By Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
January 11, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Wondering if you need to come into our office for dental care?

We know that taking a trip to see the dentist probably wasn’t on your list, especially if it isn’t quite time for your six-month checkup; however, there are many situations that warrant visiting our Caledonia, MI, dentists Dr. Bradley VanHoose and Dr. Douglas Orzel for additional treatment and dental care. Here are some signs that it’s time to call our office for an appointment.

You have a toothache

Ouch! A toothache can be incredibly painful. Your tooth is trying to tell you that something is wrong such as decay, an infection or gum disease. This is why you should always treat a toothache, no matter how minor it might seem, like a dental emergency. Call our Caledonia, MI, family dentist right away if you’re dealing with a toothache.

You have a broken filling or crown

While most dental restorations will need to be replaced at some point, if you find that a crown or a filling has fallen out or is broken, it’s also important that you see our dental team right away. A broken filling or crown is also considered an emergency situation, as this can leave the tooth weak or prone to further damage. It’s easy enough for us to replace the damaged filling or crown with a brand new one.

Your gums are inflamed, tender or bleeding

Gum disease is a serious issue that many people ignore, especially in the very early stages. If your gums are puffy, red, tender to the touch or bleed when you floss or brush, these are all signs of gingivitis (the early stages of gum disease). The good news is that if gum disease is caught early enough it can be reversed with proper oral care and special at-home products.

You have bad breath that doesn’t go away

Bad breath happens to all of us; however, if you notice a bad taste in your mouth or bad breath that doesn’t go away, even after brushing, this could be a sign of a cavity or an underlying health problem.

You have a broken or damaged tooth

A cracked, broken or chipped tooth will also require urgent care so that we can restore the tooth. Depending on the severity of the damage, we may simply place a dental filling or we will need to place a crown over the tooth.

Okay, we know life gets hectic, but it’s never too hectic to ignore seeing our Caledonia, MI, dentists. We will work with your whole family to try and find times that work best with your schedule. Call Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Greater Grand Rapids at (616) 891-1700 to book your next appointment and be proactive in maintaining good oral health.

By Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
October 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Wisdom teeth can cause pain and discomfort when they are coming in, but that usually subsides once they have fully erupted. However, overcrowding and other problems can lead to additional issues down the road that necessitates the removal of your wisdom teeth. Dr. Bradley VanHoose and Dr. Douglas Orzel, the skilled dentists at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Greater Grand Rapids in Caledonia, MI, can determine if you need your wisdom teeth removed.

Reasons for Removing Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth need extraction for several reasons. Situations that can result in the need to remove your wisdom teeth include:

  • The wisdom teeth are impacted and will not fully erupt
  • Overcrowding occurred after the wisdom teeth erupted
  • A wisdom tooth is broken or extremely loose
  • A wisdom tooth has become severely infected
  • A wisdom tooth has developed extensive decay
  • A cyst has developed in a wisdom tooth

In addition to the above situations, other signs that it is time to extract the wisdom teeth include chronic inflammation and swelling of the gums surrounding the wisdom teeth and ongoing pain or discomfort. The experienced dentists at our office in Caledonia, MI, can examine your wisdom teeth and determine if they should be removed.

Extraction Procedure

Extracting a problem tooth can improve oral health. When there is not enough room in the mouth, the eruption of the wisdom teeth can lead to overcrowding, misalignment of bites, and other issues. Removing the wisdom teeth creates more space so the remaining teeth are not affected by crowding and bite misalignment.

Before extracting a tooth, the area around it can be numbed with anesthetic to minimize discomfort. In some cases, a sedative might also be administered to help patients more fully relax during the procedure. Once the anesthetic or sedative has taken effect, your Caledonia dentist can extract the tooth.

Removal of a wisdom tooth involves first loosening the tooth, then lifting it out with forceps or a similar instrument. If the tooth is impacted, a small incision might need to be made in the gums to better access the tooth. In some situations, it might be necessary to cut the tooth in half to remove it. Most patients recover from the procedure within a few days.

You might need your wisdom teeth removed if you are experiencing overcrowding, gum or facial swelling, pain or discomfort, or have developed an infection. The highly trained dentists at our office in Caledonia, MI, can determine if you need your wisdom teeth extracted. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bradley VanHoose or Dr. Douglas Orzel, call Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Greater Grand Rapids at (616) 891-1700.

By Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
October 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Maxillofacial dentistry deals with surgical procedures of the neck and head. Drs. Bradley VanHoose and Douglas Orzel are trained in restoring dental and oral problems to improve aesthetics and functionality. If you're considering oral surgery, you need to contact Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Greater Grand Rapids in Caledonia, MI.

More About Oral Surgery

Dr. VanHoose and Dr. Orzel specialize in oral surgery. This means you can go to them if you need soft or hard tissue surgery in your mouth, face, and jaws.

