Toothache? Broken Braces? Knocked-Out Tooth?

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Let’s talk about three dental issues that may require immediate treatment.

Toothache

Most of us experience a toothache at some point in our lives. Even one day with oral pain can seem like an eternity.

A toothache could be a symptom of an abscess. If an abscess progresses, it can destroy the root of the tooth. It can even destroy the surrounding bone.

Possible causes of a toothache are tooth decay, an injury to the tooth, a broken crown, an infection, and TMD (temporomandibular disorder).

Let Dr. Gustafson take care of you. You will quickly be back to pain-free eating, speaking, and sleeping. What a relief!

Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry if you have a toothache.

Broken Braces

What if one of the wires on your braces comes loose? It can damage your teeth or gums. If this happens and you cut the inside of your mouth, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry if a wire on your braces breaks. We have extended hours for when an oral problem can’t wait.

Knocked-Out Tooth

We hope this never happens to you. But we are here in the unfortunate event that it does. And it’s not the end of the world.

If a tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done swiftly. Make sure you hold the tooth only by the crown. Never touch the root!

If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water. Be cautious not to brush off any tissue attached. It is best to reinsert the tooth into the socket. (This may not be possible with younger children.)

These are just a few of the urgent-care issues we treat at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. But we are also a full-service dental office.

We perform:

  • Root canals
  • Tooth extractions
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • CEREC same-day crowns
  • Same-day teeth whitening

Save our number in your contacts on your phone. If you have a dental emergency, you can call without delay.

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 Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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Today’s article focuses on missing teeth and bone health.

Our teeth have many important functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to pull back. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes, kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is continuously regenerating itself. This indispensable process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulates this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have an unsightly gap in their smile, but they also begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness—it poses serious health perils. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get the correct nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence or withdraws from social situations because they are embarrassed by their smile.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For men and women missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with a dental implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support a tooth implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely carried out with success. If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures.

 

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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Total Mouth Reconstruction Is Now A Reality

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Dentistry has advanced to a point where total mouth reconstruction is possible!

Have you had several teeth extracted? Do you have other oral problems like bone or gum recession?

Implants Can Be Used In Many Ways

Dental implants are strong, functional, and naturally-looking restorations with roots permanently anchored into the jaw bone.

Dental implants have been used for many years to replace one or two missing teeth. They can now be used to provide a foundation for bridges and anchored dentures!

Missing Teeth, Bone Recession, Gum Recession, and Broken Crowns

Every cosmetic dental smile makeover patient requires a unique combination of cosmetic dental procedures, but let’s talk about a hypothetical case involving numerous restorations:

‘Margaret’ was a 67-year-old woman with a mouthful of issues. She had undergone extensive radiation for cancer several years earlier. The radiation therapy damaged soft tissues in her mouth and exacerbated tooth decay.

Eventually, most of her back teeth top and bottom had to be extracted. Four of her remaining teeth were cracked and her gums had receded revealing the metal bases of two old crowns.

Margaret was also missing bone structure due to a recession after the extractions. To build a stable site for the implants, she received bone grafts.

To restore a pleasing smile, she received eight tooth implants. The implants anchored partial dentures for her upper and lower back teeth.

Gum grafts applied to exposed tooth roots protect teeth from continuing gum recession and decay and reduce tooth sensitivity. After soft tissue grafts, her front teeth received a combination of porcelain crowns and veneers.

The outcome? A dazzling smile and renewed confidence! Plus no more dentures masking the taste of food and moving around in her mouth.

This case is representative of many of our patients who have a combination of issues and numerous missing teeth. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we solve problems that many patients thought were impossible.

 

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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Bridging The Gap

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Hello Royal Oak smiles! Do you have a missing tooth that is detracting from your otherwise nice teeth? Let Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry fill the gap for you and help you get your dazzling smile back! A dental bridge could be the perfect solution for your missing tooth and help you chew and speak properly.

A bridge includes two or more crowns on either side of the gap created by your missing tooth. These two anchoring teeth permit a false tooth to be held in place where the missing tooth should be. The false tooth that is placed in the gap is called a pontic. Bridges can contain one or more pontics. A pontic can be matched to the surrounding teeth if you choose a porcelain material. If you’d like, a pontic can also be constructed using gold or an alloy.

Dr. Gustafson will work closely with you to be certain that your bridge has an exact fit. Then one of our skilled hygienists will show you how to clean under and around the bridge to ensure that no tooth decay arises in the nooks and crannies.

Dr. Gustafson has been successfully restoring smiles since 1984. Thousands of patients have trusted Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry with their dental health.

Come see us at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry and you can bridge the gap and love your smile again!

 

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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How Long Should You Brush?

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Dr. Gustafson and the American Dental Association recommend two minutes as a minimum time for brushing. Most individuals think they brush that long but would be surprised if they actually set a timer. Most of us only brush for about a minute, if that.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry performs preventative dentistry. We work with our patients to establish essential oral hygiene habits.

If you are looking for a family dentist in Royal Oak, I invite you to meet my friendly team. We offer general and restorative dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry and teeth cleaning.

And here’s a quick cold-fighting tip for my patients; get a new toothbrush when you catch a cold. A toothbrush teeming with germs can re-infect you!

Give us a call 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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Should You Worry About Dental X-rays?

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Providing quality dental care is much easier for dentists when they have extensive, comprehensive information about their patients’ oral health.

Pictures are more accurate than written notes. To go a step further: pictures that show what’s going on below the visible surface of your teeth are worth even more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough visual analysis, most dentists want complete and up-to-date X-rays.

