What Can Fluoride Do For You?

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Hello, and welcome to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. Today’s post focuses on fluoride: ‘What is it, exactly, and why is it so beneficial to your dental health?’

The Miracle Mineral

Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. Fluoride occurs naturally in different foods as well as in water. Many adjust the fluoride content of their municipal water. Fluoride is also added to dental care products. This makes it possible for you to apply fluoride to your teeth when you brush your teeth or use mouth rinses.

And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it will help to prevent decay, of course! Fluoride does this by giving the teeth increased resistance against the acid attacks brought on by plaque bacteria as well as sugar in the mouth.

Essential for Young Teeth

Fluoride is especially vital for kids. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in, therefore fluoride exposure is extremely beneficial for creating a strong foundation for lifelong oral health.

But, stay tuned, adults: the enamel-strengthening benefits of topical fluoride are available to you as well! In addition to the oral care products mentioned previously, adults can get a boost of this miracle mineral during routine dental cleanings at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson and I have a full-service dental practice in Royal Oak. Helping my dental patients maintain ideal dental health is critical for me, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want through cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and complete smile makeovers.

My practice has been serving the Detroit area since 1984, and we would like you to be our next satisfied patient. Please contact us at 248-541-8770 so we can make an appointment for you.

Source:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/fluoride-treatment, accessed on September 18, 2013

 

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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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Your Dentist Provides Comprehensive Oral Care

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How does your dentist help you stay healthy?

Most people know that they can go to their dentist if they chip a tooth or have a toothache. Because of this, they may not realize how many other health problems your dentist can help you with.

A full-service dental practice provides comprehensive oral health care.

Bad Breath

Bad breath is usually due to bacteria build-up in the mouth. Perhaps, however, you have unpleasant breath even though you brush and floss daily. If that’s the case, talk to your dentist. She or he can help you discover the cause of your problem. It could be an infection or a side effect of prescription medications. You need a professional diagnosis and we are here for you.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, technically called xerostomia, is caused by a lack of saliva and can be quite uncomfortable. Reduction of saliva flow is a common problem, especially among older men and women. However, people of all ages experience the symptoms of dry mouth at one time or another. These symptoms include a dry, red tongue, difficulty swallowing, and persistent sore throat.

Unfortunately, it can result in a myriad of dilemmas such as cavities and gum disease. A lot of individuals experience dry mouth because of medications or medical conditions. Make sure you bring a list of current medications with you to your appointment.

Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorder (TMD)

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge-type joint that allows you to open and close your mouth. If you have pain or clicking in your jaw, you may have TMD. But the first step is diagnosing the cause of the malady. For example, teeth clenching or grinding can cause or exacerbate TMD. Your dentist can tell if you grind your teeth in your sleep. The condition can also be caused or aggravated by injury or arthritis. Some people who suffer from TMD notice flare-ups when they are under a lot of stress. If stress is the only cause, stress-reducing behaviors can help you prevent it or lower the severity.

Snoring

Your dentist may treat snoring and OSA. Many dentists in the Royal Oak area provide Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). With OAT, a custom-made mouthpiece helps keep your airway open throughout the night. If your bed partner tells you that you snore, do him or her a favor and get professional help!

Oral Cancer

Dentists also perform oral cancer checks when they examine a patient. Oral cancer accounts for about three percent of all cancers diagnosed each year in the U.S. This amounts to 53,000 new cases annually. That means thousands of Michigan residents receive the grim news every year. Early detection is critical for all types of cancer, but especially so for cancers of the mouth and throat.

Teeth Grinding

Your dentist may also be able to help you with teeth grinding. Teeth grinding is dangerous for teeth and it can trigger headaches as well.. If you suspect that you grind your teeth at night—schedule a consultation and checkup at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. It’s not just an annoyance, teeth grinding can cause headaches, sleep problems and put you at risk of cavities and gum recession.

Sports Protection

Your dentist may also create custom sports mouthguards. If you or your child participates in a contact sport, talk to your dentist about a quality, custom-fitted mouthguard.

If you have questions about any of these issues or want to schedule an exam, give us a call today. We look forward to meeting 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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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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Do You Grind Your Teeth While You Sleep?

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Here is the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry guide to treating teeth grinding.

Understand
Most teeth grinding will occur while sleeping. Consistent teeth grinding might be suspected with a sore jaw and dull headache in the mornings. Anxiety or stress are not the only reasons grinding may appear. It can also be related to an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.

Visit Dentist
Bruxism is a medical term used for grinding teeth. Bruxism can be identified by Dr. Steven Gustafson through an oral examination of jaw tenderness and abnormalities in the teeth. Discuss a possible nightguard for teeth grinding.

Get Control
When tooth grinding occurs, the fear is resulting oral damage and pain. Here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we support oral health in many ways. Here are three things that may help:

  1. Control caffeine or alcohol intake as these may increase tooth grinding.
  2. Avoid gum and prohibit pen or pencil chewing. This benefits the jaw as it keeps the jaw from clenching repeatedly.
  3. Allow the jaw to relax; sometimes just setting your tongue between your teeth will help your jaw relax.

