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


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

 


Hate Your Dentures?

Sparks Dentistry Implant Perhaps you have heard or seen the Sparks dental industry’s advertising about dental implants. Most dentists claim that dental implant dentures can change your life. Does this sound like hype? Exaggeration?

Let’s look at the facts about dental implant anchored dentures in Sparks:

Chewing: An oral implant denture can restore up to 95 percent of normal chewing function. How important is chewing? Can you chew easily with your current full or partial denture? Can you bite apples? When was the last time you ate a raw carrot?

Fit: Implant anchored dentures stay in place. An implant denture doesn’t slide around in your mouth and cause sores. Those patients who exercise regularly especially appreciate this benefit.

Appearance: How does your smile look? Can you smile confidently? How many denture wearers love their smile? Implant anchored dentures look like natural teeth. They don’t move when you smile, eat, talk, bike, swim, dance, golf, ski; you get the idea.
Bone health: When teeth are extracted, bone recession can occur over time (in fact, this happens in almost every case). Because a titanium implant is an artificial ‘tooth root’ inserted into your jaw bone, your bone has a better chance of staying healthy. If there are no other adverse conditions present, your jaw bone should remain strong and dense, just as if the original tooth root were there.

If you hate your dentures, why don’t you come in for a consultation about dental implants and mini-implants? We can discuss all the particulars including procedure specifics, healing time and dental implant cost. Then you can decide for yourself if implant dentures will, as promised, change your life.

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Replace A Missing Tooth With A Durable Dental Implant

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Implants? Crowns? Veneers? Invisible braces? As dental technology and services have expanded in the Reno area, so has the vocabulary. Dentistry has advanced to provide many new solutions that address almost every possible dental problem.

Dr. Shane Sykes, considered one of the best dentists in Nevada, has proficiency with cosmetic and ideal restorative care.

In the past, if a patient in Reno had a missing tooth or a severely damaged tooth, Nevada dentists regularly suggested dental bridges or dentures, because they were the best options at the time. These days, industry-leading dental implants have proven to be superior to dental bridges for most Sparks patients. They can also replace dentures or anchor dentures for some patients.

A tooth implant provides many critical advantages over a dental bridge or dentures:

Longevity – Dental implants are heavy-duty and permanent, meaning with proper care they can last ten years or more.
Seamless – Fabricated to have the same shape, size and color of the original tooth, the implant will blend seamlessly with all the other teeth. If the original tooth had aesthetic problems, these can typically be corrected with the implant crown.
Function – A dental implant functions like a natural tooth allowing for normal eating and speaking.
Convenience – Unlike dentures, no adhesives, rinsing, or removal is required.
Independent – Like the missing tooth, the dental implant is treated individually. No damaging of adjacent teeth is required, as with dental bridges. This independence allows nearby teeth to remain intact. Cleaning is easier than with most dental bridges which can require the threading of floss under and around the artificial tooth.

Let’s review the tooth implant method:

If you are interested in getting a tooth implant, call The Reno Dentist at 775-525-5692 to schedule a tooth implant consultation. Dr. Sykes practices in the greater Sparks area from The Reno Dentist in Reno. Dr. Sykes will carry out an exam, take x-rays and go over them with you. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for the procedure, the process will begin.

Plaster dental impressions of both upper and lower plates will be taken. Dr. Sykes will correctly place the titanium implant, which looks like a dark screw, into the bone of your jaw. Over the next couple of months, the bone and implant will bond together to form a new root for your new tooth.

After the required time has passed for bonding of the bone and implant, an extension (called an abutment) is placed on top of the initial implant post. This post extension is then capped with a temporary tooth. Meanwhile, the team of professionals at our lab will tailor your new, permanent crown.

Dr. Sykes will then put the attractive permanent crown on top of the full post. This tooth will match your other teeth to create an extraordinary new smile. You will find that the comfort is the same as your natural teeth, to the point that you may even forget which tooth is the implant. The upkeep is the same, with brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups required.

If you want to know if a tooth implant is right for you or desire specifics about smile redesigns, call The Reno Dentist for more specifics. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

Today’s post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other problems. However, it is typically the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus required for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can restrict bone recession.

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the harmful infection.

Gum infections can progress undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increase the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if required.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

I am Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist in Reno. If you have experienced bone recession due to gum disease, an abscess, an extracted tooth, or any other reason, let’s discuss your options. You may benefit from a dental implant, soft tissue grafts, or bone grafts. Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life and impede further recession. Call 775-525-5692 to make an appointment for an informative exam and consult.

I pride myself in the personal attention and trusted dental care I provide to each of my patients. I understand that visiting a dentist can cause anxiety for some people. I promise you that you will feel comfortable in my care and leave the appointment with accurate information and an individualized treatment plan.

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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Hello. I am Dr. Shane Sykes. Thanks for visiting my blog. Today’s post focuses on missing teeth and bone health.

