Teeth Whitening Can Give You a Dazzling New Smile

Teeth whitening is a non-invasive, efficient cosmetic dental procedure that can improve the color and brightness of your teeth. Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans offer in-office and at-home professional teeth whitening in their Reno, NV, dental practice.

The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

While over-the-counter whitening kits, strips, and toothpastes can be effective to an extent, those products lack the potency to produce dramatic whitening results. The professional whitening options that Drs. Wager and Evans offer are safe and can make your teeth between eight and 10 shades lighter.

In-Office Whitening from Wager Evans Dental

If you are looking for immediate results, in-office whitening can brighten your teeth in one visit. The whitening gel will be applied to your teeth, then the Sapphire whitening lamp will activate the gel to remove stains and brighten your smile in about an hour. Though the in-office whitening system is powerful, it will not irritating your gums or harm the structure of your teeth. (more…)

Comfort and Technology from Wager Evans Dental

When you think of going to the dentist, do you imagine a cozy, soothing feeling, like being at the home of a close friend? Chances are, you picture a cold, sterile office fool of intimidating dental equipment. But Wager Evans Dental is different. Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans provide patients with a warm, inviting environment equipped with the latest dental technology.

Putting the “Care” in “Dental Care”

The moment you arrive at our office, you will be greeted by our friendly staff. Whether you see Dr. Wager or Dr. Evans, you will receive first-class, personalized care. Everyone from children to teens to adults (of every age) will receive age-appropriate dental treatment. The procedures and technology that we offer ensures top-of-the-line treatments that will produce optimal results and comfort. And we will go out of our way to make your appointment more enjoyable. (more…)

Men: Take Better Care of Your Health!

June is Men’s Health Month, and in past blog posts we’ve discussed the importance of regular dental checkups as well as the ties between gum disease and stroke. Dental health is an important part of your overall health, but you should focus on other aspects of your lifestyle as well. Drs. William Wager and Brian Evans, and the entire staff at Wager Evans Dental, want you to take care of yourself. Today, we will give you the information you need to keep your life on a healthy track.

Why You Should Care for Your Health

In general, men are more likely to neglect their health more than women. Men also die an average of five years earlier than women, and they have higher fatality rates for some of the biggest causes of death: heart disease, lung cancer, and colon cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), women in the United States are twice as likely as men to visit a health care professional for non-illness issues, such as medical screenings, education, and regular checkups. Though it’s not certain why men seek healthcare less often than women, it’s clear that men need to take better care of their health. (more…)

Beautiful Dental Crowns in Reno NV

Sometimes a filling is not strong enough to repair a tooth. In cases of deep decay, chipping, or fracture, dental crowns (aka caps) can often provide stability and repair the functionality of teeth. We’re Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, and we offer beautiful dental crowns in our Reno, NV, dental office.

After we have determined that you require a dental crown, we will choose the best option for you. We offer porcelain, metal (gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns. Porcelain crowns mimic the color and opacity of natural teeth, and we will select the color that matches your teeth. Because porcelain crowns are not as strong as our other options, we place them on front teeth. In cases where teeth are under high pressure—like back teeth, or front teeth in patients with bruxism (nighttime grinding)—we will place gold or PFM crowns, which are much stronger than porcelain alone.

You will need to come to our office twice for crown placement. During the first visit, we will prepare the tooth for the crown, take dental impressions, and send the impressions to a dental lab that will make your restoration. Once we receive the crown from the lab, you will come in for a final adjustment and we will cement the crown in place.

If you are interested in dental crowns or other restorative dental procedures, please call Wager Evans Dental at (775) 829-7700. We offer restorative, preventive, and cosmetic dental services to patients in Reno, Lawton, Spanish Springs, and Sparks, NV.

The Connection Between Gum Disease and Stroke

At Wager Evans Dental, we believe in a strong connection between your oral health and your overall health. It’s clear that maintaining oral health is essential to optimal wellness, and this month is the perfect time to bring attention to one of the reasons this connection is so important.

