Treatment For Sensitive Teeth

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For those individuals who feel pain when you sip your morning coffee or who cringe each time you brush or floss, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is here for you. Dr.Steven Gustafson has been treating this common issue since 1984.

Daily Oral Hygiene

The first line of defense against tooth sensitivity is proper oral hygiene. Incorrect brushing and over-brushing can lead to receding gums, which results in the exposure of microscopic tubules in the dentin. When these tubules are exposed, acidic, hot, cold, and sticky foods can then reach the nerve cells in the teeth causing discomfort (who are we kidding—it’s pain).

Need a Refresher on Brushing?

Here in our Royal Oak dentistry practice, Dr.Gustafson can figure out if your brushing style is contributing to your tooth sensitivity and get you on your way to proper oral care habits. Our dental hygienists can also give you a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing. While you’re at it, schedule a professional dental cleaning.

Talk to Dr. Gustafson About Tooth Sensitivity

Dr. Gustafson usually recommends an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste that diminishes tooth pain after several applications. However, some patients may need in-office procedures such as fluoride gel treatments.

Don’t worry if you have sensitive teeth and want to have your teeth whitened. Dr. Gustafson can determine which professional tooth whitening or at-home whitening systems will work for you.

Call our dental office today at 248-541-8770 to get relief for your sensitive teeth. 

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry for patients in the Royal Oak area. If you are looking for a modern, comfortable dental office with a friendly, competent team, you will find it at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

 

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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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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Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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Today’s post focuses on professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning if you already practice dental hygiene daily at home.

The answer is that both processes are critical because they work in tandem to maintain oral health.

Dr. Steven Gustafson encourages patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

Brushing
Flossing
Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
Regular dental cleanings
Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate regardless of daily brushing and flossing. In fact, when plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

A hygienist will first use a vibrating ultrasonic tool to dislodge the largest pieces of tartar. This process may tickle a bit. The hygienist will then use tools with finer attachments to remove the smaller pieces of calculus. When all plaque and tartar are gone, polishing is the final step in the cleaning process.

The goal is to make your tooth surfaces as smooth as possible, to prevent food particles from lodging in small spaces that are difficult to clean. If you are having an exam during the same visit, your technician may take dental x-rays. X-rays can reveal cavities while they are small and can be easily filled.

Let your hygienist know if your teeth are sensitive so he/she can make your cleaning as comfortable as possible. After the cleaning, a fluoride treatment may be given to help strengthen your teeth.

Before your hygienist leaves, you may want to ask if there are areas you can improve. Your hygienist can tell you which tooth surfaces had the most build-up. If the back teeth are presenting a problem, you can meet with Dr. Gustafson about sealants.

If you have braces, you may want more frequent dental cleanings because food can easily lodge between the wires.

Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 to schedule a professional cleaning today! Your smile will thank you.

 

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’s the Best Way to Fix Teeth that Overlap?

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Plenty of people have teeth that overlap. What causes overlapping teeth?

Overlapping teeth are usually caused by genetics or habits as a child such as thumbsucking. They can also be caused by the mouth being too small to fit all the teeth properly, or having different-sized upper and lower jaws. Injury to the face or jaw can knock the upper and lower jaw out of alignment. In some cases, missing teeth or extra teeth (such as wisdom teeth) can result in an overlap.

When does it become important to repair overlapping teeth?

  • If the overlapping teeth cause a lisp
  • If chewing or speaking is difficult
  • If the alignment problem results in jaw pain
  • If tooth grinding or clenching becomes a habit
  • If biting the inner cheeks becomes a habit

How can you fix overlapping teeth?

Each method for correcting this condition has advantages and disadvantages. Discuss them with your dentist or orthodontist.

Options for fixing overlapping teeth:

  • Clear aligners
  • Invisalign
  • Traditional braces

How long does it take to fix overlapping teeth?

Each person with this condition has a different severity of misalignment. Therefore, the time it takes to correct an overlap in teeth varies depending on the individual. However, in most cases, it can take at least one year to repair overlapping teeth, depending on the method.

While overlapping teeth do not always need to be fixed, one of the main benefits of fixing overlapping teeth is that it can improve self-esteem.

If overlapping teeth cause complications such as tooth or jaw pain, difficulty speaking clearly, or bad habits associated with the teeth, it is a good idea to consider correcting them.

Another thing to keep in mind is that teeth continue to shift with age, so even if you correct an overlap as a child or teen, the correction will need to be maintained, likely with a retainer, over time. Correcting overlapping teeth can help put an end to bad habits like tooth grinding, clenching the teeth, and biting the cheeks.

