Focusing On The Top 3 At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

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I’m Steven Gustafson. I’ve been practicing dentistry here in Royal Oak, Michigan since 1984. I have found amazing people in this community. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we focus on three important things as we work to be your dental provider of choice.

Family

We want to be the dental practice families rely on for quality care, whether for routine preventative services, tooth restoration, or cosmetic dentistry. If your son chips a tooth and is in severe pain, we want to be the first choice that comes to mind. We offer variety for any family’s various dental needs.

dentures
general dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
Invisalign
dental implants

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry focuses on your Family.

Facts

When we sit down in consultation and you say “Dr. Steven Gustafson, I need to know the cost of veneers, dental implants, the cost of a dental bridge… I need to know my options.” We’ll give you the bottom line on cosmetic dentistry, teeth cleaning, and dental implants. Whether it’s affordable dental care for quality of life or affordable cosmetic dentistry for increased confidence, we’re here. Look us up or call: https://gmdentistry.com 248-541-8770

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry focuses on the Facts.

A Friendly, Comfortable, and Safe Environment

We focus on clean, bright, and inviting and follow rigorous standards of sterilization. Our team here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is friendly, professional, and considerate.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry focuses on a Friendly atmosphere.

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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Dental Confidence Or Caution

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Whether you are one of the folks who go willingly for your check-up or are hesitant about getting dental work done, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry has opened its doors to smiling patients since 1984.

The cost of dentistry doesn’t have to be unknown. A suitable consultation can bring you up to date about possible procedures and shed light on the pros and cons of cosmetic dentistry, our specialty.

Not only do we offer cosmetic dentistry, but we’ll also see patients for dentures because we want to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. We’ll have you open wide for dental implants because we know we’re superior at what we do.

We’ll get you in a comfortable seat before you enjoy Invisalign because comfort is the key to happy patients. And of course, we offer general dentistry as well.

Interested in an outstanding experience? Dr. Steven Gustafson encourages thrill seekers and cautious patients alike to visit us at our 940 E 11 Mile Rd office or to look us up on the web: https://gmdentistry.com

 

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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Affordable Tooth Whitening

Tooth Whitening Dentistry In Royal Oak One of the best and most affordable ways to enhance your smile is to have your teeth whitened. There are several choices when it comes to tooth whitening systems. You can choose from a selection of over-the-counter tooth whitening products at your local drug store, or you can count on your dentist.

Your Dentist Knows Your Teeth

It is wise to consult with your dentist before using OTC tooth whitening products. Your dentist knows your teeth and dental history and can recommend the tooth bleaching product most appropriate for you.

There are many variables when it comes to tooth whitening. The color of your teeth at the beginning of your treatment will affect the end result. Other implications include existing cosmetic dentistry such as crowns and dental bonding, gum health, and tooth sensitivity. Your dentist has experience treating tooth discoloration and understands the advantages and drawbacks of the available methods.

Your dentist may present a tooth whitening solution that you can take home with you. In some cases, your dentist may recommend a professional treatment that is done at the dentist’s office. Professional tooth whitening can deliver significant results in a single treatment but is often done over a few treatments.

A Whiter Smile Without Breaking the Bank

Tooth whitening is less pricey than it was in the earlier days of tooth whitening technology. Today, tooth whitening treatments are very cost-effective. If you are interested in tooth whitening and live in the Royal Oak area, please call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry to make an appointment for a tooth whitening 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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How Do You Measure Success?

Affordable Detroit Tooth Bleaching At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we are enthusiastic about success. Dr. Steven Gustafson’s experience, ability, and commitment to dental excellence result in outstanding outcomes daily for our dentistry patients. Each team member at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry shares Dr. Gustafson’s passion for success.

For many Royal Oak dental patients, success is a routine check-up that reveals healthy teeth and no tooth decay. For our cosmetic dental patients, success is a stunning smile redesign using veneers, teeth whitening, and white fillings.

We also enjoy providing tooth-straightening for youth and adults. Though these transformations generally take longer than smile makeovers, the results are no less fantastic. In fact, our orthodontic patients probably appreciate their straight teeth and beautiful smile more than any of our other patients.

Success sometimes means removing tetracycline stains for a teeth bleaching patient who has been hiding his/her smile for years. Sometimes, success is as simple as helping a nervous patient feel peaceful during their visit to our Royal Oak family dental office.

What do you desire for your smile? At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, our success depends on your complete smile satisfaction.

To meet our helpful team and discuss your smile specifics, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry 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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Can I Get a Metal-Free Tooth Implant?

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Many Royal Oak dental patients are turning to metal-free dentistry. Instead of amalgam fillings, they decide on composite and porcelain restorations. Non-metal fillings and crowns can be matched exactly to your natural tooth color. Some men and women are sensitive to the metals used in conventional fillings. Non-metal materials can prevent potential tooth sensitivity.

