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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

Root Canal Therapy Recovery

By Dr. Pinnix on June 14, 2018

Digital image of tooth cross-sectionWhen decay or damage affects the pulp of a tooth, it leads to a bacterial infection that can only be treated through root canal therapy. During root canal therapy, the infected tissues inside the tooth are removed. Next, the surfaces are disinfected, the canals and pulp chamber are filled, and a temporary crown is placed. This treatment eliminates the source of infection and protects your long-term oral health.

Here, our team at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte, NC discusses root canal therapy recovery and explains how patients can promote healing and alleviate discomfort following the procedure.

Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?

There is an unfortunate stigma about root canal therapy, with many patients under the impression that the procedure is painful. On the contrary, the treatment eliminates the source of discomfort.

Therefore, most patients experience little to no pain following the procedure. In fact, because many patients have pain associated with the infection, there is usually quite a bit of relief after the treatment. Fortunately, any tenderness or sensitivity is typically short-lived, and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Tips for a Speedy Recovery

When you undergo root canal therapy at our practice, you will be provided with a detailed list of post-operative instructions. Closely following these guidelines will ensure a successful and swift recovery. In the meantime, we will explore a few basic tips and tricks for accelerating the healing process.

Take a Day or Two off of Work

Following root canal therapy, it is a good idea to take one or two days off work. In fact, we recommend limiting activity for the first couple of days. An elevated heart rate can result in increased discomfort. Therefore, patients should go home and relax as much as possible. Of course, specific recommendations will depend on the extent of your treatment. These details can be discussed with your doctor during your initial consultation.

Alter Your Eating Habits

It is perfectly normal to experience temperature sensitivity following root canal therapy. Although this is a common temporary byproduct of treatment, we recommend that patients avoid certain foods during the first week of recovery.

For example:

  • Allow hot foods to cool before eating
  • Eat softer foods that do not require a lot of chewing
  • Avoid sticky foods that could pull on the temporary crown
  • Avoid chewing on the side of the mouth that was treated
  • Rinse gently with warm saltwater or an antibacterial rinse after every meal

Attend all Follow-Up Appointments

After root canal therapy, patients will need to attend routine follow-up visits to make sure treatment was effective. The temporary crown will also be replaced with a final restoration during one of these appointments.

During recovery, be sure to monitor your symptoms. If your side effects worsen, contact our practice so we can address the concern immediately.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are about to undergo a root canal, or if you have just had the procedure completed, knowing what to expect in the recovery phase can help alleviate fears and worries. Our team can help you prepare for all aspects of your treatment so you know exactly what to anticipate.

For more information on root canal therapy, or any of the other restorative or cosmetic procedures offered at our practice, contact us online or give us a call at (704) 543-1102.

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