Think It’s Not Necessary To Replace Missing Back Teeth?

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Some people who lose a posterior tooth question whether to replace it. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to take over the chewing functions. Why not avoid the expense to replace it and save some money? Actually, there are several critical reasons to replace a back tooth with a permanent dental implant if possible:

1. The adjacent tooth (or teeth) may start shifting.

If a tooth tilts, moves or rotates, it can influence the bite. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or TMJ pain.

2. The underlying bone will eventually recede.

Without the tooth root, the jaw bone pulls back. This changes the dimensions of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a decrease in supporting bone. The vertical shortening progresses and becomes more pronounced as you get older.

3. There will be extra stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions.

This can lead to excessive wear, fracture, or pain.

If you have a missing posterior tooth and want to learn about dental implants, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 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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How White Fillings Improve Your Smile

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Detroit Hello! Welcome to the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry dental blog. If this your first visit, we hope you find useful information about our outstanding Royal Oak dental practice. If you have read some of our previous articles, we are glad you checked back with us. We post new articles regularly.

My name is Steven Gustafson, DDS. I have been practicing dentistry in Royal Oak since 1984. Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is a full-service dental office located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak. In addition to providing comprehensive examinations and deep cleanings for patients in the Detroit area, we perform all types of tooth restorations.

When a tooth has decay or has been damaged, a dental restoration is needed to restore the tooth to its previous intact condition. A dental filling is one of the most common and well-known types of restorations. A dental filling is used to repair decayed or damaged tooth surfaces. Most people have a few fillings in their mouth.

If you have old silver amalgam fillings, we can replace them with nearly-invisible fillings that are tooth colored. These fillings are made out of a strong composite resin. Many of our cosmetic dentistry patients have replaced their old silver fillings with fillings matched to their teeth. You can improve your smile instantly and relatively inexpensively by getting rid of the metal.

We are currently accepting new patients and would be happy to show you around our Royal Oak dental office and introduce you to our friendly team.

Smile – it increases your face value!

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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CEREC Same-Day Restorations For Dental Emergencies

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CEREC “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” crowns are fast and convenient. They make “same-day” dentistry possible. If your dental practice offers CEREC, your dentist can fabricate strong, natural-looking crowns in one visit.

Because of this, CEREC has many merits for cosmetic dental patients.

CEREC For Dental Emergencies

CEREC technology also plays an important role in emergency dentistry.

A dental emergency is, by definition, inconvenient. (You can’t get more inconvenient than an event that takes place with no warning whatsoever.)

Reduce The Impact To Your Schedule

The dental injury and visit to an urgent care practice is disruptive enough. If your dental emergency requires ongoing dental appointments, it further complicates your life.

  • You may have to take time off from work
  • You may have to get child care
  • You may have to cancel flight reservations for a vacation or business trip
  • You may have to reschedule other appointments

Same-day restorations don’t require ongoing treatment after an initial emergency visit.

CEREC Crowns are High Quality

Worried that CEREC same-day restorations are inferior to traditional restorations?

Let’s put your mind at ease.

CEREC crowns are built with durable, high-quality materials.

A CEREC crown is shaped with CAD/CAM scanning technology which is just as accurate as a traditional impression. (Some dentists believe a CEREC crown is even more precise than a crown designed from a traditional impression.)

CEREC crowns:

  1. Are indistinguishable from your natural teeth
  2. Function like a traditional crown
  3. Don’t require a messy impression
  4. Don’t require a temporary crown that may come loose or fall off—leaving your damaged tooth at risk of further injury
  5. Can last ten years or longer
  6. Are completed in one dental visit

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry offers CEREC same-day crowns. This is one way we ease the trauma when you have a dental emergency. Save our phone number to your contacts. In the unfortunate event that you experience a dental emergency, call us ASAP. If someone else is driving, call us on your way to our office. We have extended hours to serve 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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Oral Appliance Therapy For Sleep Apnea

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Suspect you might have sleep apnea?

It’s crucial to your health to see a doctor soon. If left untreated, it can become life-threatening.

