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 (admin@blakeneysmiles.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.

Best,

Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

RELIEVE PAINFUL SYMPTOMS AND PRESERVE YOUR ORAL HEALTH WITH A WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION

The third molars – or wisdom teeth – are located at the back of the jaws and are the last permanent teeth to erupt. While some individuals keep their wisdom teeth for their whole lives, others will need to have them removed between the ages of 17 and 25 due to impaction, pain, or insufficient space in their jaws. Many general dentists refer wisdom tooth extraction to outside oral surgeons. However, Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt can perform the procedure in-house. Our Charlotte, NC, practice is furnished with many amenities including iPads, headphones, and leather massage chairs in each treatment room to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Additionally, we can provide nitrous oxide sedation for patients with anxiety about their upcoming procedure. 

An impacted wisdom tooth
An impacted wisdom tooth can damage surrounding tooth roots and should be extracted as quickly as possible.

Why Extract Wisdom Teeth?

Sometimes, all four wisdom teeth erupt and function normally with no outstanding issues. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In some patients, wisdom teeth grow in at an angle or become trapped in the jawbone. This can cause:

  • Pain or discomfort
  • Infection
  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Complications with orthodontic treatment
  • Damage to the jawbone
  • Development of a cyst, or fluid-filled sac, around the wisdom tooth

Most dentists recommend that patients have their wisdom teeth removed in their late teens or early twenties. Although you can have your wisdom teeth removed at any age, early extraction can reduce the risk of further complications. 

Wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively simple procedure that can provide lifetime benefits. 

What to Expect During Your Extraction

On the day of your surgery, one of our doctors will begin the procedure by administering local anesthesia, which will numb the treatment area. Next, a small incision will be made in the gums to access the wisdom tooth and the supporting bone. If there is bone covering the tooth, your doctor will carefully remove it. Once the entire tooth is visible, your doctor may divide the tooth into sections for easier extraction. Finally, the socket will be cleaned, the incision closed with stitches, and a piece of gauze placed over the surgical site.

At our practice, patient comfort is our top priority. We can perform low-level sedation dentistry using nitrous oxide keep you comfortable throughout your treatment. 

Healing and Recovery

Following your procedure, you should go home immediately and rest. You will be given a detailed list of post-operative guidelines, which may include:

  • Resting for at least 48 hours
  • Avoiding hard or crunchy foods
  • Staying hydrated
  • Taking medications as directed
  • Minimizing swishing, spitting, or sucking
  • Not smoking

Following these instructions can help you enjoy a healthy recovery and permanent relief from the painful symptoms associated with impacted wisdom teeth. 

Eliminate Jaw Pain

Wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively simple procedure that can provide lifetime benefits. If you are nervous about the treatment, we can provide low-level nitrous oxide sedation to help you relax during the procedure. To learn more about wisdom tooth extraction, schedule an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney. You can call us at (704) 543-1102 or contact us online anytime.

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8918 Blakeney Professional Dr
Ste 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

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