You May Have Gingivitis

Affordable Royal Oak Dentistry Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak checks their patients’ oral health and toothbrushing/flossing habits with every visit. Why the constant concern? Well, human mouths typically contains over 600 types of bacteria. If you are practicing good oral hygiene and have healthy gums, these microbes usually don’t influence your health. However, if you have gum disease, bacteria can enter your bloodstream through your gums and cause problems.

The first sign of gingivitis 

Gingivitis is the term for Stage 1 gum disease, which is the sign of swollen or bleeding gums. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we routinely discover gingivitis in patients who are not even aware that they have the condition.

Gums shouldn’t bleed when they are brushed or flossed. Sore, swollen, or bleeding gums are a warning that something is wrong.

Treating gingivitis

Our team will perform an intensive examination of your teeth and gums and take time to discuss the results and recommendations with you. You may need gum disease treatment. Perhaps your gingivitis is mild and having routine cleanings could take care of the issue.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is a full-service dental practice in Royal Oak. We provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry for patients who live in Royal Oak and the nearby communities of Berkley, Birmingham and Ferndale.

During your dental consultation, we can examine any cosmetic or restorative procedures in which you are interested. Some of the procedures that we use to achieve sensational smiles are porcelain veneers, orthodontics, dental implants, and tooth bleaching.

If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in a while, we invite you to schedule a comprehensive cleaning. Our hygienists are skilled professionals who perform the ultimate in dental deep-cleanings.

Oral health and overall health go hand in hand. Call us today for an appointment at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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A healthy smile needs decay-free teeth and healthy gums, as well as a healthy jawbone. Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we’ve seen a variety of issues in our patients’ jaw health.

Today’s post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other problems. However, it is usually the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus needed for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth

Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prohibit bone recession.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

Gum Infection

A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis, or periodontal disease. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the dangerous infection.

Gum infections can advance undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth

An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if needed.

How We Can Help

If you have experienced bone recession due to gum disease, an abscess, an extracted tooth, or any other reason, let’s discuss your options. You may benefit from a dental implant, soft tissue grafts, or bone grafts. Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life and prevent further recession.

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. 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

 


The Benefits of Laser Dentistry

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Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak treats our patients like family.

You know what puts a smile on my face? When I use advanced cosmetic dentistry to create a dazzling smile transformation for one of my patients.

Our team can guarantee you quality preventative, restorative, general, and cosmetic dental care.

Laser Dentistry

Let’s discuss laser dentistry. It may sound scary, but laser dentistry provides a fantastic alternative to drills. Many services performed with lasers don’t require patients to be medicated, allowing for quicker healing times.

Less Stress

Many patients become distressed while waiting for a shot of painkiller before a dental procedure. Laser dentistry allows for a more relaxed, less stressful dental visit. My patients also appreciate going home without a numb mouth or drool dripping down their chin.

People in need of oral surgery will experience less bleeding thanks to laser dentistry. Some of the procedures that are performed with lasers are:

  • infected root canal treatment,
  • gum and bone reshaping,
  • wisdom teeth extraction, and
  • teeth whitening.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible dental health for each of our patients. We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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

 


Let’s Make A Plan

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At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we are enthusiastic about helping patients establish and maintain dental health. When you are passionate about reaching a goal, the difference between success and failure often comes down to whether or not you follow a plan.

Do you have a goal to improve your smile? Part of helping you maintain your dental health helps maintain your smile. Perhaps you have not thought much about your teeth in the past but lately, have noticed problems. These troubles can be purely aesthetic such as tooth staining or a serious risk such as bone recession.

Do you have an objective for your smile?

  • Reverse gum disease
  • Whiten your teeth and prevent future staining
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Straighten crooked teeth
  • Repair cracked teeth
  • Prevent tooth loss
  • A complete smile makeover

Here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we are passionate about customized patient-focused care. This means that we devise a personalized treatment plan for every single patient; after all, each patient is unique. Age, lifestyle, current condition of oral health, overall physical health, and risk factors are all taken into account.

Ready to get started? Schedule a consultation by calling us. Our team will discuss your goals and concerns with you, perform an extensive examination, and explain your options. You will leave with all of your questions answered and a personalized dental treatment plan.

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. 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

 


Inlays/Onlays: Less Invasive Than Complete Crowns

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Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak offers excellent restorative dentistry care. The field of restorative dentistry has come a long way over the years. There are now several effective ways to correct decayed teeth. Let’s discuss two similar types of restorations: dental inlays and onlays.

Sometimes, our team can perform an inlay or an onlay instead of a crown. Usually, they are more affordable than a porcelain crown procedure.

Inlays/onlays are “indirect fillings,”. We will produce them in a lab and place them whole on the tooth. When we perform traditional “direct fillings”, we apply the material to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shape it.

Inlay

We will use an inlay to fix the surface of a damaged tooth, ordinarily to fill a small cavity or a natural pit that is at risk for decay.

Typically porcelain or composite resin are used for inlays; these materials are heavy-duty and look very natural because the color can be matched to the surrounding teeth. Our team will precisely fit an inlay to your tooth so it looks, feels, and functions like the previous tooth.

