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Gentle Tooth Extraction

We make every attempt to save damaged teeth, but sometimes tooth extraction is the best option.

If extraction is necessary, our dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte, NC, go to great lengths to ensure your comfort.

And, when you are ready, they can expertly restore your missing tooth to protect your future oral health.

Tooth Extraction Can Be a Fresh Start

While we often take teeth for granted, Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt know that most people are emotionally attached to their teeth and will do whatever is possible to preserve them. However, in some cases, a tooth becomes so decayed or damaged that it will require extraction.

We encourage our patients to use this as an opportunity for a fresh start. By removing a failing tooth, patients can start on the path of rebuilding their oral health.

We Emphasize Personalized Care

Gentle Extractions

Your comfort is our top priority. Our skilled dentists use advanced techniques and compassionate care to ensure treatment is both quick and virtually painless. If a decayed tooth has been causing you pain, our treatment can bring the relief you are looking for.

Soothing Amenities

We promote a sense of calm for every treatment with our soothing amenities. You can relax in our leather massage chairs and listen to music or watch TV. During treatment, we use state-of-the-art technology that makes treatment more comfortable and effective.

Sedation Options

If dental anxiety or difficulties sitting are obstacles, we offer three types of sedation so you can achieve the level of comfort you need. Dr. Betancourt has extensive sedation training and is one of just 1.5 percent of dentists in the state licensed to administer IV sedation.

 Serving Charlotte, Ballantyne, Gastonia, and Surrounding Communities

Looking for Gentle Tooth Extraction? Call for a Consultation

Personalized care is a cornerstone at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte, NC. In addition to being highly trained and using state-of-the-art technology, our dentists take the extra time to get to know each and every patient.

Before we recommend tooth extraction, you will undergo a thorough evaluation with one of our dentists who will explore options to save your tooth. If we determine your tooth should be extracted, we will explain the process and, if you choose, also discuss options to replace the missing tooth. Our advanced training allows us to perform tooth extractions and all types of restorations, saving you a trip to an oral surgeon.

 If you are unsure what to do, please call or leave a message online and we will return your call.

(704) 543-1102

Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt
Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt serve patients in Charlotte, Ballantyne, Gastonia, NC, and surrounding areas.

"Excellent Experience"


Charlene Keys-Bowen


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Had a surgical procedure performed. Dr. Betancourt expertly completed the procedure and followed up with me to track my progress.

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Bob Kruppa


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Excellent experience. The staff and doctors treat you like a person and not a number. My dentist spent a long time getting to know me before doing the dental work. Very satisfied with the results.

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Are Costs a Concern?

Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney offers flexible financing to help patients make unexpected dental treatment more affordable. If you have insurance, your plan should cover part, if not all, of your procedure. We also accept low-interest and interest-free plans through several third-party financing companies, including CareCredit®, Citi® Health, and Wells Fargo.

Reasons an Extraction May Be Necessary

  • Trauma — Trauma from an accident or sports injury can break or crack a tooth, causing damage that cannot be fixed.
  • Severe Decay — Extensive decay in a tooth can damage a tooth beyond repair and leave you susceptible to infection.
  • Gum DiseasePeriodontal disease can damage both the gums and the bone that anchors teeth. In serious cases, the tooth may need to be removed.
  • Wisdom Teeth — If wisdom teeth are causing complications, the dentist may recommend removal.
  • Dentures — Severely damaged teeth may be removed to allow a patient to restore their oral health and wear dentures.
  • Orthodontic Procedure — In some cases, teeth may be removed to create more room in the mouth for other teeth and allow for proper alignment.

Restoring Your Smile After Tooth Extraction

Thankfully, modern dentistry offers many options to restore lost teeth. And, as our gallery of before and after photos show, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt are highly trained in the advanced cosmetic dentistry and dental implant skills that are needed to restore both function and beauty to our patients' smiles.
Before implants
After implants
Our dentists beautifully restored this patient's smile with an All-on-4® denture.

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Karen Kitzmiller


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Always a great experience at Advanced Dentistry!! We have been going there for years, and we always are treated well and like valued clients!!! Dr. Betancourt is amazing and personable. Amber has done my cleanings for many years, and she is so awesome at her work!!!

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Rebecca Ashton


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Wonderful!! They took such good care of me and I have had WAY too many bad experiences to count that were horrible with dentists. I was petrified and postponed my visit much longer than I should have. I'm not that way any more.... thank you!!

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Options to Consider To Restore Your Smile and Your Bite

Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte is equipped to provide comprehensive care on-site without having to send you to an oral surgeon. When we are extracting just one tooth, many of our patients consider either a dental implant or dental bridge to fill the gap. If you are having wisdom teeth extracted, they do not need to be replaced.

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Dental Implants

A dental implant is a small post that is surgically inserted into the jaw, where it fuses with the bone and functions like the root of a tooth. Once the post has fused with the bone, we will attach a natural-looking and durable artificial tooth to restore your smile and oral health.


Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a restoration that looks like a row of teeth. To replace one tooth, we design a three-tooth bridge. A piece called a pontic replaces the missing tooth. Two crowns are placed at either end of the bridge, then attached to neighboring teeth to hold the bridge in place.

What to Expect During an Extraction

While each patient's care is unique, in general, your procedure will follow along these lines:
Although local anesthesia makes tooth extraction virtually painless, we also offer sedation.
Although local anesthesia makes tooth extraction virtually painless, we also offer sedation.

Local Anesthetic 

Your dentist will ensure your comfort by administering a local anesthetic and, if requested, sedation.

Tooth Extraction

If the tooth is above the gum line, the dentist will simply loosen the tooth and lift it out. If the tooth is severely impacted, he may make incisions to remove it. In some cases, the tooth is broken up and removed in pieces. 


If needed, the doctor will place sutures in the extraction site to encourage healing. You will be asked to gently hold a piece of sterile gauze in place to limit bleeding until a blood clot forms.


Recovery after wisdom teeth removal is typically fast and comfortable. Aiding your recovery is the formation of a protective blood clot in the extraction site. However, if the blood clot is dislodged or fails to form, a painful condition called dry socket can occur. You can avoid dry socket and ease recovery with a few simple steps:

  • Do not drink using a straw for about a week, which can dislodge the blood clot and put you at risk of dry socket.
  • Avoid smoking and tobacco, which increases the risk of developing dry socket.
  • Adjust your oral hygiene the first few days after extraction. Our dentists will give you specific instructions.
  • You can reduce swelling by hold an ice pack on your cheek. A simple tooth extraction will have minimal swelling.
Dr. Pinnix and Dr. Betancourt

Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, our goal is to enhance your quality of life through dentistry. Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt are proud to be associated with a range of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • International College of Oral Implantologists
  • Spear Study Club
  • Charlotte Dental Society
  • Invisalign® Certified Provider

For more information about our services, contact our Charlotte office online or call (704) 543-1102.

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