Your Perfect Smile in Reno Is Only A Few Dental Visits Away

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What does it take to really change the way you look? Hours upon hours at the gym? Expensive trips to the most cutting-edge salon in the Sparks area? What about a routine trip to your dentist?

You may not love going to the dentist, but you will love the results when they help you attain a perfect smile in Reno with teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure, but the dramatic results never cease to impress. Your dentist can work with you to develop a teeth whitening regimen that will be most effective. This may include any of the following three methods:

1. Bleaching in-office. Sometimes called chair-side bleaching, a special light is used while a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth. A rubber shield or protective gel is used to keep your tender gums safe from the whitening agent.

2. Bleaching at home. Even though this is done at home, that doesn’t necessarily mean its completely safe. This is because the peroxide-containing whiteners used in these chemicals do have potential side effects, so it’s a good idea to discuss this with your dentist. Also, there are many at-home whiteners available. Your dentist can direct you to the safest and most effective ones to help you get a perfect smile in Reno.

3. Toothpaste with whitening properties. When a toothpaste carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance, it means that it contains special chemical or polishing agents. These will provide additional stain removal which complements the surface stain removal offered by all toothpaste.

At The Reno Dentist, we help patients attain a perfect smile in Reno so that they feel confident enough to tackle the day. Helping our dental patients establish good habits is important to us, as is helping them achieve the smile they want using cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening, bonding, and complete smile makeovers.

The Reno Dentist is currently accepting new patients, so give us a call to make an appointment!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Missing Teeth? Dental Implants in Reno

Dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth. If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, The Reno Dentist might just have the answer to your prayers.

No less an authority than the American Dental Association has said that dental implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the last four decades. That is probably not an overstatement. Unlike bridges or dentures, implants become a part of the patient, and function like natural teeth.

In a basic dental implant, a titanium post is surgically embedded into the patient’s jaw. This is the actual implant; an artificial replacement tooth goes on top of it.

Dental implants can also be used to anchor or stabilize dentures, in patients who are missing all of their teeth.

Of course, there is always a catch. In this case, you have to have enough healthy bone to support the implant. Even if you don’t, though, it is possible to add bone with a procedure called bone grafting.

If you’re missing any teeth, you can find out whether a dental implant would work for you by calling The Reno Dentist and scheduling a consultation. We also provide general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Stay In The Game: General Dentistry in Reno

Spanish Springs cosmetic dental and tooth implantsAs a general dentistry practice, we are partners in the oral health of each of our patients. The Reno Dentist provides all of your dental needs, from checkups and cleanings to fillings, and even cosmetic dentistry.

Your dental health has a direct impact on your overall health, and how you function in your daily activities. This is true whether you’re an ordinary person or an elite athlete. It’s hard to win a gold medal if you have a toothache.

A recent study cited in the British Journal of Sports Medicine explored how poor oral health affects athletic performance at the elite level. “More than 40% of athletes were bothered by their oral health with 28% reporting an impact on quality of life and 18% on training and performance.”1

The dental troubles experienced by Olympians and professional athletes are not any different than those found in the general population: tooth decay, dental erosion, periodontal disease, and inflammation around partially erupted wisdom teeth. It’s important to note that these issues are largely preventable.

Whether you are an Olympic runner or a busy mom who seems to be running all the time, dental health affects your overall health and quality of life. Don’t let your performance suffer because of poor oral health.

The Reno Dentist provide general and family dentistry. We also provide restorative and cosmetic dentistry, with such in-demand procedures as teeth whitening. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Ashley, Di Iorio, Cole, Tanday, Needleman, “Oral health of elite athletes and association with performance: a systematic review,” British Journal of Sports Medicine, November 11, 2014, http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2014/11/11/bjsports-2014-093617.full?g=w_bjsm_open_tab, accessed on December 19, 2014

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Gum Disease and Diabetes: The Reno Dentist

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Scientists have known for quite some time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. At The Reno Dentist, we are concerned with the connection between diabetes and oral health.

Our patients with diabetes know that maintaining proper blood glucose levels is the key to minimizing the risk of gum disease and related troubles for those affected.

Additional research is exploring the reverse relationship. In other words, whether poor oral health increases the risk of developing diabetes. Findings from a long-term study suggests that it does.

“We found that over two decades of follow-up, individuals who had periodontal disease were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life when compared to individuals without periodontal disease.” -Ryan T. Demmer, PhD, MPH.[1]

Additional trials are exploring how tooth and gum health jolts the ability of diabetics to manage the disease.

“Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.” [2]

If you have diabetes, it is essential that you see your dentist regularly, and are committed to daily oral hygiene, proper nutrition, and other critical practices. Furthermore, your success in controlling your blood glucose levels will improve your oral health and vice-versa.

The Reno Dentist practices general and family dentistry, and also treats gum disease. We also provide cosmetic dentistry, and treat headaches. Schedule an appointment with us today.

1Angelo Milone, “Does periodontal disease cause type 2 diabetes?,” Endocrine Today, November 2008, http://www.healio.com/endocrinology/diabetes/news/print/endocrine-today/%7Bacdccbd7-a2b2-4a9e-ac08-b29b53116908%7D/does-periodontal-disease-cause-type-2-diabetes, accessed August 12, 2015
2“Diabetes and Oral Health Problems,” American Diabetes Association, September 18, 2012, http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/oral-health-and-hygiene/diabetes-and-oral-health.html#sthash.9IlHJB8l.dpuf, accessed August 12, 2015

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Laser Dentistry in Reno

Affordable Sparks Tooth WhiteningDid you love those amazing laser weapons in Star Wars? So did we! But laser technology has real-world applications, too, including in dentistry. At The Reno Dentist, we take full advantage of it.

The word “LASER” is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A laser device emits a powerful, highly-concentrated beam of light. Lasers are used in hundreds of applications in many other industries, including communications, researching, manufacturing, and medicine.

Lasers allow dentists a degree of precision that was previously impossible. How do they benefit patients?

  • Fewer stitches (some surgical procedures require no sutures)
  • Shorter healing time
  • Decreased chance of infection
  • Less damage to surrounding tissue/bone
  • Increased patient comfort – anesthesia is often unnecessary

Sometimes you’ll hear the phrase, “drill-less” or “no drill” dentistry. That means lasers. We’re able to use lasers for fillings, and the removal of tissue, and in many other applications.

The Reno Dentist practices safe and comfortable laser dentistry. We also provide general and family dentistry, and a host of cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Captivate Audiences: Dental Implants in Reno

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Remember when being a toothless five-year-old charmed friends and family? When a lisp was considered precious and endearing? Doesn’t really work for adults. At The Reno Dentist, we can remedy that wtih a dental implant.

Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements. The implant itself is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jaw. A tooth restoration goes on top of that.

Because they are physically attached, dental implants and restorations look and function just like a natural tooth. They have the added benefit of preventing bone loss, which can happen when a tooth and its root are absent.

For patients missing most or all of their teeth, implants can also be anchors to dentures.

If you are missing teeth, have gaps, or are just not happy with your smile’s current status, The Reno Dentist has restorative and cosmetic dentistry remedies. In addition to implants, porcelain veneers give you an immediate smile transformation, and teeth whitening can give you a brilliant, dazzling smile.

A simple consultation will bring not only clarity but hope. Visit our smile gallery to see photos of some of our patients. The Reno Dentist also provides general and family dentistry.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


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