Not Too Late To Get Them Straight

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Are you an adult in Royal Oak with crooked teeth?

Do you regret not having orthodontic treatment when you were a teen? It’s not too late to straighten your teeth—and there are more types of braces available than ever before.

Perhaps you are not familiar with the latest types of braces. Here is a quick rundown.

If you don’t want the whole world to know you are wearing braces, ‘behind the teeth’ or lingual braces may be a good option.

Invisible braces work great for people of all ages. Some types of braces are offered in ceramic, which are also less visible than metal braces. These are often called ‘clear braces.’

Invisalign, Damon, and iBraces, are some of the trade names of proprietary orthodontic systems used in the Michigan dental community.

Once the orthodontia patient has completed treatment, he or she needs to wear a retainer to keep those pretty teeth in line. The traditional Hawley retainer consists of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and holds them in place. The metal wire is attached to a molded acrylic form that fits snugly in either the upper or lower part of the mouth.

Clear retainers are also popular with orthodontists and their patients. They fit the teeth like a transparent glove without the need for hardware. Some patients believe clear retainers are more comfortable than other types.

If you want more beautiful teeth, come into Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak and discuss your goals with Steven Gustafson, DDS. Dr. Gustafson will examine your teeth and recommend the most effective system for 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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Over-the-Counter Snoring Products vs. Oral Appliance Therapy

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According to sleepfoundation.org, 54% of the US population snores. Clearly, you are almost predestined to have to deal with it at one point or another–either as a snorer or someone who shares a bed with a snorer.

Because snoring is so widespread, a whole industry has arisen to address the issue. There are a variety of products that are created to stop snoring.

DIY snoring products

According to online reviews, the best anti-snoring devices are as follows:

  • Best Overall: Breathe Right Nasal Strips for Congestion Relief
  • Best Budget: Snorepin Anti Snoring Aid
  • Best for the Nose: Theravent Snore Therapy
  • Best Drops: Banyan Botanicals Nasya Oil
  • Best Pillow: Bed Wedge FitPlus Premium Wedge Pillow
  • Best Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece: VitalSleep Anti Snoring Device

(Note that Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry does not necessarily endorse any of these products.)

Nasal strips

First, we have nasal strips that adhere to your nose. While you sleep, they are designed to open your nasal passages. Secondly, many review sites recommend Snorepin as the best bang for your buck. Snorepin is a device that looks like two miniature plastic baskets that fit in your nose. Thirdly, there is Theravent snore therapy. Theravent touts their product as being the first anti-snoring device that is FDA-approved. It is designed to expand your air passageways (like the strips), while slowing your exhalation, therefore reducing the snoring sound.

Nose drops

Next, there are nose drops to help with your dilemma. Banyan Botanicals offers Nasya oil, which is designed to clear your breathing while you sleep.

Anti-snore pillows

On many online review sites, the Bed Wedge FitPlus is voted the best pillow to help with snoring. The manufacturer also advertises that it relieves nighttime heartburn and neck strain.

Mouthpieces

Finally, we have a highly-rated mouthpiece to prevent snoring, and that is the VitalSleep Anti-Snoring Device. This mouthpiece looks a lot like a bite mouthguard and is designed to hold your mouth and jaw forward to improve your breathing, while you sleep.

What if DIY products don’t help?

We bet you didn’t know that using oral appliance therapy is often more effective than the do-it-yourself techniques. Sleep medicine dentists actually know what they are doing when it comes to treating snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Dr. Gustafson at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry has received specialized training on oral appliance therapy (OAT) for sleep disorders. Instead of buying a device off the shelf, you can have a device custom-fit to your anatomy. Instead of monitoring treatment on your own, you can have the guidance of a professional. Give Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry a call to set up a consultation.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

317-842-2337

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Can You Save a Dead Tooth?

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Teeth are alive

Since our teeth don’t “grow” and the enamel is not comprised of living cells, sometimes we forget that teeth are alive. We are reminded that they have active nerves when we have a toothache or sudden sensitivity to hot or cold food.

Like other organs, teeth need a blood supply to stay alive and healthy.

What lies below the enamel?

