Treatment For Stress-Induced Jaw Pain

Treatment For Stress Induced Jaw Pain In Royal Oak

Everyday problems cause some people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth.

Daily commuting, work problems, or an overpacked schedule are some persistent culprits.

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can trigger or exacerbate a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for temporomandibular joint.

Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints permit strength and fluid motion as you chew, speak, and yawn.

Damage to these critical joints can lead to severe pain in the jaw, head, face, and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides.

TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of problems, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. A valid diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 1984, working with other specialists when required. If you are noticing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

I am Steven Gustafson and I am enthusiastic about providing high-quality dentistry to the residents of Royal Oak and the greater Detroit area.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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5 Reasons To Schedule A Dental Cleaning Today

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1. Protect Your Gums

It’s not only acute tooth decay that can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease that leads to bone loss is just as dangerous. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates pockets of infection between the gums and tooth roots. This leads to periodontitis, gum recession, and eventual bone loss. Professional cleaning gets rid of the plaque before it can cause the gums to recede.

2. Prevent Cavities

Even if you brush and floss your teeth morning and night, plaque can accumulate. We have many patients who are observant brushers but are surprised when our hygienist discovers plaque on their teeth.

3. Check for Oral Cancer

The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this grave news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour—that’s 48,250 deaths a year.1

4. Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand

Your mouth is not a separate entity from the rest of the body, but many people treat it that way. Some get regular preventative services for physical conditions but overlook their teeth. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we’ve often wondered about this persistent disconnect. Did you know that there is compelling evidence to suggest that the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes increases with poor oral health? Besides, your lifestyle is significantly impacted when you have tooth pain, tooth loss, gum disease, or dentures.

5. It May Be Free

Many Michigan dental insurance plans cover biannual dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most economical ways to keep optimal oral health.

Call 248-541-8770 today to schedule a professional dental cleaning at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

1http://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/

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248-541-8770

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940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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Hi kids, adults, and golden-agers in Royal Oak. No matter what age you are, as long as you have teeth, dental exams are a key practice for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful! (If you don’t have any teeth, speak with us about dentures and dental implants.)

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we have an excellent office and friendly team of professionals to make your exams something you’ll look forward to.

Knowledge is Power
Dental exams are often put off because they can be seen as unnecessary. But exams are truly one of the best practices for preventative care. At each check-up, our experienced and well-trained hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once they are polished sparkling clean, your teeth will receive a thorough analysis. They will be inspected for any tooth decay, gum recession, excessive wear, or other risks. Catching these types of threats early is essential so you can make sure that they don’t turn into larger dilemmas.

Scheduling twice-yearly exams with Steven Gustafson at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry will ensure you avoid extreme dental issues.

Innovative Dental Technology
Technology is moving swiftly, so it’s important to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your check-up is detailed and comprehensive. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams. With technology like our advanced dental x-rays, nothing will get past Dr. Gustafson. If a malfunction is detected, an appropriate, individualized treatment plan will be created.

Peace of Mind
After your entire mouth has been examined, Dr. Gustafson will detail what is necessary moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will make certain that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Thinking About a Smile Makeover?

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Welcome to the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry dental blog!

I am Dr. Steven Gustafson. Perhaps you have heard that cosmetic dentistry procedures can entirely transform a smile. You may be a little skeptical of the claims, after all, the promise of total transformation is a tall order.

Are smile makeovers really possible?

Absolutely! At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we work miracles with modern cosmetic dentistry.

The success of smile makeovers depend upon the skill of the dentist, the procedures performed, and the quality of the materials. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we deliver our best to our valued dental patients every day.

What type of problems can a smile makeover correct or eliminate?

If your smile has several issues including cavities, stained teeth, chipped teeth, old silver fillings, or misaligned teeth, you may suppose that a smile makeover would take many hours and several visits. The truth is, the smile re-designs I perform are quicker and easier than ever before.

We provide dental veneers, porcelain crowns, dental bonding, and tooth-colored fillings. Ask us about sedation dentistry, invisible braces, dental implants, and crown lengthening.

