We Understand Dental Anxiety

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Dental professionals in the Royal Oak area (including the team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry) are dedicated to oral health. Unfortunately, some individuals rarely go to the dentist. Others have the misconception that you only need to go to the dentist when you have a toothache.

In addition, there are those who have severe dental anxiety. Perhaps you fall into this category.

Dental anxiety is real, we get it.

If you are apprehensive about dental visits, here are a few guidance that may help ease you into scheduled dental checkups. Certainly, enriched oral health will elevate your quality of life.

Choose a dentist you can trust.

I understand how difficult it can be to seek dental treatment. That’s why I make sure my patients are comfortable before I examine their teeth. First, I ask you many questions. I want to get to know you, and help you get to know me. Communication builds a connection. A connection leads to a trusting relationship.

The more I know about you, the easier I can help you.

Be prepared to provide me with vital information about your lifestyle and health. Many men and women are intimidated at a dentist office. Because of this, they may hesitate to disclose sensitive issues.

We are here to help, regardless of your history or oral condition.

There is nothing in your past that we haven’t dealt with. Neglecting oral health. Drug use. Eating disorders. Regardless of your history, we have helped patients with similar dilemmas.

In order to help you, I need complete accurate details. Bring notes if you are worried that you will forget something.

Also, during treatment, tell me what you are experiencing so I can help you feel more relaxed. If we find that you are going to need a dental procedure more extensive than filling a cavity, let’s discuss sleep dentistry.

Oral sedation is safe and effective.

The most important thing to know is that oral conscious sedation or sleep dentistry is perfectly safe. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we have been providing sedation since 1984. We offer different levels of sedation and a choice of medication including oral analgesics, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, our friendly staff will work to make your visit as pleasant as possible.

 

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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Avoid Bone Deterioration Following Extraction

Royal Oak Jaw Bone Deterioration Hello, friends of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry! In today’s post, we will discuss jaw bone health.

Those tooth roots are important!

To remain healthy and dense, your jawbone needs to be continually stimulated by the pressure of chewing, biting, and talking. Each tooth has a root structure the extends into the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates blood flow in the bone surrounding the root.

Have you had a tooth extracted?

In some cases, tooth extraction is the only possible procedure for people with tooth damage beyond repair. However, we make every effort to retain the root structure. When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that surrounded the initial root structure begins to recede.

A dental implant replaces both the root and the crown of an extracted tooth

Fortunately, tooth implants provide a new, artificial root that helps to keep the surrounding bone healthy and strong. A dental implant is composed of a substantial titanium post that replaces the original root and eventually integrates into the surrounding bone.

After the implant has been placed and the surrounding bone has healed and integrated with the implant, a post is inserted into the implant. The new artificial tooth, or crown, is then attached to the post. Implant restoration is a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss.

Are dental implants a good option for you?

For more details about dental implants, call Dr. Steven Gustafson at 248-541-8770. The friendly team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry provides world-class dental treatment for patients in Royal Oak and the surrounding areas.

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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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What is a Beautiful Smile Worth?

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What is a beautiful smile worth? Men and women who have received a smile makeover at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak say it was worth every penny.

Your smile is a part of you that you share with your family, friends, and colleagues every day. An attractive smile creates confidence. If you are uncomfortable with your smile, you waste mental and physical energy trying to hide it.

How would your life improve if you felt comfortable in every social and professional setting?

If you have been trying to hide your smile for years, what incorrect assumptions have others made about you? Do you come across as self-conscious or distant because you hardly laugh at jokes and barely crack a smile when you meet someone for the first time?

Cosmetic dentistry is life-changing and the ultimate anti-aging treatment. When you quit trying to hide your teeth, you are free to put all your energy into your work, play—everything!

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, Dr. Steven Gustafson carefully contours perfect smiles for our smile-design patients.

We also make sure our smile makeover patients are completely relaxed during treatment. If you are afraid of dentists or have had negative experiences in the past, rest assured that we understand how you feel and our caring dental team will do our best to relieve your concerns.

Life is better when you love your smile. Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak today!

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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 There Drawbacks to Dental Implants?

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  • Are dental implants too expensive?
  • Are dental implants unsafe?
  • Are dental implants experimental?
  • Is the surgery painful?
  • Does it take a long time to recover?

The answer to all of these is No.

Let’s talk about it.

Dental implants are an investment in a higher quality of life

Dental implants aren’t cheap. We understand that. But you get so much more than a titanium post and porcelain crown or denture.

