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Michigan Oral Surgeons Saves and Restores Smiles

By Pamela Sosnowski

For many people, going to the dentist for a routine check-up is scary enough, but having to visit an oral surgeon's office can be especially nerve wracking. At Michigan Oral Surgeons, however, the staff's priority is to ensure every patient receives the highest quality modern dental care in a stress-free environment.

"Our goal at Michigan Oral Surgeons is to extend our care beyond the initial treatment process and to provide our patients with the best possible post-surgical care," says Dr. Dalbert Fear Jr.. "We aim to treat each incoming patient as a family member and make them feel as comfortable as possible."

Routine procedures performed at the three oral and maxillofacial office locations include general tooth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, and dental implant placement. The four oral surgeons (Doctors Dalbert Fear, Jr., Paul Lopez, Anthony Fasi, and Christopher Sanker) also specialize in bone grafting, corrective jaw surgery, TMJ treatment, and surgery to repair facial trauma.

Michigan Oral Surgeons also offers the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, a groundbreaking teeth replacement solution for patients that have lost a full arch of their natural teeth. The procedure goes beyond traditional dentures by giving patients a full set of teeth that stay permanently affixed to their mouth.

All oral surgeons receive extensive training beyond general dentistry; according to Dr. Fear, "A person interested in the profession is looking at 12-14 years of schooling." They must complete four years of dental school after college, and then usually enter into a hospital-based oral and maxillofacial surgical residency program for an additional four to six years.

In recent years, studies have shown that poor oral health has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and even arthritis. "Research also shows that those with gum disease are three times as likely to suffer a stroke," says Dr. Fear. That's why the staff strongly advocates practicing good oral hygiene at home.

"The best way for people to secure long-lasting oral health is by practicing good habits, and beginning those habits at a young age," states Dr. Fear. "We always remind our patients that flossing is as equally important as brushing. And, while brushing is very important, it is vital to brush properly and always before bed. Diet also plays a very important role in oral health care. The more you are able to limit sugar intake and acidic foods, the better off you will be in the long run."

Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables, drinking water throughout the day, and staying away from smoking is also important for good oral health, as is visiting a dentist every six months for a check-up and cleaning.

Last December the doctors of Michigan Oral Surgeons volunteered with the Hope Dental Clinic of Ypsilanti to provide dental services to low-income residents who cannot afford oral care. Says Dr. Fear, "Our mission at Michigan Oral Surgeons has always been to improve the oral health of the communities we serve, and it's so rewarding to work with local organizations that share a similar goal regarding his work with the clinic. Giving back to this community that has supported our practice is our way of saying thank you."

Now that's something to smile about.

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Pamela Sosnowski is a freelance writer, social media manager, contributor for REBEAT...

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