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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Bridging The Gap

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Hello Royal Oak smiles! Do you have a missing tooth that is detracting from your otherwise nice teeth? Let Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry fill the gap for you and help you get your dazzling smile back! A dental bridge could be the perfect solution for your missing tooth and help you chew and speak properly.

A bridge includes two or more crowns on either side of the gap created by your missing tooth. These two anchoring teeth permit a false tooth to be held in place where the missing tooth should be. The false tooth that is placed in the gap is called a pontic. Bridges can contain one or more pontics. A pontic can be matched to the surrounding teeth if you choose a porcelain material. If you’d like, a pontic can also be constructed using gold or an alloy.

Dr. Gustafson will work closely with you to be certain that your bridge has an exact fit. Then one of our skilled hygienists will show you how to clean under and around the bridge to ensure that no tooth decay arises in the nooks and crannies.

Dr. Gustafson has been successfully restoring smiles since 1984. Thousands of patients have trusted Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry with their dental health.

Come see us at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry and you can bridge the gap and love your smile again!

 

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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Should You Worry About Dental X-rays?

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Providing quality dental care is much easier for dentists when they have extensive, comprehensive information about their patients’ oral health.

Pictures are more accurate than written notes. To go a step further: pictures that show what’s going on below the visible surface of your teeth are worth even more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough visual analysis, most dentists want complete and up-to-date X-rays.

The frequency of X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your oral health. Because children are growing and they experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more often.

X-rays also help dentists find cavities, assess gum health, and identify any major changes to your teeth and mouth.

Safety is an important issue Dr. Gustafson considers when ordering X-rays, because low levels of radiation are used to obtain the images. Many critical precautions are taken to limit exposure, such as putting leaded aprons and collars on our patients.

It is essential that women inform their dentist if they are pregnant because special considerations should be taken.

Along with basic dental health issues, we are happy to discuss the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as dental implants and full smile makeovers.

Should you worry about dental X-rays? Absolutely not!

 

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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Eating Got You Down?

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Men and women with missing teeth know that chewing can be difficult and painful. If you are looking at the cost of dental implants and feel uncertain about whether this is the step you ought to take, come see Dr. Gustafson, DDS at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry to learn all about implant placements.

Dental implants are usually the best permanent tooth replacement for men and women whose missing teeth make it hard to chew and eat.

Improving a smile cosmetically beyond just the functional needs can also be considered during an informative consultation. Dr. Steven Gustafson offers trusted advice about restoring your smile while still keeping it comfortable in the pocketbook. Come examine the possibilities, including the cost of cosmetic dental smile makeovers.

If you have missing teeth, come see our friendly team and let them improve your eating experience. After all, eating is pretty important.

 

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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3-Tooth Solution For A 1-Tooth Problem?

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Do you have a missing tooth?
Are you considering the types of tooth restorations available?
Does a dental bridge seem to make the most sense financially?

If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your mouth, it is important to think about the differences between a dental bridge and a permanent tooth implant.

Dental bridges have replaced teeth for generations of men and women. However, they have some downsides:

  • They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem—the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
  • It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
  • A dental bridge does not protect against bone recession at the extraction site.

Why does a tooth implant have key improvements over a dental bridge?

  • It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
  • It is usually stronger.
  • Will cut down the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
  • It is usually easier to keep clean which results in a lower risk of decay.
  • They commonly last longer.
  • Dental implants can support a denture or partial denture.

If you need to replace a tooth, talk to your Royal Oak dentist about dental financing options. If you decide on a dental implant, it will probably be less pricey in the long run.

If you want to learn more about dental implants, I invite you to call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770. I am Dr. Steven Gustafson, and I am dedicated to restoring smiles for my patients with stunning permanent restorations. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation at my Royal Oak office.

 

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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Think It’s Not Necessary To Replace Missing Back Teeth?

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Some people who lose a posterior tooth question whether to replace it. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to take over the chewing functions. Why not avoid the expense to replace it and save some money? Actually, there are several critical reasons to replace a back tooth with a permanent dental implant if possible:

1. The adjacent tooth (or teeth) may start shifting.

If a tooth tilts, moves or rotates, it can influence the bite. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or TMJ pain.

2. The underlying bone will eventually recede.

Without the tooth root, the jaw bone pulls back. This changes the dimensions of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a decrease in supporting bone. The vertical shortening progresses and becomes more pronounced as you get older.

3. There will be extra stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions.

This can lead to excessive wear, fracture, or pain.

