Why The Tooth Implant Timeline is Necessary

Tooth Implant timeline in Reno NVIf you’ve visited our website before you know that implants are the preferable tooth restoration for most individuals with a missing tooth.

The dental implant process can take several dental visits over a period of months.

Don’t let this discourage you. Each stage of the procedure is essential.

Remember that the tooth implant timeline is not a drawback. It is indicative of the permanent nature of a tooth implant.

The Dental Implant Timeline

1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment

A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the post or root replacement, the abutment, and the final restoration (crown, denture, bridge, or partial denture).

It all starts with a consultation.

At your first visit to The Reno Dentist, we’ll take X-rays and evaluate your mouth. We will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone.

Be prepared to consider your physical health in general and your medical history.

If you don’t have adequate bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting surgery. This common procedure is described on our website.

2. Tooth Implant Placement

The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how rapid and easy the procedure is.

  • First, we’ll use local anesthesia to numb the implant location.
  • Dr. Sykes will make an incision in the gums. This opens the gums so the bone is accessible.
  • Then, we drill a small hole the precise diameter and depth of the post.
  • The implant post is screwed into the hole in the bone.
  • We’ll take an X-ray to validate the implant is in the correct place.
  • We will then sew the gums back over the implant.

The tooth implant procedure will take from one to two hours.

OTC pain relievers are usually sufficient for post-surgery soreness. Most dental implant patients can go back to work after the surgery.

Soreness and swelling should subside after a few days. An ice pack (used on the cheek, not inside the mouth) can ease swelling.

If the implant site (and missing tooth) is visible when you smile, we will create a removable partial denture or flipper. You can wear this while you are waiting for the final restoration.

Make sure you practice proper oral hygiene but be extra gentle when cleaning around the surgical site.

3. Osseointegration

Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome a non-biological tooth root. Implant dentistry is only possible because the jawbone tightly fuses with the implant. This creates an extremely durable foundation for the post.

Titanium readily integrates with bone. The official term for this quality is “osteophilic.” For most individuals, it takes from three to six months for the post and jawbone to form a (hopefully!) inseparable bond.

4. Placing the Final Restoration

The last step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root.

The beautiful crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.

When you have your new smile at the end of this process, it will all be worth it!

 

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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Advanced Dental Technology At The Reno Dentist

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Today’s message explains how behind-the-scenes dental technology helps us serve our patients.

CAD/CAM

CAD (computer-aided design) and CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) are used for many restorative procedures. These include same-day inlays/onlays and crowns.

Dentists who offer dental implants can use CAD/CAM technology in every phase of the dental implant procedure.

CAD/CAM is also used in dental laboratories to create crowns, bridges, implants, veneers, and ceramic braces.

Digital Imaging

Most Nevada dental offices use digital X-rays. Realtime digital images help dentists to easily make a diagnosis. Dentists can enlarge and otherwise optimize a digital image to get a clearer picture of what’s going on.

Digital X-rays emit up to 70% less radiation. Plus, they are easier to store and access. Because they don’t require film or processing chemicals, they are more eco-friendly than traditional X-rays.

Lasers

Pinpoint-precise Diode lasers are used in dental care including crown lengthening, root scaling, biopsies, root canals, teeth whitening, oral lesion removal, and treatment of decay.

Laser procedures often decrease the need for anesthesia. They cause less bleeding because the laser activates blood clotting. Lasers help sterilize the treatment area, reducing the risk of infection.

The latest technology helps our team provide superior dental service to our patients. The future of dentistry is here today at The Reno Dentist.

 

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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Schedule Your Coronation

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We treat all of our patients royally here at The Reno Dentist, but some of them receive actual crowns. We’re not talking about crowns a king or queen wears, but crowns for your teeth! If you live in Reno, The Reno Dentist is the best place to get your teeth looking better than ever. And putting a crown on a tooth with problems could be just what you need to realize a dazzling smile.

Crowns are a remedy for many problems:

  • protect a weak tooth from decay, breaking, or to hold together a cracked tooth
  • cover and provide durability to a tooth with a large filling and little tooth structure remaining
  • restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • add strength to a tooth following a root canal procedure

If you feel like you have a need for a crown, don’t look any further than The Reno Dentist. Our dentists and lab techs have the experience, training, and proficiency to make sure your crowns are created and placed properly. There are many different kinds of crowns that serve different purposes. We perform a thorough examination to ensure the crown you get is perfect for you and your smile.

We then prepare your tooth so that the crown will fit the way that it should. Once the tooth is prepared and ready, we use state-of-the-art tools to fit the crown on your tooth. When done properly, crowns can last many years. Crowns are a wonderful way to protect and improve your smile.

