Dr. James Donley

Dentistry
Muskegon, MI
56 years experience male

Locations

Office

Muskegon, MI

Address

166 N Causeway, Muskegon, MI
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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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
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Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Doctor Q&A

311 Answers
327 Agrees
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
Dentist: You probably have an abscessed tooth. You need to see a dentist immediately.
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
Depends: #11 thru 13 could be porcelain fused to high noble metal & #14 gold (high noble metal or all porcelain fused to metal. All gold would be very unesthet... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
No: It can build up the jaw muscles. A lot of gum chewing can contribute to TMJ problems. I would keep the gum chewing to a minimum. If you must chew gum,... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
High blood pressure.: When you are running your blood pressure is going to go up. The pain may then be associated with infection in the gums (periodontal disease) or an abs... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
Rarely: With good anesthesia, root canal therapy rarely hurts during the procedure. Sometimes if a person is really hurting before the procedure is started, g... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
Yes: Yes, new research is showing the possibility of using stem cells to grow new teeth.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
Several possibilitis: Pulpitis is an inflammation of the pulp. It commonly can be caused by a deep cavity, a deep filling, having a tooth operated on multiple times, a blow... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
Bone inflammation: A complication in the healing after an extraction. It is an inflammation of the bone where a tooth was removed and the blood clot was lost, exposing t... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
Dental appliance: Snoring is a vibration of soft tissues at the back of the throat including the soft palate. There is usually a partial obstruction of the airway. One ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
Many things: Sleep apnea may be waking up gasping for breath. You are less awake during the day. Driving can be as dangerous as driving drunk. Your attention and c... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
Maybe nothing.: If you have two whole teeth, nothing can be done. If the teeth look broken take your child to your dentist. If you didn't take your child to the dent... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
No: Probably just a coincidence. If you were run down and not taking good care of yourself, the additional stress of the extraction may have predisposed y... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
Yes: During the first trimester, it is best to have only procedures that are absolutely necessary. During the 2nd and 3rd trimester, it is usually safe to ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
Yes: You need to see a physician and get your blood sugar tested. You should also see your dentist to check for periodontal disease since it can contribute... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
Yes: Yes, if you mean the gum colored plastic that denture teeth are set in. Sometimes it is because the material is not fully cured. Return to your dentis... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
Yes: Sleep apnea is dangerous at any age. At 92, she has probably developed other health problems as a result. At any age it can lower the quality of life.... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 56 years experience
No: Elastics won't fix an overbite. Talk to an orthodontist or dentist trained in orthodontics.
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Testimonials
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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!!
HealthTap member
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.
HealthTap member
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 :)
HealthTap member
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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