 

 

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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The Five Stages of a Cavity

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You may have heard that once tooth enamel is eroded, it’s gone forever. This is partially true, but in the earliest stage of enamel erosion, a cavity can be reversed.

Reverse a cavity before it needs a filling

If you can restrict cavities in pre-teens, there’s a better chance that their teeth can stay healthy through adolescence and into adulthood.

This is because the rate of tooth decay declines as kids grow.

Of course, cavity prevention is important throughout our life.

Let’s explore the five stages of a cavity.

Stage 1: Attack of the Little White Spots

The tooth begins to show signs of harm. White spots appear. They are under the surface of the enamel, but you can see them from the outside.

Demineralization will result in these spots. When they occur in children’s molars, it can be easy for parents to miss them. That’s why daily dental hygiene and regular dental exams are essential.

At this stage, it’s possible to reverse a cavity before it needs a filling. Dental hygiene can stop the erosion. Fluoride can remineralize the enamel.

Can Stage 1 be reversed? Yes!

Stage 2: Enamel Decay

Did you know that decay begins under the surface of the enamel?

The visible enamel is intact for the first part of Stage 2. Then the hole busts through the surface.

Can Stage 2 be reversed? No…but the tooth can probably be saved.

Stage 3: Going Deeper Into the Dentin

The decay breaks down the enamel and hits the soft dentin layer that lies below. This is a severe cavity.

The good news?

The decay hasn’t yet reached the pulp. It will, however, start to cause pain.

Can Stage 3 be reversed? No…but maybe the tooth won’t need a root canal.

Stage 4: Ouch! The Decay Hits the Pulp

Hopefully, you will never endure stage 4. This is very painful. The infection has reached the pulp where the nerves are located. Unfortunately, a root canal is the only treatment option. Unless, of course, the tooth is removed.

Remember, cavities are completely preventable.

Can Stage 4 be reversed? No…and it must be treated with a root canal.

Stage 5: Abscess Distress

The tooth decay (and infection) has traveled through the pulp and out the end. In the final stage, it drills through the tip. Now the infection is in the tissue and bone surrounding the tooth root. The area swells up and it’s exceptionally painful.

It’s also risky for anyone’s health. This is a serious infection that can spread to other parts of the body. Abscesses originating in a tooth can be fatal.

Can Stage 5 be reversed? No…and it’s life-threatening.

Protect your teeth from decay so you can have a healthy smile for life.

If you see little white dots, schedule an exam and dental cleaning at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

 

 

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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For A Healthier Smile, Stop Doing This

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Chewing sugared gum all day.
Cavities, a sore jaw, or weakened bridgework may result. If you must chew, select gum with Xylitol.

Drinking soda and energy drinks.
These sugary, acidic beverages are extremely efficient at damaging enamel.

Chewing ice or hard candy.
Your enamel is quite durable. But so are ice and hard candy, and head-to-head, occasionally they win, resulting in a broken tooth.

Skipping flossing.
Maybe you think brushing is enough. Following brushing with an attentive flossing job removes fragments of food and plaque between teeth.

Using a firm bristled toothbrush.
A soft-bristled brush is the best tool for the job. Save your firm brush for cleaning the grout around your bathtub.

Delaying dental checkups.
Don’t wait until you feel pain. Call 248-541-8770 to book an intensive exam and the best deep dental cleaning you can get anywhere. Our superb hygienists really are the best!

Dr. Steven Gustafson has been providing exceptional dental care in Royal Oak area since 1984. For more information on how to keep your smile healthy, call 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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Is Your Smile Holding You Back?

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Have you ever taken an unexpected trip to the corner store looking completely disheveled in a rush to pick up an emergency item–say cough medicine or a must-have poster board for your child’s school assignment?

On such an occasion you will inevitably bump into someone you know. How do you feel in your ill-fitting sweatpants and stained T-shirt? Or worse yet, pajamas.

Our Appearance Influences How We Feel

Clearly, our outward appearance influences the way we feel inside. In professional situations, don’t you feel more confident when you are wearing flattering, pulled-together business clothes? Aren’t you more likely to vocalize your opinion when you are comfortable in your own skin?

When encountering someone for the first time, don’t you feel better when you are having a good hair day or have cleared up a recent bout of acne? Blind dates are brutal when you don’t feel at the top of your game.

