Tooth Implants: The Role Of The Abutment

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Dental implants, like those available from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, are one of the true marvels of modern dentistry: artificial teeth that look and feel like the real thing.

A dental implant is actually a titanium post that is placed in the jaw. It provides the support for the artificial tooth. A single, implant-supported artificial tooth consists of three components:

  • The implant, also called a post or artificial tooth root
  • The abutment, a connector piece
  • The prosthesis, a dental crown, bridge, or denture/partial denture

In this post, we describe the abutment: the connector piece between the actual implant and the artifical tooth.

A temporary abutment may be used just after the implant is placed. That’s because it takes several months for the implant to fuse with the bone. Once it does, it is a solid foundation, ready for the final abutment.

When healing is complete, most patients report anywhere from eighty to nearly one hundred percent of normal chewing power.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we have placed dental implants in patients throughout Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City, who also come to our practice for complete general and family dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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You Be The Judge

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A great smile can light up a room, and if that smile is yours you are bound to make a great first impression. You can transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV.

Are you skeptical? We invite you to judge for yourself.

Few of us were born with perfect teeth. Cosmetic dentistry uses sound dental techniques to improve the appearance of your teeth. Even one procedure can make a big difference to your smile, and several will give you a complete makeover.

The available procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening. This may be the most popular one we’ve got. Yes, there are plenty of over-the-counter products for brightening smiles. None of them can match the results you’ll get from professional teeth whitening.
  • Porcelain veneers. Our teeth undergo a lot of wear and tear over the years. Porcelain veneers are custom-made shells of medical-grade ceramic that we attach to the front of your teeth to cover chips, gaps, and other imperfections.
  • Dental crowns. Crowns are used to repair teeth that have been damaged in accidents or eroded by decay. They give a tooth new strength and improved appearance.
  • Bonding. Dental bonding involves the application of a putty-like resin directly to the teeth. We can correct small chips, coat discolored teeth, and even fill in small cavities.

Cosmetic dentistry from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV can give you a beautiful new smile, but we’ll let you be the judge! Find out why people from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to our practice to improve their smiles, and for complete general and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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Are You Smiling?

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The importance of brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is something we emphasize to all of our patients. Along with regular checkups and cleanings at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, it’s the best way to maintain your beautiful smile.

A good dental hygiene routine, something you do every single day without fail, is essential to your dental health. It’s related to your overall health, too.

Should you brush your teeth before you floss, or after? We’re asked that from time to time. According to one survey, there’s about a fifty-fifty split of opinion on which is better, with a slight edge going to those who brush first. We think you should do whichever you prefer. Just be sure to do both!

Are there aspects of your smile you would like to improve? Cosmetic  dentistry can give your smile an upgrade. Available procedures include:

  • Porcelain veneers. Thin shells of medical-grade ceramic cover any flaws.
  • Bonding. A composite resin is shaped on your teeth to repair damage or improve appearance.
  • Dental implants. Missing one or more teeth? Dental implants look and  function like the real thing.
  • Teeth whitening. For the most dazzling smile possible, nothing beats professional teeth whitening.

Are you smiling? At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we certainly hope so! If not, cosmetic dentistry can help. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City keep smiling with our general and family dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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Discover Why Patients Trust Their Smile To The Reno Dentist

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There are a lot of dentists out there. That’s just one reason why we work so hard to provide excellent dental care and build patient trust, at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV.

We may provide the dentistry, but it’s not about us, it’s about you. From the dentist to the hygienist to the folks at the front desk, we make it a point to address your needs and concerns.

When you’re settled into the chair in our examination room, communication is key. We’ll explain everything that is going on: during an appointment, and with any necessary procedures.

Dentistry can be a little jargony, and if an explanation of a diagnosis isn’t clear, we encourage you to ask questions. We always want you to be aware of the time and the costs that are involved.

We always see each patient as an individual. We’ve heard about other practices that rush patients through their office, like a car through a car wash. No one wants to be treated like that! To us you’re a person, not just another set of teeth.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, we want you to leave our office with a smile on your face – a beautiful, healthy smile! Earning your trust is critical to our success. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to our office for dental implants, complete general and family dentistry, and much more. Please give us a call to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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What is the Recovery Time for a Dental Implant?

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Once one of our patients at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV decides to go ahead with a dental implant, one of the first things they want to know is: how long is the recovery time?

Our answer? Recovery is difficult to predict, because every case is different. There are various factors that go into the process, but not all of them apply to each case.

Some of the issues include:

  • Any failing teeth? In addition to the lost tooth the dental implant replaces, patients sometimes have unhealthy teeth that need to be removed before the implant goes ahead. That extends the entire process.
  • Bone grafting? If there has been significant bone recession, we’ll need to boost the patient’s bone mass. This is usually done with a graft, which promotes new bone growth.
  • Osseointegration. This is a big word that means, quite simply, the process of the implant post fusing with the bone. We usually allow for about two months, but sometimes it’s faster and sometimes takes longer. Once the post has fused, it is strong enough to support a replacement tooth.

These are the main variables. It may sound like a lot, and sometimes it is. But it’s worth it! A new dental implant looks and functions like a natural tooth, restoring not only your smile, but your ability to bite and chew.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV dental implants can replace a single tooth, or support a full dental arch. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to our office for general and family dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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What Can The Reno Dentist Do For You?

