What Can Be Done About Teeth Stained From Tobacco Use

Tobacco use can increase your risk for a number of different health problems. When you limit the discussion to your oral health, you can still find several issues (oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease) you can be more likely to suffer due to tobacco use. One hard to miss issue is the effect on your smile. Tobacco products can leave you with stains that dull your smile, and leave it with an unflattering yellowish quality. To eliminate the stains that have built up, you can discuss cosmetic treatment with your dentist. A professional whitening treatment will break up accumulated stains in your teeth, which can bring them back to a whiter appearance. (more…)

The Reality Of Undergoing A Root Canal Treatment

Many patients are familiar with a root canal as a dental procedure, but may be unaware of why it is sometimes necessary. A root canal treatment is not for minor cavities – decay needs to have reached your tooth’s pulp to require this procedure. It takes time for this to occur. If you keep up with routine dental visits, your dentist can catch a cavity before it reaches this stage. If decay has spread far enough to infect your pulp, make treatment a priority. When enough time passes, the infection inside your tooth can lead to permanent damage, and can even continue its spread, and cause further oral health issues. (more…)

The Weekly Reno Street Food Event Kicks Off May 19

Starting Friday, May 19, you can take advantage of a special weekly event, Reno Street Food. At each Reno Street Food, a collection of food trucks offering a variety of different dining experiences will be on hand at Idlewild Park. You can learn more about the impressive cuisine that can be whipped up in one of these mobile restaurants, while enjoying the company of other Reno residents, and live music. Parking for the event is FREE! The event is set to run every Friday night through September 29. (more…)

Yes, You Should Be Flossing Regularly

If you think of flossing as a “bonus” cleaning for your teeth, or only necessary when you feel something stuck between teeth, you are losing out on important preventive dental care. Think for a moment about what your teeth enjoy when you brush. You can thoroughly clean the front of teeth, and their tops, but the spaces between teeth are difficult to address. In order to protect these areas, you should floss at least one time every day. Addressing bacteria and food debris in these spaces will mean better defense against decay, because you will be fully addressing your teeth. Removing bacteria in these spaces can also be helpful in the fight against gum disease. (more…)

Quiz: What Takes Place During Cavity Treatment

When you experience a cavity, your dentist has no choice but to remove the portion of your tooth where decay is located. This is necessary because the damage of a cavity is permanent, and total removal is required to save the remaining tooth structure. In order to address this loss, your dentist will offer a restoration to keep your tooth in good condition. Smaller cavities typically lead to the placement of a dental filling. For decay that has done more harm, a dental crown can be required. One major concern when it comes to decay is the infiltration of bacteria into your pulp. This creates problems for the tooth’s living tissue, and can lead to serious complications. (more…)

Using Dental Implants To Help Rebuild Your Smile

If you have suffered tooth loss, prosthetic dentistry can help you make your smile whole again. One way many people choose to rebuild their smiles is through the support provided by dental implants. Implants are not the prosthetics themselves, but support for those prosthetics. Your dental implant will be surgically inserted into your jawbone. The location of your implant? The empty tooth socket where you once had a tooth. When this placement occurs, the healing process will actually see your bone fuse with the implant, which provides you with excellent support. Not everyone is ready for implant placement. Before you move forward with the procedure to receive one, your dentist will need to make sure you are a viable candidate. (more…)

The Reno Sculpture Fest Runs May 12-14

Starting on Friday, May 12, and ending Sunday, May 14, downtown Reno will be your source for impressive sculpture art. The Reno Sculpture Fest puts a variety of engaging, unique sculpture works up for display in the heart of Reno, at ReTrac Plaza, for residents to enjoy. The event will see twelve city blocks dedicated to large works and interactive installations on display. There will also be kids’ activities, live painters, muralists, and more! For three days in May, you and your family can witness downtown Reno transform into an interactive, exciting, and stirring display of art. (more…)

Questions You Might Have About Porcelain Veneers

Are you looking at your smile lately and wishing you could make improvements to how it looks? The right cosmetic dental treatment can help you feel more secure about your smile. One popular means of making notable cosmetic changes is having porcelain veneers placed on teeth. You can use veneers to cover up teeth that are misshapen, dulled by wear and tear, or even poorly sized. They also help against discoloration. However, you should understand that porcelain veneers are effectively permanent, as they are bonded to your teeth, and you will not be able to remove them on your own. (more…)

Tooth Loss Can Be A Real Threat To Your Oral Health

You would have a hard time finding someone who would argue that losing a tooth could improve your smile. A missing tooth can hurt how you look, but you should also pay attention to how it can hurt your oral health. Tooth loss can leave you facing the problem of no longer being able to bite and chew in a way that feels natural. Over time, you can develop jaw problems, experience excess wear and tear on remaining teeth, and face a risk for losing more teeth. You can have your smile back, and support better dental function, by having a prosthetic put in place. If you have that prosthetic secured with a dental implant, you can enjoy support that even protects you from jawbone resorption, which can cause real trouble.  (more…)

Can My Age Affect My Cavity Risk?

As a person ages, years of use can cause wear and tear on teeth. Of course, this is not exactly avoidable, as it occurs inevitably when you bite and chew. What you can do is protect yourself against cavities, even as changes take place with your smile. Keeping your smile clean by brushing and flossing is vital at any age. For older patients, that care can help to protect you from an increased cavity risk created by wear and tear, or from a condition like dry mouth, which makes you more vulnerable to problems. Of course, it is certainly important to remember that your dentist is a reliable source of preventive and restorative dental care, and that routine checkups can have real value. (more…)