Root Canal vs Dental Implant

Berkley root canals vs tooth implants

When a tooth’s nerve and the pulp becomes infected, a dentist and patient must make a choice of whether to attempt to save the tooth by completing a root canal or to extract the tooth.

There are several factors that impact this decision. These include whether there is an infection in the surrounding bone, the amount and condition of the remaining tooth structure, the strength of the supporting bone, and the presence of periodontitis.

During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries, and lymph vessels. The dentist or endodontist uses files of various sizes to clean out the canals. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material that seals them off.

The root canal procedure is only the first step in complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will probably become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown placement. A durable dental crown protects the remaining tooth, allows normal function, and prevents shifting of the surrounding teeth.

A root canal is often the most conservative treatment when a root is infected or a tooth has severe decay or damage. Root canals have been performed with success for generations and have a very low failure rate.

But there is always a slight possibility that a tooth with a root canal can have complications down the road. If there was a tiny crack in the treated tooth, it can become re-infected. A tooth with curved roots is harder to fill and they can also become re-infected. Occasionally, the tip of a file can break off in a root during the procedure and cause problems.

Due to the slight risk of failure, some patients question whether they should just get a tooth implant in the first place. This is not a black and white decision. Like root canals, dental implants have a high success rate. But there are risks with dental implants, as well.

If you have been told that a root canal or a dental implant is needed, talk with your dentist about the pros and cons of each procedure. If you do not currently have a dentist, I invite you to schedule a consultation at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. You can trust in Steven Gustafson for critical, unbiased information so you can make an informed decision about your dental treatment.

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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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

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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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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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An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush

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Teach kids how to care for their toothbrush to keep their teeth in first-rate condition.

An important thing for Detroit kids to learn is to always allow their toothbrush to completely air dry between uses.

The simplest way to let the toothbrush air dry is by placing it in a toothbrush holder on the counter with the bristles pointing up.

This method of storage is better than sticking it away in a drawer since it will take longer to dry in there.

Also, when you travel, make sure your toothbrush is dry before you seal it away in a travel container.

A good strategy for Royal Oak residents to make sure their toothbrush has ample time to dry is to buy two toothbrushes. Alternate between the two so each has time to fully dry out between uses.

Be sure to replace your toothbrush (or toothbrushes) every 3-4 months, or sooner if you’ve had a cold!

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we offer the following services:

cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
dentures
Invisalign

We are currently accepting new patients. The friendly team here would be happy to answer any questions you have about children’s oral health.

 

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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Beautiful Teeth Without Breaking The Bank

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At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, our cosmetic dental smile makeover patients believe that life-changing cosmetic dentistry is a worthwhile investment. Indeed, for most people, the value of a healthy, appealing smile cannot be measured in dollars. We agree, however, that cosmetic dentistry is not cheap.

Do you have to spend thousands of dollars to upgrade your smile? Actually, no. Today’s post focuses on the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures.

Dental Bonding
In many cases, dental bonding can be used to correct a tooth that has been chipped.

When Steven Gustafson repairs a tooth with dental bonding, a pliable resin material is applied to the tooth. Dr. Gustafson expertly molds the material to create the desired shape. The resin is then hardened using a special light. After hardening, Dr. Gustafson performs any necessary trimming and shaping followed by a final polishing.

Dental bonding is typically less costly than porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Call us at 248-541-8770 to discuss cosmetic dental financing options.

Beware of brand-new Detroit area practices that advertise extremely low prices for dental bonding, veneers, or dental implants. The expertise and artistic ability necessary to attain minuscule tolerances should not be undertaken by a beginner. Thoroughly research any new cosmetic dentist you are considering for any cosmetic dental procedures or complete smile redesign.

Tooth Whitening
Most Royal Oak people are aware that there are several different tooth whitening methods. Steven Gustafson recommends scheduling a tooth whitening consultation to discuss your options. Even inexpensive OTC tooth bleaching systems can be misused and bring about tooth sensitivity, damage to tooth enamel, and irregular coloration.

Regarding the cost of teeth whitening: if you elect an at-home system from a drugstore, you may have to buy several packages to obtain even slight whitening. In-office whitening or a take-home system from our office may be more affordable in the long run.

