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 775-322-5016.

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.

Dental Sealants

General Dentistry Tools For Sparks NV Dental sealants are a thin coat of clear resin that is applied to the biting surfaces of teeth, usually the rear molars. The back teeth are more prone to cavities because is difficult to reach them with a tooth brush and the surfaces contain pits and grooves that easily trap bacteria. It is hard for many adults to clean their back molars and almost impossible for our young Sparks NV area children.

Dental sealants fill in the pits and grooves on the rear molars to create a smooth surface. Sparks NV family dentistry practices most often recommend sealants for children’s permanent back teeth, though sometimes they are used for adults, too.

Parents may not realize how quickly a cavity can form in a young child’s mouth. Many Sparks NV area kids that we see develop cavities even before they start kindergarten! It is vital that our local parents start regular general dentistry visits early. The American Dental Association advises that a child’s initial dental exam take place soon after the first tooth erupts, but no later than the toddler’s first birthday.

Dental sealants protect teeth that have no decay (primary prevention) and also prevent further decay progression in teeth that show very early signs of disease (secondary prevention).

At The Reno Dentist, we take special care of our family and cosmetic dental clients. We want each child’s dental visits to be pleasant and painless so they will never develop a fear of the dentist. We advise parents on the specific dental issues associated with each stage of childhood. Ask us about fluoride, sports mouthguards, and Invisalign clear braces.

I am Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist. I don’t believe that childhood cavities are unavoidable. Call my office at 775-322-5016 to schedule a dental exam.

I provide comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry for Sparks NV area people of all ages. My office is located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno. You can learn more about my practice at

Why Aren’t You Smiling?

Cosmetic Dentistry Restores Your Sparks NV Smile Hello, I’m Dr. Shane Sykes DMD. My dental practice is called The Reno Dentist. We are located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200, Reno NV 89503, and you can reach us by calling 775-322-5016.

You can probably imagine why I look at smiles everywhere I go in the Sparks NV area. Whether I am working with a general dentistry patient, having dinner at a Reno restaurant, or attending a sporting event, I notice whether the people around me smile. Whenever I encounter someone with obvious tooth problems, I want to tell them about the procedures that can completely transform their frown into a healthy and beautiful smile.

Are you one of those people who don’t want to show their teeth? I would love to talk to you about a smile makeover. Whatever your excuse is for not seeking dental treatment, I can discuss all of your concerns with you during a free consultation.

Perhaps you are afraid of dental work. Our dental team is trained at providing gentle, compassionate dental care. You can feel relaxed and comfortable, knowing you’re in good hands when you receive treatment.

Perhaps the cost of Reno cosmetic dentistry is holding you back. My knowledgeable staff will be happy to talk to you about financing plans. It is important to remember that if your teeth are decayed, postponing treatment will cost more money in the long run. Filling a cavity is far more affordable dentistry than a root canal procedure or, in the case of an extracted tooth, a dental implant.

You can contact my office at 775-322-5016 or online at My Reno family dental website contains information about all the general, aesthetic and restorative dentistry services we provide.

I can transform your smile into one that you will want to show all the time!

Dr. Shane Sykes, DMD

Energy Drink Warning For Sparks NV

General Dentistry Info For Sparks NV Residents About Energy Drinks Hello. I’m Dr. Shane Sykes.

Welcome to my Sparks NV dental blog. Today’s topic is energy drinks and the damage they can cause to your teeth. I am seeing more and more Reno area teens and adults with tooth enamel erosion caused by frequent consumption of sport drinks.

Most of these general dentistry patients take good care of their teeth, brush and flush, and come into The Reno Dentist for a twice-yearly exam and deep cleaning. But guess what? If you drink energy drinks regularly, your enamel can erode even if you practice immaculate oral hygiene.

Energy drinks like Red Bull, Rock Star, and Monster are a cocktail of powerful acids and other enamel-eroding substances. Most of them contain citric acid, fruit juices, loads of sugar, and a potent chemical that gives them their bright fluorescent color.

Perhaps, like myself, you have often noticed young people walking out of Sparks NV convenience stores swigging 32-ounce energy drinks. I am concerned that Reno area teens do not understand the serious dental consequences of frequent acid baths.

