Do Gaps Between Teeth Require Braces?

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If my son or daughter has gaps between their baby teeth, should I be worried?

Young children have gaps temporarily as their baby teeth gradually fall out and permanent teeth gradually come in. Having gaps in baby teeth doesn’t necessarily mean your child will have gaps in their permanent teeth. However, it’s vital to have your child examined by a dentist at least twice yearly throughout childhood.

When should I bring my child in for their first dental exam?

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend a toddler’s first dental visit occur no later than 12 months.

This is from the ADA:

“It is advantageous for the first visit to occur within six months of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age, and receiving oral health education based on the child’s developmental needs.”

If my youngster has a gap between the two front permanent teeth, do they need braces?

A gap between the two front permanent teeth is a very common issue. It can be caused by pacifier use or thumbsucking as an infant. If teeth are unusually small, it may create gaps between them as the jaw develops.

The tissue that is located between the inside of the upper lip and the gum above the upper front teeth is called the labial frenum. If the labial frenum is especially large, it can create a gap between the top middle teeth.

A gap can be closed with braces or cosmetic dentistry. It depends on the cause of the gap, the size of the gap, and whether there are bite issues.

If my youngster has a gap between their two top middle teeth, will it eventually close up?

In a child, the gap between the two top middle teeth may close up. Or it might get larger. Schedule an exam and consultation at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

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 Tea And Teeth Question

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What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea?
Why, Denis, of course.

Lame jokes aside, a common concern for patients is stained teeth. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. Today, let’s talk a little bit about a common cause of tooth staining: dark beverages including tea.

Over time, tea can stain the plaque that may eventually turn into tartar. Plaque can be brushed and flossed away. Daily oral hygiene is vital.

Between cleanings, rinse with water after drinking tea. Be sure to brush and floss all surfaces of the teeth at the end of the day.

If the color of your teeth is still unsatisfactory after a professional cleaning, you may want to consider professional teeth bleaching.

Here are some of the procedures we perform:

Dentures
General dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry
Invisalign
Dental implants

Thanks for visiting our 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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Your Dental E.R.

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It’s reassuring to know that the hospital emergency department is open on evenings and weekends. If you have a medical emergency, there’s a team at the E.R. ready to help.

It’s also reassuring to know that Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is here for you. If you have a pressing dental problem in the evening or on the weekend, the team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry will take care of you.

What kind of treatment does an urgent care dental practice provide?

  • a knocked-out tooth
  • extreme tooth pain
  • a fractured tooth

What Mouth Injuries Require a Medical Hospital E.R.?

For some injuries to the mouth, you should see a medical doctor first. When the primary injury is treated, you may need to see your dentist for tooth restoration.

Visit the E.R. for the following:

  • swelling in the mouth or throat that is obstructing breathing
  • severe jaw pain when there is a possibility of jaw fracture
  • lacerations in the mouth that are causing severe bleeding

If you go to the E.R. for severe tooth pain, a medical doctor can give you pain medication and/or antibiotics if required.  In the E.R., an MD can’t carry out a root canal or place a dental crown. There is some overlap when it comes to the training medical doctors and dentists receive. Either specialist could sew up a laceration in the mouth. But, in general, medical doctors don’t learn dentistry.

Even if you get pain medications or antibiotics, you will still need to see a dentist to fix the problem with the tooth. Plus, you will have an E.R. co-pay or worse.

If you come to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry with extreme tooth pain, you can also get pain drugs and antibiotics if necessary. Your dentist will also take care of the source of pain or infection.

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 are Habit Appliances and How are they Used?

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What are habit appliances?

Habit appliances are devices that are most commonly used to help young children stop sucking their thumbs. Habit appliances are also known as habit breaking appliances or crib appliances. Most are metal devices that are placed on the inside of the front teeth and can look like metal retainers. Some habit breaking devices can be removed, like retainers, and some are glued into place and cannot be removed. Habit breaking appliances are often held in place by the upper molars. Habit breaking appliances can both physically stop the bad habit and can serve as a reminder to not partake in the bad habit.

How are habit appliances used?

The main purpose of habit appliances is to stop toddlers from sucking their thumbs. However, some adults also have habit appliances inserted to stop them from tongue-thrusting. The goal of habit appliances, beyond breaking bad habits like tongue-thrusting and thumb-sucking, is to prevent individuals from positioning their teeth in odd and unnatural positions that may lead to an open bite, an overbite, or protruding teeth. Habit appliances can prevent teeth from aligning in bad positions. By using a habit appliance for a child who sucks their thumb after getting their permanent teeth, you can potentially prevent the need for braces.