Do your loved ones tell you that you regularly stop breathing during the night? What if you sleep alone? Here are some signs that you may have sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Sudden awakenings
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Frequently being tired during the day
  • Waking with a dry mouth
  • Headaches, especially in the morning
  • Difficulty concentrating

Recurring interruptions in breathing during sleep robs the brain of oxygen. When the brain is not getting enough oxygen, the heart slows down. When the person resumes breathing, the heart goes into panic mode to push the oxygen to the brain. Then the cycle repeats itself many times an hour each and every night. This stop-and-start action is dangerous for every organ in the body.

CPAP (Positive Airway Pressure) may be the most well-known treatment for sleep apnea. Many people don’t know that there are other ways to treat it.

Your Dentist Can Help

Oral appliance therapy (OAT) conducted by a dentist can be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved OAT in the following circumstances:

  • As a first-line treatment for individuals with mild to moderate OSA
  • As a first-line treatment for individuals with severe OSA who are unable to use CPAP devices
  • As a combination of therapy (using CPAP and an oral appliance together)

A custom-fit oral appliance allows patients to breathe normally during sleep. A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea must be made by a medical doctor. If the physician recommends oral appliance therapy, he or she will refer the patient to a dentist who is trained in treating sleep disorders.

The advantages of an oral appliance over a CPAP machine include:

  • More convenient
  • More comfortable
  • Portable
  • Quiet
  • Doesn’t need electricity
  • Easy to clean
  • May allow the wearer to talk and eat during use

If you have been suffering from untreated obstructive sleep apnea, OAT can restore your health. The team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry encourages you to see a medical doctor soon before your health is compromised. If you have already received a diagnosis of OSA and would like information about OAT, call 248-541-8770 to schedule a consultation 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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Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Gustafson Morningstar DentistryHello Detroit dental blog visitors, welcome to the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry blog. I am Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

A close friend of mine told me about her upcoming root canal and her fear of the procedure. She was stressed about the perceived pain she might have and also about getting work off for the multiple dental visits to finish up. I assured her that painful root canal procedures are a thing of the past with modern dentistry.

With the latest technology and anesthetics, a root canal (endodontic treatment) is no more painful than receiving a filling. Most root canals can be completed in one or two office visits.

If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns about a particular procedure and have not been to your Royal Oak dentist recently, I encourage you to schedule an exam, cleaning, and consultation today.

We are accepting new patients at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry and would love to serve you. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we offer cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and general 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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A Maximum Upgrade With Mini Implants

How Mini Dental Implants Can Help Your Smile in 48067Though they are not as well known as conventional dental implants, mini implants are being used successfully in the Royal Oak area to improve smiles.

Like their larger versions, mini implants can handle the restoration of one or more missing teeth or can replace a bridge or fixed denture. Denture wearers benefit significantly from these slip-free dental implants that are inserted securely in the jaw bone.

In some cases, a patient is unable to receive conventional full-size dental implants due to insufficient bone thickness. There are also mini implant patients who are not able to endure dental implant surgery due to health issues. Patients like this are typically great candidates for the mini version.

The placement of toothpick-sized mini dental implants can sometimes be done in one dental visit. The placement usually requires no incisions or stitches. Recovery time, if needed, is frequently very short. Most patients are able to eat dinner that evening.

Don’t let the word “mini” fool you; your smile can receive a maximum upgrade with mini dental implants. Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 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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Not Happy With Your Dentist?

Royal Oak Cosmetic Dentisty In the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry dental blog, we post informative articles about dentistry. This includes general dentistry, cosmetic dental treatments, preventative dental care, and news about our dental practice. Many of my patients visit my blog regularly and I hope you will also find helpful dental information here.

If you are in need of a dentist or are not happy with your current dentist, I invite you to visit my Royal Oak office, meet my friendly staff, and talk about your dental needs.

We are enthusiastic about exceeding our patients’ expectations.

Before we can provide dental treatment, however, Dr. Gustafson must become familiar with each patient. That is why your first initial visit will take some time. We can’t get to know each other in five minutes.

How are you doing? What is the current condition of your teeth and gums? What are your concerns and expectations about dental treatment? Do you have financial concerns about the cost of treatment?

I recognize that each one of my patients has a unique set of circumstances.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we emphasize preventative dental care. When restorative dental treatment is necessary, we suggest the most conservative treatment.