The following is from ABC Sports:

“Sports drinks are increasingly damaging the teeth of professional and recreational athletes, one of Australia’s top sports dentists has warned. Dr. Brett Dorney says he has witnessed a huge increase in dental erosion since the Sidney Olympics, when he was the event’s deputy director of dental services.”

Here is an excerpt from a recent CNN Story:

“Researchers at the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry found the energy drinks and sports drinks eroded the enamel more than soda and fruit juices.”

I need to add the caveat that soda and fruit juices also contain acids that can damage teeth.

If your teeth have enamel erosion, whatever the cause, we can restore your smile with advanced cosmetic dentistry. Crowns, porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays can correct both structural and cosmetic problems.

Our phone number is 775-322-5016. If you are interested in re-designing your smile, come in for an exam and consultation. With cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry, we can repair acid-damaged teeth and dramatically increase your face value.

Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In Reno

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Hello, I am Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist in Reno. Today’s blog topic is ‘How Your Diet Affects Your Smile.’

I’m sure you brush and floss regularly and hopefully visit your Reno cosmetic dental practice for cleanings, but did you know that making small changes to your diet can improve your oral health?

Most Reno residents are aware that sugar found in candy, cookies, and sodas can harm your teeth, but some people don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. A handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.

All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.

At The Reno Dentist, I continue to see tooth damage caused by sodas and sports drinks. If you choose to drink them, sip them through a straw. By limiting the contact of these drinks on your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.

Another way Reno folks can improve their oral health is to get 800mg of calcium a day for men and 1,000mg for women under 50. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.

Diet alone will not prevent cavities and gum disease for Reno folks, however, a few changes in eating habits can help maintain healthy teeth and gums.

My staff and I at The Reno Dentist are accepting new cosmetic and general dentistry patients in the 89503 zip code area. I encourage you to call 775-322-5016 today to schedule an exam and cleaning.

The Reno Dentist offers a full menu of general and specialty dental services including cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. For more information, call today to schedule an appointment or visit

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

Use Flex Account Funds for Sparks NV Dentistry

General Dentistry Sparks NV If you have money in your Sparks NV flexible spending account you may want to schedule some cosmetic dentistry before the deadline. Remember, you lose any funds left over after the plan year ends. Why not improve your smile with tax-free dollars?

Even a small change can make a big difference in the appearance of your teeth. You might consider getting a veneer for a chipped tooth or replacing a broken dental crown. Maybe you want to straighten your teeth with braces or replace amalgam fillings with clear ones that blend with your natural teeth. Teeth whitening is quick and easy and benefits even the most attractive smiles.

Perhaps aesthetic dentistry is not your first priority. Maybe you have a more pressing dental need such as a cavity that is bothering you or swollen gums. Don’t let these problems get worse and possibly more expensive to treat.

Call 775-322-5016 to book a consultation at The Reno Dentist. We are located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200, Reno NV.

Dr. Shane Sykes is one of the most sought-after Sparks NV dentists and stays at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry techniques and technology. A radiant smile is possible for anyone in the Sparks NV area, regardless of issues such as tetracycline stains, periodontal disease, or missing teeth.

If you are planning to use flex account funds for Sparks NV general dentistry, make sure you check your employer’s guidelines for eligible cosmetic or restorative dental procedures.

With a smile makeover at The Reno Dentist, what will your ‘after’ photo look like?

The Reno Dentist Cosmetic Dentistry For Drop-Dead Gorgeous Smiles

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Hello, I’m Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist. At The Reno Dentist, we expertly provide all of the advanced general and cosmetic dental procedures available including teeth whitening, clear braces, dental crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, gum contouring, and crown lengthening.

We also fill cavities with tooth-colored fillings that blend perfectly with your natural teeth. In addition, our hygienists perform the most thorough deep cleanings in Reno for our general dentistry clients whose healthy smiles need nothing else.

If your smile needs a lot more than a deep cleaning, let’s talk about cosmetic dentistry. There have never been so many ways to create the smile you deserve.

Having a drop-dead gorgeous smile is not just about attractiveness. It’s about oral health and its connection to overall physical health. It’s about self-esteem and self-respect. It’s about being comfortable with your age and stage of life. It’s about presenting yourself polished and professionally in your Reno career, among your family members, and with your friends and colleagues.

