A Maximum Upgrade With Mini Implants

How Mini Dental Implants Can Help Your Smile in 48067Though they are not as well known as conventional dental implants, mini implants are being used successfully in the Royal Oak area to improve smiles.

Like their larger versions, mini implants can handle the restoration of one or more missing teeth or can replace a bridge or fixed denture. Denture wearers benefit significantly from these slip-free dental implants that are inserted securely in the jaw bone.

In some cases, a patient is unable to receive conventional full-size dental implants due to insufficient bone thickness. There are also mini implant patients who are not able to endure dental implant surgery due to health issues. Patients like this are typically great candidates for the mini version.

The placement of toothpick-sized mini dental implants can sometimes be done in one dental visit. The placement usually requires no incisions or stitches. Recovery time, if needed, is frequently very short. Most patients are able to eat dinner that evening.

Don’t let the word “mini” fool you; your smile can receive a maximum upgrade with mini dental implants. Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 to schedule a consultation.

 

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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Help For Tetracycline Stains At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Help For Tetracycline And Fluoride Stains At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, our mission is making the smiles of all Michigan dental patients white and bright. My name is Steven Gustafson and today we are going to talk about ways to enhance your beautiful smile.

Maybe as a teen you were prescribed tetracycline to combat acne, but have now been left with discolored teeth. Or maybe the municipal Michigan water you drank growing up had excessive fluoride, another cause of tarnished teeth.

If you are like many Royal Oak adults, you have sipped thousands of dark beverages such as coffee, soda, and wine over the years – and your teeth are showing the effects. Call me today at 248-541-8770 to talk about our extensive treatment plans.

One of the options we recommend at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry for treating discolored teeth is beautiful dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain laminates).

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we feel that porcelain veneers are the least invasive form of cosmetic dentistry, yet the results are stunning. The smiles of our happy Royal Oak veneer patients are dazzling.

My staff and I at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry also offer teeth whitening in Royal Oak, dental restorations and Berkley invisible braces. Come see why the patients of Royal Oak have been improving their smiles at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry since 1984.

 

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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Not Happy With Your Dentist?

Royal Oak Cosmetic Dentisty In the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry dental blog, we post informative articles about dentistry. This includes general dentistry, cosmetic dental treatments, preventative dental care, and news about our dental practice. Many of my patients visit my blog regularly and I hope you will also find helpful dental information here.

If you are in need of a dentist or are not happy with your current dentist, I invite you to visit my Royal Oak office, meet my friendly staff, and talk about your dental needs.

We are enthusiastic about exceeding our patients’ expectations.

Before we can provide dental treatment, however, Dr. Gustafson must become familiar with each patient. That is why your first initial visit will take some time. We can’t get to know each other in five minutes.

How are you doing? What is the current condition of your teeth and gums? What are your concerns and expectations about dental treatment? Do you have financial concerns about the cost of treatment?

I recognize that each one of my patients has a unique set of circumstances.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we emphasize preventative dental care. When restorative dental treatment is necessary, we suggest the most conservative treatment.

If you have pressing dental needs, let’s consider your options and consider the long-term consequences of each treatment. We are committed to your well-being and want you to receive the best possible care.

Please call us at 248-541-8770 to schedule a consultation. We are confident that you will feel good about choosing Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry for your dental care.

 

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 Challenge Of Oral Hygiene For Orthodontic Patients

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The brackets and wires on traditional metal braces create hard to reach places where detrimental bacteria can thrive. If brace wearers don’t pay continual and careful attention to oral hygiene, their teeth can be permanently damaged. The cycle of decay goes like this – 1) Food particles are trapped in the tiny spaces in and around the wires, 2) The bacteria in the food particles multiply, 3) The bacteria create plaque, 4) The plaque erodes the enamel, and 5) Cavities form.

Teeth are not the only thing at risk here, Royal Oak orthodontic patients can also develop gum disease (gingivitis) which can progress quickly into periodontitis and eventual bone recession and tooth loss.

Bottom line: orthodontic patients need to be vigilant about a healthy diet and effective oral hygiene.

Most Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry brace wearers know that they should avoid sticky, sugary foods that stick to their braces, but some don’t realize that any carbohydrate-based food turns into sugar. Thus, a cracker can be just as bad for your teeth as a Tootsie Roll if the particles are not removed.

