In the event of a dental emergency, acting quickly can mean the difference between saving a smile and losing a tooth. At Renken Dentistry of Oak Hill, we understand that urgent situations can happen at any time and often when you least expect them; that’s why we strive to fit you into our schedule with an emergency dental exam – for only $25!
During an emergency exam, our experienced Austin, TX dentists will assess the situation and determine the best course of action. As part of this appointment, we will perform a thorough visual examination of the problem area as well as an x-ray. From there, we will inform you of your treatment options and help you decide on the best plan moving forward.
Don’t wait to get the care you need. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call Renken Dentistry of Oak Hill today.
*This offer is for new patients without insurance and in the absence of periodontal disease.
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Dr. Shanta Veeramachaneni (Dr. V) was born in India and grew up in Michigan. She moved to Texas while in high school and has been here ever since. Dr. V graduated from Texas A&M University majoring in biology and minoring in psychology. She completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry.
Dr. V is a member of the ADA, TDA and Academy of General Dentistry; she is committed to her goal of continued lifelong learning.
Oral health can have a major impact on the health and confidence of patients, however dental anxiety can often prevent them from maintaining their oral health. Dr. V has learned that spending the extra time with patients to teach them and help them understand their dental care makes the trip to the dental office more comfortable and reduces their fear of the dental office. She strives to make each appointment a fun and welcoming experience.
Dr. V enjoys doing puzzles, hiking, and gardening. She is an avid Aggie fan so make sure you come to the clinic and give her a thumbs up and “gig’em!”
Dr. Jonathan Dizon is a Filipino-American, born and raised in Southern California. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in biological science from the University of California, Irvine, he explored the field of dentistry. He shadowed his personal dentist and began volunteering in a pediatric clinic for children from low-income families in Los Angeles. He’s attracted to the hands-on, dynamic, scientific, and artistic aspects of dentistry, but his favorite part of dentistry is building relationships with patients and working together to improve their health, smiles, and overall confidence. In 2015, he moved to Phoenix, AZ and attended Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health where he received his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry. Wanting to be able to provide the best care possible, Dr. Dizon continued his development as a dentist by completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency at St. Vincent de Paul Dental Clinic where he obtained advanced training in oral surgery, implant therapy, CAD/CAM dentistry, endodontic therapy, and removable prosthetics. Dr. Dizon recently moved to Austin, TX to be near his long-time girlfriend and join Renken Dentistry. He is excited to be a part of the Renken team and care for our patients The Smile From Within Way.
From the beginning of his journey into dentistry, Dr. Dizon developed a desire to care for those who are underserved. He has worked in community healthcare clinics from Philadelphia, PA to Seattle, WA. Over the last few years, he has helped restore smiles at AZ Mission of Mercy and gone on humanitarian trips to the Dominican Republic. One of his favorite things about doing dentistry in the DR is starting off the day with breakfast on the beach and a quick dip in the ocean.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Dizon enjoys traveling and trying the local food and brews, playing music, and doing HIIT workouts. Since high school, he has played guitar on the worship team at church. He enjoys mud/obstacle course races and has completed the Spartan Trifecta. Brand new to Austin, he is excited for dance floors to open up again and learn Texas Two-Step.
Dr. Joshua Renken, a central Illinois native, attended Eastern Illinois University and then the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his DDS degree. Following associate work in Chicago, Dr. Renken moved to Springfield and opened his first practice, Renken Dentistry, in 2003. In 2018, Dr. Renken and his family moved to the Austin, Texas area to continue growing the Renken Dentistry group. Since arriving in Texas, Dr Renken has opened an office in Leander, Texas in the Crystal Falls community where he lives as well as an office in Georgetown, Texas next to Randall’s in the Sun City Community.
His commitment to continued professional growth has awarded him fellowships from both the White Cap Institute as well as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Renken Dentistry has been voted best dentist in Springfield among The State Journal-Register’s readers in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
In his commitment to organized dentistry, Dr. Renken finished his tenure as 2014-2015 President of the GV Black Dental Society. At a state level, Dr. Renken has been a member of the Illinois State Dental Society, serving on the communications committee. Since moving south, Dr. Renken is now a member of the Texas Dental Association. Dr. Renken also holds professional memberships in the Academy of General Dentistry, a Fellow of the International College of Oral Implantologists, and as a member of the Chicago Dental Society and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Renken is deeply dedicated to our community, specifically the success of children and families facing the challenges of developmental and neurological differences. He has been a long time member of the board of The Hope Institute for Children and Families and currently serves the organization as chairman of the Hope Foundation Board of Directors. Renken Dentistry has been a pilot site for Hope’s Vocational Program. This partnership has made it possible for the dental practice to meaningfully employ and support a team member with developmental differences. Dr. Renken is also a member of the Ambassadors of Hope, a volunteer group of business leaders who serve as advocates for The Hope Institute and the children and families it serves. Dr. Renken has been a member of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Chatham Chamber of Commerce, and Local First Springfield. He has most recently joined the Leander Chamber of Commerce and the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce.
