Wesley P. Yemoto DDS is a full-service dental practice in San Jose. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and we enjoy helping our patients get the beautiful smiles they’ve always dreamed of.
Modern dentistry has a lot to offer those who want to upgrade their smiles. One of the most popular treatments were offer is teeth whitening.
Professional teeth whitening can transform your smile in ways you might not be able to imagine. Yes, there is a bewildering variety of over-the-counter whitening products you can find in any grocery store. They do a modest job in removing surface stains from teeth, but cannot compare to the professional-grade Opalescence teeth whitening we provide.
Porcelain veneers are another popular choice. These are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that are custom-made to fit over the front of your teeth. The results are startling: you get a brilliant, natural-looking smile. Veneers are a great way to fix chipped, misaligned, or stained teeth, and to cover gaps in your smile.
If you are missing one of your teeth, dental implants are an ideal solution. Titanium posts are surgically implants into your jaw bone. A tooth restoration goes on top of the post. The result is an artificial tooth that looks and functions like a real tooth. Best of all, they prevent bone loss.
Cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Wesley Yemoto DDS in San Jose can do even more. Schedule a consultation with us. In the meantime, please visit our smile gallery for examples of our work.
Cosmetic dentistry is thought of as the dental procedures meant to improve the appearance of your teeth and your smile. But at Dr. Wesley Yemoto DDS in San Jose, our understanding goes a little deeper than that. We want to dispel a few common myths about cosmetic dentistry.
Myth #1: Cosmetic Dentistry is Never Necessary for a Healthy Smile
Many cosmetic dental procedures are not solely cosmetic. Dental implants, for example, prevent serious problems such as tooth movement, bone loss and difficulty chewing and speaking.
Myth #2: A Dental Bridge is the Only Way to Replace a Missing Tooth
Dental bridges have been used for many years with success. However, dental implants are often a better choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants have many important advantages for Campbell dental patients. They feel like natural teeth, they are stronger, and they are easier to clean than dental bridges. Tooth implants can also be used to anchor dentures or partial dentures.
Myth #3: Over-the-counter Products are as Effective as Professional Teeth Whitening
We offer our patients teeth whitening treatments that are generally more effective than what you’ll find at the grocery store. Toothpastes and whitening strips may remove surface stains, but they do not provide optimum results and can often lead to uneven coloring.
Myth #4: Dental Bonding is the Best Way to Fix a Chipped Tooth.
Dental bonding can restore the shape of a tooth, but may not be the best long-term solution. If you have a damaged tooth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers.
Myth #5: Metal Braces are the Only Way to Correct Crooked Teeth
Traditional braces are still though of as the best way to straighten teeth. But Invisalign clear braces can correct most misaligned bites, are not very noticeable when you’re wearing them, and can be removed for meals and brushing.
Our teeth have many important functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.
We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, but its really full of small holes, kind of like a sponge.
In the inner bone tissue, the bone is constantly regenerating itself. This important process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulates this process. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink.
People with missing teeth not only have an unsightly gap in their smile. They begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging. It is not simply an issue of attractiveness; it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.
Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession
Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implants provide a solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.
What if your bone has shrunk so much there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure has a high success rate.
If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Dental implants can provide a remarkable smile!
The condition of your teeth has a considerable impact on your quality of life. Denture wearers understand this all too well. The path from oral health to a toothless mouth is downhill. Tooth decay and gum disease are painful. Treatment such as fillings and root canals can strain the budget. If the teeth can’t be saved, tooth extraction brings more physical and psychological pain. Extraction can result in bone recession.
The Drawbacks of Dentures
While dentures are superior to having no teeth at all, they certainly come with a myriad of disadvantages. They can irritate gums and make breathing, eating, tasting food, talking, and laughing problematic. And dentures are not a once-and-you’re-done solution for missing teeth. As the jaw shrinks, they necessitate relines.
Stop The Progression
But there is hope on the horizon! Dental implant technology can improve the quality of life for individuals who have been wearing conventional dentures. To a certain extent, implants stop the downhill progression of declining oral health due to tooth loss.
Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are placed into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a sturdy base for an over denture.
Restore Chewing Ability
Did you know that some denture patients retain only ten percent of their chewing ability? Implant-supported dentures can halt bone recession and restore near-normal chewing ability. Improved chewing function with implants can result in better nutrition and overall physical health and vitality. The psychological benefits are equally valuable. When Wesley P. Yemoto DDS patients are free of embarrassing denture-slipping, they are happier, more sure of themselves, and socialize more frequently.
Before you spend money on another denture reline, talk to your dentist about denture-stabilization implants.
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.
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.
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.