Root Canal vs Dental Implant

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When a tooth’s nerve and the pulp becomes infected, a dentist and patient must make a choice of whether to attempt to save the tooth by completing a root canal or to extract the tooth.

There are several factors that impact this decision. These include whether there is an infection in the surrounding bone, the amount and condition of the remaining tooth structure, the strength of the supporting bone, and the presence of periodontitis.

During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries, and lymph vessels. The dentist or endodontist uses files of various sizes to clean out the canals. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material that seals them off.

The root canal procedure is only the first step in complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will probably become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown placement. A durable dental crown protects the remaining tooth, allows normal function, and prevents shifting of the surrounding teeth.

A root canal is often the most conservative treatment when a root is infected or a tooth has severe decay or damage. Root canals have been performed with success for generations and have a very low failure rate.

But there is always a slight possibility that a tooth with a root canal can have complications down the road. If there was a tiny crack in the treated tooth, it can become re-infected. A tooth with curved roots is harder to fill and they can also become re-infected. Occasionally, the tip of a file can break off in a root during the procedure and cause problems.

Due to the slight risk of failure, some patients question whether they should just get a tooth implant in the first place. This is not a black and white decision. Like root canals, dental implants have a high success rate. But there are risks with dental implants, as well.

If you have been told that a root canal or a dental implant is needed, talk with your dentist about the pros and cons of each procedure. If you do not currently have a dentist, I invite you to schedule a consultation at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. You can trust in Steven Gustafson for critical, unbiased information so you can make an informed decision about your dental treatment.

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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Do Gaps Between Teeth Require Braces?

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If my son or daughter has gaps between their baby teeth, should I be worried?

Young children have gaps temporarily as their baby teeth gradually fall out and permanent teeth gradually come in. Having gaps in baby teeth doesn’t necessarily mean your child will have gaps in their permanent teeth. However, it’s vital to have your child examined by a dentist at least twice yearly throughout childhood.

When should I bring my child in for their first dental exam?

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend a toddler’s first dental visit occur no later than 12 months.

This is from the ADA:

“It is advantageous for the first visit to occur within six months of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age, and receiving oral health education based on the child’s developmental needs.”

If my youngster has a gap between the two front permanent teeth, do they need braces?

A gap between the two front permanent teeth is a very common issue. It can be caused by pacifier use or thumbsucking as an infant. If teeth are unusually small, it may create gaps between them as the jaw develops.

The tissue that is located between the inside of the upper lip and the gum above the upper front teeth is called the labial frenum. If the labial frenum is especially large, it can create a gap between the top middle teeth.

A gap can be closed with braces or cosmetic dentistry. It depends on the cause of the gap, the size of the gap, and whether there are bite issues.

If my youngster has a gap between their two top middle teeth, will it eventually close up?

In a child, the gap between the two top middle teeth may close up. Or it might get larger. Schedule an exam and consultation at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

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 Tea And Teeth Question

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What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea?
Why, Denis, of course.

Lame jokes aside, a common concern for patients is stained teeth. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. Today, let’s talk a little bit about a common cause of tooth staining: dark beverages including tea.

Over time, tea can stain the plaque that may eventually turn into tartar. Plaque can be brushed and flossed away. Daily oral hygiene is vital.

Between cleanings, rinse with water after drinking tea. Be sure to brush and floss all surfaces of the teeth at the end of the day.

If the color of your teeth is still unsatisfactory after a professional cleaning, you may want to consider professional teeth bleaching.

Here are some of the procedures we perform:

Dentures
General dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry
Invisalign
Dental implants

Thanks for visiting our blog.

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248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Poor Quality Sleep Has Dangerous Health Consequences

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Is poor sleep affecting your health?

There is a direct connection between health and quality of sleep.

A study conducted by the University of Chicago School of Medicine discovered a link between poor quality sleep and type 2 diabetes.

“Insufficient sleep–a highly prevalent condition in modern society–may disrupt fat metabolism and reduce the ability of insulin to regulate blood sugars. It suggests that something as simple as getting enough sleep could help counteract the current epidemics of diabetes and obesity.”–Esra Tasali, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

The Danger of High Blood Suger

Even if you don’t have diabetes, you should care about your blood sugar levels. Spikes in blood sugar are dangerous in a myriad of ways.