Over the course of the last five years, Dr. Renken established and owns Renken Properties LLC — a properties company, PracticeWater — a practice management services company, and has founded dental practices including schön dental and Renken Dentistry of Georgetown and Renken Dentistry of Crystal Falls. Dr. Renken most recently added author to his resume, with his first book, Dr. Fries-With-That.
Besides caring for patients full time, Dr. Renken continues to create innovative solutions for the dental industry. As dentists and their teams are now providing a range of advanced procedures, he wanted to add a structure that would lend itself to consistent and reliable outcomes for patients. Maximizing efficiency and organization in the dental care delivery system, Dr. Renken invented and patented the Drop Delivery System where a dental practice can routinely provide any procedure in any dental setting. More recently, Dr. Renken is testing an innovative scheduling and rewards automation software called CareSchedule. The software is meant to optimize and simplify dental care appointments for patients and their dental practice. CareSchedule and the web-based patient subscription management platform, Health Assurance Plan, are part of the Springfield startup incubator Innovate Springfield.
As time goes on Dr. Renken is devoted to finding new, tangible ways to express the values associated with the five values of Smile From Within Way. The sum of these efforts have become the Smile From Within Growth Platform. The goal continues to be creating greater health for team members, patients, and practices.
Dr. Renken and his wife, Leigh, have four children: Reilly, Miles, Oscar, and Lorelai, and a dog named Stella.
We want every patient to enjoy full and unrestricted use of their mouth. This means eating, drinking, talking, and singing without pain or struggle. For patients with missing teeth, dental implants are a restorative treatment that brings back full function of their mouth as well as filling out their smile.
A missing tooth can cause issues eating and speaking. It can also detract from both your smile and confidence. Renken Dentistry of Oak Hill offers patients a permanent solution to missing teeth with full size and mini size dental implants.
An implant is a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone to act as a substitute tooth root. Once in place, a small portion of the post will show through the gum. This protruding titanium piece is the strong, durable anchor for the replacement tooth. The prosthetic tooth can be a crown, dentures, a bridge, or a partial. Full dental implants are preferred for healthy patients with plenty of bone, who need to replace one or more teeth with a crown, while mini dental implants are used for smaller than normal teeth and incisors, and are typically used as anchors for dentures.
Some patients might need additional procedures to prepare the mouth for a new implant. If a tooth has been missing for a long time, bone loss and other issues can occur, making implants more complex. A dental bone graft, sinus lift, or other dental surgery may be required in some cases before an implant procedure is feasible.
You might have already done some research to find out what to expect from a dental implant procedure.
However, getting a dental implant is different for everyone because every implant procedure is unique. Your experience might not be the same as that of your friends or people who wrote about it online.
Every implant procedure has a variety of factors that can completely change the experience for the patient. For some patients, it’s a simple procedure, but for others, it can be more involved.
So don’t rely on assumptions and stories to make your decision about getting an implant. The best thing you can do is to work with a proactive dentist who thoroughly explores your unique situation so you know exactly what to expect.
Standard two dimensional x-ray systems are excellent for many other things, but they don’t show enough detail to plan a dental implant procedure.
Thankfully, modern 3D scans give doctors much more information than standard x-rays. These scans allow the doctor to pick the implant length and shape that will be just right for you, avoid nerves, blood vessels, and sinuses during the procedure, and more.
Because of modern 3D imaging, implants are an amazingly predictable way to replace the teeth you once had. Detailed scan information and a carefully planned and customized implant procedure keep you safe.
Your options for new teeth are almost endless. It’s almost like picking out a new car. You and your doctor can decide together how the new tooth is attached, whether it is permanent or temporary, and all kinds of other things—although new teeth don’t usually come in quite as many color options as cars do. I’ve yet to meet a patient who preferred fire engine red over pearly white.
Joking aside, like with any serious decision, you have to start with what’s most important to you. What do you need to feel well and meet your personal goals?
Make sure to choose a dentist who takes the time to understand what’s important to you, so you can choose the best options together. After all, it’s your tooth!
Your medications, health history, and body’s overall health affect the success of an implant procedure. So, make sure to tell your doctor about any and all medicines you are taking and any other health issues.