Controversy Over Whether Dental Amalgam is Toxic

Another one of the issues with dental amalgam is that it contains a small amount of mercury. Some dental patients are concerned that mercury is toxic or dangerous to one’s health.

Both the American Dental Association and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have reviewed volumes of research and concluded that dental amalgam does not pose a health risk.

“FDA has reviewed the best available scientific evidence to determine whether the low levels of mercury vapor associated with dental amalgam fillings are a cause for concern. Based on this evidence, FDA considers dental amalgam fillings safe for adults and children ages 6 and above. The weight of credible scientific evidence reviewed by FDA does not establish an association between dental amalgam use and adverse health effects in the general population.” (FDA)

Is There a Metal-Free Dental Implant?

That said, many individuals do not want any metal in their mouth, regardless of what the FDA and ADA says. This leads to the question “Is there a metal-free alternative to titanium for tooth implants?”

Some implant dentists offer Zirconia implants.

What Are Zirconia Implants?

Zirconia tooth implants are frequently marketed as a non-metal alternative to titanium posts.

Is Zirconia Actually Metal-Free?

As it turns out, the answer to this question is complicated. And you will get different answers depending on whether you consult a manufacturer of Zirconia tooth implants, an implant dentist who prefers titanium, or a scientist who has no ties to the dental industry.

Consider the following:

“Zirconia crowns are made from zirconium dioxide, a very durable type of metal that’s related to titanium, although it’s categorized as a type of ceramic crown.” (Healthline.com)

“Is it misleading when we call zirconium restorations “metal free”? We all are agreed that titanium is a metal. Zirconium is chemically a metal and has been used in alloys. Its atomic number is 40. To say that Titanium is a metal and that Zirconium is not is showing a poor knowledge of chemistry. Zirconium dioxide, an oxidized form of Zirconium that is used for restorations, is a metal. We would not call rust — iron oxide — anything but a metal. Now we have a new generation of zirconium dioxide implant fixtures and they are advertised as “metal free” and calling them ceramic.” (Osseonews.com)

“Zirconium is a silver-gray transition metal, a type of element that is malleable and ductile and easily forms stable compounds.” (LiveScience.com)

How are Zirconia and Titanium Implants Similar?

Both materials are FDA approved, biocompatible and safe to use for teeth implants.

Why Don’t all Dental Implant Dentists offer Zirconia Implants?

There are numerous reasons.

  • Some dental implant dentists don’t believe they are as durable as titanium dental implants.
  • Some dental implant dentists don’t serve you with them because they can’t be used in a variety of configurations. For example, they are not suited for complete mouth restorations and implant-anchored dentures.
  • Some dental implant dentists don’t perform them because they believe they have a slight risk of fracture–especially narrow diameter Zirconia implants.
  • Some dental implant dentists believe they haven’t proven to provide long-term success.

“A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, concluded “Survival rates and marginal bone loss of zirconia implants are promising, but more evidence on long-term outcomes is needed.” (JADA)

So what do you do if you are interested in getting a dental implant but you don’t want titanium in your mouth? Talk to Dr. Gustafson.

Don’t rely on marketing hype to make critical decisions about dental implant procedures. Consult a doctor who has been placing implants successfully since 1984 and has a legacy of satisfied patients.

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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Ouch! Are Your Teeth Sensitive?

Are Your Teeth Sensitive In Royal Oak?

For those of you in the Detroit area who feel pain when you sip your morning coffee or who cringe each time you brush or floss, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is here for you.

Dr. Steven Gustafson has been treating this common issue since 1984.

The first line of defense against tooth sensitivity is proper oral hygiene. Incorrect brushing and over-brushing can result in receding gums, which leads to the exposure of microscopic tubules in the dentin. When these tubules are exposed, acidic, hot, cold, and sticky foods can then reach the nerve cells in the teeth causing discomfort.

Here in our Royal Oak dentistry practice, our friendly staff can determine if your brushing style is contributing to your tooth sensitivity issues and get you on your way to proper oral care habits.

Steven Gustafson usually recommends an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste that lessens tooth pain after several applications. Most Detroit area drugstores carry it. However, some Royal Oak patients may need in-office procedures such as fluoride gel treatments available at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

Don’t worry if you have sensitive teeth in Royal Oak and want to have your teeth whitened. Here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, Dr. Gustafson can determine which professional tooth whitening or at-home whitening procedures will work for you.

Call our Royal Oak cosmetic dental office today for speedy relief for your sensitive teeth.

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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Smile Makeovers: First Things First

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Hello, I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. Thanks for visiting my blog. In today’s post, we will focus on something that happens occasionally when a patient requests cosmetic dentistry from their Royal Oak dentist.

Let me set the stage. The patient comes in for a consultation about a smile makeover. We’ll call him Mr. Jones. The dentist listens carefully as he explains the esthetic problems that he wants to remedy. Mr. Jones wants to fix two chipped teeth, get a dental implant for a tooth that is missing altogether, and whiten his whole smile. He describes what he envisions for his smile after undergoing treatment.

