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

Extracting Some Wisdom Wisdom Teeth That Is

By SEO Admin on July 15, 2013

The majority of cosmetic dentists in Charlotte advise patients to have their wisdom teeth removed before they start causing pain and other problems. Local and general anesthesia are are available for patients during wisdom tooth removal depending on their preferences. Patients who choose general anesthesia during wisdom tooth removal can expect to have little or no pain. Sleepiness and wooziness commonly occur when patients choose general anesthesia for extracting wisdom teeth from their mouths, so they should avoid eating or drinking for up to five hours preceding surgery.

After a wisdom tooth removal procedure, patients can expect to have stitches for some time. Stitches may be dissolving, but they might require removal after surgery. Doctors vary in the types of stitches they use after extracting wisdom teeth. During this time, patients can use gauze to prevent bleeding from becoming a more serious problem.

In most cases, patients can expect to spend just a couple of days in recovery from wisdom teeth removal. Prescription pain medication normally relieves discomfort during this time. However, you can speed your recovery by taking the following steps:

  • Elevate your head to reduce bleeding.
  • Switch gauze frequently to maximize blood absorption.
  • Eat carefully. Choose softer foods over those that would abrade the rest of the mouth.
  • Use ice packs throughout initial recovery to keep swelling down. Avoid using heat until three days have passed.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity for at least a few days.
  • Avoid using a straw while drinking as it could stimulate loosening of blood clots and slower healing as a result. Avoid smoking for the same reason.
  • Cosmetic dentists in Charlotte recommend to be careful when brushing your teeth after surgery. If something hurts, it probably isn't good for the teeth. This will eventually return to normal, so it's best to stay safe in the meantime.

Contact our South Charlotte dentist office for more information about tooth removal or wisdom tooth extraction by calling 704-543-1102.

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