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Missing a Tooth? Cosmetic Dentistry in Reno

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Have you lost teeth? Missing teeth are more than a cosmetic problem; they can pose a long-term threat to your overall health. If you’ve lost any teeth, don’t despair: cosmetic dentistry can provide a permanent, and nearly perfect, solution.

Dental Implants
Dental implants not only restore your smile; they can save the integrity of your jaw. When you lose a tooth, bone loss is inevitable because the tooth’s root is no longer there to stimulate and stabilize the jaw bone. An implant is a titanium post that is attached to the jaw. It bonds to the bone and provides the same benefit as the natural root.

There are three parts to a dental implant: the artificial root, the connecting abutment, and the final crown or denture. An implant is often the optimal restoration as it offers beauty, strength, natural function, and protection from bone recession that often take places at the site of a missing tooth.

Dental Veneers
If you aren’t missing any teeth, but are not comfortable with them, porcelain veneers might be your answer. They offer an economical approach to cosmetic issues like uneven color, size, or shape. They are very thin shells bonded to the front of the teeth. They upgrade unsightly, but structurally sound teeth.

Call The Reno Dentist to schedule a consultation, and see what cosmetic dentistry can do. We’ll develop a customized treatment plan and a schedule for completing the work.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


The Reno Dentist: When It’s Better Not To Brush

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Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the critical job of protecting teeth from constant use and the continual assault from food and drink. The Reno Dentist in Reno NV reminds you that enamel also guards nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes sensitivity.

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly wondrous. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush. Immediately after eating is one such time. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is useful, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

Some people don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion. The calcium and phosphate in saliva safeguards your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left exposed. Chewing stimulates saliva production but constant snacking is not the solution for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water regularly can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of or upping your calorie intake.

Moreover, teeth grinding wears enamel away. If you are one of the many Reno residents who grind their teeth at night, it’s critical to get a mouthguard promptly. People who grind their teeth are at a high risk for enamel erosion and the cavities that can follow.

If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already transpired. It may be a hard change to make, but if you are successful, your teeth will thank you for it.

Using teeth as tools can damage enamel, as well. Take a moment to fetch scissors before tearing a package or ripping duct tape with your teeth. Do you really want to take a chance on chipping a tooth just to open a package of lunchmeat?

Chewing ice and hard candy can also impair enamel. If you simply must have sugar, soft candy is best as long as it is not left to sit on teeth for long period of time. If your molars are packed with gummy candy, it can lead to cavities which erode enamel just as effectively as chipping it with hard candy.

If you have enamel erosion or other dental problems, The Reno Dentist can help. Cosmetic dentistry can correct a host of problems. We also provide orthodontics such as Invisalign clear braces. To schedule a comprehensive examination, call our Reno NV office.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


A Facelift For Teeth? Porcelain Veneers in Reno

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This article focuses on an effective and versatile cosmetic dental procedure, available from the Reno Dentist: veneers.

Porcelain veneers are individual covers for the front part of teeth. They’re an extraordinary way to correct a myriad of tooth imperfections, such as chips, stains, yellowing, unattractive shape or minimal misalignment.

Have you ever thought about a minimally-invasive “facelift” for a tooth? Veneers may be your solution! Durable, tooth-colored porcelain laminate is shaped into thin shells and custom-fitted for each patient’s unique set of teeth.

How many veneers should you get? This depends on how many teeth you want to upgrade, and their overall condition. Dr. Shane Sykes, DDS, will advise you on the most effective strategy.

The thickness, color, alignment, and shape of your teeth influence the final product as well as whether you have any gum recession. Veneers are matched to your existing teeth so they will blend seamlessly, but if you are planning to treat several teeth, you definitely want to have them made at the same time.

The first step in the veneer process is to make a model of your teeth to work from. After that, a dental technician uses the model to create the veneers to the precise size, shape, color, and extent of translucency. Experienced cosmetic dentists and dental technicians elevate the level of artistry in this. It’s a painstaking process.

Many patients wonder if veneers are as durable as their natural teeth. Though the veneer tooth-prep process weakens the tooth to a very tiny degree, with proper care, veneers can last up to 15 years. Dr. Sykes will advise you in detail on proper care of porcelain veneers.

If you are looking for a dentist with an artistic eye for impeccable porcelain veneers, give The Reno Dentist a call. In addition to cosmetic dentistry, we provide general and family dentistry. Call for an appointment today.

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Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Crowning Achievements: Restorative Dentistry in Reno

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Today’s Reno Dentist blog post looks at one of the miracles of modern dentistry: restorative dentistry.

Let’s pretend you are a biomedical engineer working in the field of dentistry before the inception of dental restorations. The men and women of your generation who have missing or damaged teeth want to repair or replace them with a man-made substitute. You have been hired to find that substitute to make fillings, crowns, and dental bridges.

