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:

248-284-4879

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


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:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Spotlight-Ready Smiles: Cosmetic Dentistry In Royal Oak

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A mouth full of dingy or crooked teeth can really distract from anyone’s appearance. With cosmetic dentistry from Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, you’ll get a red-carpet-worthy smile.

Cosmetic dentistry can restore the luster to your smile, that may have faded from years of wear and tear. All it takes are procedures like dental veneers, teeth whitening, or straightening.

What are dental veneers? Veneers are paper-thin shells of durable material (ceramic, porcelain, or composite resin) bonded to the teeth to provide strength and add beauty to any smile.

What are dental implants? A wonderful long-term solution for missing teeth, dental implants are artificial roots surgically implanted in the jaw to anchor a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, or denture.

What is teeth whitening? Professional teeth whitening products can restore the glow to your smile. It far surpasses anything that comes out of a toothpaste tube.

The best way to find out if veneers or dental implants are a possibility is to meet with Steven Gustafson DDS at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry for a smile makeover consultation.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, cosmetic dentistry can create a smile you will be proud to flash.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Tooth Replacement For The 21st Century: Dentures in Royal Oak

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Not everything was better back in the “good old days.” Take dentures, for instance. Dentures have been around for generations and have certainly improved the lives of thousands of Royal Oak people who have lost many or all of their teeth.

However, conventional false teeth are no longer the best tooth replacement option. Traditional dentures can impede many important oral functions: chewing, tasting, swallowing, talking, and smiling.

You may know denture wearers who have stopped attending social activities because they are embarrassed by dentures that are far from inconspicuous. Some have even stopped eating their favorite foods because their dentures lessen their power to taste and/or chew.

Today, implant-anchored or implant-supported dentures have changed dentures forever. They are far superior than conventional dentures for many patients.

There are two types of implant anchored dentures; removable and permanent. No adhesive is necessary for either system. With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable. In addition, they are usually less expensive than replacing each missing tooth with an implant. (The cost varies depending on the number of implants needed and other factors.)

Screw retentions require enough bone thickness to allow the implant to securely mesh with the existing bone. Unfortunately, some patients who have been missing teeth for a long period of time have experienced bone recession. For patients who lack the needed amount of bone, mini-implants may be an alternative.

Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment which allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type because they can remove them at night for cleaning. Patients who have traded in their traditional dentures report that their implant anchored dentures have dramatically improved their life.

To find out more about modern dentures, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. We are providers of cosmetic and general dentistry. 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

 


Restorative Dentistry in Birmingham MI

Royal Oak Dental Implants and Dental BridgesTooth replacement is frequently requested at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. When my patients here in Birmingham MI want information about this form of restorative dentistry, two of the things I tell them about are fixed (or traditional) dental bridges and dental implants.

A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that replaces a missing tooth. The false tooth—called a pontic—is fused to porcelain crowns on adjacent sides of the extracted tooth.

Tooth Implants Replace the Root and Crown

Dental implants are also popular, and for some patients are a better choice. A dental implant includes a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

After it has bonded with the bone (it usually takes three to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then placed. The entire process takes several months, but consistently yields incredible results.

Preserving Facial Contour

Both of these restoration options maintain or restore facial contour and allow you to talk and eat normally. Tooth replacements prevent adjoining teeth from gradually shifting and can help correct bite troubles, as well.

Tooth implants and dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth. Many men and women have been treated successfully with these restorative dentistry procedures.

Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry to schedule a tooth restoration consultation.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067