5 Benefits Of Preventive Dentistry For Kids

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At The Reno Dentist in Reno, we promote preventative dental care by developing decay prevention plans and helping our patients establish and keep proper dental practices. If today’s kids can avoid tooth decay, it will benefit them more than you may realize.

1) A healthy mouth equals better overall health and well-being. Maintaining optimal oral health puts children at a lower risk for diabetes and heart disease.

2) A beautiful, healthy smile boosts confidence and self-esteem for little ones.

3) By keeping teeth and gums healthy as kids, you avoid the need for costly restorative dental work down the road.

4) Strong teeth help kids get proper nutrition. Tooth decay makes eating difficult.

5) Proper dental hygiene beginning at birth and twice-yearly exams commencing with the eruption of the first tooth promotes normal speech development. (The American Dental Association recommends toddler dental visits to begin when the first tooth appears.)

If you are looking for an experienced children’s dentist, we invite you to call The Reno Dentist in Reno at 775-322-5016. Our knowledgeable team ensures that dental visits are pleasant and comfortable for our patients of all ages.

If you have a toddler that has not yet visited a dentist, call 775-322-5016 today to schedule a pediatric dental examination. Effective dental care is just as important as immunizations, proper nutrition, auto safety seats, and medical care.

 

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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5 Ways To Restore A Tooth

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There is more than one way to fix a tooth. If you are the fortunate owner of perfectly healthy teeth, you may never need any of these procedures. However, if you are like most Reno residents, you will need to restore a tooth eventually. Today’s post looks at six restoration procedures that are used routinely to repair a damaged tooth:

1. Dental Bonding

Bonding, officially called direct composite veneers, is used to correct chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. It is also sometimes used to fill cavities. A skilled cosmetic dentist applies a pliable composite resin and molds it to the specific shape needed. The resin is then hardened with a special curing light.

2. A Porcelain Veneer

These wafer-thin covers can hide a chip or crack or fix the alignment of a tooth that is slightly crooked.

3. A Filling (Inlay or Onlay)

A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab, they are often called indirect fillings. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are ordinarily smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth. If you have old silver amalgam fillings, you can replace them with white fillings.

4. A Dental Crown

A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, durability, and function. Crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with severe decay, the replacement tooth in a dental bridge, and the visible portion of an implant. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-ceramic, or all resin.

5. Dental Implants

A dental implant is often an ideal restoration for a tooth that has been extracted. It restores the entire tooth—both root and crown. Most dental implant recipients report that the implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Dental implants are used in a variety of applications such as anchoring dentures and dental bridges.

For more specifics about any of these procedures, call The Reno Dentist at 775-322-5016.

 

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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Why The Tooth Implant Timeline is Necessary

Tooth Implant timeline in Reno NVIf you’ve visited our website before you know that implants are the preferable tooth restoration for most individuals with a missing tooth.

The dental implant process can take several dental visits over a period of months.

Don’t let this discourage you. Each stage of the procedure is essential.

Remember that the tooth implant timeline is not a drawback. It is indicative of the permanent nature of a tooth implant.

The Dental Implant Timeline

1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment

A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the post or root replacement, the abutment, and the final restoration (crown, denture, bridge, or partial denture).

It all starts with a consultation.

At your first visit to The Reno Dentist, we’ll take X-rays and evaluate your mouth. We will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone.

Be prepared to consider your physical health in general and your medical history.

If you don’t have adequate bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting surgery. This common procedure is described on our website.

2. Tooth Implant Placement

The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how rapid and easy the procedure is.

  • First, we’ll use local anesthesia to numb the implant location.
  • Dr. Sykes will make an incision in the gums. This opens the gums so the bone is accessible.
  • Then, we drill a small hole the precise diameter and depth of the post.
  • The implant post is screwed into the hole in the bone.
  • We’ll take an X-ray to validate the implant is in the correct place.
  • We will then sew the gums back over the implant.

The tooth implant procedure will take from one to two hours.

OTC pain relievers are usually sufficient for post-surgery soreness. Most dental implant patients can go back to work after the surgery.

