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Is it Time for a Root Canal? Have No Fear With Our Painless Procedure

August 11, 2015

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Take care of a painful tooth with root canal treatment.A root canal can be one of the most intense experiences for anyone. After all, the whole process involves digging into your teeth and removing infected areas. It’s serious business because any infection that is left alone and not properly treated can wreak absolute havoc on your oral health. Do you like ailments like cancer, diabetes, high-blood pressure or stroke? Yeah, we didn’t think so. A root canal is a necessary procedure for patients who have a cavity that has forced a tooth to break down. That painful toothache you’ve been experiencing isn’t by accident. There’s all sorts of bacteria that has infected your tooth’s pulp and has started making its way into the nerve area. Anytime the nerve area is affected, you get a toothache. Depending on how advanced the infection is will determine how much pain you have to endure. Some patients can deal with it, others can’t get through another day. Either way, something must be done, and we have the tools, team and talent to get it done right. Dr. Michael Ryan, Dr. Laura Ryan and Dr. Meredith Davis are the dentists Allen, TX residents can go to for painless root canal therapy.

Common Questions Regarding Root Canal Treatment


Fight Back Against Gum Disease with Preventive Dentistry

June 27, 2015

78188806Oh, gum disease; how we loathe you. When we say your gums are important, we’re not joking. Periodontal disease, as it’s known in the dentistry world, is just plain nasty. When it gets inflamed, it can cause your gums and the supporting bone structure to deteriorate. Think about it: gums receding and losing their structure spell doom for the rest of your mouth. Your gums work in the same way a cement foundation does for a building. When the foundation is in good condition, the rest of the building is able to operate at maximum efficiency. Your mouth works the same way. If your gums aren’t able to support the rest of your teeth, problems can quickly exacerbate. With our preventive dentistry services in Allen, TX, our team can save your gums by providing excellent and gentle dental care.

Preventive Services To Lengthen Your Tooth’s Life

Healthy gums lead to a happy mouth. It’s no secret then that happy mouths lead to happy smiles. A smile with gums that are receding or other related problems isn’t happy. Unhealthy gums can’t support a healthy smile, so taking advantage of our preventive dentistry services is imperative. Teeth cleanings are just one of the many ways we check up on your gums. One of the best ways to keep your gums healthy, is by coming in for a dental cleaning. Not only does this give us a bird’s-eye view of your entire mouth, but it helps us keep tabs on where your dental health currently sits. While your toothbrush can help keep your mouth relatively clean (combined with proper flossing techniques), there are places it just can’t reach. One of those places? Below the gum line, roughly 2-3 millimeters. The instruments we use during a professional cleaning can go much deeper than 2-3 millimeters and clean hard-to-reach areas. X-rays will usually be part of a professional cleaning, and for good reason. They help us look for decay and other tooth-related problems, as well as gauge the health of the supporting bone structure. Nightguards may also be a good option for some. Did you know that roughly 20% of adults grind or clench their teeth? It’s most common while a patient is asleep. Excessive wear on teeth and muscles can leave the face and neck feeling fatigued. Nightguards can reduce the damaging effects of grinding an clenching on your upper and lower teeth. Taking proper care of your gums isn’t an impossible task. There are ways to combat periodontal disease, all it takes is a little education and the foresight to receive dental care when you need it most.

Save Your Gums – Schedule an Appointment

Take advantage of all of our preventive dentistry services today. Our office in Allen, TX is proud to serve the surrounding cities of McKinney, Plano, Lucas, Parker Fairview and beyond. When you need fantastic preventive dentistry services, trust the dentists Allen, TX residents have gone to for gentle gum care.

Want to stop grinding your teeth? Nightguards are your solution.

May 24, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-132020527Like nails on a chalkboard, the sound of grinding teeth can send chills down your spine. And if that sound should happen to be coming from the person sleeping next to you—or from a child in the bedroom across the hall—then teeth grinding can interrupt your peaceful night of sleep. And that’s saying nothing about what’s happening to the person doing the teeth grinding or clenching! If you know someone who grinds their teeth, or if you suspect that you suffer from this habit, then call the office of Ryan Dental Group in Allen, TX. We can prescribe a custom-fitted nightguard that will help everyone get back to sleep.

Other than your bed partner telling you that you grind your teeth, other signs include waking up in the morning with a headache, neck pain or sore face muscles. In addition, if you’ve been grinding and clenching you teeth for some time, you may even notice that some of your teeth are unusually worn or even chipped.

