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Ask the Expert: Dental Implants

Dr. Roseanna Noordhoek, an oral maxillofacial surgeon at the Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, answers your questions about dental implants. What are dental implants? Dental implants are small titanium screws that are placed in the jawbone to simulate the roots of a natural tooth. Dental implants have an internal screw system that allows […]

What does it mean when your dentist refers you to an oral surgeon?

Until you’ve been referred to one, you might not fully understand how an oral surgeon differs from your dentist.  From training and experience to equipment and breadth of surgical treatments, the distinction between a dentist and an oral surgeon is quite large. By the time you finish reading this post, the difference should be clear. […]

Can Lack of Vitamin D Affect Your Dental Implants?

There’s evidence that vitamin D may help ensure that your implants succeed. Vitamin D, found in sunlight and some foods, helps bones stay strong. This essential nutrient also boosts your immune system, helping you heal after dental implant surgery. Up to 95 percent of implants in people missing one tooth or several teeth succeed. In […]

Are Cosmetic Facial Surgery Procedures Covered by Insurance?

Oral and maxillofacial surgery can be an expensive proposition, especially if your insurance company denies coverage for the procedure. It’s important to know how much you can expect to pay out-of-pocket in order to avoid costly post-op surprises. Patients often ask whether cosmetic facial surgery will be covered by their policy—and the answer is: It […]

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 […]

All About All-on-4

Dentures have long been the go-to solution for multiple missing teeth. But they require a lot of care and can be painful, lead to bone loss, and make everyday activities like eating, speaking and smiling difficult. Implant-supported replacement teeth (crowns built on artificial roots made of titanium) solve the problems that come with dentures. However, […]

How Healthy Gums Lower Your Risk of Alzheimer’s

Gum disease, which occurs when bacteria that remain on the teeth infect the gums, can cause your teeth to loosen or fall out. In addition, bacteria from infected gums can travel throughout your body. Scientists are learning more about the long-term effects of this, including how there may be a connection to developing Alzheimer’s disease. […]

Treating Facial Trauma

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 […]