Make sure to choose a doctor who conducts a thorough health review before you decide about getting an implant. Understanding your whole health is the first step in having a great outcome when you go to replace those missing teeth.
Implant pricing can be tricky because each procedure might require different steps, tools, implant types, and methods. Many offices have separate pricing for all of those things.
Figuring out whether your insurance covers each item can be complicated. Some dental insurance has a “missing tooth clause” and will not cover an implant if the tooth was extracted prior to when coverage began.
Our dental office avoids these kinds of headaches and makes pricing and insurance coverage easier to figure out. We will give you clear bundle pricing for all of the parts of the process to remove the mystery and complexity, so you feel comfortable and understand exactly what you are getting for your investment
If you have missing teeth and are interested in dental implants in Austin, TX, consult the experts at Renken Dentistry of Oak Hill. An experienced dentist will be able to discuss your desired outcome, review your dental history, and lay out treatment options for you. There are several steps and options during the dental implant process, and a skilled dental professional will talk you through each consideration and cost to determine the right plan for you. Our patients can expect compassionate and personalized care that is a step beyond the traditional dentist office. We want our patients to have a happy and healthy smile, and work with you every step of the way to build and maintain oral health.
You work hard to stay healthy, but did you know that your dental health affects your overall health too? A healthy smile is an indicator of a healthy life. We care about your whole health, and we’re here to help you get to health and stay there.
Our founding dentist, Dr. Joshua Renken, and his family in the Austin area. When you see our team around town, you’ll know we care about this community. It’s our home too, and we’re committed to helping everyone in Austin, TX live a healthy life.
Austin, TX folks are part of an active community. We see many of you out there jogging, exercising, and staying healthy! We’re here to support your whole health and help you understand how your dental health contributes to that. Come visit us for a personalized health plan. We’ll help you increase your health no matter what stage you’re at.
Have you missed a few dental check-ups? If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist and you notice loose teeth, chronic bad breath, swelling, or receding gums, you may have the early stages of gum disease. When caught in the early stages during a routine dental cleaning, gum disease, or gingivitis, can generally be reversed through proper oral hygiene. If left untreated, serious issues, including tooth loss, can occur.
Gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, can occur from poor oral hygiene, crowding in your teeth, and other conditions. When plaque and bacteria build up on teeth, it can begin to cause irritation in your gums. As this irritation worsens, it can cause many symptoms in your gums including swelling, bleeding, puffiness, and redness.
The good news is that gingivitis is treatable and preventable! The best treatment for this oral condition is simply a good brushing and flossing routine at home. Thorough dental cleanings, also called prophylaxis, are also necessary to get rid of the plaque and bacteria build up in your mouth.
If gingivitis is left untreated or undetected, it can advance to periodontal disease, or periodontitis. This stage of gum disease is very serious; it’s a major cause of tooth loss for adults.
Periodontal disease is caused by ongoing gum inflammation that develops into pockets between the gums and teeth that fill with bacteria, plaque, and tartar. These pockets can develop infections that can eventually lead to loss of teeth and strain on the rest of your body.
Our periodontists use root planing and scaling to aggressively treat periodontal disease. Also called deep cleaning, this procedure uses anesthetic to numb treatment areas while all toxins, tartar, and plaque are removed from the gum pockets. During this procedure, uneven spots on teeth surfaces are smoothed out, which eliminates areas for bacteria to hide. Depending on the severity of the condition, periodontal surgery may also be required.
Patients with periodontal disease need regular treatment. Periodontal disease can be managed with professional treatment by keeping the gum pockets as clean as possible so that bacteria does not get the chance to reseed. Without periodontal maintenance, toxins, tartar, and plaque can accumulate once again. For some patients, regular dental cleanings are not aggressive enough, so appointments every 3 months for periodontal maintenance are required.
With regular dental checkups and cleanings, gum disease can be caught and treated in its early stages. That’s why we recommend cleanings at least every 6 months for children and adults without pre-existing dental conditions.
Behind on dental cleanings? Call today and we’ll fit you in soon. Don’t give gum disease a chance to develop.
Commonly called gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease is easy to treat through regular dental cleanings. This is one of the reasons we always recommend a dental cleaning and check-up every 6 months, and more often if you are restoring your dental health. To treat gingivitis in the early stages, our periodontist will thoroughly clean your mouth. For people who catch their gum disease early enough, their periodontal treatment usually consists of prophylaxis (cleaning), routine six-month cleanings, and a thorough at-home oral care routine.
