Stay In The Game: General Dentistry in Reno

Spanish Springs cosmetic dental and tooth implantsAs a general dentistry practice, we are partners in the oral health of each of our patients. The Reno Dentist provides all of your dental needs, from checkups and cleanings to fillings, and even cosmetic dentistry.

Your dental health has a direct impact on your overall health, and how you function in your daily activities. This is true whether you’re an ordinary person or an elite athlete. It’s hard to win a gold medal if you have a toothache.

A recent study cited in the British Journal of Sports Medicine explored how poor oral health affects athletic performance at the elite level. “More than 40% of athletes were bothered by their oral health with 28% reporting an impact on quality of life and 18% on training and performance.”1

The dental troubles experienced by Olympians and professional athletes are not any different than those found in the general population: tooth decay, dental erosion, periodontal disease, and inflammation around partially erupted wisdom teeth. It’s important to note that these issues are largely preventable.

Whether you are an Olympic runner or a busy mom who seems to be running all the time, dental health affects your overall health and quality of life. Don’t let your performance suffer because of poor oral health.

The Reno Dentist provide general and family dentistry. We also provide restorative and cosmetic dentistry, with such in-demand procedures as teeth whitening. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Ashley, Di Iorio, Cole, Tanday, Needleman, “Oral health of elite athletes and association with performance: a systematic review,” British Journal of Sports Medicine, November 11, 2014,, accessed on December 19, 2014

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855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada


Crowning Achievements: Restorative Dentistry in Reno

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Today’s Reno Dentist blog post looks at one of the miracles of modern dentistry: restorative dentistry.

Let’s pretend you are a biomedical engineer working in the field of dentistry before the inception of dental restorations. The men and women of your generation who have missing or damaged teeth want to repair or replace them with a man-made substitute. You have been hired to find that substitute to make fillings, crowns, and dental bridges.

Consider the physical and chemical requirements of this incredible item. It must sustain forces of 162 pounds per square inch, hundreds of times a day, day after day, year after year. It must be resistant to cracking and chipping. Moreover it must not damage the enamel on opposing teeth. This material must also maintain its size and shape and be resistant to shrinking.

It must be bondable to living tooth structure as well as other materials necessary for specific appliances. It must be compatible with the soft tissues in the mouth as well as tooth enamel, dentin, and bone. It can’t generate allergic reactions in the wearers. It must be corrosion-resistant to saliva, foods, and beverages. It must resist infection regardless of ever-present bacteria in the mouth. And it can’t contain toxic chemicals that could be absorbed into the bloodstream.

And we haven’t even mentioned the aesthetic properties. Ideally, this incredible material would look identical to genuine teeth in color, opacity, and translucence.

Of course, we know that such a substance exists because dental restorations have been around for a long time. Currently, there are numerous materials used alone or in combination including porcelain, ceramic, and metals such as gold and silver amalgam. Though the metals are immensely strong and malleable, they don’t meet some patient’s aesthetic requirements and are used mainly for back teeth.

Dental porcelain can be shaped to closely resemble the appearance of natural tooth enamel, and is strong and resilient. It is excellent for dental crowns, and is used in porcelain veneers.

The Reno Dentist offers restorative and cosmetic dentistry, as well as general and family dentistry. We are committed to high standards of excellence, and to restoring and enhancing each patient’s smile.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada


Say Goodbye To Old Amalgam Fillings

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Remember what your teeth looked like before you had your first cavity? When you opened your mouth to laugh or yawn, the Sparks people with you could see only pearly white molar surfaces. (Unless, of course, you had been munching Oreos.)

If you are like many Reno and Spanish Springs adults, you started developing cavities fairly young and started receiving the ubiquitous silver amalgam fillings that were used by Sparks family dentists. As the years went by, two fillings became three. If you didn’t drink fluoridated water, three fillings may have became four. Now when you open wide – others see a mouthful of metal.

Fortunately, Reno people with silver amalgam fillings can regain the smile of their youth. The replacement of silver fillings with composite tooth-colored fillings is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure available at The Reno Dentist that can transform a smile just as dramatically as more extensive cosmetic dental treatment.