A smile makeover brings out your very best!

What could a smile makeover do for you? Let’s talk about it. Call 775-322-5016 today to book a friendly and informative consultation at our beautiful and comfortable Reno cosmetic dental practice- The Reno Dentist .

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Sparks

General Dentistry Sparks NV Hello! Welcome to the The Reno Dentist blog. If this your first visit, we hope you find useful information about our Sparks NV area cosmetic dentistry practice. If you have read some of our previous articles, we are glad you checked back with us. We post new articles regularly.

My name is Dr. Shane Sykes, DMD. I have been practicing cosmetic and general dentistry in the Sparks NV area since 2011. The Reno Dentist is a full-service dental office located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200, Reno NV. In addition to providing comprehensive examinations and deep cleanings for clients in the Sparks NV area, we perform all types of tooth restorations.

When a tooth has decay or has been damaged, a dental restoration is needed to ‘restore’ the tooth to its previous intact condition. A dental filling is one of the most common and well-known types of restorations. A dental filling is used to repair decayed or damaged tooth surfaces. Most people have a few fillings in their mouth.

If you have old silver amalgam fillings, we can replace them with nearly-invisible fillings tooth colored. These fillings are made out of a strong composite resin. Many of our Sparks NV restorative dentistry patients have replaced their old silver fillings with fillings matched to their teeth. You can improve your smile instantly and relatively inexpensively by getting rid of the ‘metal’.

Another reason some Sparks NV clients have had their old fillings replaced is because they are concerned about the possible heavy metal toxicity of the mercury in the silver.

If you would like to replace your amalgam fillings, call us at 775-322-5016 to schedule a consultation. We are currently accepting new patients and would be happy to show you around our Sparks NV cosmetic dental office and introduce you to our friendly team.

Smile – it increases your face value!

Preventing Facial Injuries

Family Dentistry Sparks NV Facial injuries occur all too often in the Sparks NV area. Little Leaguers get hit by inside pitches, construction workers suffer falls and other accidents at the worksite, and motorists sustain injuries in collisions every single day. Accidents at home can also result in serious injury to the face.

Serious facial injuries can affect the victim’s ability to eat, breathe, and speak. Because of the essential physical processes at risk, a person who has suffered a facial injury should receive medical care as soon as possible. Injuries to the mouth are treated by general dentistry professionals and oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

At The Reno Dentist, we strongly advocate the use of protective equipment for every type of sport, whether it is a team sport or individual activity. Call us at 775-322-5016 for mouthguard recommendations regarding your (or your child’s) specific sport.

Likewise, the Sparks NV workplace injury rate can be reduced with increased use of appropriate protective equipment and adherence to safety procedures. With respect to Sparks NV motor vehicle injuries, the following instructions bear repetition: Wear your seatbelt and don’t send or read text messages while driving!

If you have suffered a recent injury to your face, mouth or jaw, schedule a cosmetic dental consultation with Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist. If you are having dental problems (functional or aesthetic) due to an untreated past injury, I can also develop an effective restorative dentistry treatment plan.

My office is located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno.

Dr. Shane Sykes, DMD

Reno Pediatric Dentistry

Family Dentistry Reno Your Reno child’s dental health is essential to overall health and vitality. At The Reno Dentist, our family dentist Dr. Shane Sykes loves working with you and your child to ensure a healthy smile for life. Why? The health of your Reno child’s teeth and gums can affect their speech development, eating habits and self-esteem.

Reno family dentistry care is critical, and that is why we recommend bringing your Reno child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the initial visit, we can discuss dental treatments such as sealants, fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques and orthodontics.

Reno children’s dentists also counsel parents about thumb-sucking, pacifier use and other habits that affect your child’s dental health. We can also help you keep your child’s teeth protected during sporting activities. Call us immediately at 775-322-5016 if your child has a dental emergency or tooth injury.

Our caring staff will make your child feel comfortable during their Reno general dentistry visit.

In additional to offering experienced Reno family dentistry, we are also a full-service cosmetic dental practice. We offer advice and care on porcelain veneers, tooth implants, teeth whitening, tooth bonding, and headache treatment.

We hope to be your Reno family dentistry consultant.

The Reno Dentist