Dental X-rays Help Your Orthodontist Provide Quality Care

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Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? This post from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV takes a look at the various types of dental X-rays.

  • Panoramic. These pictures help us see everything in one image: the total upper and lower jaw. These are often taken during a patient’s first visit. They are useful for evaluating jaw injuries and seeing emerging teeth in children.
  • Bitewing. Bitewing X-rays help us see what’s going on between teeth—something that is always required but impossible with a visual exam. They also help us evaluate the jaw bone.
  • Periapical. These are similar to bite wings but they can get a more detailed picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are generally used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.
  • Full-Mouth Series. This is a combination of periapical and bitewing X-rays. It gives a highly detailed picture of all the teeth and the surrounding bone structure.

Dental X-rays are an important diagnostic tool at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to our office for general and family dentistry, and complete cosmetic dentistry, and so much more! Call to schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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What to Know About Baby Teeth

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Baby teeth and adult teeth are very different. One of the roles of baby teeth is to pave the way for permanent adult teeth. In this post from The Reno Dentist, we’ll share some baby teeth basics.

  • Baby teeth usually come in around six to twelve months, but can come in later than that.
  • Baby teeth usually begin to fall out at around age six, but they can fall out whenever they are ready.
  • For a lifetime of good dental health, teach good oral hygiene habits at a young age.
  • When teeth grow in they cut through the gums, which can be painful.
  • Baby teeth usually fall out on their own, but sometimes it is necessary to pull them.
  • Baby teeth should be professionally cleaned twice a year by a dental hygienist, just like adult teeth.

What if baby teeth don’t come in?

Sometimes baby teeth come in late, but it is rare that don’t come in at all. If a child passes their first birthday and baby teeth still haven’t come in, it is a good idea to bring the youngster in for an evaluation.

At The Reno Dentist our general and family dentistry is for everyone in your household! People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to our practice for dental implants, and much more. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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7 Steps For A Healthy Smile

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When Benjamin Franklin said that he meant fire safety. But like all timeless quotes, it applies to many more aspects of modern life. At The Reno Dentist, we apply it  to dental health.

Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventative measures. Some essential guidelines are highlighted here.

  • Make a habit of brushing your teeth. Do it twice a day without fail, for 2 minutes. Be sure to use an ADA approved toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • Don’t forget the floss! Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy too.
  • Wear a protective mouthguard when joining in an activity where your mouth could possibly be damaged.
  • Don’t smoke. As if you needed yet another reason not to!
  • Avoid piercing your lips, tongue, cheek, or any other part of your mouth that someone decided you should shove a metal bar through. Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection and nerve damage.
  • Avoid snacks that have a lot of sugar or starch.
  • Schedule regular dental visits, of course!

At The Reno Dentist we want all our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to our office for general and family dentistry, restorative dentistry, and much more. Call us to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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4 Reason To Look For The ADA Seal

Carson City cosmetic dental and adult bracesHere’s a word of advice from The Reno Dentist: when you go to the store looking for dental products, be sure that what you choose has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Here are four ways the ADA seal can help you make good oral care choices for you and your family.

  1. Products with the seal have to be safe and effective, so you won’t waste your dollars on something that won’t work, or worse, can harm you.
  2. The ADA only places its seal on a product after serious scientific testing. This usually means that manufacturers have to meet higher standards than those required by law.
  3. When you purchase products with the ADA seal, it’s practically like shopping with us right by your side! Who wouldn’t want that extra knowledge and information?
  4. The ADA seal is not the organization’s endorsement of one particular product or another, but rather is a verification of the claims made by said product, claims on which savvy consumers can rely.

At The Reno Denteist, we want all our patients to enjoy good dental health, and one of the ways you maintain it is using quality dental care products. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to us for our complete general and family dentistry, restorative dentistry, and much more. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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Your Mouth Pain Might Be Pulpitis. Call Us ASAP!

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Some men and women hate going to the dentist.  They only seek treatment when the pain is unbearable. At The Reno Dentist we advise, strongly, regular checkups, which can prevent most issues.

There are many causes of mouth pain. Some are more serious than others. If the pain is caused by pulpitis, you need urgent care treatment immediately.

What is Pulpitis?

The “itis” suffix is a clue. It means “inflammation of.”

Inflammation is an immune response. Your body couldn’t heal infections or lacerations if it didn’t trigger an inflammatory response.

What causes inflammation of the tooth pulp?

The pulp of the tooth is comprised of nerves, blood vessels, and the tissues that hold everything together.

  • Tooth decay or trauma can bring about an infection.
  • Repetitive impact, like tooth grinding (bruxism) can cause pulpitis—even though there is no bacterial infection.
  • A cracked or chipped tooth may trigger or aggravate pulpitis.

It usually hurts like crazy.

Serious cases of pulpitis can lead to tooth loss, so take nothing for granted. Come see us at The Reno Dentist. Our services include emergency dentistry. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to us for general and family dentistry, and much more. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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How Tooth Grinding Can Damage Your Smile

tooth grinding treatment RenoTeeth grinding is common in people of all ages. Known formally as bruxism, it is when a person involuntarily clenches their jaw or rubs their teeth together. It can happen during the day, or during sleep. No matter the cause, tooth grinding can be painful and damaging to your smile. We can treat it at The Reno Dentist.