There are few physical features that bring continual long-term pleasure and satisfaction like a perfect smile. My smile makeover patients feel younger, more attractive, and more self-confident with their dramatic smile transformations.

In fact, they tell me that they wish they would have done it sooner. They also say they feel more self-assured in professional and social situations. In addition, they enjoy posting pictures of themselves flashing their new, terrific smile on social media.

Remember, though, it’s not just about looks. Replacing old, broken crowns and fillings and repairing chips and cracks can prevent problems down the road.

We invite you to book an appointment to consider your goals for your smile. You can see before and after pictures of our smile makeover patients and learn about our financing options.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Healthy Living Starts With A Smile

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What comes to mind when you hear the term “healthy living?” A dinner plate with a grilled chicken breast and carrot sticks? The sound of your feet rhythmically hitting the ground on your favorite jogging pathway? A cholesterol test indicating that your arteries are looking good? If you picture a white, healthy smile or a dental X-ray showing no tooth decay, we salute you.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we encourage everyone with a smile (that includes you!) to include oral health in your definition of “healthy living.”

When done properly and consistently, brushing and flossing are crucial components of everyday oral hygiene. Brushing should be done at least twice a day. We recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush to shield your gums. Brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes and make certain you reach all the surfaces.

Flossing should be done once a day and is necessary for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot. A wide variety of floss can be found at Royal Oak stores, so experiment until finding one you like.

I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. As a healthcare provider, I am passionate about helping each of my patients benefit from oral health and avoid tooth and gum problems that can compromise their all-around health.

And just as some healthcare providers offer cosmetic procedures, I also offer services that improve the aesthetics of your smile. Ask us about porcelain veneers, dental implants, invisible braces, white fillings, inlays/onlays, and same-day teeth whitening. For more information, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry today at 248-541-8770 or visit http://gmdentistry.com.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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The Ultimate Anti-Aging Treatment

Royal Oak Pediatric Dentistry Wishing for a whiter smile but not sure how to get it? New to tooth whitening lingo?

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we educate patients on the variety of teeth whitening treatments; from whitening trays to teeth bleaching to opalescence whitening. We do smile whitening every day.

Toothpaste Can’t Erase All Stains

Almost every toothpaste claims to bleach teeth, but as we age our teeth gradually turn yellow or gray, despite all the whitening toothpastes we use repeatedly. Tooth enamel, while one of the toughest substances in the body, is porous. Over time, the food and drinks that come in contact with our teeth bring about staining and discoloration. You probably have already observed that a toothbrush cannot clean these microscopic pores.

Powerful Peroxide

Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are the two main smile whitening substances. They can penetrate the outer layer of your teeth to eliminate the build-up and help restore the former color.

Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 to schedule an appointment and we will explain the difference between these tooth bleaching ingredients and how they may influence your smile whitening results.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Hiding Your Smile? Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry Can Help

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Some individuals don’t feel that their smile is an asset, so they do their best to keep it hidden. Pictures, funny movies, jokes, hilarious internet videos—none of these can entice a smile or chuckle.

If this person sounds familiar (because it is you!), then maybe you would like some specifics about complete smile makeovers.

Don’t be embarrassed! Plenty of men and women are unwilling to expose their smiles.

Here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we provide cosmetic dentistry services for our patients who have concerns such as a previous mouth injury, tooth discoloration, poor spacing, chipped teeth, tetracycline stains, crooked teeth, or missing teeth.

Now is the time to get the confident smile that you’ve always wanted!

Many people start with teeth whitening. This swiftly creates a brighter smile. It’s a simple procedure, but the results are truly considerable.

Other procedures that upgrade the look of your teeth and/or your oral health include dental crowns, dental implants, veneers, enamel shaping, gum contouring, bonding, and more! We can also refer you to an experienced orthodontist if necessary.

I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson and I am enthusiastic about helping my patients enjoy healthy mouths and beautiful smiles.

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Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Smile More, Live Better

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If you feel that you have an unattractive smile, you probably don’t smile very often. Perhaps you make a calculated effort to avoid smiling in social and professional settings.

