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

Reno dental implants

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?

Spanish Springs cosmetic dental and tooth implants

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.


A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth In Reno

Reno Permanent Tooth Replacement Are you one of the many Reno men and women who has had a tooth extracted? If the tooth had been bothering you, it may have been a relief. Unless, of course, the tooth was in the front of your mouth and now the gaping hole shows every time you smile. Ignoring it is impossible because your tongue can’t leave it alone.

Once the tooth has been pulled, you have many decisions to make. Can I afford a dental bridge? Do I want to damage two healthy teeth to anchor the bridge? Should I go with a partial denture? What about bone loss?

What if you could have a fresh start? What if you could have a permanent, natural looking tooth replacement that would restore your smile and retain the healthy bone and gum tissue around the tooth root?

With a dental implant from The Reno Dentist, you can. A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. A dental implant consists of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

The Titanium Post
—Inserted directly into the jaw bone
—Extremely strong
—Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue (also used in knee and hip replacement surgery)

The Abutment
—Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
—Permanently attached to the post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)

The Restoration (Crown)
—Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
—Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth
—Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced

Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades. It has been performed by Reno dentists and prosthodontists for over twenty years. To schedule a dental implant consultation, call The Reno Dentist today.

The Reno Dentist
775-525-5692
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada 89503
https://www.therenodentist.com/


What Does A Missing Tooth Say About You?

Spanish Springs Dental Implants When you meet someone in Sparks who is missing a front tooth, what does that say to you? Do you wonder if they were in an accident? Do you automatically start making assumptions about their income, level of education and overall physical health?

Though it is extremely unfair, we are often judged (and misjudged) by our appearance. Even if a person is impeccably dressed and groomed, a missing front tooth detracts from the overall pleasing impression.

Here is a personal story from a woman who lost a tooth:

I lost my job and along with it my dental insurance, then a month later, one of my front teeth. It has been very hard to find work…. and I know the missing tooth has cost me several jobs.”

A missing tooth can be a big deal.

Dental implants not only restore oral health, they restore self-confidence. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Studies have shown that after more than 20 years, the vast majority of dental implants placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons continue to function at peak performance. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Dental implants are one of the procedures we routinely perform at The Reno Dentist to help our Sparks clients regain the beautiful smile they once had. Not all cosmetic dental procedures are as extreme as teeth implants. There are many minimally-invasive remedies for unattractive smiles.

Porcelain veneers instantly provide a perfect, gleaming tooth surface for Sparks clients with broken or discolored teeth. Tooth whitening is a quick and affordable dentistry procedure in Spanish Springs that achieves dramatic results without requiring the removal of any tooth structure. Call The Reno Dentist at 775-525-5692 for more information about smile design and restorative dentistry.

-Dr. Shane Sykes, DMD


What is “Better”?

As Scoutmaster I had the opportunity to spend the past week at Boy Scout Camp. I was teaching the scouts about tents and I had them erect two different tents, one a very expensive mountaineering tent and the other a simple low-cost tent from a local department store.

We then compared the differences between the two tents: One was made of heavy fabric, one of light. One had several stout aluminum poles, the other had two thin fiberglass poles. The mountaineering tent had a strong fly that came all the way to the ground, and the simple tent had a small cap to cover the mesh at the top.

After pointing out the numerous differences in the tent and discussing the qualities needed in a good winter tent, I asked the boys “Which of these tents is better?” They excitedly pointed to the bright orange mountaineering tent.

They were very surprised then, when I said “No, this one is not better.” I then proceeded to point out it’s weaknesses: It was heavy, bulky, cumbersome to erect, and very stuffy in warm weather; while the other tent was light, simple, and compact. Then I asked the boys “Which of these tents is better for winter camping?”. Suddenly understanding dawned in their eyes, and once again they excitedly pointed to the stout orange shelter. Then I asked “Which of these tents is better for a short summer backpacking trip in fair weather?” and they pointed to the cheaper tent, cheering “That one!”, still a bit surprised that they decided a cheaper tent could be “better” than an expensive one. Clearly, what is better or best depends on our goals and needs.

Dentistry has changed a lot over the past forty years, and no longer are you guaranteed to have dentures by age fifty. Today we can rebuild smiles and replace missing teeth better than ever before. Yet while there are a great number of treatment options available today available at every price point imaginable, no one treatment is “better” than any other. One choice might be “better” for me, and another one “better” for you, depending on our individual health, goals, and resources. At The Reno Dentist, our job is to help you clarify what you value in your health and your smile, and then determine which of the myriad of options is “better” for you.

We want to make sure that your time with us helps you become the “best” version of you!