Every individual in our community from Detroit to Royal Oak deserves a good night’s sleep as well as a pain-free, headache-free morning.

It’s no problem to come down to our office at 940 E 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, Michigan 48067 and consult with Dr. Gustafson about this or any other dental concern. Call 248-541-8770 today to schedule an appointment.

We are devoted to healthy, happy patients. A beautiful, confident smile allows full, honest interaction with others. Don’t live with pain. Consider the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, teeth cleaning, or Invisalign clear braces. Ask about dentures, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, or dental implants. Your needs are important to us.

Contact our friendly staff at 248-541-8770 and discover a trustworthy practice that offers important knowledge and the highest quality of care.

 

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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Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad…Dentist?

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People that experience dental phobia (Dentophobia) may take comfort in the fact that it is a fairly common diagnosable mental condition. At least they know they are not alone and that the medical community takes it seriously.

Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia: (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be problematic, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on a 747 or riding an elevator to the top of the Chrysler Building.

A person who suffers from dental phobia or dental anxiety is at risk of entering a vicious cycle of declining oral health.

Fear causes the person to avoid dental checkups for years. When a minor dental dilemma (like a tiny cavity) progresses until it reaches a nerve and creates pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.

At this point, the required therapy is a major procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The procedure reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some men and women end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.

Experts believe that the scope of dental phobia may be as high as one in four men and women. Are you one of them?

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we want to help apprehensive patients successfully overcome or at least manage their fear so they can endure twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the most effective way to protect teeth and gums.

If you haven’t had a dental exam in a while, please schedule a consultation. You can speak with Dr. Gustafson about the many options available including behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and conscious sedation (sleep dentistry).

If you dread going to the dentist, there is hope. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we have successfully treated many patients just like you. We invite you to request a consultation today.

 

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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There’s No Substitute for a Toothbrush and Floss

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Many dental patients wonder why, with all the developments in dentistry, we still send you home with a complimentary toothbrush and roll of floss.

The Most Important Tools to Keep Your Smile Healthy

It’s true, they do seem a little old-fashioned in our high-tech world, but don’t let their simple design fool you. These tools are your best friends to prevent tooth decay, plaque build-up, and gum disease for dental patients!

Brush and Floss Every Day

When done properly and consistently, brushing and flossing are an important part of everyday oral hygiene.

Brushing, which should be done at least twice a day, can be done effectively with any type of toothbrush. There is no need to pay a bundle for a fancy electric toothbrush. Just brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes making certain to reach all the surfaces and nooks and crannies.

Flossing should be done once a day and is vital for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot. As we eat, fragments of food get caught between our teeth. If it’s not cleaned off, it allows bacteria to thrive. The bacteria and film create plaque which hurts both teeth and gums. Flossing daily removes bits of food before they turn into plaque.

I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson, and I want to help you enjoy your dental visits and adore your smile.

Our friendly staff loves sending our patients away with a new toothbrush and floss, but we also find it rewarding to see our patients gain renewed confidence with a smile makeover.

We’d love to answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry such as tooth whitening, veneers, dental implants, or any other dental health topic.

Give us a call today at 248-541-8770!

 

 

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248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?

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Detroit endodontists, oral surgeons, and general dentists use dental crowns (sometimes called caps) in many restorative treatments. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured, a crown can correct bite misalignments, and a crown is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic problems: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

1. All ceramic (porcelain-based)
2. Porcelain fused to metal
3. Gold alloys
4. Base metal alloys

Your dentist can help you determine which type is right for you. Factors to consider are the location of the crown in the mouth, your budget, and any allergies to metal.

When many Royal Oak dentists provide a crown restoration, they use a process that requires two office visits. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, the dentist will make a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready. Some dentists have special technology that allows them to fabricate and place crowns in one visit.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? Dental crowns can last for many years, but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.1

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we provide quality restorative and cosmetic dentistry. In addition to dental crowns, we offer cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and dental implants

1Bader JD1, Shugars DA., “Summary review of the survival of single crowns,” PubMed.gov, 2009, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19146146, accessed June 16, 2014

 

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 Sports Drinks Put Teeth At Risk

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Many health-conscious individuals exercise regularly, and some turn to sports drinks for hydration.

While it’s true that they help preserve electrolyte levels in the body (and pose fewer health risks than energy drinks), their acidity can erode tooth enamel. And when tooth enamel is compromised, those pearly whites are more  staining, discoloration, and decay.

Nobody wants darkened teeth, so next time you’re at the gym, try substituting water for sports drinks.

If you have already spotted staining or tooth discoloration and would like to know more about porcelain veneers or teeth whitening, give Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry a call at 248-541-8770.

We are an esteemed dental practice that offers:

cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
dentures

Dr. Steven Gustafson has been providing unmatched dental care since 1984. The friendly staff here can answer any questions you have about critical preventative oral care and cosmetic dentistry care such as veneers, gum contouring, invisible braces, tooth-colored fillings and smile transformations.

 

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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