At the office of Kathleen Klonowski, DDS and Ashly Bailey, DDS, we offer our patients a wide variety of comfortable and gentle dental care services. From tooth colored restorations and teeth whitening to crowns and dentures; each dental treatment is designed to restore, maintain, and transform your smile, so you leave here feeling confident.
Drs. Klonowski and Bailey have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide every patient with the care they need and the comfort they deserve. With a warm and welcoming environment, our patients feel comfortable and can ask us questions about their dental care treatments. Don't forget to visit our Patient Promotions page to see our current specials.
We suggest that every patient should come in for a dental cleaning every 6 months or as recommended by their dentist. During the cleaning, our registered dental hygienist will remove plaque and tarter build up from your teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile. In addition, our hygienist will educate you on how to maintain your smile and therefore your oral health between visits.
We offer a wide range of cosmetic dental services that allow our patients to achieve the smile they have always dreamed about. we are able to enhance your smile in a variety of ways; including veneers, natural-looking tooth colored fillings, and teeth whitening.
Do you wish you had a brighter, more radiant smile? Then professional teeth whitening may be right for you! Teeth whitening can remove certain stains from:
Soon after starting treatment you will start to see a whiter and brighter smile. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with Drs. Klonowski and Bailey to see if you're a candidate for teeth whitening!
A silver filling is usually placed on your back teeth. Your back teeth are used for withstanding heavy biting forces from your jaw. This material can withstand the forces exerted by your jaw.
A white colored bonding is usually placed on front teeth, where people can usually see. Sometimes bonding can be done on back teeth depending on the size of the restoration and amount of decay present.
Crowns, sometimes called caps, are coverings that surround your entire tooth. Crowns can be gold or tooth-colored. A crown protects the remaining structure of your tooth and is used when a filling is not indicated. These are usually long-lasting options. Tooth-colored (porcelain) crowns match the natural contours and shade of your teeth.
Bridges are done when you have a missing space in your mouth and you want more teeth to chew with, or you do not like the way it looks. Having missing spaces in your mouth can lead to many problems, mostly with your bite. When there is no contact with adjacent teeth, they begin to move in non-ideal places. Bridges are identical to crowns, except they replace a missing space in your mouth.
Implants are usually the best option when it comes to replacing missing spaces in your mouth. After a review of your medical history and an exam, implants can be considered. No adjacent teeth are used when an implant is placed. Although more costly, this is usually the best option when it comes to replacing teeth.
Partials and complete dentures are a multi-visit procedure. Dentures are usually done to replace multiple missing spaces. Attention to existing teeth are important when wearing a partial because they are used to clasp the partial into place. Complete dentures are done to replace an entire arch of missing teeth.
Traditional metal braces are still the most popular types of braces as they produce high quality results and can be livened up with colorful bands. They are made of stainless steel and are attached to the cheek side of the patient's teeth. Braces have been designed to allow the orthodontist to move a patient's teeth in a three dimensional manner.
Invisalign® is a system that straightens teeth without the use of traditional braces. A series of clear plastic aligners are utilized to create tooth movement. Moving teeth with removable aligners is not new. It is the computer program that generates a series of aligners with small changes that is new.
At Kathleen Klonowski, DDS and Ashly Bailey, DDS, our doctors are certified by the Invisalign® company to offer patients with this convenient teeth straightening system. Invisalign® is recommended for most orthodontic situations with mild to moderate spacing or crowding. The aligners are virtually undetectable, easy to use, and comfortable to wear.
Dental emergencies can be very frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is generally required to alleviate pain and ensure the patient's oral and overall health. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately at 989-799-5690 and we will schedule you in as soon as possible. Should you call during after hours, call our regular number and our voicemail will inform you of how to get in touch with us.
How Often Should I Brush and Floss?
The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoridated toothpaste. Clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
An antimicrobial mouth rinse also helps reduce the bacterial count which can cause gingivitis (an early, reversible form of periodontal disease).
Why is Fluoride Good for My Teeth
Fluoride is essential to long-term care of your teeth. Introduced into water supplies in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the 1940’s, fluoride has reduced dental decay dramatically. Fluoride helps reduce dental decay by strengthening the outer structure of your teeth. Most water supplies are fluoridated now, but if you have well water or just want to find out, you can get a sample of your water tested. You can add drops of fluoride to your water that is prescribed by a dentist or you can take fluoride supplements. Please consult your dentist if you have questions on fluoride.
Are Amalgam (Silver) Fillings Safe for Me?
Yes. According to the ADA, dental amalgam has been used in tooth restorations worldwide for more than 100 years. Studies have failed to find any link between amalgam restorations and any medical disorder. Amalgam continues to be a safe restorative material for dental patients.