Composite fillings available at The Reno Dentist in Reno are comprised of a mixture of glass or quartz and resin which creates a natural tooth-colored material. They are strong and durable when bonded to the tooth with adhesive.

Hopefully, you don’t have a new cavity. But if you do, you can start off with a white composite filling. In addition to the cosmetic advantages over silver, the preparation requires the removal of less healthy tooth structure. A conservative (as possible) restoration at The Reno Dentist leaves you with more of nature’s superior dental material — your own enamel and dentin.

If you would like to improve your Virginia City smile by replacing silver-mercury fillings, schedule a The Reno Dentist cosmetic dental consultation today by calling 775-525-5692. We will develop a treatment plan to address all areas of concern. If you have your teeth shined up in combination with silver filling replacement, you’ll be happy about your new sensational smile.

Ask us about dentures, wisdom teeth extraction, root canals and porcelain veneers. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 775-525-5692.

We can make you look and feel great

Contact The Reno Dentist:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada

Are Dentures Inevitable?

Implant Anchored Dentures in Reno Are you one of the fortunate Sparks people with healthy teeth? Would you like to keep them healthy for the rest of your life? Some Reno residents believe that keeping their teeth healthy into the golden years is unlikely if not impossible.

At The Reno Dentist, we are happy to assure you that this is a myth. With proper dental hygiene, regular dental exams and cleanings, and a healthy lifestyle, your teeth can serve you throughout your life.

At The Reno Dentist, we help patients of all ages, including those in their seventies and eighties, maintain their beautiful smiles. Dentures are not inevitable. Even if you already wear dentures, don’t give up.

You can improve your smile and your life with new implant anchored dentures.

These new fixed dentures won’t slip and slide in your mouth, so you can start eating confidently again.

Our office is friendly and relaxed. You don’t need to worry about being embarrassed if your teeth have not seen a dentist or hygienist for a while. We can treat your dental problems with expertise and put you on the path for better oral health in the future.

Remember, without dental health, you are never truly healthy. Call 775-525-5692.

Dental Check Up

Sparks NV, It Is Time For Your Dental Check Up With Your Dentist When is the last time you had a dental checkup? Most people in the Reno area between the ages of 25 and 80 need a dental checkup every six months. If you live in Reno and are at higher risk for oral diseases, you should have your teeth checked every four months, or at least three times a year.

Come into our office, located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno, or give us a call to make a dental appointment. You can visit our website at for more information.

Most people in our Reno community are in a medium to low risk category. However if you use tobacco or alcohol, eat a lot of sugar in your diet (including lots of soda), or have poor oral hygiene habits, you are likely in a higher risk category and should have your teeth checked right away.

I look at a lot of factors to determine your personal dental hygiene, and your dental outlook for your future. I want you to have the healthiest smile possible so that you can enjoy your teeth for many years without significant problems. If you live in the Reno area and are ready to have your teeth checked, please give The Reno Dentist a call.

Our knowledgeable staff will be ready to get you started with a dental checkup.

Talk to you soon.

—Dr. Shane Sykes, DMD, Dental check ups for the Reno community. Reach us at 775-525-5692.

Tooth Restoration in Reno

Superior Restorative Dentistry For Reno Resdidents At The Reno Dentist in Reno, we use a variety of techniques to restore damaged teeth. Most Sparks dental clients are familiar with fillings. Traditional fillings are also called ‘direct restorations’ because they are applied to the tooth, shaped and polished in one visit.

Another type of filling is called an ‘indirect restorations’ and is fabricated in a Nevada dental lab. There are two types: inlays and onlays.

When a tooth needs more extensive dental restoration, a dental crown is often used. At The Reno Dentist in Reno, we create strong, natural-looking crowns from a variety of materials.

What if the tooth is damaged beyond repair? There are a number of functional replacements for missing teeth. Dentures are not the only option.

Call 775-525-5692 to learn about the restoration options available. We have been improving smiles for Sparks and Carson City patients since 2011.

