Missing Teeth and Dental Implants in Royal Oak

It’s a deceptively simple idea: replace a missing tooth by implanting an artificial one directly to the patient’s jaw. It’s an idea that has been around for a thousand years or more, but in the last half century, it has become an exact science. Dental implants are one of the specialties offered at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

First, let’s clarify one point: a dental implant refers to the titanium post that is embedded in the jaw, and not to the artificial tooth. The post goes where the tooth root used to be, and because of that, helps to prevent bone recession. The artificial tooth sits on top of the post.

According to the American Dental Association, dental implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry. They look and function just like a natural tooth.

Even people who are missing all of their teeth can benefit from dental implants. New, permanent styles of dentures can be supported in the jaw by implants. They are far more secure than traditional dentures.

If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants may be the answer to your prayers. Call us at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak to see if they are right for you. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, including popular procedures like teeth whitening. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Fast Ways to Improve Your Smile

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Do you have a special event coming up? Perhaps a wedding, graduation, milestone birthday, anniversary, or reunion? These celebrations usually involve a lot of photographs, and of course, you want to look your best. You may not have time to lose 20 pounds, but you can significantly beautify your smile with cosmetic dentistry. Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak can help.

Here are cosmetic dental procedures that can make a big difference in your smile.

Veneers
Porcelain veneers have been a celebrated treatment for decades but we never fail to be amazed by the fantastic results they furnish. A veneer is a super-thin layer of porcelain bonded permanently to the tooth. A veneer can cover a chip, hide a crack, make discoloration disappear, or repair a misshapen tooth.

Bonding
Bonding is applying a composite resin to repair a tooth that is chipped, decayed, or otherwise damaged. The bonding material is matched to the color of your tooth. Bonding is one of the simplest and least expensive techniques of cosmetic dentistry.

Teeth Whitening
Make your smile pop with professional teeth whitening. There is nothing quite like a fantastic white smile to give you complete confidence. We offer Opalescence, a professional-strength teeth whitening system you can do at home at your convenience.

Cosmetic dentistry is an investment that will bless you with increased morale every day. Call us at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak to find out more. We also offer general dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Do Whitestrips Work?

Do Whitestrips Work in Royal Oak? If you have visited the toothpaste aisle at your Royal Oak grocery store, you have probably noticed dozens of products that claim to whiten your teeth. A few years ago, the only over-the-counter tooth whitening options were whitening toothpastes and Crest Whitestrips. Now there is a wide variety of options.

Whitening Rinses
Take whitening rinses, for example. They are similar to mouthwashes. They kill bacteria, freshen breath and may help remove plaque. Whitening rinses also contain tooth-whitening ingredients not found in mouthwashes. Manufacturers advise taking a mouthful of the rinse and letting it slosh around on your teeth for one minute twice a day.

Though this method is manageable, many users never notice a lightening of their teeth. This is probably because the rinse does not touch your teeth long enough to truly whiten them.

Whitening Strips
The whitening strips you can buy in grocery stores have a couple of drawbacks. Though they contain a bleaching agent, it is much less potent than those used in dental offices. Another problem is that they do not whiten between teeth because the strips only touch the front surface. Though it is possible to remove stains, it can take months to see any whitening. By that point, you have probably spent more money than you would have if you’d have chosen the professional system at your dental practice.

Teeth Whitening Gels
Whitening gels are painted onto teeth with a small brush. One problem with whitening gels is that they only stick to dry teeth. If any saliva gets on the teeth during treatment, the gel is more likely to slide off.

If you are serious about whitening your teeth, the most effective way is professional whitening, like what you get at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. We offer our patients Opalescence, a professional-grade whitening system you do at home. We also offer other cosmetic and general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067