If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV may be just what you’ve been hoping for.
Why is that? Dental implants support replacement teeth that look and function like the real thing. Not only that, they help to preserve your jaw bone, which can deteriorate after you lose teeth.
A dental implant, stricly speaking, is not a replacement tooth. It’s a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw. Because it fuses with the bone, it becomes a part of your body. An implant is strong enough to support an artificial tooth, just like a natural tooth root. Several implants can support a bridge, and even a full dental arch.
Other artificial tooth options, including conventional dentures, need to be replaced every few years. This is because the bone beneath it gradually deterioriates.
Dental implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime. They prevent bone loss, because the implant is part of the jawbone. Furthermore, the artificial tooth or teeth attached to the implant will never decay.
Replacement teeth supported by dental implants from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV are indistinguishable from other teeth, and most people won’t realize they’re there. You may forget, too! We’ve placed them in patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City, who also come to our practice for general and family dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!
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!
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!
Many people have had a big boost in self-confidence after replacing missing teeth with dental implants from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV.
We love helping people improve their quality of life. With a new smile, they feel better about themselves. They feel more comfortable in public. They socialize more often.
That might be thought of as a bonus, though. Dental implants are lifelike tooth replacements. They look and function just like natural teeth. With a dental implant, you’ll regain normal biting and chewing ability.
Some three million Americans are already enjoying the benefits of single and multiple dental implant restorations. Here is some essential information:
Replacement root. A dental implant is a replacement tooth root for a missing tooth. They are usually made out of titanium, a lightweight metal that is highly compatible with bone.
Bone stimulaltion. The artificial tooth attached to the actual implant gives you back your smile. But just as important, the implant stimulates the bone to prevent recession.
Healing. It usually takes two to three months for an implant to fully integrate with the jaw bone.
Single and Multiple. One dental implant can support one artificial tooth. Several implants can support a partial or full set of dentures.
No wonder dental implants have been called one of the most important advances in dentistry. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to The Reno Dentist in Reno NV for a full range of cosmetic dentistry options. Call for an appointment today!
As we grow older we experience many physical changes, from wrinkles to gray hair to aches and pains that come out of nowhere. Fortunately your smile can remain attractive and healthy, with a little help from cosmetic dentistry at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV.
Even if your teeth are showing visible signs of wear such as enamel loss, staining, and chips, you can restore your youthful smile. Teeth can last a lifetime, so don’t think tooth loss is inevitable. But if it happens, there’s a state-of-the-art solution for that, too.
Cosmetic dentistry is a group of procedures that focus on the appearnace of your smile. We can remove years of stains with professional teeth whitening. We can cover up cracks, chips, and gaps with porcelain veneers.
For missing teeth, dental implants are an ideal solution. An artificial tooth can be mounted on a titanium post that’s been implanted in your jaw. Multiple posts can support a dental bridge, and even a full dental arch.
At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, we believe that your smile doesn’t have to show your age! We’ve used cosmetic dentistry to improve smiles on patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City, who also come to us for dental implants and much more. Call us to schedule an appointment today!
This message from The Reno Dentist is about implant-supported dentures and their cost.
Cost is always a factor when weighing your options.
Are you missing some teeth?
You’ve probably considered dentures. Partial or full dentures can fill in the gaps in your smile.
Know Your Restoration Options
Before you get dentures, consider dental implants.
A dental implant is a permanent tooth restoration that is anchored into the jawbone, actually replacing both the root and crown of the tooth.
The Advantages of Tooth Implants
Dental implants have many advantages, such as preventing jaw bone recession which can occur when natural teeth are removed.
Sometimes the best restoration is a combination of a denture and implant(s). Dental implants can be used to anchor a removable denture. The denture is ‘snapped on’ or attached to the implants for no-slip confidence.
The combination denture/implant smile restoration solution is used successfully for many The Reno Dentist patients.
Is Cost a Factor?
Both implants and dentures are an investment in an improved quality of life. But any type of cosmetic dentistry service is a significant expenditure.
Consider that a denture/implant solution is usually more affordable than dental implant replacements for several natural teeth.
To learn more about dental implants, call us at The Reno Dentist. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to us for them, as well as general and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!
