Archive for the ‘ News & Insights for Colleagues ’ Category

Spreading the Word on Antibiotic Stewardship

In the kitchen, the toaster gives off sparks and begins to smoke. What’s your first move? “It isn’t to call the fire department,” says Emily Van Heukelom, DDS, of the Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants (COSDI). “You unplug the toaster, turn on the vent fan and open a window. And you turn off […]

A First in the State for Dr. Noordhoek

We want to offer a huge congratulations to Dr. Rosie Noordhoek on being inducted into the American College of Surgeons (ACS)! She will be the first female oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Michigan to be accepted by the ACS. The American College of Surgeons was established in 1913 to “Improve the quality of care for […]

Non-Opioid Pain Management: An Evidence-Based Approach

Over-prescription of opioids after dental and other types of surgery fueled the opioid epidemic in the United States, leading to 49,860 overdose deaths in 2019 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In dentistry, nearly 1 in 3 opioids (29.6%) were prescribed for pain that was expected to be mild and 29.3% […]

Retire on Your Schedule, Not Your Aching Back’s

Retirement is like heaven: you want to get there, but not too soon. Yet every year the careers of many still vital, engaged Michigan dentists are ended prematurely by work-related musculoskeletal injuries and the aching backs, necks, shoulders and wrists they cause. Happily, there are things you can do to avoid this fate. In a […]

We’re an All-on-4 Center of Excellence!

The Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants is now a certified Center of Excellence for the All-on-4 treatment concept, one of only three oral surgery practices in Michigan to have achieved this recognition. It means that our surgeons have undertaken extensive training and have the necessary surgical experience with this technique to provide the […]

Inside Trauma Center Care: “He Didn’t Mean to Shoot”

You couldn’t call John Macleod lucky, exactly, that day in November 2016. Lucky would have been not being shot in the face at all. But with that large exception, fortune was smiling on Macleod. How else, after a 410-gauge shotgun shell was fired at close range from a .45-caliber pistol at his face, could he […]

Inside Trauma Center Care: Accident in an Apple Orchard

This is the second in a series of three trauma patient stories from surgeons at the Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. They’re among 13 oral surgeons who take turns on call at a Level I trauma center that draws cases from all over West Michigan. “We come in and cover all facial trauma […]

Inside Trauma Center Care: Equipment Fail on the Slopes

This is the third and final post in a series of trauma patient stories from surgeons at the Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. They’re among 13 oral surgeons who take turns on call at a Level I trauma center that draws cases from all over West Michigan. Downhill ski racer Georgette Sake, now […]

An Old Friend Becomes a New Colleague

Richard W. Panek, DDS, could have scoured the globe for a new oral surgeon for the Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants (COSDI) and not found a better-qualified candidate than the kid who grew up next door. Grand Rapids resident Mark Grinzinger, DDS, MD, 32, who joined the practice this past summer, was Dr. […]

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 […]