The Tooth Extraction Procedure

Featuring many of the latest advances in dentistry technology, Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey, Michigan, is well equipped to handle its patients’ varied needs. Whether a person is interested in cosmetic procedures or requires advanced work to address underlying tooth and gum problems, Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey can help. For example, the facility works with individuals with conditions that require tooth extraction.

There are various reasons why a tooth might need to be extracted, or removed. In cases of tooth overcrowding, for example, pulling teeth can be necessary to ready the teeth for braces. In other cases, infections can necessitate the removal of one or more teeth. While the reasons for tooth removal vary, there are certain things that most patients can expect from the procedure.

The dentist will typically start by injecting an anesthetic near the affected tooth. This will remove sensation in the area so that the patient does not feel pain during the extraction. Once anesthesia has been administered, the dentist will remove the tooth. Removal might require loosening the tooth by moving it in a back-and-forth motion. Since this can be stressful for the patient, a good dentist will make sure the patient is as relaxed and as comfortable as possible during this procedure. He or she will also address any questions the patient has beforehand.


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Located on West Jefferson Street in Petoskey, Michigan, Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey has a commitment to outstanding, highly skilled, anxiety-free dentistry. Founded in 2007, the company strives to provide patients with a relaxed, enjoyable dental experience by employing state-of-the-art equipment, the client’s choice of music, video goggles, safe and sterile procedures, and a friendly and professional team dedicated to delivering the highest level of care. Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey offers restorative services such as root canal therapy, tooth extractions, cosmetic fillings, scaling and root planing, and crowns and bridges, as well as cosmetic procedures including whitening, contouring, dental implants, and SmartMove tooth alignment. The practice uses digital X-ray machines, which provide patients with clearer images and minimized radiation exposure. The company focuses on patient education and makes sure that all individuals receive treatment that is tailored just for them. Harbor Pointe Dental is operated by David Ellsworth, a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery in April 2003. Dr. Ellsworth understands the importance of giving back, having experienced the benefits of volunteering directly, and he makes community service a priority. Dr. Ellsworth donates his time to Give Kids a Smile Day, the Migrant Dental Program, and the Donated Dental Services program, as well as making special visits to local schools to provide preventive education to students regarding dental health. Dr. Ellsworth is a practitioner of conscious sedation, an anti-anxiety method that provides comfortable, painless, and stress-free care to patients who dislike visiting the dentist or who have had bad experiences previously. He is also a member of DOCS Education (formerly the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation). Pricing and insurance information for Harbor Pointe Dental can be found on the company website, along with driving directions and a number of educational resources. Appointments may be arranged online at any time at

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