I Evaluate Your Teeth – You Evaluate Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Detroit Smile Makeovers Hello friends and neighbors in Royal Oak!

Welcome to our dentistry blog. This site is for my prized patients and anyone in the Royal Oak area who is looking for a local experienced and helpful general and family dentist.

We are taking new patients at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

I invite you to call 248-541-8770 to schedule an evaluation.

I’m not talking about an ordinary dental evaluation, although I will certainly examine your teeth and gums thoroughly and advise you on any necessary preventative or restorative needs.

I invite you to perform your own evaluation of me and my dental practice.

I encourage you to evaluate:

  • My education, experience and dental skill
  • The variety of services we provide at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry
  • My recommendations about your dental needs
  • Before and after photos of my cosmetic dental smile makeover patients
  • My philosophy of preventative dentistry
  • The length of the wait time for your appointment
  • My office atmosphere and the attentiveness of my personable professional dental team
  • All the extras that make your dental visits pleasant and comfortable
  • My ability to explain the important technical details of procedures and characteristics of restorative materials
  • The many services available at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry including general dentistry, brilliant smile makeovers, and oral sedation

Fair enough? I will evaluate your dental needs and you can consider everything about me and my Royal Oak dental practice. I believe that you will like what you find.

We are a full-service dental practice.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we provide a full array of dental services. If you don’t make it a point to keep up with the ever-evolving world of dentistry (and who does?), you might not be aware of the procedures that are now available.

There have never been as many effective treatments for tooth decay, missing teeth, misaligned teeth, and bite problems.

Beautiful smiles are our specialty

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, beautiful smiles are our specialty.

We provide dental fillings, porcelain crowns, dental veneers, inlays and onlays, tooth implants, and other cosmetic dental procedures for complete smile makeovers.

Again, thanks for visiting our Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry website. Enjoy your day and call us 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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A Proud Dental Practice

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Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is proud to serve not only Royal Oak but the greater Detroit area. Our friendly dental team consists of proud members of the community we serve. It’s worth the trip for the change it will make in your life.

Are you proud of your smile? You should be. Your smile is unique. It can express friendliness and confidence. Why not make it the ideal expression of who you are? Cosmetic dentistry offers solutions for chipped teeth, missing teeth, crooked teeth, and tarnished teeth.

We offer care above and beyond basic cleaning and oral care instruction and guidance. While oral hygiene is vital, sometimes advanced dentistry is required for a true smile makeover. Come see our office for cosmetic dentistry. Find out if you’re a candidate for teeth cleaning. Your smile is our priority. We want your personality to shine.

Call 248-541-8770 or visit us online at https://gmdentistry.com. Ask us about Invisalign braces, porcelain veneers, and tooth implants. We have been enthusiastic about improving lives with dental expertise since we opened our doors in 1984.

 

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 Improve Your Smile

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Who would say no to a more pleasing smile? I am guessing no one, and now with all of the amazing cosmetic dentistry procedures available from Detroit area cosmetic dentists, most men and women can get the smile they want. Here is a quick look at some of the most popular treatments.

1. Teeth whitening is a very common procedure used to lighten discolored teeth. This quick and easy treatment is usually done in the dentist office, and the results can be extremely dramatic.

2. Bonding is a popular treatment that uses a dental composite that resembles enamel. This material is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted into the desired shape, and then hardened and polished.

3. Tooth reshaping is a simple way to improve the appearance of your smile. It involves removing part of the enamel and can be used to fix small chips or to change the length or position of teeth.

4. Veneers are custom-made porcelain coverings that are very thin. They are bonded to the teeth and can be used to close gaps or cover discolored teeth.

5. For most patients, dental implants are the best way to replace a missing tooth.

6. And finally, there is the cosmetic dental smile makeover. A smile makeover uses a combination of treatments to get dental patients the smiles they want.

Hi. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson, a local Royal Oak dentist, and I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best. My practice, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, offers the following services:

cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
dentures
orthodontics

If you are in the Royal Oak area and are in need of dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please give us a call at 248-541-8770.

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

 

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Relax in Comfort and Style at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry In Royal Oak

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Thank you for visiting the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry dental blog. Today, I’d like to discuss an important but often-overlooked feature in our practice: the modern dental chair. Did you know that dental chairs don’t come from your local Royal Oak furniture store?

An Overlooked but Critical Piece of Dental Equipment

Dental chairs were created especially for the comfort of patients and dental providers alike. Dentists throughout the known world are excited about the recent innovations in seat technology.

Steven Gustafson DDS at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry has been leaning over patients since 1984. The adjustable seat has saved Dr. Gustafson from discomfort as services are rendered such as orthodontics and dental implants.

We’ve Been Pampering Patients Since 1984

Royal Oak patients have been lying back in Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry’s comfortable seats since 1984. The cushioned comfort has pampered our patients while allowing Steven Gustafson to comfortably perform important procedures like dentures, general dentistry, or cosmetic dentistry. Hurray for technology!

Visit Practice in Royal Oak

Visit our office at 940 E 11 Mile Rd Royal Oak, Michigan 48067 and enjoy a spectacular view of our ceiling from any one of our singular dental chairs. Most Michigan dental practices have them and there is probably not much of a difference between theirs and ours.