People Notice Your Smile First

Attractive clothing, well-groomed hair, and a fit body boost morale for most Royal Oak folks. But do you know what people notice before any of these aspects? Your face. Specifically, your smile and eyes. Multiple studies have shown that beautiful teeth and eyes immediately capture attention. Now, it’s difficult to change your eyes unless you get colored contacts. But beautiful smiles are within reach because Royal Oak dentists can work miracles with innovative cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Any Smile

With specialized training, finely honed skills, modern equipment, and quality lab services, expert dentists can turn unattractive smiles into stunning first impressions using a variety of cutting-edge cosmetic dental procedures. Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry patients who have received cosmetic dental smile makeovers report feeling more confident, more attractive, more effective at work, and happier in their relationships. Some even say that they take more risks and see more success.

Boost Your Confidence With Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are not comfortable with your smile, you are probably not aware of the influence it has had on your confidence and self-image. Don’t hide behind an unappealing smile any longer. Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 today to schedule an informative cosmetic dental consultation.

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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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Mouthwash Facts for Royal Oak Dental Patients

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Hi, I am Dr. Steven Gustafson.  Thanks for visiting my Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry blog. In today’s post I would like to discuss mouthwash. Many Michigan residents use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively though, good oral hygiene starts with thorough tooth brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is an optional tool in your dental hygiene tool box.

It is important for Michigan residents to know what kind of mouthwash they are using. Some mouthwashes merely mask bad breath while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque and bad breath.

If you are one of the Royal Oak residents that suffers from bad breath it is important to choose a mouthwash that contains ingredients that help prevent tooth decay such as fluoride. But Michigan men and women also need to use caution when using mouthwashes because many of the ingredients are dangerous when the recommended amount of mouthwash is exceeded.

Some of the poisonous components are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately. The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can answer questions about mouthwash ingredients.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we want everyone to have great-smelling breath, but to use caution when treating their bad breath. Make sure to read your mouthwash label and follow all instructions given.

In addition to preventative dental care, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile talk to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry about teeth whitening. Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry also provides cosmetic dentistry and teeth cleaning.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we have been improving the smiles of residents in Royal Oak, Detroit and the surrounding areas since 1984. Contact us today 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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Tooth Whitening: In-Office vs. DIY

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If you are planning to whiten your teeth, the vital first step is to choose a whitening method. It may seem like there are a multitude of options, but it’s important to remember that they all employ a peroxide-based whitening solution. The difference lies in the strength of the bleaching solution and method of delivery. In-office whitening procedures generally use a solution with a relatively higher concentration of peroxide. In other words, it is stronger.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of DIY and in-office teeth whitening.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Advantages

  • Generally less expensive
  • Doesn’t require a trip to your Royal Oak dentist
  • May cause less tooth sensitivity and pain

At-Home Teeth Whitening Disadvantages

  • Takes longer to achieve desired level of lightening
  • Whitening appliances don’t protect gum tissue
  • The solution must be applied many times over a period of weeks

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Advantages

  • Same-day results
  • Administered by a dental professional
  • Gum tissue is protected
  • You may be able to pay for it with HSA or flex spending

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Disadvantages

  • More expensive

Did you know that in order to maintain the brightness achieved from an in-office teeth whitening treatment, a patient must follow up with at-home touch-ups? Therefore, a combination of in-office and DIY methods is often the most effective solution.

A note about non-professional teeth bleaching kiosks:

A few years ago during the height of the tooth-whitening craze, teeth whitening kiosks started popping up in Detroit area malls. Though some have closed their doors, a few remain in business. Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry urges patients to avoid these establishments. There is little regulatory oversight and customers have no guarantee of the safety of their services or the qualifications of their employees. As always, it is vital to only trust your smile to dental professionals.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry advises patients to meet with their Royal Oak dentist before starting any tooth bleaching regimen. An oral examination will help your dentist know if tooth whitening will deliver the results you are seeking. This is especially important when you have tetracycline stains or multiple restorations.

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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Debunking Dental Myths

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Today’s Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry blog post focuses on three dental-related myths prevalent in the Detroit area.

All Sugar Is Equally Bad For Teeth

We all know that sugar increases our risk of tooth decay, but some types are worse than others. Sugar-based foods that sit on the teeth are more dangerous than those that are swallowed immediately. For example, sipping a soda or sucking on a mint can be worse than eating a candy bar all at once.

You Don’t Need To Worry About Baby Teeth Because They Will Fall Out Anyway

Healthy primary teeth serve several important purposes. They allow the child to eat and speak properly. They retain proper spacing of teeth. A healthy smile instills confidence and self-esteem. Healthy baby teeth eliminate the pain of decay which disrupts normal daily activity.

Pulling A Tooth Is Just As Good As A Root Canal

We will let the American Associate of Endodontists explain this one:
Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than the extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.1

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we provide accurate answers to all of your dental questions.

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics or general dentistry, call us today to schedule an appointment.

http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/myths-about-root-canals-and-root-canal-pain.aspx

 

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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