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By GERALD R. RYAN D
October 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Crowns  

Find out how this tooth-shaped restoration could help you.

Dental Crown SmileDid you just recently undergo root canal treatment? Did you crack your tooth while playing sports? Did you bite down on something hard and break your tooth? If so, then chances are good that our Swartz Creek, MI, dentist, Dr. Gerald Ryan, can place a dental crown over the damaged tooth to protect and preserve it. Here’s how a dental crown works and who can benefit from the restoration.

The Basics on Dental Crowns

A dental crown is often made from tooth-colored material so that it looks just like a real tooth. A crown is shaped just like a real tooth but it’s hollow, making it possible for the crown to cover a tooth. In essence, a crown will become the new outer layer of the tooth, making the weak or damaged tooth strong and fully functional again.

As you might imagine, a weak or damaged tooth will continue to weaken over time if a crown isn’t placed over the tooth to protect it. There are many instances in which our Swartz Creek general dentist will recommend a dental crown, including:

  • To preserve a damaged or weak tooth
  • To protect a tooth after root canal therapy
  • To improve the shape, size or appearance of a tooth
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover a dental implant

Crowns are custom-made to fit over your tooth, so in order to get one, we will first need to treat the tooth and then prep it for the new crown. Tooth preparation requires us to remove an extensive amount of tooth enamel so that the crown can fit over the top of the tooth. This tooth preparation is performed under local anesthesia, so you won’t feel anything.

From there, we will take impressions of the tooth. These molds of your mouth will be sent to our dental lab, where they will be used to create a customized crown that will fit perfectly over the tooth. While your crown is being made (this can take up to one week) we will place a temporary crown over the tooth so that you can continue to chew or speak without trouble. Once the permanent crown is made, we will check the fit of the crown before cementing it in place.

Intrigued? Give Us a Call!

Are you interested in discussing whether your smile could benefit from getting dental crowns in Swartz Creek, MI? If so, call our family dental office today at (810) 635-8446 to schedule a consultation. We are here to give your smile the restorative dentistry it needs!

By GERALD R. RYAN D
July 19, 2018
Category: Dentist
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Oral HygieneYour oral hygiene routine can help protect your smile or increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease if you don't brush and floss often enough. Swartz Creek, MI, dentist Dr. Gerald Ryan helps you keep your smile healthy with services aimed at reducing common dental problems.

How is your oral hygiene routine?

The best oral hygiene routines include:

  • Regular Brushing: Brushing in the morning and evening is the easiest way to reduce cavity-causing plaque. If you fall asleep without brushing your teeth or forget to brush your teeth in the morning, the sticky film builds up on your teeth. When you take a bite of a doughnut or piece of toast, sugars combine with the bacteria in plaque and form acids that can cause cavities.
  • Lengthy Brushing Sessions: You'll probably leave a little plaque behind if you only spend a few seconds brushing your teeth. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend brushing for at least two minutes to ensure that your mouth is plaque free.
  • Daily Flossing: Flossing removes plaque between teeth and also frees trapped food particles that can cause bad breath. When you don't remove plaque promptly, it eventually becomes tartar, a hard deposit that may cause gum disease. If you're not a frequent flosser, you may be more likely to develop brown or gray tartar at the base of your teeth.

A few things that can improve your oral hygiene routine

The quality of your dental tools plays a role in good oral hygiene. Choose a brush with soft bristles and replace it after three months. Buy a new brush even sooner if the bristles become flayed. As long as you brush regularly, both manual and power brushes are good choices.

If you've been an infrequent flosser in the past, it's time to make a visit to the drugstore. String floss, tape floss, interdental brushes and flossing picks will help keep the spaces between your teeth. Water flossers are a good option if you don't like manual flossing or have dexterity issues.

Regular visits to your Swartz Creek dentist, in addition to a good oral hygiene regimen, are crucial to your oral health. Visits include an examination and a thorough cleaning to remove both plaque and tartar.

Protect your smile with a visit to the dentist! Call Swartz Creek, MI, dentist Dr. Gerald Ryan of Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (810) 635-8446 to schedule your appointment.

By GERALD R. RYAN D
May 29, 2018
Category: Dentist
Tags: Gum Disease  

Gum DiseaseWhat your dentist in Swartz Creek wants you to know

Are your gums red, puffy and swollen? If so, you could be experiencing the early stages of gum disease. Gum disease is a common problem, but fortunately it can be reversed by better oral hygiene and professional dental care. Dr. Gerald Ryan in Swartz Creek, MI, wants to share why you shouldn’t ignore the signs of gum disease.

Gum disease is an infection and inflammation of your oral soft tissue, your gums. If left untreated, the infection and disease can spread to the bone underneath your gums, called the periodontium. This bone supports and holds your teeth in place. Once the infection spreads to the periodontium, you now have periodontal disease, which can lead to bone and tooth loss.

