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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Common Myths About Cosmetic Dentistry

Common Myths about Royal Oak Family Cosmetic Dentistry Myth #1: Cosmetic Dentistry is Never Necessary for a Healthy Smile

Many so-called Detroit cosmetic dental procedures are not solely cosmetic. Berkley dental procedures such as tooth replacement prevent many potential problems such as tooth movement, bone loss and difficulty chewing and speaking.

Myth #2: A Birmingham Dental Bridge is the Only Way to Replace a Missing Tooth

Dental bridges have been used for many years with success. However, dental implants are often a better choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants have many important advantages for Ferndale dental patients. They feel like natural teeth, they are stronger, and they are easier to clean than dental bridges. Tooth implants can also be used to anchor dentures or partial dentures.

Myth #3: At-Home Kits are as Effective for Birmingham Tooth Whitening Than a Professional Dental Solution

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we offer our Detroit dental patients teeth whitening treatments that are frequently more effective than at-home kits. At-home kits may remove surface stains, but they do not provide optimum results and can often lead to uneven coloring.

Myth #4: Dental Bonding is the Best Way to Fix a Chipped Tooth.

Dental bonding can restore the shape of a tooth, but may not be the best long-term solution. If you have a damaged tooth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Call us at 248-541-8770 to set up an appointment to discuss veneers.

Myth #5: Berkley Braces are the Only Way to Correct Crooked Teeth

Braces are often part of a transforming dental makeover for our Detroit teens and adults alike. However, if your teeth are only slightly crooked, Lumineers can reshape your teeth and help you achieve a stunning smile. And the best thing about veneers? They offer rapid 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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3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Royal Oak, Michigan Dentist

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Looking for the best dentist in Royal Oak? You can click around on the computer or watch for postcard ads in your mailbox. Even then, the outcome is shaky at best. Finding the best dentist in Royal Oak truly hinges on what you are looking for. Are you looking for consistent, professional evaluation? Are you looking for an honest, straightforward diagnosis and treatment proposal? Are you looking for affordable dental care without a background agenda?

Don’t let the myriad of dentists throughout Michigan overwhelm you. Today Dr. Steven Gustafson offers 3 reliable steps for finding a dentist who will expertly serve your family’s dental needs in comfort and style.

Step 1
Pick up the phone: 248-541-8770. Contact our friendly staff at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry for your best appointment of the year, a dental checkup with Dr. Steven Gustafson. Our office offers competitive pricing to go with professional, educated experience. The needs of our patients run the gamut. From dentures to general dentistry, from cosmetic dentistry to Invisalign. Providing quality services can make your dental implants experience speedy and straightforward.

Step 2

Make an appointment. Researching general and cosmetic dental practices start with a consultation. An evaluation of what your teeth need, what your smile could use and what your budget can afford are all key pieces of the puzzle. Located here at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak, Michigan, we are equipped and proud to handle cosmetic dentistry, teeth cleaning, dental implants and everything in between.

Step 3
Meet the good doctor. Dr. Gustafson has a friendly and comfortable chair side manner, explains concisely and fully the procedures and possibilities, and performs superb dental work day in and day out. Expect to see the transformation you want. Expect to talk to a professional. Expect outstanding, talented service.

Finding a dentist that will bring a smile to your face and put you at ease is just a click away at http://gmdentistry.com/blog/.

 

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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6 Ways To Prepare For Your Dental Procedure

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Nervous about an upcoming procedure? Let Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry offer 6 ways to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically before your big dental day.

First, remember Dr. Steven Gustafson is trained to provide the best care and comfort possible.

Second, take some time to relax and identify what you are apprehensive about. Take deep breaths and slowly let them out as you weigh the reasons for and against taking these steps to a better you. Remember that many individuals have been in your shoes and everything worked out fine.

Third, know your medical history. You may be asked to complete a medical history and medications form, so be sure you know what medications and supplements you are currently taking and review past hospitalizations and illnesses.

Fourth, have a dental plan. Come in for a thorough consultation. If we know all the dental work or cosmetic dentistry you want to get done, then we’ll know if combining any of it can save you time and money. We offer cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures, Invisalign, and general dentistry to name just a few.

Fifth, trust the outstanding staff at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry to guide you through the before, during and after the process. We’ve been doing this since 1984.

Sixth, our final important suggestion! Ask all the questions that you want to be answered before you have dental tools and gloved hands in your mouth!

