Bayberry Dental Care

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bridges

Bridges are an option for restoring missing teeth without an implant.  Bridges use healthy teeth on either side of a missing tooth to anchor a permanent restoration. Missing teeth wreak havoc on your mouth over time.  Gaps in the teeth can cause problems with eating and speech, and when a tooth is missing long enough the jaw bone is vulnerable and the structure becomes compromised.  Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS places permanent bridges to repair patient smiles and restore function to the mouth. 


With a bridge, the replacement tooth is held in place by caps on the teeth on either side.  The process can usually be completed in two visits.  First, an impression of the area is taken so that a dental laboratory can create a bridge that will fit perfectly. On your second visit, the bridge will be cemented into place.  Bridges can be replaced if needed but with proper care, they last a lifetime!


To learn more about bridges and all the services we provide, visit www.bayberrydentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS in our Tinley Park, IL office, call Bayberry Dental Care at 708-802-8300. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sealants

Sealants are a preventative measure used to preserve the teeth and tooth enamel.  Almost half of all children and adolescents in the United States have had cavities in their permanent teeth, and a sealant is the best defense against early tooth decay.  Most tooth decay in children and teenagers occurs on the chewing surfaces of molars, where the pits and grooves tend to trap food and bacteria.  Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.


Sealants are applied to surfaces of these molars much like paint. The plastic resin fills any pits and grooves on the surface and hardens. Now the surface is protected from bits of food being stuck, so bacteria cannot multiply and cause decay.  The enamel is also protected from plaque and acids.  Sealants can effectively prevent cavities for up to ten years but can be reapplied if necessary.


To learn more about sealants and all the services we provide, visit www.bayberrydentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS in our Tinley Park, IL office, call Bayberry Dental Care at 708-802-8300. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thank You For Your Testimonials!

Here at Bayberry Dental Care, our staff appreciates feedback from our patients because it teaches us how to improve as a team. Our staff would not only like to thank Mary D. for her review of our services, but we would like to thank her for being an excellent patient. If you recently experienced exceptional service from our office, please let us know!  


“I have been going to Bayberry Dental for about 10 years. The dentist and staff are great. They do whatever they can to make you comfortable. The office is nicely decorated, warm and inviting. Dr. Falsey is an awesome dentist that makes sure you are comfortable and answers all your questions. The hygienist is proficient and friendly.  I had a lot of work done, and though it was not fun, she makes it pain-free and helps you feel comfortable. I will continue to recommend her to family and friends. “


If you would like to leave a testimonial, or learn more about the services provided by Bayberry Dental, visit www.bayberrydentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS in our Tinley Park, IL office, call Bayberry Dental Care at 708-802-8300. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fixing Loose Teeth

Once you’re an adult, you’ll hopefully never have a loose tooth again. But when permanent teeth do start wiggling, Bayberry Dental Care is here to help. Secondary occlusal trauma is the term used by doctors to describe damage to the gum ligaments, and loose teeth due to periodontal disease, instead of sudden blows, are the focus of this week’s post.


When periodontitis reaches its most severe state, it’s not just soft tissue that is affected. The tissue of the jaw bone, like the gum pockets and ligaments, may lose mass and recede. This will cause teeth to come loose and put them at risk for falling out. While the loss of any adult tooth is bad, the loss of the molars will oblige the front teeth to take on biting forces they cannot sustain, pushing them out of place and making them even looser.


Dr. Falsey is trained in periodontal therapies to get patients’ gum disease under control, which must be done if any fix for the teeth is to be permanent. A splint can be applied to the teeth in order to distribute bite forces more evenly among them during the periodontal treatment or on a permanent basis, and bone grafts can rebuild lost jaw tissue.


Kathleen M. Falsey, D.D.S., operates Bayberry Dental Care at 8014 West 171st St, Tinley Park, Illinois, 60477. To schedule an appointment, call 708-802-8300 or visit BayberryDentalCare.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Extrinsic Stains

There are two types of stains that can develop on tooth enamel – intrinsic and extrinsic. We’ve discussed intrinsic stains in our previous blog post, which is why we’d like to take the time to discuss extrinsic stains. Extrinsic stains occur when the outer layer of the tooth enamel is stained. This isn’t detrimental to your oral health, but it may make you self-conscious. Fortunately, Dr. Kathleen Falsey of Bayberry Dental Care has solutions to make your pearly whites, white again.


Extrinsic stains occur on the surface of the tooth and typically result from foods and beverages that contain pigments. This may include coffee, tea, or anything that contains food coloring. Extrinsic stains can also occur from smoking and poor oral hygiene. Fortunately, extrinsic stains can be removed through polishing or bleaching.


If you have questions about teeth whitening, don’t hesitate to give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.bayberrydentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS in our Tinley Park, IL office, call Bayberry Dental Care at 708-802-8300.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dental Bonding Breakage

When a tooth is cracked, chipped, or fractured, Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS of Bayberry Dental Care offers dental bonding to save it. Bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic procedures that involve applying a composite-resin (tooth-colored material) to give teeth a healthy appearance. If you’ve had dental bonding placed in the past, we're here to tell you what to do when the bonding itself, breaks.


Dental bonding may appear the same as tooth enamel, but it doesn’t have the same strength. Tooth enamel is the strongest bone in our bodies, and once it’s gone, it doesn’t grow back. With dental bonding, it’s important to be aware of the foods you’re eating, as acidity can break down bonding over time. Additionally, you should avoid opening packages with your teeth to avoid chipping the bonding. If you’ve completed a dental bonding procedure and feel a slight crack in the tooth, contact us immediately so we can assess the situation.


If you have questions about dental bonding, don’t hesitate to give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.bayberrydentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS in our Tinley Park, IL office, call Bayberry Dental Care at 708-802-8300.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

Dry mouth isn’t just frustrating; it also increases the risk of oral infections. At Bayberry Dental Care, we offer treatments for getting this condition under control and preventing the damage it causes, but we want our patients to know why they should seek help.


Saliva helps to keep bacteria from growing out of control by removing food debris. It also provides teeth with an environment in which they can maintain their protective membranes, decreasing the odds of a crack developing through which bacteria could infect their pulp. Many cases of dry mouth occur as a side-effect of medications, but older women are particularly at risk for Sjögren’s disease, which dries out the eyes, as well as the mouth.


Drinks which are high in caffeine, alcohol, and sugar are contributors to dry mouth. Patients should try cutting back on them and chewing sugar-free gum or candy in order to stimulate more saliva production. They may also need to buy throat moisturizers as a substitute if they cannot get a medication causing dry mouth changed. Humidifiers can help people with dry mouth to sleep better at night, and with better sleep, the overall performance of their immune system should improve.


Kathleen M. Falsey, D.D.S., operates Bayberry Dental Care at 8014 West 171st St, Tinley Park, Illinois, 60477. To schedule an appointment, call 708-802-8300 or visit BayberryDentalCare.com and fill out a contact sheet.