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Dr. James Donley

Dentistry
Muskegon, MI
55 years experience male

Locations

Office

Muskegon, MI

Address

166 N Causeway, Muskegon, MI
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
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Insurances accepted

No Value

Office

N Muskegon, MI

About

Bio

The philosophy of the American Society for Preventive Dentistry ingrained in me that one should treat the cause of disease before treating the signs symptoms. This was a factor in practicing dental disease prevention, early jaw expansion care as well as management of snoring sleep apnea.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Doctor Q&A

311 Answers
327 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Yes: It definitely could be from bacteria that are growing in his mouth causing terrible teeth. Some of the bad bacteria that cause gum & bone disease prod... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Need exam: This may or may not be a dental issue. With numbness occurring, you don't want to wait. Please call a dentist asap who can do an exam, see if it is a ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Not very hard: Its harder to give a complete answer because of not knowing why you asked as well as the type of material you are talking about. If there is nothing ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Depends: Do you mean repairing a tooth with a crown or repairing a tooth with a crown already on the tooth? Repairing a tooth with a crown on is often possibly... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Seek dental help: There are various reasons we grind. You need to see a dentist trained in finding out the reason. Various things you may need include having your bite ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Need exam: This may or may not be a dental issue. With numbness occurring, you don't want to wait. Please call a dentist asap who can do an exam, see if it is a ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Central sleep apnea: There are 3 types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and mixed sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is a failure of the brain to... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Not swallowing.: When you lay horizontal, your tongue falls back so you can breath thru your nose which is normal. This holds saliva in your mouth until you swallow.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Yes: The brownish phlegm is actually blood in your saliva. You very likely a serious gum infection and need to see a dentist for a complete exam including ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Trauma: Usually some type of trauma or injury. If it does not start to heal in a few days, you need to see a dentist to do an exam and determine if something... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Yes: Yes. This is one of the few times i recommend an over the counter, boil and bite mouthguard. You need to re-adapt every few weeks. You won't be able t... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Change toothpaste: About 85% of canker sores are linked to the use of toothpastes that have a foaming agent called sodium laurel sulfate. Check the box or tube of toothp... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
None: There is no difference, except that the dentist went to a different dental school. They have the same basic education.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
You can: You can remove the tooth, but you should see a dentist. Most people do not like to go around with missing teeth, especially in front. There are a numb... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Varies: Once the infected tooth is removed, healing can start immediately. For the hole to fill in completely, it can take several months whether the tooth wa... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Closys mouth rinse: Bad breath is usually caused by the bad bacteria that cause gum disease. It sounds like maybe you should have treatment for gum disease and not simply... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Yes: By "common endodontic procedures", i assume you are referring to root canal procedures. Root canal therapy is usually initiated to eliminate infection... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Varies with person: The way to cure tmd depends on the cause. Temporary help which may "cure" is to use an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen and icing along with a soft di... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Cheek lining: Without seeing you, can't definitely say. Often times what you seem to be describing is the soft tissue lining your cheeks sloughing off because of us... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Yes: Alcohol may make it easier to fall asleep, but it disrupts the cicadian sleep cycle and one does not get into the deep restful stages of sleep which i... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Depends: Are you speaking about a removable partial denture? Your fault if lost. If you are talking about a fixed bridge that was cemented in was knocked loose... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
None: Antibiotics will not get rid of a tooth abscess. You need to see a dentist for treatment. The dentist may prescribe an antibiotic to temporarily contr... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Mild: Pain is normally pretty mild with the great light wires that are used today. In the past there was a lot more discomfort because the wires were very s... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Normal: Many teeth are slightly transparent. If there is a lot of transparency, the person has probably whitening their teeth in excess.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
No: Using the new light wires, there is not a lot of discomfort. Progressive heavier wires are used as the teeth straighten. If too stiff of wires are use... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Not likely.: Be sure the anesthesiologist knows you have osa. He will need the info when you are in recovery. A breathing tube can replace a c-pap if you are using... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Don't know: Don't know about abreva, but a dental laser can be used to shorten the life of the cold sores and may stop them from returning to the same tissue area... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Rinse: Rinsing with warm salt water 3-4 times per day can shorten the healing time. Also ask your dentist/orthodontist if they have a cold (healing) laser t... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Toothpaste: Many toothpastes contain a chemical called sodium laurel sulfate. This is a foaming agent that is also used as an engine degreaser. This is the cause ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Depends: It depends on what you mean by "recover". Recover from anesthetic: 1-6 hours. Recover from infection: 0-6 months. Recover from any discomfort to biti... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Yes: Yes, new research is showing the possibility of using stem cells to grow new teeth.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Explain tooth damage: Explain to your brother that many teeth are broken, split, need root canals, crowns or extractions as the result of tooth grinding. Does he want the p... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
7-8 hours sleep: If you wake up tired, and are dragging and drowsy during the day, you may have sleep apnea. You need to see your doctor and perhaps have a sleep study... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Several possibilitis: You don't say where the transparency is. Have you been whitening your teeth. Overdone this can cause the teeth to have an overall transparent look. If... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Rare: On rare occasion, an untreated tooth abscess will involve an adjacent tooth. If the abscess is in the gum and bone in periodontal disease, the infecti... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
See dentist: It is now recommended that the first dental exam be at the age of one. The dentist or hygienist can teach you how to clean your childs teeth. Let them... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
No: The false teeth should lightly touch the gum tissue. There should be a space next to the crowned teeth, where a floss threader can be placed to pull f... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Shortened life: You received some good answers. We must not lose sight of the fact that the teeth and mouth are connected to the rest of the body. Dr. Charles mayo o... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
See dentist: You need to see a dentist to find out why you are grinding your teeth. It may be that your bite needs to be adjusted. You may have obstructive sleep a... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
See dentist: See your dentist asap. You need treatment for an infection and just taking an antibiotic is not the answer.
A member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Not likely: I assume you mean TMJ dyfunction since everyone has two tmj's. The loss of just the rear most molar should not lead to a dysfunction unless there was ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Red gums: Gums should be a light pink color. When they turn a red or purplish color it because they are infected. This is usually due to a lack of proper flossi... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Yes: 75% of individuals over the age of 12 have some stage of gum disease. It is caused by inadequate home care. There are other contributing factors such ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Yes: If you received Amoxicillin for an infection then you need to see a dentist. The cause of the infection needs to be found and treated. Serious consequ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Maybe: Untreated sleep apnea may be preventing you from getting into the stage of sleep where you dream which means you are not getting a good nights sleep. ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Not normal: Have never heard of coffee causing canker sores. About 85% of canker sores are caused by the foaming agent ( sodium laurel sulfate) in toothpaste. If... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Dentist: You probably have an abscessed tooth. You need to see a dentist immediately.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
No: Information incomplete to answer your question. Usually, when possible, have the root canal. Is the dentist unable to complete the root canal? You may... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
The: The acid in all carbonated soft drinks can demineralize the tooth enamel. Avoid between meals.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Clenching: Clenching or grinding your teeth can cause sensitivity. Tooth grinding and fatigue are two signs of sleep apnea which affects at some point 1 in 11 wo... Read More

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Nov 30, 2012
Dr. Donley obviously has a passion for and a dedication to both his profession and the well being of his patients. He keeps current with all the latest equipment and knowledge that dentistry has to o...Read More
Sep 15, 2013
A very knowledgeable and dedicated dentist and an excellent dentist to follow on HealthTap. I'm sure his patients are in great hands!
Mar 19, 2015
Great dentist!!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! My niece thinks having this type of piercing is the coolest thing. Now I can show her this info and maybe she'll get rid of it. Thanks.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! thank you so much. my mother always told me that I'm snoring so loud, it's kind of depressing since I'm a woman :)
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! The quickness of this service is wonderful. Yet there are many doctors who disagree with each other

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

-Universty of Detroit School of Dentistry
Graduated 1967MD

Awards

2012 Best of Muskegon Award in Dentistry
Top Doctor, First Place, Muskegon, MI - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Muskegon, MI - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
International Association for Orthodontics
Academy of Laser Dentistry
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