Greetings from Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney
Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to you and your families. We hope that you continue to navigate these most difficult times with strength, perseverance and the promise that we will all soon return to 'business as usual'.
Please note, the purpose of this email is not to go into detail about our office protocols during the current COVID- 19 response. We always have and will continue to maintain the highest level of aseptic and sterilization techniques. Regarding our office hours, we are presently closed as a result of recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Dental Association. For patients with upcoming appointments, trust that we will communicate directly with you via phone call to reschedule them as we learn more about our current situation.
For the time being, we want to extend to you, our patients, the helping hand you need during these times for all things dental. While we may be limited in terms of office hours and available services, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt remain available to you via other modalities. For example, we ask that you please find and follow our social media pages, pinnixandbetancourt on Instagram, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney on Facebook, and @BlakeneySmiles on Twitter. We will use these social media outlets as a means of communication and also a way to provide a Question & Answer forum for general questions anyone may have.
For personal/private needs related to ongoing treatment or your dental health, we will be available to schedule a virtual consultation. This may be accomplished via FaceTime, Zoom meeting or other platform whereby we may have a face to face encounter. These will be available to you, our patient, as a courtesy.
These are unprecedented times for us all. We strive to be on the front edge of the capabilities and service we provide our patients. Much of that depends on our availability and communication. We are here and we will, across any medium possible, provide the guidance you need during these difficult times. We ask that you please reach out to us either via email to the office (firstname.lastname@example.org), one of our social media platforms, or our phone line from which you can leave a message. We will make every effort possible to get back to you in a timely manner.
From Drs. Pinnix, Betancourt and our entire staff at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we hope you and your families manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an abundance of care, caution and respect for the well being of our community.
Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney
The natural tooth should be cared for as long as possible through proper dental hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing. However, severe tooth decay, an abscess, an advanced gum disease or an injury can damage the natural tooth which may cause the natural tooth to need to be removed.
Periodontists will diagnose the condition of a tooth, and then, they will decide whether the tooth can be saved or whether it will need to be extracted. Sometimes, the only solution to severe decay or disease is a tooth removal.
After a tooth extraction, it is important to preserve the tooth removal site. The bone surrounding the teeth is called the alveolar bone. This bone supports the teeth. Therefore, when a tooth extraction happens, the bone starts to collapse. The gum tissue thins out from the bone and dissolves. To stop this from happening, an individual can choose several options before the tooth removal.
South Charlotte dentists can recommend the best ways to preserve the extraction site. Preserving the socket site will offer patients the option for a future restoration. Without the site preservation, future restoration could be at risk.
A non-traumatic extraction can help retain the alveolar ridge after the removal of a tooth. This technique is designed to help preserve the bone, reduce discomfort and reduce bleeding. Another option for preserving the socket site is socket grafting, which is a technique that involves adding bone replacement material to the socket. This method will not last indefinitely, since the graft may dissolve away over time. However, dental implants can be used several months after an extraction to provide support to the jawbone, and the dental implant will last longer than the socket grafting.
South Charlotte dentists can discuss the available options for site preservation. They will help each individual choose the option that is best for his or her particular situation.