Richard W. Panek, DDS

Dr. Panek – Grand Rapids & Rockford MI

Meet Dr. Panek

Dr. Panek

Dr. Panek  practices  oral and maxillofacial surgery with a particular interest in dental implants.  He earned his DDS degree from Marquette University and went on to his residency program at Loyola University in Chicago. He did all of this on top of working 60-70 hour weeks and sleeping in the hospital every third night when on call! After completing his residency in 1989, he began practicing here in Grand Rapids.

Outside of private practice, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School staffing the oral surgery clinic 4 days a month, instructing the dental students as well as oral & maxillofacial surgery residents in the dental school clinic. He also serves on the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Commission on Professional Conduct.

When he isn’t in the office, surgical suite, or a classroom you can find Dr. Panek experiencing nature from the seat of his bicycle or in his garden, perfecting the art of Bonsai. He has also spent the last three years on the board of the Grand Rapids Polish Heritage Society where he manages the History Tent at the annual Polish Festival.

Education

  • 1981- Marquette University College of Liberal Arts

  • 1985- Marquette University School of Dentistry, DDS

  • 1989- Loyola University Medical Center, Residency Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • 2017- ADA Executive Program in Dental Practice Management

  • 1981- Marquette University College of Liberal Arts

  • 1985- Marquette University School of Dentistry, DDS

  • 1989- Loyola University Medical Center, Residency Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • 2017- ADA Executive Program in Dental Practice Management

Fun Facts

Favorite Place You’ve Visited

Rome

Favorite Quote

“Do what you like and like what you do”

Fun Fact About Yourself

I have kayaked the fjords near Seward Alaska in water with whales and iceflows

Bucket List

Kayaking the San Juan Islands or Hiking the Haute Route in Switzerland

Best thing about Parenthood

Living vicariously through your kids, watching them do the things you never got to do

Favorite Pass Time

Riding my Bike

Professional Societies & Associations

  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry
  • Diplomate, International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists
  • Fellow, American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Member, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • Member, American Dental Association
  • Member, Michigan Dental Association
  • Member, West Michigan District Dental Society

 

Our Mission is to provide professional and compassionate care that is safe, valued and accessible. Call us today!
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Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

5 out of 5 stars based on 8 Dr. Richard Panek reviews.

Patient Review By Nancy P

No one is excited to go to the dentist. This office had a relaxed atmosphere that did not cause anxiety. So, if I ever need to visit the office in the future, I will not have any worries about this.

- Nancy P

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Patient Review By Theodotta S

Doctor and staff tried very hard to make an unpleasant experience as pleasant as possible. Although I hope I never have to come back, I would strongly recommend this office for anyone who needs a tooth extracted.

- Theodotta S

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Patient Review By Mary W

I was so nervous but everyone in the office was calm and non judgmental. The office called me the next day to check on me, I had no issues with the biopsy site at all! If anyone is fearful about dental procedures, this is the office for you! I really can't say enough about how good they are!

- Mary W

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Patient Review By Leah A

I felt so safe with this organization. From the staff, to the Doctors. Dr. Panek's work was simply flawless... I did not even need to take pain medication after he performed a cyst removal in my jaw along with a wisdom tooth extraction. I was quite nervous for the surgery and he was so comforting and professional. My husband and I are so grateful for Dr. Panek!

- Leah A

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Patient Review By Diana B

Dr. Panek is definitely a man doing what God created him to be. His knowledge in oral and maxillofacial surgery is exceptional; in addition, very rare in Michigan. By the time I heard of Dr. Panek, I had already exhausted many specialists. A sinus lift with 4 implants already failed from another dentist. I had no bone in my mouth and my arch of my mouth was little to none. No matter how my dentures fit, I could not keep them from falling out. I was without teeth for a year before I was informed of Dr. Panek. He was very patient, compassionate, and understanding. He listened to my story and then tried to explain my predicament. I did not know anything at the time of zygoma implants, however he stated that it would be the best way and actually the only way of guaranteeing me to have teeth. He would do 4 zygoma implants. All the way through surgery, as well as the six months of healing, Dr. Panek and his assistants were nothing short of courteous, considerate and caring, going above and beyond the call of duty. It was as if they were traveling with me on this new journey. Dr. Panek is truly gifted. I can honestly say that a day doesn’t go by without my utmost gratitude for Dr. Panek and his assistants. I would still be toothless today if he would’ve been like all the rest stating, ‘There is nothing more we can do for you.’ But instead, he did an extremely difficult surgery, flawless and with brilliance. Dr. Panek, without a doubt, is # 1 in my book!

- Diana B

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Patient Review By Diana B

Dr. Panek is definitely a man doing what God created him to be. His knowledge in oral and maxillofacial surgery is exceptional; in addition, very rare in Michigan. By the time I heard of Dr. Panek, I had already exhausted many specialists. A sinus lift with 4 implants already failed from another dentist. I had no bone in my mouth and my arch of my mouth was little to none. No matter how my dentures fit, I could not keep them from falling out. I was without teeth for a year before I was informed of Dr. Panek. He was very patient, compassionate, and understanding. He listened to my story and then tried to explain my predicament. I did not know anything at the time of zygoma implants, however he stated that it would be the best way and actually the only way of guaranteeing me to have teeth. He would do 4 zygoma implants. All the way through surgery, as well as the six months of healing, Dr. Panek and his assistants were nothing short of courteous, considerate and caring, going above and beyond the call of duty. It was as if they were traveling with me on this new journey. Dr. Panek is truly gifted. I can honestly say that a day doesn’t go by without my utmost gratitude for Dr. Panek and his assistants. I would still be toothless today if he would’ve been like all the rest stating, ‘There is nothing more we can do for you.’ But instead, he did an extremely difficult surgery, flawless and with brilliance. Dr. Panek, without a doubt, is # 1 in my book!

- Diana B

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Patient Review By Lori W

There is no way to thank Dr Panek and his staff for all the work, that was done for me. I hope sometime in the future I can pay it forward, to some one else. Thank you so very much. And to the girl who handled that huge camera, that took the finished pictures, great job!!!

- Lori W

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Patient Review By Chadwick B

This is my second extraction and implant with Dr. Panek. Both procedures were quick and pain-free. Dr. Panek has had a lot of experience with these procedures, and it shows! I highly recommend him and his courteous staff.

- Chadwick B

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