The month of May is National Stroke Awareness Month. While you may wonder what stroke awareness is doing on a dental blog, it’s important to know that strokes are much more closely related to your oral health than you may have thought.

In addition to being linked to health issues like tooth loss, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s, gum disease is a leading risk factor for strokes.

Researchers have been trying to prove this connection for years, and, last month, the Seoul National University College of Dentistry in Seoul, North Korea, found that gum disease is twice as likely to cause strokes than it is to cause diabetes. Also, gum disease is equally as likely to cause strokes as it is to cause high blood pressure.

So, where does this connection come from? A stroke occurs when a ruptured blood vessel or impaired blood flow causes brain hemorrhaging (bleeding) or when a clot blocks a blood vessel. Dr. Wu, a stroke expert from the State University of New York at Buffalo, says that bacteria are to blame. Harmful bacteria enter the bloodstream from the mouth, stimulating blood clotting, damaging the lining of blood vessels, and increasing the risk of stroke.

The bottom line: take care of your dental health to reduce your risk of gum disease and stroke.  The best way to protect yourself is by having regular dental exams and cleanings every six months and brushing and flossing daily at home.

We’re Dr. Brian Evans and Dr. William Wager, and the health and wellbeing of our patients is our top priority. We want to help you maintain optimal oral health and a high quality of life. For more information about gum disease, oral hygiene, or to schedule an appointment, call our dental office in Reno, Nevada, at (775) 829-7700.

Order CloSYS and have improved oral health with the click of a button!

At Wager Evans Dental, we make your oral health our top priority. That’s why we recommend the CloSYS oral health care system to our patients.

CloSYS products are designed to work together to kill germs at the source, while making your mouth cleaner and healthier. Brushing with CloSYS toothpaste, rinsing with CloSYS oral rinse instead of water, and using CloSYS oral spray between brushings is the optimal system for oral health.

We specifically believe in the power Cloristan, the CloSYS oral rinse product. This powerful, patented ingredient kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria in 10 seconds. Cloristan is completely safe, as it is made from stabilized chlorine dioxide, an effective antibacterial agent that is considered to be one of the safest ingredients used in the health care industry.

You do not need a prescription to use CloSYS. In fact, you can order the products by clicking on the link at the bottom of the Wager Evans Dental website.

We invite you to call our dental office in Reno, Nevada at (775) 829-7700 if you have any questions about the CloSYS system or your oral hygiene in general. We look forward to hearing from you!

How often should you go to the dentist?

How often do you need to go to the dentist?

Any guesses? The correct answer is every 6 months, but most people go much longer between visits to the dentist’s office. The truth is, if you’re overdue for a dental checkup, you might be putting yourself at risk for developing serious oral and overall health problems.

The American Dental Association suggests sticking to the 6-month rule, and the team at Wager Evans Dental agrees. Oral health problems, such as periodontal disease, oral cancer, and tooth decay, can usually be effectively treated when caught early, and we look for signs of these conditions, plus more, at your dental checkups.

Additionally, we will look at each tooth in your mouth to assess problems like cracks and wearing, as well as old fillings and other dental work to see if it needs replacing. If your deteriorated metal restorations need replacing, we will most likely suggest using tooth-colored alternative restorations, such as crowns and metal-free fillings.

By checking your mouth for signs of trouble every 6 months, your potential for danger is greatly reduced. For example, if left untreated, a small cavity can grow to destroy an entire tooth and spread to surrounding teeth. If that cavity is caught early, it can be filled before the damage spreads.

Don’t put yourself at risk for developing debilitating and lifelong dental and overall health problems. Be proactive and come to the dentist every 6 months.

We’re Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, and we give complete dental care to patients from Spanish Springs, Dayton, Fernley, and the surrounding areas. Call our dental office in Reno, Nevada, at (775) 829-7700 to schedule an appointment.