Consider the physical and chemical requirements of this incredible item. It must sustain forces of 162 pounds per square inch, hundreds of times a day, day after day, year after year. It must be resistant to cracking and chipping. Moreover it must not damage the enamel on opposing teeth. This material must also maintain its size and shape and be resistant to shrinking.

It must be bondable to living tooth structure as well as other materials necessary for specific appliances. It must be compatible with the soft tissues in the mouth as well as tooth enamel, dentin, and bone. It can’t generate allergic reactions in the wearers. It must be corrosion-resistant to saliva, foods, and beverages. It must resist infection regardless of ever-present bacteria in the mouth. And it can’t contain toxic chemicals that could be absorbed into the bloodstream.

And we haven’t even mentioned the aesthetic properties. Ideally, this incredible material would look identical to genuine teeth in color, opacity, and translucence.

Of course, we know that such a substance exists because dental restorations have been around for a long time. Currently, there are numerous materials used alone or in combination including porcelain, ceramic, and metals such as gold and silver amalgam. Though the metals are immensely strong and malleable, they don’t meet some patient’s aesthetic requirements and are used mainly for back teeth.

Dental porcelain can be shaped to closely resemble the appearance of natural tooth enamel, and is strong and resilient. It is excellent for dental crowns, and is used in porcelain veneers.

The Reno Dentist offers restorative and cosmetic dentistry, as well as general and family dentistry. We are committed to high standards of excellence, and to restoring and enhancing each patient’s smile.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Not All Smile Makeovers Are Created Equal

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Hello Reno! Welcome to the The Reno Dentist dental blog. Let’s talk about cosmetic dental smile makeovers. Some Reno patients wonder if  the term is synonymous with general cosmetic dentistry.

Are the placement of four veneers considered a smile makeover? Well, yes and no. If your smile is attractive and healthy except for some chips in your upper front teeth, veneer placement may remedy the few cosmetic problems and result in a stunning smile.

Generally, however, a complete smile makeover combines several carefully-chosen cosmetic dentistry procedures performed at the same time for a complete smile renewal. In other words, the sum is greater than the parts.

For example, one treatment plan could include crown restorations, veneers for teeth that are misshapen but otherwise healthy, tooth-colored filling replacement for old amalgam fillings, and teeth whitening for the crowning touch.

I am Dr. Shane Sykes. I have been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry in Reno, Nevada since 2011. Performing successful smile transformations makes my profession extremely fulfilling. Patients who plan to receive a smile makeover should take their time choosing a dentist to perform it. I invite you to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your needs and wishes. During the consultation, I can tell you about my extensive experience and show you before and after pictures of satisfied patients.

When I design a custom smile makeover, I study several elements in addition to the teeth. After all, the teeth are just one component of the patient’s face. The gumline, lips, mouth, facial shape, facial structure, coloring, and patient’s age affect the scope of the design. This comprehensive approach to a smile makeover achieves extraordinary results and sets our practice apart.

If you are interested in learning more about smile transformations, call us today at 775-525-5692.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Small Dental Annoyance Or Serious Problem?

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Today in the Reno dental blog we are going to talk about stomatitis. Stomatitis is dental-speak for something very common: non-specific irritations found in the mouth. Stomatitis is typically caused by cold sores, gum disease, or even from biting the inside of the mouth (ouch!). Any time the membranes in the mouth become inflamed, they are referred to as stomatitis.

Most men and women have probably suffered from stomatitis and don’t think it’s a big deal. The good news is that these patients are usually right because the majority of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. While they might affect the ability to speak or eat or fall asleep, they are usually just a temporary inconvenience.

However, there are cases where a bacterial or a viral infection can occur in these areas of inflammation.

Because of this possibility, your Sparks area dentist should be aware of these issues. Even if you are fortunate and there is no infection present, your dentist can always help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis.

Hi, my name is Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist in Reno. I provide the highest quality preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry for my Reno area patients.

Source:
“Stomatitis”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/stomatitis-causes-treatment, accessed September 5, 2015

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Say Goodbye To Old Amalgam Fillings

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Remember what your teeth looked like before you had your first cavity? When you opened your mouth to laugh or yawn, the Sparks people with you could see only pearly white molar surfaces. (Unless, of course, you had been munching Oreos.)

If you are like many Reno and Spanish Springs adults, you started developing cavities fairly young and started receiving the ubiquitous silver amalgam fillings that were used by Sparks family dentists. As the years went by, two fillings became three. If you didn’t drink fluoridated water, three fillings may have became four. Now when you open wide – others see a mouthful of metal.

Fortunately, Reno people with silver amalgam fillings can regain the smile of their youth. The replacement of silver fillings with composite tooth-colored fillings is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure available at The Reno Dentist that can transform a smile just as dramatically as more extensive cosmetic dental treatment.

Composite fillings available at The Reno Dentist in Reno are comprised of a mixture of glass or quartz and resin which creates a natural tooth-colored material. They are strong and durable when bonded to the tooth with adhesive.

