant women

The best strategy remains what it always has been: brush and floss twice a day, and visit Dr. Wesley Yemoto DDS in San Jose every six months. We practice general and cosmetic dentistry, and are a holistic practice.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


What Can Fluoride Do For You

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This post from Wesley Yemoto DDS Dentistry in San Jose focuses on fluoride: What is it, exactly, and why is it so beneficial to your dental health?

Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. It occurs naturally in different foods as well as in water. Many communities adjust the fluoride content of their municipal water.

Fluoride is also added to oral care products. This makes it possible for you to apply fluoride to your teeth when you brush or use mouth rinses.

And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it will help to prevent cavities! Fluoride does this by giving the teeth increased resistance against the acid attacks brought on by plaque bacteria as well as sugar in the mouth.

Fluoride is especially vital for children. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in. Therefore, fluoride exposure is extremely beneficial for setting the foundation for lifelong oral health.

But, stay tuned, adults: the enamel-strengthening benefits of topical fluoride are available to you as well! In addition to the oral care products mentioned previously, adults can get a boost of this miracle mineral during a routine cleaning and checkup.

At Wes Yemoto DDS Dentistry in San Jose, we provide fluoride treatments. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118