High blood sugar can damage blood vessels that bring oxygen to your organs. This can elevate the risk of heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, nerve malfunction, and vision dilemmas.

Difficulty sleeping may be caused by sleep apnea

What is sleep apnea?

It’s a potentially serious condition in which your breathing periodically stops while you sleep.

How do you know if you have sleep apnea? Read through these common symptoms.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Excessive Snoring
  • Episodes of Not Breathing
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Dry Mouth/Throat
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Irritability

Don’t misunderstand, having one of these symptoms is typically fine. If you have two or more, it’s time to see your physician.

Three Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three different types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where your throat muscles relax. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to control your breathing. The final type is called complex sleep apnea syndrome. This type occurs when someone has a combination of the two previously listed.

If your doctor diagnoses Obstructive Sleep Apnea, it’s important to explore all the treatments. Some kinds of sleep apnea can be treated with an oral appliance. Treatment can ease your symptoms and help prevent the health issues discussed previously.

Sleep Better, Be Happier

Improved sleep can trigger a chain reaction of positive results. When you sleep better, you feel happier during the day. You are more in control. Better able to deal constructively with life’s challenges. It helps you be proactive instead of reactive. When you make better decisions, you have more success in your business and personal pursuits.

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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Your Dental E.R.

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It’s reassuring to know that the hospital emergency department is open on evenings and weekends. If you have a medical emergency, there’s a team at the E.R. ready to help.

It’s also reassuring to know that Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is here for you. If you have a pressing dental problem in the evening or on the weekend, the team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry will take care of you.

What kind of treatment does an urgent care dental practice provide?

  • a knocked-out tooth
  • extreme tooth pain
  • a fractured tooth

What Mouth Injuries Require a Medical Hospital E.R.?

For some injuries to the mouth, you should see a medical doctor first. When the primary injury is treated, you may need to see your dentist for tooth restoration.

Visit the E.R. for the following:

  • swelling in the mouth or throat that is obstructing breathing
  • severe jaw pain when there is a possibility of jaw fracture
  • lacerations in the mouth that are causing severe bleeding

If you go to the E.R. for severe tooth pain, a medical doctor can give you pain medication and/or antibiotics if required.  In the E.R., an MD can’t carry out a root canal or place a dental crown. There is some overlap when it comes to the training medical doctors and dentists receive. Either specialist could sew up a laceration in the mouth. But, in general, medical doctors don’t learn dentistry.

Even if you get pain medications or antibiotics, you will still need to see a dentist to fix the problem with the tooth. Plus, you will have an E.R. co-pay or worse.

If you come to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry with extreme tooth pain, you can also get pain drugs and antibiotics if necessary. Your dentist will also take care of the source of pain or infection.

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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What are Habit Appliances and How are they Used?

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What are habit appliances?

Habit appliances are devices that are most commonly used to help young children stop sucking their thumbs. Habit appliances are also known as habit breaking appliances or crib appliances. Most are metal devices that are placed on the inside of the front teeth and can look like metal retainers. Some habit breaking devices can be removed, like retainers, and some are glued into place and cannot be removed. Habit breaking appliances are often held in place by the upper molars. Habit breaking appliances can both physically stop the bad habit and can serve as a reminder to not partake in the bad habit.

How are habit appliances used?

The main purpose of habit appliances is to stop toddlers from sucking their thumbs. However, some adults also have habit appliances inserted to stop them from tongue-thrusting. The goal of habit appliances, beyond breaking bad habits like tongue-thrusting and thumb-sucking, is to prevent individuals from positioning their teeth in odd and unnatural positions that may lead to an open bite, an overbite, or protruding teeth. Habit appliances can prevent teeth from aligning in bad positions. By using a habit appliance for a child who sucks their thumb after getting their permanent teeth, you can potentially prevent the need for braces.

Can habit appliances be harmful?

Habit breaking appliances are not harmful to the teeth or mouth, and there is no proven disadvantage to using them. Habit appliances are temporary and prevent damage to the teeth caused by tongue-thrusting or thumb-sucking.

