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Dental Tips for the College Bound Student

Hey all you active kids and parents out there! As a parent, it can be scary when your child falls and hits her mouth. It is important to have a trusted dentist to call when a dental emergency arises. Call Great Lakes Dentistry when a dental emergency arises! CUT MOUTH | TOOTH KNOCKED OUT | BROKEN TOOTH | TOOTHACHE | BROKEN JAW | BLEEDING AFTER LOSING A TOOTH | COLD / CANKER SORES

First Aid Guide to Dental Emergencies

Hey all you active kids and parents out there! As a parent, it can be scary when your child falls and hits her mouth. It is important to have a trusted dentist to call when a dental emergency arises. Call Great Lakes Dentistry when a dental emergency arises! CUT MOUTH | TOOTH KNOCKED OUT | BROKEN TOOTH | TOOTHACHE | BROKEN JAW | BLEEDING AFTER LOSING A TOOTH | COLD / CANKER SORES

7 Things You Must Know About Dental Implants

Getting dental implants nowadays is a fairly straightforward procedure, but there are still some things you need to know before selecting the right dentist for your dental implant. Here are the top things you need to know before getting dental implants placed from your Royal Oak implant expert at Great Lakes Dentistry, Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver.

01: General Dentists Are Able to Place Dental Implants

It’s very possible for general dentists to learn the principles and techniques to place dental implants. That wasn’t the case when dental implants were first introduced. Dental implants used to be very difficult to place and required invasive surgery when they were first introduced. That is definitely not the case today…

What Is Sleep Apnea Anyway?

What is sleep apnea? Did you know that millions of American adults suffer from sleep apnea, and don’t even know that they’re suffocating while they sleep!? Only half even seek treatment. What’s more, the dentists at Great Lakes Dentistry can treat sleep apnea without having to resort to the dreaded CPAP machine!

Podcast – Why Would I Need a Bone Graft for Dentures for My Sinus?

This question was asked recently; Why Do I Need a Bone Graft For Dentures For My Sinus? It sounds complicated, but the reason is very common among people with missing teeth.
Find out that and more as Dr. Van de Vyver discusses different types of bone grafts and what they are, what the heck your sinuses are, and what happens to them when you lose teeth.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Van de Vyver at


7 Facts About Dental Implants You Need to Know

Download our guide to dental implants before going forward with any treatment, before you even step foot in the office! Learn why dental implants are the best tooth replacement option on the planet, and why Great Lakes Dentistry has the best technology around to place them with precision


A Dental Consumer’s Guide to Sleep Apnea

Did you know that snoring and sleep apnea can be treated at the dental office? Did you know that nearly 1 in 5 people have sleep apnea… AND THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW IT! Find out more in my Consumer’s Guide to Sleep Apnea.


iSmile: Modern Dentistry

Find out why I LOVE modern dentistry, and you should too! This ain’t your Father’s dental office! Dentistry has changed so much, even only in the last 5 to 10 years. Find out why you should LOVE going to the dentist!

Great Lakes Dentistry | Royal Oak

Dr. Shawn Van de VyverWelcome to Great Lakes Dentistry! We are a family-friendly practice dedicated to providing the highest quality care for you and your family in a comfortable environment. Led by our premier Royal Oak dentist, Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver, we are excited to offer you and your family the latest treatments and services you need for a healthier, happier smile. Whether you are looking for a complete smile makeover or just need to visit us for a routine teeth cleaning and dental exam, we can meet all of your dental needs and exceeded your expectations of a dentist.

Located in Royal Oak, Michigan, our office is proud to build a legacy of offering excellent dentistry in a caring, compassionate environment. Our gentle dentist and dental team look forward to serving all of our family, friends, and neighbors in our community, as well as the surrounding towns of Clawson, Sterling Heights, Troy, Ferndale, and Berkley, Michigan. Dr. Van de Vyver and his friendly team are always happy to welcome new patients, and we hope you and your family will give us a call if you are interested in learning more about how we can transform both the health and beauty of your smile. We look forward to helping you achieve a smile you can be excited to share!

A Little Bit About Great Lakes Dentistry – Royal Oak

I acquired Great Lakes Dentistry in 2007 from the office of Dr. Larry Strugala in Clawson, MI, just up the road. At the time, we were renting the space and our current location became available. We moved to Royal Oak, Michigan in 2009 to better serve our surrounding communities of Royal Oak, Clawson, Troy, Berkeley, Madison Heights, and Beverly Hills, MI.

Our goal is to provide all the services you need for maintaining great oral health all under one roof. We will make sure all your needs are met and you receive the best dental care available today, in a comfortable, compassionate, and caring environment.

High Tech | Soft Touch | Classic Service

That’s our mantra at Great Lakes Dentistry in Royal Oak, MI. My aim is to deliver the latest and greatest technology, in a warm, comfortable, and inviting environment, with classic customer service you’ve grown to love yet seems absent in our frenzied lives. We go out of our way to make sure you have a great experience at Great Lakes Dentistry. We want to be your Royal Oak dentist.

It’s my philosophy that the best patients are the best educated patients. So we spend a lot of time explaining our procedures and treatment recommendations. You won’t get any high pressure sales in our office, you’re ALWAYS in the driver’s seat. Of course, we’ll educate you and show you how dental implants, teeth whitening, Invisalign or Six Month Smiles braces, or a same-day Cerec crown will improve your smile, but the decision is always yours.