Onlay

An onlay, or partial crown, covers a larger part of the tooth. Onlays are generally applied to the biting surface of the tooth. Just like inlays, our team will exactly fit them to the damaged part of the tooth. We will use composite resin and porcelain as the main materials used to create an onlay.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we provide exceptional dental care including inlays and onlays. If you have one or more teeth that has a cavity, crack, or excessive wear, call us to make an appointment today. We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. 

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


If Only I Had Taken Care Of My Teeth…

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Brush. Floss. Get regular checkups. It will sound so simple when you have dentures.

How many times have you said, ‘If only!’ ‘If only I had changed my oil,’ ‘If only I had stayed in college,’ ‘If only I had worn sunscreen.’

We hope you don’t ever say, ‘If only I had taken care of my teeth!’ If you have neglected your teeth, we invite you to let us help you get back on track to oral health.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we are enthusiastic about helping patients establish and maintain dental health. We help all of our patients feel relaxed and comfortable in a friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere.

Treating countless Royal Oak area patients who avoided the dentist in years past, we have helped them to recommit to good oral health habits.  Your overall physical health and happiness will be enriched if you start taking care of your teeth today.

Our practice offers a complete menu of effective treatments for any dental issues you currently have: tooth decay, stained teeth, cracked teeth, gum disease, broken crowns, old unsightly fillings, and even missing teeth.

Professional dental treatment is a key investment in your most precious possession—your health.

Drs. Gustafson and Morningstar are knowledgeable and experienced dentists who are interested in helping you maintain the best oral health possible. Whether it’s for yourself, your family, or your kids, we are here to help make the dentistry process a positive experience.

If you are worried about the cost of dental treatment, talk with us about financing. We can design a treatment plan to get the work done over time and schedule it to fit your budget.

Whatever concerns have kept you from seeing a dentist—fear, finances, or the fact that you are just too busy—we hope you will recommit to your smile. We are here to help.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible dental health for each of our patients. We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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

 

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Affordable One-Visit Tooth Fix

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If flashing a beautiful smile is important to you, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak can help. You might  mistakenly assume that cosmetic dentistry is far too pricey or takes too many visits to pursue.

Sure, a complete mouth reconstruction can be a significant investment and time commitment. Before you give up on improving your smile, however, think about a less celebrated but extremely effective and cost-effective cosmetic dental remedy: dental bonding.

Dental bonding has a wide range of applications for unsightly teeth. Bonding can repair a tooth that is damaged, chipped, short, or discolored. It can can also repair teeth that have gaps in between them.

How does the dental bonding procedure work?

First, your tooth will be slightly (but painlessly) roughed up to help the resin adhere. Your dentist will use a shade guide to know the perfect color of composite to match the existing teeth. Applying a liquid composite resin on the tooth, layer by layer, they will carefully shape and polish it before it hardens. Then, the dentist will cover the tooth with a condition liquid that helps with adhesion.

Once the resin is bonded, it is further molded to the perfect shape for your bite and appearance. A laser helps quickly bond the resin in place as it hardens. Further shaping and polishing, if necessary, complete the procedure. The result is a beautiful smile.

Bonding is a simple and cost-effective method for perfecting your smile and is just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. Schedule an appointment today.

 

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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Adequate Results vs. Incredible Results


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At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we use cosmetic dentistry to transform smiles from ordinary into drop-dead gorgeous, every single day.

Teeth whitening, crowns, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding are some of the common services used in cosmetic dentistry.

In many cases, general dentists achieve adequate results. However, there is a difference between adequate results and amazing results. Cosmetic dentists have the skills and experience to create absolutely smiles.

You have probably seen attractive front teeth crowns completed by a general dentist. They are often perfectly shaped, correctly aligned and pleasingly white. But have you ever seen front teeth crowns performed by a true artist? The color, translucency, and texture take the crowns to the ultimate level of breathtaking beauty.

If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, ask your dentist about his or her specialized training. Cosmetic dentistry is life-changing and the ultimate anti-aging treatment.

But cosmetic dentistry from Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak can restore your smile to its youthful appearance. We also offer a full range of general dentistry services. Call us today 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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Clean Teeth, Happy Mouth

Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and seeing us at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI twice a year.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There is a myriad of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Limiting sugary and acidic foods. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee contributes to enamel erosion. Sugar converts into acid when it’s in your mouth. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, but choose carefully and minimize.
  • Seeing the dentist twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist. A professional teeth cleaning alone is worth the trip, but we can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible dental health for each of our patients. We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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

 


Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry Cosmetic Dentistry For Drop-Dead Gorgeous Smiles

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry Cosmetic Dentistry For Drop-Dead Gorgeous Smiles

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we use cosmetic dentistry to transform smiles for ordinary into drop-dead gorgeous, every single day.

Cosmetic dentistry is part science and part art. In order to achieve an attractive, yet natural looking result, we do more than recommend specific procedures. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth. In order to create a balanced look, the facial shape and coloring is taken into account. The patient’s age, health condition and lifestyle all influence the plan.

In other words, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan.

Smile enhancement through cosmetic dentistry can have dramatic results in your overall appearance. Even one procedure, such as teeth whitening, can make a big difference in how you see yourself.

Your teeth take a lot of wear and tear. But cosmetic dentistry from Gustafson Gateway Dentistry in Royal Oak can restore your smile to its youthful appearance. We also offer a full range of general dentistry services. Call us today 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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