Teeth grinding and clenching may be caused by stress and anxiety, but another common cause is an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. At Ryan Dental Group, where you’ll find the dentist Allen residents turn to for all of their dental needs, we will examine your mouth and jaw for these signs of bruxism—the dental term for teeth grinding and clenching—and recommend a course of treatment.

A Nightguard for a Peaceful Night of Sleep

The most likely and most convenient treatment is a custom-fitted nightguard. This plastic oral appliance is worn at night and literally creates a barrier between the teeth of your upper and lower arches, so you cannot grind and clench. The aches and pains in your head, neck and face will melt away. A nightguard can also be used to relieve the painful symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. We also recommend wearing a nightguard if you have crowns or veneers on any of the teeth in the anterior portion of your mouth. The nightguard will protect these tooth restorations from cracking or chipping, too.

Call Our Office Today

If you’d like to learn more about how a nightguard can stop the teeth grinding and clenching that may keeping others awake and causing you to have headaches, then schedule an appointment at Ryan Dental Group. We are the general, restorative and cosmetic dentist for everyone in Allen, TX, Lucas, Parker, Plano, McKinney, Fairview, and the surrounding north Texas communities.

Rediscover Your Radiant Smile with New Porcelain Veneers in Allen, TX

March 10, 2015

166671717Chipped, worn, or discolored teeth can detract from an otherwise healthy smile. Even minor imperfections can make some patients want to avoid smiling, laughing, or eating in public. But no smile is beyond repair. If you want to restore your bright and confident smile, it may be time for a new set of porcelain veneers from Ryan Dental Group in Allen, TX. Ryan Dental Group uses porcelain veneers for a variety of cosmetic concerns, from teeth whitening to orthodontic adjustment. Thanks to their lifelike look and wide application, porcelain veneers consistently rank among the most trusted and popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. You can schedule the porcelain veneers consultation appointment you need with Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan in Allen, TX today. Ryan Dental Group is a trusted Dallas area cosmetic dentistry, now delivering quality care daily throughout North Dallas, Allen, Lucas, Parker, McKinney, Fairview, Plano, and the surrounding communities.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are specially fabricated shells of tooth colored composite material designed to cover and hide smile imperfections to improve overall appearance. The shells are permanently bonded to the front teeth, instantly correcting the color, shape, size, or length of any damaged tooth.

What Problems do Porcelain Veneers Fix?

  • Discoloration
  • Worn Teeth
  • Fractured Teeth
  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Spaced Teeth

Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?

  • Veneers provide a natural tooth appearance.
  • Veneers are well tolerated by gum tissue.
  • Veneers are stain resistant.
  • Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape.
  • Veneers are durable and long lasting.

Allen Porcelain Veneers Appointments

Successful porcelain veneers cosmetic treatment requires meticulous planning and a clear understanding of patient expectations and smile goals. Don’t trust your smile transformation to just any dentist. Schedule the porcelain veneers consultation appointment you need with Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan today. Ryan Dental Group is the premier cosmetic dentistry of Allen, TX, now proudly restoring smiles daily throughout North Dallas, Allen, Lucas, Parker, McKinney, Fairview, Plano, and the neighboring areas.

Save Your Dental Health with Allen Root Canal Therapy Today

January 10, 2015

Are you struggling with tooth pain and sensitivity? This could be a clear indication of a severely infected tooth. Teeth that have become infected will eventually need to be extracted if left untreated. To save your natural tooth from removal, you can elect to have root canal therapy treatment. Tooth removal can cause a brand new set of dental problems and will ultimately be more costly and damaging to your dental health. To eliminate tooth discomfort and restore your dental health quickly, make an appointment with Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan for the root canal therapy you need today. Ryan Dental Group proudly restores smiles daily throughout North Dallas, Allen, Lucas, Parker, McKinney, Fairview, Plano, and the surrounding communities.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is necessary when the inner pulp of your tooth is decayed or infected with bacteria.  In order to save the tooth, and alleviate inflammation, the inner pulp, nerves, bacteria, and decay are removed. Since the inner pulp is only needed during the development stage of your tooth, the empty space can be filled with specially medicated disinfectants and sealants to restore the tooth to its full form and function.

How Is Root Canal Therapy Completed?

Root canal therapy usually requires one to two appointments to complete. To start, Dr. Ryan will numb your tooth with a local anesthetic and place a rubber dam around the tooth to keep the area dry and free of saliva.  An access opening is then made at the crown of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening to gently remove the infected the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria.  Once your tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, it will be shaped, filled, and sealed with either a permanent or temporary filling. Finally, your tooth will need to be restored with a dental crown or cap.  This will protect the tooth from future fracturing, and restore its natural functioning. Practicing good oral hygiene and keeping your semi-annual dental visits will serve well to prolong the life of your root canal treated teeth.

