Why Aren’t Dental Implant Prices Listed Anywhere?

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You can’t buy tooth implants at Costco. You can’t compare relative costs on Amazon. The rates aren’t listed on your dentist’s web page.

There is a reason for this.

A permanent dental implant procedure isn’t one-size-fits-all.

The price of a tooth implant depends on many factors.

First, let’s specify what we are talking about.

A dental implant is a tooth replacement that is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to the adjacent teeth like a dental bridge. The post replaces the tooth root and is anchored where the tooth root used to be. When the post fuses with the bone, the dentist attaches an abutment and then a crown for the visible portion of the tooth.

It’s important to understand that an implant involves several elements:

  1. The post (screw)
  2. The abutment
  3. The crown

So, how much does an implant cost?

Give me a rough estimate….

In Michigan, you can expect to pay from $1,000 to $3,000 for one implant (the post that is screwed in).

Then there is the abutment (connector piece) and crown. These elements could cost from $900 to $3,000.

This would bring the total cost from $1900 to north of $5,000.

Remember, this is for ONE post, abutment, and crown.

What if I need a whole bunch of implants?

Some people spend between $20,000 and $50,000 for a total mouth reconstruction.

Wow!

Implants seem really expensive…

An implant procedure is oral surgery. It requires consultation and additional visits. It requires X-rays and impressions. You might need bone grafting to augment the bone where the implant will be placed.

There are indirect costs as well…

Your dentist will buy the components from a dental supplier. The dental crown is custom-made in a lab. Dental laboratories have costly equipment. They employ professionals who are specially trained.

Consider your dentist’s schooling. Just one year of dental school costs between $30,000 and $70,000… (Don’t forget, your dentist earned an undergraduate degree before attending dental school.)

Your dentist employs a team of professionals. A dental office must pick up and maintain expensive equipment and supplies.

According to the American Dental Association, it costs at least $500,000 to open a dental practice. The yearly overhead can run over $200,000.

Does my dental insurance covedental implant procedures?

Some Michigan dental insurance carriers cover dental implant procedures. Some only cover the crown portion. Others don’t cover any portion of the procedure. It’s unfortunate that more dental insurers don’t cover implants. They are less expensive over the long run. They preserve bone. They don’t require removing tooth structure like dental bridges. They don’t have as many complications as dental bridges.

Talk to your provider. If your insurance company doesn’t cover them, or if you don’t have dental insurance, meet with us about financing.

Tooth implants are costly. No doubt about it.

But if you talk to our patients, each one will tell you that they are worth every penny.

 

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 Lurking Under Your Gumline?

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Hello Royal Oak! For ideal oral health, you need both healthy teeth and healthy gums. Proper oral hygiene helps keep both your teeth and gums in good shape.

When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle aiming the bristle tips at the gumline. The bristles of a soft toothbrush can clean the food particles in the pockets in front and in the back of the tooth, but you need floss to clean between the teeth. Be careful to (gently) get the floss down into the pocket between the tooth and gum. Scrape food particles up and out of the pocket.

Back to toothbrushing: if the toothbrush is not held at the correct angle, the bristles can’t get in the pockets to clean out the bacteria before it turns into enamel-damaging plaque. If plaque builds up in the pockets, the gums can start loosening.

Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the tooth structure below the gum line is more susceptible to decay than the enamel above the gumline.

There is more than one way to damage your teeth—even if the visible parts of your teeth are cavity-free, gum disease can cause dilemmas with the parts you can’t see.

We work with our patients of all ages to establish essential oral hygiene habits.

If you haven’t had a check-up in a while, or are experiencing gum soreness or recession, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry today at 248-541-8770 to schedule a thorough tooth and gum examination.

During your exam, Dr. Gustafson will measure the depth of the pockets around each tooth. If you already have gum disease, we will help you restore gum health.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dental services including cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. If your teeth are stained and you want to brighten your smile, ask us about teeth bleaching.

 

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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Focusing On The Top 3 At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

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I’m Steven Gustafson. I’ve been practicing dentistry here in Royal Oak, Michigan since 1984. I have found amazing people in this community. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we focus on three important things as we work to be your dental provider of choice.

Family

We want to be the dental practice families rely on for quality care, whether for routine preventative services, tooth restoration, or cosmetic dentistry. If your son chips a tooth and is in severe pain, we want to be the first choice that comes to mind. We offer variety for any family’s various dental needs.

dentures
general dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
Invisalign
dental implants

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry focuses on your Family.

Facts

When we sit down in consultation and you say “Dr. Steven Gustafson, I need to know the cost of veneers, dental implants, the cost of a dental bridge… I need to know my options.” We’ll give you the bottom line on cosmetic dentistry, teeth cleaning, and dental implants. Whether it’s affordable dental care for quality of life or affordable cosmetic dentistry for increased confidence, we’re here. Look us up or call: https://gmdentistry.com 248-541-8770

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry focuses on the Facts.

A Friendly, Comfortable, and Safe Environment

We focus on clean, bright, and inviting and follow rigorous standards of sterilization. Our team here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is friendly, professional, and considerate.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry focuses on a Friendly atmosphere.

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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Preventive Dentistry at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

tooth decay pictures at Healthy smiles don’t happen by accident. They are a result of preventative dentistry. Are you interested in preventative dentistry?

Perhaps you have a healthy smile and want to prevent decay. Many Royal Oak people have a mouth full of fillings and don’t want to add another one to their collection.

Perhaps you want to avoid gum disease which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.

Preventative Dentistry

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we have a prevention-oriented philosophy of dental care.