Can habit appliances be harmful?

Habit breaking appliances are not harmful to the teeth or mouth, and there is no proven disadvantage to using them. Habit appliances are temporary and prevent damage to the teeth caused by tongue-thrusting or thumb-sucking.

How long do individuals need to use habit-breaking appliances?

It could take a couple of weeks to several months to break the habit. Some habit appliances are like retainers and can be removed on one’s own, however, most habit appliances are glued into place and have to be removed by a dentist once they believe the habit has been successfully broken. Sometimes habit appliances can be left in an individual’s mouth for years.

When to consider a habit-breaking oral device:

  • If thumb sucking becomes a habit
  • If tongue-thrusting becomes a habit
  • If any other bad habits arise that cause the teeth to be positioned in an unnatural way

Dr. Gustafson at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is a pediatric dentist who can prescribe and custom-fit a habit appliance for your toddler.

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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Looking For The Top Orthodontist In Royal Oak?

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Hello friends! Welcome to our blog. This site is for our remarkable patients and anyone looking for exceptional orthodontic care in Royal Oak.

When a new patient comes in for an orthodontic consultation, we do a thorough exam and evaluation.

At the same time, we encourage prospective patients to thoroughly evaluate Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

We Evaluate Your Orthodontic Needs, You Evaluate Our Practice

If you aren’t yet a patient, we invite you to come to meet our team.

Let’s discuss:

  • Dr. Gustafson’s skills and experience
  • The variety of orthodontic services we provide at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry
  • Before and after photos of our orthodontic patients
  • All the extras that make your visits pleasant and comfortable
  • Our ability to explain the important technical details of procedures

Fair enough? Dr. Gustafson will evaluate your orthodontic goals. You can consider everything about our Royal Oak dental practice.

We have been providing orthodontic care since 1984. We offer cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and dentures. We serve patients in Royal Oak and the Detroit area.

We believe you will like what you find.

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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Improve Your Smile for Yourself (And Those That Look at You)

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Not happy with your smile?

Have you been asking yourself about transforming your smile?

Do you have an extracted tooth that visually bothers you or your spouse or partner?

Could your smile be holding you back in business or social pursuits?

Are you sick and tired of loose dentures slipping around in your mouth?

Whatever the reason for considering dental implants, know that dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement solution that will give you the most realistic smile.

Go Back in Time

A tooth implant can give you back your original smile.

The development and use of dental implants represent one of the most remarkable advances in dentistry in generations. This has been made possible with the discovery and development of materials that can be put into the body. The implants are inserted into your jawbone where they are used as anchors for the new teeth. The new teeth are made to match the patient’s other teeth.

There are usually (3) phases of a dental implant process.

Dental implant placement.

The implant (or post) is surgically placed into the jawbone. The dentist numbs the area and makes a small cut in the gum to expose the jawbone. The jawbone is drilled precisely to accept the implant. The implant is then screwed into the jawbone. It is then allowed to heal.

Osseointegration.

This word by definition means to heal into the bone. It is the process where the jawbone is given time to heal and mesh with the post. The implant location becomes much stronger once the jawbone integrates with the implant. Osseointegration can take from (1) month to (3) months depending on the individual.

You get your new tooth and a new smile!

An abutment or attachment piece is attached to the implant. The new crown is made to be indistinguishable from your other teeth. The size, shape, and color will all be considered prior to the final fit. The final crown may take some time to make. During this time a temporary crown is attached to the implant. The temporary crown ensures that the patient can eat and talk without any issues. The temporary crown is only used until the permanent crown is ready.

Patients who have received implants find them to be the most robust way to repair their teeth problems. Dental implants have proven to be an effective long term solution to missing teeth.

If you are interested in dental implants, talk to your dentist on your next visit. Your dentist will want to talk to you about your concerns and ask about any health matters. Certain diseases, medications, and chronic problems could be a concern and require further evaluation.

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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Don’t Let Fear Of The Dentist Compromise Your Oral Health

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If you have claustrophobia, you forego cave exploration. If you have acrophobia (fear of heights), you avoid sky diving. In either case, you can live a fulfilling life without engaging in these activities.

