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Dr. Robert Ryan

Dentistry
Chico, CA
51 years experience male

Locations

Chico Creek Dental

Chico, CA

Address

555 Salem St., Chico, CA
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Yes: Bacteria are plentiful throughout the gastro-intestinal tract the GI tract begins at the lips of the mouth and ends at the anus. Some of the 'normal... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 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 stool is dar... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Narcolepsy: You may be experiencing a disorder called narcolepsy. It is characterized by the sudden onset of the overpowering urge to sleep during the day. See ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Consultation: There's not enough information for a definitive answer. See someone trained in sleep medicine to determine the factors that may be interfering with sl... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
They help.: Most of our illnesses are acquired through our mouths, nose or eyes. We tend to pick up bacteria or viral particles on our hands and then transfer the... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Sedation: Dental abscesses need to be treated by trained dental personnel. Many dentists offer sedation to overcome fear and anxiety associated with dental ca... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 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 stool is dar... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Bend: Bend at the knees to pick up something. Don't bend at the waist.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Hard to do: If your breathing the same air (living in same space) it's hard to avoid. Try wearing a mask until they are no longer contagious. Clean all environmen... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Sleep disorder: Certain sleep disorders can trigger the release of stress hormones (cortisol) which can then cause the production of catecholamines. These can increas... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
EDS: Excessive daytime sleepiness is a symptom related to sleep apnea or other sleep related breathing disorders. A questionaire can provide more informa... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Adrenalin discharge: We have small glands on top of our kidneys called adrenal glands. These glands secrete adrenalin. Adrenalin causes our hearts to beat faster and harde... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Certainly: 'obstructive' sleep apnea is due to anatiomical causes. The tongue, soft palate and the tonsils can block the airway during sleep. An intraoral appli... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
See Below: A 'salivary gland' is an organ that produces saliva. In humans, there are three pairs (right and left) of glands, located in the head, that produce sa... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Corrigan's pulse?: You seem to be experiencing a carotid pulse disorder. This may be a 'water hammer' or 'corrigan's pulse'. You need to be seen by a physician for a p... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Yes: Toothpain with swollen glands (lymph nodes) are often associated with an infected tooth. Medication won't cure this. See a dentist first.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Emergency room: These problems are usually infectious in nature.Most dental societies have an 'on call' emergency service. Contact a few dental offices-they may have ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Some: A combination of Vicks vapo rub with a couple of drops of liquid chlorine bleach mixed in (three drops in a teaspoon of vaporub) can help treat toenai... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Sleep apnea?: 'nightmares' are one of the parasomnias that can occur at night while sleeping, or trying to sleep. They may be associated with sleep apnea. Consulti... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Systemic vs .local: Anesthetic or sedative agents introduced into a vein (usually in the arm) are dispersed in the blood stream and affect the consciousness centers in th... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Weight training: Muscle mass can be added by exercise and weight training, coupled with a diet that supplies the necessary nutrients. Consult with a: trainer, dietic... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Not recommended: Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). They are not recommended during pregnancy. An obstetrician should be consulted prior to t... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Not that unusual: These could all be considered to be in the realm of 'post-operative sequelae'. The 'lump' may be a lymph node or a pre-op infected area. The taste of ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Usually: Geographic tongue (glossitis migrans) is a peculiar, but benign, condition of the tongue involving 'migrating' areas of denuded tissue that covers the... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Possibly: Swelling adjacent to the anus may be in infection of the perineal gland. These glands are located near the anus and can become infected with local bac... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Stabilization: Teeth that are mobile as a result of trauma need to be stabilized so that they don't move. This should be accomplished by a dentist that has the prope... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Consult surgeon: Facial swelling after third molar surgery is common and expected. If the swelling persists for more than a week, there may be an associated post-op in... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
See Below: Orajel is a trade name for a topical preparation of benzocaine...A local anesthetic. It is used topically to numb the area to which it is applied. ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Hypernutrients: Some foods are more dense in nutrients than others. These are referred to as 'superfoods'. The opposite are foods that have 'empty calories'...Ener... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
No.: There is no evidence that composite fillings have any psychological effects on humans.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
A sleep apnea device: Sleep talking is one of the 'parasomnias' identified as part of a sleep disorder. A simple oral appliance may be all that is necessary to inhibit t... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Recontouring: 'tooth shaping' is the procedure of recontouring a tooth to make it more esthetic of to make it fit in to the bite (occlusion) correctly. This is done... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Sores in mouth: Oral ulcers are round or irregularly shaped areas where the tissue lining the oral cavity has been interrupted. These may be due to viruses, an autoim... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
A tooth to be shed: Deciduous means "falling off at maturity'. Deciduous trees are those that lose their leaves in the fall, before they become dormant for the winter. ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Developmental defect: A cleft in the hard and soft palate represents an incomplete fusion of the lips and hard or soft palate. These structures form in sections that fuse a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
See Below: Wisdom tooth removal is performed thousands of times daily in the us. It is very safe. An IV is started in much the same way that blood is drawn for... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Not cured: The 'bump' on the gums is a draining abscess. The symptoms tend to diminish when the bump opens and lets the fluid (pus) drain. But, the source of the... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Different technique: The anesthetic solution is not getting to the where it is needed to numb your tooth. A different delivery technique is needed. Intraligamentary anes... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Test failure: The tests for viral presence and accurate identification (hsv-1 and hsv-2) are not 100% accurate. They tend to look for antibodies for the particular ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
See below: Hard to say without exam. The 'white all around' may be a clue. Have you taken any oral antibiotics? You may have candidiasis (aka thrush). This can p... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
It's not recommended: The body has a wonderful way of taking care of itself...Except for teeth. They need to be cleaned and examined by a professional to correct small prob... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Probably not.: Depending on the anesthetic/sedative agents used and the method of administration (iv vs. Oral) a patient usually doesn't verbalize during a procedure... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Topical agents: Numbness is caused by disabling the sensory nerves that supply an area. In medicine, this is accomplished on a regional (arms or tongue) basis by inje... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Look in mirror: The lower teeth should rest inside of the curvature of the arch of the upper teeth when the teeth are together. If they rest outside of the curvature... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Hemorrhage: Black 'lumps' that 'spread' to other are areas may be submucosal hemorrhages. They may rupture and leave a bloody debris on the tongue. You need to g... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
See below: Grey is one of the basic intrinsic hues of teeth that we see in dentistry...Along with yellow, white and brown. Tetracycline (an antibiotic) can cause... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Yes: Several substances can be applied topically to tender gingiva to lessen pain. These are: 3% hydrogen peroxide, warm salt water, a chlorine dioxide sol... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Yes: Herpes viruses are associated with mucous membranes. Usually hsv-1 is found in the oral cavity and hsv-2 is found in the genital area. But, crossover ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
GERD: You may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) which allows stomach contents (acid) to enter the esophagus. You may also have a hiatal hernia. Th... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Not really: Flossing is designed to clean the areas between the teeth which are usually not visible. There are many ways to whiten the teeth: having them cleane... Read More

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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

Common Dental Emergencies Which May Be Encountered By The Family Physician
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