Maxillofacial prosthodontics

Maxillofacial prosthodontics rehabilitates patients with:

  • Birth Defects: Craniofacial deformities include a cleft lip or a cleft palate. Your Caledonia dentist provides surgical care by closing openings between the nasal and oral cavities or constructing supporting structures to restore functions, like swallowing, chewing, and speech.
  • Trauma: Injuries from accidents, gunshot wounds, assaults, and/or suicide attempts cause orofacial defects which can result in disfigurement or a compromise function.
  • Cancer: Dentists remove tumors and deal with post-cancer damage because radiation has been found to cause damage to oral tissues.

Maxillofacial cosmetic dentistry

Maxillofacial cosmetic dentistry corrects abnormalities or disfigurement through surgery, which include: birth defects, burn injuries, disease, or aging. These procedures are outpatient and require general anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or local anesthesia.

Some procedures include:

  • Nasal reconstruction: You may be displeased with your nose, for example, so your Caledonia dentist can reconstruct the size and/or shape of your nose.
  • Cosmetic surgery of the eyes: If you'd like to a more youthful look, your dentist can correct sagging eyelids, pouches beneath the eyes, and excess folds.

Do you need a consultation?

If you would like to learn more, call Drs. Bradley VanHoose and Douglas Orzel, of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Greater Grand Rapids at (616) 891-1700 today!

By Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
June 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care Routine  

Is your oral hygiene really as good as you think it is?

Teeth are incredibly durable and yet even they can fall victim to problems like decay or excessive wear. The good news is that you have the power to protect your teeth and gums from problems, and the tools to help you do it. Along with visiting our Caledonia, MI, dentists Dr. Bradley VanHoose and Dr. Douglas Orzel every six months for cleanings, here are some ways to improve your oral routine right now to prevent decay and gum disease,

Brush for at least two minutes

If you don’t have an electronic toothbrush with a built-in timer then you don’t really have to worry about how long you are brushing because your toothbrush will turn off automatically after the two minutes is up; however, if you still use a disposable electronic toothbrush or a manual brush then you’re going to need to keep yourself honest and set a timer. After all, most Americans don’t brush their teeth for the necessary two-minute minimum.

Replace your toothbrush often

Your toothbrush, or at least the toothbrush head, isn’t meant to last forever. When the bristles look worn and start to fray out it’s time to swap out your toothbrush (or the head) for a new one. This should happen about every 3-4 months but may happen sooner (especially if you have a habit of brushing too hard). You should also replace your toothbrush immediately after being sick.

Use fluoride toothpaste

The type of toothpaste you use is also important for achieving a cleaner smile. The next time you go toothpaste shopping there are two things your Caledonia dentist will want you to look for: the ADA seal of approval (which proves the efficacy of the product) and that the toothpaste contains fluoride. Fluoride is important for protecting and strengthening tooth enamel to prevent cavities.

Floss every day

While brushing your teeth is necessary, so too is flossing; however, this is a habit where a lot of people fall flat. In fact, one study found that only 4 out of 10 Americans actually floss every day. Don’t just fib and tell your dentist you are flossing every day if you aren’t. Instead, grab that floss (or opt for the variety of other flossing tools out there) and get to work. All you have to do is floss once a day to remove plaque and food particles from between teeth.

Properly care for your smile means that every time you walk through our office doors here in Caledonia, MI, our dentists will be able to give you a clean bill of health. If it’s time for your six-month cleaning, then call (616) 891-1700 today.

April 13, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Tooth Pain  

Struggling with tooth pain? Here at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Greater Grand Rapids in Caledonia, MI, your dentists resolve toothaches, sensitivity, and other types of oral discomforts. Led by Dr. Bradley VanHoose and Dr. Douglas Orzel, we have the diagnostic and treatment expertise to make you feel better.

Sources of tooth pain

American Family Physician reports that a full 22 percent of adult Americans have had a sore or painful tooth sometime in the past six months. Causes vary widely, but your dentists in Caledonia agree that this pain cannot be ignored. After all, this discomfort signals that something is wrong, and if it is left untreated, the problem will worsen, impacting both oral health and systemic well-being.

When you come to Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Greater Grand Rapids, your dentist will visually inspect your tooth and take digital X-rays. Depending on his findings, your dentist may diagnose:

  • Dental decay
  • Enamel erosion due to age
  • Fractured enamel
  • A deteriorating restoration such as a filling or crown
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth abscess or infection
  • Exposed tooth roots (often a cause of sensitivity to sugar, heat, or cold)
  • Excessive tooth wear due to repetitive grinding or clenching (bruxism)
  • Sinus infection
  • Recent dental work
  • TMJ (jaw joint dysfunction)

With a definite diagnosis in place, Dr. VanHoose or Dr. Orzel will put together a treatment plan to make you comfortable and to treat the problem appropriately.

Possible treatments

In the office, your dentist offers the following restorative treatments as required:

  • Gum disease therapy
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Mouthguards to correct bruxism
  • Root canal therapy for infected teeth
  • Tooth replacement with dental implants
  • Various oral surgeries depending on need

Contact us right away

At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Greater Grand Rapids, Dr. Bradley VanHoose and Dr. Douglas Orzel and their team will help you feel better as quick as possible. Call us for an appointment at our Caledonia office: (616) 891-1700.

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