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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.

November 28, 2018
Category: Dentist
Tags: Dental Emergencies  

Don’t let a true dental emergency go ignored. Here’s what to do.

It’s important to know when you need to come in right away to visit our Swartz Creek, MI, family dentist Dr. Gerald Ryan for emergency dentistry. We know that dealing with an urgent dental problem can be stressful but knowing that you have a dentist you can turn to when these issues happen can put your mind at ease. Let’s find out the common dental emergencies and how you should handle them if they happen to you or a loved one.

A toothache

A toothache could be trying to tell you that you have a cavity or an infected dental pulp. The sooner a toothache is treated by our Swartz Creek, MI, dentist the better for the health and outcome of your tooth. To ease your symptoms in the meantime you may take an over-the-counter pain reliever or apply a cold compress to the affected side.

Cracked or Broken Tooth

If there are any parts of your tooth that have broken off it’s important to save those pieces. Rinse out your mouth, as well as any pieces of the tooth that you’ve collected. Just like with a toothache, you may take a pain reliever or apply a cold compress to the side of your face to reduce swelling and pain. Of course, this is another problem that needs to be addressed right away. Give us a call.

Partially Dislodged Tooth

Do not try and move your tooth back into the proper position. The best thing you can do is come into our office so we can handle this issue.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Collect the tooth and always handle it by the crown (never the roots). Rinse the tooth with warm water to remove any dirt or debris on it. Then try to place the tooth back in the socket. Don’t force it. If the tooth won’t go back into the socket then place it in a container of milk or water. From there, it’s important that you come in immediately for treatment. Time is crucial when it comes to saving a tooth. If you visit us within 30 minutes to one hour after the injury we may be able to save the tooth.

Are you dealing with a dental emergency in Schwartz Creek, MI? If so, then call our family dental office today and let us know what’s going on. Dr. Ryan is happy to provide you with the comprehensive care you need to handle the problem. We’ll have you smiling again in no time.

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!

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.

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!

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