4 Oral Ailments To Discuss With Your Dentist

Bad Breath Treatment Sparks

We all go to our dentist for cleanings and toothaches, but there are other less-obvious issues that your dentist can help you with. Today, we would like to highlight some of the most frequent oral conditions that should be discussed with your dentist.

1. Bad Breath. Sure, nobody wants to admit that they have bad breath, but bad breath can be treated. It is usually caused by bacteria build-up in the mouth. This means that it might be a symptom of accelerating cavities. Discuss it with your dentist who can help you overcome this ailment. (Your friends will appreciate it.)

2. Dry Mouth. Also known as xerostomia, this lack of saliva is very annoying and can predispose dental patients to a host of troubles such as dental caries and gum disease. Some people experience it because of prescription medications or chronic diseases, so make sure to bring a list of current prescriptions with you to your appointment

3. Jaw Issues. If you notice inexplicable jaw pain or notice a clicking sound, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist ASAP! These symptoms can be signs of a serious condition called temporomandibular disorder or TMD.

4. Teeth Grinding. If you’ve been stressed out and find that you’ve been grinding your teeth (or if your partner tells you that you’re doing it in your sleep), discuss it with your dentist. A simple appliance can guard your teeth. If you have sufferred damage from grinding such as fractured or chipped teeth, we will give you information about restorative dentistry.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Relax In Comfort And Style At The Reno Dentist In Reno

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Thank you for visiting the The Reno Dentist dental blog. Today, I’d like to highlight an important but often-overlooked feature in our practice: the modern dental chair. Did you know that dental chairs don’t come from your local Reno furniture store?

Dental chairs were designed especially for the comfort of patient and dental provider alike. Dentists throughout the known world are excited with the recent innovations in seat technology.

Shane Sykes DMD at The Reno Dentist has been leaning over patients since 2011. The adjustable seat has saved Dr. Sykes from discomfort as services are rendered such as porcelain veneers and wisdom teeth extraction.

Reno patients have been lying back in The Reno Dentist’s comfortable seats since 2011. The cushioned comfort has pampered our patients while allowing Shane Sykes to comfortably perform essential procedures like dentures, Invisalign, or root canals. Hurray for technology!

https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-doctors/

Visit our office at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 Reno, Nevada 89503 and enjoy a spectacular view of our ceiling from any one of our exceptional dental chairs. Most Nevada dental practices have them and there is probably not much of a difference between theirs and ours. What sets us apart is our personal service, professionalism, experience and competitive pricing. With all the overhead that has to be paid for: x-ray equipment, procedure supplies, utilities and, of course, our marvelous chairs, we’re pleased to keep the price of preventative and cosmetic dentistry reasonable for our friends and neighbors in Reno, Nevada.

Call our office today at 775-525-5692 to find out if dental restoration, braces, crowns, veneers, tooth implants, sedation, teeth whitening, or any cosmetic dental procedure is something we can provide for you.

We are proud to offer cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and restorative dentistry in a comfortable position, in a comfortable chair.

We can make you look and feel great- Shane Sykes, DMD

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


A Dentist’s Indispensable Tool

Spanish Springs cosmetic dental and tooth implants

Providing quality dental care is much easier for Sparks area dentists when they have extensive, comprehensive information about their patients’ oral health – and pictures are far more accurate than written notes. To go a step further: pictures that show what’s going on below the visible surface of your teeth and gums are worth even more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough oral exam, most dentists want complete and up-to-date x-rays.

The frequency of x-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your oral health. Because children are growing and they experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need x-rays more often.

X-rays also help dentists find cavities, evaluate gum health, and identify any major changes to your teeth and mouth.

Safety is an important issue that all dentists consider when ordering x-rays, because low levels of radiation are used to obtain the images. Many essential precautions are taken to limit exposure, such as putting leaded aprons and collars on the patients.

It is important that women in Reno inform their dentist if they are pregnant because special considerations should be taken.

Hi. My name is Shane Sykes and my practice The Reno Dentist is currently accepting new patients. If you are looking for a friendly, skilled, and experienced dentist and are living in Reno or the Sparks area, we hope you will schedule a consultation. We are located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno, Nevada, and our knowledgeable staff is second-to-none.

Along with basic dental health issues, we are happy to discuss the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as dental implants, teeth whitening, and full smile makeovers. We want you to have the healthy, beautiful smile that you deserve!

Our top services here at The Reno Dentist are:

root canals
wisdom teeth extraction
dentures
porcelain veneers

Please call us at 775-525-5692 today!

The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/x/x-rays, accessed on August. 1, 2014

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


The Reno Dentist Takes Care Of Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

Sparks Guide To Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

Hi. I’m Dr. Shane Sykes. Welcome to my Reno dental blog! I find that many of my patients in the Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City areas get a couple of dental terms mixed up. Today, I would like to clarify the differences between plaque, calculus, and cavities.

Plaque is a film that covers teeth – a sticky layer of bacteria. You can remove plaque through daily brushing and flossing. However, if it isn’t removed it can build up and harden into calculus.