At The Reno Dentist, we provide quality restorative and cosmetic dentistry. In addition to dental crowns, we offer general and family dentistry and serve the Reno, Sparks and Carson City areas. Let us help you today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W 7th St Ste 5
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?

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At the Reno Dentist, serving Carson City, Sparks and Spanish Springs, our team uses dental crowns (sometimes called caps) in many restorative treatments. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured, a crown can correct bite misalignments, and a crown is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic problems: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

  1. All ceramic (porcelain-based)
  2. Porcelain fused to metal
  3. Gold alloys
  4. Base metal alloys

Our team can help you determine which type is right for you. Factors to consider are: the location of the crown in the mouth, your budget, and any allergies to metal.

When many dentists provide a crown restoration, they use a process that requires two office visits. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, the dentist will make a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready. Some dentists have special technology that allows them to fabricate and place crowns in one visit.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns can last for many years, but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.1

At The Reno Dentist, we provide quality restorative and cosmetic dentistry. In addition to dental crowns, we offer general and family dentistry and serve the Reno, Sparks and Carson City areas. Let us help you today!

1Bader JD1, Shugars DA., “Summary review of the survival of single crowns,” PubMed.gov, 2009, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19146146, accessed June 16, 2014

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


5 Simple Ways To Avoid A Cracked Tooth in Reno

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A cracked tooth in Reno can be painful, unattractive, and expensive to repair. Today’s post in The Reno Dentist dental blog contains an easy-to-follow list of tips to keep your teeth strong.

1. Avoiding a cracked tooth means avoiding chewing on hard objects. Mind-blowing, right? People should steer clear of ice, hard candies, hard nuts, popcorn, and beef jerky. Also be wary of pitted fruits—that peach may be soft but if you bite hard into the pit, you could damage a tooth.

2. It is vital to protect your teeth while engaging in any physical activity where your mouth can be hit. If you enjoy pick-up basketball games, indoor soccer leagues, rec center flag football, and many other activities, you should be using a well-fitting mouth guard.

3. Don’t use your teeth as a tool. Locate a pair of scissors to open a package. Rip the price tag off a new piece of clothing without using teeth. Use a nutcracker for nuts. A quality dental crown can cost hundreds of dollars.

4. Most people know that grinding your teeth is dangerous, but did you know that it can lead to a cracked tooth in Reno? If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, speak with your dentist so you can address the problem with stress reduction techniques and/or a mouth guard. Having headaches or jaw pain frequently can be a symptom of teeth grinding.

5. Lastly, make sure that you visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to a cracked tooth in Reno, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. Your dentist may also discover tiny cracks you aren’t aware of. Take care of these cracks before the whole tooth is in danger.

If you already have a cracked tooth, never fear! Treatment is available for cracks small and large. Veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, inlays/onlays, fillings, and dental implants are all used to repair or replace damaged teeth. If you crack a tooth, call 775-322-5016 to schedule an appointment with a professional dental team in Reno.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

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:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Cost of a Dental Crown In Reno

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Preparing to pay for essential dental work can be a daunting undertaking. The good news is that the cost may be far less than you anticipate. Knowing your needs is crucial to planning your budget for dental work.

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Comparing the price of a dental crown for molars versus the price of a dental crown for smaller teeth or versus a root canal or double root canal can be difficult to extract from many dental facilities in and around Reno, Nevada. Get the current pricing and understand the role insurance will play in the out-of-pocket-expense for your dental visit by calling The Reno Dentist at 775-322-5016 at your convenience. Our helpful staff can explain pricing and schedule initial consultation appointments.

Identify Affordable Quality

Shane Sykes DMD has been here at 855 W 7th St Ste 5 in Reno since 2011. While procedure fees can fluctuate up and down depending on the price of supplies, equipment, and staffing overhead, Dr. Sykes works very hard to maintain affordable, quality care for our unique community in three ways:

  1. Through state-of-the-art training and up-to-date education for key staff members.
  2. Through precision work and personal dental care for each and every patient.
  3. Through business management best practices to keep costs down.

The Responsible Investment
Take the responsible step for your comfort, health and confidence. Don’t be afraid to schedule work for dentures, Invisalign, root canals, porcelain veneers, or wisdom teeth extraction. We want you to be confident that affordable, quality dental care is manageable and accessible. We want you to understand the importance of immediate care rather than putting it off until it gets worse. Review our website at https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-doctors/ and build that confidence. We want you to be confident in our office’s commitment to you.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W 7th St Ste 5
Reno, Nevada
89503


Dental Crowns at The Reno Dentist in Reno

Dental crowns have been used for over 2000 years. There is evidence that the Etruscans experimented with crowns on teeth using ivory and bone as early as 700 B.C. By 200 A.D., they began using gold crowns to construct artificial teeth. Ancient Egyptians fashioned tooth replacements out of seashells and then hammered them into their gums (Oral sedation, anyone?).