The Dangers of Teeth Grinding

  • It can bring about loose teeth
  • It can cause physical pain in the teeth or face
    • Headaches
    • Jaw pain
    • Ear pain
    • Tooth pain
  • It can chip teeth
  • It can wear down enamel
  • It can cause problems with the alignment of the bite

Tips/Ways to Help Stop Grinding Your Teeth

  • Wear a mouthguard to bed
  • Botox (injections of Botox into the jaw muscles can prevent the muscles from contracting in some men and women)
  • Biofeedback
  • Physical therapy
  • Stress relief exercises
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Avoid alcohol

People with bruxism are often unaware of it, but we’ll see the signs during a checkup at The Reno Dentist. We’ve treated people in Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City, who also come to us for general and family dentistry, dental implants, and much more. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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We Solve Problems To Restore Smiles

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Do you fear that your smile is beyond repair due to damage or neglect? Rest assured, that may not be true. At The Reno Dentist we use restorative dentistry to improve smiles every day.

Here are some tough dental problems we routinely solve:

Tough Problem 1: Insufficient Bone for Dental Implant
Solution: Bone Grafting

Dental implant are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement. But before you can get one, you need to have enough healthy bone to support it. Bone grafting is a fairly simply procedure to promote the growth of new bone.

Tough Problem 2: Tooth Damage or Loss
Solution: Restorative Dentistry

We can address multiple issues by restoring your teeth and mouth to a functional, and even an aesthetic state. It might involve filling cavities, restoring or replacing missing teeth, or repairing damage with a crown. Our goal is twofold: restoring your natural smile, and preventing future dental health problems.

At The Reno Dentist there is always hope for your smile! People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to us for dental implants and other restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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Can a Toothache Kill You?

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A word of advice from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV: never ignore a toothache. What may seem at first like a minor irritant can turn into an urgent problem.

Can a toothache kill you?

The answer isn’t a simple yes or no. Let’s explain.

The cause of a toothache could lead to a dangerous chain of events that could eventually kill you. Just a few hundred years ago, “teeth” were reported as a common cause of death.

Why would that be? A toothache may be associated with an oral infection. An untreated infection can spread to other parts of the body. Your body may develop sepsis trying to resist the infection. Sepsis can kill you.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV root canal therapy is the treatment for an infected tooth. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to our office for general and family dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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What’s New In Dentistry?

Advanced Dentistry in RenoThe world of dentistry continues to advance at a rapid pace. If you have visited The Reno Dentist in Reno NV lately, you have probably noticed some things that make your visit more comfortable, such as the ability to watch TV or listen to music while receiving treatment.

What may not be as obvious are the advances in techniques, tools and materials. We now use digital computer imaging which is safer than traditional x-rays. Dental technicians can store, retrieve and transmit digital images much easier than was possible with traditional x-ray film.

The use of lasers has also changed the face of dentistry. Laser surgery requires less anesthesia, minimizes swelling, and protects surrounding tissue. Sparks family dentists use lasers for detecting and treating cavities and dental technicians use them for the curing of restorative materials.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to our office for general and family dentistry, and complete cosmetic dentistry services. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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Not Your Mother’s Jewelry: 5 Reasons Tongue Piercings Are Dangerous

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In this post from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, we’ll get right to the point. While tongue, cheek, and lip piercings are popular and even commonplace, there are lots of reasons to keep piercings where they belong—in your ears. Here are five really good ones:

  1. Excessive drooling—YIKES!
  2. Chipped teeth
  3. Infection (some even in places you wouldn’t think can get infected)
  4. Hypersensitivity to metal
  5. Nerve damage

Drooling

Lip and tongue piercings may make you look cool and edgy. They may express your personality and creativity. But they can cause frequent drooling. That may not be the look you’re going for.

Chipped Teeth

Having any metal in your mouth can chip your teeth. It could  happen while eating, drinking, or sleeping.

Do you already have a tooth that’s weakened? These cracks can then be repaired before further damage or decay occurs.

Infection

Beware of infection. When it comes to oral piercings, you have to really watch the pierced area. Your mouth is teeming with bacteria. Upon piercing anything in your mouth, the bacteria can enter your bloodstream. Neglecting proper brushing habits can lead to infection. So can touching the piercing with dirty hands.

Hypersensitivity or Allergic Reaction to Metal

Many people love body jewelry. But too much of a good thing (like metal) can be bad. Having metal piercings can lead to hypersensitivity to any metal in your mouth, such as silverware. This is problematic for most people.

There is also the risk of an allergic reaction at the piercing site. If you know of a sensitivity to certain metals, you can get your piercing in a metal you aren’t allergic to. But you are still at risk of the other hazards discussed here.

Nerve Damage

Finally, there’s the risk of permanent nerve damage. If the previous dangers don’t convince you, this one should. Experiencing a numb tongue is usually temporary. But in extreme cases, it can be permanent.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, we understand the popularity of oral piercings. But fashions change, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to our office for general and family dentistry and headache relief. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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