General Dentistry

Serving the Muscle Shoals area, Ryerson and Associates is a full-service dental practice offering preventive, restorative, and cosmetic treatments along with periodontal, orthodontic, and endodontic services. We are proud to offer excellent oral healthcare with an emphasis on building lasting
relationships with all our patients.

Our Practice Philosophy

Dr. Ryerson and our staff are committed to providing patient-centered and prevention-oriented care. We treat all our guests with the dignity and respect they deserve. It is important to establish a lasting relationship with your dentist. The convenience and familiarity that accompanies visiting the same practice for years can be of great benefit in the detection of disease. Establishing relationships with patients requires dedication and trust, two things our practice are happy to provide.

Checkups and Cleanings

As a prevention-oriented practice, we cannot stress the importance of checkups and cleanings as useful tools in the prevention of common oral disease. To the surprise of many, dental checkups are unexpectedly comprehensive. An oral examination involves evaluating the health of all oral structures. While close attention is paid to teeth and gums, our team will also look for signs of other problems such
as occlusal issues, bone atrophy, and oral cancer.

Cleanings, like checkups, should be scheduled every six months. Professional cleanings are helpful for preventing disease – particularly periodontal (gum) disease. Even if we brush and floss properly, debris and plaque are still left behind. Within a couple days, plaque will harden into tartar. Tartar deposits can only be removed with professional dental instruments. Cleanings are comfortable and effective for managing the buildup of substances that contribute to disease.

Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can be traumatic and stressful. Not to mention, many oral health emergencies can be incredibly uncomfortable. Dr. Ryerson and our team offer emergency treatment for issues like broken or knocked out teeth, loose or lost restorations, and toothaches. If a dental emergency arises, be sure to call our practice as soon as you can so that we can offer assistance and make room in our schedule for your visit.

Call Ryerson & Associates for questions or to schedule an appointment.

General Dentistry FAQs

Why should I go to the dentist regularly?

There is an abundance of reasons why you should visit the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Regular dental appointments are necessary for establishing and preserving your oral health. When you visit a general dentist, it is important to establish a long term relationship with your practice so that their team can become acquainted with your unique health needs, oral anatomy, and lifestyle choices.

Visiting a dental office for bi-annual cleanings and checkups also aids in the prevention of disease and/or the conservative treatment of common oral health conditions. This is because regular visits increase the chances of detecting potential problems as early as possible. Professional intervention in the early stages of many oral diseases normally means that patients enjoy minimally invasive and cost effective treatment. For instance, waiting too long to treat a cavity could result in the need for a dental crown – an extensive restoration that is custom made for each individual. On the other hand, if a cavity is detected in its earlier stages, it can be treated with a small restoration like a filling.

How often should I brush and floss?

In addition to visiting your dentist regularly, your at-home oral hygiene routine is another weapon in your arsenal for preventing oral disease. Brushing helps keep the outer surfaces of teeth clean from debris and plaque while flossing helps clean in between teeth and just beneath the gums.

If you brush and floss correctly, you can help control the development of plaque and tartar, both of which contribute to conditions like dental caries and periodontal disease. Sometimes, people mistakenly believe that if one brushes thoroughly, he or she does not need to floss. While brushing is very important, flossing should not be overlooked. Flossing can reach areas that a toothbrush cannot. It also helps disrupt the formation of bacterial colonies at the gum line.

What if I have a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies can be traumatic, painful, and overwhelming. When a dental emergency occurs, our practice understands that our guests are frightened, uncomfortable, and in need of excellent care. When an emergency develops, knowing what steps to take can save you time and discomfort. It is important to always keep our practice number handy.

We recommend saving our office number in your mobile phone and leaving our business cards in your desk at work, your wallet, and/or purse. This will help make it easier to contact us. When calling, be sure to explain the nature of your symptoms along with how and when they began. We offer same-day and next-day emergency appointments for those in need of treatment for cracked or broken teeth, knocked out teeth, lose or broken restorations, and toothaches.

How often should I have a dental cleaning?

You should receive a dental cleaning every six months. Dental cleanings remove substances that cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. They are also a minimally invasive way to prevent gum disease. This is because dental cleanings involve removing tartar with handheld scaling instruments. Removing tartar buildup can prevent gingival irritation and gum recession – precursors and symptoms of gum disease.

Featured Dental Services


Dental Implants

Dental implants are a revolutionary treatment option for replacing lost teeth. This tooth replacement solution effectively increases oral function with durable, long lasting prosthetics.



Our dental practice is proud to offer orthodontic treatment options for our patients who desire straighter, healthier smiles. We provide Invisalign treatment and the Fast Braces System to serve the diverse needs of our patients.


Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a necessary form of treatment that treats infected material deep inside a tooth. Our practice provides endodontic therapy to save teeth from the need for extraction.