Porcelain crowns were first used in the 1800s. With the refining of metal casting methods in the 1900s, crown dentistry advanced significantly.

Today, crowns are strong, comfortable and are made to match your surrounding teeth.

Dental crowns (also called caps) cover the entire visible portion of the tooth and are cemented in place. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down or weakened by decay or injury. Crowns are also used to restore the original shape of a tooth or solely to improve the appearance of a tooth.

The most common types of crowns are:

  • All-porcelain (ceramic)
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • Gold

The material used is determined by several factors. If you suspect you need a crown, want to replace an old crown, or want to learn about other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Dr. Shane Sykes at 775-322-5016. The Reno Dentist is located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno. We have been serving clients in the Reno, Sparks and Spanish Springs area since 2011. We can recommend the best tooth restoration or cosmetic dentistry option for you.


Royalty At The Reno Dentist In Reno

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When Dr. Shane Sykes crowns one of our patients, the coronation is a celebration of a stronger smile.

The necessity of a dental crown is usually readily apparent. Based on how much tooth is available to hold in a filling, sometimes a crown is necessary to add more support and to keep the tooth from falling apart or breaking. Crowns are also needed as a sturdy support for dental bridges.

A crown restores your tooth to normal shape, size and strength, and allows it to resume its proper place as a team player with the other teeth.

The Reno Dentist, located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno, Nevada 89503, opened their doors in 2011 and has been serving patients throughout Nevada with outstanding efficiency, expertise and personal attention since. If you live in Reno, Sparks, Spanish Springs, or Virginia City, you could be our next royal to smile and wave for the paparazzi.

Consult with Dr. Sykes to find out if you are a candidate for revolutionary restorative procedures meant to increase the life of your precious permanent teeth such as a fabulous crown. Keep in mind that crowns come in a variety of strong, reliable materials. Matching the natural color of your teeth increases the beauty of your smile. Gold crowns are incredibly strong and have the “bling” factor. But there are certainly options.

In addition to restorative services, please ask us about cleanings, cosmetic services, teeth whitening, braces, veneers, and other smile makeover possibilities.

We are equipped to offer Invisalign, root canals, porcelain veneers, wisdom teeth extraction and a long list of other procedures. The cost of dental implants, the expense of cosmetic dentistry, and the affordability of restorative dentistry can all be discussed during your no-pressure, easy initial consultation. Schedule your visit today with our knowledgeable staff at 775-322-5016.

A crown can return your tooth to all its former glory as a smiling, glowing, chewing machine. Become royalty.

Dr. Shane Sykes
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada 89503
775-322-5016
https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-doctors/


Dental Crown Or Porcelain Veneer?

Reno: Dental Crown Or Porcelain Veneer? Reno cosmetic dentistry offers multiple procedures for improving smiles. Two of the most popular procedures in the Sparks area are dental crowns and porcelain veneers.

A dental crown covers the entire portion of the tooth that is above the gumline. A veneer is a wafer-thin, covering for just the front of a tooth. Veneers are made with several layers of ceramic laminate. Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, or gold. Both crowns and veneers are cemented in place. Crowns and veneers are durable and can last many years, though they are not stronger than natural enamel.

Both of these procedures improve the tooth aesthetically, but porcelain crowns are usually a better solution for a tooth that has been compromised by decay, damage, or a root canal.Veneers can perfect the shape of a tooth, repair a minor crack, cover stains, or straighten the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned. It takes a team of experienced Nevada dental professionals to create durable, natural-looking and perfectly functioning crowns and veneers. Your Sparks cosmetic dentist must prep the tooth, create a precision mold, and communicate to the lab technician exactly what is needed.

The role of the Reno dental lab technician is equally important. He/she must meet the precise standards necessary for successful restorations: the perfect shape, the perfect size, color that blends seamlessly with surrounding teeth, and the proper placement in the mouth. The team at The Reno Dentist provides the highest quality cosmetic dental services and restorations.

I am Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist. If you would like more information about crowns, veneers, and additional cosmetic dental procedures, I invite you to come in for a no-pressure cosmetic dental consultation. I can help you achieve a smile that is both healthy and stunning. Call 775-322-5016 today!