Your first step begins with a prevention consultation with Dr. Steven Gustafson.

Dental Exams are Essential

Individuals of all ages need to start with an exam to determine their current status. Your dental condition is influenced by your dietary habits, previous dental work, physical health, medications, lifestyle, and family history. After a comprehensive analysis, Steven Gustafson can establish a decay prevention plan just for you.

Let’s Make a Plan

A prevention plan is a multi-faceted approach designed to maintain optimum dental health. It involves affordable preventative services at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. Twice-yearly exams reveal early problems before they progress. Deep cleanings prevent a multitude of serious dental issues for our patients who faithfully keep their regular cleaning appointments.

Oral health cannot be maintained solely in our office. Daily brushing and flossing are essential. A healthy diet is necessary and will deliver benefits to your whole body–not just your teeth.

If you suspect you have a cavity or gum disease, call us at 248-541-8770 before it gets worse. We can successfully treat your current dilemmas and restore your dental health. In addition, we will set you on the path toward a healthier future.

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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5 Smile Makeover Questions For Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

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If you are considering a multi-procedure smile transformation or extensive restorative dental work, here are four considerations:

All At Once Or Over Time?
At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, our smile makeover patients can often receive several (or all) procedures in one visit. It all depends on the specific procedures required to achieve your perfect smile. Dr. Steven Gustafson develops a unique treatment plan for each patient after extensive consultation and examination.

Oral Sedation?
Many cosmetic dental patients benefit from sleep dentistry. Conscious sedation is especially useful for procedures such as multiple wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement.

Cost?
We know that cosmetic dentistry is a substantial investment for most Detroit dental patients. Some procedures are covered by dental plans, so if you have dental insurance, be sure to find out exactly what is covered. Many residents use flex spending accounts for dental work and reap the tax advantages.

Healing Time?
With the latest materials and cosmetic dental techniques, healing times are often minimal. However, some services such as bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, root canals, and dental implants often require a short healing period. Consider how the timing of your dental visits and the needed healing periods will affect your job and family responsibilities.

Aesthetic Results?
At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak our patients experience marvelous results when doing smile transformations in phases, however, porcelain restorations are best fabricated in the same ‘batch’ for the most precise color matching.

Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry today at 248-541-8770 to schedule a no-pressure cosmetic dental 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 Specialties Available In Royal Oak

Dental Specialties Available In Royal Oak General dentists in the Royal Oak area are trained in a wide variety of dental procedures. However, sometimes, your Royal Oak general dentist will refer you to a local Detroit specialist, or include a specialist as part of your treatment team.

Following are some of the most common dental specialties found in the Detroit area:

Endodontists
Endodontists in Royal Oak specialize in root canal therapy and other procedures involving the root and surrounding parts of the tooth.

Periodontists
Periodontists practicing in the Royal Oak area treat the conditions affecting gum tissue and the bone surrounding the teeth. If you have gingivitis or more advanced periodontal disease, you may be referred to a periodontist in Royal Oak.

Prosthodontists
Repairing damaged teeth and replacing lost teeth for Royal Oak patients is called ‘restorative dentistry’. Prosthodontists have advanced training in procedures involving crowns, dental implants, bridges, veneers, inlays, and partial or complete dentures.

Pediatric Dentists
Infants, young children and teenagers in the Royal Oak area have different dental needs than adults. Pediatric Dentists undergo additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases affecting the youngest population in Royal Oak.

Oral Surgeons
Oral Surgeons serving the Royal Oak area perform surgical procedures involving the teeth, mouth and jaw. These include dental implants, surgery to repair damage due to injury, tumor surgery, and cleft lip and palate reconstruction.

What is a Residency?

Dental specialty programs run from two years to six years. This type of training is called a “residency”. While a DDS or DMD is undergoing specialty training he/she can practice general dentistry. Some six-year residency programs provide a medical degree as well the certification in the chosen dental specialty.

 

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248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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A New Reason To Eat More Fish

Detroit Family Dentists Welcome to the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry blog. I am Dr. Steven Gustafson.

In the article “Fatty Fish, Nuts May Prevent Gum Disease,” author Jennifer Warner explains that a recent study links diets high in polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) with a lower risk of .

Gum disease is a common dental condition for many individuals. When gum tissue pulls back from a tooth, it forms a pocket. This pocket is a warm, moist place for bacteria to flourish. (You know what they say about Nature abhorring a vacuum.)

If gum disease (periodontitis) goes untreated, the teeth and jaw bone are at risk. During dental examinations, I measure gumline pockets and examine all teeth for gum disease.

“Researchers found that people whose diets were rich in PUFAs were as much as 30 percent less likely to have gum disease than those who ate little or none of this type of fat.”

Foods rich in PUFAs include salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines, herring. Oils high in PUFAs include safflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and margarine made with the previously mentioned oils. Almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds are high PUFA nuts/seeds.

I don’t know many men and women who eat mackerel and herring ordinarily. Maybe some of us could benefit from becoming more adventurous when it comes to seafood.

The possible prevention of gum disease is not the only reason to eat high PUFA foods. These foods pack a nutritional punch and have a myriad of health benefits. The next time you are stocking up at your grocery store, you may want to add some salmon and walnuts to your list.

It is critical to understand that diet alone will not treat or help you prevent gum disease, however, it may be an additional tool for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

If you have not been to your family dentist in a while, I urge you to schedule an examination and cleaning today. We are currently taking new dental patients at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20101026/fatty-fish-may-prevent-gum-disease

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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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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