Dr. Robert Ryan

Dentistry
Chico, CA
52 years experience male

Locations

Chico Creek Dental

Chico, CA

Address

555 Salem St., Chico, CA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

5308950905

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Office

Chico, CA

About

Bio

In practice for 36 years. Former director of general practice residency program at UCSF.

Specialties
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Dentistry

Doctor Q&A

367 Answers
42 Agrees
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Yes: An 'optimal pattern' is regularly spaced inhalation and exhalation, whether awake or asleep. Obstructive sleep apnea tends to cause 'crescendo' brea... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Yes: It's probably sleep apnea, though.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
It depends: As to an immediate episode, it lasts until the acid is neutralized or clearer from the esophagus. Use water and an antacid. As to the condition, more ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
See below: It's more likely the other way around. Your depression is more likely to improve if your quality and amount of sleep improves. You may need a sleep ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Yes: Rem (rapid eye movement) sleep is that level of sleep when we dream. It usually occurs late in the sleep cycle after a period of deeper sleep and may ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
See prior answers.: Did you have any medical evaluation at the time? The area should be evaluated by dental personnel...I would suggest an oral/maxillofacial surgeon. The... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
TMD?: TMJ is the acronym for the temporomandibular joing. TMD is the acronym for Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, which is what you probably have. There... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Type 2: If you are speaking of 'genital' herpes, it is typically type 2, although the possibility of type 1 causing genital lesions is well documented.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Move lower jaw: It may be a eustacian tube that is clogged on that side, or it may be wax or debris in the outer ear canal. Open your jaw half way and move your chin... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
See Below: If he has a feeding tube and does not eat or swallow anything by mouth, he may have regurgitation of stomach contents into the esophagus/throat area t... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Maybe: Antibiotics help to control a dental infection, but rarely eliminate the source of it. A procedure (extraction or root canal) is usually needed to acc... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Stay the course: The fact that pus is flowing now should cause the symptoms (pain and fever) to diminish soon. If you have been using the same antibiotic for 8 weeks, ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Many answers: You don't mention when the surgery took place or what the pre-op symptoms were. These could be normal post-op occurences or could be more serious. I w... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Warning signs: Your body is telling you there is something wrong...And it could be serious. These may be symptoms of coronary artery disease. See a physician asap a... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
a mixture: An 'amalgam' is a mixture of different substances. Dental amalgam is a mixture of different metals (silver, copper, tin, zinc, etc.) with mercury. A... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Possiby.: Moving teeth can cause a disharmony between the occlusion (the way the upper and lower teeth come together). This disharmony can cause on ongoing TM... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Oral appliance: See your dentist about a snoring appliance. It protrudes the lower jaw and opens the airway behind the tongue. This reduces the velocity of the air go... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Probably normal: An 18 film survey is the standard 'full mouth' radiographic analysis. As a rule, this survey is obtained every 3-5 years. An interval survey (bite w... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
No.: Very little is 100% in medicine. I would not use a CPAP machine on a 6 month-old. I would have a competent individual (obstetrician, ENT physician) e... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
It can be.: Sleep apnea has two forms...'obstructive' and 'central'. The obstructive type has to do with tissues blocking the airway during sleep. Surgical reduct... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Yes. : An ear/nose/throat specialist would be most appropriate.
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Sleep apnea?: Headaches and snoring can be symptoms of sleep apnea. There are ways to diagnose your sleep disorder. Consult your md and see if a sleep study may be ... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Possibly: If the infection is periodontal in nature, it can be treated via injection of local anesthesia and root planing/scaling. However, the presence of a 'g... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
See below: If a tooth is abscessed or the dental pulp (nerve) is dying, a dentist will open the pulp chamber (inside the tooth) to 'drain' the infected contents ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Possibly: If the abscess establishes a drain for itself, it will then become dormant for a period of time and, usually, be free of symptoms until it can be trea... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
