Getting Ready For A Dental Implant?

dental implant cost BerkleyThis post from Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak concentrates on the preparation required for a dental implant.

A dental implant is a permanent post inserted into the jawbone with attached abutment and artificial tooth. A dental implant can also support a dental bridge or denture.

Who can benefit from dental implants?

Ideal candidates for a dental implant include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, sufficient bone structure, and proper health for bone healing. For most of our patients who seek tooth restoration, a dental implant is a good option.

What preparation is needed?

An initial visit to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is the first step. For this evaluation be sure to bring pertinent medical information, your current medication list, and questions you have about the process. Dental implants take multiple visits and the process is different for each person so be sure you understand all the details. If we determine that you don’t have enough bone structure at the implant site, bone grafting may be needed.

How do I ensure successful healing?

Avoid drugs or medications not approved by your dental caregiver. Eat soft foods for a while to give your mouth time to heal after the implant is placed. Keep the mouth cleaned properly around the site. Follow the directions given at each visit. Stay healthy by eating a nutritious diet and getting proper rest. Stay away from smoking or other tobacco products.

How do I care for dental implants?

Caring for implants is not much different than caring for natural teeth. Be sure to avoid damaging, dangerous habits such as chewing hard items (ice or candy), and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is a concern for you. See your dentist regularly. Keep the implant and gum tissue around the implant clean just as you (hopefully) do with your original teeth.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak is a provider of dental implants. We also offer general dentistry services. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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What Is More Valuable Than A Diamond?

Royal Oak cosmetic dentistryEvery tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.” -Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605.

When Cervantes wrote that, there was no way to replace teeth lost to decay or injury. We are fortunate to live at a time where there is a permanent solution for missing teeth: the amazing dental implant.

A dental implant is anchored into the jaw bone. It does not slide around like a removable denture. It functions just like a natural tooth.

With a dental implant, you can talk, chew, and brush like normal. Eat that steak. Laugh out loud. Sing at the top of your lungs!

Dental implants are not an experimental treatment. They have been available for many years. You can be sure it has been fully tested and tweaked to perfection.

If you have a missing tooth and want to get a dental implant, it is critical to decide on an experienced specialist, like Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. We offer the full spectrum of restorative, cosmetic, and general dental services.

In addition to dental implants, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak provides general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Bad Breath Treatment At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Bad Breath Treatment at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Do you suspect that you have bad breath? At  Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we help our patients overcome this unpleasant, irritating, and potentially embarrassing condition.

Halitosis is caused by the bacteria that live on and around your teeth, gums, and tongue. Breath mints and mouthwashes do not cure bad breath, they only mask the symptoms. Proper oral hygiene can cure many cases of bad breath. However, in some cases, bad breath is caused by more serious health matters. Sinus and tonsil infections, acid reflux, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, kidney malfunction, and eating disorders are just some of the issues that can cause bad breath.

If you have bad breath, the first thing to do is make sure you are cleaning your teeth, gums, and tongue thoroughly. This does not mean you should brush as long and forcefully as possible. Brushing too vigorously is harmful to gums and contributes to gum recession.

Don’t forget about regular professional cleanings. Our friendly dental hygienists are trained in the latest and most effective deep-cleaning procedures. Your teeth feel so good after being cleaned professionally!

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI provides general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease is not nearly as common as it once was. Still, one of every ten American adults is likely to get some form of gum disease by the time they’re sixty-four years old. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we provide treatment for gum disease.

First things first. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and is associated with other serious conditions like diabetes and heart disease. So brush and floss your teeth every day – twice a day, in fact. If you don’t, your chances of getting gum disease increase.

In addition to age, other risk factors include tobacco use. Health experts say that tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for getting gum disease. If you don’t smoke, don’t start, and if you do smoke (or chew), quit.

It appears some people are genetically predisposed to gum disease. Even when they take great care of their teeth, such people may still be more likely to get it. If you think it runs in your family, don’t despair. A genetic test can confirm it, even if you aren’t showing any signs. Getting early intervention treatment may help.

Stress, too, is another risk factor for gum disease. Stress may make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection.

Poor nutrition and teeth grinding or clenching can also put you at greater risk of developing gum disease.

Finally, certain medications can affect your oral health and make you more prone to gum disease. These include some oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and heart medications. If you have any concerns, ask us at your next appointment.

If you are showing any signs at all of gum disease, such as bleeding when you brush your teeth, let Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak know. We provide effective gum disease treatment. Other  services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


What Can The Dentist Do For You?

Hello, and welcome to the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry blog. Our dentists work hard to keep the teeth and gums of each of our patients healthy, so they have a perfect smile.

Teeth may seem like bone, but they are actually living structures. Inside that hard exterior is complex system of tissue. The teeth themselves are anchored to your jaw by ligaments and a material called cementum.

