Use Flex Account Funds For Dental Care

Use Flex Account Funds for Royal Oak Dentistry If you have money in your Royal Oak flexible spending account you may want to schedule some cosmetic dentistry before the deadline. Remember, you lose any funds left over after the plan year ends. Why not improve your smile with tax-free dollars?

Even a small change can make a big difference in the appearance of your teeth. You might consider getting a veneer for a chipped tooth or replacing a broken crown. Maybe you want to straighten your teeth with braces or replace amalgam fillings with ones that blend with your natural teeth. Tooth whitening is quick and easy and benefits even the most attractive smiles.

Perhaps aesthetic dentistry is not your first priority. Maybe you have a more pressing dental need such as a cavity that is bothering you or swollen gums. Don’t let these problems get worse and possibly more expensive to treat.

Call 248-541-8770 to book a consultation at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. We are located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd.

Steven Gustafson is one of the most sought-after Royal Oak dentists and stays at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry techniques and technology. A radiant smile is possible for anyone in the Detroit area, regardless of issues such as tetracycline stains, periodontal disease, or missing teeth.

If you are planning to use flex account funds for Detroit dentistry, make sure you check your employer’s guidelines for eligible cosmetic or restorative dental procedures.

With a smile makeover at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, what will your “after” photo look like?

 

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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Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad…Dentist?

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People that experience dental phobia (Dentophobia) may take comfort in the fact that it is a fairly common diagnosable mental condition. At least they know they are not alone and that the medical community takes it seriously.

Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia: (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be problematic, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on a 747 or riding an elevator to the top of the Chrysler Building.

A person who suffers from dental phobia or dental anxiety is at risk of entering a vicious cycle of declining oral health.

Fear causes the person to avoid dental checkups for years. When a minor dental dilemma (like a tiny cavity) progresses until it reaches a nerve and creates pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.

At this point, the required therapy is a major procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The procedure reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some men and women end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.

Experts believe that the scope of dental phobia may be as high as one in four men and women. Are you one of them?

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we want to help apprehensive patients successfully overcome or at least manage their fear so they can endure twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the most effective way to protect teeth and gums.

If you haven’t had a dental exam in a while, please schedule a consultation. You can speak with Dr. Gustafson about the many options available including behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and conscious sedation (sleep dentistry).

If you dread going to the dentist, there is hope. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we have successfully treated many patients just like you. We invite you to request a 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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There’s No Substitute for a Toothbrush and Floss

The Gift Of Oral Health In Detroit

Many dental patients wonder why, with all the developments in dentistry, we still send you home with a complimentary toothbrush and roll of floss.

The Most Important Tools to Keep Your Smile Healthy

It’s true, they do seem a little old-fashioned in our high-tech world, but don’t let their simple design fool you. These tools are your best friends to prevent tooth decay, plaque build-up, and gum disease for dental patients!

Brush and Floss Every Day

When done properly and consistently, brushing and flossing are an important part of everyday oral hygiene.

Brushing, which should be done at least twice a day, can be done effectively with any type of toothbrush. There is no need to pay a bundle for a fancy electric toothbrush. Just brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes making certain to reach all the surfaces and nooks and crannies.

Flossing should be done once a day and is vital for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot. As we eat, fragments of food get caught between our teeth. If it’s not cleaned off, it allows bacteria to thrive. The bacteria and film create plaque which hurts both teeth and gums. Flossing daily removes bits of food before they turn into plaque.

I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson, and I want to help you enjoy your dental visits and adore your smile.

Our friendly staff loves sending our patients away with a new toothbrush and floss, but we also find it rewarding to see our patients gain renewed confidence with a smile makeover.

We’d love to answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry such as tooth whitening, veneers, dental implants, or any other dental health topic.

Give us a call 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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Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

Three Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth by Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Flossing is a bit of a chore. It takes a little extra time, and if you haven’t flossed in a while, it can even be painful.

It’s no wonder our team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is constantly reminding our patients to ‘brush and floss!’

