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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.

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.

February 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Crowns  

Dental CrownsModern dentistry emphasizes this basic principle: save as much natural tooth structure as possible. Gone are the days of expedient extractions, for today's dentists understand how important each tooth is to appearance, oral function, smile alignment, and bone structure. Therefore, if you have a tooth compromised by decay, abscess, or injury, Dr. Gerald Ryan will likely recommend a dental crown. Placed in his Swartz Creek office, a crown protects remaining healthy enamel and re-creates a good-looking, well-functioning smile.


Details on dental crowns

Made of durable and lifelike ceramic, a dental crown is custom-crafted and individually colored to remake a tooth damaged by oral trauma (e.g. a deep vertical crack), infection, numerous fillings, or a weak or odd congenital shape (e.g. a peg-shaped lateral incisor). It covers a tooth from the gum line on up, and it fits in perfectly with neighboring teeth with lifelike size and shape.

Oral examination and X-rays help Dr. Ryan determine if a crown is necessary and if it would truly restore a tooth. If it would, rest assured that your crown treatment will be totally comfortable and precise. Dr. Ryan uses oral impressions and a carefully formulated care plan to tell the local dental lab how to make your crown.

Your tooth will be ground down to remove damaged enamel and fillings. It will be shaped and then covered with a temporary restoration which you'll wear until the permanent one is ready. When it is, the temporary is removed, and the new crown is cemented in place.


What else crowns do

Dr. Ryan also uses crowns to restore or finish installing dental implants and to support multi-tooth bridges. A tooth saved by root canal therapy also requires a crown.


Preserve your tooth

The American Association of Endodontists says that there is nothing like a real tooth for:

  • Biting
  • Chewing
  • Speaking
  • Personal appearance
  • Maintenance of dental alignment and tooth stability

As such, a dental crown from your Swartz Creek dentist is a great opportunity to keep your smile intact. With good at-home and in-office care, your restored tooth should function for years.

Call us
At Gerald Ryan DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our professional team helps people of all ages have healthy, beautiful smiles. Dental crowns are just one of many restorative services. To learn more about crowns and other ways we can help your smile, please call us for an appointment: (810) 635-8446.

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!