Unfortunately, if patients don’t see a dentist for many years, they could have advanced periodontal disease, or periodontitis. At this point, it is a more serious condition. Our periodontist will aggressively treat the disease using teeth scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning treatment uses an anesthetic to numb the treatment areas. Then the dentist will remove all the toxins, tartar, and plaque stored in the pockets that have formed between the gums and teeth. During a tooth scaling, each tooth’s surface is smoothed out, removing uneven spots where bacteria can accumulate. For patients whose gum disease remains an issue even after this treatment, we might recommend periodontal surgery.
Once you’ve been treated for gum disease with scaling and root planing, your gum pockets are left larger and it is easy to experience plaque and bacteria buildup in these areas once again. That’s why it’s important to come back to Renken Dentistry of Oak Hill in Austin, TX for regular periodontal maintenance, usually every 3 months. Routine cleanings won’t reach these deep gum pockets.
To prevent gum disease or reverse it in its early stages, regular dental cleanings every six months is crucial. If you need a periodontist to treat your gum disease or provide ongoing maintenance, please call to make an appointment.
Gum disease is a major factor in your overall health, and it’s something many patients forget about. Many adults may experience some form of gum disease in their lifetime. It can progress through several stages of severity. For patients that have not seen a dentist in a long time, gum disease can become a serious condition that needs immediate treatment.
Everything we do at Renken Dentistry of Oak Hill is based on our value system, called The Smile From Within Way. It’s a set of values we use to empower our team, measure our impact, provide better care, and encourage our team to become servants and leaders in the community.
Over the years, we’ve learned how important it is to have a fundamental set of values that everyone in the organization can turn to for guidance. Many practices don’t define their values, which makes every decision difficult and leads to inconsistent care.
While this is mostly for our internal team, we want to be completely transparent. So if you’re curious, here’s the value system we use as the foundation for our care model.
We value each team member’s unique strengths. We encourage each team member to look inward and identify unique ways to support our dental group’s purpose to increase health for our patients and community.
Our team has the ability to create amazing outcomes and support others in what matters to them. We value how important this can be and how choosing to support and serve can be powerful.
We each use our own individual motivation to learn, implement, and evolve standardized systems within our dental group that consistently deliver great outcomes for our patients.
Our organization values professional, technical, and leadership development in all roles. We encourage each team member to grow and lead in their role. We also choose to see change as an inevitable reality in our industry and learn to manage it proactively.
We are creative rather than reactive. We value moving people to health and helping them stay there. We also recognize and value our role as leaders in the larger community. We encourage servant leadership in our community, plan community service projects, and encourage our team to take an active role, each in our own way.
We believe that as our team members grow, so will our patients’ health. We know these values work because we use them every day. We created this core value system because we’ve learned firsthand that it’s a great way to run a dental group that creates health for patients and our communities.
Are you keeping your partner awake with your snoring? Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition in which a person stops breathing while they’re asleep—sometimes for a split second and sometimes over a minute. The pauses happen when your muscles relax during sleep, blocking your airway. This leads to poor sleep that’s often interrupted and can be incredibly scary.
In addition to causing fatigue, sleep apnea can cause more serious medical conditions such as high blood pressure or heart disease if left untreated. Fortunately, there are several treatment options for people with sleep apnea in Austin, TX.
Sleep apnea can be difficult to diagnose. Some symptoms to watch out for are:
Does your partner tell you that you keep them up with your loud snoring? They may notice these symptoms before you do! While none of these symptoms necessarily guarantee that you have sleep apnea, you should see your doctor if they’re a regular occurrence so you can get a sleep apnea diagnosis via a simple, at-home sleep study.
One of the main treatments for sleep apnea is through oral appliance therapy. During this treatment, you’ll be fitted with a mouthpiece similar to a night guard that helps keep your jaw aligned and your airway open during sleep. This is one of the simplest and most comfortable forms of treatment for sleep apnea, and it’s covered by most insurance plans, including MediCare. Not all types of sleep apnea can be treated with oral appliance therapy. To see if this sleep apnea treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with our team today.
You could be experiencing obstructed sleep without knowing it.
If you wake up in the morning and don’t feel rested, or if your partner has complained of your snoring keeping them awake, you could be experiencing sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a condition that can cause you to stop breathing while you’re asleep. Not only does it cause you to feel unrested, but it’s a medical condition that could cause other more serious problems.
Not only do you deserve a good night’s rest, but your health depends on it. If you believe you might be experiencing obstructed sleep, you owe it to yourself to get an evaluation.
Many people avoid the issue because both the method of diagnosis—a sleep study—and one type of treatment—a CPAP machine—sound uncomfortable.
At Renken Dentistry of Oak Hill we can ensure that both your sleep apnea diagnosis and, if necessary, treatment, are much more comfortable than you might expect.
Our promise to every patient in our community.