Attack Of The Gummi Bear

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Here at the Royal Oak dental blog, we never like to be the bearers of bad news, but we are enthusiastic about our patients’ oral health. So, today we offer a key warning about a lesser-known danger of sticky candy.

Most people probably know that sugar is not your teeth’s friend. Eating candy creates the perfect environment for detrimental cavity-causing bacteria to thrive in your mouth.

Did you know that the physical toll of chewing on sticky candy can lead to (or aggravate) a condition in the temporomandibular joint called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)? The jaw is a delicate joint and sticky candy increases stress and the possibility of taking the jaw out of alignment.

Worried about giving up the sweet stuff? Remember that when you stop eating highly sweet things, your taste buds adjust and you will enjoy foods with more subtle flavors, such as fruits. So don’t give up! Your taste buds will change and your teeth and jaw will thank you!

Hi. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. If you hear a popping or clicking noise in your jaw, have pain in your jaw or around your ears, or feel like your bite is out of alignment, call 248-541-8770 to make an appointment today.

TMJ issues can ordinarily be treated with non-invasive methods including relaxation techniques, diet and lifestyle modifications, or orthodontic treatment. Physical therapy is often effective for treating more severe cases of TMD. If required, I can refer you to a physical therapist who specializes in TMD treatment. During your examination, we can also discuss pain management.

In addition to TMD and bite misalignment diagnosis and treatment, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry offers the following services:

cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
dentures
Invisalign

Along with healthy teeth, we also want you to have an extraordinary smile that you can be proud of. If you have any questions about teeth whitening, cosmetic dental smile makeovers, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, give us a call today at 248-541-8770.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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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Restoring Smiles At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Restoring Smiles at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal OakWe believe a great smile is essential for putting your best face forward. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we not only restore teeth to their original condition; we make many smiles better than they ever were before!

Some patients have only a few dilemmas they wish to correct. Perhaps one or two teeth are misshapen and seem out of alignment. If the problem teeth are only superficially crooked—meaning they do not need to be moved into place with orthodontia—porcelain veneers may be the solution. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are attached to the front of one or more teeth. They are extremely versatile and can correct shape, color, or both.

Another plus: porcelain veneers are virtually non-invasive and do not influence healthy tooth structure.

Some men and women were happy with their smiles in years past but now want to bring up the whiteness a notch or two. Teeth whitening is a popular procedure for our cosmetic dentistry patients. We provide professional teeth bleaching for every type of smile. If you are ready to beautify your smile, come on in; we’ll help you find the best tooth whitening system for your smile.

Put your best face forward with a brand new 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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How Bright Can You Shine?

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Hello! Do you want brighter, whiter teeth? Most men and women notice their teeth dull as the years go by. But foods, drinks, and even mouthwashes can stain teeth at any age.

OTC tooth whitening products like kits, strips, or toothpaste may slightly lighten stains, but for a truly sensational smile, see Steven Gustafson!

If you have dental veneers, bonding, or bridges, teeth whitening bleach will not influence the stains and your whitened natural teeth may make your dental work look even duller in comparison. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we can advise you about new dental work, including veneers or bondings, if these have discolored with age.

Remember, anything that can stain a white t-shirt can stain teeth.

Brushing after meals can keep stains at bay. But immediately after consuming acidic foods or drinks, just rinse your mouth with water. Brushing before the acids are neutralized or washed away can erode enamel.

In-office teeth whitening takes about an hour and bleaches teeth to a whiter-than-ever brilliance. Professional take-home whitening kits are also available at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry and can produce marvelous results over time.

For more information about a younger and brighter smile, contact our friendly dental team for a smile brightening 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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Yes! You Can Get Replace Old Fillings

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Superficial cuts in the skin vanish without a trace, infections are killed with antibiotics, broken bones mend, and inflamed tissues subside. Our teeth, unfortunately, can’t regenerate. Decay can be halted in its progress, but scientists are still years away from actual enamel regeneration. That’s why the team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry strongly emphasizes preventative dentistry.

The healthiest mouths have all teeth intact and free of current or former decay. But how many smiles can boast such an admirable record? Very few.

The stark reality is that most individuals get one or more cavities over the course of their lifetime.

In fact, most individuals in Michigan probably don’t even know someone who has never had a cavity. Tooth decay is second only to the common cold as the most frequent health problem in childhood. When we reach middle age, many of us have even had a root canal or two.

Depending on the size of the cavity, after cleaning and preparing the tooth, your dentist can fill it, place a crown, or complete a root canal (usually followed by a crown).

Restorations Have Come a Long Way

Modern restorations have many advantages over those in years past. There are stronger and more natural-looking materials. Many of our patients at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry who have not had a filling for a while, are not aware that white fillings are available. You can even replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings and give your mouth a makeover!

As we said before, when a tooth is affected by injury or decay, it is never exactly the way it was before. But now, with modern fillings and crowns, it can regain stability and beauty.

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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Let Your Smile Show Who You Really Are

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Let’s talk about the power of a smile.

A smile communicates your emotions more precisely than words can ever do. The absence of a smile also sends a clear message. But what if you want to smile but the dilemmas with your teeth prevent you? This is a frustrating condition for many Royal Oak people both young and old.

You may have a warm and engaging personality, but no one can notice that personality without a smile. If you are frequently too embarrassed about your teeth to smile, this post is for you.

Do you ever think about how your close-lipped facial expressions affect other people’s perceptions of you? Do you think it’s possible that your demeanor causes people to get the wrong impression? Perhaps they think you are shy, distant, timid, or unhappy. These adjectives are probably completely off-base – but without a smile, it’s hard to tell. Especially when people meet you for the first time.

Do you think your unsightly smile has affected your career? How about your personal relationships? If you are not comfortable with the way your teeth look, you have probably considered cosmetic dentistry.

This begs the question: “What has prevented you from seeking a smile transformation?” Is it the cost? Fear that it’s going to be painful? Doubts about whether it will really work? Worry that you will have to take work off for several appointments? Maybe you are just too embarrassed to let anyone look in your mouth.

If you are still reading this post, I suspect you are on the fence regarding this life-changing renewal. You can’t make a wise choice unless you have the vital facts, and I want to provide them to you.

Knowledge is power. I invite you to come in for a free, informational smile makeover consultation. I want to meet with you about all the concerns I mentioned previously and any others you may have. When I carry out a smile transformation for someone who has been embarrassed to smile for years, it changes that person’s life. Because of revolutionary procedures, instruments, lab processes, and materials, it’s a great time to be a cosmetic dentist and an even better time to get a smile makeover at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

The key to a cosmetic dental smile makeover that transcends what is technically adequate to the type of remarkable smile that is greater than the sum of its parts is the expertise of the dentist. To reach the level of perfection that you deserve, a renowned smile makeover dentist must have the power to use all these things in combination with rare artistic skills.

Whew! That’s a lot of words. And, as mentioned at the beginning of this post, we know that words cannot convey what an unforgettable smile can. Let me show you pictures of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry smile makeover patients. Then you will understand. (After all, a picture is worth – how many words?)

I invite you to call me, Dr. Steven Gustafson, today 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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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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