Aching Jaw?

Aching Jaw In Royal Oak?

Hi. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson, and today in the Royal Oak dentist blog, I want to look at some of the conditions that may result in jaw pain.

Jaw pain may be caused by sinusitis. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissues that line your sinuses, and when these tissues are inflamed, the sinuses exert pressure on surrounding areas. If the inflamed sinus is near the jaw, pain in the jaw joint may result. This commonly happens with a cold or allergies.

Many of my Detroit patients who come to me with jaw pain have some type of dental issue, such as an infection, or a problem in the temporomandibular joint (also known as TMJ).

The source of jaw pain can easily be identified at your Detroit dental office, and treatment can begin from there. But remember, jaw pain shouldn’t be ignored.

If you are looking for quality dental care around the Berkley, Birmingham, or Ferndale areas, please consider Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. I am located in Detroit and have been serving the greater Detroit area since 1984. If you have any questions about oral health or cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, or dental implants, give us a call today at 248-541-8770.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry offers:

cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
dentures
Invisalign

And so much more! Whether you need a routine dental check-up or are considering a smile makeover, contact our friendly staff 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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Been A While Since You Had Your Teeth Cleaned?

Royal Oak Tooth Whitening Welcome to the dental practice of Dr. Steven Gustafson, DDS.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we provide comprehensive full-service dentistry for patients in Royal Oak and surrounding communities. Our friendly team of skilled hygienists, dental assistants, and administrative staff help Dr. Gustafson exceed our patients’ expectations. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we understand the value of a healthy and beautiful smile.

We are passionate about providing each patient with personalized care in our state-of-the-art dental practice.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak. For more specifics about our team, see http://gmdentistry.com/blog/.

If you were blessed with a beautiful smile, we can help you keep it that way with professional deep cleanings and thorough examinations. We set the standard for preventative family dentistry.

If you were not blessed with a beautiful smile, let’s consider how we can improve it. Modern cosmetic dentistry provides a remedy for virtually every aesthetic problem.

If it has been a while since you have received a professional dental cleaning, call 248-541-8770 today to schedule a cleaning with one of our skilled hygienists. Your teeth will feel amazingly clean, silky, and smooth after the chalky plaque and calculus are removed.

Whether you need an examination or a complex full mouth reconstruction, at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we’ll get you smiling again!

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’s Work Together To Keep Your Smile Healthy And Beautiful

low cost tooth bleaching Detroit

Here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we approach all your oral care needs from two separate angles—what we can do in our dental practice and what you can do at home.

For example, tooth whitening and correcting discoloration can be treated in our office or at home. Here in the office, there are safe and effective methods for lightening yellowed or stained tooth enamel. At-home whitening processes are also safe and effective and sometimes more affordable.

Additionally, we advise you regarding food and drink choices that can influence your whitened smile. Be aware of staining agents such as coffee, tea, tobacco, and soda. We understand that eliminating these items altogether is not an easy lifestyle change. Nor do we expect it.

Education and precaution can make a big difference. Rinsing your mouth out with water after drinking a dark or sugary drink can cut down on the contact your teeth have with it and help neutralize the acids. Prolonged exposure to sugar can lead to a buildup of plaque and tartar and prolonged exposure to staining substances can negate the results of teeth whitening.

If you are interested in making improvements to your smile and creating a more confident appearance for your professional career or personal relationships, please pick up the phone and contact the extraordinary staff at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry today 248-541-8770. Dr. Steven Gustafson, DDS, takes pride in providing friendly care and expertise when treating patients.

Come discover the personal attention with dentures, the patient and steady hand with Invisalign, the wise and thorough instruction relating to cosmetic dentistry. Once you’ve scheduled a consultation, expect expert guidance that will make your daily oral care and lifestyle choices productive and meaningful.

When it comes to hygiene and healthy teeth we are a practice that wants to see you as little as possible. (It’s not that we don’t love you—we just want you to have a healthy smile!) If we only see you twice a year for regular checkups then we’ve done our job. Check out our website at https://gmdentistry.com or come in for an evaluation and recommendations.

