Sore Tooth? Don’t Wait!

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At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, our patients who wait to have a toothache checked invariably end up saying, “I wish I had come sooner.”

A toothache is sending you a simple, clear message: “See the dentist!” You might think a toothache is no big deal. You can just chew on one side of your mouth for a few days, right?

Your toothache may be nothing more than a simple cavity. But we consider toothaches a red flag indicating something else may be going on. We want to see you as soon as possible.

Mouth pain is never “normal.” We will determine the cause of the pain so proper treatment can begin. Aside from cavities, causes may indicate gum disease, a broken crown, mouth sores, bite issues, or TMD (temporomandibular disorder). Let us take care of you and you will quickly be back to pain-free eating, grimace-free speaking and better sleeping.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, a toothache always demands attention, so never ignore one. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Make you next 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

 

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A Dentist’s Indispensable Tool: The X-ray

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Providing quality dental care is much easier at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, when we have thorough information about a patients’ oral health.

Pictures are more reliable than written notes. To go a step further: pictures that show what’s going on below the surface are worth even more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough visual analysis, we 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 us find cavities, evaluate gum health, and identify any major changes to your teeth and mouth.

Safety is an important issue, 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.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, X-rays are part of our comprehensive general dentistry. We also offer cosmetic dentistry. 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

 

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Are Floss Picks As Good As Regular Dental Floss?

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Are floss picks as good as regular floss? At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we believe that while it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to note that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface.

We recommend traditional floss or dental tape. Here’s why:

A floss pick holds just a small segment of floss stretched in a straight line. But a tooth is rounded, with occasional irregularities. A straight segment of floss just doesn’t make sense geometrically, because it doesn’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional floss used correctly.

By wrapping the floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can more capably clean that essential area around and just below the gumline. And your fingers are much more precise than a piece of plastic.

We have seen patients who are observant floss pick users who developed decay due to a small crack the floss pick missed day after day.

Here is a review on correct flossing:

  1. Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  2. Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  3. Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s vital to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  4. Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface—especially those that your brush can’t reach. You can use a “shoeshine” method if you like. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to furnish a clean segment for each tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new section.
  5. Some people find it more straightforward to start on one end of the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side, and then repeat for the lower arch. Whatever method you settle upon, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the rear molars.
  6. If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding commonly stops within a week or two.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we promote dental health in our patients with general and cosmetic dentistry. 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

 

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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:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Bad Breath Treatment At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Bad Breath Treatment at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Do you suspect that you have bad breath? At  Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we help our patients overcome this unpleasant, irritating, and potentially embarrassing condition.

Halitosis is caused by the bacteria that live on and around your teeth, gums, and tongue. Breath mints and mouthwashes do not cure bad breath, they only mask the symptoms. Proper oral hygiene can cure many cases of bad breath. However, in some cases, bad breath is caused by more serious health matters. Sinus and tonsil infections, acid reflux, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, kidney malfunction, and eating disorders are just some of the issues that can cause bad breath.

If you have bad breath, the first thing to do is make sure you are cleaning your teeth, gums, and tongue thoroughly. This does not mean you should brush as long and forcefully as possible. Brushing too vigorously is harmful to gums and contributes to gum recession.

Don’t forget about regular professional cleanings. Our friendly dental hygienists are trained in the latest and most effective deep-cleaning procedures. Your teeth feel so good after being cleaned professionally!

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI provides general and cosmetic dentistry. 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

 


Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease is not nearly as common as it once was. Still, one of every ten American adults is likely to get some form of gum disease by the time they’re sixty-four years old. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we provide treatment for gum disease.

First things first. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and is associated with other serious conditions like diabetes and heart disease. So brush and floss your teeth every day – twice a day, in fact. If you don’t, your chances of getting gum disease increase.

In addition to age, other risk factors include tobacco use. Health experts say that tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for getting gum disease. If you don’t smoke, don’t start, and if you do smoke (or chew), quit.

It appears some people are genetically predisposed to gum disease. Even when they take great care of their teeth, such people may still be more likely to get it. If you think it runs in your family, don’t despair. A genetic test can confirm it, even if you aren’t showing any signs. Getting early intervention treatment may help.

Stress, too, is another risk factor for gum disease. Stress may make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection.

Poor nutrition and teeth grinding or clenching can also put you at greater risk of developing gum disease.

Finally, certain medications can affect your oral health and make you more prone to gum disease. These include some oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and heart medications. If you have any concerns, ask us at your next appointment.

If you are showing any signs at all of gum disease, such as bleeding when you brush your teeth, let Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak know. We provide effective gum disease treatment. Other  services include general and cosmetic dentistry. 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