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
Whenever possible, your dentist should strive to preserve your natural teeth. In some cases, however, a tooth becomes so decayed or damaged that it will require extraction. Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt can extract compromised teeth and restore your oral health using a restoration, such as a dental crown or bridge. You can rest assured you will feel little to no discomfort during your extraction, thanks to advanced techniques and the aid of local anesthetic or sedation. To learn more about the tooth extraction process, contact our Charlotte, NC, office today.
Before we recommend tooth extraction or any other sort of dental treatment, you will undergo a thorough evaluation with one of our dentists. Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will first explore options to save your natural tooth. In some cases, this might mean removing decay and strengthening the tooth with a filling, inlay, or onlay. In others, your dentist may recommend root canal therapy for an infected tooth. Once the infection is cleared up, the remaining structure of the tooth is typically covered with a traditional crown.
If we determine your tooth should be extracted, it is important that you receive treatment as soon as possible. Decayed and infected tissue can spread, which can damage your gums, teeth, and even jaw bone. Luckily, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt can often perform your extraction during the same visit you receive a diagnosis.
To begin the procedure, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area and minimize any discomfort. If necessary, you may also choose to receive sedation medications to help you relax. Next, your dentist will carefully loosen your tooth within its socket, gently moving it back and forth. If your tooth is held tightly in place, your dentist may need to carefully break it so that it can be removed in two or more pieces. Once the tooth has been removed, we will carefully clean the gum tissue and ensure that no bacteria remains.
We offer both traditional and implant-supported restorations to our patients. Depending on the type of restoration you will receive to fill the gap in your smile, you may undergo surgery to place a dental implant. In some cases, this procedure can be performed on the same day as your extraction. During the surgery, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will carefully place a small, titanium post in your jaw bone, where it will function like your missing tooth root. Once it is placed, a dental implant requires a healing period of around three to six months, which is why it is beneficial to place it on the same day as a tooth is removed. We always provide same-day temporary restorations after your extraction, so the aesthetics and function of your bite will be immediately restored.
Once your implant has fused with the bone and healing is complete, we can place an all-porcelain dental bridge or crown that will fill the space left by your missing tooth or teeth. We can also create a traditional, crown-supported bridge if you are not a good candidate for dental implants.
For patients with widespread dental decay, the extraction of several teeth may be necessary. For these patients, we provide larger restorations, including partial- and full-arch dentures. If you require this type of extensive restorative care, we can also create a customized full mouth reconstruction plan for you.
To learn more about whether you are a candidate for tooth extraction at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, contact our office today.