Veins, arteries, lymph vessels, and nerves live below the enamel and dentin in the pulp of the tooth. When the blood flow is cut off, the tooth eventually dies. What can cause blood flow problems? Injury, trauma, infection, large fillings, and multiple restorations can impact a tooth’s blood supply.

Can you save a dead tooth?

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we perform root canal therapy to save a dead tooth if necessary.

During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment) the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.

What happens after a root canal?

The root canal is only the first step in complete tooth restoration. The final steps are the core build-up and the beautiful and functional crown.

Root canals usually last many years, but not always. Inadequate oral hygiene, decay, periodontal disease, an undetected crack, abscess, or degradation of root canal sealing materials can all cause a root canal to fail.

How do you know if you have a dead or dying tooth?

It is vital to speak with Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage.

Keep in mind, however, that sometimes there are no noticeable symptoms. That is why it is important to visit your dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination and dental cleaning.

You can count on Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry for quality care when you need it.

“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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Innovative Orthodontic Treatment For Confident Smiles

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Many dental patients have experienced a boost in self-confidence with orthodontic treatment at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

Nothing gives us more satisfaction than helping men and women dramatically improve their smile and overall morale.

We Offer The Latest Orthodontic Treatments

We provide the latest orthodontic treatments to correct dental problems and imperfections.

We work with patients to create personalized treatment plans. We can tailor a treatment plan to fit your budget.

It’s Not Just About A Pretty Smile

Orthodontic treatment can relieve pain, correct bite dilemmas, and prevent future problems. Orthodontia is an investment in yourself that you will enjoy every day.

A Healthy Smile That Boosts Self-Confidence

Are you looking for the top orthodontist in Royal Oak for your youngster? When necessary, Dr. Gustafson uses two-phase treatment for children.

Two-phase treatment begins before all of the permanent teeth erupt. This proactive approach achieves the best long-term results. It may also shorten the overall course of treatment. Best of all, it’s less invasive for your child. Bring your child in for an orthodontic consultation and exam before they turn seven-years-old.

If you have ever wondered what cutting-edge orthodontic treatment can do for you or your youngster, call us today.

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.

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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Root Canal vs Dental Implant

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When a tooth’s nerve and the pulp becomes infected, a dentist and patient must make a choice of whether to attempt to save the tooth by completing a root canal or to extract the tooth.

There are several factors that impact this decision. These include whether there is an infection in the surrounding bone, the amount and condition of the remaining tooth structure, the strength of the supporting bone, and the presence of periodontitis.

During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries, and lymph vessels. The dentist or endodontist uses files of various sizes to clean out the canals. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material that seals them off.

The root canal procedure is only the first step in complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will probably become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown placement. A durable dental crown protects the remaining tooth, allows normal function, and prevents shifting of the surrounding teeth.

A root canal is often the most conservative treatment when a root is infected or a tooth has severe decay or damage. Root canals have been performed with success for generations and have a very low failure rate.

But there is always a slight possibility that a tooth with a root canal can have complications down the road. If there was a tiny crack in the treated tooth, it can become re-infected. A tooth with curved roots is harder to fill and they can also become re-infected. Occasionally, the tip of a file can break off in a root during the procedure and cause problems.

Due to the slight risk of failure, some patients question whether they should just get a tooth implant in the first place. This is not a black and white decision. Like root canals, dental implants have a high success rate. But there are risks with dental implants, as well.

If you have been told that a root canal or a dental implant is needed, talk with your dentist about the pros and cons of each procedure. If you do not currently have a dentist, I invite you to schedule a consultation at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. You can trust in Steven Gustafson for critical, unbiased information so you can make an informed decision about your dental treatment.

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 Tea And Teeth Question

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What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea?
Why, Denis, of course.

Lame jokes aside, a common concern for patients is stained teeth. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. Today, let’s talk a little bit about a common cause of tooth staining: dark beverages including tea.

Over time, tea can stain the plaque that may eventually turn into tartar. Plaque can be brushed and flossed away. Daily oral hygiene is vital.

Between cleanings, rinse with water after drinking tea. Be sure to brush and floss all surfaces of the teeth at the end of the day.