We strive to provide the latest dental technology to ensure you have a comfortable visit. Just a few examples of our high tech offerings include:

  • All digital x-rays: 1/3 the radiation dosage of traditional film x-rays- even digital panoramic x-rays that go around your head.
  • Cerec Omnicam: all porcelain crowns are made right in the office, in only an hour! 3D CAD/CAM computer aided dentistry at its finest! No more temporary crowns, no second appointment, and no goopy impressions!
  • Intraoral cameras: instantly see on the big screen what’s going on in your mouth. Instant pictures so you see what we see
  • Laser Dentistry: Get your teeth cleaned with a laser and remove BILLIONS of bacteria. And no more cutting or sutures!
  • Metal-free: We only use modern tooth colored composite fillings. We never place metal mercury amalgam fillings.

Your Local Dental Implant Expert

Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver is your Royal Oak, MI dental implant expert. Why would you bounce around from unfamiliar office to unfamiliar office dealing with staff and healthcare providers who don’t know you, as a patient? Modern dental practitioners are able to perform many procedures that were once only performed at specialty offices. At Great Lakes Dentistry in Royal Oak, MI, Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver is able to provide dental implant surgery and restore your smile with an implant crown, all under one roof at the same, convenient location.

International Dental Implant Association

Dr. Van de Vyver is a member of the International Dental Implant Association. The IDIA is an international group of implant clinicians who have taken extensive clinical education courses to be able to provide the latest treatment in dental implants.

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What an experience, the staff and Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver are very professional and friendly. I was terrified because 1) I have anxiety of dental offices and procedures and 2) feeling ashemded of my teeth. However not once did I feel judged or looked down on about my current teeth and I am greatful and very appreciative for that, thank you Great Lakes Dentistry. I am looking forward to future visits and a happy and healthy smile 😃. Thanks again and have a wonderful more
Daniel McCrae
Daniel McCrae
17:44 12 Feb 18
Very professional and thorough! I am always pleased with my care here! Just recommended this facility to my sister and her husband who are currently looking for a new dentist because they are not happy with their current more
Melissa Thompson
Melissa Thompson
22:58 17 Jan 18
I thought I needed a filling replaced on a tooth that also had a root canal done about 10 years ago....all by another dentist. Apparently that tooth should have had a crown put on at the time of the root canal and I'm lucky that tooth didn't break. Dr. V took great care of me and I got a crown put on in 2 hours!!!!! Seriously..2 hours? Yes. It was amazing. It's my canine tooth, so very visible. It actually looks better than the real tooth which was discolored. I've had 2 other crowns done by 2 different dentists and the experiences were not great and very time consuming. His assistant was great...Samantha I think, and Sarah at the desk very nice as well. I would recommend Dr V's office to everyone!read more
Martha Wright
Martha Wright
15:34 09 Jan 18
Great staff, efficient and make you very comfortable. Glad we switched to Dr. V.
maureen lafleur
maureen lafleur
15:40 28 Dec 17
Super friendly staff, and same day crowns keep me and my family coming back. Dr. V also has a good music playlist going.. bonus!read more
Deb Creech
Deb Creech
14:34 28 Dec 17
The staff is always very friendly and the quality of work has been exceptional. I would highly recommend them.
Rick Sutton
Rick Sutton
20:28 24 Dec 17
Favorite Dentist & Staff! Very friendly, professional, & high tech! Awesome!
Kristen Soard
Kristen Soard
01:29 17 Nov 17
Dr. V and staff do such a great job!! Dr. V has an excellent "bedside manner". I am one who stresses when major things have to happen to my mouth and he does what he can to eleviate my unease and even takes breaks to help calm. Thank you, Dr. V, for being a doctor who looks out for others first!read more
Heather Tarpinian
Heather Tarpinian
18:12 09 Nov 17
Everyone there is incredibly friendly and skilled. I actually look forward to going to the dentist!
Amber Steciuk
Amber Steciuk
12:17 05 Aug 17
Everyone was so nice! I look forward to going back to complete my treatment after seeing the two specialists that the dentist referred me to. Thanks to all of you at Great Lakes more
Marcy Beck
Marcy Beck
02:24 17 Jun 17
Always a great experience. Quality dental work, great staff and more than willing to get you in when you have an more
Marilyn Sullivan
Marilyn Sullivan
23:01 15 Jun 17
Always an excellent experience! The staff, hygienists, and docs all make for a calm, welcoming, and overall positive experience. I always leave feeling very well cared more
Belinda Bombrisk
Belinda Bombrisk
15:42 10 Jun 17
Kelsey is an awesome hygienist!! Dr. V is caring and remembers his patients, very engaged. Also, Sarah is the most welcoming, soothing and helpful front office rep; just love going to the dentist now! It makes a difference when you have a caring staff. I would recommend Dr. V and his staff to anyone who may have any fears or dislike of visiting the dentist, this office will change your opinion and you will love going!!!read more
Z Schillinger
Z Schillinger
22:22 13 Mar 17
After going to the same dentist for 30+ years he retired. A friend recommended Dr. V, that it would be worth the drive. I live in Canton so it is 70 miles round trip. The friend was correct in recommending Great Lakes Dentistry. His office staff is competent and friendly which usually tells you their boss is also. Dr. V was very courteous and put me at ease. I am so happy I have my dentistry needs met now that my family will be going over there also. Thank you Dr. V and your staff for a pleasant dentist visit. Great Lakes Dentistry is certainly worth the more
Mark Moore
Mark Moore
18:44 14 Dec 16

Two locations to best serve our patients, Royal Oak and Shelby Township

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