Dr. Gustafson provides the full spectrum of dental services from cosmetic dentistry to teeth cleaning to dental implants.

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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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Sparkling Smiles At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

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Welcome to the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry dental blog, Royal Oak! I am Dr. Steven Gustafson. Today’s post focuses on teeth whitening.

Unfortunately, our teeth lose their luster as we grow older, but I see staining on young patients, as well.

Detroit area residents of all ages want whiter teeth.

To protect from staining, it is important to brush after meals to remove substances that can stain. After consuming acidic foods or drinks, however, it is better to rinse your mouth with water to dilute the acid. This will protect your enamel.

Tooth whitening products like kits, strips, whitening mouthwashes, and toothpaste can lighten stains slightly, but for a truly stunning smile, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is your brilliant solution!

If you have existing dental work such as porcelain crowns, dental bonding, or veneers, the whitening process can be trickier, but not impossible. Teeth whitening will not lighten the stains on your restorations and your whitened natural teeth will make your dental work look even duller in comparison. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we can upgrade your dull restorations including veneers, crowns, or bondings.

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 outstanding results over time.

For more information on getting a younger and brighter smile, contact our friendly team at 248-541-8770 for a tooth whitening consultation today!

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry provides general and cosmetic dentistry including cosmetic dentistry, dentures, and dental implants. Ask us about financing options.

 

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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Filtered Royal Oak Water And Oral Health

Filtered Royal Oak Water And Oral Health

A simple way for Detroit residents to choose beverages that won’t harm their teeth is to keep it simple and make water their go-to drink. However, for safety, thrift, and convenience, many dental patients choose to drink bottled water or filter it themselves at home.

Filtered water can be detrimental to oral health if it doesn’t contain fluoride, which is a great tooth decay preventer.

If you choose bottled water and are wondering if any naturally occurring fluoride has been removed, you can check the label. If you prefer to filter your own tap water, look to see if the American Dental Association has given the filter its seal of approval.

 

Water filters that carry the ADA seal don’t remove fluoride, so you can be sure that the fluoride is still in your water and benefitting your teeth.

I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson, an experienced Royal Oak dentist serving the Berkley, Birmingham, and Ferndale areas. I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. Contact us today at 248-541-8770 and we can answer any questions you have about dental health, cosmetic dentistry, or smile makeovers.

We have been serving the Royal Oak area since 1984, and we would love to make you another one of our satisfied patients. If you’re wondering about fluoride and tooth decay, or dental veneers and teeth whitening in Royal Oak, we’d be happy to schedule a consultation for you. Call now!

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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Does My Dentist Care About My Diet?

Berkley Preventive Dentistry When people in the Detroit area think of diet and oral health, they commonly think about the damage sweet drinks can cause to teeth. While it’s true that these dangerous sugars cause increased acidity in the mouth and lead to tooth decay, soda and sugary fruit drinks are only part of the problem.

The typical American diet tends to be high in calories and low in nutrition, even here in Royal Oak and Birmingham.

If your body is lacking in important nutrients, the tissues in the mouth may have trouble resisting infection. These harmful infections can lead to gum disease.

A few years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the MyPlate graphic to illustrate a healthy diet. Half of our meals should be composed of fruits and vegetables and the rest should be equally divided between lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

While this is an excellent resource, vital dietary needs change throughout life, so it’s a good idea to call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 and schedule a check-up with Dr. Steven Gustafson to see if your diet is affecting your teeth.

When you eat a balanced diet and feel your best, you’ll want to look your best, so be sure to ask our friendly staff about innovative cosmetic dentistry procedures such as smile transformations and same day restorations.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, our menu of services includes crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, dental implants, tooth-colored fillings, sealants, teeth whitening, and clear braces.

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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Find A Few Minutes To Floss

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One common excuse often given by people who don’t floss is that the practice is difficult to fit into their daily schedule. If you’ve found this to be true, and feel like you are too busy to floss, here are some suggestions for when to fit this vital dental health habit into your day.

