Smile Makeovers: First Things First

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Hello, I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. Thanks for visiting my blog. In today’s post, we will focus on something that happens occasionally when a patient requests cosmetic dentistry from their Royal Oak dentist.

Let me set the stage. The patient comes in for a consultation about a smile makeover. We’ll call him Mr. Jones. The dentist listens carefully as he explains the esthetic problems that he wants to remedy. Mr. Jones wants to fix two chipped teeth, get a dental implant for a tooth that is missing altogether, and whiten his whole smile. He describes what he envisions for his smile after undergoing treatment.

The dentist performs an examination of his entire mouth and takes x-rays. The dentist discovers some additional dilemmas. There are three teeth with moderate decay, one tooth with severe decay, gum disease, an old crown with a crack in it, and severe bone recession at the potential dental implant site where the tooth was extracted ten years ago.

The dentist explains that these dilemmas need to be addressed before the smile redesign is performed. Mr. Jones says that the smile makeover is his first priority and plans to deal with the other problems sometime in the future.

How does the dentist advise Mr. Jones? The dentist will probably explain that the lasting success of a cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or tooth whitening is influenced by the condition of the mouth at the time of treatment. There must be a solid, healthy foundation, so to speak, on which to build the smile makeover.

First things first. It makes no sense to attach a veneer to a decayed tooth that may need a root canal. A dental implant may not integrate with the surrounding bone structure if placed at a site where there is bone recession. Tooth whitening will probably not produce favorable results where there is gum disease and exposed tooth roots.

Can Mr. Jones ever have his dream smile? Yes! There are treatments to fix all of the problems mentioned previously. But just like many other things in life, the order of operations is critical.

If you are interested in a smile makeover or simply need a check-up, schedule an appointment by calling 248-541-8770. I look forward to discussing both your oral health and esthetic concerns.

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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Relax. Your Teeth Will Thank You.

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Most people have been warned about the physical effects of stress. Our doctors remind us to protect ourselves from the dangers of unmanaged stress by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep.

We know that we shouldn’t try to relieve stress with overeating, extreme alcohol consumption, smoking, or uncontrolled spending. (Even though many of us are guilty!)

Stress that is not effectively managed can influence the heart, nervous system, immune system, and digestive system. It can also affect—you guessed it—your teeth.

The obvious oral health risks are teeth grinding, jaw clenching, smoking, and the overconsumption of sugary foods. But did you know that stress can also exacerbate plaque generation, trigger canker sores, and increase the risk of periodontitis? Another problem is that when people are under excessive stress, they often neglect basic oral hygiene.

If you’re concerned about the consequences stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment with Steven Gustafson at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry today. We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures, and Invisalign.

It’s ironic, but for some Royal Oak residents, dental visits cause major anxiety. What if the thought of visiting a dentist sends your blood pressure through the roof? Talk to us about sedation dentistry.

Relax. We can help you get the dental treatment you need.

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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Bad Breath Q & A

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I’m Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. Today’s post offers some answers to common questions about bad breath.

Q. My wife says my breath is horrible, but I brush twice a day. Shouldn’t that be enough?
A. Bacteria can propagate and stink in hidden crevices that can only be reached with floss. Time to start flossing. If your breath hasn’t improved in a few months, make an appointment so we can discuss other possible causes of your halitosis.

Also, keep in mind that brushing just the teeth may not eliminate food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth, and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Q. My breath seems to get worse during hay fever season. What’s up with that?
A. Allergies can change mouth odor in a couple of ways. First, anything that stimulates post-nasal drip can be a trigger because bacteria at the back of the throat mixes with the mucous and gives off a smelly odor as it breaks down. Second, hay fever medications often cause dry mouth which can result in stinky breath. Antihistamines can cut down post-nasal drip so this is a catch-22. If you take antihistamines, drink water frequently throughout the day to keep your mouth wet, suck on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva production, and rinse with a non-alcohol mouth rinse.

Q. What health conditions can result in bad breath?
A. As discussed before, any condition that reduces saliva production can cause halitosis. It is also a common side effect of diabetes, kidney failure, and liver failure. Of course, if your kidneys or liver is failing, you have bigger problems.

Q. Why did my breath become intolerable when I went on a strict low-carb diet?
A. Ketones were possibly the culprit. Ketones are generated when the body digests fat—which is usually the goal of a low-carb plan. On the flip side, sounds like you weren’t cheating!

