Reno Dynamic Dental Duo: Teeth Whitening and Veneers

Reno Teeth Whitening and Veneers Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in Reno and throughout Nevada.

Numerous ads for whitening products in our local Reno media contain terms such as ‘white brite’, ’22 carbamide peroxide’ and ‘peroxide teeth’. They look tempting, but how do you separate tooth bleaching fact from fiction?

First, and especially for our local Reno Nevada patients, we recommend talking to Shane Sykes DMD at The Reno Dentist at our Reno office. Just because teeth whitening products are readily available in Spanish Springs and Virginia City, it doesn’t mean they are all safe or appropriate for every person. Getting a professional opinion is a good first step.

Don’t be fooled by smile whitening hype and risk damage, especially if you need tetracycline teeth whitening. If you have existing cosmetic dental work such as crowns, bonding, partial dentures or bridge work, it is especially important to talk to a Sparks dental professional about worry-free dentistry teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening kits are not the only way to quickly improve your smile in Spanish Springs. Many of your Virginia City and Carson City neighbors have benefited from porcelain veneers. There are several brands of veneers such as Lumineers by Cerinate, da Vinci and Mac. We can help you decide on which is best for you.

Veneers are sometimes called ‘instant orthodontics’ because they can correct tooth misalignment and gaps as well as provide instant teeth whitening.

Porcelain veneers can also fix chipped teeth and cover stains. The vast majority of Reno veneer recipients are extremely pleased with the results.

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

Providing comprehensive dental care for Sparks families.

5 Reasons To Get To Know The Reno Dentist In Reno

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Hello Reno residents! My name is Dr. Shane Sykes. My dental practice, The Reno Dentist, serves the Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City area.

My knowledgeable staff has helped me create a dental practice where we treat patients of all ages with superior experience and care. We are currently accepting new patients, so we invite you to come in and meet our staff if you are looking for a general or cosmetic dentist. Our services include:

1. root canals
2. wisdom teeth extraction
3. dentures
4. porcelain veneers
5. Invisalign

Many of our new dental patients from Reno and Sparks ask us about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, smile makeovers and dental implants. We would love to answer your questions about these procedures as well as our other dental services.

The dental health of my patients is my top priority, and if you are in the Spanish Springs or Virginia City area and are in need of quality dental care, please call The Reno Dentist at 775-322-5016 or visit us on the web at

Thank you for visiting the Reno dental blog and for taking the time to learn more about my dental practice, The Reno Dentist. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Shane Sykes
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada

Why Is Dry Mouth Dangerous For Reno Dental Patients?

Why Is Dry Mouth Dangerous For Reno Dental Patients?Hello, welcome to the The Reno Dentist blog. Today we are going to talk about Dry Mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually affect oral health.

Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common issue among older Reno adults, however, people of all ages experience the symptoms of dry mouth at one time or another. These symptoms include a dry, red tongue, difficulty swallowing, and persistent sore throat.

Sometimes dry mouth is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth is prescription medications.

Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Reno) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.

It is common for allergy-prone The Reno Dentist dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the Sparks hay fever season.

Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage. Adequate saliva is needed to keep the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive cavities can arise in the absence of saliva for dental patients with chronic dry mouth.

If you are unsure of the cause of your dry mouth, or if you are looking for dry mouth treatments, call The Reno Dentist to schedule an appointment.


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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W 7th St Ste 5
Reno, NV


Smile Transformations At The Reno Dentist

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Hello friends of The Reno Dentist! Today’s post is for Reno men and women who aren’t happy with their smile.  Common troubles for patients include yellow teeth, misaligned teeth, too much or too little gum tissue, missing teeth, or damaged teeth.

Few Reno people have naturally perfect smiles, but those that practice proper oral care can avoid many issues that impact oral health and the attractiveness of their smile. But some Reno folks are unsatisfied with their smiles even though they practice vigilant oral hygiene.

The knowledgeable team at The Reno Dentist wants you to know that cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile, regardless of the imperfections. Dr. Sykes has the experience and skill to transform ordinary smiles into extraordinary smiles.

We offer dental bonding, porcelain veneers, tooth implants, crowns, tooth whitening, crown lengthening (gum shaping), inlays/onlays, and orthodontia.