If you have a missing posterior tooth and want to learn about dental implants, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 to schedule an appointment.

 

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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Common Myths About Cosmetic Dentistry

Common Myths about Royal Oak Family Cosmetic Dentistry Myth #1: Cosmetic Dentistry is Never Necessary for a Healthy Smile

Many so-called Detroit cosmetic dental procedures are not solely cosmetic. Berkley dental procedures such as tooth replacement prevent many potential problems such as tooth movement, bone loss and difficulty chewing and speaking.

Myth #2: A Birmingham Dental Bridge is the Only Way to Replace a Missing Tooth

Dental bridges have been used for many years with success. However, dental implants are often a better choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants have many important advantages for Ferndale dental patients. They feel like natural teeth, they are stronger, and they are easier to clean than dental bridges. Tooth implants can also be used to anchor dentures or partial dentures.

Myth #3: At-Home Kits are as Effective for Birmingham Tooth Whitening Than a Professional Dental Solution

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we offer our Detroit dental patients teeth whitening treatments that are frequently more effective than at-home kits. At-home kits may remove surface stains, but they do not provide optimum results and can often lead to uneven coloring.

Myth #4: Dental Bonding is the Best Way to Fix a Chipped Tooth.

Dental bonding can restore the shape of a tooth, but may not be the best long-term solution. If you have a damaged tooth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Call us at 248-541-8770 to set up an appointment to discuss veneers.

Myth #5: Berkley Braces are the Only Way to Correct Crooked Teeth

Braces are often part of a transforming dental makeover for our Detroit teens and adults alike. However, if your teeth are only slightly crooked, Lumineers can reshape your teeth and help you achieve a stunning smile. And the best thing about veneers? They offer rapid results!

 

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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3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Royal Oak, Michigan Dentist

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Looking for the best dentist in Royal Oak? You can click around on the computer or watch for postcard ads in your mailbox. Even then, the outcome is shaky at best. Finding the best dentist in Royal Oak truly hinges on what you are looking for. Are you looking for consistent, professional evaluation? Are you looking for an honest, straightforward diagnosis and treatment proposal? Are you looking for affordable dental care without a background agenda?

Don’t let the myriad of dentists throughout Michigan overwhelm you. Today Dr. Steven Gustafson offers 3 reliable steps for finding a dentist who will expertly serve your family’s dental needs in comfort and style.

Step 1
Pick up the phone: 248-541-8770. Contact our friendly staff at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry for your best appointment of the year, a dental checkup with Dr. Steven Gustafson. Our office offers competitive pricing to go with professional, educated experience. The needs of our patients run the gamut. From dentures to general dentistry, from cosmetic dentistry to Invisalign. Providing quality services can make your dental implants experience speedy and straightforward.

Step 2

Make an appointment. Researching general and cosmetic dental practices start with a consultation. An evaluation of what your teeth need, what your smile could use and what your budget can afford are all key pieces of the puzzle. Located here at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak, Michigan, we are equipped and proud to handle cosmetic dentistry, teeth cleaning, dental implants and everything in between.

Step 3
Meet the good doctor. Dr. Gustafson has a friendly and comfortable chair side manner, explains concisely and fully the procedures and possibilities, and performs superb dental work day in and day out. Expect to see the transformation you want. Expect to talk to a professional. Expect outstanding, talented service.

Finding a dentist that will bring a smile to your face and put you at ease is just a click away at http://gmdentistry.com/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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6 Ways To Prepare For Your Dental Procedure

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Nervous about an upcoming procedure? Let Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry offer 6 ways to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically before your big dental day.

First, remember Dr. Steven Gustafson is trained to provide the best care and comfort possible.

Second, take some time to relax and identify what you are apprehensive about. Take deep breaths and slowly let them out as you weigh the reasons for and against taking these steps to a better you. Remember that many individuals have been in your shoes and everything worked out fine.

Third, know your medical history. You may be asked to complete a medical history and medications form, so be sure you know what medications and supplements you are currently taking and review past hospitalizations and illnesses.

Fourth, have a dental plan. Come in for a thorough consultation. If we know all the dental work or cosmetic dentistry you want to get done, then we’ll know if combining any of it can save you time and money. We offer cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures, Invisalign, and general dentistry to name just a few.

Fifth, trust the outstanding staff at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry to guide you through the before, during and after the process. We’ve been doing this since 1984.

Sixth, our final important suggestion! Ask all the questions that you want to be answered before you have dental tools and gloved hands in your mouth!

 

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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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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