Calculus, also known as tartar, is hardened plaque that also accumulates minerals from food and saliva. Regular check-ups and cleanings with your Reno dentist are necessary to remove tartar as well as hard-to-reach plaque.

Plaque and calculus are not cavities, but they can lead to cavities. A cavity is basically a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Because plaque and calculus contain bacteria, the bacteria release acids which accelerate tooth decay and eventually lead to more cavities.

A good rule of thumb for Sparks dental patients is this: Avoid plaque to avoid calculus and tartar to avoid tooth decay to avoid cavities. Got it?

I hope you’ve found this helpful, and if you’re in the Spanish Springs, Virginia City, or Carson City area and are in need of quality dental care, call our office at 775-525-5692 to schedule an appointment today.

Our knowledgeable staff would love to answer any questions you have about our services, including cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and veneers.

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


A Standard Of Excellence In Reno

The Reno Dentist provides local dentistry to the residents of Reno and the greater Sparks area.

If you are looking for a trusted dentist, we invite you to consider The Reno Dentist. Dr. Shane Sykes has been keeping smiles healthy and beautiful since 2011. We offer full-service dentistry for every member of your family in a safe and comfortable environment.

Whether you need preventative dentistry to maintain your healthy teeth or restorative dentistry to address all of your dental needs, we are here for you. Dr. Shane Sykes will direct your course of treatment with a pleasant chairside manner and experienced precision.

Combined cosmetic dental procedures makes total smile makeovers possible. Successful smile re-designs require expertise and the eye of an artist. If you need a complete mouth reconstruction, schedule a consultation today.

You can contact The Reno Dentist about dental implants or restorative dentistry, or any other local dentistry service by calling us at 775-525-5692.

Our The Reno Dentist website https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-doctors/ has useful information about our team and the services we offer. If you are looking for the highest standard of excellence in the Reno, Nevada area, give us a call at 775-525-5692.
We can make you look and feel great

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W 7th St Ste 5
Reno, NV
89503

 


Fun Floss Facts For Reno

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You probably believe that the most critical aspect regarding flossing is simply to do it every day. We agree. However, many people find that trying out a few different types of floss helps them to establish or solidify the habit and get the flossing comfort they desire.

Let’s look at some of the most common types of dental floss.

Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is generally made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less costly, more common and is sold waxed or unwaxed.

Monofilament floss will not rip or tear, and because of this, many people find that it pulls in between the teeth easier. This type of floss is usually referred to as “glide” floss.

Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses. It is useful to find the size that works best for you. Since you should not have to snap the floss between your teeth, find the thickness that allows you to gently floss.

Dental tape is nylon floss in the form of a wide, flat ribbon. Many The Reno Dentist patients find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.

For those of you with braces or appliances, there are also flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to meet with your orthodontist about flossing because you don’t want to break this important habit just because you’re having your teeth aligned!

A good person to give you advice about flossing is your dental hygienist. Here at The Reno Dentist, our expert hygienists are prepared to answer any questions you have about flossing, brushing habits, and even cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth brightening and veneers.

My name is Dr. Shane Sykes. My practice, The Reno Dentist, has been serving the Reno area since 2011. Our top services include: dentures, root canals, and Invisalign.

Call us today at 775-525-5692 for your appointment! You can also visit us on the web at https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-doctors/.

The following blog post was used as source material for this blog:
“The Different Types of Dental Floss”, Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-p-connelly-dds/dental-floss_b_1643933.html, accessed on September 17, 2013

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W 7th St Ste 5
Reno, Nevada
89503


Periodontal Disease in Nevada

smiling woman2 Periodontal disease in Nevada is more common than you might think, and can be cured with varying degrees of treatment depending on the severity.

What is periodontal disease? According to this article on Wikipedia, periodontal disease is ‘the name of a collection of inflammatory diseases affecting the tissues that surround and support the teeth.’

Periodontal disease, more commonly called ‘gum disease’, is an inflammation or infection of the gums. Periodontal disease can be very painful in some extreme conditions, and can limit your ability to eat normally. In some cases, periodontal disease can affect your smile, and can create cosmetic concerns.

If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause irreversible damage. When caught early and treated, periodontal disease can be little more than an inconvenience. However the best policy is to practice good dental hygiene to keep periodontal disease at bay.

One of the best ways to avoid periodontal disease is to get a regular dental check up at your local Reno dentist.

Give us a call at 775-525-5692 to schedule your next dental checkup; we look forward to seeing you.

— Shane Sykes


Can You Handle A Dental Emergency?

Virginia City after hours dental

At The Reno Dentist, we hope you never experience a serious dental emergency. It’s important, however, to know what to do in such a situation. Here is a quiz on dental emergencies and less urgent oral issues.