If the color of your teeth is still unsatisfactory after a professional cleaning, you may want to consider professional teeth bleaching.

Here are some of the procedures we perform:

Dentures
General dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry
Invisalign
Dental implants

Thanks for visiting our 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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Poor Quality Sleep Has Dangerous Health Consequences

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Is poor sleep affecting your health?

There is a direct connection between health and quality of sleep.

A study conducted by the University of Chicago School of Medicine discovered a link between poor quality sleep and type 2 diabetes.

“Insufficient sleep–a highly prevalent condition in modern society–may disrupt fat metabolism and reduce the ability of insulin to regulate blood sugars. It suggests that something as simple as getting enough sleep could help counteract the current epidemics of diabetes and obesity.”–Esra Tasali, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

The Danger of High Blood Suger

Even if you don’t have diabetes, you should care about your blood sugar levels. Spikes in blood sugar are dangerous in a myriad of ways.

High blood sugar can damage blood vessels that bring oxygen to your organs. This can elevate the risk of heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, nerve malfunction, and vision dilemmas.

Difficulty sleeping may be caused by sleep apnea

What is sleep apnea?

It’s a potentially serious condition in which your breathing periodically stops while you sleep.

How do you know if you have sleep apnea? Read through these common symptoms.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Excessive Snoring
  • Episodes of Not Breathing
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Dry Mouth/Throat
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Irritability

Don’t misunderstand, having one of these symptoms is typically fine. If you have two or more, it’s time to see your physician.

Three Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three different types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where your throat muscles relax. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to control your breathing. The final type is called complex sleep apnea syndrome. This type occurs when someone has a combination of the two previously listed.

If your doctor diagnoses Obstructive Sleep Apnea, it’s important to explore all the treatments. Some kinds of sleep apnea can be treated with an oral appliance. Treatment can ease your symptoms and help prevent the health issues discussed previously.

Sleep Better, Be Happier

Improved sleep can trigger a chain reaction of positive results. When you sleep better, you feel happier during the day. You are more in control. Better able to deal constructively with life’s challenges. It helps you be proactive instead of reactive. When you make better decisions, you have more success in your business and personal pursuits.

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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Your Dental E.R.

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It’s reassuring to know that the hospital emergency department is open on evenings and weekends. If you have a medical emergency, there’s a team at the E.R. ready to help.

It’s also reassuring to know that Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is here for you. If you have a pressing dental problem in the evening or on the weekend, the team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry will take care of you.

What kind of treatment does an urgent care dental practice provide?

  • a knocked-out tooth
  • extreme tooth pain
  • a fractured tooth

What Mouth Injuries Require a Medical Hospital E.R.?

For some injuries to the mouth, you should see a medical doctor first. When the primary injury is treated, you may need to see your dentist for tooth restoration.

Visit the E.R. for the following:

  • swelling in the mouth or throat that is obstructing breathing
  • severe jaw pain when there is a possibility of jaw fracture
  • lacerations in the mouth that are causing severe bleeding

If you go to the E.R. for severe tooth pain, a medical doctor can give you pain medication and/or antibiotics if required.  In the E.R., an MD can’t carry out a root canal or place a dental crown. There is some overlap when it comes to the training medical doctors and dentists receive. Either specialist could sew up a laceration in the mouth. But, in general, medical doctors don’t learn dentistry.

Even if you get pain medications or antibiotics, you will still need to see a dentist to fix the problem with the tooth. Plus, you will have an E.R. co-pay or worse.

If you come to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry with extreme tooth pain, you can also get pain drugs and antibiotics if necessary. Your dentist will also take care of the source of pain or infection.

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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Your Mouth Pain Might Be Pulpitis. Call Us ASAP!

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Some people hate going to the dentist.  They only seek treatment when the pain is unbearable.

Because we are an urgent care practice in Royal Oak, many of our patients fall into this category.

We take extra care with those who have dental anxiety.

Pulpitis an issue that can result in so much pain, even the most dental-phobic patients are forced to pursue treatment.

There are many causes of mouth pain. Some are more serious than others.

