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By Gerald R. Ryan D
December 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Smile problems? Here at Gerald Ryan DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Swartz Creek, MI, offers a full range of cosmetic dentistry services to the patients they serve. The following information will help you decide which cosmetic dentistry option is right for you.

Dental Bonding - Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which a tooth-colored composite material is applied to your teeth to beautify your smile. Taking only about 45 minutes per tooth to complete, dental bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, damaged, worn-down, or discolored, as well as close gaps between teeth.

Dental Implants - Dental implants are widely considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. An implant is a small metal post that is surgically placed in the bone to hold a fabricated tooth in place. There are many advantages to dental implants, including improved comfort, eating ability, appearance, durability, and speech.

Dental Veneers - Dental veneers are wafer-thin, plastic or porcelain shells that are cemented over the front of your teeth to enhance your appearance. They're routinely used to restore teeth that are unevenly spaced, chipped, cracked, discolored, oddly shaped, or crooked. The durability of veneers allows them to resist wear and remain resilient to last over 15 years.

Teeth Whitening - Smile brighter! Professional teeth whitening from our Swartz Creek office can give you the bright-white smile you desire. In some cases, professional teeth whitening is performed in the office, using a special light to speed up the whitening process. Still, another popular procedure is one that you complete from your home. Consult with our dentist to find out if the procedure is right for you.

Experience the confidence a gorgeous smile can give you! Call Dr. Gerald Ryan DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (810) 635-8446 today to schedule a dental consultation in Swartz Creek, MI, and get the smile you deserve. We specialize in creating gorgeous smiles that last a lifetime!

December 03, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental emergency  

Prompt treatment is essential during any emergency. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to tell if a dental problem can wait or must be Dental_Emergencytreated immediately. Fortunately, here at Gerald R. Ryan Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Swartz Creek, MI, your emergency dentist, Dr. Gerald Ryan, offers treatments for a variety of dental emergencies and can help you determine if you need emergency care.


When to call your Swartz Creek emergency dentist

Contact your dentist immediately if you experience any of these issues:

  • Knocked-Out Tooth: Did you lose a tooth after a fall, accident, or blow to the mouth? It may be possible to re-implant the tooth if you act quickly. After you find the tooth, rinse it with water, then place it back in its socket. If it won't fit, hold it between your teeth and gums, or place it in a container covered with your saliva or milk. Re-implantation is most likely to be successful if you visit the dentist within an hour after your accident.
  • Loose Tooth: Accidents, blows, or falls may also loosen teeth. Emergency treatment can stabilize teeth and help them become firmly attached again. If your loose tooth has moved out of position, try to gently return it to its normal position. Don't force it if it won't move easily.
  • Broken Tooth: Broken teeth can be very painful and affect your ability to chew, speak, or even breathe without pain. To fix the issue, your dentist can add a crown to the tooth to restore its function and appearance. If the break extends into the root, the tooth may need to be extracted, however
  • Lacerations: Your emergency dentist also treats lacerations to your mouth and face. While you travel to the office, apply pressure with a clean cloth to keep bleeding under control.


Need care? Give us a call

If you're concerned about the state of your smile, call your Swartz Creek, MI, emergency dentist, Dr. Gerald Ryan today at (810) 635-8446 to schedule an emergency appointment or checkup.

By Gerald R. Ryan D
August 29, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Discolored teeth can often make people feel self-conscious about their smile and overall image. Your Swartz Creek, MI, dentist offers patients teeth whitening procedures to restore their smile.

Why do teeth become discolored?

A simple reason for this could be enamel erosion, the white protective layer of teeth. When enamel erodes, this exposes dentin, the yellow layer beneath enamel that gives that yellowed color. This happens because of time, aging, or poor dental care.

Other reasons teeth become stained, dull, or discolored teeth is because of certain beverages like tea and coffee, or a tobacco-chewing habit, smoking, or eating certain foods like berries and soy sauce, which are notorious for staining teeth.

Over time, teeth become more absorbent and more vulnerable to staining caused by traumatic injuries, medications, and fluorosis.

How do you get whiter teeth?

There are some commercially available teeth whitening toothpastes that can remove stains and make teeth several shades whiter. The downside to this is that it consists of abrasive substances that wear away tooth enamel.

What are some other methods of teeth whitening?

Over-the-counter teeth-whitening kits or systems are somewhat effective. If you opt for bleaching agents, this may actually be a good option but you may have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains. They might also not work with pitted or extremely discolored teeth.

Dr. Ryan provides patients with professional teeth whitening solutions at his Swartz Creek office. The whitening agents he uses changes the color of stained teeth and your dentist can work around different restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding, and tooth-colored fillings

Moreover, professional whitening performed is a safe method that, when done properly, can last as long as five years.