You get the ability to chew steak and raw vegetables. You gain self-confidence. You preserve the shape of your face. You prevent your teeth from shifting after an extraction. You avoid embarrassing dentures slipping around in your mouth.

Dental implants are a safe, mainstream dental procedure

In healthy patients who are good candidates for the service, dental implants have a success rate of around 98%. They have been used for decades.

Are you thinking about getting a dental implant? At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we only recommend surgery for people who are good candidates. This helps us maintain a nearly 100% success rate.

According to the American Academy of Implant dentistry, 3 million Americans have received implants.

If you get a permanent dental implant this year, it could last the rest of your life.

Dental implant surgery has very little pain and patients usually recover rapidly

Our dental implant patients are generally surprised after they get their implant placed.

“Wow! That was no more painful than a filling.”

“Are you finished already? I didn’t even feel it.”

“That was oral surgery? It only took a few minutes.”

After dental implant surgery, you may experience:

  • Minimal pain at the implant site
  • Minimal bleeding
  • Swelling and/or bruising of the gums and cheeks

These effects should subside after a few days. Ibuprofen usually takes care of the pain. Ice packs used on the outside of the face can reduce swelling. Call our office if these symptoms persist.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we want to share accurate information about teeth implants. There are too many myths floating around. It’s unfortunate that incorrect information can prevent people with missing teeth from improving their lives with implants.

If you have questions about tooth implants, get your answers from an expert. Dr. Gustafson has been providing the highest quality dental service 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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The Unsung Heroes Of Dentistry

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In today’s post, we will veer a bit off the beaten path, so to speak, and review a fascinating dental specialty; forensic dentistry. The official term for the use of dentistry in criminal cases and post-mortem identification is forensic odontology. These experts are rarely recognized but play a crucial role in crime and disaster investigations.

Dental X-rays, dentures, and bite marks are all used to provide clues about the victim’s identity and/or the manner of death. A person’s teeth are as singular as fingerprints and can often tolerate forces such as fire, explosions, submersion in water, and natural decay without being destroyed.

Identifying One Victim

Identifying a victim through dental records is aided immensely when authorities have narrowed down a group of suspected victims to just a few people (or, ideally, just one) and can consult the dentists who had treated them. When the identity is completely unknown, a forensic dentist combs other databases such as those maintained by the armed forces and prisons.3

“Dental identifications are so much quicker and so much less expensive than DNA.” -Dr. Mark Bernstein, dentist and forensic dental consultant1

Identifying Hundreds of Victims

While identifying one victim of a homicide or accident can be somewhat manageable, natural disasters, plane crashes, and other large-scale tragedies are exponentially more complex.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Burkes, chief forensic dental consultant for the 9/11 attacks, over 140 dentists toiled to identify the fragments of remains that were recovered from the scene of the terrorist attacks. The identification effort was an intensely painstaking and complicated operation. First, the dentists were divided into four teams. The Go Team gathered evidence from the scene, the Antemortem Team analyzed existing dental records of assumed victims, the Postmortem Team X-rayed the retrieved dental evidence, and the Comparison Team compared the X-rays of the remains of anonymous corpses to the files of missing people presumed to have been at the scene.2

“Dentistry fulfills one of its most important social, moral, and professional obligations by applying its unique knowledge and expertise to the task of identifying countless persons who are tragic victims of fires, catastrophes, disasters, and homicides.”3

1Ashley Hayes, “How authorities identify a burned body,” CNN, February 13, 2013, http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/13/health/burned-body-id/, accessed February 20, 2017
2James Berry, Clayton Luz, Arlene Furlong, Craig Palmer, “Forensic Dentistry: Identifying the Victims of 9/11” Dental Practice Management, December 1, 2001,http://www.oralhealthgroup.com/features/forensic-dentistry-identifying-the-victims-of-9-11/, accessed February 20, 2017
3Dr. Vincent Funaro, “Charts, Radiographs, Study Models: A Forensic Trilogy, January 1, 2006, Dentistry Today, http://www.dentistrytoday.com/forensic-dentistry/1159-, accessed February 20, 2017

 

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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Avoid These 5 Smile Wreckers

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We hope today’s post will alert blog visitors to some harmful oral health risks. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, too often, we treat cavities and damage caused by the following:

1. Sports Injuries

Many parents send their children out on the playing field with a mouthguard but fail to shield themselves when they participate in activities that put teeth at risk. Talk to us at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry about custom sports mouthguards for every athlete in the family.