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 Before You Pierce

The Dangers of Oral Piercing If you are considering puncturing your lip or tongue, this post is for you. Please consider the following:

Infection
Your mouth is full of bacteria. Any opening in the tissue carries the risk of infection. The germs from your tongue and mouth can easily get into your bloodstream. Dentists and doctors are continually treating severe infections caused by oral piercings. Oral infections can be a real problem and should be a major consideration before getting an oral piercing.

Tooth Damage
It should come as no surprise that having a piece of metal bang around in your mouth can easily damage tooth enamel. Though tooth enamel is amazingly strong, once it’s chipped or cracked, it can only be restored with artificial material. Fortunately, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak offers many tooth restoration options such as crowns and fillings, but our advice is to avoid the problem if you can.

Prolonged Bleeding and Swelling
The blood vessels in the tongue are often damaged when the tongue is pierced, causing prolonged bleeding and possible build-up of scar tissue. In some severe cases, the tongue swells up enough to block the airway.

Gum Recession
A number of periodontal disease studies have shown that wearing oral jewelry is linked to periodontal disease which can result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease can cause gum recession which exposes the root of your teeth, potentially causing hypersensitivity and pain. Again, our advice is to avoid the dilemma right from the start.

These are just a few of the dangers of oral piercings. Steven Gustafson at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry can give you more vital information about the risks of oral piercings. If you already have deterioration, call 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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Live Better With Dental Implants

Royal Oak Implant Dentistry Ill-fitting dentures can bring about more troubles for denture wearers than they solve. If you live with loose dentures, you probably regard them as a necessary evil. Though they certainly look better than a toothless mouth, in practical terms they leave much to be desired because they impact two vital activities: eating and talking.

Missing Out on Life?

Unfortunately, many frustrated denture wearers have discontinued dining in restaurants or participating in social activities because they are afraid their dentures will slide around.

Implant dental procedures are permitting former denture wearers to re-engage in life. Consider the advantages of implant anchored dentures:

  • They are stable because the implant is anchored in the bone.
  • Your denture is fixed, it will not move around in your mouth.
  • They prevent the bone loss that can develop when teeth are removed.
  • They eliminate the necessity of regular denture relines.
  • They do not irritate gums.
  • No denture adhesive is required.

Patients who have replaced their conventional dentures with implant overdentures enthusiastically say that the dental implant cost was more than worth it.

Get Your Life Back

Do you want to eat normally again? What is the value of preserving your facial shape? Can you put a price on confidence?

For more information about dental implants, call 248-541-8770 to schedule a consultation with Steven Gustafson. Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak. We have been providing unmatched dental care since 1984.

Feels Like Coming Home

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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Get The Royal Treatment At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

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In need of a crown? At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we can provide the singular experience you deserve with the dental care required. Get discolored teeth brightened and chipped teeth corrected. Receive one critical procedure or full smile makeovers. Your wish is our command.

Dr. Steven Gustafson has been serving noble lords and ladies with royal treatment since 1984. We crown patients with beautiful restorations and empower them with the confidence of a regal smile fit for a king.

Call us at 248-541-8770. We are located in Royal Oak and also serve Ferndale, Berkley, and Birmingham.

Many individuals believe that cosmetic dentistry refers to care designed solely to improve the looks of your smile as opposed to procedures such as fillings that repair a structure. However, there is much overlap. For example, the use of white fillings takes care of tooth decay and makes your smile more beautiful. Other procedures used in cosmetic and general dentistry are veneers, inlays/onlays, braces, teeth whitening, soft-tissue grafts, crown lengthening, tooth implants, and dental bonding.

We want you to experience the renewal that comes from cosmetic dental services completed by a true artist. Whether you need veneers, crowns, or whitening, we have an imperial seat ready for you to dictate from.

Let us fulfill your every whim:

We look forward to making your acquaintance, your highness.

Feels Like Coming Home–Dr. Steven Gustafson

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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Celebrating The Past And Looking To The Future At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Celebrating The Past And Looking To The Future At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

It has now been over 150 years since the first dental license was issued to Sir John Tomes. Michigan dental patients should be grateful for the advances made in dentistry during the past century and a half.

There was a time when Detroit blacksmiths and wig makers would also extract teeth with forceps to make a little extra money. Anyone could call themselves a dentist. Often these untrained people broke the jaws of the person they were trying to help. Ouch!

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we celebrate with the Detroit dental community and marvel at the many advances made in the history of dentistry, particularly cosmetic dentistry.

One of the modern treatments that have helped countless Royal Oak patients is invisible braces. This non-visible orthodontic therapy is custom-made for each patient. They are transparent and removable and will help you achieve your desired smile in about 3 to 18 months.