Hopefully, you don’t have a new cavity. But if you do, you can start off with a white composite filling. In addition to the cosmetic advantages over silver, the preparation requires the removal of less healthy tooth structure. A conservative (as possible) restoration at The Reno Dentist leaves you with more of nature’s superior dental material — your own enamel and dentin.

If you would like to improve your Virginia City smile by replacing silver-mercury fillings, schedule a The Reno Dentist cosmetic dental consultation today by calling 775-525-5692. We will develop a treatment plan to address all areas of concern. If you have your teeth shined up in combination with silver filling replacement, you’ll be happy about your new sensational smile.

Ask us about dentures, wisdom teeth extraction, root canals and porcelain veneers. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 775-525-5692.

We can make you look and feel great

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Saliva And Reno’s Dental Health

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Hi. I’m Dr. Shane Sykes. Welcome to my Reno dental blog.

Today we’ll be looking at the complexity and importance of your saliva. Though most people may think it’s gross, saliva is critical for dental health as well as digestion.

Saliva is mostly water, but a small portion of it is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The ideal pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is a vital factor in the development of cavities and other forms of tooth decay.

The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel surface of the teeth. Immunoproteins in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis.

Now that Sparks residents know how vital saliva is to dental health, I’m sure you can see why ample salivary flow should concern you. For most of my Reno patients, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate salivary glands to release saliva. However, dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is an ailment that should be dealt with quickly before oral health complications occur.

If you are in the Spanish Springs, Virginia City, or Carson City area and are looking for quality dental care, please contact my office today at 775-525-5692. We have been providing general and cosmetic dentistry in Reno since 2011.

Our knowledgeable staff would be happy to communicate with you about root canals, wisdom teeth extraction, dentures, porcelain veneers, and the other services we provide to our valued patients.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Let’s Talk About It

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Hello, I’m Dr. Sykes of The Reno Dentist in Reno. I am dedicated to improving smiles through cosmetic dentistry. Few physical improvements have such a compelling influence on attractiveness and self-confidence as a smile makeover. Excellent oral health and a pleasing smile contribute to overall physical health and a high quality of life.

If you have ever wondered how cosmetic dentistry could change your life, I invite you to schedule a consultation so we can talk about it. I believe that the initial consultation is the most critical part of any treatment plan. During your no-pressure cosmetic dental smile makeover consultation we will discuss the following issues:

  • Your goals for how you want your smile to look and feel after the makeover.
  • The status of your oral health.
  • The distinct aspects of your teeth and gums that you wish to fix.
  • Which individual treatments are necessary.
  • A detailed explanation of each required procedure (e.g. porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, gum contouring, crown lengthening, tooth implants, braces, or teeth whitening).
  • You can see before and after pictures of cosmetic dental smile makeover patients.
  • Your options for how to schedule the services (all at once or over time).
  • Information about sleep dentistry.
  • Answers to any questions or concerns.
  • Cosmetic dentistry rates and financing options.

Your stunning smile begins with an exam and consultation; give us a call at 775-525-5692.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


The Reno Dentist Guide To Teeth Whitening

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So you want to whiten your teeth? It’s a cost-effective way to beautify your smile, look younger, and feel more confident when you interact with people in business or social settings.

Here are 5 things The Reno Dentist recommends when it comes to teeth whitening:

  1. Meet with your dentist for a consultation first. There are several different teeth whitening systems and a consultation will help you determine which technique is best for you.
  2. It is essential to know that whitening does not affect existing fillings, veneers, or crowns.
  3. During your consultation, decide how many shades lighter you want your teeth to be at the end of the treatment. Depending on the whitening technique chosen, your teeth can be brightened three to eight shades. An in-office procedure achieves a degree of lightening that cannot be achieved with an OTC product. During your treatment, your dentist may apply a coating to protect your gums and roots while the bleaching agent is applied.
  4. An alternative method is to have your dentist customize a take-home kit for you. Make sure you follow the instructions accurately. First, molds are made from your upper and lower arch. Then the lab creates trays to hold the bleach. While this treatment plan may take longer, it is more economical and more convenient for many patients. Teeth whitening results from either treatment plan can last from six months to two years.
  5. With any of the teeth whitening systems, tooth sensitivity may take place. In most cases, it won’t last for more than a day or so. Call The Reno Dentist if it lasts longer.

The Reno Dentist offers general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including root canals, wisdom teeth extraction, dentures, and porcelain veneers. At The Reno Dentist, quality care and a comfortable patient experience are our top priorities.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Dr. Shane W Sykes and his team provide dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, headache relief and general dentistry services for Washoe County and the Reno - Sparks NV metropolitan area including Spanish Springs, North Valleys, Carson City, Sun Valley, and Fernley, Nevada, the Lake Tahoe area and Truckee, CA.


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