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 (, 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

Getting Back in the Game After Wisdom Teeth Removal

By SEO Admin on June 10, 2013

Having wisdom teeth removed is practically a rite of passage. These teeth usually poke through when a person is 17 to 25 years old, and usually they do so in a crooked manner. As a result, the mouth gets crowded. Sometimes these teeth refuse to come out at all, which is also problematic. And from Tokyo to Charlotte, tooth removal is something many young adults dread.

Fortunately, this procedure rarely requires much healing time. Before you go for your wisdom tooth extraction your dentist, or more accurately your oral surgeon, will discuss with you your recovery process. In general, you'll have three days of inconvenience and gum tenderness, followed by a week during which you must be careful about what you eat. Sometimes, though, in order to perform a wisdom tooth extraction a dentist has to cut the bone, and thus a longer period of recovery is needed.

To ensure speedy healing, carefully follow all instructions your oral surgeon gives you. These directions will involve eating soft foods for 72 hours after the procedure. And you must keep your blood pressure low during that period, so that your mouth wont bleed any more than necessary, and so the blood can clot around the wounds and hasten the healing. Thus, you'll want to avoid rigorous exercise for a few days, as intense physical activity prevents clotting and raises blood pressure.

Charlotte tooth removal and tooth removal everywhere requires that you rinse your mouth out with salt water after each meal for ten days after the procedure, as doing so sterilizes the afflicted areas. Be especially careful with crispy or chewy foods during those ten days, too, as chewing them the wrong way often leads to excessive wound bleeding. And if you don't follow directions, expect even worse pain and possibly an oral infection. If you do, you should feel great again after those ten days.

Contact us today at 704-543-1102 about our having your wisdom teeth removed if causing pain and discomfort in your mouth.

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