  • The most common time is right before bed, but make sure you aren’t too tired to do a good job.
  • Right when you wake up is also an option, but if food is left between teeth all night, it can result in plaque.
  • Try just after lunch, before you go back to work.
  • Floss while you are in the car sitting in traffic. It’s easier one-handed with the pre-strung floss pics. (You might get some peculiar looks from other drivers, but it’s worth it.)
  • Keep some floss in your gym bag so you can floss after you exercise.
  • While you’re watching the nightly news.

I hope this gives you some helpful ideas to help you make flossing part of your daily routine. Flossing is important for anyone in Royal Oak who wants to have a healthy smile.

If you want to enhance your smile, look into cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers, invisible braces, teeth whitening, or dental implants.

My name is Dr. Steven Gustafson. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, as well as helping them achieve the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening, and complete cosmetic dental smile makeovers.

We are currently accepting new patients, so give us a call at 248-541-8770 to make an appointment!

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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 Teeth Whitening?

Affordable Detroit Tooth Whitening If you are like most web users, you have probably spotted the multitude of ads for ‘free teeth whitening kits’.

Some show a ‘real Berkley mom’ who discovered a ‘tooth whitening secret’. Others assure you that their system is the one that ‘Birmingham dentists don’t want you to know about’. Many contain a link to a page that contains a convincing tooth whitening testimonial. They bolster their legitimacy by aligning themselves with respected companies such as CNN, USA Today, and Forbes.

Unfortunately, most of these are scams. In a recent article, the Better Business Bureau explains the scam:

The countless websites for various teeth whitening products claim to offer a no-risk, money-back guarantee, free trial of the product. To sign up, customers must provide a credit or debit card number to cover shipping. Complainants to BBB state that they are billed before their trial ends and continue to be billed after they have told the company they want to cancel.

Complainants also may find mystery charges for other companies and services that they didn’t realize they were signing up for with their ‘free’ trial.

The BBB has received complaints about the following company/product names:

  • Dazzle White
  • White Smile
  • Teeth Smile
  • Dazzle Smile
  • Ivory White
  • Max White
  • My Whitening
  • Gleaming White Smile
  • Advanced Wellness Research

Don’t trust your smile to an internet fraudster. Your tooth whitening dental office is the only place for safe teeth bleaching. You don’t want to take a chance with your credit card number or your tooth enamel! Call us at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry for advanced cosmetic dentistry and worry-free tooth whitening. You can reach us 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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Common Myths About Cosmetic Dentistry

Common Myths about Royal Oak Family Cosmetic Dentistry Myth #1: Cosmetic Dentistry is Never Necessary for a Healthy Smile

Many so-called Detroit cosmetic dental procedures are not solely cosmetic. Berkley dental procedures such as tooth replacement prevent many potential problems such as tooth movement, bone loss and difficulty chewing and speaking.

Myth #2: A Birmingham Dental Bridge is the Only Way to Replace a Missing Tooth

Dental bridges have been used for many years with success. However, dental implants are often a better choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants have many important advantages for Ferndale dental patients. They feel like natural teeth, they are stronger, and they are easier to clean than dental bridges. Tooth implants can also be used to anchor dentures or partial dentures.

Myth #3: At-Home Kits are as Effective for Birmingham Tooth Whitening Than a Professional Dental Solution

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we offer our Detroit dental patients teeth whitening treatments that are frequently more effective than at-home kits. At-home kits may remove surface stains, but they do not provide optimum results and can often lead to uneven coloring.

Myth #4: Dental Bonding is the Best Way to Fix a Chipped Tooth.

Dental bonding can restore the shape of a tooth, but may not be the best long-term solution. If you have a damaged tooth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Call us at 248-541-8770 to set up an appointment to discuss veneers.

Myth #5: Berkley Braces are the Only Way to Correct Crooked Teeth

Braces are often part of a transforming dental makeover for our Detroit teens and adults alike. However, if your teeth are only slightly crooked, Lumineers can reshape your teeth and help you achieve a stunning smile. And the best thing about veneers? They offer rapid results!

 

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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