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 (email@example.com), 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
Removing a tooth isn't exactly a procedure most people look forward to and a procedure Charlotte NC dentists deal with daily. Understanding what will happen during the tooth extraction process can help patients relax. After all, tensing up will only make the process less enjoyable.
Tooth Extraction Process Explained
Most Charlotte NC dentists will start removing a tooth by anesthetizing the tooth, gum, and bone. The only way to properly do this is by small injections which feels like a slight pinch in selective locations to numb the area completing in just a couple minutes.
Once the area is fully anesthetized, the dentist can begin the tooth extraction process. Rather than pulling the tooth out in one fell swoop, the dentist will gently rock the tooth in all directions to "expand the socket". The bone and ligament holding the tooth in place (otherwise known as the socket) are rather pliable. After a bit, the tooth will be loose enough to cleanly pull out.
What Tools Does the Dentist Use?
To aid in this process, the dentist will generally use two tools: a dental elevator and extraction forceps. A dental elevator is used as a wedge, which is driven down between the tooth and its socket to rock the tooth as previously described. If the dentist elects to use the extraction forceps instead, they will choose one specifically designed for the tooth in question. The forceps are used to grip the tooth and (again) rock it back and forth to loosen it.
What is the Patient's Experience?
During this process the patient will feel pressure and may hear some noises associated with ligaments or the tooth root breaking. Since Charlotte NC dentists numb the patient prior to an extraction, no pain should be felt.
What Happens After the Tooth Removal?
Once the tooth is extracted, the dentist will need to start closing the extraction site. This process can be complex depending on the reason for the extraction and may include: cleaning an infection site, removing tooth fragments, or finishing off sharp bone edges.Afterwards, the patient should feel better having the dental problem fixed over the course of a few days to a few weeks and most dentists recommend a follow up appointment, if needed to check the healing progress of the site.
Need More Information or Have a Tooth to be Extracted?
No matter the cause for the tooth extraction, patients can trust our Charlotte dentists to do the procedure correctly and with as little discomfort as possible. Give us a call today for more information or to schedule an appointment.