Discover What Sets Us Apart

What sets us apart is our personal service, professionalism, experience, and competitive pricing. With all the overhead that has to be paid for: X-ray equipment, procedure supplies, utilities, and, of course, our wonderful chairs, we’re pleased to keep the price of preventative and cosmetic dentistry reasonable for our friends and neighbors in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Call our office today at 248-541-8770 to find out if dental restoration, braces, crowns, veneers, tooth implants, sedation, teeth whitening, or any dental procedure is something we can provide for you.

We are proud to offer cosmetic dentistry, teeth cleaning, and Invisalign clear braces in a comfortable position, in a comfortable chair.

Feels Like Coming Home- 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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3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy!

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Dr. Steven Gustafson is an experienced dentist here in Royal Oak. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we enjoy helping patients have optimum oral health. Today’s message focuses on something mouth-related that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: our sense of taste.

A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. Healthy oral habits benefit our taste buds as well as our smiles. Here are some tips to help you better enjoy all the flavors and textures that can make each meal a delight.

1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your dentist. Optimal levels of saliva are also important to avoid cavities and keep gums healthy.

2) Limit processed foods with a lot of salt, fat, and artificial flavors. They will quickly desensitize you to more subtle, healthy flavors.

3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are deadly for a multitude of reasons, but many individuals don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke. Olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.

Thank you so much for visiting our blog. Along with strong teeth and taste buds, I want my patients to have the beautiful smile they have always desired. If you have any questions regarding cosmetic dentistry such as smile makeovers, dental implants or teeth whitening, please contact us. We are located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak.

 

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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Tooth Implant Placement: Before, During, After

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Let’s discuss what to expect during tooth implant surgery. We will divide it into three parts: before, during, and after.

The dental implant process works like this:

Before the Procedure

We begin with X-rays, an exam, and a consultation. We’ll take numerous X-rays of your teeth and jaw. Images are taken from several angles. It’s critical to substantiate that you have enough healthy bone structure.

If you don’t have enough bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting surgery. (This is discussed on our website.)

During the exam, we will check that your gums are healthy. Along with healthy bone, healthy gums are required.

During the consultation, we’ll address your oral and physical health in general. We will discuss your medical history. Dr. Gustafson will confirm that you are a good candidate for the treatment.

Pre-Surgery Prep

Dr. Gustafson may prescribe an anti-bacterial rinse for you to use for a few days prior to the surgery. You may also be prescribed antibiotics to help prevent infection.

During Implant Surgery

First, we’ll use local anesthesia to numb the implant location.

Next, Dr. Gustafson will make an incision in the gums. This opens the gums so the bone is accessible.

Dr. Gustafson will then drill a small hole. The hole in the precise diameter and depth of the post. Then the implant post is screwed into the hole in the bone.

We’ll take an X-ray to validate that the implant is in the correct place. Dr. Gustafson will sew the gums back over the implant.

NOTE: The image shows the implant with the connector piece attached. This is how it will look when it is ready for the final crown. When the post is initially implanted, as mentioned, the gums are sewn back over the site. During the months the post is fusing to the bone, the implant post will not be visible.

The tooth implant procedure will take about an hour.

If the implant site (and missing tooth) is visible when you smile, we will create a removable partial denture. You can wear this ‘flipper’ while you are waiting for the final crown.

After Implant Surgery

Patients usually feel minimal pain when the local anesthesia wears off. There may be some swelling at the implant location. Slight bruising may occur as well.

Acetaminophen or ibuprofen is usually sufficient for post-surgery soreness. Most dental implant patients can go back to work after the surgery.

That’s it!

There is minimal pain. You won’t have to take an entire day off. Most likely, you’ll be back to your normal activities right away.

 

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 Grandpa Smiling?

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How are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of the 65+ population?

The Good News:

The rate of cavities in the elderly has decreased in the past thirty years.1

The Bad News:
25% of persons age 65+ have no remaining teeth2
Nearly 20% have untreated cavities3
10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease.
There is evidence to suggest that advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease
Most older Americans don’t have dental insurance

Clearly, there is room for improvement. What important circumstances will improve the oral health of age 65+ Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three necessary components:

  • Improved oral health education for the elderly
  • Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
  • Increased access to dental care1

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we are enthusiastic about providing our elderly patients with comprehensive oral health education and attentive care that addresses the special challenges that influence seniors. These challenges include difficulty brushing and flossing due to arthritis, dry mouth caused by prescription medications, tooth sensitivity, bone recession, and complications due to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

We want our elderly patients to not only have a healthy smile, but a beautiful one as well. Many of our senior patients have elected to improve their smiles with procedures such as crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and tooth whitening. The majority of our cosmetic dental smile makeover patients are thrilled with their new smile and report that it has improved their life immensely. They feel happier, more attractive, and more confident in social settings.

The friendly team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry on Royal Oak provides the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services for Royal Oak area patients of all ages including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and dentures.

1“Periodontal Disease in Seniors (Age 65 and Over),” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/GumDisease/PeriodontaldiseaseSeniors65over.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

2Oral Health for Older Americans,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/factsheets/adult_oral_health/adult_older.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

3Dental Caries and Tooth Loss in Adults in the United States, 2011–2012,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db197.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

 

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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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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