I am Dr. Steven Gustafson. My training didn’t end when I graduated from dental school and opened my practice in Royal Oak. As a cutting-edge dentist, I continually seek training so I can expertly perform the latest procedures. In addition, our practice uses the most advanced dental materials available.

If you are one of the many Royal Oak residents who has dreamed of an esthetic improvement to your smile, we invite you to make an appointment with Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry to discuss a smile makeover. Complete smile transformations are performed as quickly and professionally as possible – sometimes in just one visit!

One of our most sought-after treatments at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is cosmetic dentistry and many Royal Oak patients are enjoying a brighter smile because of teeth cleaning.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we have been serving the residents of zip code area 48067 since 1984 and would love to provide you and your family with professional, friendly 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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Periodontal Disease Is Linked To Systemic Diseases

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What do your gums do?

The soft tissue in your mouth, like skin, has an important job. It safeguards the roots of your teeth. It also provides a barrier for the connective tissues and ligaments that hold your teeth in their sockets. Plus the alveolar bone in which your teeth are anchored.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease starts with inflammation. Gums become swollen and tender. In its early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis. As the disease progresses, the gums pull away from the teeth, creating pockets. This is called periodontitis or periodontal disease.

What causes gingivitis?

Bacteria are always present in the oral cavity. When it is left on the teeth and gums, it turns into plaque. Plaque is a thick coating of bacteria on your gums and teeth. Plaque accumulates if it is not removed by rinsing, brushing, and flossing. If plaque multiplies in the pockets around the teeth, the gum will start pulling away. When plaque hardens, it is called tartar or calculus. You can’t brush away tartar with your toothbrush. You need to have a professional dental cleaning.

What are signs of gum disease?

  • Tender gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • A change in the color of gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Teeth that appear longer
  • Growing spaces between teeth
  • Changes in your bite

How does gingivitis threaten your health?

Gum disease boosts your risk of:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Asthma
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Low infant birth weight

Can periodontal disease be prevented?

Yes. Proper brushing and flossing, professional dental cleanings, and a wholesome diet can keep gums healthy.

For information on treatment for periodontitis, schedule a gum disease exam and consultation by calling 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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Health Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In today’s post, we will focus on vital behaviors that influence oral health. Of course, effective brushing and flossing are two important habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to maintain a healthy smile.

Diet Do’s

  • Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is required for overall physical health and a strong immune system.
  • Do consume calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that are detrimental to the enamel.

Diet Don’ts

  • Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar triggers the production of dangerous cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to decay.
  • Don’t snack throughout the day. This speeds up plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.
  • Don’t chew on ice. (It really can break teeth.)
  • Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are dangerous to teeth.

Other Important Tips

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is wiser to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.
  • Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.
  • Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.
  • If you have children, communicate with Dr. Gustafson about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your kids fluoride supplements.
  • Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.
  • If you have an eating disorder—seek professional help right away. Bulimia and anorexia are extremely damaging to teeth. (Not to mention the toll they take on the heart and other organs.)

We encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that maintains dental health as well as overall physical health. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we serve the Royal Oak area with exceptional dental care including general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures, and Invisalign.

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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Cosmetic Dentistry: Gum Contouring

Cosmetic Dentistry: Gum Contouring In Royal Oak

If you are a regular visitor to our blog here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, you have probably read many articles on cosmetic dentistry procedures. Steven Gustafson is a master of smile makeovers.

Dental bonding, crowns, and porcelain veneers https://gmdentistry.com/porcelain-veneers-royal-oak-mi/can take care of teeth that are chipped, broken, or misshapen.

Our Berkley, Birmingham, and Ferndale patients with stained or dull teeth can have a sparkly white smile with teeth whitening. For ordinary cavities, there are tooth-colored fillings, inlays, and onlays.

Dental implants are gaining popularity in Detroit among dental patients who want to restore missing teeth. If your teeth are misaligned, there are a number of orthodontic options here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

What if your cosmetic dental problem has to do with your gums? Are you one of the many Detroit residents whose gums are too long, too short, or uneven? There is a solution for gum problems as well. The answer is gum contouring surgery.

With gum contouring, sometimes called tissue sculpting or gum reshaping, a Royal Oak dentist or periodontist can improve the shape or size of your gums.

Gum reshaping is not always a cosmetic procedure. If the gums have receded to a point where the tooth root is susceptible to decay, gum surgery can restore the natural, healthy gumline and protect tooth root and bone.

For more information about gum contouring, call 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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