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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.

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.

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