 

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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4 Teeth All In A Row

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Perhaps getting everything lined up for a breathtaking smile can take a bit of finagling. Maybe you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, Dr. Steven Gustafson is commonly seen working miracles on all types of smiles.

Here are 4 ways to get all your ducks (or teeth) in a row for your new smile:

Tooth #1 The Two Front Teeth
Knowing how to get to us will be critical. Find our own “two front doors” at Royal Oak, Michigan zip code 48067. Jot it down; put it in your phone or GPS; do whatever you have to do. Especially if you’re out in Detroit.

Tooth #2 The Wisdom Tooth
Do a little research. Search for before and after smiles and see what’s possible. A little wisdom will go a long way. But, no worries, we’ll take care of educating you about the possibilities if the research is out of your reach. We want our patients wise about the care they can receive.

Tooth #3 The Canine Tooth
Rest assured you are not barking up the wrong tree. Just as a sampling, we offer these services: dentures, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and dental implants. It’s likely we are just who you need.

Tooth #4 The Sweet Tooth
Talking with our sweet and friendly staff will be a superb experience. Let them set you up.

With all your teeth in a row, you are prepared! We hope you’ll choose our practice, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. See you soon.

 

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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Hate Your Dentures?

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Perhaps you have heard or seen the dental industry’s advertising about dental implants. Many Royal Oak dentists claim that dental implant dentures can change your life. Does this sound like hyperbole? Exaggeration?

Let’s examine the facts about dental implant anchored dentures:

Chewing: An oral implant denture can restore up to 95 percent of normal chewing function. How vital is chewing? Can you chew easily with your current full or partial denture? Can you bite apples? When was the last time you ate a raw carrot?

Fit: Implant anchored dentures stay in place. An implant denture doesn’t slip around in your mouth and cause sores. Implant denture wearers who exercise regularly especially welcome this benefit.

Appearance: Is your smile attractive? Can you smile confidently? How many denture wearers love their smile? Implant anchored dentures look like natural teeth. They don’t move when you smile, eat, talk, bike, swim, dance, golf, ski; you get the idea.

Bone health: When teeth are removed, bone recession can occur over time. Because a titanium implant is an artificial ‘tooth root’ inserted into your jaw bone, your bone has a better chance of staying healthy. If there are no other adverse issues present, your jaw bone should remain healthy and dense, just as if the initial tooth root were there.

Today, dental patients with missing teeth are fortunate to have a tooth replacement choice that is far better than both traditional dentures and dental bridges.

If you hate your dentures, we invite you to set up a consultation about dental implant procedures. We can discuss all the particulars including procedure specifics, healing time, and dental implant cost. Then you can decide for yourself if implant dentures will, as promised, change your life.

 

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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Missing Teeth? 5 Things You Need To Know About Dentures

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1. Dentures are not the only replacement selection for missing teeth. Dental implants used alone or in combination with a partial denture is often a superior option for patients. Whereas a removable appliance replaces only the visible parts of teeth, an implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. This has important implications. Dental implants can prohibit bone recession that often occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can furnish patients with the near-normal ability to chew, speak, and laugh.

2. There is more than one type of denture. Most men and women are familiar with the removable denture that replaces a complete upper or lower arch. There are also partial dentures that are used for patients who have some natural teeth. Partial dentures can be fixed in the mouth or removable.

3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be a suitable candidate for implant-anchored dentures. The vital factor is whether or not you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can augment existing bone for some implant patients. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Gustafson to find out if you are an appropriate candidate.

4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice appropriate oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.

5. Even if you have no existing teeth left, it’s essential that you have a twice-yearly dental examination. Optimal oral health is an essential component of overall physical well-being. Dr. Gustafson will examine your mouth for indications of diseases like cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. It is also a good idea for your dentist to examine the condition of your appliance at your visit.

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 Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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Today’s article focuses on missing teeth and bone health.

Our teeth have many important functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to pull back. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes, kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is continuously regenerating itself. This indispensable process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulates this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have an unsightly gap in their smile, but they also begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness—it poses serious health perils. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get the correct nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence or withdraws from social situations because they are embarrassed by their smile.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For men and women missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with a dental implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support a tooth implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely carried out with success. If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures.

 

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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