The 4 Components Of Saliva That Keep Sparks Teeth Healthy

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Hello, my name is Dr. Shane Sykes and I want to welcome you to my Reno dental blog. My dental practice, The Reno Dentist, wants to help our Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City patients to be knowledgeable about oral health issues.

Today we are going to discuss the complexity and importance of your saliva. This typically yucky substance is, in reality, a finely balance body fluid that not only maintains dental health but also aids in digestion of your food. So, without further ado, here are the main components of saliva.

1. Water. No surprise here! You saliva consists mostly of water.

2. Enzymes. Enzymes are essential biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.

3. Immunoproteins. These are dynamic cells that fight cellular invaders, such as bacteria. Those in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth. This is essential to avoiding gingivitis and keeping a healthy pH balance in the mouth.

4. Minerals. Saliva minerals assist in maintaining the protective enamel surface of the teeth.

Most Sparks dental patients produce enough saliva, but some suffer from dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. This can be dangerous to your dental health, so be sure to communicate with your Reno dentist if you are experiencing this.

If you are in the Spanish Springs, Virginia City, or Carson City area and are in search of quality dental care, please call my office today at 775-322-5016. Our knowledgeable staff would be happy to talk to you about our successful services, which include:

  • Root canals
  • Wisdom teeth extraction
  • Dentures
  • Porcelain veneers

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


A Toothache The Size Of Sparks

headache relief Spanish SpringsPatients often come into our Reno, Nevada dental practice and complain about ‘a toothache the size of Sparks’. I understand this kind of pain, and realize that when you describe it like that, it really hurts. I can help.

Toothache pain for anyone in Reno can be unbearable. At the very least, toothache pain can cause you to avoid eating certain foods. Severe toothache pain can be downright debilitating, forcing patients to go to extreme measures to alleviate the pain.

Around Reno, the most common causes of a toothache include tooth infection, decay, injury, or loss of a tooth. Tooth pain can also occur after a tooth has been extracted or following oral surgery.

I can help you better understand the source of your toothache, and in most cases can provide a nearly immediate remedy. In severe cases, I am equipped to council you on possible resolutions.

Of course, the best way to avoid toothache pain is to visit your Reno dentist often, and to care properly for your teeth including a regular regimen of brushing and flossing.

If you are experiencing toothache pain, and just can’t stand it any more, please give me a call; I am standing by to help.

-Shane Sykes, DMD 775-322-5016


6 Ways To Prepare For Your Dental Procedure At The Reno Dentist

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Scared of dental visits, dental implants, or even teeth whitening? Let The Reno Dentist offer 6 ways to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally and physically before your big dental day.

1. Remember Dr. Shane Sykes is trained to provide the best care and comfort possible.

2. Take some time to relax and consider what you are anxious about. Take deep breaths in and slowly let them out as you weigh the reasons for and against taking these steps to a better smile. Remember that many Reno folks have been in your shoes and passed with flying colors. Especially all of our visitors who came in for dental implants, our most popular service.

3. Know your medical history. You may be asked to fill out a medical history and medications form, so be sure you know what medications and supplements you are currently taking and review past hospitalizations and illnesses.

4. Have a dental plan. Come in for a thorough consultation. If we are aware of your dental goals, then we’ll know if combining any of it can save you time and money. We offer root canals, wisdom teeth extraction, dentures, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign to name just a few.

5. Trust the outstanding staff at The Reno Dentist to guide you through the before, during and after process. We’ve got the experience and skill to make your experience a positive one.

6. Our final and most important suggestion! Ask all the questions that you actually want answered before you have dental tools and gloved hands in your mouth!

Shane Sykes
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada 89503
775-322-5016
https://www.therenodentist.com/services/


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.


4 Teeth All In A Row For Nevada

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Perhaps getting everything lined up for a breathtaking smile can take a bit of finagling. Maybe you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry. At The Reno Dentist, Dr. Shane Sykes is commonly seen working miracles on all types of smiles.

Just the unknown cost of dental implants or the price of invisible braces can paralyze a person from making the move to improve. Ask us about these and the price of dental restorations in general. Call today for a consultation and discussion about restoring your genuine smile of confidence. We’ll plan with you and recommend the best and most straightforward path forward.

Here are 4 ways to get all your ducks (or teeth) in a row for your new smile:

Tooth #1 The Two Front Teeth
Knowing how to get to us will be essential. Find our own “two front doors” at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno, Nevada. Jot it down; put it in your phone or GPS; do whatever you have to do. Especially if you’re out in Sparks. We look forward to seeing our patients coming from the Carson City, Spanish Springs, and Virginia City areas.

Tooth #2 The Wisdom Tooth
Do a little research. Image search for before and after smiles and see what’s possible. A little wisdom will go a long way. But, no worries, we’ll take care of educating you about the possibilities if the research is out of your reach. We want our patients wise about the care they can receive.

Tooth #3 The Canine Tooth
Rest assured you are not barking up the wrong tree. Just as a sampling, we offer these services: dentures, Invisalign, root canals, porcelain veneers, and wisdom teeth extraction. It’s likely we are just who you need.

Tooth #4 The Sweet Tooth
Talking with our sweet and knowledgeable staff will be a superb experience. Let them set you up. (775) 525-5692

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With all your teeth in a row you are prepared! We hope you’ll settle upon our practice, The Reno Dentist. See you soon.