Because there is so much more to teeth than meets the eye, we urge our patients to take good care of them by brushing and flossing twice a day, and by visiting our office twice a year. Our hygienists will remove any accumulation of plaque and tartar that has built up, and we will give your teeth and gums a thorough inspection.

Why is this all so important? Because research has shown there is a connection between the health of your teeth and your overall physical health. In short, a healthy mouth can help you maintain a healthy body.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, general dentistry keeps your teeth and gums healthy, and cosmetic dentistry gives you a perfect smile. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


5 Benefits Of Preventive Dentistry For Kids

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At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we promote general dental care by developing decay prevention plans and helping our patients establish and preserve proper dental practices.

1) A healthy mouth equals better overall health and well-being. Maintaining optimal oral health puts children at a lower risk for diabetes and heart disease.

2) A beautiful, healthy smile boosts confidence and self-esteem for little ones.

3) By keeping teeth and gums healthy as babies, you avoid the need for pricey restorative dental work down the road.

4) Strong teeth help kids get proper nutrition. Tooth decay makes eating difficult.

5) Proper dental hygiene beginning at birth and twice-yearly exams commencing with the eruption of the first tooth promotes normal speech development. (The American Dental Association recommends toddler dental visits to begin when the first tooth appears.)

If you are looking for an experienced children’s dentist, we invite you to call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Excellence In Family Dentistry At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Excellence In Family Dentistry At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we are proud of our legacy of dental excellence. Our dental service menu includes general, cosmetic, and orthodontic services for every member of the family.

We create a pleasant dental experience for our youngest patients at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. We want to make sure they look forward to visits and never develop dental anxiety.

If you have toddlers and young children, we can guide you in pediatric oral care, sealants, and fluoride treatments.

If you have older children and teens, in addition to general dentistry, we provide orthodontic services, custom sports mouth guards, and wisdom teeth removal.

Hundreds of our patients have dramatically improved their smiles with cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry techniques and materials are better than ever and some procedures can be completed in just one visit!

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we treat you like family. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Twice A Year!

Cleanings and checkups with Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak are essential to your dental health, and to your overall health. By coming into our office every six months, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your teeth and gums are healthy – and you’ll have a great smile, to boot.

A typical appointment is in two parts. First, one of our hygienists gives your teeth a thorough cleaning. That in itself is worth coming in for. But part two, the checkup, is just as important, because we’ll take x-rays, check for any cavities, make sure your gums are healthy, and look for signs of any problems like bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.

Seeing us twice a year is also a great way to protect your overall health. We won’t give you a physical like your doctor, of course. But there are more than a hundred systemic diseases that can be detected in the mouth.

In between visits, make sure to do your part. In fact, a daily regimen of flossing and brushing is the most important part of the equation. We recommend brushing at least twice a day; after every meal is even better. That way you are consistently removing the plaque that is constantly forming on your teeth.

If you haven’t scheduled your next checkup and cleaning with Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, pick up the phone and give us a call. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and other services. Make an appointment today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease

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Here is some important news for anyone who cares about their dental health: gum disease is a principal cause of tooth loss among adults. There is also evidence that it is somehow connected to heart disease. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, gum disease is preventable and easy to treat if found in its early stages.

Warning signs of gum disease include:

  1. Gums that bleed frequently
  2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together
  4. Gums that are loosening from the teeth
  5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

The single most important thing you can do to prevent gum disease is to have a good dental health routine. That includes brushing and flossing twice a day, and seeing us for a checkup and cleaning every six months.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we treat gum disease, and take pride in caring for our patients and want them to have a healthy and attractive smile. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and treat other serious conditions such as TMD. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Are You Flossing Out Of Fear?

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Most of us know that flossing is an important part of oral health. The dentists are Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry remind you that the value of this simple yet essential exercise in oral hygiene has been shown time and time again.

Flossing offers a chance to remove food debris that a toothbrush is likely to miss. But, being afraid of the ‘cavity bugs,’ ‘mouth germies,’ or the ‘dental bogeyman’ may not compel you to floss regularly. The fear of cavities, gingivitis and gum disease may work for a week or so after a cleaning, but may not instill a lasting habit.

We encourage our dental patients to look at flossing as an opportunity to start fresh, just as showering and dressing for the day is a positive way to increase motivation. Flossing can be a opportunity to remind yourself to smile and feel happy as you approach your day. Flossing could be a time to think about the foods you are putting into your mouth and consider what improvements could be made to your diet.

It doesn’t have to be about fear! Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak to schedule your six month cleaning and checkup. We offer many ways to enhance your smile and self-confidence. Make an appointment today to consider whether cosmetic dentistry can lighten your look, dental implants can influence your flair, and general dentistry or Invisalign can ease your anxiety. We aim to make it an outstanding experience!

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067