Flossing is vital, You’ll never hear one of us say ‘don’t worry about the flossing.’ It just isn’t going to happen for two critical reasons. Here they are:

1. Bad Breath

I knew I could catch your attention with this first one. Bad breath is something we all worry about. It’s part of our ‘appearance, and we are all aware of how that can impact our relationships.

When we meet new individuals, speak with others in close quarters, or greet a partner, bad breath is on our minds. We worry about how bad breath affects first impressions.

It makes sense, then, that bad breath would be one of the things you might worry about.

Flossing is a great way to help you avert bad breath.

Flossing helps prevent plaque buildup between your teeth. It also helps flush out pockets of bacteria. Together, plaque and bacteria can create bad breath.

To minimize your chances of being caught with bad breath, floss every day.

2. Cavities

When bacteria is allowed to concentrate on your teeth, cavities can occur. Plaque buildup is a concentration of bacteria. When plaque is allowed to remain between your teeth it gives bacteria a chance to destroy enamel and damage your teeth. Cavities are damage to your teeth caused by bacteria.

Flossing gets between your teeth where your brush can’t get and gets rid of plaque buildup. It also loosens pockets of bacteria that can be removed with a quick rinse.

Flossing will help you keep plaque and bacteria from developing between your teeth.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry recommends you floss your teeth every time you brush your teeth. At the very least, we encourage you to floss every day before you go to bed. Once a day is your minimum, and nighttime is a good time to floss.

 

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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When Style And Oral Health Collide

When Style And Oral Health Collide in Royal Oak

Oral piercing is a popular form of body art in Royal Oak, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they examine the possible dangerous consequences.

First, patients should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Your capacity to chew, swallow, and speak can also be impaired by an oral piercing.

Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone who thinks drooling is attractive.) It’s also critical to know that chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible issues.

Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern people is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, the damage is acute and sensations never return. An injured nerve can also impact facial movements as well as your sense of taste.

Do you really want to risk looking like a stroke victim for the rest of your life?

If you’ve read through this and still want to elect a tongue bar or lip piercing, please communicate with your dentist so you can consider the safest decision possible for your dental health.

If you are looking for an experienced dentist in the Royal Oak area to depend on for accurate information and the highest quality care, we welcome you to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. Call 248-541-8770 today to schedule an appointment. We offer dental implants, dentures, Invisalign, and more!

We may even convince you that safe, effective cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers, or bonding would be a smarter and safer way to express your personality and boost your confidence. Give us a call 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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Affordable Dentistry

A perceived lack of affordable dentistry is one of the primary reasons many people in our community avoid going to the dentist. However, the truth is that affordable dentistry is available in Royal Oak at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

We provide top-quality services at competitive prices. Whether you need cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, or dentures, we can help you.

Of course, the best way to keep your dental costs low is through proper dental hygiene and preventative dentistry. We work with you to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. If dilemmas arise, they are discovered early at your six-month check-up. A small filling is always better for your wallet (and smile!) than a root canal and dental crown.

Ask Us About Financing

Ask us about financing options. Our friendly staff can review your dental insurance (if you have it) and discuss payment planning to help you afford your dental care.

Affordable dentistry is available to everyone in the Royal Oak community. Give the friendly staff at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry a call at 248-541-8770 to learn how we can provide you and your family with affordable dentistry.

Our office is located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd, in Royal Oak.

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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How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?

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Detroit endodontists, oral surgeons, and general dentists use dental crowns (sometimes called caps) in many restorative treatments. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured, a crown can correct bite misalignments, and a crown is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic problems: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

1. All ceramic (porcelain-based)
2. Porcelain fused to metal
3. Gold alloys
4. Base metal alloys

Your dentist can help you determine which type is right for you. Factors to consider are the location of the crown in the mouth, your budget, and any allergies to metal.

When many Royal Oak dentists provide a crown restoration, they use a process that requires two office visits. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, the dentist will make a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready. Some dentists have special technology that allows them to fabricate and place crowns in one visit.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? Dental crowns can last for many years, but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.1

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we provide quality restorative and cosmetic dentistry. In addition to dental crowns, we offer cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and dental implants

1Bader JD1, Shugars DA., “Summary review of the survival of single crowns,” PubMed.gov, 2009, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19146146, accessed June 16, 2014

 

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’ve Visited A Dentist in Royal Oak MI?