Do you think frequent smiling has a considerable effect on your life? You bet it does.

In addition to simply making us happier, smiling benefits our quality of life in a myriad of ways.

1.  Look Younger and More Attractive

It doesn’t take a scientific study to verify this fact. No matter your age, you always look better with a smile on your face.

2. Smiling Reduces Stress

When you smile, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that decrease your stress level.

3. Smiling Increases Your Confidence

Who doesn’t want to reap the benefits of more self-assurance?

4. Smile For Success

Researchers have shown several ways smiling can enhance the chance of a pleasing outcome in personal and professional pursuits. These benefits stem from the fact that smiling impacts your behavior as well as the behavior of the men and women with whom you interact.

5. Help People Trust You

Authentic smiles that involve the mouth, cheeks, and eyes, portray honesty and trustworthiness.

How would your life improve if you loved your smile?

Even small cosmetic changes can yield meaningful improvements in the attractiveness of your smile. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we offer everything from tooth whitening to complete cosmetic dental smile makeovers. Let’s consider the possibilities for your smile. Call 248-541-8770 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

Sources:
Horn P.W. Scharlemann, Catherine C. Eckel, Alex Kacelmik, Rick K. Wilson, “The value of a smile: Game theory with a human face, “ScienceDirect, October 2001, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167487001000599, accessed April 4, 2017
Ronald E. Reggio, PhD, “There’s Magic in Your Smile,” Psychology Today, June 25, 2012, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile, accessed April 4, 2017
“10 Hidden Benefits of Smiling,” Psyblog, http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/06/10-hidden-benefits-of-smiling.php, accessed April 4, 2017

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

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Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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What Does Your Royal Oak Dentist Need To Know?

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For optimal dental health, all Royal Oak, residents should be visiting their dentist twice a year for scheduled cleanings and exams. This is a good time to make sure that you are brushing and flossing properly. It is also important that you discuss issues related to dental health.

Make sure to tell your dentist about any medications that you are taking. If you are using any tobacco products, you should also communicate with your dentist about the practice. Your dentist might be able to offer you a program that can help you stop.

In addition, let your dentist know if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you have any type of eating disorder, you should also discuss this with your dentist. Ditto if you have a special health issue such as a heart condition. Oral health is an integral part of your overall physical health and cannot be isolated.

Your regular check-up is also the perfect opportunity to inquire about cosmetic dentistry procedures. Many dentists in the Detroit area combine multiple procedures to give you a total cosmetic dental smile makeover. If you have ever wondered what a new smile could do for you, now is the time to find out!

Hello. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. At my Royal Oak dental practice, we offer comprehensive general and cosmetic dental procedures including; cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and dentures

Thank you for visiting our dental blog. Please reach out to us today for all your dental needs!

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Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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The Mark Of The Perfect Dentist

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If you are fortunate to have dental insurance but do not have a regular dentist, it’s time to choose a dentist. And if you haven’t got insurance but have dental needs, perhaps it is time to consider who can meet those needs affordably.

An Educated Dentist

Steven Gustafson, DDS performs fantastic work for patients who visit us from around the Detroit area. Clearly, Dr. Gustafson’s friendly and professional care combined with continuing education and experience will bring stamina and compassion to your dental chair experience. Education is what you should be looking for. Schedule a consultation to learn for yourself at 248-541-8770.

An Experienced Dentist

Our team of dental professionals has been providing valuable services since 1984. Some of our services include dentures, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and dental implants. Patients will note the ease and skill Dr. Gustafson exhibits after performing these procedures successfully many, many times. The experience takes out the guesswork. Visit our website for more information: http://gmdentistry.com.

An Affordable Experience

It is not in our best interest to scare patients away with overpriced procedures and debilitating payment plans. We are here to serve our friends and neighbors. If you are in the market for affordable dental care, then call us for prices. Quality dental care is an investment in your health and its value cannot be overestimated.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, it is our desire to charge responsible fees made affordable for our community. Give us a chance to prove our value.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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