If the pain is caused by pulpitis, you need urgent care treatment immediately.

What is Pulpitis?

The “itis” suffix is a clue. In medical-speak, the suffix means “inflammation of.”

Dermatitis is inflamed skin. Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Pulpitis, therefore, is inflammation of the tooth pulp.

Why do body parts become inflamed?

Inflammation is an immune response. Your body couldn’t heal infections or lacerations if it didn’t trigger an inflammatory response.

What are the indications of inflammation?

Medical students learn the acronym PRISH to remember them.

Can you guess them?

  1. Pain
  2. Redness
  3. Immobility
  4. Swelling
  5. Heat

These symptoms warn us that there is a malfunction in the affected tissue or organ. They motivate us to address it. Some can be treated at home. Perhaps a heat rash or superficial wound. Others are serious and require visiting a doctor or dentist.

If you have a tooth with inflamed pulp, you definitely want to visit an urgent care dentist. Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry now at the number below.

What causes inflammation of the tooth pulp?

The pulp of the tooth is composed of nerves, blood vessels, and the tissues that hold everything together.

  • Tooth decay or trauma can result in an infection.
  • Repetitive impact, like tooth grinding (bruxism) can cause pulpitis—even though there is no bacterial infection.
  • A cracked or chipped tooth may trigger or aggravate pulpitis.

It usually hurts like crazy.

Pulpitis can be reversible or irreversible.

If you have reversible pulpitis, removing the cause of the inflammation can restore health to the pulp. When decay is causing the inflammation, removing the decayed tooth structure and filling the hole is needed.

If you have irreversible pulpitis, the pulp can’t be saved. But you may be able to save the surrounding tooth. Urgent care dentists (like those here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry) can administer a pulpectomy.

What is a pulpectomy?

Back to our Greek and Latin medical terms. The suffix “ectomy” means “to surgically remove.” An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. You know where this is going. A pulpectomy is the surgical removal of the tooth pulp.

This is the first stage of a root canal. Your dentist will carefully remove the pulp taking care not to damage the intact tooth. Disinfectant is applied to the hollowed-out area to eliminate further infection. Finally, the tube is filled and sealed. Because there is no more pulp to supply blood and nutrients, the tooth is now considered “dead.” A dead tooth is weak and in danger of damage. In most cases, the tooth will require a crown.

In cases of severe pulpitis, it may not be possible to save the tooth. The tooth will need to be extracted.

If you are experiencing unexplained tooth pain, call our office ASAP. We will diagnose the cause and treat the issue. You don’t need to suffer from mouth pain.

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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Don’t Let Fear Of The Dentist Compromise Your Oral Health

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If you have claustrophobia, you forego cave exploration. If you have acrophobia (fear of heights), you avoid sky diving. In either case, you can live a fulfilling life without engaging in these activities.

What if you have dentophobia or a fear of the dentist? (Yes, it’s a real thing with an official name.) This is different than the phobias mentioned previously. Since dental visits are vital for dental health, it’s not a good idea to simply avoid dental treatment.

Yet many men and women try to do just that. That is until they have a problem that gets so painful they are forced to white knuckle it through a dental visit. At that point, the procedure may be an extraction that could have been prevented with earlier intervention or preventative measures.

If you experience severe anxiety when undergoing dental treatment, oral sedation is for you. Whether it is called relaxation dentistry, oral conscious sedation, sleep dentistry, or anxiety-free dentistry, it has proven to be safe and effective.

Dentophobia is complex and may be accompanied by any of the following:

  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Fear of needles
  • A powerful gag reflex
  • Difficulty in controlling body movement
  • Difficulty becoming numb with normal injections

With oral conscious sedation, dentistry patients can relax or even sleep through dental treatment.

You select the amount of sedation needed:

  • Mild sedation: relaxes you while you remain conscious.
  • Moderate sedation: provides a deeper level of relaxation with partial consciousness.
  • Deep sedation: you are almost entirely unconscious but can be awakened.
  • General anesthesia: this sends you to dreamland from which you awake after it’s over with no memory of the service.

For more information on oral sedation dentistry, contact us at 248-541-8770.

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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