2. Ice Chomping

Many people like chewing ice, especially that irresistible pebble ice you can get in some fountain drinks. You may not even be aware that you chew on the ice when you have finished your drink. Breaking this habit can shield your teeth from cracks, chips, and tooth sensitivity.

3. Oral Piercings

Are you someone who expresses your personality with piercings in and around the mouth? We strongly discourage this. In addition to the risk of cracking or chipping, infection and permanent nerve damage can occur.

4. Gummy or Sour Candy

Of course, all sugary treats are no friend to your enamel, but gummy candy packs a double punch because it is both sugary and clings tightly to teeth. Sour candy triggers even more acid production than sugary candy alone. If your sweet tooth is extremely persuasive, chew sugarless gum.

5. Eating Disorders

These complex mental disorders have a plethora of mental and physical implications and, for most affected people, cannot be simply wished away with willpower. If you suffer from bulimia or anorexia, we hope you are receiving the appropriate professional treatment. Be advised, however, that there are some things you can do to acquire a measure of protection for your teeth while you work through the healing process. Dr. Gustafson can provide sensitive, discrete oral health counsel for those currently suffering or those who have overcome a disorder but have tooth damage as a result.

What If It’s Too Late?

If you have oral health dilemmas due to one of these, or for any other reason, there are still ways to heal your smile. Virtually all tooth damage can be treated with advanced dentistry. We pride ourselves on providing solutions to the dental issues caused by common smile wreckers. However, we are even happier when our patients are able to avoid them and just visit us twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd, in Royal Oak, Michigan. Call us 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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Dental Questions? We Have Answers.

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Hello! My name is Dr. Steven Gustafson and my dental practice, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, has been serving the Royal Oak area since 1984.

If you have questions about oral health, cosmetic dentistry, preventative dentistry, bite issues, tooth implants, oral sedation, professional teeth bleaching, or invisible braces, come to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry for answers.

My friendly staff has helped me establish an atmosphere of active listening. We enjoy getting to know our patients and determining each patient’s unique dental needs. We want to understand your dental goals and challenges and help you understand the hows and whys of recommended treatment.

Many of our new dental patients ask us about cosmetic dentistry treatment such as teeth whitening, smile makeovers, and dental implants. We would love to communicate with you about these services.

Dental Care For Every Member of the Family

If you have youngsters, it is important for you to make decisions about protective sealants and fluoride supplements. If you have older children, it is helpful to discuss braces, sports mouthguards, and cavities prevention. If you are not satisfied with your smile, we would like to introduce you to the latest in cosmetic dentistry. If you are missing teeth, dental implants may be the optimal solution. If you have a family member with a chronic illness, we can counsel you about the impact their condition has on oral health. Oral cancer screenings are important for patients of all ages.

Thank you for visiting our dental blog and taking the time to learn more about Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. Call today to schedule a consultation.

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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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5 Smile Solutions at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Aesthetic Dental Transformations in Royal Oak Many Royal Oak professionals, students, and retirees are enjoying the lasting benefits of aesthetic dentistry. A sensational smile not only looks great, it makes you feel great!

Start the Day With a Smile

When you first look in the mirror in the morning while brushing those gleaming babies, you remember; “Oh yeah, I fixed my teeth and they look extraordinary!”

When you smile at old friends or make new ones, you are happy to show off your new unforgettable grin. When you are in a professional setting speaking with colleagues or clients, you feel poised and self-confident.

We have talked about different cosmetic and restorative dental procedures available in previous blog articles, but let’s review the most common.

Versatile Veneers

Veneers are glass-like, wafer-thin covers that adhere to teeth. Porcelain veneers are durable and have the translucency of natural teeth. They correct chips, stains and misaligned teeth that do not require orthodontia. There are several companies that fabricate veneers. One of the notable brand names is Lumineers.

Corrective Crowns

Crowns correct more extensive tooth dilemmas. They are used in a variety of situations such as the final restoration following a root canal or to restore teeth compromised by decay, injury, or periodontitis.

Impressive Implants for Total Restoration

A dental implant is often the right replacement for a missing tooth. They are becoming a popular alternative to a dental bridge or partial dentures, especially among middle-aged professionals and men and women in the public eye.

Bridge the Gap

Bridges are another strong, natural-looking replacement for one or more missing teeth. They have been used with success for many years.