Allen Root Canal Therapy Appointments

You can make an appointment for root canal therapy with Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan today. The highly qualified restorative dentists of Ryan Dental Group can help you preserve your healthy smile. Ryan Dental Group is the trusted restorative dentistry destination of families throughout North Dallas, Allen, Lucas, Parker, McKinney, Fairview, Plano, and neighboring areas.

Dental Health 101: Oral Cancer Screenings from Ryan Dental Group in Allen, TX

December 10, 2014

158528020Did you know that oral cancer screenings are a routine part of your dental checkup? This means that each time you skip a dental appointment you are jeopardizing your overall health and well being. Over 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year in the U.S. alone. Oral cancer can form anywhere in or around the mouth or throat. However, if oral cancer is found and treated at an early stage there’s a good chance for a positive outcome. Make an appointment with Ryan Dental Group for your dental checkup and oral cancer screening today. The experienced family dentists of Ryan Dental Group serve patients of all ages throughout North Dallas, Allen, Lucas, Parker, McKinney, Fairview, Plano, and surrounding areas.

Oral Cancer Screenings: What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

  • White or red patches anywhere in your mouth
  • A lump on the lip, tongue, or in the mouth or throat
  • Unexplained bleeding or numbness in the mouth
  • Pain when chewing or swallowing
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Loose teeth or dentures feeling uncomfortable and not fitting properly
  • A change in your voice or speech problems
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A lump or growth in the neck

Who’s Most Likely to Develop Oral Cancer?

Anyone can develop oral cancer at any time. However, oral cancer is most likely to develop in men, and men and women over 40. The risk for developing oral cancer is also increased in those who:

  • Use any kind of tobacco
  • Drink a lot of alcohol
  • Allow excessive sun exposure
  • Contract the human papillomavirus (HPV)

Oral Cancer Screenings in Allen, TX

Don’t let a fear of dental treatment keep you from getting the oral cancer screenings that could potentially save your life. Remember, early stage oral cancer is highly treatable. Make an appointment with Ryan Dental Group for the oral cancer screening you need to stay healthy. Ryan Dental Group proudly serves families throughout North Dallas, Allen, Lucas, Parker, McKinney, Fairview, Plano, and the surrounding areas.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

October 10, 2014

If you are weighing your options for replacing a missing or damaged tooth, dental implants are a great place to start. Unlike partials and dentures, dental implants are permanent and unmovable so you don’t have to worry about daily cleaning and maintenance. Unlike dental bridges and crowns, dental implants will not affect the surrounding healthy teeth in your mouth. Dental implants also have the added benefit of replacing the root of your missing tooth, which helps you to maintain strong and healthy gums and prevent the movement or misalignment of neighboring teeth. Make an appointment with Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan of Ryan Dental Group today. They are experts in both preventative and restorative dentistry. Their experienced and compassionate dentistry proudly serves patients throughout Dallas, Allen, Lucas, Parker, McKinney, Fairview, Plano and surrounding communities.

Dental Implants

The dental implant process is very simple. A dental implant is a small titanium rod that is surgically implanted in the gums to replace the root of your missing tooth. Once the rod is placed, a prosthetic tooth that blends perfectly with your other teeth is attached to replace the missing tooth. Through the healing process, the bones in your jaw will grow around the implant, permanently securing it in your mouth.

Mini- Dental Implants

If the traditional dental implants described above aren’t a viable option for you, Dr. Ryan also offers mini-dental implants (MDI). These are tiny titanium implant posts that eliminate bone grafting, require no surgery and can be placed in one visit. The MDI fits firmly into a retaining mechanism in your gums to hold an attached denture in place.

Dental Implants in Allen, TX

The first, and most important step towards restoring your smile with dental implants, is to find an experienced but caring dentist. You can rest assured that your smile is in good hands with Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan of Ryan Dental Group.  You can make an appointment with Ryan Dental Group for a dental implant consultation today. Ryan Dental Group proudly serves Dallas, Allen, Lucas, Parker, McKinney, Fairview, Plano and surrounding areas.

Calm Your Fears with Sedation Dentistry!

September 10, 2014

94298352At Ryan Dental Group, we understand that a dentist’s office is not necessarily someone’s favorite place in the world to be. Many people suffer from a fear of the dentist, and they may not know what to do. Though the fear may be mind for some, for others, it can be debilitating, causing them to avoid seeking dental treatment, no matter how badly they may need it. Because Dr. Michael Ryan and Dr. Laura Ryan understand the dental needs and fears of their patients, they are able to offer sedation dentistry at their Allen, TX dental office.