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Not so long ago, your average dentist focused almost entirely on fixing problems like cavities or gingivitis. Not here! At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we stress good dental health, and treating little problems before they get out of hand.

A big part of this is seeing our patients for regular cleanings and checkups. For most, that means every six months. That’s just a rule of thumb, and can vary from one to the next. Those who are at high risk for something like gum disease, for example, may need to come in more often.

Regular checkups also help:

  • Cavity prevention. You may have the beginnings of a cavity but feel no symptoms. As with so many things, the earlier we diagnose and treat a cavity, the better. Treatment will be easier, and it can save a tooth that might be lost if the decay were discovered later.
  • Control plaque and tartar. Plaque is that filmy layer that forms on the teeth. It’s easy to brush it away, which is why you should brush regularly. Plaque can harden into tarter; it tends to accumualte in those areas where brushing doesn’t reach. Even flossing may not get it all, but we will!
  • Maintain overall health. By now the link between your dental health and general health is well-established. Poor dental hygiene is associated with conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.

Of course, it is essential that your brush and floss your teeth twice each day. Remember, a clean mouth is a happy mouth! Find out why people from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to The Reno Dentist in Reno NV for general and cosmetic dentistry. There is a lot we can do for you! Please call to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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Why a Root Canal Is Not Something To Fear

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This post from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV addresses one of the most feared dental procedures: the root canal.

If you find out you need a root canal, don’t panic. When we recommend this procedure, it’s to repair and save a damaged or infected tooth.

Why do people fear root canals? Simple: they have the reputation of being extremely painful. But in most cases, the patient is already in pain because of the damaged or infected tooth. Root canals will eliminate that pain.

And the procedure itself? The area being treated is completely numb from local anesthetics.

Root Canal Therapy

During the root canal procedure, we remove the pulp inside the affected tooth. You may think of a tooth as bone-like, but in reality there is a soft pulp inside. It surrounds the nerves and blood vessels within.

When  this pulp is damaged or infected it leads to a lot of pain, as well as a darkened apperarance. Once we have removed it, the space it leaves is filled and the tooth is sealed. Then it’s covered with a crown, which protects it and gives it a natural look.

Some patients report tenderness or pain in the days immediately after the procedure. But it’s usually minimal, and easily controlled with over-the-counter pain medication, what you may already have in the medicine chest at home.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV a root canal is nothing to fear. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to our practice for a full range of general and family dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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Dead Or Just Sick?

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Since teeth don’t grow and the enamel is not made of living cells, it’s easy to forget that teeth are alive. But they are, and we’re reminded of this when we have a toothache, or sudden sensitivity to hot or cold food. Like other organs, teeth need a blood supply to stay alive and healthy. At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, our job is helping you keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Veins, arteries, lymph vessels and nerves live below the enamel and dentin in the pulp of the tooth. When the blood flow is cut off, the tooth will eventual die. What can cause blood flow issues? Injury, trauma, infection, large fillings, and multiple restorations can impact a tooth’s blood supply.

We can complete root canal therapy to save a dead tooth if required. During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment) the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material. The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. The final steps are the core build up and crown.

After a successful root canal the tooth can last many years, but not always. Inadequate oral hygiene, decay, periodontal disease, an undetected crack, abscess, or degradation of root canal sealing materials can all cause a root canal to fail.

If you have any tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, injury, or other painful issues, talk to us about it right away. Keep in mind that sometimes there are no noticeable symptoms. That is why it is important to visit us for regular checkups.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we are committed to maintaining the dental health of all our patients. We have done root canal therapy on patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City, who also come to us for complete general and family dentistry services. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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5 Reasons To Schedule A Dental Cleaning Today

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Are you one of those people who dreads having your teeth cleaned? At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, we get it: no one really likes having their teeth and gums poked, prodded, and scraped. But for most people it’s simple and painless, and in the long run it is well worth it!

Here are five really good reasons to schedule your next cleaning:

1. Protect Your Gums

It’s not only cavities that can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease that leads to bone loss is just as bad. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates pockets of infection between the gums and tooth roots. In serious cases it can lead to tooth loss.

2. Prevent Cavities

Even if you brush and floss morning and night, plaque can collect in those hard-to-reach places. Only a professional cleaning can get it all.

3. Check for Oral Cancer

The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this sobering news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour—that’s 48,250 deaths a year.

4. Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, your mouth is a window to your overall health. The link between good dental health and good general health is by now well-established.

5. It Feels Great!

There’s nothing quite like that clean fresh feeling you get after a dental cleaning!

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, we offer general and family dentistry. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City trust us with their dental health, and also come to us for cosmetic dentistry. Call our office to schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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Raise Your Dental IQ

Raise Your Dental IQ

Little things you can do every day can raise your Dental IQ and benefit your smile. One simple lesson from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV involves bacteria, and everyone’s mouth has a lot of it.

But don’t worry, bacteria per se isn’t the problem. The critical thing is the balance of bacteria. This is where brushing and flossing come into play. Brush and floss properly each day and you will have a better chance of keeping the appropriate balance.

Other precautions you can take:

  • Wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!
  • Keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible. (Also, close the lid of the toilet before you flush!)
  • Replace that toothbrush. When it comes to your toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. Get a new one every three to four months.

If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can minimize the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. We offer complete general and family dentistry, and patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to our office for dental implants and much more. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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