Dr. Sykes considers the following critical smile characteristics:

Bright teeth, free of stains
Pleasing gumline
No chips, cracks, cupping, or excessive wearing
Tooth size, length, and placement in harmony with facial features
Teeth aligned on three planes

Call 775-322-5016 today to speak with us about a fantastic smile makeover at The Reno Dentist in Reno.


Contact The Reno Dentist:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W 7th St Ste 5
Reno, NV


Smile Makeovers: It’s Not Just About Your Teeth

The Reno Dentist Smile Makeovers Its Not Just About Your Teeth

I have been creating spectacular smiles at my Reno cosmetic dental practice since 2011. Each one of my Sparks smile makeover patients values their new smile almost as much as I value their trust.

My loyal patients, along with my dedicated dental team, have made my professional career particularly rewarding.

Working as a dentist in Reno is more than just a job. Likewise, a smile makeover is more than straight, white, beautiful teeth – though that’s a big deal in itself!

My Sparks cosmetic dentistry patients report that their new smile affects many areas of their life. Some have noticed increased effectiveness in their profession. Others enjoy a richer social life because they are now able to smile, laugh, and eat without self-consciousness.

One of my Spanish Springs patients who had been embarrassed by his damaged teeth for years says his new youthful smile has given him greater confidence and ambition.

Hello, I’m Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist. At The Reno Dentist, we expertly perform the most advanced cosmetic dental procedures available including teeth whitening, dental crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding. We also fill cavities with tooth-colored fillings that blend perfectly with your natural teeth.

Only need a cleaning? Our hygienists perform the most thorough deep cleanings for our patients whose healthy smiles need nothing else.

If you don’t currently have a dentist, we invite you to visit our Reno cosmetic dentistry practice and discuss your dental goals. To schedule an exam, cleaning, or consultation, contact us today at 775-322-5016.


Contact The Reno Dentist:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W 7th St Ste 5
Reno, NV


How Do Veneers Create Stunning Smiles In Sparks?

Veneers Create Stunning Smiles in Sparks Veneers have a multitude of applications in cosmetic dentistry. With veneers, you can transform your smile without significant restorative dental work.

Is your tooth enamel worn and thin? Tooth-colored porcelain veneers have the brilliance and translucency of healthy tooth enamel. Many Sparks dental patients have received veneers to cover worn enamel. Some have said they look twenty years younger!

Have your teeth developed uneven edges? Tooth grinding, natural wear and other factors can roughen tooth edges. Veneers are a minimally invasive correction for uneven tooth edges.

Do you have chips or cracks in your teeth? If your teeth are otherwise healthy, veneers provide a flawless tooth surface. Are your teeth yellow or gray? Veneers can fix that, too. Veneers can be fabricated in any shade to perk up your smile while still blending naturally with your other teeth and skin tones.

Porcelain veneers are paper-thin, tooth-shaped covers that are affixed to the front of teeth. Traditional veneers required the removal of a thin layer of tooth structure. Prepless veneers are applied to unaltered teeth.

Veneers are strong, natural looking, and one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures in Virginia City and Carson City. Of course, a tooth with extensive damage may need a dental crown.

At The Reno Dentist, we would be happy to show you what veneers can do for you. The Reno Dentist is located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno. We provide premium dental care for many of your friends and neighbors in the greater Sparks area. Our phone number is 775-322-5016.

You can visit for information about our knowledgeable team and the types of services we provide.

Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant

Attention Reno Replace Your Dental Bridge Before You Lose TeethHello Reno visitors, welcome to The Reno Dentist. Let’s talk about a tooth replacement option common in Sparks: dental bridges.

While dental bridges have restored smiles for hundreds of Sparks dental patients, they are not problem-free. Many Nevada people with dental bridges find it impossible to keep the small areas around the bridge clean. This is not surprising because it is hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.

Of course, detrimental bacteria have no trouble moving in and taking over without the Reno dental patient even knowing it. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, but the person is also at risk of losing those teeth too.

That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most Sparks people with missing teeth are great candidates for dental implants.

A dental implant looks just like the beautiful tooth restoration on a high-quality dental bridge, but the important part is what you don’t see.

A dental implant is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used in Sparks. In a way, a dental implant is a more conservative tooth replacement because it leaves the adjacent teeth intact. The bone and gum tissue mesh permanently with the titanium post that serves as the replacement tooth root.

Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. Of course, patients with dental implants need to brush and floss, but cleaning a dental implant is usually no more difficult than cleaning a normal tooth.

Dental implants have a far better track record in Nevada than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime for smile-smart Sparks dental patients.

At The Reno Dentist, dental implants can replace one or more teeth, providing stability, beauty, and natural function. Moreover, they can also serve as anchors for full or partial dentures. No more embarrassing slipping!

If you want more details about dental implants, I invite you to call The Reno Dentist at 775-322-5016. I am Dr. Shane Sykes. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation. A brilliant smile can be yours with dental implants.

The Reno Dentist

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Eruption Charts: Not As Scary As They Sound

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Hello Sparks! Thanks for visiting the Reno dental blog. Today we’re talking about eruption charts and what they are used for.

First, an eruption chart is simply a listing of the different types of teeth in the mouth and when, on average, they come out, or ‘erupt’, from the gums. A primary teeth eruption chart will also tell you when to expect the different teeth to be lost.

Dentists in the Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City area use these charts to compare the development of their patients’ teeth to the average times in the population.

Hi. I’m Dr. Shane Sykes, an experienced Reno family and cosmetic dentist. The friendly staff here at The Reno Dentist would love to schedule an appointment with you and answer any questions you have about eruption times, children’s braces, dental sealants, athletic mouthguards as well as questions about teeth whitening and Spanish Springs dental implants.

The Reno Dentist is a full-service dental office. Some of the services we offer are:

root canals
wisdom teeth extraction
porcelain veneers

Give us a call today at 775-322-5016 and we can discuss these services as well as smile makeovers.

Dr. Shane Sykes
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada

Wear A Crown In Sparks

Wear A Crown In Sparks

Some Reno residents who have a weak or broken tooth may want to research dental crowns as a solution to improve their smile and overall oral health. A crown is really a cap or covering that is tooth-shaped and when it is in place, it will cover the portion of the covered tooth that is above the gum line.

Crowns can be made of metals, resin, ceramic, porcelain, or a porcelain-fused-to-metal material. Your Reno area dentist will usually put in a temporary crown while a permanent crown is being created especially for your mouth in a dental laboratory.

Dental crowns have been used successfully in Reno cosmetic dentistry for decades.

Many Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City dentists use crowns when performing smile makeovers to cover patient’s discolored or poorly shaped teeth. Strong, natural-looking crowns are also used with dental implants.

If you think a dental crown may be right for you, check with your Sparks dentist. Or, if you are searching for quality dental care in the Sparks area, call us here at The Reno Dentist. We are located in Reno and have been serving the greater Reno area since 2011. We are currently accepting new patients at our state-of-the art, yet warm and comfortable dental office.

Call us at 775-322-5016 and our knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you have about teeth whitening in Reno, veneers, enamel shaping, or any other cosmetic dental, general oral health, or dental financing questions.

Why You Shouldn’t Dread Going To The Dentist

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If you are afraid of the dentist and have not had a check-up in years, today’s post is for you. Good news! Dentistry in the Reno area and around Nevada is nothing like it was when you were a kid. (Even if you’re still a kid, we invite you to keep reading.)

There Is No Reason to Avoid Dental Visits
First off, if you need dental treatment, oral sedation dentistry allows you to sleep during the procedure. There are several levels of sedation – you can remain conscious or take a trip to la-la land. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Shane Sykes for more critical information about sleep dentistry.

If you have a bad memory of hurting for days after a procedure, relax. Improved painkillers, lasers, and advanced techniques have reduced the pain experienced by The Reno Dentist patients. If you need extensive treatment, we will create a pain management plan to ensure that you remain comfortable.

You Won’t Be Here All Day
Dr. Sykes can perform procedures much quicker with today’s extremely precise dental instruments. Healing times for oral surgery are also much shorter.

You don’t have to live with gaps in your smile, sore gums, stained teeth, or a toothache. We can take care of all your dental issues. We will help restore your oral health to improve your quality of life and prevent dental troubles from affecting other parts of your body.

Today’s Reno dentistry is not your father’s dentistry. We invite you to discover why you shouldn’t avoid the dentist any longer.

We look forward to meeting you. Call The Reno Dentist today at 775-322-5016.