Archive for May, 2020

Exploring the Link Between Alzheimer’s and Chronic Periodontitis

In 2019, 5.8 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), at a cost to the nation of $290 billion. By 2050, the Alzheimer’s Association projects that these figures will increase to 14 million people and a cost of $1.1 trillion. Research linking chronic periodontitis and AD may lead to a treatment that can help […]

All-on-4: A Proven Solution

Many patients in need of dental implants are unable to receive individual tooth implant replacement due to moderate-to-severe bone resorption or the high cost of implants. All-on-4 treatment requires no grafting and is a cost-effective implant solution for patients with failing dentition and for many with edentulism. The latest research shows good long-term clinical outcomes […]

A Passion for Problem Solving

To give you a little insight into our team and provide some lighter reading, we include Q&A profiles like this one in our e-newsletter. We hope you enjoy learning more about Emily J. Van Heukelom, DDS, dedicated oral surgeon, expert in dentoalveolar/dental implant surgery, anesthesia and hospital based-procedures, as well as active mother of twins. […]

Chairside CAD/CAM Dentistry: Benefits and Drawbacks

Despite the length of time since digital dentistry’s inception in 1985, there’s still an ongoing, healthy debate about its value and place in general dentistry practices. When evaluating new technology, experts recommend considering three questions: Does it improve the ease of care? Does it make the patient more comfortable? Does it improve quality? If you’re […]

Ask the Expert: Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Dr. Emily Van Heukelom, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, answers your questions about wisdom teeth. What are wisdom teeth, and where are they? Most people have 4 wisdom teeth at the back of the mouth. One on each side, top and bottom. Do everyone’s wisdom teeth […]

Avoiding Opioids to Manage Pain Safely

In 2018, more than twice as many Michiganders died from opioid-related drug overdoses (2,036) than in car accidents (962). Opioid addiction can happen to anyone. Too often, it begins as a prescription pain medication taken after surgery. That’s why our practice offers an opioid-free pain management option, and has put into place a pain-medication policy […]

Responsible Antibiotic Prescribing

Responsible Antibiotic Prescribing The COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan has limited patient access to routine oral health care. This has forced many patients to use antibiotics rather than definitive care for infectious dental problems. Most patients who present to Emergency Departments/Urgent Care are prescribed antibiotics and analgesics and directed to seek treatment with a dentist. Unfortunately, […]

Normal Hours to Serve your Emergency Patients

We wanted to let you know how we are planning on resuming normal hours of operation for emergency cases until the Michigan Executive order is lifted. Drs. Panek and Pisano have been designing and implementing environmental engineering controls for added safety. PPE is in short supply and Drs. Noordhoek and Van Heukelom have been sourcing […]

Telehealth for your patients and expanded emergency care hours!

The Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants is proud to offer Live Video Consultations for your patients. Starting May 5th we are also expanding our business hours to fully staffed days in Grand Rapids for emergency patients. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and our commitment to everyone’s health and safety, this new service […]