Royal Oak, Michigan Residents Visit the DentistWe are Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak. If you are looking for an experienced family dentist, we invite you to come in for a consultation.

Nervous? You Are Not Alone

The very idea of visiting a dentist holds a negative connotation for many men and women. If you are an adult with dental anxiety, here are a few counsel that may help ease you into regular dental checkups and put you on the path toward enriched oral health and quality of life.

Choose a dentist who is appropriate for your needs. If you decide to schedule an appointment with me, I will ask you many questions. I want to get to know you, and help you get to know me, so you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Knowledge is Necessary for Effective Treatment

Be prepared to provide me with important information about your lifestyle and health. Many men and women become intimidated in the office environment and avoid expressing pain or bringing attention to sensitive issues. As your dentist, I need to know your history and everything you are experiencing. I will be better prepared to help if I have accurate and complete information. Bringing notes can be helpful in case you forget something you want to discuss.

The best way to have a positive experience is to communicate. Let me know what you are experiencing so that I can make adjustments and help you feel more comfortable and secure. If we find that you are going to need a dental procedure more extensive than filling a cavity, let’s discuss conscious sedation.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry our friendly staff will work to make your dental experience a pleasant one. We’ll do what we can to make you feel comfortable, secure, and among caring friends.

 

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 To Get The Whitest Teeth

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Some people’s teeth are whiter than others, but I think it’s safe to say that most of us Royal Oak residents want our teeth to be pearly white! If you are one of those people, then Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry can help you achieve that beautiful smile you deserve. Today we want to share some tips on teeth whitening and what we can do for you!

Don’t Forget to Brush
The first tip seems like a no-brainer, but many men and women still miss this practice. We are talking about daily tooth brushing. Brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean and prevent cavities. Often our teeth become discolored or stained because of what we consume (drinks, food, etc.) but when we brush our teeth, it limits the damage.

After brushing teeth, another tip is to use a fluoride rinse to finish the cleaning job. Fluoride helps get into the cracks where bacteria can be hiding away. When the bacteria is killed, it restricts it from spreading and discoloring your teeth. When you are shopping for a fluoride rinse, check the labels. Some ordinary mouthwashes don’t contain fluoride.

Sometimes the discoloration is too acute to be reversed by home remedies. That’s why we at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry offer other powerful care to lighten your smile. We provide in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth bleaching kits. Each of these protocols provides an effective solution to teeth whitening. The friendly at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry will work with you to find the best solution to enhance your 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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Cosmetic Dentistry vs. General Dentistry

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Today’s article highlights how general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are different.

General dentists are dedicated to preventing and treating oral diseases such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, let’s say, a cavity between two teeth, a general dentist will identify the best way to restore the tooth involved.

Cosmetic dentists provide elective dental procedures that make a smile more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry include teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, veneers, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.

Some dentists, like myself, serve you with both general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. In some cases, there is a cosmetic component to restorative procedures. For example, if a dental patient comes in after receiving an injury that chipped a front tooth, the tooth needs to be restored to eliminate decay. The tooth is also less structurally sound, so it is vulnerable to further damage. In addition, the tooth affects the overall appearance of the smile. Depending on the specifics of the damage, there are several restorative options. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns are all used to repair a damaged tooth.

As you can see, there is not always a definitive line between general and cosmetic dentistry. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, my friendly team provides a full spectrum of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures.

We treat area patients of all ages: from toddlers just beginning to get their baby teeth to mature patients who remember the days when many people were afraid of dentists and their whiny drills. (Some of our wonderful elderly patients might have crowns that are older than our hygienists.)

Experienced dental professionals who offer pediatric, general, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental procedures can meet all of your family’s dental needs.

If you are looking for a full-service dental practice in the Detroit area, I invite you to visit Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. To schedule an oral examination or smile redesign consultation, call 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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