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!
Online reviews are a great resource. Former patients not only give a star rating, but some of them also share details about their experience. Check out the reviews for any dentist you are contemplating. Visit multiple online platforms.
A modern dental practice with the latest technology helps ensure a successful outcome. When you visit the office, ask about their patient amenities. Observe the cleanliness of the office and friendliness of the team.
What About Price?
You may wonder why we didn’t list price as one of the variables. This was intentional. Choosing an implant clinic by price alone is a bad idea. In the Sparks area, most implant dentists’ prices are comparable. If you find a provider that has slashed the price for implants, be wary. Find out exactly what is covered. A dental implant consists of a post, abutment, and crown (or denture). Some implant-only clinics advertise the price for the post alone. This is misleading.
How much does a tooth implant cost at The Reno Dentist? Call 775-322-5016 to schedule a consultation. We can discuss your specific implant needs and financing options.
Today’s message explains how behind-the-scenes dental technology helps us serve our patients.
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.
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.
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.
If you have questions about oral health, cosmetic dentistry, preventative dentistry, bite issues, tooth implants, oral sedation, same-day teeth whitening, or invisible braces, come to The Reno Dentist for answers.
Our knowledgeable staff has helped me develop an atmosphere of active listening. We enjoy getting to know our patients and determining each patient’s unique dental needs. We want to understand your dental goals and challenges and help you understand the hows and whys of recommended treatment.
If you have toddlers, it is important for you to make decisions about protective sealants and fluoride supplements. If you have older children, it is beneficial to discuss braces, sports mouthguards, and tooth decay prevention. If you are not happy with your smile, we would like to introduce you to the latest in cosmetic dentistry. If you are missing teeth, dental implants may be the optimal solution. If you have a family member with a chronic illness, we can counsel you about the impact their condition has on oral health. Oral cancer screenings are vital for patients of all ages.
Thank you for visiting our dental blog and taking the time to learn more about The Reno Dentist. Call today to schedule a consultation.
If you are one of the many Reno denture wearers, you know that they are not the ideal solution for missing teeth. At The Reno Dentist, we can help if you’re having issues with your dentures.
The problems with dentures include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, bone loss, and inability to taste food due to a covered palate. Clearly, dentures do not feel and function like natural teeth.
Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can help you avoid the need for dentures later in your life, but other factors can make dental replacements an inevitability.
The good news? Modern dental implant technology offers a better tooth restoration solution. If you currently wear traditional dentures and are not happy with them, implant anchored dentures may dramatically change your life. Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again.
How about a thick T-bone at your favorite Reno steakhouse? In addition to being able to enjoy your meal, you will avoid the embarrassment of having your dentures rattle around in your mouth in public.
Before you pay for another denture reline, ask your dentist about the possibility of dental implants. There is life after dentures with tooth implants!
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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