The frequency of X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your oral health. Because children are growing and they experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more often.

X-rays also help dentists find cavities, assess gum health, and identify any major changes to your teeth and mouth.

Safety is an important issue Dr. Gustafson considers when ordering X-rays, because low levels of radiation are used to obtain the images. Many critical precautions are taken to limit exposure, such as putting leaded aprons and collars on our patients.

It is essential that women inform their dentist if they are pregnant because special considerations should be taken.

Along with basic dental health issues, we are happy to discuss the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as dental implants and full smile makeovers.

Should you worry about dental X-rays? Absolutely not!

 

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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Eating Got You Down?

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Men and women with missing teeth know that chewing can be difficult and painful. If you are looking at the cost of dental implants and feel uncertain about whether this is the step you ought to take, come see Dr. Gustafson, DDS at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry to learn all about implant placements.

Dental implants are usually the best permanent tooth replacement for men and women whose missing teeth make it hard to chew and eat.

Improving a smile cosmetically beyond just the functional needs can also be considered during an informative consultation. Dr. Steven Gustafson offers trusted advice about restoring your smile while still keeping it comfortable in the pocketbook. Come examine the possibilities, including the cost of cosmetic dental smile makeovers.

If you have missing teeth, come see our friendly team and let them improve your eating experience. After all, eating is pretty important.

 

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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3-Tooth Solution For A 1-Tooth Problem?

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Do you have a missing tooth?
Are you considering the types of tooth restorations available?
Does a dental bridge seem to make the most sense financially?

If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your mouth, it is important to think about the differences between a dental bridge and a permanent tooth implant.

Dental bridges have replaced teeth for generations of men and women. However, they have some downsides:

  • They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem—the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
  • It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
  • A dental bridge does not protect against bone recession at the extraction site.

Why does a tooth implant have key improvements over a dental bridge?

  • It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
  • It is usually stronger.
  • Will cut down the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
  • It is usually easier to keep clean which results in a lower risk of decay.
  • They commonly last longer.
  • Dental implants can support a denture or partial denture.

If you need to replace a tooth, talk to your Royal Oak dentist about dental financing options. If you decide on a dental implant, it will probably be less pricey in the long run.

If you want to learn more about dental implants, I invite you to call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770. I am Dr. Steven Gustafson, and I am dedicated to restoring smiles for my patients with stunning permanent restorations. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation at my Royal Oak office.

 

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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Stress And Your Child’s Smile

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Doctors have been telling us for years that stress can increase the risk of everything from high blood pressure to depression. But how often do we think about how stress impacts our smile?

And what about your child’s smile? Children are just as susceptible to stress-induces oral problems.

Here are some dental problems linked to stress.

Canker and Cold Sores

Cold sores are a symptom of the herpes simplex virus. Scientists don’t know exactly what causes canker sores but suspect they are related to infection, virus, or a weak immune system. If you or your child are prone to mouth sores, you probably already know that stress seems to bring them on or increase healing times.

meet with your doctor or dentist. Your healthcare provider can advise you on medications, diet, and stress reduction practices.

Teeth Grinding

It’s no surprise that teeth grinding (bruxism) is harmful to teeth. It starts with enamel wear, then loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss. During this progression, there may be other issues such as gum recession, headaches, TMJ, and TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders).

If you notice that your child grinds their teeth, it’s vital to address this condition as soon as possible. In addition to stress, there are many factors that can cause or exacerbate bruxism. These include malocclusion (bad bite), and prescription depression and anxiety medications.

Your dentist may prescribe an appliance to safeguard your child’s teeth and keep their jaw in the proper position while you are sleeping. Other treatments include cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation therapies, mandibular advancement devices, physical therapy, and medication.

If your child grinds their teeth, Dr. Gustafson can create a treatment plan and work with you and your doctor to manage or eliminate this condition.

Temporomandibular Disorders

There are many direct and indirect causes of TMD. For example, inability to manage stress may cause jaw clenching which, in turn, causes pain in the jaw joint. Other symptoms of TMD include tenderness, pain, or swelling in the neck, ear, face, or shoulder; popping or clicking sounds; and changes in bite alignment. Again, if you or your child experiences any of these, meet with your dentist.

Gum Disease

Stress can reduce your ability to fight plaque build-up which can cause gum disease.

Oral Hygiene

Some children fail to recognize brushing and flossing when they are experiencing high levels of stress.

Diet

It’s not uncommon for people people to consume more sugar and snack more often between meals when experiencing increased stress. All this at a time when vigilant oral hygiene is frequently not a person’s first priority!

Let’s nip this vicious cycle in the bud. Make an appointment with your dentist to protect your child’s dental health.

Remember, a healthy smile will give them one less thing to worry about.

 

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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Think It’s Not Necessary To Replace Missing Back Teeth?

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Some people who lose a posterior tooth question whether to replace it. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to take over the chewing functions. Why not avoid the expense to replace it and save some money? Actually, there are several critical reasons to replace a back tooth with a permanent dental implant if possible:

1. The adjacent tooth (or teeth) may start shifting.

If a tooth tilts, moves or rotates, it can influence the bite. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or TMJ pain.

2. The underlying bone will eventually recede.

Without the tooth root, the jaw bone pulls back. This changes the dimensions of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a decrease in supporting bone. The vertical shortening progresses and becomes more pronounced as you get older.

3. There will be extra stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions.

This can lead to excessive wear, fracture, or pain.

If you have a missing posterior tooth and want to learn about dental implants, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 to schedule an appointment.

 

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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