We are able to offer our patients a few choices when it comes to sedation dentistry. The first is oral conscious sedation. With this, all our patients have to do is take a prescribed pill before their appointment, and you will remain awake throughout your dental appointment. You will feel extremely relaxed and will experience no pain. Another option is IV sedation, which means we will administer the sedation intravenously. Both oral conscious sedation and IV sedation are for our patients that experience high levels of anxiety when visiting a dentist, and we will be able to customize your sedation depending on your nervousness. With IV sedation, we will be able to monitor your heart rate, breathing, and other vitals as you are getting your dental work done. With these forms of sedation, you will have to have a loved one drive you home after your appointment, as the effects of the sedation will still be in your system.

The most common form of sedation is nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas. This involves breathing the sedative through a nasal mask, causing you to feel euphoria and warmth. You will remain conscious throughout the appointment, and the side effects dissipate after the mask is removed. You will be able to drive yourself home after your appointment, and your smile will be in better health!

If you are curious as to how Drs. Ryan are able to help you overcome your dental fears with sedation dentistry, contact our office today!

Make an appointment with Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan of Ryan Dental Group today, and experience excellence in dentistry through and through. We’re happy to see patients in Dallas, Allen, Lucas, Parker, McKinney, Fairview, Plano, and surrounding areas.

Shine Bright with Teeth Whitening

August 15, 2014

178597379There are many people who put a lot of time, effort, and money into their smiles. Having a radiant, glowing smile is something that a lot of people strive for, as it is a sign of health and youthfulness. Unfortunately, over the years, your smile goes through life’s hard knocks, and your smile’s radiance has dulled. Though you may feel as though there is nothing you can do to bring life back to your smile, Dr. Michael Ryan and Dr. Laura Ryan are able to brighten your smile using teeth whitening at their Allen, TX dental office.

There are many things that can affect the brightness of your smile. Coffee, tea, wine, using tobacco-based products, certain medications, and even genetics all play a role in turning your smile lackluster.  You may have tried over the counter methods in whitening your smile, and found that the results were not something to smile about. Our doctors are able to give you the smile you have always wanted with ease and convenience. The form of whitening we recommend most often to our patients is at-home teeth whitening. This form of whitening is convenient to our patients, and is able to deliver amazing results.

We begin your whitening treatment by making custom whitening trays. We want your treatment to be as personalized as possible, and having whitening trays made to fit only your smile is an excellent way in making sure you get the best results possible. We will supply you with the whitening gel, being able to whiten your smile up to eight shades! All you need to do is fill the trays with the whitening gel, wear them for an allotted amount of time every day, and sit back and relax while you reverse the hands of time! If you would like Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan’s help in whitening your smile, contact our office today!

Make an appointment with Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan of Ryan Dental Group today, and experience excellence in dentistry through and through. We’re happy to see patients in Dallas, Allen, Lucas, Parker, McKinney, Fairview, Plano, and surrounding areas.

Protect Your Smile with Periodontal Disease Therapy!

July 11, 2014

shutterstock_99705527When it comes to your smile, there are many things that work together in order to achieve great oral health. No one thing works independently from the other, and it is important to make sure everything that contributes to your dazzling smile is healthy and strong. Many people may not know this, but your gums contribute a large amount in the overall health of your entire smile. Often put on the back burner, your gums are play a vital role, and when they are compromised, the result is never good. By offering periodontal disease therapy to their patients, Dr. Laura Ryan and Dr. Michael Ryan are able to make sure their patients’ smiles are always looking fantastic!

Periodontal disease therapy accounts for about 70 percent of tooth loss, and can cause many negative effects on your body. If left untreated, periodontal disease has the potential to cause or play a role in bone loss, heart disease, stroke, dementia, and etcetera. Some signs of periodontal disease are swollen or red gums, gums that bleed when you brush or floss, and gums that are sensitive.

One of the ways Drs. Ryan are able to help you with your periodontal disease is by scaling and root planing. This allows us to remove the bacteria and plaque from below your gum line. We will also be able to smooth out the surfaces of your root, so no additional bacteria is able to stay there. Also, we will give your gums some antibiotics to make sure the harmful bacterium is away for good! If you feel as though you suffer from periodontal disease, and you would like the help of Drs. Laura and Michael Ryan, contact our Allen, TX dental office, and we would love to help!

Make an appointment with Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan of Ryan Dental Group today, and experience excellence in dentistry through and through. We’re happy to see patients in Dallas, Allen, Lucas, Parker, McKinney, Fairview, Plano, and surrounding areas.

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