Frequently Asked Questions
Q) How often should I visit your office for checkups?
The general recommendation is that you visit our dental office twice a year for checkups and cleanings. This may seem too often, but it’s for a good reason; dental health issues can sneak up on you, and we want to catch them as early as possible to increase your odds of successful treatment. Also, if we discover problems like advanced gum disease, we may recommend that you visit more often for a while. We can provide more detailed information for you about how often you should visit for checkups and cleanings at your next exam.
Q) Do I have to floss every day? Is it really that important?
Yes! Floss loosens food particles, plaque, and tartar trapped between teeth. In addition to irritating gums, causing gum disease, and promoting cavities, these three culprits also cause bad breath. If you need help learning how to floss quickly and effectively, we’ll gladly teach you some tricks to make your daily oral health routine easier at your next appointment.
Q) My smile is missing teeth. What do you suggest I do?
We definitely recommend that you visit Ryan Dental Group if you’re missing teeth. Why? Dr. Michael Ryan is a prosthodontist, which means that he has specialty training in replacing lost teeth. You can find options for tooth replacement at most general dental offices, but not many feature an actual specialist in rebuilding compromised smiles. Dr. Ryan will perform a thorough examination to determine the best treatment for your case.
Q) Who makes a good candidate for dental implants?
Most patients are dental implant candidates. If you are missing one or more teeth, a restoration supported by a dental implant is an option you should definitely consider. In many instances, dental implants provide the best long-term tooth replacement option. Dr. Michael Ryan will evaluate your unique case to determine if implants are right for you.
Q) What are the benefits of digital X-ray over traditional radiographs?
Digital X-rays are great for your health and the environment. They emit far less radiation than traditional radiographs, and they don’t produce paper waste; instead, the images appear on a computer screen for us to view and store in your electronic records. Because we use digital X-rays at our Allen, Texas dental office, we can maintain paperless records, which is better for both you and the environment!
Q) What is a cosmetic dentist?
You may see dentists calling themselves “cosmetic dentists,” but it’s important to know that cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty; in fact, most general dentists offer some form of cosmetic dentistry. How do you know if someone will perform your smile makeover with great skill and success? You can look at pictures of their past work and learn more about their education and experience. Both of the dentists at Ryan Dental Group in Allen, Texas have experience creating successful smile makeovers, and you can see some of their results in our Smile Gallery.
Q) What is a Prosthodontist?
A Prosthodontist is a dentist who receives several years of additional training after completing dental school to specialize in tooth restoration and replacement. Dr. Michael Ryan has earned this distinction, giving him the tools to create aesthetic and strong dental restorations for our patients.