Soreness and swelling should subside after a few days. An ice pack (used on the cheek, not inside the mouth) can ease swelling.

If the implant site (and missing tooth) is visible when you smile, we will create a removable partial denture or flipper. You can wear this while you are waiting for the final restoration.

Make sure you practice proper oral hygiene but be extra gentle when cleaning around the surgical site.

3. Osseointegration

Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome a non-biological tooth root. Implant dentistry is only possible because the jawbone tightly fuses with the implant. This creates an extremely durable foundation for the post.

Titanium readily integrates with bone. The official term for this quality is “osteophilic.” For most individuals, it takes from three to six months for the post and jawbone to form a (hopefully!) inseparable bond.

4. Placing the Final Restoration

The last step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root.

The beautiful crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.

When you have your new smile at the end of this process, it will all be worth it!

 

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 Do I Choose A Dentist To Perform My Implant Procedure?

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Today’s message is for men and women who have decided to replace a tooth with an implant. Great choice!

Now you need to choose a dental implant specialist to carry out the procedure.

This is a critical decision. A dental implant is permanent. It involves oral surgery. It requires a significant financial investment. Making a bad choice of provider can lower your chances of success.

Here are the critical factors to consider:

Experience

  • How many years has the dentist been performing implants?
  • How many dental implants has he/she done?
  • How many years has the dentist been practicing cosmetic dentistry?

Patient Reviews

Online reviews are a great resource. Former patients not only give a star rating, but some of them also share details about their experience. Check out the reviews for any dentist you are contemplating. Visit multiple online platforms.

Office Atmosphere

A modern dental practice with the latest technology helps ensure a successful outcome. When you visit the office, ask about their patient amenities. Observe the cleanliness of the office and friendliness of the team.

What About Price?

You may wonder why we didn’t list price as one of the variables. This was intentional. Choosing an implant clinic by price alone is a bad idea. In the Sparks area, most implant dentists’ prices are comparable. If you find a provider that has slashed the price for implants, be wary. Find out exactly what is covered. A dental implant consists of a post, abutment, and crown (or denture). Some implant-only clinics advertise the price for the post alone. This is misleading.

How much does a tooth implant cost at The Reno Dentist? Call 775-322-5016 to schedule a consultation. We can discuss your specific implant needs and financing options.

 

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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Dental Health – How Do You Measure Success?

Affordable Sparks Tooth Whitening At The Reno Dentist, we are passionate about success. Dr. Shane Sykes’s experience, ability, and commitment to dental excellence result in remarkable outcomes daily for our dentistry patients. Each team member at The Reno Dentist shares Dr. Sykes’s passion for success.

For many Reno dental patients, success is a routine check-up that reveals healthy teeth and no tooth decay. For our cosmetic dental patients, success is a stunning smile makeover using veneers, teeth whitening, and white fillings.

We also enjoy providing tooth-straightening for youth and adults. Though these transformations frequently take longer than smile makeovers, the results are no less amazing. In fact, our orthodontic patients probably appreciate their straight teeth and beautiful smile more than any of our other patients.

Success sometimes means removing tetracycline stains for a teeth bleaching patient who has been hiding his/her smile for years. Sometimes, success is as simple as helping a nervous patient feel serene during their visit to our Reno family dental office.

What do you desire for your smile? At The Reno Dentist, our success depends on your complete smile satisfaction.

To meet our understanding team and discuss your smile specifics, call The Reno Dentist at 775-322-5016.

 

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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Flossing For Health And Happiness

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Most Reno men and women know that flossing is an important part of oral health. The value of this simple yet important exercise in oral hygiene has been shown time and time again.

Flossing offers a chance to remove bits and pieces that a toothbrush will undoubtedly miss. Being afraid of the ‘cavity bugs,’ ‘mouth germies,’ or the ‘dental bogeyman’ may still not compel Reno folks to floss regularly.

The fear of gingivitis and gum disease or crowns and fillings from cavities work for a week or so after cleaning but may not instill a lasting habit between teeth cleanings.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno, we encourage our dental patients to look at flossing as an opportunity to start fresh. Just as showering and dressing for the day. It’s a way to increase motivation and include flossing into your established routine.