 

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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Floss Pick Facts For Royal Oak

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Health-conscious men and women want to keep their teeth as clean as possible. However, they are also looking for convenience. That’s why many of them turn to floss picks instead of traditional dental floss.

These little tools are quite handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed and can double as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are reasonably priced and can be used more discretely than floss.

While this may seem like a dream come true for those hoping to make flossing a more regular part of their oral health routine, floss picks are still a step below actual floss when it comes to effectiveness.

The American Dental Association has only approved dental floss for cleaning in between teeth. One issue is that floss picks can’t curve and form the angles needed for superior cleaning.

So, what is a responsible dental patient to do? The first thing is to speak with your dentist. If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient. But try to use regular dental floss daily.

If you are in the process of looking for a new dentist, we hope that you consider Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. We have been serving the Detroit area since 1984 from our Royal Oak office.

Our friendly staff would love to answer any questions you have regarding flossing and other dental health concerns. We also welcome questions about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers.

Call 248-541-8770 today to schedule an exam or 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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Is Your Mouth Sore Something Serious?

Detroit Dentists And Your Mouth Sores As a dentist, one of my roles is to help you take care of your mouth. Some of my patients have problems with mouth sores, thus the topic of today’s article.

If you have a mouth sore that lasts more than a week or two; it is important to come in for an oral exam. Mouth sores can be an indicator of disease, and an early assessment aids in preventing more serious problems. If needed, important treatment and pain relief can be offered. In extreme cases, I will refer you to a medical professional who specializes in problems that can cause mouth sores.

There are two types of mouth sores; canker sores and cold sores.

Canker sores are small ulcer-like sores with a white or gray base and a red border. They are found on the inside of the mouth and while they are not contagious, they can be painful. Canker sore generally heal in a week or two. Antimicrobial mouth-rinses, over-the-counter topical anesthetics, and avoiding spicy and acidic foods assists in temporary relief while your sore is healing.

The cause of canker sores is not certain. Possible explanations include: a cut on the inside of the mouth, a reaction to extreme temperatures, acids from food or drink, fatigue, stress, and allergies. Some studies point to bacteria or a virus, or a combination of these factors.

Cold sores, also called fever blisters or Herpes Simplex, are groups of fluid-filled blisters that appear around the lips, sometimes appearing under the nose or around the chin. Cold sores are contagious and painful, but typically heal in about a week. Some over-the-counter anesthetics deliver relief.

Hope on the Horizon

There are revolutionary antiviral drugs on the market that have shown promise in curtailing outbreaks, but there is currently no known cure. The initial infection, known as primary herpes, often occurs before adulthood. Once the virus infects you, it may stay in your body and remain inactive or cause intermittent cold sore outbreaks. Outbreaks may be triggered by a fever, sunburn, skin abrasions, stress, or exposure to extremes in temperature.

Talk To Your Dentist

In some cases, a change in the way you care for your mouth the frequency of mouth sores. If you are in the Royal Oak, area and would like to speak with a dental professional about mouth sores, give us a call at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry to schedule an examination.

Our number is 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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How White Fillings Improve Your Smile

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Detroit Hello! Welcome to the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry dental blog. If this your first visit, we hope you find useful information about our outstanding Royal Oak dental practice. If you have read some of our previous articles, we are glad you checked back with us. We post new articles regularly.

My name is Steven Gustafson, DDS. I have been practicing dentistry in Royal Oak since 1984. Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is a full-service dental office located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak. In addition to providing comprehensive examinations and deep cleanings for patients in the Detroit area, we perform all types of tooth restorations.

When a tooth has decay or has been damaged, a dental restoration is needed to restore the tooth to its previous intact condition. A dental filling is one of the most common and well-known types of restorations. A dental filling is used to repair decayed or damaged tooth surfaces. Most people have a few fillings in their mouth.

If you have old silver amalgam fillings, we can replace them with nearly-invisible fillings that are tooth colored. These fillings are made out of a strong composite resin. Many of our cosmetic dentistry patients have replaced their old silver fillings with fillings matched to their teeth. You can improve your smile instantly and relatively inexpensively by getting rid of the metal.

We are currently accepting new patients and would be happy to show you around our Royal Oak dental office and introduce you to our friendly team.

Smile – it increases your face 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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You Be The Judge

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If you are researching smile redesigns, you have probably heard claims that cosmetic dentistry can provide you with a ‘perfect smile’ or a ‘celebrity smile.’ Are these superlatives simply exaggerations? We invite you to judge for yourself.