If you have pressing dental needs, let’s consider your options and consider the long-term consequences of each treatment. We are committed to your well-being and want you to receive the best possible care.

Please call us at 248-541-8770 to schedule a consultation. We are confident that you will feel good about choosing Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry for your dental 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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Is Your Emergency A Schedule Crisis?

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Some emergencies are worse than others. If you have a broken tooth, then you want to call us at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak immediately.

SCHEDULE CRISIS?

Well…that’s not exactly the same thing as a tooth injury. But at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we solve that problem too.

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With extended hours, we are the solution to schedule emergencies.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry provides quality dental care to patients in the Royal Oak area. We are devoted to the oral health of our patients.

Our emergency dental services include:

  • Root canals
  • Toothache relief
  • Tooth extractions
  • Treatment for tooth injury

We help our patients keep their mouths as healthy as possible and their smiles clean and bright.

IS YOUR EMERGENCY AN UPCOMING EVENT?

Perhaps your smile is healthy. But you want to make it irresistibly stunning for an upcoming event. Even if your upcoming event is next week, we can solve your time crunch. With certain procedures, you can walk out with a stunning smile in a couple hours.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible smile for each of our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as Invisalign and dental implants. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease

A gum disease treatment Monktonhealthy smile needs decay-free teeth and healthy gums. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we’ve seen a variety of issues in our patients’ gums.

Which of the items below are risk factors for gum disease (periodontitis)?

a. Pregnancy
b. Overbite
c. Diabetes
d. Heredity

All of the above. Pregnancy, menopause, or any other condition that causes hormonal changes is a risk factor as is any type of malocclusion.

Which of the following are possible signs of gum disease?

a. Teeth that appear longer
b. A change in the way dentures fit
c. Bad breath
d. Sore gums

All of the above. Note: some patients don’t see any symptoms.

Which of the following are possible health problems linked to untreated gum disease?

a. Asthma
b. Low birth weight babies
c. Parkinson’s disease
d. Stroke

a,b, and d are all possible health problems.

What percentage of people age 65+ have gum disease?

a. 5%
b. 12%
c. 25%
d. 50%

C. 25%

Which of the following procedures are used for gum disease?

a. Scaling and root planing
b. Soft tissue grafting
c. Flap surgery
d. Flip surgery

A, b, and C.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible smile for each of our patients. We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule your next dental consultation with us today!

 

contact gustafson morningstar dentistry:

248-843-0496

location (tap to open in google maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

Sources:
John Donavan, “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth,” WebMD, December 15, 2015, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-your-teeth#3, accessed March 20, 2017
“Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments,” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm, accessed March 20, 2017
“Diseases and Conditions Periodontitis,” Mayo Clinic, February 4, 2014, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/periodontitis/basics/risk-factors/con-20021679, accessed March 20, 2017

Inlays/Onlays: Less Invasive Than Complete Crowns

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Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak offers excellent restorative dentistry care. The field of restorative dentistry has come a long way over the years. There are now several effective ways to correct decayed teeth. Let’s discuss two similar types of restorations: dental inlays and onlays.

Sometimes, our team can perform an inlay or an onlay instead of a crown. Usually, they are more affordable than a porcelain crown procedure.

Inlays/onlays are “indirect fillings,”. We will produce them in a lab and place them whole on the tooth. When we perform traditional “direct fillings”, we apply the material to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shape it.

Inlay

We will use an inlay to fix the surface of a damaged tooth, ordinarily to fill a small cavity or a natural pit that is at risk for decay.

Typically porcelain or composite resin are used for inlays; these materials are heavy-duty and look very natural because the color can be matched to the surrounding teeth. Our team will precisely fit an inlay to your tooth so it looks, feels, and functions like the previous tooth.

Onlay

An onlay, or partial crown, covers a larger part of the tooth. Onlays are generally applied to the biting surface of the tooth. Just like inlays, our team will exactly fit them to the damaged part of the tooth. We will use composite resin and porcelain as the main materials used to create an onlay.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we provide exceptional dental care including inlays and onlays. If you have one or more teeth that has a cavity, crack, or excessive wear, call us to make an appointment today. We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. 

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067