You Be The Judge

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If you are researching smile redesigns, you have probably heard claims that cosmetic dentistry can provide you with a ‘perfect smile’ or a ‘celebrity smile.’ Are these superlatives simply exaggerations? We invite you to judge for yourself.

Call 248-541-8770 to schedule a no-pressure smile makeover consultation with Dr. Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. You can discuss your smile makeover goals and see before and after photographs of actual patients. Dr. Gustafson can show you what your new smile could look like.

A smile makeover involves multiple procedures which may include the following:

Tooth Implants

A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth that has been extracted. The crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.

Orthodontia

Orthodontic selections include traditional metal or ceramic braces, ‘behind-the-teeth’ (lingual) braces, and clear aligners.

White Fillings

If you had cavities in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, dramatically enhancing your smile without crowns.

Dental Crowns

There are many different kinds of dental crowns that serve different purposes. We carry out an intensive examination to ensure the crown you get is perfect for you and your smile.

Inlays/Onlays

Inlays/onlays are indirect fillings, which means that they are produced in a lab and placed whole on the tooth. A traditional direct filling is applied to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shaped by the dentist. Where possible, an inlay or an onlay can be a less-invasive alternative to a complete crown.

Composite Veneers

Veneers can correct chips, cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size.

Teeth Whitening

There is nothing like an outstanding white smile to give you maximum confidence.

Dental Bonding

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

Enamel Shaping

Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade the characteristics of a smile even if all the other teeth have a positive appearance.

Gum Contouring

If you have a gumline that is too low or too high and detracts from the presentation, gum contouring can reshape the gumline and perfect your smile.

‘Perfect smiles’ are possible—but don’t just take our word for it. Come see our smile gallery and judge for yourself.

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 You Smiling?

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Hello Royal Oak! Welcome to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, and we have been here serving the Detroit area since 1984. We are constantly striving to cater to the oral health needs of our patients, and we hope that you might be one of these patients soon!

One innovative way that we keep our patients and others informed is by this blog, the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry blog. We want to keep families informed about how they can have healthy, beautiful smiles.

A central goal of this blog is to encourage everyone to develop more effective oral health habits, such as proper brushing and flossing.

Cosmetic dentistry is another essential topic that we like to address. We offer a full menu of cosmetic dentistry services. Ask us about dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers, dental crowns, tooth-colored fillings, and gum contouring. We hope to educate Detroit residents on what these procedures are and how they can help you to get the beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted.

If you have any questions, please call us at 248-541-8770 and a member of our friendly staff can schedule an appointment for you. Whether you want to know more about in-office teeth whitening, problems such as dry mouth, dental implants, or invisible braces, we can help.

 

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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Is Cosmetic Dentistry For You?

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Many of the patients who visit Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry have questions about cosmetic dentistry. There is some reliable information online, but there are many questions that only a cosmetic dentist can answer. New improvements in cosmetic dentistry have made it safe, affordable, and worth your consideration if you want to improve your smile and look younger.

If you have questions about how cosmetic dentistry can lighten your smile, align crooked teeth, adjust a gum line, or restore a tooth, give me a call. I am Dr. Gustafson, and I can give you straightforward answers to your cosmetic dentistry questions.

Schedule a consultation by calling 248-541-8770 I look forward to meeting you. We will examine your unique challenges and aspirations for your smile. I will give you an oral assessment to determine what procedures would be most effective for you.

We can ordinarily attain outstanding results without resorting to procedures that require longer recovery times. Tooth whitening, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, and veneers work miracles and can often be completed in one visit.

Some more extensive dental troubles require more than one visit to our Royal Oak office. We can help you determine the level of cosmetic dentistry you will need to get the smile you want—from one or two procedures to a complete smile makeover.

We want you to be comfortable with any dentistry decisions you make. Give us a call, we look forward to answering your questions – Dr. Steven Gustafson.

 

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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A Maximum Upgrade With Mini Implants

How Mini Dental Implants Can Help Your Smile in 48067Though they are not as well known as conventional dental implants, mini implants are being used successfully in the Royal Oak area to improve smiles.

Like their larger versions, mini implants can handle the restoration of one or more missing teeth or can replace a bridge or fixed denture. Denture wearers benefit significantly from these slip-free dental implants that are inserted securely in the jaw bone.

In some cases, a patient is unable to receive conventional full-size dental implants due to insufficient bone thickness. There are also mini implant patients who are not able to endure dental implant surgery due to health issues. Patients like this are typically great candidates for the mini version.

The placement of toothpick-sized mini dental implants can sometimes be done in one dental visit. The placement usually requires no incisions or stitches. Recovery time, if needed, is frequently very short. Most patients are able to eat dinner that evening.

Don’t let the word “mini” fool you; your smile can receive a maximum upgrade with mini dental implants. Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry 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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How is Gum Disease linked to Tooth Loss in Royal Oak

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Do you know that the most prevalent cause of tooth loss in Royal Oak among adults is gum disease? The good news is that gum disease is easy to treat if it is detected in the early stages. Regular check-ups with your dentist are important, so make sure to schedule regular appointments for yourself at your local dental office. Furthermore, we need to mention that there are several warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

Warning Signs for Gum Disease

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

If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to your dentist today before you experience tooth loss in Royal Oak. Since plaque can cause gum disease, remember to remove plaque through regular flossing and brushing. These two actions are the key to healthy gums.

Schedule an Appointment

At our dental practice in Royal Oak, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we serve the Detroit area. We take pride in caring for our patients and we want them to have healthy and beautiful smiles that they can be proud of. Our practice specializes in several dental procedures such as cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures, and Invisalign clear braces. Contact us at 248-541-8770 and a member of our friendly staff can make an appointment for you. During your consultation, you can speak with Dr. Steven Gustafson about swollen gums, dental veneers, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and more. We hope to hear from 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


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:

248-541-8770

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:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Missing Teeth and Dental Implants in Royal Oak

It’s a deceptively simple idea: replace a missing tooth by implanting an artificial one directly to the patient’s jaw. It’s an idea that has been around for a thousand years or more, but in the last half century, it has become an exact science. Dental implants are one of the specialties offered at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

First, let’s clarify one point: a dental implant refers to the titanium post that is embedded in the jaw, and not to the artificial tooth. The post goes where the tooth root used to be, and because of that, helps to prevent bone recession. The artificial tooth sits on top of the post.

According to the American Dental Association, dental implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry. They look and function just like a natural tooth.

Even people who are missing all of their teeth can benefit from dental implants. New, permanent styles of dentures can be supported in the jaw by implants. They are far more secure than traditional dentures.

If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants may be the answer to your prayers. Call us at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak to see if they are right for you. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, including popular procedures like teeth whitening. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

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:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Go Back In Time With Dental Implants

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So you’ve lost some teeth and are reluctant to smile because of the gaps. If only you could go back in time and reclaim that full-toothed smile you once had. Guess what? With dental implants from Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, you can!

For most people, a dental implant is the perfect replacement for both the root and crown of a tooth. They feel so authentic that implant recipients forget that they ever lost a tooth in the first place.

A dental implant is anchored into the jawbone with a durable metal post. After the post is entirely fused with the jawbone, the supporting device (called an abutment) and crown are securely attached to the post. Some patients are able to undergo all three parts of the treatment at once.

If you’ve lost most or all of your teeth, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, in addition to dental implants, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and treat conditions such as TMD. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067