Lighter and Brighter

Professional tooth whitening in your dentist’s office is the least invasive and fastest way to brighten your smile several shades. One of the most popular systems is called Zoom!

If you are interested in any of these treatments, schedule a consultation at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry today. Even if you are a bit hesitant, remember: discussing possible solutions with a cosmetic dentist does not require a commitment of any kind. It is merely a relaxed way to get the most reliable information.

We are waiting for your call. Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry can be reached 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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6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

Most people visit the dentist about once each year. As many as forty percent of Americans see their dentist less often. Some go as long as five years between visits.

Most dentists prescribe a visit at least every six months.

Here are six terrific reasons to visit your dentist more frequently.

1. Oral Cancer Detection

That’s right: cancer detection. Not many men and women think about the risk of getting cancer in their mouths or throat. Patients with oral cancer have a far better prognosis when it’s detected early. Note that tobacco users have a considerably higher risk of developing oral cancer.

2. Cavity Damage

Unfortunately, almost everyone gets cavities. If cavities are caught when they are small, they aren’t difficult (or costly) to repair.

The problem comes when they aren’t discovered early and the damage requires a major fix. Cavities are one of the reasons many people avoid dentists. Getting a tooth filled used to be painful. Not anymore.

People who visit the dentist frequently have fewer cavities. Catching cavities early offers tremendous advantages.

Visiting Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry can help you prevent cavities altogether—as long as you practice proper dental hygiene.

3. Gum Disease, Gingivitis, or Periodontitis

Gum health is a part of overall dental health. Your dentist can help you track the condition of your gums and prescribe ways to eliminate or reverse gum disease.

4. Bad Habits

Bad habits can have a negative influence on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails, and clenching teeth are among the more common.

Frequent visits to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry can help you track any potential harm you may be causing with bad habits. Your dentist can help you identify harmful habits and advise you on lifestyle changes and treatments.

Don’t let bad habits get in the way of your oral health. It helps to have an experienced professional to help you deal with habits so they don’t become destructive.

5. Deeper Problems

The things we have discussed so far involve an oral examination. However, has the ability to look deeper with X-rays.

X-ray technology has come a long way. It allows your dentist to find potential problems before they become visible. Many of the problems can be fixed before damage occurs.

6. More Than Just Teeth

The professionals at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry are concerned about more than your teeth. We care about your comprehensive physical health.

Dentists are trained in the anatomy around your mouth. That includes your neck, throat, lymph nodes, and head. Dentists know a lot about these areas and look for signs of trouble.

A semiannual dental visit can help you maintain a healthy mouth and a positive outlook on life.

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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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Does COVID-19 Affect Your Teeth and Mouth?

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You’ve probably heard that COVID19 can make patients lose their sense of taste and smell. Hopefully, you haven’t experienced that yourself. Let’s consider other oral dilemmas connected to COVID-19.

Dry Mouth is as Common as Loss of Taste

A cohort of Brazilian scientists led by University of Brasilia researcher E.N.S. Guerra analyzed more than 180 studies of COVID patients and found that 43% of patients experience dry mouth. That’s slightly higher than the percentage that reported a loss of taste. The 43% of patients that experienced oral health issues amounted to 65,000 people.

Loss of Taste Comes in Many Flavors

The research also found that people with COVID can have a decreased sense of taste (hypogueusia); a distorted sense of taste, in which everything tastes sweet, sour, bitter, or metallic (dysgeusia); or a complete loss of all taste (ageusia).

Researchers also found that these conditions seemed to be more common among European COVID patients. However, only a third of U.S. patients and a quarter of Latin American patients reported them. The scientists couldn’t determine the cause of the disparity, but further research may provide clues.

Lesions and sores on or under the tongue were also reported.

“Regarding COVID-19 patients specifically, the important message is to maintain healthy oral health habits during their illness if they are able to do so. A dry mouth significantly increases the risk for tooth decay, so brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing once a day, limiting snacking, and avoiding sugary foods and drinks are the best ways to maintain their oral health.” Dr. Edmond Hewlett, a spokesman for the American Dental Association reviewed the research.

It’s Time to Get Your Dental Health Back on Track

Have you stayed away from the dentist due to the pandemic? Did you know that poor oral health puts you at greater risk of health complications from a wide range of diseases, including the coronavirus? We invite you to schedule a cleaning and evaluation. You can rest assured that we follow rigorous safety protocols to protect our patients and staff.

Source: https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20210908/heres-how-covid-19-can-affect-your-mouth#1

 

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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