For anyone who has lost some or all of their teeth, implant-supported dentures from The Reno Dentist may sound like a dream come true: dentures that are attached to the jaw, and surpass traditional dentures in appearance and functionality.
You know what they say: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But set aside any skepticism. Implant-supported dentures are already worn successfully by hundreds of thousands of people.
As you may know, a dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jaw, where it fuses with the bone. A single post can support a single artificial tooth. Multiple posts, strategically placed, can support a set of dentures.
In most cases, implant-supported dentures are made for the patient’s lower jaw. That’s because the uppers are more stable and don’t need the extra support that implants provide. But implant-supported dentures can be made for the upper and lower.
Implant-supported dentures have a number of advantages over traditional dentures:
More stable. Because they are attached to titanium posts that have fused with the jaw, people have much greater biting and chewing power.
Natural in appearance. They look more like natural teeth, and are easier to care for.
Built to last. Because they are physically attached to the jaw, implants are long-lasting.
Prevents bone recession. With traditional dentures, the bone around missing tooth roots begin to deteriorate. The titanium posts replace some of the tooth roots, so the bone is preserved.
Implant-supported dentures can transform your life, and they are among the procedures available at The Reno Dentist. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to us for implants, for general and family dentistry, and much more. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.
An accident can knock a tooth loose. An injury to the mouth area is always an emergency—whether or not a tooth is loose.
When Do I See A Medical Doctor First?
For some injuries to the mouth, you should see a medical doctor first. If you have a laceration in your mouth that’s bleeding profusely, head to the E.R. or urgent care clinic.
After the primary injury is treated, we can treat the trauma or decay. You may need a root canal, filling, and/or protective crown.
We Replace Missing Teeth
If the tooth cannot be saved, you may need an extraction. A tooth implant can replace a missing tooth that’s been pulled. At The Reno Dentist, we provide all of these services.
We Treat Oral Infections
A localized infection can trigger or aggravate a loose tooth. Either gingivitis (gum disease) or tooth decay can lead to an infection. You should see us as soon as possible if you suspect an infection.
If your jaw starts swelling, call us immediately. This could indicate a serious infection that needs treatment promptly
We Treat Tooth Abscesses
Some infections lead to an abscess. An abscess is a pocket of pus. It can be located inside a tooth. Or in the gums. Or in the jaw bone near the tooth root. An abscess usually causes intense pain. If you suspect an abscess, you need to see us promptly. If left untreated, this can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.
We Relieve Tooth Pain
All of the oral dilemmas discussed in this post can cause tooth pain. If you come to The Reno Dentist with severe tooth pain, we will give you medication to relieve the pain.
There is more than one way to fix a tooth. If you are the fortunate owner of perfectly healthy teeth, you may never need any of these procedures. However, if you are like most Reno residents, you will need to restore a tooth eventually. Today’s post looks at six restoration procedures that are used routinely to repair a damaged tooth:
1. Dental Bonding
Bonding, officially called direct composite veneers, is used to correct chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. It is also sometimes used to fill cavities. A skilled cosmetic dentist applies a pliable composite resin and molds it to the specific shape needed. The resin is then hardened with a special curing light.
2. A Porcelain Veneer
These wafer-thin covers can hide a chip or crack or fix the alignment of a tooth that is slightly crooked.
3. A Filling (Inlay or Onlay)
A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab, they are often called indirect fillings. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are ordinarily smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth. If you have old silver amalgam fillings, you can replace them with white fillings.
4. A Dental Crown
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, durability, and function. Crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with severe decay, the replacement tooth in a dental bridge, and the visible portion of an implant. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-ceramic, or all resin.
5. Dental Implants
A dental implant is often an ideal restoration for a tooth that has been extracted. It restores the entire tooth—both root and crown. Most dental implant recipients report that the implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Dental implants are used in a variety of applications such as anchoring dentures and dental bridges.
For more specifics about any of these procedures, call The Reno Dentist at 775-322-5016.
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.
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!
Dr. Shane W Sykes and his team provide dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, headache relief and general dentistry services for Washoe County and the Reno - Sparks NV metropolitan area including Spanish Springs, Hidden Valley, North Valleys, Truckee CA, Tahoe City CA, Carson City, Sun Valley, and Fernley along with zip codes 89502, 89503, 89509, 89512 and 89523
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