Our teeth have many important functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is continually regenerating itself. This essential process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movements of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

Reno people with missing teeth not only have an unsightly gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness – it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence in themself or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.

Modern Reno dentistry to the rescue. Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely completed with success in the Sparks area and can be done with your own bone, synthetic bone material or bone from a cadaver.

If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Tooth implants can provide a unforgettable smile! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Shane Sykes by calling 775-525-5692.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W 7th St Ste 5
Reno, Nevada
89503


Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant

Attention Reno Replace Your Dental Bridge Before You Lose TeethHello Reno visitors, welcome to The Reno Dentist. Let’s talk about a tooth replacement option common in Sparks: dental bridges.

While dental bridges have restored smiles for hundreds of Sparks dental patients, they are not problem-free. Many Nevada people with dental bridges find it impossible to keep the small areas around the bridge clean. This is not surprising because it is hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.

Of course, detrimental bacteria have no trouble moving in and taking over without the Reno dental patient even knowing it. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, but the person is also at risk of losing those teeth too.

That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most Sparks people with missing teeth are great candidates for dental implants.

A dental implant looks just like the beautiful tooth restoration on a high-quality dental bridge, but the important part is what you don’t see.

A dental implant is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used in Sparks. In a way, a dental implant is a more conservative tooth replacement because it leaves the adjacent teeth intact. The bone and gum tissue mesh permanently with the titanium post that serves as the replacement tooth root.

Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. Of course, patients with dental implants need to brush and floss, but cleaning a dental implant is usually no more difficult than cleaning a normal tooth.

Dental implants have a far better track record in Nevada than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime for smile-smart Sparks dental patients.

At The Reno Dentist, dental implants can replace one or more teeth, providing stability, beauty, and natural function. Moreover, they can also serve as anchors for full or partial dentures. No more embarrassing slipping!

If you want more details about dental implants, I invite you to call The Reno Dentist at 775-525-5692. I am Dr. Shane Sykes. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation. A brilliant smile can be yours with dental implants.

The Reno Dentist
http://www.lastheadache.com/
775-525-5692

Ask us about dental financing options.


Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant

Attention Reno Replace Your Dental Bridge Before You Lose TeethHello Reno visitors, welcome to The Reno Dentist. Let’s talk about a tooth replacement option common in Sparks: dental bridges.

While dental bridges have restored smiles for hundreds of Sparks dental patients, they are not problem-free. Many Nevada people with dental bridges find it impossible to keep the small areas around the bridge clean. This is not surprising because it is hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.

Of course, detrimental bacteria have no trouble moving in and taking over without the Reno dental patient even knowing it. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, but the person is also at risk of losing those teeth too.

That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most Sparks people with missing teeth are great candidates for dental implants.

A dental implant looks just like the beautiful tooth restoration on a high-quality dental bridge, but the important part is what you don’t see.

A dental implant is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used in Sparks. In a way, a dental implant is a more conservative tooth replacement because it leaves the adjacent teeth intact. The bone and gum tissue mesh permanently with the titanium post that serves as the replacement tooth root.

Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. Of course, patients with dental implants need to brush and floss, but cleaning a dental implant is usually no more difficult than cleaning a normal tooth.

Dental implants have a far better track record in Nevada than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime for smile-smart Sparks dental patients.

At The Reno Dentist, dental implants can replace one or more teeth, providing stability, beauty, and natural function. Moreover, they can also serve as anchors for full or partial dentures. No more embarrassing slipping!

If you want more details about dental implants, I invite you to call The Reno Dentist at 775-525-5692. I am Dr. Shane Sykes. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation. A brilliant smile can be yours with dental implants.

The Reno Dentist
http://www.lastheadache.com/
775-525-5692

Ask us about dental financing options.


3-Tooth Solution For A 1-Tooth Problem?

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Do you have a missing tooth?
Are you considering the different types of restorative dental procedures available?
Does a dental bridge seem to make the most sense financially?

If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your mouth, it is vital to examine the differences between a dental bridge and a tooth implant.

Dental bridges have replaced teeth for generations of Reno dental patients. However, they have some drawbacks:

  • They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem – the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
  • It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
  • A dental bridge does not protect against bone recession at the extraction site.

Why does a tooth implant have advantages over a dental bridge?

  • It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
  • It is usually stronger.
  • It will diminish the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
  • It is usually not as difficult to clean as a dental bridge – lower risk of decay.
  • They frequently last longer.
  • Dental implants can support a denture or partial denture.

If you need to replace a tooth, talk to your Reno dentist about dental financing options. If you decide on a dental implant, it will probably be less expensive in the long run.

If you want to learn more about dental implants, I invite you to call The Reno Dentist at 775-525-5692. I am Dr. Shane Sykes, and I am passionate about restoring smiles for my Sparks area patients with remarkable permanent restorations. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation at my Reno office.