1. One of the wires on your braces breaks. What do you do?

a. Cut off the loose piece.
b. Put a piece of orthodontic wax on the end if it is irritating your tongue or gums. Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist to have it fixed.
c. If the wire has cut your gums, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Both b and c are correct. If you don’t have a piece of orthodontic wax, you can use a cotton ball to cover the sharp end. If you cut off the loose end of the wire, you risk swallowing it.

2. Your five year-old falls off his bike, hits his face on the sidewalk, and knocks out one of his front teeth. What do you do before driving immediately to the nearest Spanish Springs dental office or Sparks ER?

a. Put the tooth back in the socket.
b. If the tooth is dirty, scrub it with a brush.
c. Put the tooth in milk.

The answer depends on whether it is a permanent tooth or a baby tooth. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done quickly. Make sure you only hold the tooth by the crown, never touch the root. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water being cautious not to brush off any tissue attached. It is best to reinsert the tooth into the socket. This may not be possible with younger children. Because it is essential to keep the tooth from drying out on your way to your Spanish Springs dentist or nearest Sparks area emergency room, you can put the tooth in a cup of milk. Baby teeth should not be reinserted because it can potentially damage the emerging tooth.

3. You lose a filling and the tooth starts hurting. After
scheduling an appointment with your Reno  dentist, what do you do in the meantime?

a. Save the filling.
b. Take an OTC pain reliever.
c. Put an aspirin on the tooth.

Both a and b are correct. Though your Reno dentist probably can’t use the same filling to repair the problem, it may reveal important information about the cause of the separation. Never put an aspirin on a tooth because the acid in it could irritate your gums.

4. One of your teeth suddenly darkens. What are the possible causes?

a. The nerve inside the tooth is damaged.
b. It is side effect of a medication you are taking.
c. Gum disease.
d. An infection.

The answer is all of the above.

For any dental emergency or other oral condition, call an urgent dental care office or The Reno Dentist in Reno. We have been providing quality dental care for Sparks residents since 2011. If you add our address and phone number ((775) 525-5692) to your phone contacts right now, you won’t have to search for it in the case of an emergency. When trying to save a knocked-out tooth, every minute counts.

The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada 89503
https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-office/


Can You Name 9 Dental Specialties?

Carson City Pediatric and Cosmetic Dentistry

Most Carson City people probably know how a pediatric dentist differs from an orthodontist. Some Virginia City dental patients may even know the unique focus of endodontists. But few Nevada residents probably know that the American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties. Today’s post looks at the specific disciplines within the fascinating world of dentistry and the years in which they were formally recognized by the ADA. (If you want a challenge, see if you can name all nine before you continue reading this post.)

Endodontics (1983): This area focuses on “the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.”1 If you need a root canal in Reno, you may require the services of an endodontist.

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (2003): If you want to straighten your teeth, you need an orthodontist. Dentofacial orthopedic specialists correct facial deformities using many of the same types of appliances used in teeth straightening therapy.

Pediatric Dentistry (1995): Carson City pediatric dentists provide dental care specifically for infants, children and teenagers.

Periodontics (1992): “Periodontics is that specialty of dentistry which encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes.”1 Periodontal specialists perform crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and soft tissue (gum) grafts.

Prosthodontics (2003): Prosthodontists provide restorative dental procedures including dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. They also perform cosmetic dental treatments including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, invisible fillings, and teeth bleaching.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (1991): This specialty concerns “the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations.”1

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
(2001): Oral and maxillofacial radiologists analyze radiographic images (x-rays) for issues of the maxillofacial area.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1990): Oral surgeons perform surgery on the teeth, jaw, face, and gums. These include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate correction, bone grafting, dental implants, and impacted teeth.

Dental Public Health (1976): This discipline focuses on “preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.”1

General dentists and cosmetic dentists in the Reno area are trained in a wide variety of dental procedures. However, sometimes your Sparks general dentist will refer you to a local Sparks specialist or include a specialist as part of your treatment team.

1Specialty Definitions, The American Dental Association, http://www.ada.org/495.aspx, accessed May 22, 2013


A Toothache The Size Of Sparks

headache relief Spanish SpringsPatients often come into our Reno, Nevada dental practice and complain about ‘a toothache the size of Sparks’. I understand this kind of pain, and realize that when you describe it like that, it really hurts. I can help.

Toothache pain for anyone in Reno can be unbearable. At the very least, toothache pain can cause you to avoid eating certain foods. Severe toothache pain can be downright debilitating, forcing patients to go to extreme measures to alleviate the pain.

Around Reno, the most common causes of a toothache include tooth infection, decay, injury, or loss of a tooth. Tooth pain can also occur after a tooth has been extracted or following oral surgery.

I can help you better understand the source of your toothache, and in most cases can provide a nearly immediate remedy. In severe cases, I am equipped to council you on possible resolutions.

Of course, the best way to avoid toothache pain is to visit your Reno dentist often, and to care properly for your teeth including a regular regimen of brushing and flossing.

If you are experiencing toothache pain, and just can’t stand it any more, please give me a call; I am standing by to help.

-Shane Sykes, DMD 775-525-5692