Flossing can be a positive opportunity to remind yourself to smile and feel happy as you approach your day. Flossing could be a time to think about the foods you are putting into your mouth and consider what improvements could be made to your diet.

Living in health-conscious communities such as Spanish Springs, Virginia City, or Carson City can also help motivate you to floss regularly. The fresh air you breathe on a short walk will feel smooth as you run your tongue along the ridges of your teeth near the gums.

It doesn’t have to be about fear! Call us at 775-322-5016 The knowledgeable dental staff at The Reno Dentist knows that flossing can be a concern for their Reno dental patients and a brightened patient is always better than a frightened one. At The Reno Dentist, we offer many ways to enhance your smile and self-confidence. Make a cosmetic dental appointment today to consider whether root canals can lighten your look, wisdom teeth extraction can influence your flair, and Invisalign or porcelain veneers can ease your anxiety. We aim to make it a wonderful experience!

 

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 is Patient-Centered Dental Care?

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What is your perception of the patient-dentist relationship? Would you convey it as one-sided? In other words, the dentist examines the patient’s teeth, determines the course of treatment, and performs the procedure-while the patient is an unimportant participant.

It Starts With The Atmosphere

At The Reno Dentist, we don’t do things that way. You will realize the difference when you first walk in our doors. You will discover a pleasant, inviting atmosphere. We don’t push patients through as if they were on an assembly line.

We see you as a whole person, not just a disembodied mouth full of teeth. When Dr. Sykes meets with you, you will be able to talk about more than just your oral health. You will discuss your lifestyle, your past dental experiences, your goals, and your concerns. We want to create a long-term relationship with you—it benefits you and helps us do our jobs well.

We Listen

When Dr. Sykes examines a patient and finds a problem that needs dental treatment, there is rarely only one solution proposed. Dr. Sykes will take as much time as necessary to explain the options and answer your questions.

By listening carefully, communicating clearly, and asking the right questions, Dr. Sykes can fully assess the many critical factors that influence your present and future oral health.

Does This Sound Good to You?

Does patient-focused dental care make sense to you? If so, we invite you to become one of our valued patients. You can book an appointment by calling 775-322-5016.

 

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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Do Kids Get Periodontal Disease?

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Most Reno parents are concerned about cavities. And rightly so. Tooth decay in children is a serious and widespread health condition.

What about kids’ gum disease? Are children at risk for an oral ailment that is common in the adult population?

Short answer: yes.

Let’s discuss it.

Children and teens are at risk of gum disease and the more advanced form called periodontal disease.

What causes gingivitis and periodontal disease?

Gum disease (gingivitis) and periodontal disease are caused by plaque buildup.

Food particles mixed with saliva generate a sticky film called plaque. Plaque creates bacteria. If it is not removed regularly with brushing and flossing, the bacteria multiply. The plaque builds up on the teeth.

The gums respond to the bacteria by becoming sore and inflamed. Plaque buildup hardens into calculus. Calculus cannot be removed by a toothbrush or dental floss. Calculus can be removed during a professional dental cleaning.

The American Academy of Periodontology recognizes three kinds of gum disease in children and adolescents:

  1. Chronic gingivitis
  2. Aggressive periodontitis
  3. Generalized aggressive periodontitis

Chronic gingivitis

This is the most frequent type of gum disease in children. The gums swell, turn red and may bleed. Gingivitis is usually caused by poor dental hygiene. Proper oral hygiene includes daily brushing and flossing.

Gingivitis can be prevented or reversed with daily oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle. If the child doesn’t practice proper dental hygiene, however, the condition can become more severe.

Aggressive periodontitis

Aggressive periodontitis results in bone loss. It may affect only the first molars and incisors. It rarely occurs before puberty. Surprisingly, children with this variety of disease may have minimal plaque or calculus.

Generalized aggressive periodontitis

This type, though less typical, is most likely to occur at the onset of puberty. It may be present throughout the entire mouth. It results in severe gum inflammation. There are significant amounts of plaque and calculus.

If left untreated, the bone loss becomes so extreme the teeth become loose. Then the child is at risk of tooth loss.

4 key findings of gum and periodontal disease in children:

  1. Children and teens who are generally healthy can have gum disease.
  2. Hormonal fluctuation that transpires with puberty boosts the risk of periodontal disease. Researchers believe hormonal changes shrink the ability of the immune system to fight the bacteria in dental plaque.
  3. Epidemiologic studies indicate that gum disease of varying severity is nearly universal in children and adolescents.
  4. Periodontal disease is more likely to occur in youth ages 12-17 than those younger than 12.

Signs of periodontal disease:

  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Gum recession
  • Bad breath
  • Unusually large spaces between teeth
  • Pus between the gums and teeth
  • Changes in bite alignment

At The Reno Dentist, we treat all pediatric oral conditions including gingivitis and periodontal disease. Twice-yearly dental cleanings and examinations are important. If you are looking for an experienced, friendly pediatric dentist, we invite you to call us today and schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your child!

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=90&contentid=p01865

https://www.aapd.org/research/oral-health-policies–recommendations/periodontal-diseases-of-children-and-adolescents/

 

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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Same-Day Tooth Pain Relief

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When you have a toothache, that’s all you can think about. It makes it difficult to handle your everyday tasks.

If the tooth starts hurting after business hours or on the weekend, you may resign yourself to waiting until a traditional dental practice opens.

When others are closed, The Reno Dentist is here for you. We treat walk-in dental emergencies. That means you don’t need to make an appointment.

We will identify the cause of the tooth pain and take care of you.

Is A Toothache A Dental Emergency?

Yes. Here’s why. Tooth pain may be a symptom of a pressing ailment. We are equipped to treat many causes of tooth pain. Your tooth pain may be caused by one of the following:

Decay

Eventually, tooth decay can reach the tooth nerve. Ouch! The earlier the issue is addressed, the better your chances of saving the tooth.

Gum disease

Gum disease (or the more serious periodontitis) may cause pain. It should be treated immediately before teeth loosen. At that point, you risk losing them.

Damaged Tooth Pulp

When the inner nerves down in the root of the tooth become infected, an emergency root canal can allow you to retain the tooth. Plus it ends the pain!

Maybe It’s Not Your Tooth

Everything’s connected, right? Problems with surrounding systems can cause tooth pain along with a multitude of other symptoms. Your tooth pain may be caused by an ear or sinus infection.

Whether it’s a disorder with your tooth, or something else, let’s get it taken care of.

 

 

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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Do Veneers Make Teeth Look Bigger?

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A well-designed veneer does not make your tooth look larger – unless you want it to. A veneer can correct many cosmetic dental problems and is a minimally invasive restoration. During the placement of some porcelain veneers, an extremely thin layer of enamel is removed from the tooth.

If you have teeth with damage, discoloration, an irregular shape or minimal to moderate misalignment, you have several dental remedies to choose from. Don’t worry if you feel that veneers seem to have more cons than pros for you. You have alternative options. We can analyze your smile, your needs, and your goals to develop a perfect plan.

The Reno Dentist offers the highest standard of dental care and the full spectrum of essential services including:

dentures
Invisalign
root canals
porcelain veneers
wisdom teeth extraction

The Reno Dentist has been improving smiles since 2011. We’ve scheduled Virginia City patients for restorative dentistry. We’ve served patients from Carson City with cosmetic dentistry. We’ve performed popular procedures like dental implants for our patients in Spanish Springs. And we can advise you on any restorative, preventative, or cosmetic procedure in which you are interested.

Ask us about invisible braces, the cost of a dental bridge, or how long it takes to whiten your teeth.

With our busy schedules, we don’t want a long wait to see the dentist. Dr. Shane Sykes’s team schedules carefully so we can keep your consultation convenient, pleasant, informative and thorough. Our staff is knowledgeable and equipped to do it right.

Call our office to schedule a consultation: 775-322-5016

 

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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