Dental Implants

If you have recently lost a tooth, you’ll want to ask our Holland dentist at Macatawa Smiles about dental implants.

A dental implant is a prosthetic inserted into the jawbone that acts much like a natural tooth root would to support an abutment and crown. To be a candidate for the dental implant procedure, you need healthy jawbone tissue and gums.

Dental Implant Procedure

The dental implant procedure takes two or more trips to our office, spaced several months apart.

During the dental implant surgery, your dentist will cut through the gum to insert the dental implant into your jawbone. Over the next several months, you will need to wait for the dental implant to fuse successfully with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration can take several months.

Once your jawbone has healed and the tooth implant has made a strong connection with your jawbone, you’ll be ready to have the abutment and dental crown placed on top. The crown is what gives you the function and appearance of a natural tooth.

Health Benefits of Dental Implants

It is important to understand that your teeth are held in place by tooth roots and surrounding teeth. This means that when you lose a tooth, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to tilt toward the open space.

Dental implants not only prevents further tooth loss, but they also allow you to eat and speak more easily. Many of our patients report having better confidence after dental implant recovery.

Learn More

Our Holland, MI, dental implant dentist at Macatawa Smiles is dedicated to helping patients restore their smiles after tooth loss. If you are interested in learning if you are a candidate for dental implants or want to learn more about our other restorative dental treatments, give us a call at (616) 396-7524, or contact us online.


Dear Patient Family,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care and we appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to follow orders from the Governor's Office.

We are happy to say that we are opening our office for all patient treatment on June 1st, 2020. Our hours of operation will go back to normal, Monday-Thursday 8am - 5pm. We want you to know that there will be some changes at your next appointment. Please be patient with us as our protocols will inevitably change as new guidelines are released.

  • We ask that you use our parking lot as the waiting room.
  • Please wear a mask when you come into the office and leave it on until entering the treatment room. Homemade is acceptable.
  • Only the person receiving treatment should come in the building, all others will be asked to wait in the car if at all possible. The exception will be for our minor patients who may have one parent accompany them.
  • We will be asking you some questions when you arrive at the office and we will also be taking your temperature.
  • We will not be able to offer magazines, drinks, or toys at this time as they cannot be disinfected to our standards. Eventually this will change and we will be happy to offer our amenities once again.

These changes have been made to adhere to the latest CDC guidelines and for the benefit of our patients and our staff. We want you to know that our office has always taken the safety of our patients very seriously and that we will continue to follow the highest levels of sterilization and disinfection to keep you protected. If you would like more information on what measures we have taken we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We cannot say how excited we are to see all of our patients again and to provide for their dental needs. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

Dr. Habecker and Team