Call 248-541-8770 to schedule a no-pressure smile makeover consultation with Dr. Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. You can discuss your smile makeover goals and see before and after photographs of actual patients. Dr. Gustafson can show you what your new smile could look like.

A smile makeover involves multiple procedures which may include the following:

Tooth Implants

A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth that has been extracted. The crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.

Orthodontia

Orthodontic selections include traditional metal or ceramic braces, ‘behind-the-teeth’ (lingual) braces, and clear aligners.

White Fillings

If you had cavities in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, dramatically enhancing your smile without crowns.

Dental Crowns

There are many different kinds of dental crowns that serve different purposes. We carry out an intensive examination to ensure the crown you get is perfect for you and your smile.

Inlays/Onlays

Inlays/onlays are indirect fillings, which means that they are produced in a lab and placed whole on the tooth. A traditional direct filling is applied to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shaped by the dentist. Where possible, an inlay or an onlay can be a less-invasive alternative to a complete crown.

Composite Veneers

Veneers can correct chips, cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size.

Teeth Whitening

There is nothing like an outstanding white smile to give you maximum confidence.

Dental Bonding

Dentists use bonding to fix tooth issues caused by decay, chips, or cracks. Large spaces between healthy teeth can be filled with bonding material, and bonding can safeguard tooth roots if the gums have receded.

Enamel Shaping

Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade the characteristics of a smile even if all the other teeth have a positive appearance.

Gum Contouring

If you have a gumline that is too low or too high and detracts from the presentation, gum contouring can reshape the gumline and perfect your smile.

‘Perfect smiles’ are possible—but don’t just take our word for it. Come see our smile gallery and judge for yourself.

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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CEREC Same-Day Restorations For Dental Emergencies

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CEREC “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” crowns are fast and convenient. They make “same-day” dentistry possible. If your dental practice offers CEREC, your dentist can fabricate strong, natural-looking crowns in one visit.

Because of this, CEREC has many merits for cosmetic dental patients.

CEREC For Dental Emergencies

CEREC technology also plays an important role in emergency dentistry.

A dental emergency is, by definition, inconvenient. (You can’t get more inconvenient than an event that takes place with no warning whatsoever.)

Reduce The Impact To Your Schedule

The dental injury and visit to an urgent care practice is disruptive enough. If your dental emergency requires ongoing dental appointments, it further complicates your life.

  • You may have to take time off from work
  • You may have to get child care
  • You may have to cancel flight reservations for a vacation or business trip
  • You may have to reschedule other appointments

Same-day restorations don’t require ongoing treatment after an initial emergency visit.

CEREC Crowns are High Quality

Worried that CEREC same-day restorations are inferior to traditional restorations?

Let’s put your mind at ease.

CEREC crowns are built with durable, high-quality materials.

A CEREC crown is shaped with CAD/CAM scanning technology which is just as accurate as a traditional impression. (Some dentists believe a CEREC crown is even more precise than a crown designed from a traditional impression.)

CEREC crowns:

  1. Are indistinguishable from your natural teeth
  2. Function like a traditional crown
  3. Don’t require a messy impression
  4. Don’t require a temporary crown that may come loose or fall off—leaving your damaged tooth at risk of further injury
  5. Can last ten years or longer
  6. Are completed in one dental visit

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry offers CEREC same-day crowns. This is one way we ease the trauma when you have a dental emergency. Save our phone number to your contacts. In the unfortunate event that you experience a dental emergency, call us ASAP. If someone else is driving, call us on your way to our office. We have extended hours to serve you.

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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Are You Smiling?

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Hello Royal Oak! Welcome to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, and we have been here serving the Detroit area since 1984. We are constantly striving to cater to the oral health needs of our patients, and we hope that you might be one of these patients soon!

One innovative way that we keep our patients and others informed is by this blog, the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry blog. We want to keep families informed about how they can have healthy, beautiful smiles.

A central goal of this blog is to encourage everyone to develop more effective oral health habits, such as proper brushing and flossing.

Cosmetic dentistry is another essential topic that we like to address. We offer a full menu of cosmetic dentistry services. Ask us about dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers, dental crowns, tooth-colored fillings, and gum contouring. We hope to educate Detroit residents on what these procedures are and how they can help you to get the beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted.

If you have any questions, please call us at 248-541-8770 and a member of our friendly staff can schedule an appointment for you. Whether you want to know more about in-office teeth whitening, problems such as dry mouth, dental implants, or invisible braces, we can help.

 

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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