Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions Dentist Holland, MI Our Holland dentist at Macatawa Smiles does everything in his power to save your tooth. However, you may need an emergency tooth extraction to protect your overall oral health.

Our dentist takes X-rays to determine the best method for pulling teeth. Once he develops a plan to remove the tooth, you will be prepped for the dental procedure. Reasons for tooth extraction include:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Traumatic oral injury
  • Crowded teeth
  • Infected tooth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

Tooth Extraction Procedure

First, our dentist will take X-rays to get a better look at how the tooth is positioned. Once our family dentist determines the best way to remove the tooth, he will prep you for the tooth extraction procedure. To eliminate any dental discomfort or pain during the procedure, your dentist will inject local anesthesia near the tooth. Once the tooth is numb, your dentist will use a tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth before removing it with forceps.

Tooth Extraction Recovery

You’ll need to follow our dentist’s instructions for tooth extraction care so the site can heal properly. In general, we recommend taking ibuprofen during tooth extraction recovery to alleviate pain. To reduce swelling, you’ll want to press an ice pack against your face (a bag of frozen peas also works). Your dentist may give you other instructions depending on whether they had to cut through the gum line to extract the tooth.

How We Restore Your Smile After Tooth Loss

After dental extraction, your dentist may recommend ways to fill in the empty space left in your smile. Many of our patients restore smiles after tooth loss with partial dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. After tooth removal, we recommend scheduling a consultation with your dentist to determine which option is right for you.

Learn More

Our Holland, MI, tooth extraction dentist always strives to help patients maintain beautiful healthy smiles through preventative dental treatments. If you are unsure whether a tooth needs extraction, schedule an appointment at Macatawa Smiles by calling (616) 396-7524.

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM DR. HABECKER AND HIS TEAM

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