Interested in Teeth Whitening? Call Dr. Gerald Ryan in Swartz Creek, MI, at (810) 635-8446 for a consultation today!

June 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crown  

You know that back tooth has numerous fillings. You worry that it will break soon, and then, what? You certainly don't want to lose it. At crown-and-bridgeGerald Ryan DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Swartz Creek, lifelike dental crowns could solve the problem. Dr. Ryan covers and protects weak teeth with pristine jackets of superior-grade porcelain, strengthening tooth structure and extending its useful life.

Do you need a dental crown?

Scores of Dr. Ryan's Swartz Creek patients do. Here's why. Dr. Ryan recommends dental crowns when:

  • A tooth is cracked and chipped
  • Dental abscess threatens extraction
  • A tooth has undergone root canal therapy
  • A dental implant has been placed and requires restoration
  • You need to support a fixed bridge composed of one or more teeth
  • Your tooth has multiple, old or failing fillings
  • A tooth is unusually shaped and undersized as in the case of a peg-shaped lateral incisor

The procedure

A single-tooth crown takes just two visits to Dr. Ryan's office. The first involves a thorough examination, X-rays, and oral impressions (if you and your dentist deems a crown is appropriate).

Then, the dentist carefully shapes the tooth so it can hold the crown. He removes any decay and filling material. You'll wear a temporary cap while you wait for your crown to return from the dental lab.

At your next appointment, Dr. Ryan takes off the temporary restoration and applies a permanent adhesive to the tooth. He sets the crown in place and adjusts the dental bite if needed.

Your crown is easy to care for

Really, oral hygiene is simple: brush twice a day for two minutes just as the American Dental Association recommends. Also, floss around your crown to avoid plaque and tartar which could cause gum disease or intrude underneath the cap, creating decay.

See your dentist every six months. You'll receive a hygienic cleaning and also a complete oral examination, including an assessment of the condition of your dental crown. When properly cared for, a dental crown can last about ten years or more.

You'll love your crown

A crown allows you to keep your tooth, normal oral function, jaw bone integrity and smile aesthetics. In other words, dental crowns solve the problems associated with a weak or failing tooth. For more information on this predictable restoration, call Gerald Ryan DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Swartz Creek, MI, at (810) 635-8446.

March 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Veneers  

Your dentist in Swartz Creek, MI, Dr. Gerald Ryan, renews smiles with a popular cosmetic service called porcelain veneers. Custom-made, veneeraccording to your preferences and Dr. Ryan's treatment plan, veneers disguise a plethora of dental flaws, transforming dull, stained, chipped teeth into a Hollywood smile. Why not come to Gerald Ryan Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for a friendly consultation and see if veneers are right for you?

What are porcelain veneers?

They look like one-dimensional natural teeth. Thin shells of high-grade ceramic, these laminates bond to the front of one or more teeth, disguising stains, chips, cracks, and more. While extremely thin, they add a large measure of resiliency to each tooth.

To qualify for veneers, you'll undergo a complete oral examination, including X-rays, impressions, and photos. Be sure to tell Dr. Ryan exactly how you want your smile to improve, and together, you'll arrive at a workable care plan. The planning aspect of any aesthetic dental service is critical to treatment success and overall patient satisfaction, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Details you should consider

1. Porcelain veneers are permanent smile enhancements, which do not decay and are highly resistant to stains and chipping. However, they do not last forever. Likely, Dr. Ryan will recommend replacement in about ten years.

2. Dr. Ryan resurfaces your teeth before placing your veneers. This involves a painless removal of about 1/2 millimeter of tooth enamel so your veneers fit and bite accurately.

3. Your Swartz Creek, MI, dentist will try on your veneers before final bonding with a special tooth-colored adhesive.

4. Veneers vary in color, much like natural teeth, so your finished smile looks totally natural.

5. To keep veneer margins healthy, brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush and floss once a day, just as the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends. See Dr. Ryan and his team every six months for a hygienic cleaning and check-up. Your dentist will check your veneers for signs of wear.

6. Never bite into super hard foods, such as candy apples or ice, because your veneers could fracture or come off. The ADA adds that the forces of biting and chewing are substantial--up to 200 pounds per square inch; so over the long run, it pays to be gentle with your porcelain veneers and all of your teeth, too.

7. Each patient and each tooth is different. Porcelain crowns may be the better choice for extensively decayed, cracked, or misshapen teeth missing a substantial amount of their structure.

Why not find out more?

At Gerald R. Ryan DDS, your professional team wants each patient to have a healthy, attractive smile he or she can be proud of. Porcelain veneers could help you achieve that laudable goal. Please contact our Swartz Creek, MI, office today to arrange your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Ryan. Call (810) 635-8446.

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