Brace wearers should also watch their intake of highly acidic foods and beverages. Though some acidic foods are very healthy – think tomatoes, oranges, raspberries – it is wise to substitute less acidic foods that contain similar nutrients. There are few beverages as harmful as soda and sports drinks, both of which have the detrimental duo of acid and sugar.

Here are the ten steps to effective brushing while wearing braces, courtesy of Colgate:

1. If your orthodontist has fitted you with elastics, remove them before brushing.
2. Using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft, compact toothbrush, place your brush at an angle of 45 degrees against the gums. Gently brush along the gum line where the gums and teeth meet, using a small circular motion on each tooth.
3. Spend about 10 seconds on each tooth before moving onto the next tooth, brushing in a set pattern so that you don’t miss any teeth.
4. Gently brush the braces. Press your toothbrush firmly enough so that the bristles spread into the gaps between the wire and the tooth. Brush in and around all of the brackets and wires. Ensure that you brush under the wires. A battery-powered brush may be helpful.
5. Brush both the inside and the outside surfaces of your teeth using a gentle circular motion on each tooth. Brush the inside and the outside surfaces of your teeth.
6. For the chewing surfaces, use a firm back and forth motion.
7. Spit out the excess paste, then closely inspect your teeth and braces in the mirror to check that they are clean and shiny.
8. Replace your elastics in accordance with your orthodontist’s recommendation.
9. After brushing, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash for 1 minute to help prevent cavities and white spots.
10. Use other oral care products as prescribed by your dental professional.1

It is also important to floss while wearing braces, but that is a topic for another article.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry provides quality general and cosmetic dentistry including dentures, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. Our cheerful team is enthusiastic about oral health and dazzling smiles.

If you are new to the Detroit area, we invite you to call us at 248-541-8770 to schedule an exam and cleaning. Our team looks forward to meeting you.

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1“Protecting Your Healthy Smile while Wearing Braces,” Colgate Professional, http://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/protecting-your-healthy-smile-while-wearing-braces, accessed on February 20, 2015

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 Makeovers: It’s Not Just About Your Teeth

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry Smile Makeovers Its Not Just About Your Teeth

I have been creating spectacular smiles at my Royal Oak cosmetic dental practice since 1984. Each one of my Detroit smile makeover patients values their new smile almost as much as I value their trust.

My loyal patients, along with my dedicated dental team, have made my professional career particularly rewarding.

Working as a dentist in Royal Oak is more than just a job. Likewise, a smile makeover is more than straight, white, beautiful teeth – though that’s a big deal in itself!

My Detroit cosmetic dentistry patients report that their new smile affects many areas of their life. Some have noticed increased effectiveness in their profession. Others enjoy a richer social life because they are now able to smile, laugh, and eat without feeling self-consciousness.

One of my Berkley patients who had been embarrassed by his damaged teeth for years says his new youthful smile has given him greater confidence and ambition.

Hello, I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we expertly perform the most advanced cosmetic dental procedures available including teeth whitening, dental crowns, bridges, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding. We also fill cavities with tooth-colored fillings that blend perfectly with your natural teeth.

Only need a cleaning? Our hygienists perform the most thorough deep cleanings for our patients whose healthy smiles need nothing else.

If you don’t currently have a dentist, we invite you to visit our Royal Oak cosmetic dentistry practice and discuss your dental goals. To schedule an exam, cleaning, or consultation, contact us today 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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Gummy Smile?

Gummy Smile?

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we perform cosmetic and restorative crown lengthening. Many cosmetic dentistry patients with a gummy smile undergo crown lengthening surgery to bring proper balance and symmetry to their smile. Our team will remove gum tissue and, in some cases, bone to expose more of the visible part of a tooth. It is a safe procedure that does not affect healthy tooth structure.

Wondering what a gummy smile is? It’s a smile with teeth that appear too short because an unusual amount of bone and soft tissue hide part of the crown. Our cosmetic dental patients who have opted for crown lengthening love how their new perfect smile looks and feels. Some of our crown lengthening patients also choose teeth whitening for an extra-dazzling smile!

We don’t use crown lengthening is solely for cosmetic reasons. If you break your tooth at the gum line or if your filling comes off a decayed tooth, we can use crown lengthening to make additional tooth structure accessible for further restorative work. We will sometimes use it to treat periodontal disease as well.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible smile for each of our patients.We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services, including dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and teeth whitening. Schedule your next dental consultation with us today!