How long do individuals need to use habit-breaking appliances?

It could take a couple of weeks to several months to break the habit. Some habit appliances are like retainers and can be removed on one’s own, however, most habit appliances are glued into place and have to be removed by a dentist once they believe the habit has been successfully broken. Sometimes habit appliances can be left in an individual’s mouth for years.

When to consider a habit-breaking oral device:

  • If thumb sucking becomes a habit
  • If tongue-thrusting becomes a habit
  • If any other bad habits arise that cause the teeth to be positioned in an unnatural way

Dr. Gustafson at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is a pediatric dentist who can prescribe and custom-fit a habit appliance for your toddler.

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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Looking For The Top Orthodontist In Royal Oak?

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Hello friends! Welcome to our blog. This site is for our remarkable patients and anyone looking for exceptional orthodontic care in Royal Oak.

When a new patient comes in for an orthodontic consultation, we do a thorough exam and evaluation.

At the same time, we encourage prospective patients to thoroughly evaluate Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

We Evaluate Your Orthodontic Needs, You Evaluate Our Practice

If you aren’t yet a patient, we invite you to come to meet our team.

Let’s discuss:

  • Dr. Gustafson’s skills and experience
  • The variety of orthodontic services we provide at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry
  • Before and after photos of our orthodontic patients
  • All the extras that make your visits pleasant and comfortable
  • Our ability to explain the important technical details of procedures

Fair enough? Dr. Gustafson will evaluate your orthodontic goals. You can consider everything about our Royal Oak dental practice.

We have been providing orthodontic care since 1984. We offer cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and dentures. We serve patients in Royal Oak and the Detroit area.

We believe you will like what you find.

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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Your Mouth Pain Might Be Pulpitis. Call Us ASAP!

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Some people hate going to the dentist.  They only seek treatment when the pain is unbearable.

Because we are an urgent care practice in Royal Oak, many of our patients fall into this category.

We take extra care with those who have dental anxiety.

Pulpitis an issue that can result in so much pain, even the most dental-phobic patients are forced to pursue treatment.

There are many causes of mouth pain. Some are more serious than others.

If the pain is caused by pulpitis, you need urgent care treatment immediately.

What is Pulpitis?

The “itis” suffix is a clue. In medical-speak, the suffix means “inflammation of.”

Dermatitis is inflamed skin. Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Pulpitis, therefore, is inflammation of the tooth pulp.

Why do body parts become inflamed?

Inflammation is an immune response. Your body couldn’t heal infections or lacerations if it didn’t trigger an inflammatory response.

What are the indications of inflammation?

Medical students learn the acronym PRISH to remember them.

Can you guess them?

  1. Pain
  2. Redness
  3. Immobility
  4. Swelling
  5. Heat

These symptoms warn us that there is a malfunction in the affected tissue or organ. They motivate us to address it. Some can be treated at home. Perhaps a heat rash or superficial wound. Others are serious and require visiting a doctor or dentist.

If you have a tooth with inflamed pulp, you definitely want to visit an urgent care dentist. Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry now at the number below.

What causes inflammation of the tooth pulp?

The pulp of the tooth is composed of nerves, blood vessels, and the tissues that hold everything together.

  • Tooth decay or trauma can result in an infection.
  • Repetitive impact, like tooth grinding (bruxism) can cause pulpitis—even though there is no bacterial infection.
  • A cracked or chipped tooth may trigger or aggravate pulpitis.

It usually hurts like crazy.

Pulpitis can be reversible or irreversible.

If you have reversible pulpitis, removing the cause of the inflammation can restore health to the pulp. When decay is causing the inflammation, removing the decayed tooth structure and filling the hole is needed.

If you have irreversible pulpitis, the pulp can’t be saved. But you may be able to save the surrounding tooth. Urgent care dentists (like those here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry) can administer a pulpectomy.

What is a pulpectomy?

Back to our Greek and Latin medical terms. The suffix “ectomy” means “to surgically remove.” An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. You know where this is going. A pulpectomy is the surgical removal of the tooth pulp.

