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
At the center of each tooth is a soft area called the pulp chamber where the tooth's nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissues reside. These delicate tissues are typically protected by the tooth's enamel, but issues like severe decay, a cracked or chipped tooth, or facial trauma can cause the pulp tissues to become inflamed and may result in a root canal infection. When infection is present, root canal therapy may be a viable option to eliminate the infection and save the damaged tooth from tooth loss. Sometimes, damage may be too severe for treatment with root canal therapy. In such cases, tooth extraction may be necessary for restoring oral health. Find out more about root canal therapy versus tooth extraction in this overview from Charlotte, NC dentists John M. Pinnix and George A. Betancourt.
Root canal therapy is an endodontic procedure used to treat root canal infections and save damaged teeth from tooth loss. During the root canal therapy procedure, the mouth is numbed and a hole is made in the damaged tooth to access the infected pulp tissue. The infected nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissues are then removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned the entire length of the tooth, down to the bottom of the roots.
Any decayed areas of the tooth are also removed and the tooth is filled with a special material. This material, called gutta percha, is placed to help restore strength and support to the tooth. After root canal therapy, a dental crown will be placed to further strengthen the tooth and protect it from damage.
Unfortunately, root canal therapy is not always an option for restoring dental health and instead, the damaged tooth will need to be extracted. Extraction may be necessary if a root canal infection is too severe and has spread to the tissues surrounding the tooth, or if the tooth is too damaged to support a dental crown or other restoration.
Extracting a damaged tooth is generally quick. Patients are kept comfortable during the procedure with an anesthetic used to numb the mouth. Once the mouth is numb, the damaged tooth is loosened and gently removed.
Tooth extraction can restore oral health and prevent infection from spreading but it can leave patients with impaired dental function as a result of tooth loss. There are a variety of restorative treatments to replace extracted teeth and enhance the smile. Dental implants are one of the most popular choices for restoring extracted teeth. Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone, mimicking the natural roots for superior results. Some implant patients might also require a bone graft.
Root canal infections can be painful and dangerous to oral health. Without treatment, the infection can spread beyond the roots and into the tissues supporting the tooth. Seeking root canal therapy at the first sign of an infection can help prevent the need for extraction. If you suspect you have a root canal infection, you are encouraged to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt.