A Youthful Smile At Any Age

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Declining health, limited mobility, financial strains – clearly, aging is not for wimps. Though some challenges Virginia City seniors face can’t be avoided, others can. Dental troubles, for instance. Many dental problems common among Sparks retirees such as missing teeth, gum recession, tooth damage, and yellowed enamel, can be remedied.

With modern cosmetic dentistry at The Reno Dentist, mature Virginia City men and women can have a terrific smile that looks as young as they feel (or wish they felt!). Regardless of your age, it is not too late to improve your smile – even if you have some missing teeth.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno, we pamper our esteemed patients. We offer comprehensive general and cutting-edge cosmetic dental services including cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.

If you live in Reno, Spanish Springs, Virginia City, or Sparks, call (775) 525-5692 to schedule an exam and consultation. You can speak with us about porcelain crowns and veneers, tooth-colored fillings, implant-supported dentures, invisible braces, and teeth whitening.


Can You Name 9 Dental Specialties?

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Most Carson City people probably know how a pediatric dentist differs from an orthodontist. Some Virginia City dental patients may even know the unique focus of endodontists. But few Nevada residents probably know that the American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties. Today’s post looks at the specific disciplines within the fascinating world of dentistry and the years in which they were formally recognized by the ADA. (If you want a challenge, see if you can name all nine before you continue reading this post.)

Endodontics (1983): This area focuses on “the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.”1 If you need a root canal in Reno, you may require the services of an endodontist.

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (2003): If you want to straighten your teeth, you need an orthodontist. Dentofacial orthopedic specialists correct facial deformities using many of the same types of appliances used in teeth straightening therapy.

Pediatric Dentistry (1995): Carson City pediatric dentists provide dental care specifically for infants, children and teenagers.

Periodontics (1992): “Periodontics is that specialty of dentistry which encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes.”1 Periodontal specialists perform crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and soft tissue (gum) grafts.

Prosthodontics (2003): Prosthodontists provide restorative dental procedures including dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. They also perform cosmetic dental treatments including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, invisible fillings, and teeth bleaching.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (1991): This specialty concerns “the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations.”1

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
(2001): Oral and maxillofacial radiologists analyze radiographic images (x-rays) for issues of the maxillofacial area.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1990): Oral surgeons perform surgery on the teeth, jaw, face, and gums. These include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate correction, bone grafting, dental implants, and impacted teeth.

Dental Public Health (1976): This discipline focuses on “preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.”1

General dentists and cosmetic dentists in the Reno area are trained in a wide variety of dental procedures. However, sometimes your Sparks general dentist will refer you to a local Sparks specialist or include a specialist as part of your treatment team.

1Specialty Definitions, The American Dental Association, http://www.ada.org/495.aspx, accessed May 22, 2013


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 https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-office/.

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
775-322-5016
https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-office/


Give Me Some Air

Air Abrasion Dentists How long have dentists been drilling teeth? Would you believe 9,000 years? In an ancient graveyard in Pakistan, archaeologists unearthed skulls containing teeth that had undergone drilling. The stone-age dentists removed decay using drills constructed of sharpened flint.

Though advanced dentistry would not be possible without drilling, the sound of a dental drill can make many Reno patient’s hearts pound. However, there is another way your Virginia City cosmetic dentists can remove decay. This technique is known as air abrasion or drill-less dentistry. An air abrasion instrument removes material by spraying tiny aluminum oxide particles onto the tooth. The particles work like a sandblaster, spraying away the affected tooth structure.

The many advantages of air abrasion make it a popular procedure for Carson City family dentists. Because air abrasion is usually pain free, the need for anesthesia is reduced. The air abrasion instrument does not create vibrations or pressure. Sparks cosmetic dentistry patients appreciate the fact that air abrasion instruments don’t produce that whiny drill sound that rings in your ears and makes your palms sweat. Because of this, air abrasion can be a less-frightening option for young Spanish Springs dentistry patients. Air abrasion is often quicker and more precise than traditional drilling, leaving more of the healthy tooth intact.

At The Reno Dentist, we provide anxiety-free dentistry. If you would like to learn more about air abrasion, dentistry sedation or tooth implant cost, call us at 775-322-5016. We are located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno. The knowledgeable staff at The Reno Dentist is dedicated to your comfort and satisfaction.


Is Mouthwash A Must In Sparks?

is mouthwash a must in SparksMany folks in the Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City area wonder if daily mouthwash should be part of their dental routine. Brushing and flossing are the two habits that have the greatest impact on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash necessary?

If you’ve ever walked the aisles of any Reno, Nevada drugstore, you know that there are many different types of mouthwash. Some tout their germ-killing abilities, others brag of fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath. These are all great benefits, but will they make or break your dental health?

I’m Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist in Reno. When my dental patients ask about mouthwash, I usually tell them that as long as they follow the directions on the bottle, mouthwash can only benefit dental health, even if it doesn’t live up to every promise as advertised.

For people suffering from bad breath (and the friends, family, and co-workers who are suffering with them) mouthwash can be a very effective breath freshener and can bring relief to everyone in their social circle.

Thank you for visiting the Reno Dental Health Blog. We like to tackle important issues such as dental products, cosmetic dentistry procedures, over-the-counter teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, invisible braces, pediatric dentistry, oral care habits, and more!

My practice, The Reno Dentist, is currently accepting new patients. If you are interested in making an appointment, please call us at 775-322-5016. A knowledgeable member of our staff can also answer any questions you have about dental implants, veneers, gum contouring, or smile makeovers.

Call today!

Dr. Shane Sykes
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
775-322-5016

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Beware Of An Acidic Diet In Sparks

Sparks tooth strengthening Most Sparks residents don’t often think of a tooth as a body part that fluctuates in strength. Our teeth seem to have a steady hardness and dependably grind food whenever we need them. However, teeth are dynamic organisms with chemical processes that occur continually.

The protective enamel that covers the softer interior is made of minerals. Enamel demineralizes (loses some of its density) when coming in contact with acids. Saliva can dilute and neutralize acid so the tooth can remineralize (re-harden). This process isn’t instantaneous, however. While the enamel is soft, the tooth is vulnerable to losing a microscopic outer layer of enamel. If the erosion continues, the much softer dentin is exposed. Eventually, the tooth may need to be extracted.

At The Reno Dentist, we are noticing an increase in cases of serious acid erosion. It is apparent that the typical Sparks diet is becoming more acidic.

The list of acidic foods may surprise you. They include eggs, gravy, asparagus, chicken, cottage cheese, honey, fish, ham, butter, sour cream, aged cheese, and yogurt with active cultures. Generally, food with a high sugar or artificial sweetener content are highly acidic.

Now let’s talk about drinks. You probably already know that soda pop and wine are not good for your teeth. Sparks teens that sip soda all day can have acid erosion while their young teeth should be at their strongest. In addition to soda, energy drinks are very popular in Nevada, and Sparks cosmetic dentists are noticing the effects on their dental patients’ tooth enamel.

If you drink soda or energy drinks often, you may want to drink water or chew sugarless gum after downing a can. Stimulating saliva production can speed up the remineralization process.

If your teeth have become more sensitive in general, or in response to hot or cold foods or beverages, you may have acid erosion. To schedule an examination with Shane Sykes at The Reno Dentist, call 775-322-5016 today.

We are a full-service dental office with hundreds of satisfied patients in Reno, Spanish Springs, and Virginia City We are located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno. We are working to raise awareness of the oral health dangers of acid erosion. We hope you have benefited from this Reno dental blog article and look forward to your visit.