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease in Michigan

Periodontal disease is more common than you might think. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we see patients with gum disease every day. Some patients aren’t even aware they have it until our team diagnoses it. Fortunately, it can be treated with varying degrees of treatment depending on the severity.

What is periodontal disease? Periodontal disease, more commonly called ‘gum disease’, is an inflammation or infection of the gums. Periodontal disease can be very painful in some extreme conditions, and can limit your ability to eat normally. In some cases, periodontal disease can affect your smile, and can create cosmetic concerns.

If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause irreversible damage such as tooth loss. When caught early and treated, periodontal disease can be managed and, ultimately, cured. However the best policy for dental patients is to practice good dental hygiene to keep periodontal disease at bay.

One of the best ways to avoid periodontal disease is to get a regular dental check up. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible smile for each of our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as Invisalign and dental implants. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Which Type of Toothbrush is Best?

Toothbrush Wars in Detroit

It may surprise you to know that some people have very strong opinions about which type of toothbrush is the best: manual or electric. The team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry serving Royal Oak hears this question a lot.

Is there really one that is clearly better?

Most dentists will tell you that all toothbrushes, when used thoroughly, are effective at removing plaque. Choosing which kind you prefer is really up to you.

Today, we want to give you some extra information about toothbrushes to help you pick which kind is right for you or your child.

You need to consider cost and convenience.
Some people argue that even though electric toothbrushes are more costly, you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no definitive studies to back up this claim.

Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores carry all types of electric toothbrushes. This can be difficult when buying replacement heads. People who travel may find that a smaller, manual toothbrush is easier to pack (and batteries are not required).

The pressure you put on your gums with either type of toothbrush is essential. Some people say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with electric toothbrushes, while others say that because of the quick electrical movements, they tend to be more gentle on their gums than when they use manual brushes. You may want to try them both to identify your brushing style. Then you can discuss it with your dentist.

Special consideration should be taken for people with arthritis. Most dentists guide their elderly and arthritic patients to use electric toothbrushes when their manual dexterity is diminished. As for children, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern of parents.

Whichever type of toothbrush you choose, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible smile for each of our patients.We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services, including dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and teeth whitening. Schedule your next dental consultation with us today!

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Is Your Emergency A Schedule Crisis?

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Some emergencies are worse than others. If you have a broken tooth, then you want to call us at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak immediately.

SCHEDULE CRISIS?

Well…that’s not exactly the same thing as a tooth injury. But at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we solve that problem too.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

With extended hours, we are the solution to schedule emergencies.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry provides quality dental care to patients in the Royal Oak area. We are devoted to the oral health of our patients.

Our emergency dental services include:

  • Root canals
  • Toothache relief
  • Tooth extractions
  • Treatment for tooth injury

We help our patients keep their mouths as healthy as possible and their smiles clean and bright.

IS YOUR EMERGENCY AN UPCOMING EVENT?

Perhaps your smile is healthy. But you want to make it irresistibly stunning for an upcoming event. Even if your upcoming event is next week, we can solve your time crunch. With certain procedures, you can walk out with a stunning smile in a couple hours.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible smile for each of our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as Invisalign and dental implants. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Your Smile Doesn’t Have To Show Your Age

Your Smile Doesn’t Have to Show Your Age in Royal Oak

As we grow older, we may welcome many changes. However, most Royal Oak retirees do not welcome wrinkles, gray hair and dental problems. Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry can help you with your dental problems.

Fortunately, your smile can be attractive and healthy throughout your golden years!

Even if your teeth are showing visible signs of wear such as enamel loss, staining, and chips, it is not too late to restore your youthful smile. And, though tooth loss is fairly common for Detroit residents over sixty, in most cases it is preventable.

At  Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we treat patients of all ages. We offer a full array of dental services including Invisalign, implant supported dentures, and porcelain veneers. We offer a variety of services for your dental health including cleanings, fillings, wisdom teeth extraction, and emergency dental care. Our goal is to help you create excellent dental health habits and to provide you and yours with lifelong oral health care.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible smile for each of our patients.We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services, including dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and teeth whitening. Schedule your next dental consultation with us today!

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067