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

 


Creating Memorable Smiles At Wesley P. Yemoto DDS

Creating Memorable Smiles at Wesley P. Yemoto DDS

A smile takes but a moment, but the memory of it lasts forever. You can make your smile memorable and beautiful with cosmetic dentistry at Wesley P. Yemoto DDS in San Jose.

Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term that specifies dentistry with an emphasis on aesthetics. We perform general dental procedures in addition to providing advanced cosmetic dental treatments.

Wesley P. Yemoto DDS cosmetic dentists in San Jose are knowledgeable about the processes used to fabricate crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, braces and dental implants. Advances in ceramic and composite materials have boosted the popularity of San Jose cosmetic dentistry but these miracle materials are worthless without a skilled cosmetic dentist to incorporate them into a healthy and beautiful smile.

When designing a dental treatment plan for a patient, the patient’s goals and expectations are discussed. The most skillful cosmetic dentists consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth. The California cosmetic dental patient’s age, health condition and lifestyle also influence the plan.

In addition to cosmetic dentistry, Wesley Yemoto DDS in San Jose also provides general dentistry. Make 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

 


A Ginormous Cavity?


When Wes Yemoto of Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry in San Jose repairs a tooth that has tooth decay or damage, the procedure chosen often depends on the location of the problem. We’re talking tooth-specific locale here.

If there is a chip, crack, or cavities on the biting surface of a tooth, an onlay or inlay is often created to restore the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are a type of tooth restoration used successfully. They are usually bigger than a conventional filling yet smaller than a complete crown. An inlay is used to fill an area inside the cusp tips or bumps of a tooth. An onlay covers an area that includes more than one cusp.

At Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry, the inlays and onlays we place for our patients are indistinguishable from their natural teeth. Dr Yemoto has the finely-honed eye for detail and complete mastery of dental esthetics to design the restoration and create an exact match.

Wesley P. Yemoto DDS inlays and onlays:

  • Are stain resistant
  • Do not bring about tooth sensitivity
  • Are beautifully matched to natural teeth
  • Strengthen the tooth and guard against further decay or weakening

Call Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry in San Jose to book a cosmetic dental consultation today. We also provide general 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

The Dream Of No Drill In San Jose

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

Use Flex Account Funds for San Jose Dentistry

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

 


Too Common: Gum Disease in San Jose

Periodontal Disease in CaliforniaPeriodontal disease is not as common as it once was, but it is still more common than you might think. At Wesley P. Yemoto DDS in San Jose, we see patients with gum disease more often than we like.

Some patients aren’t even aware they have it until it’s diagnosed. That’s because in its earliest stages, gum disease doesn’t give many signs. It does give a few, though: tenderness in the gums, and a little bleeding when you brush. Fortunately, it can be treated.

Gum disease is an inflammation or infection of the gums. In its mildest form, it is known as gingivitis. The more serious variety is periodontal disease. It can be very painful in extreme conditions, and limit your ability to eat normally. In severe cases, it can result in tooth loss.

Both gingivitis and periodontitis raise your risk of such conditions as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. As with most ailments, early detection is key to treatment.

Treatment
After we diagnose gum disease, the first task is to control it. The first step is a careful, in-depth cleaning that goes beneath the gum line. We’ll use special instruments in a deep cleaning.

A procedure called scaling is the removal of tartar both above and below the gum line. Root planing smooths out any rough surfaces of the roots of your teeth.

In addition to these, we may prescribe oral gels and other medications.

If deep cleaning doesn’t fully correct the issue, we may recommend surgical procedures like gum grafting or flap surgery.

Gum disease is a serious matter, but the thing to remember is that most cases are treatable, especially if it is diagnosed early enough. Dr. WEsley Yemoto DDS in San Jose provides gum disease treatment, as well as general and restorative 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