Conservative Cosmetic Dentistry for a Brand New Smile

If you look in the mirror and see minor flaws in your smile, you should be aware that there are two cosmetic dental procedures that offer fast, effective solutions: bonding and contouring.

The process of adding to tooth structure is called bonding. The practice of reshaping teeth by removing tooth structure is called recontouring. Usually, bonding and contouring occur during one appointment and may be done separately or in conjunction with one another.

Bonding is done with composite resin, which is the same material used for all-white fillings. This procedure is usually used to close a gap between teeth or to repair a chip in a tooth. These restorations will be tinted to match your existing tooth structure, so it will appear unnoticeable. Bonding can also be used as a permanent teeth whitening solution.

Contouring can be used to smooth sharp canine teeth or soften rough or jagged edges on teeth. A tiny portion of enamel is gently removed during recontouring for a smoother, softer, appearance.

We’re Dr. Brian Evans and Dr. William Wager, and we recommend bonding and contouring to patients with a chipped, gapped, or misshapen smile. Make an appointment in our dental office today by calling (775) 829-7700. Conveniently located in Reno, Nevada, we welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and the surrounding areas.

Complete Your Smile with Dentures

Missing teeth can be a source of embarrassment, but your oral health and appearance may decline, as well.

Without a full set of teeth, the structure of your face is less supported, causing your facial muscles to sag and make you look older. The inability to bite and chew properly can lead to malnourishment or improper nourishment, which can lead to overall health issues. Speaking may become difficult, limiting your social interactions. Additionally, missing teeth prompt remaining teeth to shift in an effort to compensate for the gaps.

If you’re missing most or all of your teeth, you know how debilitating the condition can be. Dentures may be the best treatment option for you.

We offer two kinds of dentures at Wager Evans Dental. A partial denture replaces multiple teeth on the upper or lower arch. Partial dentures fill the spaces between your teeth so that your smile looks complete, healthy, and functions properly. Partials attach to neighboring teeth with unnoticeable clasps.

Full dentures, on the other hand, are a complete row of prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base. A set of full dentures can replace all upper and/or lower teeth.

The one complaint that we hear the most about dentures is that they can loosen, wobble, or slip out of place. Over time, the ridges on your jaw will wear down from friction, which can cause your dentures to fit less securely. In this situation, dentures must be realigned and adjusted.

Adhesive creams can secure your dentures, but we suggest implant-retained dentures for the most natural and secure fit.

We’re Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, and we recommend dentures for patients looking for a solid, reliable, and attractive smile. Call our dental office in Reno, Nevada, at (775) 829-7700 to learn more about dentures and dental restorations.

Stay Away from a Mouth Full of Metal

If you had a cavity filled when you were younger, it’s extremely likely that it was filled with a dark, amalgam filling, which were initially developed from a combination of silver, zinc, copper, tin, and mercury. Over time, these fillings wear down and can start to deteriorate. Often, this deterioration can lead to leakage, which allows you to come in contact with these heavy-metal materials, which can be harmful to your health. This leakage can also lead to further tooth decay.

Traditional fillings are dark in color and, therefore, draw attention away from your otherwise bright, white smile. To avoid these cosmetic and health problems that are associated with amalgam fillings, we use metal-free composite resin to create dependable, natural-looking dental fillings.

Metal-free fillings will protect your oral health and keep your smile’s appearance intact. If you need to have a cavity filled, we will tint the composite resin so that your restoration blends in with your surrounding tooth structure. All-white fillings bond directly to your tooth, so your restoration is durable and functions just like a natural tooth would. These fillings also allow for less removal of healthy tooth, so they are a conservative treatment option for cavities and tooth decay.

We’re Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, and we encourage you to call our office at (775) 829-7700 to make an appointment so that we can discuss transforming and restoring your smile with all-white fillings. Wager Evans Dental, conveniently located in Reno, Nevada, serves families from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and the surrounding areas.