Shane Sykes
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada 89503
(775) 525-5692


What Is Lurking Under Your Gumline?

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Hello Reno residents! Your overall oral health depends not only on healthy teeth but also healthy gums. Proper oral hygiene helps keep both your teeth and gums in good shape.

When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle with the bristle tips aimed at the line where the tooth and gum meet. The bristles of a soft toothbrush can clean the food particles in the pockets in front and in back of the tooth, but you need floss to clean between the teeth. Make sure you get the floss into the pocket between the teeth and scrape food particles up and out of the pocket.

Back to toothbrushing: if the toothbrush is not held at the correct angle, the bristles can’t get in the pockets to clean out the bacteria before it turns into enamel-damaging plaque. If plaque multiplies in the pockets around the teeth, the gum will start pulling away. Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the tooth structure below the gumline is more susceptible to decay than the enamel above the gumline.

There is more than one way to damage your teeth – even if the visible parts of your teeth are cavity-free, gum disease can cause problems with the parts you can’t see.

I am Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist. My staff and I promote preventative dentistry by working with our patients of all ages to establish essential oral hygiene habits.

If you haven’t had a check-up in a while, or are experiencing gum soreness or recession, call The Reno Dentist today at 775-322-5016 to schedule a thorough tooth and gum examination in Reno.
During your exam, Sykes Shane will measure the depth of the pockets around each tooth. If you already have gum disease, we will help you restore gum health.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno, we provide full general and cosmetic dental services including root canal therapy, porcelain veneers, and wisdom teeth extraction. If you have healthy teeth and gums but want to brighten your smile, ask us about teeth bleaching in Reno.

The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada 89503
https://www.therenodentist.com/services/


Our Reno Dental Team Takes Care Of You

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At The Reno Dentist, each dental professional on our team allows our practice to operate smoothly and provide the highest caliber of dental care. Today’s Reno dentistry article will focus on the duties of a dental assistant.

You probably think of the dental assistant as: “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who attaches the bib around my neck,” and you are correct. However, his/her knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is probably more extensive than you realize.

Competent dental assistants work behind the scenes at The Reno Dentist in Reno. They assist Dr. Shane Sykes during all dental procedures including basic oral examinations, tooth prep and cavity filling, as well as lengthy smile makeovers involving multiple procedures. Our competent assistants also work with our dental hygienists during dental cleanings and patient instruction.

When a dental patient arrives for his/her appointment, the dental assistant has already been preparing for the visit. Before he/she is escorted to a comfortable chair in one of our pleasant patient rooms, the assistant has made sure the room is ready for the particular treatment being performed.

Whether the patient is receiving porcelain veneers, having their teeth whitened, undergoing a routine orthodontia adjustment, or settling in for a two-hour smile redesign with oral sedation, the dental assistant has set the stage for a comfortable and efficient procedure.

At The Reno Dentist, infection control is always foremost in our minds. Our dental assistants, dentists, and hygienists are vigilant about the sterilization of dental instruments and follow strict infection control protocols. The health of our patients and employees is our highest priority.

Dental assistants in Sparks dental office may also prepare tray setups, make impressions for restorations, schedule appointments, take x-rays, and maintain and retrieve patient records. They must have a keen eye for detail and an excellent memory as they organize and stock the many different dental supplies in a typical offices.

The Reno Dentist is located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno, Nevada. We provide general and cosmetic dental procedures including dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. You can read more about our services at https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-office/.

To make an appointment for an examination, consultation, or cleaning, call 775-322-5016. Thanks for visiting our Reno dentistry blog!


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/


Whitening For 3 Types Of Tooth Stains In Reno

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Hello Reno! If your smile could use some brightening, what are you waiting for? Professional teeth whitening and teeth bleaching are the easiest ways Spanish Springs residents can dramatically improve their appearance.

It is important to realize that not every Sparks smile responds the same to teeth bleaching. The degree of whiteness attained and the treatment time necessary depends on the type of stains being treated.

1. Surface or extrinsic stains are the most accessible and easiest to remove. They are caused by the usual suspects: coffee, tea, wine, cola, smoking, and the natural aging process.

2. Intrinsic stains can be lightened but it may take a bit longer. These stains form from the inside out but are visible through the enamel. They can be caused by trauma, tetracycline antibiotics, infection, or excessive fluoride use in childhood before the enamel is fully formed.

3. Combination: Some Reno dental patients have both extrinsic and intrinsic staining. As we age, our teeth change – regardless of how well we take care of them. Two things that work against us are that 1) our enamel thins, while 2) the dentin underneath fades and yellows. Again, the extrinsic stains on the enamel are the quickest to lighten, but ongoing treatment with a peroxide-based penetrating whitener can lighten the deeper discoloration.

It is best to trust fast teeth whitening treatment to the care of an experienced dentist such as Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist. Shane Sykes and the experienced team of dental professionals at The Reno Dentist have been brightening smiles in Reno since 2011. We also offer root canals, wisdom teeth extraction, dentures, porcelain veneers and Invisalign.

Upgrade your face value by brightening your smile!

Shane Sykes
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada 89503
775-322-5016
https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-office/