A tissue border: A membrane is usually a soft tissue border that separates or contains separate structures such as glands, muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, etc. The... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Teething?: Dental 'eruptions' may be a way of describing the way that teeth become present in the mouth in a young person. When they begin to come through the g... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Hemorrhoids?: Hemorrhoids can produce bright red blood during a bowel movement. These may be internal or external. They should be diagnosed by a physician if they h... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Sleep quality: It sounds as if your quality of sleep is inadequate. You need adequate time in various levels of sleep to feel physically and mentally refreshed. Y... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Circulation: Blood flowing through our body is what keeps us warm. Sometimes the body reduces the flow to certain areas (usually the extremities-hands and feet) to... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
It depends : If blood in the stoll is red, it may be from a hemorrhoid. This needs to be evaluated and treated, but is fairly common. If the blood or stoll is dar... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Often related: The muscles of the head and neck area are often involved in temporomandibular joint disorder. Muscle spasm is a common finding and many different set... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Periodontal disease: Gum (periodontal) disease is a common problem. It can be accompanied by foul breath and a foul taste in the mouth...Especially if one breathes throu... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Postural hypotension: The symptoms tend to describe postural hypotension...A lightheadedness that occurs when standing up or changing position quickly.It may be due to medi... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Similar: Sleep apnea is caused by a malfunction in the brain (central sleep apnea) or by blockage of the airway (by the tongue, tonsils, soft palate, or throat... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Antibiotics or drain: Abscesses are best treated by draining them (usually surgically) or with the use of antibiotics, or both. The selection of the method depends upon th... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
It depends : If blood in the stool is red, it may be from a hemorrhoid. This needs to be evaluated and treated, but is fairly common. If the blood or stoll is dar... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Not feasible: The upper lip position is determined by the teeth behind the lip. You can't move the lip back unless the teeth are moved back. Consult with a dentist ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Yes: Absent some unusual circumstances, biofilms form constantly in all of us. The cilia are designed to move the films to get rid of bacteria, dust, other... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
See Below: Oxycontin and vicodin are trade names for prescription narcotic analgesics. The generic drug names are oxycodone and hydrocodone, respectively. Vicod... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Cosmetic dentistry: A gap in the midline is called a diastema. Many times these gaps can be closed by applying a tooth colored material (composite resin or porcelain) to ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Somewhat serious: The symptoms tend to describe a dental abscess. These symptoms tend to resolve when the infection drains spontaneously or is treated with an antibioti... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Mucocoele?: You might have a mucocoele. It is a mucous cyst that is caused by an injury to one of the many minor salivary glands in the tissue that lines the oral... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
See below: If this is a 'side effect' of the medication, it should have subsided by now. The drug clearance from your body should be complete if three days have ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Yes: Methamphetamine users usually eat a lot of high sugar content foods to fuel their body as they burn off calories as a result of the drug's effect. Thi... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Heart valve damage: Infectious endocarditis can cause damage to heart valves, presenting the symptoms described. This can be a very serious condition. See a physician as... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
It is difficult: As with any muscle, they tend to become more plump when we use them and tend to atrophy (diminish) when we don't use them. We only use jaw muscles for... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
See below: Growth is usually complete by age 18. 'underbite' and 'overbite' are skeletal disorders related to growth issues. Sometimes these discrepancies need o... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
See below: Facial fat is related to overall body fat. The only way to eliminate fat from the body is to metabolize it (burn it off) or to have it surgically remo... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Probably not: It takes time for tobacco to produce a cancerous lesion. A week is not long enough. It is a very good thing to quit using smokeless tobacco, howeve... Read More
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Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

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Recommendations
1.1K
Thank you notes
Jan 15, 2013
Excellent doctor. Very knowledgeable with great advice. The doctor to follow on health tap.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Feb 10, 2013
I recommend dr. Ryan for his skills and knowledge!
Jul 7, 2013
Very timely and accurate responses.
HealthTap member
After having 5 back surgeries in 3 years when I am only 30 I tend to freak out on people when they lift things wrong! Especially at work! Naughty people, read the signs! :)
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I really appreciate it! I just went to see a cardiologist today and he told me the same thing. Thx!
HealthTap member
Thank you! I did see my dentist on Friday. I wasn't sure which type of MD to see next - ENT, Neurologist, Head and Neck

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry
Graduated 1970MD

Residency

UCLA

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Chico, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Chico, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Chico, CA - Winter
2013

Publications

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