What if you have dentophobia or a fear of the dentist? (Yes, it’s a real thing with an official name.) This is different than the phobias mentioned previously. Since dental visits are vital for dental health, it’s not a good idea to simply avoid dental treatment.

Yet many men and women try to do just that. That is until they have a problem that gets so painful they are forced to white knuckle it through a dental visit. At that point, the procedure may be an extraction that could have been prevented with earlier intervention or preventative measures.

If you experience severe anxiety when undergoing dental treatment, oral sedation is for you. Whether it is called relaxation dentistry, oral conscious sedation, sleep dentistry, or anxiety-free dentistry, it has proven to be safe and effective.

Dentophobia is complex and may be accompanied by any of the following:

  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Fear of needles
  • A powerful gag reflex
  • Difficulty in controlling body movement
  • Difficulty becoming numb with normal injections

With oral conscious sedation, dentistry patients can relax or even sleep through dental treatment.

You select the amount of sedation needed:

  • Mild sedation: relaxes you while you remain conscious.
  • Moderate sedation: provides a deeper level of relaxation with partial consciousness.
  • Deep sedation: you are almost entirely unconscious but can be awakened.
  • General anesthesia: this sends you to dreamland from which you awake after it’s over with no memory of the service.

For more information on oral sedation dentistry, contact 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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We Work Around Your Schedule To Provide Quality Dental Care

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Welcome to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. We have been providing after-hours dental treatment for dental emergencies since 1984.

We Are Always Accepting New Patients

As an urgent care dental practice, we are always accepting new patients.

We are best known for treating dental emergencies after normal business hours and on weekends. (We are open during normal hours as well!)

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry Is a Full-Service Dental Practice

Our services include:

We maintain a clean, comfortable, and friendly atmosphere that puts our patients at ease.

If you don’t currently have a dentist or are not comfortable with your current dentist, we invite you to visit Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

Has it been a while since you have had a dental exam? We invite you to make an appointment. We work around your schedule.

Are You At a High Risk For Dental Problems?

Most individuals are in the medium to a low risk category. If you use tobacco or alcohol, eat a lot of sugar, have an eating disorder, have poor oral hygiene habits, or suffer from a medical condition that affects your mouth, you are likely in a higher risk category.

It is vital for your dental and physical health to have your teeth examined immediately.

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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Fixing Chipped Teeth With Bonding

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A cosmetic dentist’s toolkit is filled with useful tools for fixing most types of cosmetic tooth problems. In the past few years, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and same-day teeth whitening have garnered a lot of notoriety. In today’s post, we are going to talk about an effective, yet relatively uncelebrated dental treatment that has been used successfully for decades. We’re talking about dental bonding.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is durable and natural looking. It is applied to the teeth while soft and putty-like, and then hardened (or cured) with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

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

Discolored teeth can also be lightened with bonding. Since bonding material is easily molded, teeth can be lengthened or re-shaped to more nice proportions. Bonding is frequently used as part of a total smile transformation.

I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson, of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. My practice, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, offers dentures, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and dental implants.

If you live in the Royal Oak area and are looking for quality dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please call my office 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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Starting Chemo? How Are Your Teeth?

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If you are scheduled for cancer treatment due to a recent diagnosis or relapse, oral health is probably not your first priority. However, the team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry counsels you to give some attention to your teeth to prevent or minimize common cancer-related dental complications.

According to the National Institutes of Health, cancer treatment often takes a heavy toll on a healthy smile.

Common Complications of Chemotherapy and/or Radiation

Inflammation of the mucous membranes
Viral, bacterial, and fungal infections
Mouth dryness (increases risk of cavities)
Poor nutrition due to eating difficulties
Mouth pain
Oral bleeding
Lifelong risk of tooth decay
Loss of elasticity of masticatory muscles (may make opening mouth difficult)
Bone recession due to decreased blood flow
Tooth loss

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak wants to help you maintain oral health before, during, and after your cancer treatment. We offer comprehensive preventative and restorative dental services including cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, dental implants

We extend to our dental patients battling cancer our sincere hopes for your successful treatment. It is a pleasure to serve your oral health needs.

“Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment: What the Dental Team Can Do,” National Institutes of Health, http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/CancerTreatment/OralComplicationsCancerOral.htm, accessed on May 27, 2014

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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