The dentist performs an examination of his entire mouth and takes x-rays. The dentist discovers some additional dilemmas. There are three teeth with moderate decay, one tooth with severe decay, gum disease, an old crown with a crack in it, and severe bone recession at the potential dental implant site where the tooth was extracted ten years ago.

The dentist explains that these dilemmas need to be addressed before the smile redesign is performed. Mr. Jones says that the smile makeover is his first priority and plans to deal with the other problems sometime in the future.

How does the dentist advise Mr. Jones? The dentist will probably explain that the lasting success of a cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or tooth whitening is influenced by the condition of the mouth at the time of treatment. There must be a solid, healthy foundation, so to speak, on which to build the smile makeover.

First things first. It makes no sense to attach a veneer to a decayed tooth that may need a root canal. A dental implant may not integrate with the surrounding bone structure if placed at a site where there is bone recession. Tooth whitening will probably not produce favorable results where there is gum disease and exposed tooth roots.

Can Mr. Jones ever have his dream smile? Yes! There are treatments to fix all of the problems mentioned previously. But just like many other things in life, the order of operations is critical.

If you are interested in a smile makeover or simply need a check-up, schedule an appointment by calling 248-541-8770. I look forward to discussing both your oral health and esthetic concerns.

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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Health Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In today’s post, we will focus on vital behaviors that influence oral health. Of course, effective brushing and flossing are two important habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to maintain a healthy smile.

Diet Do’s

  • Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is required for overall physical health and a strong immune system.
  • Do consume calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that are detrimental to the enamel.

Diet Don’ts

  • Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar triggers the production of dangerous cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to decay.
  • Don’t snack throughout the day. This speeds up plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.
  • Don’t chew on ice. (It really can break teeth.)
  • Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are dangerous to teeth.

Other Important Tips

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is wiser to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.
  • Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.
  • Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.
  • If you have children, communicate with Dr. Gustafson about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your kids fluoride supplements.
  • Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.
  • If you have an eating disorder—seek professional help right away. Bulimia and anorexia are extremely damaging to teeth. (Not to mention the toll they take on the heart and other organs.)

We encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that maintains dental health as well as overall physical health. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we serve the Royal Oak area with exceptional dental care including general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures, and Invisalign.

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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Can I Objectively Evaluate My Smile?

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It is no secret that a beautiful, pleasing, healthy smile can be your most revered physical attribute. After all, people notice your smile first thing. How do you know if your smile is detracting from your appearance?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; if you look at your smile in the mirror and believe it is unattractive, it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks. But what if you are not sure?

There are many issues that are generally considered to detract from brilliant smiles. A missing tooth is a biggie. People who are missing teeth in the back of the mouth may mistakenly believe that the gap doesn’t show. They are usually wrong. When smiling, talking, laughing, or eating, a missing tooth definitely shows – even if the missing tooth is the very last molar.

Yellow or gray teeth diminish the appeal of a smile – even one that is perfectly healthy and aligned – and crooked teeth are usually considered unattractive.

There are a few unique smile characteristics that some people proudly show off and others wish to change. For instance, a gap between the two front teeth can become your trademark. True Blood star Anna Paquin, actor Woody Harrelson, and singer Seal have retained their spaces. Perhaps the most famous gap-toothed smile belongs to seventy-year-old model Lauren Hutton who has proudly flashed it throughout her fifty-year career. Other celebrities such as Zac Efron, Tom Cruise, and Keith Urban weren’t happy with gaps so they transformed their smiles with innovative cosmetic dentistry.

If you want an objective aesthetic evaluation of your smile, how can you do this? You can’t see your smile from every angle when you look in the mirror. If you want an expert opinion on the attractiveness of your smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist. There are a surprising number of design principles that are used in cosmetic dental smile makeovers. These include size, shape, alignment, proportion, color, and translucency. Moreover, cosmetic dentists also consider the characteristics of the gums, lips, and facial features.

When you have a cosmetic dental consultation, you will be able to see how the important elements work together to create a natural-looking, standout smile. Bottom line? If you want to change your smile, you can! Schedule a consultation today by calling 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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Treatment For Stress-Induced Jaw Pain

Treatment For Stress Induced Jaw Pain In Royal Oak

Everyday problems cause some people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth.

Daily commuting, work problems, or an overpacked schedule are some persistent culprits.

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can trigger or exacerbate a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for temporomandibular joint.

Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints permit strength and fluid motion as you chew, speak, and yawn.

Damage to these critical joints can lead to severe pain in the jaw, head, face, and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides.

TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of problems, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. A valid diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 1984, working with other specialists when required. If you are noticing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

I am Steven Gustafson and I am enthusiastic about providing high-quality dentistry to the residents of Royal Oak and the greater Detroit area.

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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