Whether the damage is caused by decay, injury, bite problems, or natural wear; Shane Sykes DMD will choose the best dental treatment plan for your tooth restoration needs. The Reno Dentist is conveniently located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno. We provide quality dental care for Spanish Springs and Virginia City families.

Have A Large Cavity In Your Tooth?

Large Cavity? Spanish Springs Family Dentistry When Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist in Reno repairs a tooth that has decay or damage, the procedure chosen often depends on the location of the problem. (We’re talking tooth-specific locale here; it doesn’t matter whether you live in Spanish Springs, Virginia City, or Carson City.) If there is a chip, crack or cavity on the biting surface of a tooth, an onlay or inlay is often used to restore the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are a type of tooth restoration used successfully at The Reno Dentist. They are usually bigger than a conventional filling yet smaller than a complete dental crown. An inlay is used to fill an area inside the cusp tips or bumps of a tooth. An onlay covers an area that includes more than one cusp.

At The Reno Dentist, the inlays and onlays we place for our Spanish Springs and Virginia City clients are indistinguishable from their natural teeth. Dr. Shane Sykes has the finely-honed eye for detail and complete mastery of cosmetic dentistry to create an exact match.

The Reno Dentist inlays and onlays:

  • Are stain resistant
  • Do not cause tooth sensitivity
  • Are beautifully matched to natural teeth
  • When bonded to the tooth, they strengthen the tooth and prevent further decay or damage

Call 775-525-5692 to book a cosmetic dental consultation today.

We’ll help you keep your smile happy and healthy!

Why Aren’t You Smiling?

Cosmetic Dentistry Restores Your Sparks NV Smile Hello, I’m Dr. Shane Sykes DMD. My dental practice is called The Reno Dentist. We are located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200, Reno NV 89503, and you can reach us by calling 775-525-5692.

You can probably imagine why I look at smiles everywhere I go in the Sparks NV area. Whether I am working with a general dentistry patient, having dinner at a Reno restaurant, or attending a sporting event, I notice whether the people around me smile. Whenever I encounter someone with obvious tooth problems, I want to tell them about the procedures that can completely transform their frown into a healthy and beautiful smile.

Are you one of those people who don’t want to show their teeth? I would love to talk to you about a smile makeover. Whatever your excuse is for not seeking dental treatment, I can discuss all of your concerns with you during a free consultation.

Perhaps you are afraid of dental work. Our dental team is trained at providing gentle, compassionate dental care. You can feel relaxed and comfortable, knowing you’re in good hands when you receive treatment.

Perhaps the cost of Reno cosmetic dentistry is holding you back. My knowledgeable staff will be happy to talk to you about financing plans. It is important to remember that if your teeth are decayed, postponing treatment will cost more money in the long run. Filling a cavity is far more affordable dentistry than a root canal procedure or, in the case of an extracted tooth, a dental implant.

You can contact my office at 775-525-5692 or online at My Reno family dental website contains information about all the general, aesthetic and restorative dentistry services we provide.

I can transform your smile into one that you will want to show all the time!

Dr. Shane Sykes, DMD

Multi-Procedure Dental Visits in Reno

Full-Mouth Reconstruction Reno If you are planning extensive cosmetic dental work, you may be wondering whether to do it all at once or one procedure at a time over an extended period. Here are some factors to consider:

In the long run, it is less expensive to do full-mouth reconstruction all at once. At The Reno Dentist in Reno, we are able to complete several procedures in one visit. We know that complete smile transformations are a significant investment for most Reno area residents. We would be happy to discuss dentistry financing options. Call us at 775-525-5692 to schedule a no-pressure consultation.

With the latest materials and cosmetic dental techniques, healing times are shorter than ever before. However, some procedures such as bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, root canals, and dental implants often require a short healing period.

It is easier physically and psychologically to have the fewest possible visits to your Reno dentist. You should also consider how your dental visits and necessary healing periods will impact your employment and family life. You will have less down time if you receive several procedures at once.

Aesthetic Results
While we routinely achieve great outcomes when doing a smile makeover in steps, porcelain restorations are best fabricated in the same “batch” for the most precise color matching.

Dr. Shane Sykes
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
Call us at 775-525-5692