Is A Loose Tooth A Dental Emergency?

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Hopefully, you will never notice a loose tooth. (We’re talking about adult, permanent teeth.)

If you find that one of your teeth is loose, there is most definitely an urgent dental problem.


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.

Swelling Jaw?

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.



Contact The Reno Dentist:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada


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Aching Jaw?

Aching Jaw In Reno?

At the Reno Dentist, serving Carson City, Sparks and Spanish Springs, we want to discuss some of the conditions that may result in jaw pain. We have treated many patients with jaw pain and our TMJ/TMD treatment has helped countless patients manage their condition.

You may not be sure why your jaw hurts.

Is it a dental issue or could it be sinuses? Who should you see?

Jaw pain may be caused by sinusitis. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissues that line your sinuses, and when these tissues are inflamed, the sinuses exert pressure on surrounding areas. If the inflamed sinus is near the jaw, pain in the jaw joint may result. This commonly happens with a cold or allergies.

The Reno Dentist can identify the source of jaw pain, and treatment can begin from there. But remember, jaw pain shouldn’t be ignored.

Many of our patients who come to us with jaw pain have some type of dental issue, such as an infection, or a problem in the temporomandibular joint (also known as TMJ). If you experiencing unexplained sticking, clicking, popping, or aching in your jaw, you might have TMJ disorder.

When you come into our office, the dentist will examine your teeth and mouth to determine your specific condition. We will check for tenderness, clicking, and popping in the jaw. We will also take any necessary x-rays to get the most information about your situation as possible.

Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • Grinding, clicking, or popping sounds in the jaw when you open and close your mouth.
  • Inability to open your mouth wide to speak, yawn, or chew.
  • A locked or stuck jaw.
  • Pain when chewing and biting.
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, or ears.
  • Frequent headaches.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact us at The Reno Dentist immediately to set up a consultation. We’ll help you understand the causes and review the best possible treatment options for your specific needs.  In addition to TMJ treatment, we offer general and family dentistry and serve the Reno, Sparks and Carson City areas. Let us help you today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada


Is Malocclusion Causing Your Headache?

End Migraine Headaches In Reno Are you a Reno area adult who suffers with chronic headaches? Have you tried Imitrex, diet adjustments, and chiropractic treatment? Perhaps the cause is not stress-induced tension, spine alignment or eyestrain. Maybe the culprit is right under your nose.

Bite misalignment or malocclusion is a common Reno problem that often goes undetected. Nature intended the front teeth to fit slightly forward from the lower teeth. With a perfect bite, the molars fit together like precision gears.

Malocclusion can cause headaches, tooth loosening, tooth fracture, and in extreme cases, difficulty chewing, speaking or breathing.

Clear braces are an effective solution for most bite problems. Braces not only move teeth, they can also correct the position and function of the joints, muscles and bones in the jaw. In cases of extreme malocclusion or TMD, jaw surgery may be necessary.

Not all Reno and Sparks NV area family dentists treat bite problems. At The Reno Dentist we treat all types of malocclusion including overbite, underbite and crossbite. For an affordable Reno general dentistry consultation, call us at 775-323-0700.

The Reno Dentist offers technologically-advanced dentistry in a friendly environment. We offer smile whitening, veneers, tooth-colored fillings and dental implants. To learn more about our dental philosophy and available procedures, see

Dr. Shane Sykes is a proud member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society.

Reno TMJ Treatment

TMJ Treatment Reno Are you one of the many Reno TMJ sufferers? If you are affected by Temporomandibular joint or TMJ disorder, you know how the pain and discomfort can impact your life. The Reno Dentist TMJ treatment in the Sparks area has helped countless grateful Reno TMJ patients manage their TMJ disorder.

The Temporomandibular or jaw joint connects the lower jaw bone to the skull. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include jaw and facial pain, headaches, earaches, neck pain and chewing difficulty. TMJ disease is often associated with jaw clicking, locking or clenching, and can cause tooth damage and bone loss.

Many Reno area TMJ patients first sought a possible TMJ diagnosis after trying unsuccessfully to relieve their frequent headaches. Since opening The Reno Dentist in 2011, we have discovered that many people do not realize they have TMJ disorder because it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what is causing the pain. A TMJ and TMD specialist can properly diagnose your specific TMJ issues and recommend an effective course of action.

Because a comprehensive treatment plan is most successful, we work hand-in-hand with a network of TMJ specialists including ENT doctors, neurologists and physical therapists. There are many facets to this often misunderstood disorder. If you are suffering from jaw pain, we recommend a consultation with Dr. Shane Sykes at The Reno Dentist in Reno.

The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada 89503

At The Reno Dentist, we take jaw pain seriously.

‘Common’ vs ‘Normal’

Recently I was visiting with a patient and she mentioned that she “occasionally” has headaches. I asked how often she has them, and she said “Oh, no more than normal.” When queried for further explanation, she explained that she has headaches lasting one to two days about twice a week!

While such unfortunate suffering may be “common” it is not “normal”. We can help you discover what is normal and open your eyes to a world of comfort you didn’t know existed.  While disease may be common, ‘dis-ease’ is certainly not normal. Every one of our ten trillion cells is struggling to provide us with a vibrant, vital life, if only we will allow them to do their job. We get in the way of our own health when we suffer injuries, make poor food choices, take on too much stress, and deprive our bodies of the rest we so desperately need.

We invite you to come visit us and we’ll help you move from the pain so common to the peace and beauty that is normal!

Treating Bite Problems in Reno

TMJ Reno Malocclusions (bite problems) include overbites, underbites and crossbites. Jaw alignment disorders restrict proper chewing, talking, and swallowing. They can also cause teeth to shift around in the mouth. Reno cosmetic dentistry patients with bite problems are at a greater risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease because bite misalignment often makes it difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene.

When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the situation is reversed, it is called an underbite. Crossbite occurs when lower teeth are in the wrong position.

Bite problems can cause headaches and TMJ pain. Some Reno dental patients with severe bite problems develop a distorted facial shape and damaged teeth.

If you suspect your toddler or older child has a bite problem, it is important to see your Reno family dentist as soon as possible. Bite issues and their various related problems get worse over time.

At The Reno Dentist, we diagnose and successfully treat bite problems in addition to providing general and cosmetic dentistry. We can be reached at 775-323-0700. Our office is located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno. You can find out more about us at

Most of our patients live in Reno or the nearby communities. If you have recently moved into the Reno area and need a skilled family and cosmetic dentist, come visit our knowledgeable team. We pamper every patient and make dental visits as comfortable as possible.