This is the first stage of a root canal. Your dentist will carefully remove the pulp taking care not to damage the intact tooth. Disinfectant is applied to the hollowed-out area to eliminate further infection. Finally, the tube is filled and sealed. Because there is no more pulp to supply blood and nutrients, the tooth is now considered “dead.” A dead tooth is weak and in danger of damage. In most cases, the tooth will require a crown.

In cases of severe pulpitis, it may not be possible to save the tooth. The tooth will need to be extracted.

If you are experiencing unexplained tooth pain, call our office ASAP. We will diagnose the cause and treat the issue. You don’t need to suffer from mouth pain.

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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Improve Your Smile for Yourself (And Those That Look at You)

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Not happy with your smile?

Have you been asking yourself about transforming your smile?

Do you have an extracted tooth that visually bothers you or your spouse or partner?

Could your smile be holding you back in business or social pursuits?

Are you sick and tired of loose dentures slipping around in your mouth?

Whatever the reason for considering dental implants, know that dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement solution that will give you the most realistic smile.

Go Back in Time

A tooth implant can give you back your original smile.

The development and use of dental implants represent one of the most remarkable advances in dentistry in generations. This has been made possible with the discovery and development of materials that can be put into the body. The implants are inserted into your jawbone where they are used as anchors for the new teeth. The new teeth are made to match the patient’s other teeth.

There are usually (3) phases of a dental implant process.

Dental implant placement.

The implant (or post) is surgically placed into the jawbone. The dentist numbs the area and makes a small cut in the gum to expose the jawbone. The jawbone is drilled precisely to accept the implant. The implant is then screwed into the jawbone. It is then allowed to heal.

Osseointegration.

This word by definition means to heal into the bone. It is the process where the jawbone is given time to heal and mesh with the post. The implant location becomes much stronger once the jawbone integrates with the implant. Osseointegration can take from (1) month to (3) months depending on the individual.

You get your new tooth and a new smile!

An abutment or attachment piece is attached to the implant. The new crown is made to be indistinguishable from your other teeth. The size, shape, and color will all be considered prior to the final fit. The final crown may take some time to make. During this time a temporary crown is attached to the implant. The temporary crown ensures that the patient can eat and talk without any issues. The temporary crown is only used until the permanent crown is ready.

Patients who have received implants find them to be the most robust way to repair their teeth problems. Dental implants have proven to be an effective long term solution to missing teeth.

If you are interested in dental implants, talk to your dentist on your next visit. Your dentist will want to talk to you about your concerns and ask about any health matters. Certain diseases, medications, and chronic problems could be a concern and require further evaluation.

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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Don’t Let Fear Of The Dentist Compromise Your Oral Health

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If you have claustrophobia, you forego cave exploration. If you have acrophobia (fear of heights), you avoid sky diving. In either case, you can live a fulfilling life without engaging in these activities.

What if you have dentophobia or a fear of the dentist? (Yes, it’s a real thing with an official name.) This is different than the phobias mentioned previously. Since dental visits are vital for dental health, it’s not a good idea to simply avoid dental treatment.

Yet many men and women try to do just that. That is until they have a problem that gets so painful they are forced to white knuckle it through a dental visit. At that point, the procedure may be an extraction that could have been prevented with earlier intervention or preventative measures.

If you experience severe anxiety when undergoing dental treatment, oral sedation is for you. Whether it is called relaxation dentistry, oral conscious sedation, sleep dentistry, or anxiety-free dentistry, it has proven to be safe and effective.

Dentophobia is complex and may be accompanied by any of the following:

  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Fear of needles
  • A powerful gag reflex
  • Difficulty in controlling body movement
  • Difficulty becoming numb with normal injections

With oral conscious sedation, dentistry patients can relax or even sleep through dental treatment.

You select the amount of sedation needed:

  • Mild sedation: relaxes you while you remain conscious.
  • Moderate sedation: provides a deeper level of relaxation with partial consciousness.
  • Deep sedation: you are almost entirely unconscious but can be awakened.
  • General anesthesia: this sends you to dreamland from which you awake after it’s over with no memory of the service.

For more information on oral sedation dentistry, contact us at 248-541-8770.

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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