That’s why you shouldn’t ignore the signs of gum disease. The first sign you may notice is a small amount of bleeding when you brush your teeth. Other signs and symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Swollen, puffy gum tissue
  • Red, irritated gum tissue
  • Pain when you brush, floss, or eat
  • Chronic bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth

If you think you may have gum disease, it’s important to start a strict, thorough oral hygiene regimen to clear up the infection and disease. You do this by removing bacterial plaque as frequently and thoroughly as you can. Remember to:

  • Brush after meals and before bed, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Use a gentle circular motion to clean tooth surfaces and along the gumline.
  • Floss every day with waxed or unwaxed floss or floss tools. Flossing cleans in between teeth where disease and decay often starts.

Visit Dr. Ryan at least once each year for a thorough dental exam and x-rays to carefully monitor the health of your mouth. You should also visit the dental hygienist at least once every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.

Don’t be tempted to ignore the signs of gum disease because you can lose your smile! Your dentist would like to partner with you in the care of your smile, so pick up the phone and call Dr. Ryan in Swartz Creek, MI. Call today and protect your smile!

By GERALD R. RYAN D
March 26, 2018
Category: Dentist
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Smile problems? Porcelain veneers can give you the Hollywood smile you've always wanted with no shots, no drilling, and no pain! veneersVeneers are ultra-thin, ceramic shells designed to cover the front of the teeth. Dr. Gerald Ryan is one of the top dentists in Swartz Creek, MI. He offers state-of-the-art porcelain veneers to his patients. Keep reading to discover the benefits of porcelain veneers.

1. Fix Dental Issues- Porcelain veneers can treat many cosmetic dental issues at the same time. These shells fit over your teeth changing their length, size, and shape. Porcelain veneers have become very popular due to their versatility. Porcelain veneers are used to fix gapped teeth, cracked teeth, weakened teeth, and crooked teeth. 

2. Strengthen Teeth- Porcelain veneers can strengthen and protect teeth chipped or worn-down teeth. This is possible due to the durable porcelain material that composes veneers as they cover your teeth. Porcelain veneers provide strength comparable to tooth enamel. Veneers are very resistant to wear and fractures. 

3. Whiten Your Smile- Porcelain veneers can give you a white smile instantly. These shells are bonded to the front of your teeth changing their color. Nothing is more beautiful than a dazzling, white smile. Now that's something to smile about. Coffee, soda, red wine, and tea do not stain veneers as they do natural teeth because unlike the enamel on your teeth, porcelain isn't porous. 

4. Look Years Younger- A bad smile can make you look old before your time. With porcelain veneers, you will appear not only younger, but more attractive, wealthier, and smarter too. In terms of anti-aging, it's vitally important to spend a bit more making sure your teeth are in tip-top condition. 

5. Boost Your Self-Esteem- Low self-esteem results from a poor self-image. If you have low self-esteem, you may avoid things you find challenging, stop trying new things, and hide yourself away from social situations. Porcelain veneers will enhance your appearance and help you feel good about yourself. Consult with a dentist in Swartz Creek to find out of porcelain veneers are right for you. 

Want a better life? Start with your smile. Call our dental office at 810-635-8446 right now to schedule a dental consultation in Swartz Creek, MI. Whether looking for a job or searching for new love, a Hollywood smile is now a real investment on many levels.

By GERALD R. RYAN D
January 24, 2018
Category: Dentist

Dental fillings are used to strengthen and seal teeth that have developed a cavity due to infection and decay. After the dentist removes the fillingsinfected area inside the tooth, an empty cavity remains. After being thoroughly cleaned, that empty space is filled in with a dental filling to strengthen the tooth and prevent further infection of that area. There are several signs a tooth is infected and may need a filling. If you develop any of the signs, see a dentist as soon as possible. Dr. Gerald Ryan is your Swartz Creek, MI, dentist for fillings.

Signs You Need a Filling

There are several signs you may need a filling. If you develop any of these signs, see your Swartz Creek, MI, dentist as soon as possible. Seeking dental treatment right away will help prevent infection and decay from spreading to other teeth. Sings you may need a filling include toothaches, sharp pain, dark spots, holes, or sensitivity. These are all potential signs you have developed a cavity and need a filling.

A persistent toothache is an indication your tooth has been compromised by infection or decay, as is sharp pain when biting or chewing food. Sensitivity in a particular tooth or area of the mouth is another indication you might have a cavity and need a filling. Toothaches, sharp pain, and sensitivity can all develop when the tooth is weakened by decay. Finally, developing dark spots or holes in a tooth are signs of a possible cavity. Spots and holes can develop as decay eats away at the tooth.

When to Replace Fillings

Even if you have not developed any new areas of decay, you might still need a filling if an old one needs to be replaced. Dental fillings are quite durable and can last for years, but they can wear down over time. Your Swartz Creek, MI, dentist can examine your existing fillings and advise you if any need to be replaced. Signs you need to replace existing dental fillings include the filling coming loose, falling out, being worn down, or getting cracked. Developing pain or soreness in the filled tooth can also mean the filling needs to be replaced.

There are several signs you may need a new filling or possibly need to replace an old one. If you have any of the signs you may need a filling, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan, your Swartz Creek, MI, dentist, by calling the office at (810) 635-8446.





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