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Why Would I Need a Bone Graft Before Getting Dentures for My Sinuses?

Why would I need a bone graft before getting dentures because of my sinus? This question was recently asked by one of my patients, and is a somewhat common occurrence with denture wearers. There are a couple reasons why you would need a bone graft before getting dentures because of your sinuses, and I’ll go through what the reasons are and give you a general overview of the treatment process.
What are your sinuses, and what happens to them as we age? What procedures can your dentist do to bring your sinuses back to their normal positions?

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Teeth Whitening Options

With Spring right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about how your beautiful smile will shine in those graduation pictures and how you’ll feel attending all your spring weddings and parties.

A big question we get more frequently this time of year is “What are my options for teeth whitening?” or “What are your recommendations for teeth whitening?” Here’s the podcast episode I recorded regarding teeth whitening options.

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What is sleep apnea?

What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition where you momentarily stop breathing while you’re asleep. These episodes last for several seconds many times each hour, every night that you’re asleep.
What is the treatment for sleep apnea?
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is called CPAP- Continuous Positive Air Pressure. You wear a mask connected to a machine that blows air down your nostrils all night, like being connected to a vacuum cleaner in reverse all night.
But… did you know there is another solution? And Great Lakes Dentistry can make you an appliance that REPLACES your CPAP!

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Sleep Apnea and Snoring Solutions


OSA SymptomsSnoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are signs you might not be getting the air your body needs while you sleep. Leaving sleep apnea untreated is like gambling with your life every night. Snoring is the alarm to let you know something is wrong, like your smoke alarm in your house. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause many dangerous medical issues, and even death. Each hour, your body stops breathing, slowly suffocating the body’s cells and depriving them of oxygen. Eventually, the cells become permanently damaged due to the lack of oxygen.

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Podcast – Teeth Whitening Options

Dr. Van de Vyver discusses teeth whitening options in his latest podcast episode. Please email any questions you might have to Thanks so much, and enjoy the episode!

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Great Lakes Dentistry | Royal Oak

Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver | Chief Smile Reviver at Great Lakes DentistryWelcome 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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