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Could Gum Disease Increase Your COVID-19 Risk?

Few diseases have provoked as much anxiety in recent times as COVID-19. Many of us continue to do everything we can to avoid catching it, from wearing masks and washing our hands often to following social distancing guidelines and being vaccinated. Some experts, however, believe there’s one more protective strategy that’s been overlooked: keeping our […]

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 […]

Treating Facial Trauma

In the event of certain facial traumas, it’s vital to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon as soon as possible. Our doctors are specially trained to manage and treat facial injuries, which can create emotional trauma in addition to physical pain. In this post, we’ll cover the types and causes of trauma that often require […]

Stop the Grind: Beating Bruxism

Bruxism is the medical term for unconsciously grinding your teeth. The grinding occurs while your jaw moves forcefully back and forth or from side to side. You can suffer from the condition during the day (awake bruxism) or while you sleep (sleep bruxism). Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep disorder and is often coupled with […]

Case Study: Poor Resource Allocation Puts Medicaid Patients at Risk

We’ve all seen patients we wish would have sought care sooner, when their dental issues would have been less expensive to treat, with less discomfort for the patient. Unfortunately, current funding of Medicaid Dental fee-for-service care is limiting access to oral healthcare for the roughly 20 percent of Michigan adults who are covered by Medicaid. […]

Teaming Up for Optimal Outcomes

When your patients need dental implants or other types of oral surgery, they trust you to refer them to the best care. At the Center For Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, our five oral surgeons team up with you to provide care that’s professional, efficient, compassionate and safe. “Patients are reassured when they know that […]

Six reasons to choose dental implants over dentures

Traditionally, patients missing multiple teeth have been fitted with a partial or full denture. Today, more people are choosing to upgrade to dental implants to restore their ability to chew, eat and smile with confidence. Though more expensive, implants are a better long-term solution for missing teeth, offering these important advantages over dentures. 1. No […]